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So, how rich is your Congressman, anyway?

MapLight, a California-based nonpartisan research group, has spent the better part of a year painstakingly entering data from these filings to create a Personal Financial Disclosures Database for members of Congress. The numbers for 2012 and 2013, the last reporting, are now available. Via New tool helps track congressional assets @ WisconsinWatch.org

Leibham folds

The county canvass gave Glenn Grothman a 219-vote lead, and Leibham said he has contacted Grothman to wish him well. Via Leibham won’t seek recount in 6th CD GOP race @ WisPolitics Election Blog. 

‘Favorite with an asterisk’

In style and substance, Grothman is a huge departure from the mild-mannered Republican that voters in Wisconsin’s 6th District have been sending to Congress since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Petri largely avoided confrontation and controversy. For Grothman, being “politically incorrect” is a badge of honor. Via Grothman could change political equation in 6th…

Conservatives All

I live in the Sixth Congressional District where three conservative candidates are vying for the Republican nomination. I have not endorsed one of them because I would be happy to vote for any of them. Each has his strengths and weaknesses, but, on the whole, I can’t come to the conclusion that one is clearly…

Not Glenn

But as Ashley Schultz wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some of those “thoroughly principled” controversies needlessly take th e Republican Party off message. No, Grothmann (as far as I know) hasn’t embraced some of the crackpot theories on nullification or secession that seem to float around. But what was the point of trying to…

Unpopular Congressmen Sitting Pretty

Congress may face voters this fall with its lowest recorded approval ratings ever in a mid-term election. Only 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to Gallup. You might expect such dismal numbers to put politicians in peril. But for the 435-member House of Representatives, the election outlook is the…

Ron Johnson’s ObamaCare Lawsuit

But whatever comes of the standing argument (something that we knew would be raised), the outcome of the case should not turn on whether it is “good” for Members and staff to get federal health benefits. Congress decided that they should not. If that decision was wrong, Congress itself controls the remedy. It can repeal…