A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Tommy Fello …this is one of the BEST hero stories of the year in my view.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Those trashing Foxconn and the Foxconn deal
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
An international game-changer…”
“A major leap forward…”
“The likes of which we have never seen here…”
These are just a few of the great comments being made by leaders in our state regarding Foxconn’s plans to invest $10 billion and create 13,000 good-paying jobs here in Wisconsin.
The new ecosystem represents the largest greenfield investment made by a foreign-based company in United States history. You heard me right – in United States history.
Direct spending by Foxconn, along with the related economic activity, is expected to support more than 10,000 direct construction jobs in our state over the four-year construction period. Once operational, the campus will support an additional 22,000 more indirect and induced jobs on top of the 13,000 people employed directly at the facility. All in all, the Foxconn project is expected to have an $7 billion annual economic impact on Wisconsin. We’re calling it “Wisconn Valley.”
Wisconn Valley will be about more than just the Foxconn ecosystem. It will represent Wisconsin’s readiness to evolve into a leader in high-tech advanced manufacturing and technology research and development. It will have an impact far beyond the site, as the company will require an estimated 150 suppliers from across the state to support its operations.
This is outstanding news for the people of Wisconsin. The fact that this global corporation chose Wisconsin over every other state in America and every other place in the world should make us feel proud. Our future has never been brighter. Wisconsin is ready.
We are ready for Wisconn Valley.
WI Gov. Scott Walker
“Comms is a Customer Service Operation — POTUS is the Number One Customer.”
Excerpt from ousted White House communications head Anthony Scaramucci’s memo to revamp the communications office, “humanize” Trump and consider “a national online lottery to play a round of golf with him … or a charity auction”
“In the races where I’m working, I think voters think that Russia is important and that the questions need to get answered. But they’re mostly sick of hearing about it, and they want to hear politicians talk about things that are more directly important in their lives.”
Bill Burton, a veteran Democratic consultant
Democrats “are going to be in deep, deep trouble if they don’t start talking about what voters care about. We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia. The more we talk about stuff that voters don’t truly care about in their daily lives … it confirms that the Democratic Party’s brain has been eaten by the elites in Washington who have been sitting fat and happy for a lot of years while working Americans have lost their jobs and lost confidence in the future.”
Darry Sragow, a Democratic strategist in California
“Democrats have forgotten one of the edicts of one of the wise men of their party, Tip O’Neill, who said ‘all politics is local.’ Russia is the furthest thing from those voters’ minds … If you went out on the street right now and asked 100 people what the most important issue right now is, I would be shocked if one said ‘Russia.’”
Dave Gilliard, a GOP strategist
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The White House staff is imploding. Meanwhile see the first item above under MOST UNDER-REPORTED.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK