Count to 60. Slowly.

Somehow this post was deleted from my site. People are asking about it. And so it shall be.  

Wait for Placido to kick it and this really takes off.  You can’t make this stuff up.



Sean Duffy Listening Sessions …

I met a couple of Sean Duffy’s staffers in DC last February. They’re smart people. Super smart.  And he has some talented people working for him back in the district, too.  

But when the lights go on and he’s up there all alone, just him and the constituents, those staffers must be sitting on pins and needles wondering what he’s going to say next.  Microsoft didn’t move to Canada because of the health care?  Paul Ryan’s budget doesn’t propose Medicaid vouchers?  

It’s almost like you’re watching a guy implode on reality TV show. 

Imitation: the sincerest form of flattery

Non-profit organizations can’t get enough exposure. They do so much for so many. That’s why Heartland Credit Union spent a year helping nonprofits in southern Wisconsin tell their stories. And why Heartland Credit Union is giving $10,000 to the nonprofit chosen by the community.

Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery and if you’re going to actually give some love and money to an area nonprofit, you can do whatever you want. Just don’t call it Go Local – that’s where you’ll start to look a little weird.

First impressions are everything

I first met Mike Huebsch back in 2007, when he was still representing the 94th and Speaker of the Assembly.  It was an early morning fundraising event held at the offices of the lobby firm working on behalf of Wisconsin’s credit unions. You need friends on both sides of the aisle – clear and simple –  and though never a big fan of Huebsch, he always treated credit unions OK when in the legislature.

The 2011-12 budget and the “we have a mandate” logic reveals a lot about many in the Walker Administration – including Mike Huebsch. Legislation is nothing more than negotiation, compromise and leadership. Huebsch’s advice to Walker on February 18 made me think back to that early morning fundraiser for the Speaker of the Assembly and why I felt so uneasy and out of place. All Huebsch talked about was money. How much money this candidate needed. How much money that candidate needed. And how much my industry had to raise for Assembly Republicans in order to be “relevant and taken seriously.”

I didn’t feel real good about Mike Huebsch that morning. Kind of like the way I feel now.