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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.

Release date in North Amer­ica, Novem­ber 20th.

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