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Don’t Ever Change Omro

From Politico’s “Playbook,” the daily email newsletter from the website’s chief political correspondent Mike Allen, who apparently is vacationing in Wisconsin this week.  This exchange he highlights places into example just how far apart the east coast is from we “normal folks” in the Midwest:

OVERHEARD last night at bar of Springbrook Tavern in Omro, Wis.

Dr. Dan: “A shot of Drambui, please.” Her: “We don’t have that.”

Dr. Dan: “Grand Marnier?” Her: “What kind of liquor is that?”

Dr. Dan: “A liqueur.” Her: “Yes, but what kind?”

Dr. Dan: “A liqueur.” Her, enunciating slowly: “Vodka? Whiskey?”

Dr. Dan, smiling, speaking softy and smoothly: “A li-QUEUR!” Her: “Is that a fancy way of saying ‘liquor’?”

Dr. Dan settled for Crown Royal.

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Incidentally, I’m looking at my copy of “Raylan,” the most-recently published work of Leonard as I post this.  The novel is in actuality three novellas which fit into the universe of “Justifed” and U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens.

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Does Green Bay Have Enough Streets to Honor Extraordinary Packers?

Interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the trials the cities of Green Bay, De Pere and village of Ashwaubenon are going through as they try to name various streets after Packers legends, both current and future.  In the end, the honor is going to be a hard one to get.

Lambeau Field, the famed home of the Green Bay Packers, is located at 1265 Lombardi Ave. As in Vince Lombardi, the Hall of Fame coach.

To get there, you can take Holmgren Way, named after Mike Holmgren, another Super Bowl-winning former Packers coach. And you’ll see Bart Starr Road and Reggie White Way, among other legendary names.

It is one of the great honors the city can bestow on a member of their beloved Packers. There’s just one problem: They’re running out of streets.

This summer, after the team and the city of Green Bay tried to honor current coach Mike McCarthy with a street, it became clear there aren’t enough streets left to name after Packer legends. Local businesses and residents of the three cities that the street would pass through couldn’t agree on a site.

The issue became so complex, said Michael Walsh, mayor of nearby De Pere, Wis., that Packers CEO Mark Murphy asked local leaders this month to table discussions to avoid distractions during training camp and the season. The Packers didn’t respond to requests for comment.

“What are we going to do? Change out the streets every 20 or 30 years because we have a new set of Packers that won? You can’t name a street after anyone who wins a ballgame,” said Mike Aubinger, the village president of Ashwaubenon, one of the towns the street would run through.

The main focus now is on a major road through town called Ashland Avenue, which Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt proposed should be named after McCarthy, who led the team to a Super Bowl win in February 2011. Schmitt said his requirements for Packer streets are that they are major and connected to one another. Which presents a problem.

“Any street that’s going to be renamed is around the stadium, that area is pretty built out, so it’s met resistance,” said Daniel Lindstrom, Green Bay’s city planner. “Everyone loves the concept; no one wants it on their street.”

Overall costs for the street name change could end up costing Green Bay around $400,000 due to a plan to rename Ashland Avenue — a  road that cuts through the heart of Green Bay, Ashwaubenon and De Pere and will require numerous new street and highway signs to be replaced.  There are currently seven streets in the greater Green Bay area named after Packers players.  The most recent, was “Donald Driver Way” which is a small road just north of Dousman Street on the east side of Green Bay by the Titletown Brewery.

The street named after head coach Mike McCarthy — and it will include his full name to avoid confusion with former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy — will be the eighth street named after a Packers player or coach.  So far, there is Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Tony Canadeo, Donald Driver, Reggie White, Brett Favre, and Mike Holgren.  It can safely be assumed that Aaron Rodgers will get his own street someday too.

Here’s my suggestions going forward for how we should determine who gets their name on Green Bay area streets in the future.

1) All head coaches who lead the team to a Super Bowl victory.  The precedent has been set with Lombardi, Holmgren and now McCarthy, why end it?

2) The honor should only be reserved for career-long Packers, or guys who make a contributing factor to a Packers Super Bowl victory.  (This explains Favre, White and any future street named after Charles Woodson.)

3) Linebackers are reserved for city bridges.  The one over Dousman Street that connects you to downtown Main Street is already called the Ray Nitschke Bridge — cross it on your way to Donald Driver Way! — I have no qualms with naming any other Green Bay bridge after Clay Matthews if he is a life-long Packer.

All we have to decide is which one, the Walnut Street Bridge or the Mason Street Bridge?

4) The idea that current Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has for connecting all the Packers streets is a little bit over-kill. Lord know there are enough near the stadium which could get the job done, not all of them are as long as Ashland.  That being said, it could be an interesting fight if they propose changing the name of S. Oneida St. to a Packer someday.

 

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Democrats Running the DNC Like the Federal Government…in the Red

This could come back and haunt a whole mess of state parties come November 2014.

(No wonder Mike Tate is pushing for a self-financing candidate to run against Gov. Scott Walker.  There’s not going to be a ton of help from D.C. if these numbers hold up.)

The Republican National Committee raised $2 million more than the Democratic National Committee during July and sits on $12 million in cash, while the DNC has a net balance of $14 million in debt.

The Republican National Committee reported receipts of $5,859,144 and disbursements of $6,330,364 in July, leaving $12,267,525 cash on hand as of July 31, and no debts.

The committee raised $3.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less and itemized $2.5 million from donors giving more than $200. PACs gave $36,000.

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The DNC Services Corp./Democratic National Committee reported receipts of $3,858,625 and disbursements of $5,386,438 in July, leaving $4,143,852 cash on hand as of July 31, with debts of $18,466,369.

The committee raised $2.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less, and $1,458,577 from those giving more than $200. PACs and other committee gave $190,909.

In the DNC’s defense, they did send over $1M to a number of state parties, none of which were identified.  Also to the saving grace of Democrats, idiotic temper tantrums led by Tea Party groups have given the DCCC and DSCC a fund raising lead for 2014 against their GOP counterparts, the NRCC and NRSC.

The committees should be announcing new fund raising numbers during the rest of the week.

UPDATE: Already in for July, the DSCC outraised the NRSC by a margin of $3.4M to the NRSC’s $2.7M.  So far for the cycle, the DSCC has raised over $30M while the NRSC has raised around $20M.

Cash on Hand totals for the committee have not yet been released.

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Obamas Get a New Distraction Dog

Well this is nice.

Now taxpayers can pay for two Osprey trips to Martha’s Vineyard.

Bo has a new best friend in the White House.

President Obama and his family took in a second Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny, an adorable addition who will serve as playmate and “little sister” to First Dog Bo, according to the White House’s official website.

Sunny, named by Michelle Obama for her cheerful disposition, officially joined the family on Monday. The puppy was born in Michigan just last June.

“We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo’s footsteps and keep the President company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the First Family after their 6:30 family dinner and even jump up on the First Lady’s lap from time to time!” reads a statement on the website introducing the pup.

By the way, I couldn’t have been the only one who noticed that long-time liberal critics of the Marine Corps V-22 Osprey military aircraft (it takes off like a helicopter, but can then fly like a plane simply by transitioning the propellers) went silent when news broke of the Bo getting a separate helicopter flight on the controversial aircraft.

Liberals used to love pointing to the Osprey as their project of choice to criticize the Pentagon.  Not only was it “unsafe,” but it was also costly as hell.

Apparently, it’s now safe enough for the First Dog…

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Lou Gentine to Retire from Head of Sargento Foods

These are some enormous shoes for his son to fill.

Lou Gentine, chairman and CEO of Plymouth-based Sargento Foods Inc., announced Monday he will retire at the end of the year and that the company’s board of directors has approved the promotion of Louie Gentine, his son, to CEO.

The elder Gentine will retain his position as chairman of the board, the company said in a news release Monday evening.

Lou is a second-generation family owner of Sargento, succeeding his father, Leonard, and has served as CEO since 1981 and chairman since 1996. During his tenure, company sales have increased from $80 million to $1.2 billion and employment has increased from 300 to more 1,600, the company said in a news release announcing Gentine’s retirement.

Louie Gentine has served as president and chief customer officer the past four years.

There’s a few personal connections my family has to the Gentines.  I personally got to meet Lou a few times over the years at various Sheboygan Co. GOP events.  He and the rest of the Gentines have long been philanthropic for a number of Lakeshore and conservatives causes.

(This isn’t “new news,” Sargento was targeted by the unionistas for boycott post-Act 10, because they apparently like to see Wisconsin workers suffer if their livelihood doesn’t come from the public trough.)

Also, one of my older sisters probably got to meet and know Lou Gentine the best.  She was one of his mother’s caretakers back when she used to work as a CNA at a nursing home at the time Mrs. Gentine passed away.  She since has left to work for an Aurora-run hospital.

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And we’re back having got back my laptop yesterday…apparently the malware / virus got in there thanks to my RSS feed reader, which Geek Squad deleted as well.

Check your code folks.

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