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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

...and the winner is Scott Walker!

2012, Conservatives, Elections, WISCONSIN

What a night. What a year and a half! I couldn't believe they called the election for Walker  so early in the evening, as I was expecting a late night. Like many of us in the not-so-silent majority, I am very grateful to be able to put this behind us. 

 
Gov. Scott Walker's acceptance speech was outstanding. I would like to quote his intro here, because if you didn't see it live last night, you might miss it in the news coverage today: 
 "Wow, what a crowd!
 
First of all, I want to thank God for His abundant grace.

 
Next, I particularly want to thank not only you here, but people all across the state. I want to thank you for your prayers, because for the last year and a half, [it is] the thing that has sustained Tonette and I, and Matt and Alex so much, and not just at campaign events but literally at factories and farms and small businesses. 

 
Just about every day over the past year and a half, I've met people at every one of those stops, and what has sustained us is people, many times people I've never met before, come off the line, off the farm and tell us, Governor, we're praying for you and your family. I can't tell you what that means to me."

 
In addition to Gov. Walker's thanks to the Almighty, I would like to thank all the Republican volunteers for making the thousands of phone calls to get out the vote. Thank you!

 
The one sad note of the night was Sen. Van Wanggaard's loss in Racine County. Hopefully in November, Republicans will gain the majority in the Senate.

 
Enjoy your day. (It is now safe to answer the phone again!)
 

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My very own Fox & Friend or natural rodent control

Brookfield, Gardening, Nature

May I introduce you to my very own rodent patrol squad: Mr. and Mrs.(?) Red Fox

Yesterday morning, I saw one sunbathing in my backyard and quickly went for the camera to snap a picture. While I was focusing, another fox joined the first! They greeted each other with a nose nuzzle, and then stretched out in the grass to enjoy the sunshine. They stayed there maybe a half an hour then disappeared back into our woods.

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Happy Flag Day! Did you know the observance began in Wisconsin?

History, Holidays, Special events, WISCONSIN, United States

Today is Flag Day, a day that commemorates the Continental Congress' adoption 235 years ago,  on June 14, 1777, "that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field [canton], representing a new constellation."

Since that time, the configuration of stars in the canton of the American flag has changed many times, as each new state, represented by a star, was added.  Outside of a brief flirtation with the idea of adding an additional stripe for new states Vermont and Kentucky in 1795, that trend was discarded in 1818, when 5 more states were added: Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi.*  The stripe count returned to 13  thereafter, representing the original 13 colonies or states.

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