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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:22 pm

Jsonline expanded on the tax subsidy story.
Hovde, a multimillionaire with real-estate and investment holdings, has sharply attacked farm subsidies going to big businesses as part of a self-funded U.S. Senate bid built around cutting government spending and deficit. But meanwhile, Hovde's Madison real-estate firm has been collecting about $2,700 a year in subsidies meant for tobacco farmers.

That's not the only area where Hovde Realty Inc. has sought to gain subsidies or tax benefits normally going to farmers. In 2006, the Hovde family's real estate and development firm settled for $22,500 a lawsuit by the city of Madison that charged Hovde Realty with improperly classifying some of its holdings as farmland to lower its property taxes.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:30 pm

Conservative gun nut Ted Nugent is appearing at a fundraising rally for Thompson. I wonder if he will talk about the (latest) Colorado massacre.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:30 pm

Hovde says he is against Obama's stimulus spending, but...
Hovde is major stakeholder in company that got $2.3M from federal stimulus.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:20 am

Playing their hits.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, held a rally this week with Ted Nugent, the former rocker, well-known conservative activist and author of melodic (cough) masterpieces like "Stranglehold" and "Wango Tango."

Not to be outdone, fellow candidate Eric Hovde, a millionaire hedgefund manager who spent most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., will share the stage Aug. 1 with Rodney Atkins, a country music artist and who has recorded songs like "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" and "Farmer's Daughter."
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:46 pm

Walker is self-appointed "referee" in the contenious GOP primary race.

Gov. Scott Walker won't say which of the four Republicans running for U.S. Senate he will vote for, but encouraged them Tuesday to stay away from attacking one another in the final two weeks of the primary campaign.

Walker previously said that instead of endorsing someone, he would act as a referee in case any candidate's attack got out of line. Walker was asked at a news conference Tuesday if he had seen anything out of bounds in the increasingly negative race.

"I haven't dropped a flag yet but it's getting pretty close," Walker said.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:32 am

The mud slinging continues.
The reality is that a central tenant of Hovde’s candidacy is to disparage his opponents for not being true conservatives.

For instance, a Hovde press release Tuesday noted former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s previous affinity for organized labor, the entity that Gov. Scott Walker has turned into conservatives’ biggest, baddest boogeyman.

Hovde suggests Thompson was known to do the bidding of Marty Beil, head of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, “the same Marty Beil who called Gov. Scott Walker a 'plantation owner' while likening Republicans to slaves,” the press release says.
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The attacks Thompson and Hovde are trading display the vulnerabilities the candidates share. Both have spent the last major chapter of their lives in Washington, D.C., profiting off of politically toxic businesses -- lobbying and Wall Street.

In ultimate insider language, Thompson defended the donations he made to two Democratic candidates as “courtesy contributions.”

Similarly, using logic utterly foreign to the typical voter, Hovde said he couldn’t remember the $500 check he wrote to Doyle’s campaign in 2005, reasoning that the large number of checks he signs in a day makes it hard for him to remember such a trivial thing.

Democrats have made clear they think Hovde is a target too good to be true in a general election. But increasingly, many Democrats also doubt that Thompson would be the formidable candidate he once appeared to be.

“He’s not your father’s Tommy Thompson,” said one Democratic operative.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Stu Levitan » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:15 am

Tommy could lose this thing.

Details here.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Meade » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:52 am

Henry Vilas wrote:Walker is self-appointed "referee" in the contenious GOP primary race.

Who's going to be the self-appointed referee who throws the flag on Henry for his proofreading violations?
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:43 am

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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby bdog » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:55 am

Wow there's a tea party express now? That seems to be a trend now - having an express version of your business.

Look for the insty-prints express soon. Your printing is done and in your hands before you even order it.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:34 pm

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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby bdog » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:41 pm

in·ter·ne·cine   [in-ter-nee-seen, -sahyn, -nes-een, -nes-ahyn] Show IPA
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1.
of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group: an internecine feud among proxy holders.
2.
mutually destructive.
3.
characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:45 pm

Outside money keeps pouring in.

Third-party groups rev up bid to influence tight U.S. Senate race

Here's one group I've never heard of before:
...the national independent organization Americans for Job Security joined state-based agricultural groups in attacking millionaire businessman Eric Hovde, accusing him of dodging taxes and accepting more than $2 million in stimulus money — charges that Hovde strenuously denied and that prompted him to threaten legal action.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Detritus » Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:51 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Outside money keeps pouring in.

Third-party groups rev up bid to influence tight U.S. Senate race

Here's one group I've never heard of before:
...the national independent organization Americans for Job Security joined state-based agricultural groups in attacking millionaire businessman Eric Hovde, accusing him of dodging taxes and accepting more than $2 million in stimulus money — charges that Hovde strenuously denied and that prompted him to threaten legal action.


The usual crowd.
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Re: U.S. Senate - next big local election

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:00 pm

Gov. Scott Walker won't say which of the four Republicans running for U.S. Senate he will vote for, but encouraged them Tuesday to stay away from attacking one another in the final two weeks of the primary campaign.

Walker previously said that instead of endorsing someone, he would act as a referee in case any candidate's attack got out of line. "I haven't dropped a flag yet but it's getting pretty close," Walker said.


Well maybe not... Walker ponders making U.S. Senate endorsement
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