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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Garlic Mustard Pickers perform

Garlic Mustard Pickers, Celtic music

South Milwaukee's own Garlic Mustard Pickers, specializing in Celtic music has two performances coming up this month.

The first is tomorrow, Saturday, October 2nd

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Campaign style hints at the kind of senator he would be

Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson, U.S. Senate

One great appeal of Sen. Russell Feingold is his accessibility and responsiveness.  And the listening sessions he holds in every Wisconsin county every year at which he invites Wisconsinites to let him know their concerns and request information and assistance.

I've attended a couple of those sessions and witnessed him asking people who tried to shout down someone whose political/philosophical viewpoint differed from Feingold's to let the man speak -- which he did and to which Feingold replied that while he disagreed, he respected the man's position and for speaking. He also said that hearing everyone's opinions was important and challenged him to examine his own positions.

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When campaign spending really begins

Sen. Russell Feingold, U.S. Senate, Truth-O-Meter, campaign spending, primary, general election

A mistake repeated begs to be corrected. Since my letter to the editor doing that didn't make the cut, I'm using this space to do so.

Twice the Journal Sentinel has said Sen. Russell Feingold strained credulity by claiming he has been outspent by his opponents every time he's run for U.S. Senate.

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Secure the borders with what smaller government?

Sen. Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson, U.S. Senate, illegal immigration

I watched the debate last night between U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and challenger Ron Johnson.

Mr. Johnson said solving the illigal immigration problem is simple -- secure the nation's borders and enforce the law.

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Cutting government spending = increasing unemployment

The TPers' dream is coming true.

Government spending is being cut before our very eyes.

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Just who IS trying to elect Wisconsin's U.S. senator? News Release

Americans United for Change: Does Ron Johnson repudiate or welcome the likely foreign money polluting Wisconsin’s airwaves on his behalf?

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Should outsiders elect Wiisconsin's U.S. senator?

U.S. Senator, Wisconsin, Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson, foreign money, illegal

Who should elect Wisconsin's U. S. Senator? Wisconsin residents or people who don't live in Wisconsin and may have never set foot in Wisconsin?

Secret non-Wisconsin entities, possibly some in foreign countries, are funding attack ads in an attempt to persuade the people of Wisconsin whom they should vote for.

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If plastics CEO knows how to create jobs in Wisconsin...

plastics, Ron Johnson, prison labor, create jobs, Wisconsin

...then why does he use prison-inmate labor for his plastics business?

If R. Johnson really knows how and WANTS to create jobs in Wisconsin, he would help reduce Wisconsin's  unemployment rate by hiring Wisconsin residents who are out of work to fill positions at his plastics factory, not use prison labor.

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Kicking the loyal dog

Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson, create jobs, NAFTA, CAFTA, manufacturing, jobs, subsidies, health care


Uphill in Wisconsin

When it came to the actual details of governing, Senator Russ Feingold, a Democrat of Wisconsin, trounced his Republican challenger, Ron Johnson, in a debate in Wausau, Wis., on Monday night.

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And we wonder why sewage backs up in SM homes

TP'ing, Oak Creek Parkway, vandals, sewage, flooding

It's been two weeks since our collective property, Oak Creek Parkway adjacent to South Milwaukee High School and beyond past the stone-arched railroad overpass, was strewn by vandals with what eventually ends up in sewers. Toilet paper. Two weeks since some high schoolers' parents -- and even a school official or two -- said, with a "kids-will-be-kids" wink and grin, that the culprits would return and clean it up and that the rain would wash it away.

Well, if the kids came back, they sure didn't clean it all up. Neither has the rain -- including one extremely hard downpour -- washed it away.

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If he had a plan of any kind, don't you think he would want to share it with the people he wants/expects to vote for him?

Before you burn your house down...

mid-term election, U.S. Constitution, Christine O'Donnell, Russ Feingold

What strikes me in this mid-term election climate is that some people want to turn out incumbents regardless of their competence, effectiveness or whatever and without regard to who -- or what -- will replace them, and what the consequences might be. After Christine "Where is separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution?" O'Donnell won Deleware's senatorial GOP primary, some people said they didn't care who she was or how unqualified she might be, they would vote for her because they wanted a change. To me that's like burning your house down because someone says they've got a nicer place for you to live -- and even show you a picture of it -- only to find that that nicer place is nothing but a cardboard cutout.
Don’t bother us with facts; we’re too angry for that

by PAUL FANLUND | The Capital Times | October 20, 2010 6:00 am

Russ Feingold sat in my office for an endorsement interview the other day and held forth knowledgeably for almost an hour on many issues, but I was most struck by his remarks on health care. 

Feingold’s willingness to be the nation’s only U.S. Senate candidate daring to campaign on his support for President Obama’s health care reform law has made national headlines. The Wall Street Journal pegged an entire article to how the three-term Democrat was going it alone in that regard.

(click on link above for the rest of the story)

No gov't handouts -- except to me

Angry, Ron Johnson, BadgerCare, tax breaks

These folks are about as believable as Wisc. senate candidate Ron Johnson saying he's against big government and government spending, yet uses prison labor in his plastics factory, has employees who are on government-funded BadgerCare medical insurance for low income b/c they can't afford his company's, and benefits from corporate tax breaks -- which shifts the tax burden to individual Wisconsin taxpayers.

 The Fury Failure

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NYTimes: Feingold = Mr. Clean

Russ Feingold, independent, Senate, Ayn Rand

"It’s ironic that Feingold, who is possibly the most independent member of the Senate, a Mr. Clean who votes against his party regularly, is among the incumbents in the most danger from an anti-Washington voter rebellion. Especially since Johnson is not all that impressive. Unless you like Ayn Rand and are yearning to see the country a plastics business."

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Who's carpet bombing Wisconsin?

anonymously financed, Congress, carpet-bombed, sniper

Pro-Republican Groups Prepare Big Push at End of Races

"The anonymously financed conservative groups that have played such a crucial role this campaign year are starting a carefully coordinated final push to deliver control of Congress to Republicans, shifting money among some 80 House races they are monitoring day by day."

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Happy Halloween to all South Milwaukee friends and neighbors

Russ Feingold's got our back

Sen. Russ Feingold, opponent, special interests, Washington, unfair trade agreements, millionaires

Sen. Russ Feingold knows who he work for.  Not a political party. Not the corporate special interests in Washington. He works for you and me.  

As an independent voice for Wisconsin he has been rated the number-one enemy of Washington lobbyists. 

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Feingold's Got My Back. He's Got Yours Too, Wisconsin

Feingold, back, Wisconsin

TPer's college tuition was $990

Johnny Carson, Tonight show, Green Bay, Brett Farve, Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson

A political flier arrived in my mailbox today that said.

"In 1992 Johnny Carson left The Tonight Show, gas cost $1.05 per gallon, Green Bay traded for Brett Farve and Russ Feingold was elected to the Senate."

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Remember the Alamo

Russell Feingold, Alamo, Texas, Santa Anna, Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie

When I think of Sen. Russell Feingold, I’m reminded of the Alamo.

Just like a handful of vastly outnumbered defenders of that Texas fort nearly 175 years ago, so has Feingold stood almost alone against vastly outnumbered and vastly better resourced foes who tried to either co-opt or defeat him.

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8 Myth Busters via Kathleen Dunn

Election Day

Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

There are a number things the public "knows" as we head into the election that are just false. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs

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