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  • Democrats looking to reclaim Midwestern supporters

    12/05/2016 6:33:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2016 3:24 AM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political “blue wall” of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters. Hillary Clinton’s failure to hold key blocs of these voters helped seal Trump’s stunning electoral victory and leaves Democrats with a gaping, perhaps long-term, hole in the party’s national battle front. Trump boasted of his accomplishment at a post-election rally in Ohio. The president-elect crowed: “We didn’t break it; we shattered that sucker. We shattered it, man. That poor wall is busted...
  • The New Red Wall?

    11/22/2016 4:59:48 AM PST · by randita · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/22/16 | Jeremy Carl
    <p>In 2016 the path to victory for the GOP ran through the Midwest, and this may remain true for some time.</p> <p>Over Labor Day weekend in 2015, four months before the first primary votes were cast in Iowa, a somewhat obscure policy analyst and strategist wrote a confidential memo to a presidential campaign he was informally advising. He outlined what he believed was the path to victory for the GOP in the 2016 presidential election, based on election simulations he had run using a couple of publicly available models. He attacked the GOP’s official Election 2012 post-mortem as being politically motivated and divorced from actual voting data. A portion of the memo, edited lightly for style and length, is reproduced below.</p>
  • Clinton’s Dishonesty Cost Her the Midwest—and the Election

    11/18/2016 5:30:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-18-16 | Michael Barone
    Clinton ignored people who live outside the trendy urban areas and also played fast and loose with the truth.
  • Marco Rubio To Skip Caucus Night In Vegas, Will Campaign In Midwest Instead

    02/23/2016 10:41:05 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 23, 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't plan to be at his own campaign's rally tonight after the results of the Nevada caucuses come in, according to his schedule... In South Carolina on Saturday, Rubio celebrated his second place finish, calling it a dramatic comeback for his campaign... Pundits have increasingly grown skeptical of Rubio's dramatic election night speeches especially after losing each state.
  • Midwest faces deep freeze in wake of snow storm

    11/22/2015 6:06:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2015 | Associated Press
    A deep freeze set in across the Midwest on Sunday with low temperatures forecast in the single digits and a few below zero, turning the season's first major snow into ice that made some roads treacherous to travel. After snow on Friday and Saturday across much of the region, temperatures plunged behind the front. The National Weather Service forecast 20 degrees or lower across six states from North Dakota to Illinois. Fargo, North Dakota, could dip to 11 degrees by early Sunday. Madison, Wisconsin, could see 7 degrees and Des Moines 12. Parts of Iowa, northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin...
  • MIDWEST BURIED (Record Snow)

    11/21/2015 9:22:22 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 95 replies ^ | 11/21/2015 | DRUDGE
  • Reshaping Midwest cities through immigrant talent

    10/15/2015 3:16:09 AM PDT · by EBH · 26 replies
    Metromode ^ | 10/15/2015 | Douglas J. Guth
    A century ago the Rust Belt was the country's industrial heartland, with cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit innovating manufacturing processes that drew, among others, large numbers of European and Latin immigrants. When industrial decline eliminated well-paid blue-collar jobs, entire families of new Americans left for more foreign-friendly metropolises to find better work opportunities and living conditions. Today, many of these once-dominant industrial cities are taking steps to attract immigrants and refugees as a way to reverse a half-century of population decline. Welcoming groups in Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit and St. Louis promote immigrant integration within the region, while public officials...
  • Scott Walker expands 2016 lead in Iowa poll

    07/31/2015 2:27:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    National Sun Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Chad Merda P
    It’s one of the few polls that has some separation atop the 2016 GOP field, and it shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expanding his lead. The new Iowa poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register has Walker getting support from 17 percent of the 402 registered Iowa voters who say they are likely to attend 2016 GOP caucuses. In the previous poll, Walker came in at 15 percent. [snip] In favorability rankings, Walker also leads the pack, with 66 percent of Republicans saying they view him favorably. [snip]
  • Traces of Ancient Earthquakes

    05/14/2015 12:45:29 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/22/2016 | Becky Oskin
    PASADENA, Calif. — Shattered cave formations in the central United States may preserve one of the longest records of powerful earthquakes in this region. Historical records from European settlers provide vivid accounts of deadly earthquakes in states such as Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois. For instance, in 1811 and 1812, people saw the ground ripple like ocean waves when the New Madrid Fault Zone unleashed earthquakes thought to be greater than magnitude 8. However, no written accounts exist from before Europeans arrived. And most earthquake faults in the Midwest are hidden deep beneath the surface, so scientists can't dig into the...
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right

    04/02/2015 7:16:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | Josh Kraushaar
    Republicans are debating whether their path to the presidency in 2016 runs through the blue-collar Rust Belt states, or the demographically changing new South and Sunbelt states. For Democrats looking to retake the Senate, however, the formula is more clear-cut: Win back white working-class voters, or be consigned to a longer-term minority. (SNIP) Exit polls show that Rust Belt Democrats performed dismally among non-college-educated white voters in these states in 2010. Feingold won just 40 percent of their vote in 2010, five points behind Obama's vote share in the state two years later. In Ohio, Strickland tallied just 40 percent...
  • Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right: Democrats have been losing ground in Midwest

    04/01/2015 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2015 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Republicans are debating whether their path to the presidency in 2016 runs through the blue-collar Rust Belt states, or the demographically changing new South and Sunbelt states. For Democrats looking to retake the Senate, however, the formula is more clear-cut: Win back white working-class voters, or be consigned to a longer-term minority. Most of the Senate battlegrounds run through the Midwest—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio—along with New Hampshire, which carries demographic similarities with those older, whiter Great Lakes states. To defeat the vulnerable Republican incumbents, Democrats have a challenging task ahead: Making inroads with blue-collar voters, who have been stubbornly resistant...
  • Train of Storms to Bring Upper Midwest, Northeast Unrelenting Snow Into Next Week

    02/06/2015 9:30:47 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies ^ | 6FEB2015 | Alex Sosnowski
    A train of storms will bring round after round of snow from the Upper Midwest to part of the Northeast this weekend into early next week. The biggest storm in the bunch will be the caboose in the train, set to affect the Northeast Sunday night into Monday night. The storms will bring episodes of snow every 12-24 hours or so from northern Minnesota and northern Michigan and southern Ontario to upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and New England. In some cases, there may be snow of varying intensity from this weekend right straight through into early...
  • Gutiérrez: Jeff Sessions Appointment Puts Into Question if GOP Wants to Be a Nat’l Party

    02/04/2015 6:30:45 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jan 2015
    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “José Díaz-Balart,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as chairman to Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration. According to Gutiérrez, the appointment was a mistake and called into question the Republican Party’s desire to reemerge as a “national party.” “Well, let me just say, if the Republican Party wants to move forward as a national party, it has to stop thinking about simply the South,” Gutiérrez said. “They got it. They seem to win there.
  • Winter storm warning issued for Monroe County, Michigan

    01/31/2015 7:17:48 PM PST · by madison10 · 26 replies
    Monroe Evening News ^ | 1/31/2015 | National Weather Service
    The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a winter storm warning that includes Monroe County for the time frame of 1 a.m. Sunday Feb. 1 to 7 a.m. Monday Feb. 2. RELATED: Pre-Groundhog Day snowstorm to sweep from Chicago to NYC The forecast is for "moderate to occasionally heavy snow," beginning late tonight and persisting through sunrise Monday. Accumulations of more than 8 inches of snow are likely "with the potential of up to 12 inches near the Ohio border," the warning that was issued at 4 p.m. today said. There also is the likelihood of blowing and drifting...
  • 4.8 magnitude earthquake felt throughout Kansas

    11/13/2014 5:28:10 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    KWCH-TV ^ | 11/12/14
    ....The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed the epicenter of the quake as 8 miles south of Conway Springs, Kansas. According to Sumner County Emergency Manager, James Fair, a there are few structures with foundation damage. A tree with a diameter of 18-20 inches was uprooted and a propane tank was shifted off its foundation.
  • Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas

    09/28/2014 8:12:06 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 6, 2014 | Blake Hurst
    What’s the matter with Kansas? It’s a decade since Thomas Frank launched a thousand headlines with his book of that title, itself a reference to a famous 1896 essay by Kansas journalist William Allen White. Frank’s thesis was simple: Kansans, and by extension the rest of the red states, vote against their economic interests. Or as he puts it in the first page of his book: “People getting their fundamental interests wrong is what American political life is all about.” Is he right? Do voters in the great middle of the country ignore their economic interests to vote for the...
  • Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, Canada

    09/18/2014 2:45:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN Health ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacque Wilson, Matthew Stucker and Teri Genova
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you. Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia. New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health. And "in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection," the CDC said in a statement...
  • Obama announces new Midwest manufacturing hubs

    02/25/2014 12:54:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 3:41 PM EST | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama is announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes, using public and private resources, to boost advanced manufacturing, help create jobs and perhaps build the next “Iron Man.” One center will be in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, concentrating on high-tech digital manufacturing and design. The other will be located in Canton, Mich., near Detroit, and specialize in light metal manufacturing. …
  • Propane Spot Price: Mt Belvieu Tx is $1.50; Midwest is $5

    01/28/2014 8:42:14 PM PST · by topher · 45 replies
    Cash Price Propane: Mount Belvieu, Texas Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - $1.5114 Previous Day's price - $1.5155 Year ago - $0.8411 Natural Gas, Henry Hub $5.240 [1/28/2014] 5.750 [Yesterday] 3.191 [Year Ago]
  • U.S. propane shortage hits millions during brutal freeze

    01/24/2014 9:12:31 AM PST · by topher · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24-January-2014 | y Sabina Zawadzki and Edward McAllister
    (Reuters) - Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch of a propane shortage this week as brutal cold exposes the supply vulnerabilities of a fuel that heats homes, schools and businesses across wide swathes of the United States. Prices of the fuel, a liquefied petroleum gas, have rocketed to all-time highs in Midwestern states, distributors are rationing supplies, and some schools have shut due to a lack of the fuel during this year's second bout of Arctic weather.
  • Alert: FBI Investigating Threats to Midwest Water Supply Systems: “On High Alert”

    10/19/2013 3:31:23 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/19/13 | Mac Slavo
    Reuters reports that the FBI and other agencies are in the process of investigating multiple threats to Midwest Water Supply Systems. Specifically, the FBI has named Wichita, Kansas as a target, but utility facilities have also been put on alert in other Midwestern cities. (Reuters) The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the threats in the past two days and has contacted the water supply facilities and law enforcement offices for the municipalities, said Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Kansas City, Missouri. Patton declined to discuss the nature of the threats or the number of...
  • Possible GOOD News/Plains Storm to Bring Big Rain, Snow and Severe Weather(drought buster)

    04/05/2013 11:46:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 12 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | April 05, 2013 | By Alex Sosnowski
    A major storm next week is poised to bring much needed rain, heavy snow and dangerous thunderstorms to the Plains. The main storm will be preceded by a lesser system with spotty rain, snow and thunderstorms during late Sunday into Monday. However, the main event over the Plains will begin Monday night and Tuesday and will sprawl eastward as the week progresses.
  • Prairie churches

    04/03/2013 7:52:34 PM PDT · by DManA · 3 replies
    This is our heritage. This is what they want us to toss into the garbage.
  • Tallying the winners and losers of the War of 1812

    12/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | James Careless
    The human cost of the War of 1812 was dramatic. Some 35,000 people were killed, wounded or missing at the end of the war. York (now Toronto), Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Washington, D.C. were torched. Elsewhere, homes and properties were looted and damaged and family lives were thrown into chaos. The borders between British North America and the United States might not have changed when the fighting stopped — the old lines were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war on December 24, 1814. But once the treaty was signed, there wasn’t simply a return to the...
  • Update: mountain lion killed in Des Moines neighborhood

    10/07/2012 7:22:10 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 45 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | 10.4.12 | Pat Curtis
    Police shot and killed a mountain lion this morning in Des Moines. Kevin Baskins, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s extremely unusual for such an animal to end up in a residential neighborhood. “Certainly, we see the occasional mountain lion wander through the state of Iowa, but to the best of our knowledge, we really have not seen one in urban setting like Des Moines,” Baskins said. ”The only explanation we can think of is that mountain lions will follow river corridors and the river is in fairly close proximity to where this cat got shot.”...
  • Flush with cash, Romney moves into Obama territory, upper Midwest states (Michigan and WI)

    09/09/2012 1:52:08 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Flush with cash, Mitt Romney plans to open a new front in the White House race by challenging President Barack Obama in upper Midwest states where he might not have dug in otherwise. Obama is intensifying his efforts to cast his Republican rival as out of touch, which he's already been working pretty hard at doing. This is the beginning of the homestretch to Election Day, when everything in the two campaigns goes into overdrive and a September or October surprise could upend it all. -snip- In the coming weeks, Romney's team is expected to pay for...
  • End the Ethanol Madness

    07/26/2012 10:09:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Economists are warning that the current drought in the Corn Belt is going to result in higher food prices... But there is one thing the president can do to alleviate the effects of the drought: suspend the nation's ill-conceived ethanol program. That program now burns up 40% of the U.S. corn crop...
  • Cloud Seeding - (Drought cure for the Midwest)

    07/19/2012 1:12:50 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 8 replies
    7/19/12 | Self
    Would it be possible to privately cloud seed in order to make it rain?
  • Despite Obama’s Policies, The Rust Belt’s Revival Could Save His Campaign

    06/25/2012 9:05:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 25, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    Barack Obama’s political base always has been more “creative class” than working class—and his policies have favored that base, seeming to cater to energized issue and identity constituencies including African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, and greens, often at the expense of blue-collar workers. Yet improving conditions for those workers—particularly in the industrial heartland—could save his flagging presidency. The industrial zone’s four key states—Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania—constitute the most critically contested territory in this year’s contest. Fifty-four electoral votes are at play here, with Pennsylvania’s 20 votes alone equaling all those at stake in the much-ballyhooed battleground of the Intermountain West (Colorado,...
  • Xcel to drop solar incentives

    06/04/2012 2:06:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    MPLS star & sickle ^ | 6-4-12 | DAVID SHAFFER
    Xcel Energy Inc. will seek to phase out subsidies for solar power and spend more to help customers conserve energy in Minnesota. The Minneapolis-based utility said Friday that it will reduce spending on its popular Minnesota Solar Rewards program to $2.5 million in 2013 -- half its current level -- before its elimination. The program has helped 560 Minnesota homes and businesses install solar arrays since 2010. Xcel Energy Inc. will seek to phase out subsidies for solar power and spend more to help customers conserve energy in Minnesota. The Minneapolis-based utility said Friday that it will reduce spending on...
  • Forecasters: Dangerous storms moving into Midwest

    04/14/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 61 replies
    Fox ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    Baseball-sized hail is tearing the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska, a tornado has touched down in Kansas and forecasters are warning residents across the nation's midsection to brace for "life threatening" storms. The National Weather Service says a rain-wrapped tornado touched down in southwest Kansas on Saturday afternoon, while at least three possible tornadoes were reported earlier in central Oklahoma. No injuries were immediately reported. But forecasters are expecting the most dangerous weather later in the day and are warning residents across the region of possible fast-moving tornadoes overnight. Officials say a large area spanning from Minnesota to Texas...
  • Tornado sirens sound in Oklahoma City amid warnings of 'life-threatening' storms

    04/14/2012 9:13:46 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 72 replies, Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET: OKLAHOMA CITY ^ | 4/14/12 | By The Associated Press and staff
    At least three possible tornadoes hit central Oklahoma early Saturday in a prelude to what forecasters warned could be a day of "life-threatening" storms in the nation's midsection. No injuries were immediately reported. Department of Emergency Management official Michelann Ooten said the possible tornadoes were reported west and north of Oklahoma City. One was spotted near Piedmont, a small town where a twister last May killed several people. The National Weather Service was working to confirm the reports. Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Brown told The Associated Press the storms were fairly weak but still damaged some homes. A tornado that...
  • Tornado Super-Outbreak Predicted For Saturday, 4-14!

    04/13/2012 12:56:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    Weather Channel, NOAA ^ | 4-13-12 | TCRLAF
    Weather Channel TORCON (Tornado Conditions) Index for Saturday: IA southwest - 6 to 7 IA northwest - 5 IA central, northeast night - 4 to 5 KS central, northeast - 8 KS southeast night - 6 MN southwest - 4 MN south, east-central night - 5 MO northwest night - 6 NE central, northeast - 5 NE southeast - 7 OK west, north-central (except panhandle) - 7 OK central, northeast night - 7 SD southeast - 4 TX northwest near Wichita Falls - 6 TX central night, west of I-35 - 4 WI west-central night - 5 The highest TORCON...
  • Meathead’s mob directory spills secrets (mafia fun)

    10/13/2011 4:39:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-11-11 | MITCHEL MADDUX
    A bumbling Bonanno bad guy bizarrely listed all of his contacts -- from capos to consiglieres -- in a Rolodex, The Post has learned. Not-so-wiseguy Mike “The Butcher” Virtuoso recorded every one of the names, numbers, nicknames and even mob titles in a file so complete that the FBI agents who stumbled on it felt like they’d discovered a gold mine. Putting all of that classified information into writing “was an incredibly stupid thing [for Virtuoso] to do,’’ a source told The Post. The treasure trove was discovered in “The Butcher’s’’ butcher shop, Graham Avenue Meats & Deli, in Williamsburg....
  • ..Midwestern Tea Partiers (TEACON) Gather for Major Political Convention (.. (Glenn) Beck’s Speech)

    10/02/2011 4:58:12 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies
    THE BLAZE ^ | 10-2-11 | Bill Hallowell
    COMPLETE TITLE: ‘Educate, Inspire & Activate’: Midwestern Tea Partiers Gather for Major Political Convention (Updated With Beck’s Speech) ### It’s a big weekend for the Tea Party, as members are convening in Schaumburg, Illinois, for a major political convention. The event, called TeaCon 2011, is intended to mobilize small government enthusiasts just in time for the 2012 presidential campaign. Update: Scroll for Glenn Beck’s speech The Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel is hosting the influential gathering, which was organized by WIND 560AM, a local talk ratio station. The political festivities kicked off on Friday night and are scheduled to continue throughout Saturday...
  • Obama expects to get earful on Midwest bus tour (will only take complaints about Congress)

    08/13/2011 1:07:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Link only - Obama expects to get earful on Midwest bus tour
  • Homeless hell in America's Midwest

    Thousands of middle-class U.S. families are being forced to sleep on floors in public buildings because so many have lost their homes and jobs in the economic crisis. These shelters were once the preserve of drug addicts and alcoholics but now normal Americans are having to bed down in halls and corridors as they have no other place to go. An investigation has also found many from the Midwest are spending their benefits to stay in motels for up to ten days a month to avoid having every night on mattresses surrounded by dozens of strangers.  Experts say that these...
  • Cool, wet weather halts Midwest corn planting

    04/19/2011 10:02:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/11 | Christine Stebbins - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Midwest will be cool and wet for at least the next 10 days, preventing farmers from planting corn through most of April, a forecaster said on Tuesday. Up to an inch of rain fell in northern Iowa, eastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota since early Monday while the eastern Corn Belt received 0.25 to 0.75 inch of rain. "The Midwest is not going to do well under this type of weather," said forecaster Joel Burgio with Telvent DTN weather service. Farmers will be sidelined, waiting for soils to dry and warm up before they can...
  • The Surprising New Class Politics

    03/28/2011 9:56:09 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 28, 2011 | E.J. Dionne
    COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life. And a part of the country that was integral to the Republican surge of 2010 is shifting away from the GOP just a few months later. Republican governors, particularly in Wisconsin and Ohio, denied themselves political honeymoons by launching frontal assaults on public employee unions and proposing budgets that include deep cuts in popular programs. Democrats in the region are elated at the quick turn in their fortunes. A few months ago, they worried...
  • Democrats, Government Unions Are Co-Dependent

    02/23/2011 4:38:57 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/23/2011 | Sean Higgins and David Hogberg
    The fleeing Democrats in Wisconsin and Indiana say they are protecting state workers, but they have plenty of self-interested reasons to hit the road. Their self-imposed exile and national Democrats' support show just how key Big Labor is to their fortunes. Unions have long been a backbone of support for the Democratic Party. They have become even more important in recent years as they ramped up campaign efforts. Without them, Democrats have no chance of reversing the GOP's 2010 gains. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the top public-sector union, spent a reported $87.5 million nationally in...
  • Groundhog Day Blizzard brings Travel Chaos (Crushing ice storm, massive snow in Midwest)

    01/30/2011 1:48:48 PM PST · by listenhillary · 40 replies ^ | Jan 30, 2011 | Alex Sosnowski
    A large winter storm forecast to unfold could adversely affect more than 100 million people this week from the Rockies to the Plains, South, Midwest and Northeast, if it develops to its full potential. The latest indications continue to point toward a large storm forming amidst a building temperature contrast over the middle of the nation. Precipitation and strong cold air/warm air circulation around that storm will affect many millions of people from the interior West to the Atlantic Coast as next week progresses. We are calling this system the Groundhog Day storm, and it will likely severely impact...
  • Earthquake in Indiana?

    12/30/2010 5:27:42 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 75 replies · 32+ views
    Here in Indiana, near Grissom ARB, we just felt what we think was an earthquake. Can anyone confirm?
  • Midwest in Deep Freeze After Storm Cancels Flights

    12/13/2010 6:33:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/13/10 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    <p>A powerful storm that unleashed snow and strong winds across the upper Midwest has left behind dangerously cold temperatures.</p> <p>The weekend storm closed major highways in several states, canceled more than 1,600 flights in Chicago and collapsed the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium. At least six weather-related deaths were reported.</p>
  • December 12th 2010 Blizzard Photos from Wisconsin

    12/12/2010 1:11:47 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 190 replies · 5+ views
    My camera | 12-12-10 | Indy Pendance
    Here are some photos of our yard after last night's storm. We got about a foot or so of snow. Perhaps 15 when it's all done. The winds up have gusts to and sometimes exceeding 50 miles an hour today. Post your photos and stories. Luckily no trees fell on wires or our house! And we didn't lose power. Our driveway. Looking at the road from our driveway. Another shot of our driveway. East side of driveway. West side of our house. Backyard. Back yard. Front of house. Front yard. Front yard. Back yard/ View from our front window. Driveway...
  • Weather forces Showboat Branson Belle aground on Table Rock Lake......(Branson, Missouri)

    12/11/2010 9:56:13 PM PST · by TYVets · 14 replies
    KY3-TV Web Site ^ | December 11, 2010 | KY3-TV
    The wind was so strong Saturday night it blew the Showboat Branson Belle aground during its cruise with guests onboard. The Belle and local authorities tell KY3 there's no serious injuries and only three people requested medical assistance as a precaution. A passenger told KY3 over the phone Saturday night, most of the 567 passengers are calm but some are panicking. The passenger also says the captain announced it's not safe to evacuate the boat where they came aground. He said the rocky shoreline is covered in ice. Fire crews are trying to create a gameplan but the captain announced...
  • Ear (Of Corn) Marks

    11/11/2010 6:06:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 11, 2010 | Staff
    Energy Policy: If we're serious about cutting wasteful spending and reining in government, the abolition of subsidies for ethanol production and the ending of mandates for its use would be a good place to start. The Bush tax cuts aren't the only thing that expires at the end of the year. Also set to expire is the mother of all corporate welfare: ethanol subsidies to Big Agriculture coupled with tariffs protecting domestic ethanol production that benefit farm-state senators and congressmen but few others. Ethanol is the perfect tax-spend-and-elect mechanism. Illinois-based Archer Daniels Midland, the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, has operations...
  • GOP Rust Belt Gains Give Daniels, Pawlenty Momentum For 2012

    11/03/2010 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 15 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 11/3/2010 | Ed Carson
    Republicans made huge gains across the country Tuesday — no more so than in the industrial Midwest. In the region they picked up four Senate seats, 19-20 House seats and at least four governorships, with Illinois and Minnesota still undecided. That should give a big lift to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as they gear up for possible presidential runs. Making significant Rust Belt inroads will be critical to Republican hopes of retaking the White House in 2012. Daniels and Pawlenty offer the best chance to do just that.
  • Storm to be Worst in 70 years (Chicago area)

    10/25/2010 9:14:23 PM PDT · by blondee123 · 135 replies
    CBSChicago,com ^ | 10/25/2010 | CBS 2&#8242;s Mary Kay Kleist and Megan Glaros
    UPDATED 10/25/10 8:09 p.m. ‘Great Lakes Cyclone’ To Strike Chicago Tuesday CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) – A combination of strong thunderstorms, followed by violent and destructive winds, will make for one of the Midwest’s most dangerous storms in 70 years. The temperature Monday is hit the 70s under partly sunny skies. But when Tuesday morning comes around, the Chicago area will be slammed with furious thunderstorms as a cold front passes over the area. Damaging winds will likely be a component of the thunderstorms, and there is a risk of tornadoes, CBS 2’s Mary Kleist reports. The severe storms are expected to...
  • GOP House Contenders Flying under the Radar

    10/14/2010 6:55:14 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 1 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2010 | By Richard Baehr
    November 2nd could see some big, unpleasant surprises for incumbent Democrats in the House of Representatives. Strong GOP contenders, largely unnoticed by the national media and party bigwigs, are making bold plays for seats long regarded as belonging to the Democrats. ...If the Likely Democratic and Likely Republican seats are excluded, then 99 Democratic held seats are in play, and only six Republican held seats. Nate Silver of the blog currently rates 39 Democrat-held seats as leaning or likely to turn over, with only two GOP seats in that category. There are another twenty Democrat-held seats he rates as...