Week-ends (02/22/20)

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

Holly McNally

Natalie Reilly

Jessica Jewett

Kids and their tunnel of kindness

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The coronavirus

Matthew Neumann

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Wisconsin is reaping incredible returns on our responsible fiscal management and wise economic investments over the past decade.Now is not the time to change course. Governor Evers would rather increase our future spending obligations, setting our state up for ever-increasing budgets with no end in sight. The plan is financially prudent and rewards our citizens for their hard work by giving them their money back.”
State Rep Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego) on passage of Senate Bill 821 that increases the maximum individual income standard deduction by 13.2 percent and reduces the state of Wisconsin’s debt by $100 million. The bill now goes to Gov. Evers for his consideration.

“Between 2017 and 2018, the use of vapor products increased 78% among high school students, and by 48% among middle school students. Nearly half of 12th graders reported using vapor products. After decades of smoking going down, suddenly the numbers have been spiking again. It is what can only be described as a public health crisis.”
State Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) on the passage of Assembly Bill 422 that would increase the age to purchase cigarettes, tobacco, nicotine, and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill would penalize both licensed and non-licensed retailers who sell these products to individuals under the age of 21. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

“If there is anything that should be bipartisan, it should be our culture of having a drink and talking about politics.”
State Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, on legislation that would bars to stay open until 4 a.m. when the Democratic National Convention comes to Milwaukee

“This is not a priority. We as a state will survive.”
State Sen. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, on the 4 a.m. bar proposal

“You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, and up comes the corn.” Billionaire Mike Bloomberg in a quote he made in 2016 that was discovered this week

“Mini Mike hates the farmer. Never mind, I don’t think he’s going to be the candidate anyway, to be honest with you.”
President Trump at a rally in Phoenix

Bloomberg wouldn’t last 3 seconds as a farmer… but like his comments on minorities, you can tell he really hates regular hardworking Americans. He will never fight for them because he couldn’t care less about them.”
Donald Trump Jr

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at this week’s Democratic debate slamming Mike Bloomberg

“I don’t think there’s any chance of the senator (Bernie Sanders) beating Donald Trump. The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses!”
At this week’s debate Bloomberg took a shot at Sanders’ electability

“When you asked Bernie how much it cost last time he said…‘We’ll find out.’ “It costs over $35 trillion, let’s get real.”
Joe Biden at this week’s Democratic debate after Bernie Sanders defended the cost of his signature “Medicare for All” healthcare plan, which would eliminate the private insurance industry in favor of a government-backed healthcare system that would cover all Americans

“And we all know how I feel about billionaires. I don’t think that in a place where 60 percent of Americans can’t even, you know, make more than $40,000 a year that the presence of a billionaire who largely makes their money off of businesses underpaying their workers like Walmart, like Amazon, like so on, should exist.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated during her Wednesday interview on “The View” the billionaires behind companies like Walmart and Amazon should not exist because they underpay their employees

“I hear he’s getting pounded tonight — you know he’s in a debate.  I hear that pounding. He spent $500 million so far and I think he has 15 points. Crazy Bernie was at 30.”
Just minutes before President Trump regaled a friendly crowd in Phoenix, Democrats watched billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg make his debut on the debate stage ahead of Nevada’s party caucuses on Saturday. Trump took aim at the new target,  Bloomberg.

“What a wonderful country we have. The best-known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What did I miss here?”
Bloomberg at this week’s Democratic debate

“If that’s what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I– I think it’s quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out.”
Bernie Sanders saying he was surprised at how unprepared Mike Bloomberg was at this week’s debate

“We don’t care who the hell it is, we’re going to win.”
President Trump on the eventual Democratic nominee

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history.”
Barack Obama in a tweet on Monday, trying to take credit for the economy

“With an economy this good, it’s no wonder Barack Obama is trying to take credit. But I believe the saying is: ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

“We want to express our most profound and everlasting gratitude to President Trump. How do you properly thank someone who has given you back the freedom that was stolen from you? He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president. I was a Democratic governor. And doing this does nothing to help his politics. President Trump is a man who is tough and outspoken, but he also has a kind heart.”
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaking to the press eight years since he went to prison on corruption-related crimes, including trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. President Trump commuted Rod Blagojevich’s corruption sentence.

“Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics.”
Homelessness should be treated by doctors in the same way they treat patients with the flu or diabetes – with a prescription – California Governor Gavin Newson (D) said

“Doctors should write you a prescription, because you’re talking crazy talk.”
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro responding to Newsom

“I feel every single guy over there deserves a beating. I think the commissioner completely handled it the wrong way. But that’s the way he did it and we got to live with that. I know a lot of people disagreed with the way he handled this decision. He should be embarrassed of himself.”
Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis became the latest major leaguer to take aim at the Houston Astros in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season for the team’s actions in using video to steal catcher’s signs in 2017 and 2018, and the pair were fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. Manfred fined the Astros $5 million and stripped them of their next two first- and second-round draft picks.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

A recent survey of student attitudes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals that conservative-leaning students are the likeliest ideological group to self-censor their beliefs, for fear of social and other reprisals, and that conservatives are by far the most disparaged cohort on campus. The study also finds that leftist students are far more likely to reject free speech norms, and are least tolerant of opposing viewpoints.

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

An Economist/YouGov poll found that Trump was leading a generic Democrat by over 50 percent, 52-48. The poll also discovered that people suspected that all of the individual Democratic candidates would “probably lose” to Trump. Only 29 percent felt that either former Vice President Joe Biden or Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could beat Trump.

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The day after a widely panned debate by the Democrat presidential hopefuls, the headline in The New York Times reads: “Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump.” Liberal media outlets are using the report to already cast doubt on the legitimacy of Trump’s re-election, should he win again in November.

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Video consent before sex?

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