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Congress’ Worst Bosses

Kudos for the Wash­ing­ton Times for putting this together.

One of the things that inter­est folks out in DC, espe­cially those who work, have worked and want to work on the Hill is who are the best Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Sen­a­tors to work for.  It effects where resumes flow to and how well con­stituents gets served back home.

Obvi­ously, every staff has turnover.  Staffers come and go, leav­ing for bet­ter jobs in other offices as they get expe­ri­ence and grow out of their ini­tial jobs.  Some head to a party com­mit­tee like the DNC, RNC, or any of the other alpha­bet soups.  Some go onto law school and other grad­u­ate schools; and of course, some go onto K Street to lobby their for­mer bosses and co-workers.

Any­thing in the high teens to mid-twenties would prob­a­bly be seen as “nor­mal” for Capi­tol Hill offices.  Any­thing higher would prob­a­bly be seen as incred­i­bly abnor­mal and a state­ment about the rep­re­sen­ta­tive or senator’s peo­ple skills and or sanity.

At the top of the list, to pretty much no one’s sur­prise, is Texas Demo­c­rat Sheila Jack­son Lee.

Lee is patho­log­i­cally insane to put it mildly.  She is well known for her tem­per tantrums, break­ing down staffers psy­cho­log­i­cally to the point of tears, and even throw­ing things at them (and now being sued because of the med­ical dam­age inflicted by it).

The Times puts it this way:

Each year, an aver­age of half of Mrs. Jack­son Lee’s staff quits, and one year, all but six of 23 staffers left.

Mona Floyd, who served as the congresswoman’s leg­isla­tive direc­tor, has monoc­u­lar vision and has a law­suit pend­ing against Mrs. Jack­son Lee, who was voted the “mean­est mem­ber” of the House in a bipar­ti­san sur­vey of Hill staffers by Wash­ing­ton­ian mag­a­zine last year. Ms. Floyd said she was told by the rep­re­sen­ta­tive, “I don’t care any­thing about your disability.”

Other inci­dents, includ­ing a series of racially charged dia­tribes, were doc­u­mented by the Washington-based Daily Caller web­site after for­mer aides were so taken aback by her behav­ior that they broke an unspo­ken Capi­tol Hill rule not to speak ill of for­mer bosses.

The worst Repub­li­can boss?  Also to the shock of no one on the Hill, Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann.

Rep. Michele Bach­mann, the Min­nesota Repub­li­can who mounted a bid for the pres­i­dency, had an aver­age annual staff turnover rate of 46 per­cent over four years. From 2007 to 2008, 10 of 15 staffers left, even though none of them had an alter­nate job lined up on the Hill.

To be sure, many of Mrs. Bach­mann’s for­mer cam­paign staffers, who are pro­tected by fewer rules sep­a­rat­ing the per­sonal from the pro­fes­sional than the taxpayer-funded con­gres­sional office work­ers, are not happy.

Peter Wal­dron said Mrs. Bach­mann’s cam­paign has refused to pay him and other staffers after they spoke with law enforce­ment about a stolen list of vot­ers, even though the cam­paign is flush with money.

It’s prob­a­bly not a coin­ci­dence that all the peo­ple who have not been paid are the very peo­ple who have either given depo­si­tions, given affi­davits or have been inter­viewed exten­sively by the police,” he told The Hill newspaper.

Here’s the list of the Top Ten Worst Bosses in Con­gress from 2006 through 2011 and their aver­age turnover in staff from one year to another. It does not include num­bers for fresh­men Con­gress­men and Sen­a­tors who were elected in Novem­ber 2010.

Long-time read­ers of this blog won’t be shocked to see a famil­iar name at No. 9.

Congress' Worst Bosses

Other aver­age turnover rates from 2006 to 2011 for the Wis­con­sin del­e­ga­tion include:

26 Per­cent — Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

23 Per­cent — Rep. Paul Ryan  (This num­ber is actu­ally skewed by a 40 per­cent turnover in 2010–2011.  At the time, a num­ber of his office staff moved over to the House Bud­get Com­mit­tee full-time.)

20 Per­cent — For­mer Sen. Herb Kohl.

18 Per­cent — Rep. Gwen Moore.

17 Per­cent — Rep. (now Sen.) Tammy Baldwin.

17 Per­cent — For­mer Rep. Dave Obey.

17 Per­cent — Rep. Ron Kind.

16 Per­cent — For­mer Sen. Russ Feingold.

16 Per­cent — Rep. Tom Petri.

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Typical Kagen

(H/T Fox Politics)

I’ve so got­ten past the man and his timely polit­i­cal demise, I had actu­ally turned off my Google Alert on him.  So thanks to Jo Egel­hoff for point­ing out the even if the man is leav­ing Con­gress, the arro­gance will always be there.

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) broke House cham­ber rules dur­ing the first floor vote last week, but it’s safe to say he will avoid punishment.

Hodes, who lost his bid for the Sen­ate, used his iPhone cam­era to snap a shot of out­go­ing Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) pos­ing in the cen­ter aisle with the Speaker’s ros­trum in the background.

When it became appar­ent that the leg­is­la­tors were merely doc­u­ment­ing their last few weeks in office, the secu­rity mem­ber opted not to pur­sue the matter.

True story.  Dur­ing this May’s State GOP Con­ven­tion in Mil­wau­kee, I talked for a few min­utes with for­mer Bush Admin­is­tra­tion advi­sor Karl Rove who was the keynote speaker dur­ing Saturday’s Chairman’s Dinner.

Most of the con­ver­sa­tion was about who I was, the fact that he knew my boss at HUD (They knew each other from Texas.), and what I hoped to be doing in the future.  (If mem­ory serves, I had just put my resume in with both RPW and the John­son Cam­paign to do research for them…)

Still kick­ing myself for not say­ing the fol­low­ing any­time dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion: “So let’s hear it.  You, Steve Kagen, a White House bath­room.  Did it happen?!?”

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This Looks Familiar…

A press release this morn­ing from the Roth for Con­gress Campaign.

Apple­ton— Dur­ing his first run for Con­gress in 2006, Steve Kagen claimed he would “ stand up for true Wis­con­sin val­ues by bal­anc­ing the fed­eral bud­get, putting an end to pork, and enact­ing strict new spend­ing lim­its to bring down the record deficits we are inheriting.”

What a dif­fer­ence four years make.

With two terms in office, Steve Kagen has helped push our national debt past the $13 tril­lion mark, cham­pi­oned hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in pork bar­rel spend­ing, and con­tin­u­ally voted against the will of his con­stituents on major issues such as health care and cap and trade,” said state Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Roger Roth, can­di­date for Con­gress in Wisconsin’s 8th District.

In the last three months, Steve Kagen has requested $113.7 mil­lion in spe­cial inter­est projects and helped add $230 bil­lion to the national debt by ignor­ing the Democrat’s own Pay-Go stan­dards and vot­ing lock step with Nancy Pelosi and the Demo­c­rat Major­ity in Congress.

Record debts, spe­cial inter­est projects and dis­hon­est gov­ern­ment aren’t ‘true Wis­con­sin val­ues,’ and they cer­tainly aren’t the val­ues the peo­ple of the 8th Dis­trict expect from their representative.”

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Roger Roth is a life­long res­i­dent of Apple­ton, Wis­con­sin. He has an ‘A’ rat­ing from the National Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion, a 100% vot­ing record with Wis­con­sin Right to Life, is a vet­eran of Oper­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom and par­tic­i­pates in his family’s third-generation con­struc­tion business.

The quote in the open­ing line, is clear­ing taken from this post I penned ear­lier this week.

Lis­ten, I’ll tell the Roth Cam­paign the same thing I told the Rib­ble Cam­paign after they ran with a post I wrote last year regard­ing Kagen’s Con­gres­sional office spend­ing: You can use what­ever you want at any­time, but please, credit me or the blog as the source mate­r­ial.  It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine.

(By the way, that offer is open to all 8th Con­gres­sional Repub­li­can Can­di­dates, I’m not endors­ing any­one, I just want Steve Kagen gone.)

That, or tell Tom Erick­son at the NRCC to get off his butt in DC and have them hire me as a Researcher.  Either will work for me.

Pro Bono is not really cut­ting it any­more after nearly five years of this.  Trust me, I’m not scold­ing, and I don’t mind being here to help; just a lit­tle cour­tesy would be nice.

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Oh How Things Change…

An oldie, but a goodie of a quote I was able to get off the Kagen4Congress web­site in early 2007 before the Kagen Cam­paign sys­tem­at­i­cally scrubbed their web­site of past state­ments. (via the archives of the BBA)

Kagen made the quote in late 2006 dur­ing his first run for Congress.

Apple­ton, WI — Say­ing that pro­fes­sional politi­cians in Wash­ing­ton need to start show­ing more respect for middle-class Wis­con­sin tax­pay­ers, Dr. Steve Kagen today said that a top pri­or­ity for the next Con­gress must be end­ing pork-barrel projects and special-interest spending.

The old Con­gress that left town last week amid scan­dal and con­tro­versy will be replaced on Novem­ber 7 with a new Con­gress,” Dr. Kagen said. “We will stand up for true Wis­con­sin val­ues by bal­anc­ing the fed­eral bud­get, putting an end to pork, and enact­ing strict new spend­ing lim­its to bring down the record deficits we are inheriting.”

Dr. Kagen said Con­gress this ses­sion set records for padding leg­is­la­tion with special-interest spend­ing. Last year, some 15,877 pork projects were slipped into bills, cost­ing tax­pay­ers more than $47 billion.

That’s five times as much pork, at more than twice the cost, as a decade ago and more than last year’s entire $41 bil­lion bud­get for home­land secu­rity,” Dr. Kagen said. “Instead of refo­cus­ing resources on sup­port­ing our troops fight­ing in Afghanistan and Iraq or invest­ing in a more com­pet­i­tive econ­omy, they have squan­dered the tax­pay­ers’ money on special-interest projects.”

This past week­end, in arti­cle on ear­mark spend­ing from the Apple­ton Post-Crescent.

Begin­ning last year, law­mak­ers were required to post their requests for ear­mark fund­ing on their House office Web sites. In Wisconsin’s House delegation:

æ Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, is ask­ing for $113.7 mil­lion for 73 projects;

æ Rep. Tammy Bald­win, D-Madison, wants $81.8 mil­lion for 72 projects; and

æ Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, is request­ing $550.7 mil­lion for 54 projects.

æ Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, is not ask­ing for any ear­mark fund­ing this year for eco­nomic reasons.

As our coun­try strug­gles through the most dif­fi­cult eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in a gen­er­a­tion, every dol­lar mat­ters,” Kind said. “We must look out for exces­sive spend­ing, and we must con­tinue work­ing to ensure greater trans­parency and increased fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity in the ear­mark process.”

Dave Obey (D-Wausau) is reported as seek­ing $213.3 mil­lion for 85 projects in his dis­trict.  Herb Kohl is seek­ing $345.3 mil­lion for an undis­closed num­ber of projects.  Russ Fein­gold is con­tin­u­ing is record of never ask­ing for earmarks.

Kagen is not quoted in the arti­cle defend­ing any of his pork projects, amaz­ing since he usu­ally can’t wait to get in front of a micro­phone held by a Post-Crescent reporter.

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Copied Websites

I see a bunch of lib­eral blog­gers — Bill “Xoff” Christof­fer­son for one — are going on about what has to be the stu­pid­est front page story ever at the Jour­nal Sen­tinel ever.  Seems a bunch of politi­cians are pulling a Biden using sim­i­lar words on their cam­paign websites.

One won­ders what Bill will do, say or write if a Demo­c­rat rep­re­sent­ing Wis­con­sin was caught doing this…

One only knows…

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Kagen Transparency Bill Going No Where

Rarely a day goes by over the past month where the Gan­nett Wis­con­sin papers in Green Bay and Apple­ton salute H.R. 4700, the “Trans­parency in All Health Care Pric­ing Act of 2010.”  (There was an edi­to­r­ial in the Post-Crescent recently, see at link.)   The bill is authored by Rep. Steve Kagen, MD (D-Appleton), and after three, long years of being ignored by House lead­er­ship, he’s finally got a hear­ing on his top leg­isla­tive agenda item: Health Care Transparency.

(Of course, never mind that still to this day, you can’t find what any­thing about costs on the Kagen Allergy Clinic, or it’s replace­ment, website.)

I will give Kagen credit, Health Care Trans­parency is a sound idea.  If I can go into a restau­rant and see what some­thing costs on the menu, auto body shop and get an esti­mate on my car, etc., why can’t I do the same with my health care.   How­ever, Kagen’s bill is seen as two things: 1) His magic bul­let to have some sort of actual leg­isla­tive achieve­ment under his belt, and 2) Likely not going any­where under the cur­rent Con­gress even after hav­ing a hear­ing on it, and two other like bills.

Why is it going no where?  Well, the like­li­est rea­son is because Democ­rats don’t want to have yet another vote on a health care bill before Novem­ber.  Frankly, any fight, at any level has them run­ning scared, and they seem to not want the has­sle.

Health­care reform fatigue has set in among Democ­rats, cast­ing doubt that Con­gress will move much health-related leg­is­la­tion the rest of this session.

Mea­sures in jeop­ardy include bills that would require more infor­ma­tion on health­care prices, empower fed­eral reg­u­la­tors to sign off on pre­mium increases and strip insur­ers of their exemp­tion from antitrust laws.

Democ­rats in the House and Sen­ate alike are eager to focus on vote-getting issues such as job cre­ation as the midterm elec­tions approach.

I have said for the last year and a half that we should be doing more on job cre­ation, and I hope that we do move on,” said Rep. Daniel Lip­in­ski (D-Ill.), a “no” vote on health reform. “I don’t think we’re going to be doing much more of any­thing on health­care reform for the rest of the year.”

So what of the Kagen bill?  Why does he keep push­ing it if every­one in DC knows it’s going no where?  Again, he needs it, think­ing it can help his re-election chances.  But those who’ve actu­ally read the bill; or have one of its sim­i­lar bills, say some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent than what “the good doctor’s” pre­scrib­ing for the rest of us with his diagnosis…

The Energy and Com­merce hear­ing focused on three bills that would require health­care providers to unveil their prices so con­sumers can make informed decisions.

The main vehi­cle, spon­sored by Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) and endorsed by 54 Democ­rats, is largely seen by lob­by­ists as hav­ing lit­tle chance of pass­ing; it would require all health­care providers — doc­tors, hos­pi­tals, drug­mak­ers, phar­ma­cies — to “pub­licly dis­close, on a con­tin­u­ous basis, all prices.”

Kagen, who faces a tough race for reelec­tion this Novem­ber, has been tout­ing the mea­sure. But providers argue that forc­ing them to dis­close their nego­ti­ated prices would drive costs up for consumers.

I really don’t think any­thing like [the Kagen bill] is going to move because of the short time that we have to get any­thing else done this year,” Lip­in­ski said. “I really hope there’s going to be a focus on jobs for the rest of the year.”

Two more mod­est bills spon­sored by com­mit­tee Repub­li­cans Joe Bar­ton and Michael Burgess, both of Texas, may yet have a chance as they have bipar­ti­san and indus­try support.

“I’m glad Con­gress­man Kagen intro­duced [his bill], because it makes ours look much more respon­si­ble,” said Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), who has co-sponsored both alternatives.

Wax­man and his Health panel chair­man, Rep. Frank Pal­lone Jr. (D-N.J.), have stopped short of com­mit­ting to a markup.

Any­one can get a hear­ing.  Hell, most Con­gres­sional hear­ings are side shows any­way.  It’s get­ting the markup that’s the real kicker.  That’s the first legit­i­mate step to get­ting a bill actu­ally made law in the first place out in DC.

Boy, that quote from Demo­c­ra­tic Con­gress­man Green of Texas is a real killer for Kagen’s chief leg­isla­tive agenda item.  Pity some­one like me had to find it…

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Quote of the Day

From FoxPolitics.net, a busi­ness­man who attended a dis­cus­sion Rep. Steve Kagen, MD (D-Appleton) held last week on the effects of the health care bill on small busi­nesses.  (Reports from Fox 11 on Green Bay show it was not the event Kagen’s ego — or the state AP which just rehashed Kagen’s press release — made it out to be.)

Kagen has crossed the Rubi­con. He’s help­less. He’s useless.

Some points from the meeting:

  • If you are keep­ing score, it’s Kagen 3, Pelosi 0.” That line drew groans. And laugh­ter from a couple.
  • CBO esti­mates are accu­rate accord­ing to Rep. Kagen. When pressed he just said, “we didn’t cook the books”. Uh huh. Right.
  • They are cre­at­ing a mar­ket­place for health­care. Cre­at­ing a mar­ket­place? Jeebus.
  • Kept talk­ing about trans­parency. WOW.
  • Peo­ple that attended — all 12 of us were very unhappy about the infor­ma­tion about the meet­ing. I found out at 8:30am today and most peo­ple found out Fri­day after­noon. When we asked Craig [Moser, Kagen’s in-state “Con­stituent Ser­vices Direc­tor], he said, “It’s in the paper today.” Dumb.
  • The good doc­tor was 25 min­utes late for the meeting.
  • Your health relies on your neighbor’s health”. He talked of lim­it­ing body mass index. I kid you not.

I am objec­tive (or at least try to be) — all I see from this man is arro­gance and lies. He has gone from rep­re­sent­ing the 8th con­gres­sional dis­trict to just another hack politi­cian who rep­re­sents the Demo­c­ra­tic Party. He has no inter­est in debate. I don’t even think he believes what he says. Very con­tentious … once again.

Kagen 3, Pelosi 0?’  Note to self: See if I still have that Heller car­toon from 2007.  You know, the one with Kagen sport­ing the big head.

One thing I keep won­der­ing; espe­cially with the non-stop help the Cap Times seems to be giv­ing Kagen in ador­ing edi­to­ri­als, Nichols columns, and sud­den attacks on Rep. Roger Roth (R-Grand Chute), is when will John Nichols write the one thing every­one who’s watched the 8th CD dynamic for these past five years knows: The only way Steve Kagen wins, is if John Gard is running.

It was easy for Kagen to vil­ify Gard the past two cycles.  John’s may be a great guy, a good friend, and a won­der­ful fam­ily man, but his polit­i­cal career was a walk­ing cliche.  Hell; I’m half won­der­ing when our side does the same the Left did to Gard to Tom “Call Me Thomas” Nel­son.  That guy is just, just…wow…

Kagen won’t have that help this time around.  Oh, he’s try­ing to turn Roth (through the Cap Times) into this cycle’s Gard for him if you believe the Kagen Cam­paign blog.  I’m sure he’ll do the same if Reid Rib­ble or Marc Trager win as well.  It’s the Kagen cam­paign M.O.; so full of pro­jec­tion and lies you won­der if even the reporters cov­er­ing it believe them anymore.

(Really need to ask that of the N.E. Wis­con­sin reporters I com­mu­ni­cate with on Twit­ter about that…)

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Costs Will Rise Under Health Care Bill

What was that line Rep. Steve Kagen, MD, (D-Appleton) said about the health care bill?  Some­thing along the line of “It’s a great bill, and it keeps get­ting bet­ter” if I recall?

Funny, one could say that — get­ting bet­ter — about the chances to replace him this Novem­ber.  He sure he read it?

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care over­haul law is get­ting a mixed ver­dict in the first com­pre­hen­sive look by neu­tral experts: More Amer­i­cans will be cov­ered, but costs are also going up.

Eco­nomic experts at the Health and Human Ser­vices Depart­ment con­cluded in a report issued Thurs­day that the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim of expand­ing health insur­ance — adding 34 mil­lion to the cov­er­age rolls.

But the analy­sis also found that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of con­trol­ling run­away costs, rais­ing pro­jected spend­ing by about 1 per­cent over 10 years. That increase could get big­ger, since Medicare cuts in the law may be unre­al­is­tic and unsus­tain­able, the report warned.

The report also states that the Health Care Bill will explode the fed­eral deficit.  No won­der the Roth Campaign’s been spend­ing the last two weeks (with two more to go based on their count­down) point­ing out the flaws in the bill via press release.

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GAO Calls USPS Business Model “Doomed”">GAO Calls USPS Business Model “Doomed”

Yeah, you’d think the shut­ting down of Sat­ur­day deliv­ery after years of see­ing their prime ser­vice of mail and bill deliv­ery sal­vaged by email, elec­tronic bill-pay, and “paper­less billing” sent via email would have been enough for the GAO to just look at the sit­u­a­tion with the United States Postal Ser­vice and call it a day.

But no, they just had to go blow money on a study didn’t they?

The U.S. Postal Service’s cur­rent busi­ness model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and con­sider out­sourc­ing oper­a­tions, accord­ing to a draft of a gov­ern­ment audit acquired by The Fed­eral Eye.

Audi­tors also urge Con­gress to remove restric­tions on the Postal Service’s abil­ity to cut Sat­ur­day mail deliv­ery and close post offices, accord­ing to the report, which offers rec­om­men­da­tions sim­i­lar to the USPS’s own pro­posed 10-year busi­ness plan.

Law­mak­ers requested the Gov­ern­ment Account­abil­ity Office report, set for a Mon­day release, as they pre­pare to con­sider the USPS plan, which was intro­duced last month. The pro­pos­als call for an end to six-day deliv­ery and ask Con­gress to give the mail agency the abil­ity to raise prices beyond the rate of infla­tion and close post offices if necessary.

The report’s con­clu­sions pleased top postal offi­cials who are gath­ered this week in Nashville for the annual National Postal Forum, a con­ven­tion for the mail agency’s largest customers.

Post­mas­ter Gen­eral John E. Pot­ter said Sun­day he was pleased with the GAO’s gen­eral con­clu­sions, but con­cerned with sug­ges­tions in the report that fur­ther study of the issue is required.

We’ve stud­ied this sig­nif­i­cantly, the time for study is over, now’s the time for action,” he said.

Pot­ter and his col­leagues esti­mate the Postal Ser­vice will lose a record $7 bil­lion in the fis­cal year that ends in Sep­tem­ber and could lose at least $238 bil­lion in the next decade if Con­gress fails to act.

Audi­tors appeared to push beyond the USPS pro­posal. “If no action is taken, risks of larger USPS losses, rate increases and tax­payer sub­sides will increase,” GAO said.

The Postal Ser­vice should pro­vide more lucra­tive incen­tive pack­ages to poten­tial retirees to try to accel­er­ate attri­tion, audi­tors said. They also rec­om­mended USPS con­sider out­sourc­ing more deliv­ery routes and mail ser­vices to con­trac­tors and seek con­ces­sions on wage and ben­e­fits from its labor unions dur­ing nego­ti­a­tions later this year.

The next step in the USPS saga will be han­dled by Con­gress, unfor­tu­nately, this Con­gress has shown it is rather fond of nam­ing new post offices and appears to be com­pletely unin­ter­ested in chang­ing the way the Post Office oper­ates.  (Wisconsin’s own Steve Kagen (D-Appleton) has gone so far as stop­ping the USPS from clos­ing the Green Bay pro­cess­ing cen­ter — and hav­ing Green Bay lose its post­mark — even though it has been on the chop­ping block for years because of…you guessed it, dropped mail volume.)

There are so many things wrong with a sys­tem if you have Con­gress unwill­ing to change post office oper­a­tions when the post office itself is ask­ing for them.

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Daily Quick Hits

Video of the Day

A quick cap­ture by the NRCC of Kagen in full “Talk­ing Point Regur­gi­ta­tion Mode.”

You know, the job of a Press Sec­re­tary is to be on top of things to make sure her boss doesn’t make a fool out of him­self in front of a national cable audience.

By the way, it’s never a good sign when you have a White House Press Sec­re­tary tell the press at the brief­ing ‘The attor­neys are look­ing at it.’

The “What the $^&*” Story of the Day

There’d be com­edy in this, if it weren’t so sad given his addic­tion and how no one in Madi­son seems to give a damn about get­ting him the help he needs because Democ­rats need his vote.  Tragedy thy name is enabling.

Rep. Jeff Wood had more than eight times the “ther­a­peu­tic” range of an ingre­di­ent found in cough syrup when he was arrested in Sep­tem­ber 2009.

A state lab test result, which was obtained by the Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal through a state open records request, showed Wood had high lev­els of Dex­tromethor­phan (DXM) in his sys­tem when he was arrested by the State Patrol in Marathon County in September.

The drug is an over-the-counter cough sup­pres­sant com­monly found in cold med­ica­tions, which is often abused by ado­les­cents to “gen­er­ate eupho­ria and visual and audi­tory hal­lu­ci­na­tions,” accord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice. Ille­gal use of DXM, which is also known as “poor man’s PCP,” is often called “Robo-tripping” or “skittling.”

PPP’s Russ-Tommy Poll

I know a bunch of lib­eral blog­gers in Wis­con­sin are over-joyed by it (The Chief, dude, seri­ously, lan­guage.)  But I noticed this; as did the state media, Fein­gold went from being up 9 last Novem­ber to being up 3…in a Demo­c­ra­tic Polling Firm’s poll.

(Maybe if they keep call­ing Tommy a lob­by­ist some more…)

USPS Requests to Go Five Days-a-Week

Con­gress must still approve the move; but the time has come, and kudos to the Post Office for either see­ing its own likely demise because of tech­nol­ogy ahead of time.

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