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On the Capitol: Scott Fitzgerald hears the Trump train a-comin'

On the Capitol: Scott Fitzgerald hears the Trump train a-comin'

Just a couple grape sodas was all it took for the Trump train to find its whistle.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, revealed this week that while he and Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, were “sitting around having a couple grape sodas” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland earlier this month, the two dreamed up what it might sound like to ride the Trump train on which they found themselves.

But instead of “Chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga, CHOO! CHOO!” it goes “Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump. PENCE! PENCE!

Fitzgerald gifted the world this Trump train call — posted on the internet by the Wisconsin Radio Network — while speaking at a rally in Waukesha this week for GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. Fitzgerald didn’t endorse anyone in the presidential primary, but shortly after Trump clinched the nomination he declared: “We’re on the Trump train now.”

State income growth


Personal income growth in Wisconsin has picked up over the past year, though it still ranks about average nationally, according to new data released this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Since 2007, Wisconsin’s annual income growth has averaged 1.4 percent, ranking 33rd nationally and slightly behind the national average of 1.7 percent. But as of the first quarter this year, income growth over the previous year was 4.2 percent, the same as the U.S. average, ranking 25th among the states.

Another Pew study released this week showed Wisconsin’s share of revenue derived from the federal government shrank to 27.8 percent in 2014, ranking 38th among the states.

That’s down from a recent peak of 33.2 percent in 2010 when federal stimulus money flowed into the state during the Great Recession. That year the state ranked 33rd.

In yet another recent report that ranks the states, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ranked Wisconsin third for its health care system quality behind only Maine and Massachusetts.



Baldwin, D-Missouri?

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Madison, was misidentified as a senator from Missouri on a Jumbotron hanging over a podium Baldwin used while addressing the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Baldwin wasn’t the only speaker to be misidentified at the convention this week. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio was labeled a senator on the big screen.

Twitter was not impressed.

“Between Tammy Baldwin and Tim Ryan, whoever is running the screen at the DNC has no idea who any of these people are,” tweeted Noah Rothman, an online editor at Commentary Magazine.


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