Update: Tommy Thompson raised $3.6 million to Tammy's $4.6 million for the third-quarter reporting period, according to news releases by the two campaigns after they filed reports with the FEC today.

Over the weekend, Wisconsin Congressman and V.P. hopeful Paul Ryan and Governor Scott Walker attended a fundraising event for Thompson at the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee.

The event attracted protesters who denouced Ryan's budget plan and proposed Medicare vouchers.

Privately, Thompson supporters worry that the national Republican party did not put adequate resources into the Wisconsin Senate race, because of overconfidence that Thompson--a popular ex-governor--would easily beat Baldwin, a progressive member of Congress from liberal Dane County with less name recognition around the state.

After barely surviving a costly three-way primary, Thompson began the general election with only $2.4 million to Baldwin's $7.1 million.

Baldwin quickly moved to define Thompson in television ads that emphasized his work lobbying for the health care industry.

Tammy’s ads (“Tommy Thompson, he’s not for you anymore,” the narrator says in one of them) have “cast some doubt about whether he is still connected to Wisconsin the way he was in the ’90s,” says Jay Heck of Wisconsin Common Cause.

According to FEC data from the last reporting period, collected by the Center for Responsive Poltics and available on the web site OpenSecrets.org.

some of Baldwin's top contributors include EMILY's List ($216,743) the League of Conservation Voters ($56,326) JStreetPAC ($54,865) the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund ($16,400) the National Education Association ($11,250) and Planned Parenthood ($11,250).

Thompson's top contributors include the Fortune 500 health care company Centene Corp. ($42,500), Micheal Best & Friedrich ($33,099), US Bancorp ($17,500), Procter & Gamble ($15,000), Aurora Health Care ($11,950), Exxon Mobil ($11,500), and Eli Lilly & Co. ($10,500).

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Trump's politics are not the problem.

The fiery Milwaukee Sheriff is on the shortlist to head the Department of Homeland Security.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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