There are numerous factual errors in those ads that claim Wisconsin's economy is suddenly the second best in the country, notes Uppity Wisconsin blogger Jud Lounsbury. He talked to an official at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, which is being cited in the ad paid for by the corporate lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, who says the Fed didn't say what the ad claims.
Blogger James Rowen also reports that the Fed is disputing the WMC-Walker ads. He suggests that perhaps this makes Walker No. 1 in governors being taken to the woodshed. Rowen also wonders where the TV ads are these days. Have they been pulled, he asks?
In the same vein, blogger Jeff Simpson notes that Gov. Scott Walker is still upset with Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun lying to the fans over his use of human growth hormones. Interesting, Simpson says, that Walker can be upset with Braun while his ads routinely tell lies to Wisconsin citizens.
The Wausau Daily Herald editorializes over the weekend that it's time that Wisconsin banned motor vehicle drivers from talking on their cellphones. This is only a common-sense safety measure, the paper maintains.
The Racine Journal Times applauds a legislator's attempt to add more phy ed and healthy eating training to the public schools, but adds that the schools can't be expected to solve our obesity problem on their own. Parents need to be teaching their kids healthy habits.
What's wrong with talking, asks the Beloit Daily News as it repeats its call for legislators to hold hearings on changing the way Wisconsin redistricts every 10 years. The current system is a fraud on democracy, the paper implies, and needs to be changed and the least legislative leaders should do is hold hearings so they can hear from the people.
On the Forward Lookout blog, Erik Paulson presents a lengthly report on the meeting last week to explore how the Yahara parkway between Lakes Mendota and Monona should evolve. Complete with graphics and pictures, Paulson calls the meeting somewhat disappointing because there were no advanced materials to study in order to provide commentary. But he calls the plans quite interesting.
And on FightingBob, Bill Kraus talks abut Mark Leibovich's book "This Town," which describes in detail the inner workings of Washington, D.C., and how influence is peddled there. He compares Washington's power politics with Madison's.