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We’re Thankful for Global Warming

If not, How much colder would it be?

Science displays at Wisconsin State Parks will tell you that glaciers covered our landscape, ending just 12,000 years ago.

We’re talking Ice Age. During the several (yes, more than one) ice ages that Wisconsin has experienced, glaciers reached as far south as southern Illinois.

This means that ice, up to a MILE-THICK, covered this state, and carved out features like the Kettle Moraine. A six-inch snowfall like we get now and then in winter is not what caused these earth changes.

More glacial maps from NationalAtlas.gov and UW-Green Bay.

Question: What did the Indians do back then to cause the ice to melt away? Or did they just happen to be the first settlers after the ice melted away? Melted then, by what?

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The Smartest Guys I Know Are Moving to Tax-Free States … Should You, Too?

Last week, I learned four different friends are doing something that will save each of them tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars each year.

They’re moving…

And they’re not the only ones. Many of the smartest guys I know are moving this year.

They’re not just thinking about moving… They’re not saying “maybe someday”… They are doing it right now.

The reason why is the amazing part, as you’ll see. And it might make sense for you to consider moving, too. Let me explain…

I spoke with a friend on the phone last week… “What are you doing in Washington state?” I asked him.

“I’m moving here,” he said. “I love California. But moving to Washington state saves me $133,000 a year in state taxes on every $1 million I earn.”

This is not just a millionaire thing…

Read more By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud at DailyWealth.com

Support Governor Walker, and the Republicans in the WI Senate and WI Assembly, so this doesn’t happen in Wisconsin.

Scott Walker vs. Ideological Purity

What evidence is there that Walker supports amnesty and Common Core?

In Into the Whirlwind, her classic memoir detailing nearly 20 years in the Soviet Gulag as result of Stalin’s purges, Yevgeniya Ginzburg tells of an episode in a boxcar, in transit from one labor camp to another. Ginzburg was an orthodox Soviet Communist, whose son was taken from her and who was imprisoned solely because her husband, a historian, had unknowingly published an article which deviated slightly from the party line. This happened unknowingly, because the party line changed after he submitted the article to his editor, who proceeded to publish the now errant article (G-d only knows what happened to the editor).

In the incident mentioned above, Ginzburg tells of another woman in the car. She was a prisoner just like the rest, though she had been in custody much longer than most. She was utterly ostracized by the others, and would share nothing with Ginzburg and could only speak to her through gritted teeth. Her crime? She had been a Social Revolutionary, a Menshevik, rather than an orthodox Bolshevik, and she refused to recant her error and repent of her sin.

That’s what ideological purity gets you.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

Three recent Wisconsin events give a portrait of his decision-making on domestic issues.

On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following:

To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership.

Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually cutting state taxes and capping local property taxes. He achieved this mostly by curtailing the hitherto virtually unrestrained power of public employee unions, to the intense dismay of the Wisconsin Left. Walker’s statement also comes on the heels of a major speech delivered over the weekend to Iowa conservatives, in which he urged policies that “go big and bold” in tackling such major public policy problems.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

A good year – thanks to the president being ignored

Remember one year ago, when President Obama was claiming that unless Republicans again renewed the temporary, extra-long unemployment benefits enacted in the depths of the recession, the economy would suffer?

Remember how his advisers claimed that if Congress let unemployment benefits return to normal, 240,000 jobs would be lost, and how a New York Times columnist claimed it was because Republicans liked to “afflict the afflicted”?

Republicans did not heed the president. The unprecedented 99 weeks of extended benefits expired. Unemployment benefits returned to normal.

And last week, President Obama was declaring 2014 “a breakthrough year for America.” Remember that?

A groundbreaking new study explains why it was such a good year, Investors Business Daily reports: It was because Republicans ignored Obama’s advice, as 60% of the jobs gained last year were due to the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits.

I’ve said as much, but now others are saying so, too. . . .

Read more by Sen. Ron Johnson at RonJohnson.senate.gov

Scott Walker Wows ‘Em in Iowa

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RUSH: Scott Walker wowed them in Iowa at whatever this thing was, this Republican, slash, conservative, just wowed them. And you know me, folks, if you have spent any time listening to this program in the last two years, you know that I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left. Scott Walker has shown how to do it. And apparently he showed up and he made a speech on Saturday that had people telling them it reminded them of the speech I gave at CPAC.

Read more by Rush Limbaugh at RushLimbaugh.com

Iowa Freedom Summit 2015 Scott Walker Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmra5Xp_T10

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in Hot Seat Over VA Scandal

Her office appears to have buried a report on a major painkiller prescription scandal.

Last year, reports began surfacing of major abuses at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) center in the city of Tomah, Wisconsin, involving the issuance of numerous prescriptions for massive doses of opioid pain killers. The abuses eventually resulted in the death from overdose of a 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran, Jason Simcakoski.

He was receiving a cocktail of 15 different prescription drugs (including Suboxone, intended to help combat addiction to opiates) when he died in the hospital’s psychiatric ward.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

VIDEO: Scott Walker’s Speech That Has The Political World Buzzing

Missed it live on Saturday? We have it for you here. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s speech to the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit. As we told you yesterday, the speech is getting rave reviews… which continue to pour in.

Read more at RightWisconsin.com

Iowa Freedom Summit 2015 Scott Walker Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmra5Xp_T10

Yep, Looks Like Scott Walker Will Run for President

He pivots to national issues, and takes a swipe at Chris Christie.

Two events this past week combined to remove most doubt regarding whether Scott Walker is running for president and must be taken seriously.

The first was Paul Ryan’s announcement that he is not running. Though a Ryan candidacy seemed unlikely the moment he was offered chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, his announcement officially removes what would have been the most credible obstacle to a Walker candidacy. The two old political friends now look forward to a possible fruitful collaboration rather than a rivalry.

The second event was the annual State of the State address Tuesday night. Coming on the heels of his inaugural speech on January 5, the speech was notable both for its relative brevity — the governor spoke for less than half an hour in a speech format which typically runs twice as long — and also for the obvious seeds of a campaign for federal office planted within it.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?

It’s one of the most fundamental political questions of our time: What’s driving the growth in government spending? And it has a relatively straightforward answer: first and foremost, spending on health care through Medicare and Medicaid, and other major social insurance and entitlement programs.

But I thought it was worth reviewing the evidence in a bit more detail. There are a few surprises along the way, some of which liberal readers might like and others of which will please conservative readers.

The Web site usgovernmentspending.com has an abundance of data on federal, state and local spending at different points in time. My focus will be on how government has been spending its money in the present and the past, rather than evaluating any future budgets or projections.

Read more by NATE SILVER at fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com

WalkerInaugural.com

Friends,

Thank you again for all of your hard work and tireless efforts to help elect Governor Walker and the entire Republican team.  Because of you, we are able to continue moving Wisconsin forward!

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is hosting events surrounding the 2015 Inauguration of Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch.  To that end, I’m asking for your help in getting the word out so that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s future together!  Please visit WalkerInaugural.com and attend these historic events.

I want to make sure we kick off the second term of the Walker-Kleefisch Administration with the enthusiasm and excitement it deserves--which means ensuring that all of our volunteers and supporters are informed about the Inaugural events.

On Wisconsin,

Brad Courtney
Chairman
Republican Party of Wisconsin

The Inauguration of Governor Scott Walker

http://walkerinaugural.com/

Inaugural Events
The Inauguration of Governor Scott Walker will be an exciting time for supporters and guests as we celebrate Wisconsin’s future! Below you will find details of the events surrounding the Inauguration, but be sure to check back for more information in the coming days as they become available. see more at http://walkerinaugural.com/inaugural-events/

So You’ve Decided To Run For Local Elective Office. Now What?

(Note: This is the first in a series of posts on how to get started on running for local elective office.)

After a lot of thought and plenty of discussions with your spouse, you’re finally taking the plunge and running for elective office. Whether you’re running for Town Council or Congress, it’s a great feeling to finally be able to tell others about this big life decision.

But now what? How do you actually run a campaign?

One approach is to …

Read more by Bijoy Datta at thewinequation.wordpress.com

Scott and Tonette Walker’s Frosted Christmas Pecans

Scott loves to host our friends at Christmas.

Every year, our home is filled with laughter and love when we invite friends from our church, our relatives, Scott’s staff, classmates of Matt and Alex, friends of mine from my work at the Lung Association, and others for gatherings during the weeks surrounding Christmas. Scott always starts our parties with a prayer giving thanks and we end our gatherings together singing our favorite Christmas carols. It’s really special, especially with Scott’s busy schedule, to have the the chance to spend time around the holiday with so many people we love.

Another annual tradition in our family is helping Scott make his “frosted Christmas pecans.” Scott seems to make more and more pecans every year – we are running out of counter space and mixing bowls to make them all! Everyone looks forward to his pecans - even our Milwaukee County radio stations get excited when Scott delivers them around town.

I know Scott wishes he could give his pecans to EVERYONE this Christmas, so I thought I’d help him out with the next best thing – sharing our family recipe with you (see below)! I hope your family enjoys this Christmas treat as much as ours does.

Thank you again, and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,
Tonette Walker

Scott and Tonette Walker’s Frosted Christmas Pecans

½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound pecans
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon water

In a bowl mix together, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour pecans in another large bowl. In a separate small dish mix well the egg white and water. Pour egg and water mixture over pecans and mix well. Pour dry ingredient mixture over pecans and mix until all pecans are well coated. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet.

Bake 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes. Enjoy.

Cocktail Reception supporting Judge James Daley, Candidate for WI Supreme Court on Thur Dec 18

5:00-7:00 pm

Milwaukee Athletic Club
President’s Room (3rd Floor)
758 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI

Host Committee levels
Platinum: $1,000
Gold: $500
Silver: $250
General reception: All contributions greatly accepted

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dan Morse 608-770-2819, dan@dmorseconsulting.com

www.daleyforwisconsin.net

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