Editor's note: The third item has been corrected to reflect a misstatement about the airport and Rep. Testin’s role in it.
Political Environment blogger James Rowen comments that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has now become an expert at pivoting, spinning and filibustering to avoid answering questions. He showed what a mumbler and stumbler he's become on "Morning Joe" Thursday when asked to explain his support for the latest GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare. He showed that while he's a main sponsor of the bill, he doesn't have a clue what's in it, Rowen asserts.
On her own website, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout details what she calls the problems that are left for the state in the new biennial budget signed this week by Gov. Scott Walker. Still unresolved are public education funding, the transportation budget and shared revenue for local governments. All were swept under the rug, she asserts.
But Stevens Point Republican Rep. Patrick Testin insists that the new budget makes many key investments for Wisconsin, citing education and rural health care as examples. In column on WisOpinion, Testin also defends the special appropriation for an airport in nearby Wisconsin Rapids.
Urban Milwaukee's data wonk Bruce Thompson wonders if Milwaukee could be in the running for the giant Amazon.com second headquarters that Amazon intends to build after hearing proposals from major U.S. cities. He says the Wisconsin city meets the criteria set down by CEO Jeff Bezos. Next week, he adds, he'll explain whether this would be a good or bad thing for Milwaukee.
Conservative blogger Owen Robinson predicts that Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin faces a tough re-election bid for her U.S. Senate seat. He claims her record is remarkably void of any achievements, plus she's behind the "socialist" Medicare for All health care plan.
Appleton Post-Crescent community columnist Dave Kendall says that moderation is always the key, especially in politics. He notes that he's finally giving up marathons in his running and compares that to the ever-increasing lack of moderation between the country's and state's politicians.
Madison's rightie blogger David Blaska is miffed that while two monuments were vandalized in Madison in recent days, one got all sorts of news coverage, the other, not so much. He compares the vandalism at the Gates of Heaven Synagogue, complete with swastikas, and the damage to the police memorial on the Capitol Square. Blaska intimated a few weeks ago that the monument next to the synagogue should be torn down because it honors a group of Communist sympathizers who fought in the Spanish Civil War in the '30s.