Leibham to Announce Decision on Tuesday

Just in my inbox:

State Sen. Joe Leib­ham will make a cam­paign announce­ment Tues­day regard­ing his poten­tial bid for Con­gress in Wisconsin’s 6th District.

I am thank­ful for and hum­bled by the great amount of input I have received from con­stituents and friends over the last few days about the pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning for Con­gress,” Leib­ham said. “I look for­ward to gath­er­ing with friends and fam­ily on Tues­day to for­mally announce my decision.”

Leib­ham, a res­i­dent and tax­payer of the 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, lives in She­boy­gan with his wife, Heather, and their three young children.

Leib­ham has rep­re­sented por­tions of She­boy­gan, Man­i­towoc, Calumet and Fond du Lac coun­ties in the state Sen­ate and the greater She­boy­gan area in the state Assem­bly. Prior to his years of pub­lic ser­vice, Leib­ham worked in the pri­vate sec­tor for Sar­gento Foods in Ply­mouth and the She­boy­gan County Cham­ber of Commerce.

I also got another email detail­ing the where, when, and what, but I won’t be divulging that at this time.  Mostly because, traf­fic is going to be hell­ish enough in She­boy­gan due to media trucks and the like, so why screw it up even more?

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Uphold Act 10

So unions, you want to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Deal­ing unions their lat­est loss in court, a fed­eral appeals court Fri­day upheld Gov. Scott Walker’s tight lim­its on col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for most pub­lic employees.

The rul­ing by the three-judge panel upheld a Sep­tem­ber deci­sion by U.S. Dis­trict Judge William Con­ley in Madi­son that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of gov­ern­ment workers.

Act 10 does not vio­late the First or Four­teenth Amend­ments to the United States Con­sti­tu­tion. We there­fore affirm the dis­trict court’s judg­ment in favor of the state,” the rul­ing reads.

The law stip­u­lates that gov­ern­ment employee unions can nego­ti­ate over wages but noth­ing else, and that any pay increases can be no higher than the rate of infla­tion, except where vot­ers approve them by ref­er­en­dum. The law also dic­tates that unions can­not be rec­og­nized by the state or local gov­ern­ments unless 51% of all poten­tial mem­bers — not just those vot­ing — sup­port the union in annual elections.

Two unions rep­re­sent­ing local employ­ees through­out Dane County sued in July 2011 in fed­eral court in Madi­son con­tend­ing the law vio­lates their rights to free­dom of asso­ci­a­tion and equal pro­tec­tion under the law.

This dif­fer­ence is likely of no com­fort to plain­tiffs, but the First Amend­ment does not require an affir­ma­tive response from gov­ern­men­tal enti­ties; it sim­ply requires the absence of a neg­a­tive restric­tion,” Con­ley wrote in his own deci­sion last year. “Under Act 10, gen­eral employ­ees remain free to asso­ciate and rep­re­sent employ­ees and their unions remain free to speak; munic­i­pal employ­ers are sim­ply not allowed to listen.”

Act 10 is still before the Wis­con­sin State Supreme Court, with a rul­ing expected in the next cou­ple of months.

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WI-06">Initial Ratings in from WI-06

With the retire­ment of Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac), nat­u­rally comes the horse race aspects of the new real­ity.  Long has the race been marked either “Safe Repub­li­can” or “Solid Repub­li­can” when Petri was there.  That is no longer the case, but it hardly the “great oppor­tu­nity” many out-of-state lib­er­als believe it to be.

Here’s Cook:

Mov­ing the race from “Solid Repub­li­can” to “Likely Repub­li­can.”  All-in-all, a drop of one level, but about a 75 per­cent chance the GOP is hang­ing on to the seat.

Here’s Sabato:

As men­tioned, Rep. Petri’s (R, WI-6) retire­ment opens up his mar­gin­ally com­pet­i­tive dis­trict, but this is prob­a­bly not the right year for Democ­rats to flip it. Obama won about 46% in this dis­trict in 2012 (after very nar­rowly win­ning it in 2008), and there are only five cur­rently Demo­c­ra­tic House dis­tricts where Obama did worse. So this doesn’t really fit the pro­file of a dis­trict the Democ­rats could win in 2014. Petri’s dis­trict is very sim­i­lar to that of another retir­ing Repub­li­can, the afore­men­tioned Rep. Camp (R, MI-4). In fact, Obama’s 2012 per­for­mance in the dis­tricts was almost iden­ti­cal: He got 45.5% in Camp’s dis­trict and 45.8% in Petri’s. So it’s rea­son­able to make the same rat­ings change we did when Camp retired: WI-6 goes from Safe Repub­li­can to LIKELY REPUBLICAN.

And finally, Rothen­berg:

After explain­ing who the likely can­di­dates are on both sides of the aisle, they come to this conclusion.

For now, we’re main­tain­ing our Rothen­berg Polit­i­cal Report/Roll Call rat­ing of the race as Cur­rently Safe for Repub­li­cans.

Nat­u­rally, this could all change.  Lib­er­als seem to be hop­ing and pray­ing that Glenn Groth­man wins the GOP Pri­mary, see­ing his ten­dency to make gaffes their only chance of get­ting a win here.  As I’ve said before, I don’t believe Glenn will win this primary.

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Gilly’s to Close in Sheboygan

Admit­tedly, I’m both shocked and not too sur­prised this is hap­pen­ing.  Only went there myself once since they opened and you hon­estly had no idea if or when they were open with the style of restau­rant they had going.

Drive-In-Only, barhop ser­vice” was great in the 50s and 60s, but the world has passed them buy.  If She­boy­gan couldn’t get a Sonic to sur­vive — and they didn’t, it’s now a BP sta­tion — how was Gilly’s going to cope with­out the love and loy­alty it has in its Fond du Lac location?

Gilly’s Frozen Cus­tard has closed its 1950s-style drive-in restau­rant on Sheboygan’s south side, a spokes­woman con­firmed Tuesday.

The family-owned restau­rant had been a fix­ture in Fond du Lac for more than six decades when it expanded into She­boy­gan in 2010.

How­ever, restau­rant offi­cials said the sea­sonal, drive-in-only con­cept, with carhops tak­ing orders and deliv­er­ing food to cus­tomers’ vehi­cles, and no indoor seat­ing, proved to be a tough sell in Sheboygan’s cooler sum­mer climate.

She­boy­gan is just too close to the lake, and we didn’t have enough busi­ness,” spokes­woman Amy Deer­ing said. “We’re very sad. We love the community.”

Deer­ing said the restau­rant at 2720 S. Busi­ness Drive would nor­mally reopen for the sea­son later this month, though the own­ers decided to close for good late last year. The loca­tion employed two full-time work­ers and about a dozen sea­sonal employees.

The prop­erty has since been put up for sale, and Deer­ing said they’re hope­ful a buyer will emerge soon.

That being said, I’m sad­dened to see it go.  My nieces and nephew who live on Sheboygan’s south side just lost their favorite cus­tard place.

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Can we just give the Israelis the secret nod to go blow this damn Iran­ian nuclear pro­gram to king­dom come already?

Oh that’s right, John Kerry thinks free­ing a spy will solve every­thing.

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Is Artificial Blood 20 Years Down the Road?

Talk about your med­ical break­through if this can be worked out.  No more con­cerns about the blood sup­ply.  No more worry from hos­pi­tals that they lack the wrong blood type.

With this achieve­ment, “O-Negative” just became much more in supply.

Arti­fi­cially cre­ated blood could one day replace dona­tions as the norm for blood transfusions.

That’s accord­ing to researchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh who have been using stem cells to cre­ate red blood cells.

And in 2016 they are plan­ning to con­duct a ground­break­ing trial that, for the first time, will test arti­fi­cial blood made from stem cells in patients.

The £5 mil­lion project is being pio­neered by the Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh and comes after years of research into grow­ing red blood cells.

The process involves using adult skin or blood cells that have been genet­i­cally mod­i­fied into stem cells, known as induced pluripo­tent stem (iPS) cells. (Empha­sis mine.)

These iPS cells are then cul­tured in bio­logic con­di­tions that mimic the human body, even­tu­ally lead­ing to their tran­si­tion into mature red blood cells.

The trick so far has been increas­ing the effi­ciency of this tran­si­tion process, as not all the cells are capa­ble of becom­ing red blood cells.

The team at the Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh has got this effi­ciency to approach­ing 50% in a process that takes about a month.

The red blood cells are then sep­a­rated from the rest of the cells in a centrifuge.

Their next step will be to trial the blood in patients in 2016.

Two things: If you’re still giv­ing blood, keep giv­ing blood.  Hos­pi­tals pre­fer hav­ing the exact blood type of the recip­i­ent on-hand, as good a uni­ver­sal donor O-Negative blood is, it can’t be stressed how med­ically impor­tant the right blood type is to recovery.

Secondly…another fine dis­cov­ery made pos­si­ble with adult stem cells.

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