Saturday, March 24, 2018

A bought-and-paid-for Wisconsin stench



Koch Brothers, WMC Behind Bill Gutting Local Control. (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign,  3/23/2018)

Related reading:
Scott Walker, Republican lawmakers call for swift changes to special election law.   (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/25/2018)
He called the Fifth Judicial District a “laughing stock” in the state and said he would talk with Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack about the situation. 
“All of those comments about the governor were just way out of bounds,” Fitzgerald said. “I would hope that Justice Roggensack would police that.”

Related post:
Christmas arrives early for Wisconsin Democrats.  (3/24/2018)

5 of 37 seats contested on Dane County Board of Supervisors



(*vacant seats:  Clark, 1; Outagamie, 2; Rock, 1)

Women comprise 50.3% of Wisconsin's population compared to 21.2% of this running tally of county board members.

Related board of supervisors 2018 spring election posts:
Bayfield County.  3 of 13 seats contested.  (2/6/2018)
Brown County.  8 of 28 seats.  (2/9/2018)
Buffalo County.  2 of 14 seats.  (1/14/2018)
Burnett County.  1 of 21.  (3/24/2018)
Calumet County.  1 of 21 seats.  (
Clark County.  1 of 29 seats.  (2/12/2018)
Dodge County.  1 of 33 seats.  (1/16/2018)
Douglas County:  2 of 21 seats.  (1/7/2018)
Jefferson County.  4 of 30 seats.  (1/16/2018)
Kenosha County:  8 of 23 seats.  (1/11/2018)
La Crosse County.  5 of 29 seats.  (1/19/2018)
Marquette County.  2 of 17 seats.  (1/14/2018)
Oneida County:  5 of 21.  (1/12/2018)
Outagamie County.  9 of 36 seats.  (1/17/2018)
Ozaukee County.  6 of 26 seats.  (1/17/2018)
Rock County.  5 of 29.  (1/16/2018)
Sauk County.  1 of 21.  (3/23/2018)
Sawyer County.  1 of 15.  (1/14/2018)
Waukesha County.  4 of 25.  (1/14/2018)
Winnebago County.  2 of 36.  (1/16/2018)
Wood County:  8 of 19 seats.  (1/12/2018)

Contested seat tally:  87 of 542 = 16.1%

1 of 21 seats contested on Burnett County Board of Supervisors



(*vacant seats:  Clark, 1; Outagamie, 2; Rock, 1)

Women comprise 50.3% of Wisconsin's population compared to 20.0% of this running tally of county board members.

Related board of supervisors 2018 spring election posts:
Bayfield County.  3 of 13 seats contested.  (2/6/2018)
Brown County.  8 of 28 seats.  (2/9/2018)
Buffalo County.  2 of 14 seats.  (1/14/2018)
Calumet County.  1 of 21 seats.  (
Clark County.  1 of 29 seats.  (2/12/2018)
Dodge County.  1 of 33 seats.  (1/16/2018)
Douglas County:  2 of 21 seats.  (1/7/2018)
Jefferson County.  4 of 30 seats.  (1/16/2018)
Kenosha County:  8 of 23 seats.  (1/11/2018)
La Crosse County.  5 of 29 seats.  (1/19/2018)
Marquette County.  2 of 17 seats.  (1/14/2018)
Oneida County:  5 of 21.  (1/12/2018)
Outagamie County.  9 of 36 seats.  (1/17/2018)
Ozaukee County.  6 of 26 seats.  (1/17/2018)
Rock County.  5 of 29.  (1/16/2018)
Sauk County.  1 of 21.  (3/23/2018)
Sawyer County.  1 of 15.  (1/14/2018)
Waukesha County.  4 of 25.  (1/14/2018)
Winnebago County.  2 of 36.  (1/16/2018)
Wood County:  8 of 19 seats.  (1/12/2018)

Contested seat tally:  82 of 505 = 16.2%

Greetings from Trump's America: Wayne County, West Virginia, where an opioid epidemic rages


Report: Boone County leads US in per-capita opioid-related costs.  (Charleston Gazette-Mail, 3/21/2018)
According to the study, six of the top 10 counties in the U.S. shouldering the highest per-capita economic cost are located in West Virginia: Boone (No. 1), Cabell (No. 3), Wayne (No. 5), Mingo (No. 7), Summers (No. 8) and Berkeley (No. 9). Those counties also have some of the highest drug overdose death rates in the state.

Source:  Wikipedia




Source: Wikipedia

Ross Perot received 13.6% of the vote in 1992 and 10.6% of the vote in 1996.

Education: High school graduate or higher, % 25 and older
  • 79.4% - Wayne County
  • 85.3% - West Virginia
  • 87.0% - U.S.

Education: Bachelor's degree or higher, % 25 and older
  • 12.9% - Wayne County
  • 19.6% - West Virginia
  • 30.3% - U.S.

Persons living in poverty
  • 20.9% - Wayne County
  • 17.9% - West Virginia
  • 12.7% - U.S.

Related reading:
Coalfield Development Corp. working to end coal country’s cycle of poverty.  (WV News, 1/15/2018)
In 2010, Brandon Dennison was a 24-year-old with a big dream. 
Today, he’s the CEO of the Coalfield Development Corp., a multi-million-dollar operation dedicated to creating jobs and providing vital job training for southern West Virginia, where thousands of miners have lost their jobs in the state’s troubled coal industry. Coalfield Development’s various projects provide career opportunities in construction, solar installation, sustainable agriculture, artisanship and other fields,

Other Trump's America posts:
Alabama
Autauga County.  (6/29/2017)
Bibb County.  (11/10/2017)
Covington County. (11/11/2017)
Dale County.  (12/12/2017)
Geneva County.  (11/11/2017)
Marion County.  (11/11/2017)

Arkansas
Faulkner County.  (3/20/2018)
Mississippi County.  (3/19/2018)

California
Mesa County.  (7/20/2017)
Shasta County.  (7/4/2017

Colorado
Morgan County.  (4/25/2017)

Florida
Citrus County.  (3/5/2017)
DeSoto County,.  (9/9/2017)

Idaho
Kootenai County.  (9/25/2017)

Illinois
Effingham County.  (2/15/2018)
Franklin County.  (2/27/2017)
McHenry County.  (2/5/2017)
Perry County.  (5/8/2017)
16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

Indiana
Granger.  (3/26/2017)
Hendricks County.  (10/1/2017)
Huntington County.  (4/27/2017)
Jefferson County.  (3/10/2018)
Posey County.  (10/21/2017)
Scott County,.  (10/21/2017)

Iowa
Boone County.  (1/15/2017)
Clinton County.   (10/15/2017)
Franklin County, (8/14/2017)
Marion County.  (5/23/2017)
Monticello.  (1/13/2017)
Poweshiek and Webster counties.  (2/7/2017)
Sioux County.  (2/22/2018)
Union County.  (9/10/2017)
Winnebago County. (12/17/2017)
Wright County.  (8/8/2017)

Kansas
Clark County.  (3/21/2017)
Mitchell County.  (1/29/2017)
Sumner County.  (10/1/2017)

Kentucky
Hancock County,.  (10/21/2017)
Jackson County.  (12/9/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties.  (2/17/2017)
Lee County.  (12/9/2017)
Letcher County.  (6/29/2017)
Martin County.  (3/22/2018)
Perry County.  (10/10/2017)

Louisiana
Calcasieu Parish,.  (5/22/2017)
St. Martin Parish.  (4/26/2017)

Maine
Piscataquis County.  (7/3/2017)

Michigan
Macomb County.  (11/29/2017)
St. Joseph County.  (6/5/2017)

Minnesota
Lac qui Parle County.  (7/2/2017)
Nobles County.  (1/26/2018)

Mississippi
Pontotoc County.  (7/19/2017)

New Jersey
7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)

New York
UPDATE:  Essex County.  (11/29/2017)
Putnam County.  (2/27/2018)
19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

North Carolina
Robeson County.  (12/1/2017)
Union County.  (3/9/2017)

North Dakota
Sargent County.  (10/22/2017)

Ohio
Adams County.  (12/9/2017)
Columbiana County,  (12/11/2017)
Defiance County.  (3/21/2017)
Highland County.   (3/19/2017)
Huron County.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County.  (6/6/2017)
Lawrence County.  (2/25/2018)
Morgan County.  (10/10/2017)
Shelby County.  (3/2/2018)
Trumbull County.  (4/3/2017)
Van Wert County.  (4/12/2017)
Williams County.  (3/21/2017)

Oklahoma
Bryan County.  (5/5/2017)

Oregon
Douglas County.  (5/17/2017)

Pennsylvania
Dauphin County. (4/22/2017)
Erie County.  (9/2/2017)
Greene County.  (5/3/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County.  (1/14/2017)
Northampton County.  (7/20/2017)
Wayne County.  (3/1/2018)
Williamsport.  (1/24/2017)

South Carolina
Spartanburg County.  (6/5/2017)

South Dakota
Lawrence County,.  (4/27/2017)

Tennessee
Campbell County.  (12/10/2017)
Marion County.  (4/1/2017)
Maury County.  (10/31/2017)
Union County.  (5/30/2017)

Texas
Gaines County.  (4/26/2017)
Shackelford County.  (2/26/2018)

Washington
Grays Harbor County.  (8/20/2017)

West Virginia
Boone County.  (3/23/2018)
Cabell County.  (8/4/2017)
Fayette County.  (1/24/2017)
Jackson County.  (6/18/2017)
Marshall County.  (2/7/2018)
Mason County.  (12/16/2017)
McDowell County.  (7/10/2017)

Wisconsin
6th congressional district.  (1/27/2018)
Adams County.  (2/6/2017)
Buffalo County.  (3/19/2017)
Burnett County.  (2/24/2018)
Clark County,.  (3/19/2017)
Fond du Lac County.  (3/7/2018)
Green Lake County.  (1/26/2018)
Jackson County.  (3/8/2018)
Johnson Creek.  (1/21/2017)
Juneau County.  (2/23/2017)
Manitowoc County.  (8/10/2017)
Monroe County.  (3/8/2018)
Oneida County.  (4/24/2017)
Pepin County.  (12/21/2017)
Price County.  (10/21/2017)
Richland County.  (11/10/2017)
Sawyer County.  (3/20/2017)
Taylor County.  (3/19/2017)
Waushara County.  (2/6/2017)
Winnebago County.  (11/27/2017)
Wood County.  (3/8/2018)

Friday, March 23, 2018

This week in the cereal aisle: Snap, Crackle and Pop shrug off competition from Fancy Friends Cereal Treats



Photos by Retiring Guy




Other weeks in the cereal aisle posts:
2018
Lucky Charms wants you to have a daily dose of yellow 5 and blue 1.  (3/9/2018)
The takeover of Mom.  (3/1/2018)
Hoopla over rainbow marshmallows added to Lucky Charms.  (2/22/2018)
Kellogg's Donut Shop in your choice of flavors.  (2/14/2018)
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the shredded wheat go down.  (2/6/2018)
General Mills offers yet another flavor of Cheerios -- chocolate and peanut butter.  (1/30/2018)
I suspect this special edition Cocoa Puffs isn't exactly flying off the shelves.  (1/16/2018)
What's really going on with this General Mills blend.  (1/10/2018)
Giant size bargains to kick off the new year.  (1/3/2018)

2017
Satisfy your craving for chocolate.  (12/22/2017)
Pumpkin Spice runs amok.  (11/7/2017)
Danger lurks.  (11/2/2017)
Dan G. wets himself over Special K Blueberry with Lemon Clusters.  (9/20/2017)
Limited Edition Mocha Crunch.  (7/16/2017)
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows.  (2/1/2017)
A marriage between General Mills and Girls Scouts of America.  (1/19/2017)

2016
Alpha-Bits is getting squeezed out.  (11/23/2016)
Special K continues to branch out.  (10/23/2016)
Wedding bells chime.  (10/5/2016)
The price of convenience (22.54 cents per ounce).  (8/19/2016)
Make up your mind already!  (8/14/2016)
Remember Nabisco Shredded Wheat?  (7/13/2016)
Features Batman and Superman.  (7/7/2016)
Post wants you to have ice cream for breakfast.  (6/30/2016)
Tiny Toast.  (6/21/2016)

Greetings from Trump's America: Boone County, West Virginia, which leads U.S. in per-capita opioid-related costs


Report: Boone County leads US in per-capita opioid-related costs.  (Charleston Gazette-Mail, 3/21/2018)
According to the study, six of the top 10 counties in the U.S. shouldering the highest per-capita economic cost are located in West Virginia: Boone (No. 1), Cabell (No. 3), Wayne (No. 5), Mingo (No. 7), Summers (No. 8) and Berkeley (No. 9). Those counties also have some of the highest drug overdose death rates in the state.

Source:  Wikipedia




Source: Wikipedia

Education: High school graduate or higher, % 25 and older
  • 79.2% - Boone County
  • 85.3% - West Virginia
  • 87.0% - U.S.

Education: Bachelor's degree or higher, % 25 and older
  •   8.7% - Boone County
  • 19.6% - West Virginia
  • 30.3% - U.S.

Persons in poverty
  • 24.2% - Boone County
  • 17.9% - West Virginia
  • 12.7% - U.S.

Related reading:
Coal Jobs Matter a Lot ... in Coal Country.  (Bloomberg, 6/7/2017)

Other Trump's America posts:
Alabama
Autauga County.  (6/29/2017)
Bibb County.  (11/10/2017)
Covington County. (11/11/2017)
Dale County.  (12/12/2017)
Geneva County.  (11/11/2017)
Marion County.  (11/11/2017)

Arkansas
Faulkner County.  (3/20/2018)
Mississippi County.  (3/19/2018)

California
Mesa County.  (7/20/2017)
Shasta County.  (7/4/2017

Colorado
Morgan County.  (4/25/2017)

Florida
Citrus County.  (3/5/2017)
DeSoto County,.  (9/9/2017)

Idaho
Kootenai County.  (9/25/2017)

Illinois
Effingham County.  (2/15/2018)
Franklin County.  (2/27/2017)
McHenry County.  (2/5/2017)
Perry County.  (5/8/2017)
16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

Indiana
Granger.  (3/26/2017)
Hendricks County.  (10/1/2017)
Huntington County.  (4/27/2017)
Jefferson County.  (3/10/2018)
Posey County.  (10/21/2017)
Scott County,.  (10/21/2017)

Iowa
Boone County.  (1/15/2017)
Clinton County.   (10/15/2017)
Franklin County, (8/14/2017)
Marion County.  (5/23/2017)
Monticello.  (1/13/2017)
Poweshiek and Webster counties.  (2/7/2017)
Sioux County.  (2/22/2018)
Union County.  (9/10/2017)
Winnebago County. (12/17/2017)
Wright County.  (8/8/2017)

Kansas
Clark County.  (3/21/2017)
Mitchell County.  (1/29/2017)
Sumner County.  (10/1/2017)

Kentucky
Hancock County,.  (10/21/2017)
Jackson County.  (12/9/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties.  (2/17/2017)
Lee County.  (12/9/2017)
Letcher County.  (6/29/2017)
Martin County.  (3/22/2018)
Perry County.  (10/10/2017)

Louisiana
Calcasieu Parish,.  (5/22/2017)
St. Martin Parish.  (4/26/2017)

Maine
Piscataquis County.  (7/3/2017)

Michigan
Macomb County.  (11/29/2017)
St. Joseph County.  (6/5/2017)

Minnesota
Lac qui Parle County.  (7/2/2017)
Nobles County.  (1/26/2018)

Mississippi
Pontotoc County.  (7/19/2017)

New Jersey
7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)

New York
UPDATE:  Essex County.  (11/29/2017)
Putnam County.  (2/27/2018)
19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

North Carolina
Robeson County.  (12/1/2017)
Union County.  (3/9/2017)

North Dakota
Sargent County.  (10/22/2017)

Ohio
Adams County.  (12/9/2017)
Columbiana County,  (12/11/2017)
Defiance County.  (3/21/2017)
Highland County.   (3/19/2017)
Huron County.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County.  (6/6/2017)
Lawrence County.  (2/25/2018)
Morgan County.  (10/10/2017)
Shelby County.  (3/2/2018)
Trumbull County.  (4/3/2017)
Van Wert County.  (4/12/2017)
Williams County.  (3/21/2017)

Oklahoma
Bryan County.  (5/5/2017)

Oregon
Douglas County.  (5/17/2017)

Pennsylvania
Dauphin County. (4/22/2017)
Erie County.  (9/2/2017)
Greene County.  (5/3/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County.  (1/14/2017)
Northampton County.  (7/20/2017)
Wayne County.  (3/1/2018)
Williamsport.  (1/24/2017)

South Carolina
Spartanburg County.  (6/5/2017)

South Dakota
Lawrence County,.  (4/27/2017)

Tennessee
Campbell County.  (12/10/2017)
Marion County.  (4/1/2017)
Maury County.  (10/31/2017)
Union County.  (5/30/2017)

Texas
Gaines County.  (4/26/2017)
Shackelford County.  (2/26/2018)

Washington
Grays Harbor County.  (8/20/2017)

West Virginia
Cabell County.  (8/4/2017)
Fayette County.  (1/24/2017)
Jackson County.  (6/18/2017)
Marshall County.  (2/7/2018)
Mason County.  (12/16/2017)
McDowell County.  (7/10/2017)

Wisconsin
6th congressional district.  (1/27/2018)
Adams County.  (2/6/2017)
Buffalo County.  (3/19/2017)
Burnett County.  (2/24/2018)
Clark County,.  (3/19/2017)
Fond du Lac County.  (3/7/2018)
Green Lake County.  (1/26/2018)
Jackson County.  (3/8/2018)
Johnson Creek.  (1/21/2017)
Juneau County.  (2/23/2017)
Manitowoc County.  (8/10/2017)
Monroe County.  (3/8/2018)
Oneida County.  (4/24/2017)
Pepin County.  (12/21/2017)
Price County.  (10/21/2017)
Richland County.  (11/10/2017)
Sawyer County.  (3/20/2017)
Taylor County.  (3/19/2017)
Waushara County.  (2/6/2017)
Winnebago County.  (11/27/2017)
Wood County.  (3/8/2018)

4 of 21 seats contested on Sauk County Board of Supervisors



(*vacant seats:  Clark, 1; Outagamie, 2; Rock, 1)

Women comprise 50.3% of Wisconsin's population compared to 20.7% of this running tally of county board members.

Related board of supervisors 2018 spring election posts:
Bayfield County.  3 of 13 seats contested.  (2/6/2018)
Brown County.  8 of 28 seats.  (2/9/2018)
Buffalo County.  2 of 14 seats.  (1/14/2018)
Calumet County.  1 of 21 seats.  (
Clark County.  1 of 29 seats.  (2/12/2018)
Dodge County.  1 of 33 seats.  (1/16/2018)
Douglas County:  2 of 21 seats.  (1/7/2018)
Jefferson County.  4 of 30 seats.  (1/16/2018)
Kenosha County:  8 of 23 seats.  (1/11/2018)
La Crosse County.  5 of 29 seats.  (1/19/2018)
Marquette County.  2 of 17 seats.  (1/14/2018)
Oneida County:  5 of 21.  (1/12/2018)
Outagamie County.  9 of 36 seats.  (1/17/2018)
Ozaukee County.  6 of 26 seats.  (1/17/2018)
Rock County.  5 of 29.  (1/16/2018)
Sawyer County.  1 of 15.  (1/14/2018)
Waukesha County.  4 of 25.  (1/14/2018)
Winnebago County.  2 of 36.  (1/16/2018)
Wood County:  8 of 19 seats.  (1/12/2018)

Contested seat tally:  81 of 484 = 16.7%

Fortunately, Tim Meister is not running for re-election to the Sauk County Board of Supervisors



Reported in Sauk County Board postpones action on ATV route expansions.  (Madison.com, 3/22/2018)


Quite the dysfunctional governmental body of late:
Supervisor David Moore, gun fetishist, wants to put a lid on public comment at Sauk County board meetings.  (2/16/2018)
Lie or misrepresentation: Newspaper gives Sauk County Board chair benefit of the doubt.  (1/11/2018)
Sauk County Board sideshow: Dennis Polivka makes his constituents proud.  (4/6/2017)
UPDATE. The fussin', feudin', and finger-pointin' continues in Sauk County.  (1/20/2017)
Sauk County administrative coordinator under scrutiny.  (11/3/2016)
Discussion of Sauk County administrator's removal delayed.  (11/10/2016)
County board approves special meeting on administrative calendar.  (11/15/2016)
New Sauk County jail health contractor subject of controversy.  (11/17/2016)
County supervisors ordered to preserve documents, data.  (11/20/2016)
Sauk County Board approves separation agreement with top administrator.  (11/22/2016)
Sauk County's last two top administrators dismissed under similar circumstances.  (11/29/2016)
Letter to the editor:  Sauk County must fix high turnover in top positions.  (12/1/2016)
Sauk County won't release complaints against administrator.  (12/1/2016)

Can we soon expect Scott Walker to request tax breaks for SC Johnson?

Contribution source:  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Reported in SC Johnson to cut jobs in Racine area, globally.  (Madison.com, 3/22/2018)

Herbert Fisk Johnson net worth.  $3,500,000,000.

Record-low unemployment UPDATE. Economist offers a clear-eyed, big-picture perspective



Reported in Wisconsin's unemployment rate reaches an all-time record low of 2.9 percent.  (Madison.com, 3/22/2018)

Wisconsin labor force participation rate:
  • October 1997 - 74.8%
  • March 2018 - 68.6%  


Related reading:
AP FACT CHECK: Walker touts unemployment over other measures.  (The Gazette, 3/22/2018)

 
Original 3/22/2018 post, "Dear Scott Walker, Record low unemployment?  It's a happening thing!  Best, RG", starts here.

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