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Guess this says something....Walker raises $8.2 million; Burke $3.6 million

Gov. Scott Walker raised more than twice as much money as Democrat Mary Burke over the first six months of the year and he entered July with three times as much cash on hand, based on figures released by both campaigns on Wednesday.

Walker reported that his campaign raised $8.2 million from January through June, compared with $3.6 million for Burke. Walker had $7.6 million cash on hand while Burke had $2.5 million.

Both campaigns reported their numbers nearly two weeks before the July 21 deadline. Burke put hers out first and Walker followed two hours later.

Walker, a potential 2016 Republican candidate for president, is seeking a second term in office while it is Burke's first campaign for a statewide office.

Burke gave her campaign $400,000 out of her own pocket shortly after getting into the race in October, but she has not contributed any more since then, said her spokesman, Joe Zepecki.

"Due to the overwhelming support Mary has received, there has been no need for additional contributions to this point," Zepecki said. "As she has said all along, she is committed to doing more and will do more before the race is over."

Walker's campaign manager Stephan Thompson said Walker's totals show the "extraordinary enthusiasm" behind his campaign.


Just saw Al Franken's opponent's advertisement......

Was all football, homey, familiesh, and feel good. Oh yah, Al's gonna need some big bucks to pull this off....... Sending my donation now.

Mike McFadden running against Al Franken.

WASHINGTON — The Minnesota DFL likes to poke GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden for launching his campaign against Sen. Al Franken the same day one of the biggest political stories of the year broke: May 29, when Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her retirement, burying most everything else that happened that week.

McFadden, a 48-year-old businessman, has been doing behind-the-scenes stuff since then, primarily raising money ($700,000 in June) and building his campaign team. The political rookie is taking his time building a formal campaign platform, as well: He wants education to be at its core, and he said he's working with a team of experts on health care policy.

In his first formal interview since launching his campaign, McFadden told MinnPost where he stands on a handful of matters the Senate’s considered this year, what type of campaign he wants to run, and which senators he’d try to model himself after if he's elected to the Senate next November.


Plain Talk: Corporations 'citizens'? Then act like it .......

The U.S. Supreme Court this week once again bestowed citizenship on American corporations.

A few years back, with the Citizens United decision, the high court declared corporations were essentially people and therefore had First Amendment rights to pump any amount of money they want into election campaigns. Now in the so-called Hobby Lobby case, it declared that corporations could have religious rights as well, and therefore don't have to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans if the principal owners' faith opposes it.

So while the nation's high court is on a roll granting corporations personhood, it would be nice if the corporations themselves started acting like good citizens and, for example, paid their taxes like everyone else does.

The latest American corporation that is considering moving its headquarters overseas so it can pay lower taxes on its profits is none other than drugstore giant Walgreens. It would be the latest in a line of U.S. companies that don't like to pay their fair share of taxes even though they owe much of their success to government programs and infrastructure that were provided by other American taxpayers over the years.

One of the most galling examples of corporate tax avoidance scheming is the giant Caterpillar Corp. of Peoria, Ill. While Caterpillar hasn't moved its headquarters out of the country — at least not yet — it has managed to run most of its profits through a Swiss subsidiary, saving the company $2.4 billion in American taxes.


Ugh, Joan Rivers opens her big mouth again.....regarding the POTUS and FLOTUS

Joan Rivers’ Shocking Comments About Barack and Michelle.....“Do you think the United States will see the first gay president or the first woman president?”

The answer to that question posed to Joan Rivers by a cameraman on the streets of New York has the 81-year-old comic in hot waterWhat did she say?

“We already have it with Obama, so let’s just calm down.”

But she didn’t stop there: It’s what she said next that’s caused particular outrage.

As Rivers continued walking past, she turned her head and added, “You know Michelle is a tranny.”

The cameraman responded, “I’m sorry, she’s a what?”

“A transgender. We all know,” Rivers said as she walked toward a building.

There's video here:


Bout time to start our illegal fireworks.....

Love the Roman candles........ My husband has some really large bottle rockets...... Anyone else breaking the law with contraband fireworks?

WTH??? Poll taps Obama as 'worst president' since World War II

President Obama has topped predecessor George W. Bush in another poll, but not one he would like.

In a new Quinnipiac University Poll, 33% named Obama the worst president since World War II; another 28% put Bush at the bottom of post-war presidents.

"Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Of course, Obama and Bush are the most recent presidents; historians will tell you that it takes decades to truly measure an individual president's performance.

Ronald Reagan topped the poll as the best president since World War II, with 35%. He is followed by presidents Bill Clinton (18%) and John F. Kennedy (15%).

Obama received only 8% in the best presidents poll.

The Quinnipiac poll also reports that 45% believe the nation would be better off had Mitt Romney defeated Obama in the 2012 presidential election; another 38% say the country would be worse off with a Romney presidency.


Ok, lets say how many years of "happy togetherness" couples have had together....

gay and straight couples..... let's hear the years you've been happily or not, been together...... I'll start..... 34 years of, well, at least half of them were happy, so half of 34 years of happy. Next???

Ice Station Zebra is on TCM now....

Rock Hudson, Patrick, #6, Mcgoohan, James Brown, and Earnest Borgnine, good movie, and no advertisements.......

Happy cows come from Wisconsin. Stoned cows come from… Madison?

While Sargent has yet to convince more than six other legislators to sign onto her proposal, one place you're not likely to get in a lot of trouble for smoking weed recreationally is Madison. The city is well known for its lax approach to casual pot smokers, but that leniency doesn't extend to dealers, who face much harsher penalties. Jack Craver writes about that in this week's cover story.

As the legalization debate continues and even as the city has increased other fines and fees over the years, the City Council has taken pains to keep fines for smoking pot as low as possible. Ald. Mike Verveer says "it's almost like a sacred cow."

Speaking of… well, cows, we've got burgers on the brain this summer, and we're searching for Madison's best one. For now, we're tackling the beef variety — we'll get to the veggie, lamb and what-have-you varieties later. Do you ever get the feeling that your vote doesn't count for much? Well, here's your chance to determine which burger rules the isthmus. Will it be a dive burger or gourmet concoction? The fate of our burgerpublic depends on it.

The burgerpublic is a nice place to visit in our imaginations (and our stomachs), but we do have a real government to pay attention to here. And there's plenty to keep an eye on.


I could please use some help......I need the video of Christopher Walking doing all his dance moves.

there some new video on google and it's not what I'm looking for, the videos are all dated this month, June of 2014 and the video I'm looking for is way older then what's being shown now. Would anyone have it? I'm thinking it's all music, no singing, and if I remember it's all in black and white. I saw it a while ago.....I'm thinking about 6 months for sure. Would love to see it again. My movie club saw the Jersey Boys today and I was talking about this awesome video of Christopher Walking dancing in this video by himself and would love to show it to my fellow movie goers....and I can't find it. Thanks ahead of time.
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