Week-ends (04/06/19)

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…


The Brewers and partners

Brad Paisley and his wife


Radomir Buzdum

Esmerelda Garza

Patrick W. Carlineo Jr.


“I expect her to win and potentially by a large margin.”
Barry Burden, a UW-Madison professor of political science and director of the university’s Elections Research Center, predicting Lisa Neubauer would defeat Brian Hagedorn in Tuesday’s state Supreme Court election

“This race is too close to call. We are almost assuredly headed to a recount.”
Neubauer campaign manager Tyler Hendricks after Hagedorn won by just under 6,000 votes

“It just wasn’t clear what the rationale was for why people should get out there and vote for her, what was at stake. Compare that to the message of Hagedorn: it was do or die time.”
Brian Reisinger, a GOP strategist

“If you litter in the city of Milwaukee, you will be held accountable. We are going to clean this city up.”
Milwaukee Alderman Russell W. Stamper II. As of last Monday, anyone caught littering in the city will now face a $500 fine. The fines previously started at $25 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses.

“I strongly reject imprisonment for failure to pay littering fines. It disproportionately affects the poor, is overly punitive and is not an effective deterrent.”
Mayor Tom Barrett supported the steeper penalties but raised concerns that it kept language in the law that people could be imprisoned for not paying

“There is indeed an emergency on our southern border. It’s a colossal surge  in illegal crossings), and it’s overwhelming our immigration system. We can’t take you any more. Our country is full.”
President Trump as he traveled to Calexico, California on Friday to view a section of the border barrier and participate in a roundtable on immigration

“I believe that our border is more secure than it’s ever been.”
Democrat presidential hopeful Julian Castro, the former HUD secretary and former mayor of San Antonio

“He wrapped both his hands around my face and pulled me in. I thought, ‘Oh, God, he’s going to kiss me.’ Instead, he rubbed noses with me. (The experience was) weird and uncomfortable, absolutely disrespectful of my personal boundaries.”
Amy Lappos, a former aide to Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, said Monday that Joe Biden touched her face with both hands and rubbed noses in 2009 at a fundraiser in a private home in Hartford, Connecticut, when Biden entered the kitchen to thank a group for pitching in

“I am proud to call Joe Biden a friend. He has been a leader and a champion on fighting violence against women for many years, and I have been fortunate to accompany him to events with survivors where he has listened to their stories, empathized with them, and comforted them. I believe that Joe Biden’s intent has never been to make anyone uncomfortable, and that his kind, empathetic leadership is what our country needs. Especially now.”
Actress Alyssa Milano

“I taught w a guy who was so kind…a compassionate, hardworking teacher who students LOVED. Turned out he’d been molesting girls for over a decade in his classroom. Your personal experience w Biden does NOT mean he is not guilty of misogyny & inappropriate touching.”
A Twitter response to Milano

“Join the straight-arm club.Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold. (Joe Biden) has to understand that in the world we are in now people’s space is important to them and what’s important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it.”
As former Vice President Joe Biden’s camp scrambled to contain any political damage over his past behavior with women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had some words of advice: Keep your distance

“If anybody just types in ‘Creepy Uncle Joe Videos’ you come up with a treasure trove…I think Joe Biden has a big problem here because he calls it affection and handshakes, his party calls it completely inappropriate.”
White House Counselour Kellyanne Conway

“I’m not sorry for any of my intentions. I’m not sorry for anything that I have ever done. I’ve never been disrespectful, intentionally, to a man or a woman. That’s not the reputation I’ve had since I was in high school, for God’s sake.”
Joe Biden

“We do not have enough visible women leaders. We do not have enough women in power. Men have the power. Men make the decisions. It’s always the men that is the stronger one and when these girls are coming out, who are they looking up to, to tell them that’s not the way it has to be. And where better to do that than in sports.

“When you look at men’s basketball and 99 percent of the jobs go to men. Why shouldn’t 99 or 100 percent of jobs in women’s basketball go to women.

“We’ve had a record number of women running for office and winning. I’m getting tired of the novelty of the first female governor of this state. The first female African-American mayor of this city. When is it going to become the norm instead of the exception.”
The head coach for Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish, Muffet McGraw, made an impassioned plea at the women’s Final Four basketball tournament, calling for gender equality in sports

“I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations in this country. There are a lot of ways to think about how reparations should be formed. We have a lot of experts around the country, a lot of activists, who have a whole lot of different approaches to it. And I think the best we can do right now — I love the idea of this congressional commission. Let’s bring people together, and let’s open that conversation as Americans. Let’s see what ideas people want to put on the table.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said it’s time to redress the lasting impacts of slavery and decades of discrimination against black Americans

To whom would reparations be owed? Millions of black Americans are recent immigrants or the children of those immigrants, and have no family link to slavery. Are they entitled to compensation for what slaves endured? How about whites whose ancestors were slaves? Or blacks descended from slaveholders? What of the 1.8 million biracial who identified themselves in the last Census as both black and white? Should they expect to collect reparations, or to pay them? There is no commission of ‘experts’ wise enough to untangle such moral and philosophical snarls — certainly not now, a century and a half after slavery ended in the horrific bloodbath of the Civil War.”
Jeff Jacoby, columnist for The Boston Globe

“The bill allows for a person’s firearms to be ordered confiscated through a simple hearing where a preponderance of the evidence must be presented to convince a judge that the individual is a significant risk to themselves or others by having possession of a firearm. If a judge agrees, law enforcement officers are ordered to remove that person’s firearms and are provided with a search warrant to do so.

“The red flag law in Colorado has so many portions that are unconstitutional that enforcing it would require me to violate my oath of office – something that I am unwilling to do.

“It has been argued by the law’s proponents that it is not my job to determine if a law is constitutional; it is simply my job to enforce it. Such a statement is a disservice to the fine men and women in law enforcement who take their oaths very seriously, and it erodes the very meaning of our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

“I publicly took a stand as the red flag bill moved through the legislature that I would not enforce an unconstitutional law and would rather face the penalties for not doing so, even if it landed me in my own jail. I didn’t make the statement in jest or as a bluff; I took my stand to defend the citizens of my county from an unlawful overreach by Colorado’s state government.”
Steven Reams is the sheriff of Weld County, Colo. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1997.

“You couldn’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100 percent of the avocados in the U.S. right now. California is just starting and they have a very small crop, but they’re not relevant right now and won’t be for another month or so.”
Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world. Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped, said Barnard, in response to President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border

“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken, Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in a letter to San Antonio leaders who excluded the fast-food company — in part because of its anti-LGBT reputation — from the list of airport vendors. Paxton is launching an investigation to see if the decision violates the First Amendment.


Brian Michael Rini


Trump’s win on the opioid crisis


Trump’s tax returns


Man on a plane

Just in the nick of time

Lent and beer

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