Weekend Quick Hits
Tom Nelson: Still a Lying Sack
I know, we’re all in shock this came from the former Assembly Majority Leader, the man-who-might-have-been-Lt. Governor and from what I heard, lied to the AssDem Caucus in 2010 about having a replacement for his Assembly seat (now in GOP hands) when he sought the promotion, who is just a pillar of truth.
Nelson recently said the county had its first round of “sticker shock” when a 2½-mile stretch of highway in Outagamie County recently needed its lines painted. Previously, crews from Calumet County would perform the work for about $500 to $700, since Outagamie County does not own the expensive equipment, Nelson said.
Under the new rule, other counties are prohibited from performing the work. When the private bid for the project came back at nearly $4,000, Nelson said dissolving the efficient sharing agreements throughout the state will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.
But the true costs of the paint project — and ultimate result of the new law — are unclear. They depend on who you ask and how you calculate the spending.
Outagamie County Highway Commissioner Al Geurts said the painting situation may have been a bad example of things to come under the new rule due to the project’s timing and materials. He said the bid for the single highway project was solicited late in the season, with only minimal interest from companies.
Post-Crescent goes on to report the paint the private company uses is a longer-lasting epoxy, meaning it won’t have to be repainted more and more often. Also, why was Outagamie County taking bids on road work in October?
That’s when the other season in Wisconsin — Winter — begins. Perhaps the only long-term planning going on with Nelson is how to best provide the money train for his remaining unionized work force and not taxpayers.
Hey, I hate the Cardinals too, but seriously?
No call from the President came last Friday night after the Cardinals won the World Series against the Texas Rangers. What makes it more shocking, the White House asked for the information necessary to call recently retired manager of the Cardinals, Tony LaRussa.
When KMOX host Charlie Brennan asked now-retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa how the traditional call of congratulations from the White House went, La Russa suddenly realized that…it never happened.
“That’s a good point, I hadn’t really even thought about that,” replied a surprised-sounding La Russa, who can be forgiven for having a few other things on his mind over the past week. “As we were getting into the World Series we had a call from the White House to make sure they had the correct number for my office.”
But as the wild, champagne-drenched celebration of the team’s 11th World Series title was going on in the locker room, that phone never rang.
“We never did get a call,” La Russa said.
Obama didn’t call the Giants last year right off the bat either, but eventually did call the team. It took two days in a timeline given in the KMOX report. This one’s over a week, and the President is currently overseas at the G-20 Summit.
If the Packers come out cold this afternoon…
Blame the United States Marine Corps.
Been told through Kurt from his Marine buddies, that the Packers were in the same hotel the USMC in San Diego was using for its annual “Marine Corps Birthday ball” (I’m guessing this is the hotel the Chargers normally use, like how Packers opponents stay at Appleton’s Paper Valley Hotel, and can run red lights).
He’s had friends send him pictures, I’ve seen them. Nothing too crazy, just Packers posing with Marines in their dress blues. Still, that won’t stop me from thinking there are some “Max and Paul” which could be dreamed up.
T-Minus 2 Weeks and Counting…
How I’ll be spending the weekend of Thanksgiving.