Saturday, August 4, 2018

UPDATE. GOP central-casting prettyboy Kevin Nicholson parrots Heritage Foundation talking points on Social Security means testing


And guess what?!  Kevin's sugar daddy Richard Uihlein is a big contributor to the Heritage Foundation.


Reported in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race: Kevin Nicholson floats mean-testing and raising age for Social Security.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/3/2018)

Let’s see.   What, at a minimum, might get in the way of this incentivizing? 
1. College loan debt 2. Lack of a living wage 3. Inadequate health insurance.


7/21/2018 update, "Dear GOP central-casting prettyboy (and crybaby) Kevin Nicholson, Have you considered that your parents believe Tammy Baldwin is the better candidate?", starts here.

Family feud!


Reported in Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin decries his parents' donation to Democratic opponent.  (Chicago Tribune, 7/16/2018)


6/3/2018 update, "GOP central-casting, opportunistic prettyboy Kevin Nicholson will say anything to get elected", starts here.


Reported in US Senate candidates tell group they want personhood law, no-exceptions abortion ban.  (Madison.com, 5/20/2018)


5/8/2018 update, "GOP central-casting, petulant prettyboy Kevin Nicholson refuses to admit he screwed up", starts here.


Quoted in Without apology, Kevin Nicholson fights for GOP nomination in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/7/2018)

Likewise, I'm sure, voters can't stand a big phony.  Even members of his own party have taken him to task.


5/4/2018 update, "GOP central-casting, petulant prettyboy Kevin Nicholson finds himself in hot water with fellow Republicans", starts here.


Quoted in Kevin Nicholson's comments on military service upend Wisconsin U.S. Senate race.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/3/2018)
Everybody's doin' the twist!  Meanwhile, nine Republican veterans, including state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, issued a public letter calling for a Nicholson apology. The nine vets support Nicholson's GOP opponent, Leah Vukmir.


 Original 5/3/2018 post, "GOP central-casting prettyboy Kevin Nicholson becomes unhinged in response to perfectly reasaonble question", starts here.


Quoted in Kevin Nicholson questions 'cognitive thought process' of military veterans in Democratic Party.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/2/2018)

Other prettyboy posts:
UPDATE. Kevin Nicholson's opportunism, self-interest, and expediency in full flower at Koch Brothers sponsored GOP debate.  (4/27/2018)
UPDATE. Kevin Nicholson, in dark suit and white shirt and maroon tie, and Leah Vukimir, in red suit and white shell, clash but don't clash at debate.  (4/27/2018)
Dear Kevin Nicholson, Running for U.S. Senate as a Trump fanboy is not a savvy strategy in the collar counties.  (4/11/2018)

Get me rewrite: White House staff says let the ACLU clean up Trump's shit



Headline from 8/3/2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Excerpt: Justice Department lawyers wrote on Thursday that the government would turn over whatever identifying information it could on the parents who were deported, including last known phone numbers and addresses. But they wrote that the ACLU "should use their considerable resources and their network of law firms, (nongovernmental organizations), volunteers, and others" to establish contact with the deported parents. 
ACLU lawyers argued that the Trump administration is trying to shirk its responsibility by passing its work off to private groups despite its own considerable resources.

Justice prevails.  The shirker loses another round.

In 2014, deep-red Richfield voters chose Walker by an 80-20 margin and this is the thanks they get


Source:  Washington County Clerk

'My paradise has turned into my early grave': Trucks in bucolic Richfield stir discord.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/3/2018)
Dear Jim, The GOP war on local control affects EVERYONE.  Village Administrator Jim Healy said the court ruling has broken new, disturbing ground for local governments faced with projects like what he calls "the ironically named" Scenic Pit. The law "was never meant to allow a new business to run in perpetuity," he said. "It's mostly to help state highway projects, for a set duration, not for someone who would open for 2.5 million yards of fill for over a decade."

 Related post:
UPDATE. Rising to the level of her incompetence: Cathy Stepp takes her Scott Walker-approved, chamber-of-commerce natural resources management act to the federal level.  912/25/2017)

Point/counterpoint: Tax incentives for Kimberly Clark



Reported in Tax incentives for Kimberly-Clark could hit roadblock in Senate heading into election.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/26/2018)


GOP voters in Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee counties -- Wisconsin's reddest -- were never that infatuated with Trump in the first place



Column graphs from 2016 "Case of the Quadrennial Democrats" series

Trump received 17,279 fewer votes than McCain and 1,556 fewer votes than Romney in Waukesha County.


Trump received 3,036 fewer votes than McCain and just 1,489 more votes than Romney in Washington County.


Trump received 5,619 fewer votes than McCain and 2,193 fewer votes than Romney in Ozaukee County.


In what in the northern and western areas of the state when GOP voters really got snookered.

Trump received 988 more votes than McCain and 1,190 more votes than Romney in Taylor County, an increase of 22% in the 2016 election.


Trump received 1,663 more votes than McCain and 1,758 more votes than Romney in Trempealeau County, an increase of 24% in the 2016 election.


Related post:
Yes, Leahs, let us count those conservative accomplishments.  (7/11/2018)
When it comes to name recognition, the 2 Wisconsin GOP candidates for U.S. Senate have lots of work to do.  (6 /21/2018)

Greetings from Trump's America: Appanoose County, Iowa, where Medicaid privatization results in loss of vital mental health services


Innovative Iowa mental health center closes, despite praise.  (Des Moines Register, 10/30/2017)
The informal mental health facility gained widespread praise for taking in rural Iowans in crisis, many of whom would otherwise be taken to jail or shipped hours away to distant psychiatric hospitals. Supporters say it represented the kind of humane and economical innovation that state leaders have been seeking in mental health care. But it’s closing Tuesday, after three years, because of a lack of money from the state and from a regional mental health authority.

Gee, I wonder how this could have possibly happened?

Population has plummeted since its 1920 peak.

Source:  Wikipedia




Source: Wikipedia 
3rd party votes:  19.1% in 1992, 11.0% in 1996

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)

Arizona
8th congressional district.  (4/25/2018)

Arkansas
Faulkner County.  (3/20/2018)
Mississippi County.  (3/19/2018)
Woodruff County.  (3/26/2018)

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)
Jo Daviess County.  (5/13/2018)
Knox County.  (5/13/2018)
McHenry County.  (2/5/2017)
Perry County.  (5/8/2017)
Stephenson County.  (5/13/2018)
Whiteside County.  (5/13/2018)
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
Allamakee County.  (7/31/2018)
Benton County.  (8/2/2018)
Boone County.  (1/15/2017)
Bremer County.  (8/2/2018)
Buchanan County.  (8/2/2018)
Cass County.  (4/3/2018)
Cedar County.  (7/31/2018)
Chickasaw County.  (8/2/2018)
Clayton County.  (7/31/2018)
Clinton County.   (10/15/2017)
Davis County.  (8/3/2018)
Decatur County.  ( 7/5/2018)
Delaware County.  (7/31/2018)
Des Moines County.  (8/1/2018)
Fayette County.  (8/2/2018)
Franklin County, (8/14/2017)
Hamilton County.  (4/2/2018)
Hardin County.  (4/2/2018)
Henry County.  (7/9/2018)
Howard County.  (8/2/2018)
Iowa County.  (8/2/2018)
Jefferson County.  (8/1/2018)
Keokuk County.  (8/2/2018)
Lee County.  (8/1/2018)
Louisa County.  (8/1/2018)
Lyon County.  (4/2/2018)
Marion County.  (5/23/2017)
Monticello County.  (1/13/2017)
Muscatine County.  (8/1/2018)
Poweshiek and Webster counties.  (2/7/2017)
Sioux County.  (2/22/2018)
Tama County.  (7/6/2018)
Union County.  (9/10/2017)
Wapello County.  (8/3/2018)
Washington County.  (4/2/2018)
Winnebago County. (12/17/2017)
Winneshiek County.  (8/2/2018)
Wright County.  (8/8/2017)

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

Kentucky
Bell County.  (6/4/2018)
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)
Rowan County.  (6/4/2018)

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
Chisago County.  (6/20/2018)
Itasca County.  (5/12/2018)
Lac qui Parle County.  (7/2/2017)
Mower County.  (5/12/2018)
Nobles County.  (1/26/2018)

Mississippi
Pontotoc County.  (7/19/2017)

Missouri
Butler County.  (7/22/2018)

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)
Belmont County.  (7/17/2018)
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)
Marion County.  (7/14/2018)
Morgan County.  (10/10/2017)
Shelby County.  (3/2/2018)
Trumbull County.  (4/3/2017)
Van Wert County.  (4/12/2017)
Wayne County.  (5/6/2018)
Williams County.  (3/21/2017)
Wyandot County.  (5/4/2018)

Oklahoma
Bryan County.  (5/5/2017)
Nowata County.  (5/5/2018)

Oregon
Douglas County.  (5/17/2017)

Pennsylvania
Dauphin County. (4/22/2017)
Erie County.  (9/2/2017)
Fayette County.  (7/25/2018)
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)
Roane County.  (5/1/2018)
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
Berkeley County.  (3/25/2018)
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)
Mingo County.  (3/25/2018)
Summers County.  (3/25/2018)
Wayne County.  (3/24/2018)

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)
Crawford County.  (5/14/2018)
Fond du Lac County.  (3/7/2018)
Grant County.  (5/16/2018)
Green Lake County.  (1/26/2018)
Jackson County.  (3/8/2018)
Johnson Creek.  (1/21/2017)
Juneau County.  (2/23/2017)
Lafayette County.  (5/16/2018)
Manitowoc County.  (8/10/2017)
Monroe County.  (3/8/2018)
Oconto County.  (7/24/2018)
Oneida County.  (4/24/2017)
Pepin County.  (12/21/2017)
Price County.  (10/21/2017)
Richland County.  (11/10/2017)
Sauk County.  (5/14/2018)
Sawyer County.  (3/20/2017)
Taylor County.  (3/19/2017)
Vernon County.  (5/14/2018)
Waushara County.  (2/6/2017)
Winnebago County.  (11/27/2017)
Wood County.  (3/8/2018)

Greetings from Trump's America: Davis County, Iowa, where 96.1% of the declining population is white


Population peaked in 1880

Source:  Wikipedia




Source: Wikipedia 
3rd party votes:  18.2% in 1992, 11.2% in 1996

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)

Arizona
8th congressional district.  (4/25/2018)

Arkansas
Faulkner County.  (3/20/2018)
Mississippi County.  (3/19/2018)
Woodruff County.  (3/26/2018)

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)
Jo Daviess County.  (5/13/2018)
Knox County.  (5/13/2018)
McHenry County.  (2/5/2017)
Perry County.  (5/8/2017)
Stephenson County.  (5/13/2018)
Whiteside County.  (5/13/2018)
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
Allamakee County.  (7/31/2018)
Benton County.  (8/2/2018)
Boone County.  (1/15/2017)
Bremer County.  (8/2/2018)
Buchanan County.  (8/2/2018)
Cass County.  (4/3/2018)
Cedar County.  (7/31/2018)
Chickasaw County.  (8/2/2018)
Clayton County.  (7/31/2018)
Clinton County.   (10/15/2017)
Decatur County.  ( 7/5/2018)
Delaware County.  (7/31/2018)
Des Moines County.  (8/1/2018)
Fayette County.  (8/2/2018)
Franklin County, (8/14/2017)
Hamilton County.  (4/2/2018)
Hardin County.  (4/2/2018)
Henry County.  (7/9/2018)
Howard County.  (8/2/2018)
Iowa County.  (8/2/2018)
Jefferson County.  (8/1/2018)
Keokuk County.  (8/2/2018)
Lee County.  (8/1/2018)
Louisa County.  (8/1/2018)
Lyon County.  (4/2/2018)
Marion County.  (5/23/2017)
Monticello County.  (1/13/2017)
Muscatine County.  (8/1/2018)
Poweshiek and Webster counties.  (2/7/2017)
Sioux County.  (2/22/2018)
Tama County.  (7/6/2018)
Union County.  (9/10/2017)
Wapello County.  (8/3/2018)
Washington County.  (4/2/2018)
Winnebago County. (12/17/2017)
Winneshiek County.  (8/2/2018)
Wright County.  (8/8/2017)

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

Kentucky
Bell County.  (6/4/2018)
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)
Rowan County.  (6/4/2018)

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
Chisago County.  (6/20/2018)
Itasca County.  (5/12/2018)
Lac qui Parle County.  (7/2/2017)
Mower County.  (5/12/2018)
Nobles County.  (1/26/2018)

Mississippi
Pontotoc County.  (7/19/2017)

Missouri
Butler County.  (7/22/2018)

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)
Belmont County.  (7/17/2018)
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)
Marion County.  (7/14/2018)
Morgan County.  (10/10/2017)
Shelby County.  (3/2/2018)
Trumbull County.  (4/3/2017)
Van Wert County.  (4/12/2017)
Wayne County.  (5/6/2018)
Williams County.  (3/21/2017)
Wyandot County.  (5/4/2018)

Oklahoma
Bryan County.  (5/5/2017)
Nowata County.  (5/5/2018)

Oregon
Douglas County.  (5/17/2017)

Pennsylvania
Dauphin County. (4/22/2017)
Erie County.  (9/2/2017)
Fayette County.  (7/25/2018)
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)
Roane County.  (5/1/2018)
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
Berkeley County.  (3/25/2018)
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)
Mingo County.  (3/25/2018)
Summers County.  (3/25/2018)
Wayne County.  (3/24/2018)

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)
Crawford County.  (5/14/2018)
Fond du Lac County.  (3/7/2018)
Grant County.  (5/16/2018)
Green Lake County.  (1/26/2018)
Jackson County.  (3/8/2018)
Johnson Creek.  (1/21/2017)
Juneau County.  (2/23/2017)
Lafayette County.  (5/16/2018)
Manitowoc County.  (8/10/2017)
Monroe County.  (3/8/2018)
Oconto County.  (7/24/2018)
Oneida County.  (4/24/2017)
Pepin County.  (12/21/2017)
Price County.  (10/21/2017)
Richland County.  (11/10/2017)
Sauk County.  (5/14/2018)
Sawyer County.  (3/20/2017)
Taylor County.  (3/19/2017)
Vernon County.  (5/14/2018)
Waushara County.  (2/6/2017)
Winnebago County.  (11/27/2017)
Wood County.  (3/8/2018)

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race: Republican Lou Barletta trails Democratic incumbent Bob Casey by double digits




Trump defends Putin meeting hours after U.S. officials sound alarms on midterm interference.  (USA Today, 8/2/2018)
Trump was speaking in Pennsylvania for Rep. Lou Barletta, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Bob Casey's bid for a third term. The campaign rally was the second of three Trump scheduled this week as both parties begin to ramp up for the midterms.   
Barletta, an early supporter of Trump's 2016 campaign, is running an uphill race, polls show. On the other hand, Pennsylvania is one of 10 states Trump won two years ago that Senate Democrats must now defend in November.  
On the other hand, Trump's approval rating has taken a dive in Pennsylvania.

Source:  FiveThirtyEight
("How Trump's Popularity is Holding Up, By State") 

Other Barletta posts:
Climate change, Lou Barletta, and short-term (special-interest) thinking.  (2/12/2016)
No friend to the environment.  (4/13/2015)
Impeachment: Another Republican "strategy" singes its creators.  (7/30/2014)
Lou Barletta, meet Don Young.  (4/1/2013)

Howard Johnson (1947-2018) Warren Area High School class of 1966



1966 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Johnson Clarence S (Marie A) tinner h9 1/2 Steber rd (North Warren)
  • Johnson Howard clk Dairy Queen r9 1/2 Steber rd
  • Johnson Lola A bkpr Thomas Coupling Div r 9 1/2 Steber rd
  • Kelsey Arth G (Lola M) driver Park Dept h607 4th av
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Johnson Marie A Mrs h9 1/2 Steber Rd

The popularity of Howard as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at sister Lola.


After chugging along at a pretty good, though decelerating, clip during the 1st half of the 20th century, Lola ran out of gas in 1981.  Back on the road in 2002, she quickly accelerated into the top 300 but has pretty much been on cruise control since she hit #211 in 2010.  Her previous best occurred in 1904, the only time she found her way into the top 100.

Other members of the class of '66:
2018
Albert Conklin.  (4/11/2018)
Betsy Colt Brinkley.  (3/9/2018)

2017
Deborah Snyder Sproveri.  (8/8/2017)

2015
Sally Johnson Horrocks.  (4/3/2015)

2014
Charlene Postlethwait Knowlton. (10/8/2014)
Dennis Peterson.  (8/31/2014)