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0644, 08 Feb 17

Congress’ Approval Rating Jumps 47%

But it’s still only 28%.

Congress has hit its highest job approval rating since former President Barack Obama took office in early 2009, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday evening.

But lawmakers shouldn’t celebrate too much: only 28 percent approve of the job Congress is doing.

Congressional job approval had been sitting at 19 percent in January before President Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20. The Feb. 1-5 poll results make it the biggest monthly increase since Obama’s 12-point spike to 31 percent the month after his 2009 inauguration.


0644, 08 February 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Congress is still weighed down by the likes of Baldwin, Pelosi, etc.

    This is an amazing jump given the Democratic baggage that is still there.

    Trying to run to prosperity is difficult with an liberal cinder blocks tied to your leg.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    You forgot the likes of such slugs as Gohmert, Ryan, Johnson and McConnell.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    …Says the guy who denies he is a liberal.

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    I’m no liberal by your definition.  I’m in all actually a pretty conservative guy by the definition taught to me in Poli Sci back in 1970.   You just call me a “liberal” because you seem to associate that will all that is bad.  I disagree.

  5. penquin

    Aren’t those the same pollsters who predicated a huge win for Hillary? ’cause I don’t beleive anything they are trying to sell us.


    And Kevin defines “liberal” the same way Sally’s dad does….

  6. Le Roi du Nord


    How true….

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    Name the issue(s) you claims to be conservative on?

    This should be a fascinating list.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    Fiscal policy, military, environment and natural resources, freedom of and from religion, truth and transparency in government at all levels, public education, equal rights, ……..

    I’m sure you have your own definitions, but you asked, I told you.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann

    Let’s see….

    You support crazy DOT and DNR regulatory spending….

    Conservatives believe in freedom OF religion not freedom FROM religion….that is liberal.

    Truth and transparency in government…how much is one snake worth? You do not support transparency.

    Conservatives support private ed ad well.

    “Equal rights ” is many times liberal code for “special rights”.

    I don’ t see much conservstive on your list, except military, but you probably deny Islam is at war with us.

  10. Le Roi du Nord

    You have your personal definitions, most not shared by the rest of civilized society.  You call me a “liberal” as if it were an insult, I call you a thin-skinned,  incurious and willfully ignorant gnat.

  11. Kevin Scheunemann


    I use liberal as a descriptive for your pro big government policy positions you advocate.

    Only thin- skinned readers perceive liberal as an insult.

    I always tell liberals: be proud of who you are, stop trying to hide it, that’s all. If there is hidden shame by closet liberals, I cannot help that.

  12. Le Roi du Nord

    “pro big government policy positions you advocate”.

    And that is nonsense.  I have spoken out numerous times about the massive power grab by the current administration in Madison with over 100 bills passed and more proposed that have or will take away the ability to govern from local units on government and school boards.  This are things that adversely affect everyone in the state, no doubt you as an elected official know that, but since it doesn’t fit into your world view you deny it.

    You know what I am proud of?  Being able to point out the hypocrisy and alternative facts you continually spew forth.  How long before you come after that?

  13. Kevin Scheunemann


    Unlike Doyle, I have not seen one Walker power grab from a municipal perspective.

    To the contrary, Act 10 has given us back control of the municipality.

    That kind of foolish criticsm of Walker puts you outside the conservative camp.


  14. penquin

    Partisan blinders makes it very easy to not see a lot of stuff that is happening all around you.

    The law banning cities from passing & enacting sick-leave laws is one example of local control being usurped. Another is the prohibition on residency requirements for municipal workers. And didn’t they also ban cities from enacting their own landlord-renter laws?

    The Legislative Fiscal Bureau put out a memo last year detailing over 125 examples of such behavior. Even the Republican leadership admits they are taking away power from local governing entities, so why are you saying otherwise?

  15. penquin

    “Only thin- skinned readers perceive liberal as an insult.”

    I’ve only seen you describe liberals as “evil”…have you ever had anything good to say about ’em or their policies?

  16. Kevin Scheunemann


    Since a “sick leave law” will never be an issue in my municipality…I worry about that like I worry about an ant hill in Africa.

    Walker is concerned Milwaukee will destroy its business base and make the liberal city even more of a basket case, dependant on state welfare.   That is called good government.



  17. Le Roi du Nord


    You are ebing the fool here and are making stuff up again.  Don’t you conservative christians have laws about lying?

    Here are just a few: restrictions on local zoning, residency requirements, cell tower siting, mining and frac sand siting, restrictions on how and when municipal and school referendums can be held, restrictions on how counties can share equipment,….and over 100 more.

  18. Le Roi du Nord

    Sorry, that should be “being”, not ebing.

  19. Kevin Scheunemann


    I’ll bite…just what did I “make up”?


  20. penquin

    You were making it up when you said “I have not seen one Walker power grab from a municipal perspective”

    You already have an established opinion on at least one of the examples listed, so obviously you were aware of it.

  21. Kevin Scheunemann

    That is not a power grab.

    It’s like me being concerned about Walker prohibiting purple in a municipal flag. Since we don’t have a municipal flag….

    I care about stuff that costs municipality money, like DNR mandates.

    “Power grab” means something meaningful being taken away or cost inflicted.

    I don’t see any of that.

  22. penquin

    In your eyes it is only considered taking away local control if it affects you personally?

    Kinda narcissistic of you, but thanks for clearing that up.

  23. Le Roi du Nord


    Thanks for pointing that out.  And selfish on his part as well.

    Keep up the good work.

  24. Kevin Scheunemann

    penquin, Nord,


    Walker insuring small businesses are not destroyed by an arbitrary sick leave law ultimately is local control.

    Local liberals destroying small business jobs is destroying local control.  Since this is only a problem in the Madison and Milwaukee empires that act like Nero to its constituents…it’s really not anything on the radar in communities outside these 2.

    Liberals never seem to get that.   I suppose it is too much to ask for a “thank you Scott Walker” for his great leadership?




  25. Le Roi du Nord

    “Since this is only a problem in the Madison and Milwaukee empires that act like Nero to its constituents…it’s really not anything on the radar in communities outside these 2”.

    With all due respect, are you insane?  Or just so insulated at the DQ that you don’t have any clue or comprehension that there is more to the state than what you can see out your window.

    These “power grabs” by the current administration affect the entire state, not just Madison or Milwaukee.  Zoning decisions should be by the locals, not some politician in Madison.  Siting of frac sand mines, CAFOs affect the locals, not the politician in Madison.    You want a cell tower just across the fence in your back yard, who should decide, the locals, or a politician from 200 miles away?   Wow, just wow, how truly near-sighted you are……

  26. Kevin Scheunemann


    We just rejected a cell tower at planning commission 2 weeks ago at due to safety concerns of location. I cast deciding vote against. Cell tower company is looking at more safe locations.

    Who is saying state controls that?

    More made up liberal theology on your part.

  27. Le Roi du Nord

    Apples and oranges, buddy.  The state took away the ability of towns and counties to have any say in cell tower siting.  Incorporated municipalities are a little different, but you may get taken to court if the cell folks want to push the issue.  The City of Green Bay just lost one similar where a church wanted to lease land  for a tower in residential neighborhood..  Nothing “made up.  You can “look it up”.

  28. Kevin Scheunemann


    If there are safety concerns, towns and counties have the same decision making process.   You just have to be smart about it, legally speaking.

    I can’t speak for local officials who may not be as smart.


  29. Le Roi du Nord

    I guess you are smarter that the current administration, because they don’t feel that way.  Local officials don’t have any say.

  30. Kevin Scheunemann


    It is not about “feeling”.  It is about what is.

    I can’t help it that your feelings get in the way of reality.

  31. Paul

    And…once again, the troll with the White Nationalist name steers a thread into the ditch.  What a cell tower has to do with Congress, nobody knows, but that doesn’t stop the pissant village bureaucrat from doing his thing.

  32. Le Roi du Nord

    Here is the reality and the relevant statute citation:

    2013  WI Act 20

    Ch. 66.0404


  33. Kevin Scheunemann


    There is nothing in there separating towns and counties from municipalities.

    We just denied a cell tower siting in Kewaskum.  The company is looking at better, suggested, sites.

    You just have to be smart about it.

    If a Walker law punishes the stupid, I’m even more for it.




  34. Le Roi du Nord

    But , per 66.0404, you have no authority to deny the application.  On appeal you would wouldn’t have much to hang your hat on.  If you compare the old law to the new and actually read for comprehension you would know that.  The difference between county/town and incorporated municipalities is how the zoning ordinances are administered.  But you should know that as well.

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

  35. Kevin Scheunemann


    Clearly you have inferior legal counsel that should be fired.

    Can’t help that you don’t know that.

  36. Le Roi du Nord

    Well, the WCA, WTA and the LAB disagree with you.  Nothing I can do about that.  You can find the analysis of the changes to 66.0404 on their website.   So have the last word on this one…..

  37. Kevin Scheunemann

    Lack of local leadership on your part is not something I can fix for you.

    It may be a possible character flaw you need to look at.

    I explained that we just did it and a better re-siting is in progress.

  38. billphoto


    One could cite the snail’s pace of approving Trump’s Cabinet or the fact that Congress approved the Secure Fence Act in 2006 but no matter the measure, our elected representatives are an abysmal failure.

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