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40-Year Resident Stands Strong with 8-Foot Campaign Sign

A four-mile tour through Fox Point and Bayside showed many campaign signs, but two 8-foot Fox Point signs stood out among the rest. Take a look at the breakdown of political support across both communities.

For four decades, Elaine Fantin has been putting up political campaign signs in her Fox Point yard. Those signs have shifted support over the years, donning both Democrat and Republican messages, because Fantin considers herself an independent.

This year though, it’s hard to miss the 4-foot by 8-foot "Save America, Vote Obama" sign at 385 W. Dean Rd., facing Maple Dale Middle School.

"Right now, the Republican party today is not the same Republican Party we voted for years ago," Fantin said. "I'm a firm believer in two parties and right now, I'm worried. That's what that sign reflects, we're really worried about the Republican Party and the tones."

Specifically, Fantin said she’s concerned that Republican's call social security an "entitlement" she said government shouldn't get involved in religious issues.

"I don’t think they have a plan correct for the United States today at all," she said.

But this isn’t the only huge political campaign sign you’ll see along Port Washington Road. Just one mile south, at 7440 N. Port Washington Rd., is David Konopka’s sign, also 4-foot by 8-foot, sporting a red, white and blue "Romney/Ryan" design.

"I don't like Obama at all," Konopka said. "The spending, the debt that Obama keeps increasing ... "

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Konopka and Fantain are not the only residents sporting campaign signs. A tour of four miles in Bayside and four miles in Fox Point showed a definite distinction between Democratic or Republican support among yard signage.

In four miles of Bayside, there were 34 properties that had political signs. President Barack Obama had only one-third of Gov. Mitt Romney's 31 signs. Also, some homes had more than one sign per property.

Here's the breakdown of political support:

Bayside Candidate No. of Signs Barack Obama 10 Mitt Romney 31 Tommy Thompson 10 Alberta Darling 2 Jim Ott 6 Cris Rogers 2 Tammy Baldwin 2

In four miles of Fox Point, there were 33 properties that had political signs. The race for president, based on political signs, is closer in Fox Point, with Obama pulling 24 signs and Romney having 19. But again, some properties had multiple signs per yard.

Here's the breakdown of political support:

Fox Point Candidate No. of Signs Barack Obama 24 Mitt Romney 19 Tommy Thompson 10 Alberta Darling 0 Jim Ott 3 Cris Rogers 8 Tammy Baldwin 0 Dan Sebring 4 Dan Knodl 1

Wisconsin is still considered a major battle-ground state for the presidential election on Nov. 6. Romney will hold a rally at State Fair Park Monday night and Obama will be heading up to Green Bay Tuesday.

For more daily election coverage, including sample ballots, polling places, candidates and more stories check out Patch’s 2012 Voter Guide

MEB October 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
But how can
MEB October 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
But how can Fantin say that she doesn't believe that government should get involved in religious issues when that is just what the Obama administration has done with Obamacare's contraceptive mandate?
tbs October 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Save America by pretending to solves our country's ills with out of control spending and the 2000 plus page government tax called Obamacare? Really? Fantin never voted for a conservative, anyone today that supports Obama is a tax and spend liberal.
Bewildered October 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Sorry Sara, but interviewing someone about a yard sign is not real news. Your article could easily appear to be Obama propaganda. I thought that, as an honest news reporter, you were supposed to report the news, not create the news? When are you leading off a story about, and showing a photo of, a Romney sign property owner? Fair and Balanced you weren't on this one.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Unable or unwilling to tell the difference between too much spending and too little revenue caused by the Bush recession, Americans like tbs cheer for the shredding of the social safety net and wish to spend more on their own healthcare premiums to support ERs that currently bear the burden of giving poor-outcome treatment to those who can't afford it. And don't care that Romney has no reply whatsoever to how his budget is an embarrassment to his arithmetic teacher. And for candidates (Ryan) who wish the government to force women to carry their rapists' babies.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
If a religious institution employs a person who shares their religious doctrine, then there is no conflict of interest, correct? If a religious institution employs a person who does not share their religious doctrine, then do you think the government should condone that institution forcing their doctrine as it pertains to the health insurance portion of their compensation upon their employee? Why is the health insurance portion somehow different from the salary: if the former is freely restrictable by the employer, why could they not require the employee to, say, not buy any alcohol with their pay? It's not a matter of religion; it's a matter of protecting employees from having their personal lives directed by their employer.
Bewildered October 28, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Sorry Sara, but interviewing someone about a yard sign is not real news. Your article could easily appear to be Obama propaganda. I thought that, as an honest news reporter, you were supposed to report the news, not create the news? When are you leading off a story about, and showing a photo of, a Romney sign property owner? Fair and Balanced you weren't on this one.
MEB October 28, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Geoff, I believe that that person need not work at an institution if they don't like the health insurance offered there. They have that freedom of choice and the institution has freedom of religion. It's really quite simple.
tbs October 28, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Geoff, The best way to increase dollars to the gov't is by encouraging economic growth in the private sector. Obama/Biden have shown they are incapable of managing our government, are divisive and unable to work across party lines, demonstrate a lack of understanding of the needs of small businesses, and to top it all off...have shown no concern for budgeting whatsoever. They haven't even put a budget on the floor of the Senate since Obama's taken office and the one that Obama proposed in the House got not a single vote from Republicans or Democrats. Where is their plan for saving our safety nets??? They have none and they have the audacity to ask us to give them 4 more years? And I agree with MEB that Catholic Institutions should not be forced to offer & pay for abortions/birth control. Sandra Fluke is an entitled Georgetown University student, that is most likely on scholarship, buys a daily Starbucks and complains that her Catholic school won't PAY for her birth control pills. C'mon, your party has become the party of small...arguing about subsidizing Big Bird and Sandra Fluke while this country is headed for a fiscal cliff. I also find it highly offensive our leader finds time to be "eye candy" for women on the View, and spreads false narratives about how/why our ambassador/navy seals were murdered in Libya. The only way to SAVE AMERICA is new leadership...and next week the silent majority will get their chance to speak.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Such an institution can freely choose to obey the law and pay a fine (if it is a large enough place) for not offering health insurance at all. Where is the line to be drawn on religious exemptions in health insurance coverage? What if an employer sincerely believes that cancer doesn't exist; is it alright that they should be able to excise oncology treatment from their health insurance offerings on that basis? If not, then the government is judging the validity of people's religious beliefs.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
"The best way to increase dollars to the gov't is by encouraging economic growth in the private sector." - sure, no argument there, but the devil is in the details. "Obama/Biden have shown they are incapable of managing our government, are divisive and unable to work across party lines" - that's a gross misrepresentation. If there were any good faith on the part of Republicans whatsoever, its leadership would not be saying things like "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president" (Mitch McConnell); they would not be secretly meeting to obstruct Obama even before he was sworn in (http://swampland.time.com/2012/08/23/the-party-of-no-new-details-on-the-gop-plot-to-obstruct-obama/). It is utterly unreasonable to blame someone for not working with people who are determined to say no to whatever they propose, regardless of its merits. "They haven't even put a budget on the floor of the Senate since Obama's taken office and the one that Obama proposed in the House got not a single vote from Republicans or Democrats." - spending bills have to originate in the House, so unless they pass one the Senate will see neither hide nor hair of it. Besides, according to Politifact (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/apr/06/mitt-romney/romney-says-obama-failed-pass-budget/), Obama has without fail submitted a budget to Congress. As for the no yea's, that is explained there too.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
---- "Where is their plan for saving our safety nets???" - you saw some in the exact same Obamacare that you decry. Medicare is spared from shelling out $716 billion over the next 10 years through its various mechanisms, most notably savings agreed with healthcare providers since they stood to gain from the influx of new patients with new insurance under the new law. Repeal Obamacare - as Romney/Ryan have told us they want to do - and those savings are lost. "Sandra Fluke is an entitled Georgetown University student, that is most likely on scholarship, buys a daily Starbucks and complains that her Catholic school won't PAY for her birth control pills." - er, perhaps you should tune out the Limbaugh. "C'mon, your party has become the party of small...arguing about subsidizing Big Bird and Sandra Fluke while this country is headed for a fiscal cliff." - it was Romney who brought up Big Bird. No-one would know Sandra Fluke's name but for the Republican-run House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's refusal to allow her to testify and Rush Limbaugh's slandering of her. You're projecting the Republicans' attempts to distract with these things onto the Democrats, and as a result fall flat on your rhetorical face. "I also find it highly offensive our leader finds time to be "eye candy" for women on the View" - I'm unfamiliar this issue is I'm afraid; do you have a link?
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
"and spreads false narratives about how/why our ambassador/navy seals were murdered in Libya." - what false narrative is that? The Benghazi consulate had more Diplomatic Service Agents than had been requested on the night in question (http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/19/world/africa/benghazi-documents/index.html); two of the dead were former SEALs, not active duty ones. "The only way to SAVE AMERICA is new leadership...and next week the silent majority will get their chance to speak." - as I've said - and you've ignored - Romney is either incapable or unwilling of explaining how his tax cut plans lead to anything other than either a massive middle class tax hike or a budget deficit that would make even Dick Cheney cry. Your statement boils down to "I know Romney must be lying, but I trust him anyway". Which is ridiculous.
tbs October 28, 2012 at 07:11 AM
1) Read Woodward's book "The Price of Politics" He reveals O's inability to reach out and work across party lines. A strong leader rises above comments like Mitch McConnell. Siblings that fight are the result of a parent that divides and cast blame. Read Adele Faber's No More Sibling Rivalry :) 2) Obama's budget to Senate voted down 97-0 and then the following year his budget voted down 414-0 in the House. Obama is not serious about offering a realistic budget to floor. Your PolitiFact link rated Senate Dems not passing a budget resolution as mostly true. BTW: PolitiFact is run by Tampa Bay Times known as the "usually liberal" newspaper, take their ratings with a the grain of salt. 3) The passage of Obamacare is not a thoughtful plan to save Medicare/Social Security. 4) Fluke was featured at the Democratic Convention, I would not blame Rush Limbaugh (the conservative answer to Biden/Bill Maher) for keeping her in the spotlight. And Big Bird was featured in Obama ads/speeches after the debate, kind of petty to waste time/money on. 5)http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/25/president-obama-s-whistlestop-on-the-view.html 6) When the attack occurred in Benghazi, the Obama administration incorrectly blamed the attack on a video. They are either incompetent or covering something up. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/26/ed_klein_docs_show_obama_overruled_clinton_to_deny_security_in_benghazi.html Let's agree to disagree, but I appreciate your effort.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 08:58 AM
1) It's not McConnell's comment that is a problem, nor is it isolated; it is the underlying hostility to any co-operation at all - whether the GOP thought it in the interest of the nation or not. You know what the principal difference is between Obamacare and Romneycare is? Romneycare covers abortions. Obamacare is a GOP policy for crying out loud, but it's only considered bad because he's not a Republican. 2) You just looked at Wikipedia and found that a paper across the country in 2003 once described the TBT as "usually liberal" and apparently that's good enough for you to ignore all the citations Politifact has. I can't help you if you're prepared to ignore citations and direct quotes because the messenger has any link in any way to something that someone once upon a time described using the 'L' word.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 08:58 AM
3) It's incomplete, to be sure, but Obamacare makes huge strides towards resolving the Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund (http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3532). Blanket repeal would be amazingly wrongheaded and bring the date for HI's insolvency towards 2016 - so that's going to affect your over 55's after all. The *only* thing that Romney/Ryan have offered in its stead is the couponization of Medicare, which can only be described as the intending to bankrupt it as soon as possible as private insurers leave the less healthy/unprofitable seniors on the public plan which is left with the same per-capita funding but higher per-capita costs. Nutshell: Obamacare does something positive for Medicare's future stability, Couponcare does the exact opposite, and your conclusion is that _Democrats_ don't have a thoughtful plan? 4) You conveniently ignore my point. The *only* reason these are issues at all is because *Republicans* made them so, so blaming Democrats is bizarre. Big Bird is symbolic of Romney's disconnect from budget realities: somehow eliminating CPB's $400 million or so budget (taking the widest interpretation of his statement) is vital to our nation's fiscal health, but reconsidering pushing $2 trillion onto the Pentagon over its own recommendations is somehow not on the cards.
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 08:59 AM
5) Um... okay. 6) From your RCP link, a conservative author notorious for making things up tells a Glenn Beck outfit that someone alleges that some documents exist that show the President denied requests for additional security; CNN reports a House Oversight Committee member heard two different people describe the security at the time as greater than that requested. Hmm... On the video front, "We are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault. Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet." (http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/09/197654.htm 9/12/12)
tbs October 28, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I am proud to be a conservative, why aren't you proud to be the "L" word? Bottom line Progressives believe in big government and conservatives in free enterprise. Conservatives believe that profits are good and fuel our economy, while progressives see profits as evil. Progressives put trust in the collective and unions, conservatives believe in the power of individual. A majority of our citizenry still believes in the "idea" this country was founded on and for a majority of our residents it has become increasingly clear that candidates like Obama and Baldwin want to see more and more power/resources in the hands of the wasteful/inefficient bureaucrats in Washington. On November 6th you will see a resounding rejection of Obama/Baldwin vision of government.
MEB October 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
TEAM TBS!
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
You clearly missed what I was trying to bring across with my phrasing, namely that you were using 'liberal' as a dogwhistle term to dismiss anything associated in even the most tenuous way with it so as to avoid addressing the question at hand. I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but today's GOP has no conservatives left in its leadership - they're simply a bunch of radicals, the very antithesis of conservativism. Instead of attempting to retain traditional institutions, it's a party that wants to tear down Medicare and the rest of the social safety net contract, send us off a cliff of pollution catastrophe so the world will not be at all similar for our grandchildren, force them to be rapists' child factories and create a Randian society that has no grounding in any traditional value. They have abandoned truth and fact and replaced them with Gish Gallops for political expediency. These are not conservative policies; they are the policies of _radicals_. You want know what this country was founded on? You know what the Boston Tea Party was all about? Protesting an unfair tax break given to a powerful entity. If anything at all is American, that is. I am a conservative, and I reject the GOP radicalism that has tainted the term.
tbs October 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Oh please, stop your fear mongering. Romney Ryan wants women to be rapist child factories? You, my friend are the radical. Take time to watch this and you will find Paul Ryan not to be the demonic politician you are trying to paint him to be:http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/mobilevideo.php?strid=PaulRyanCa
tbs October 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
And because Jeff you are a fellow conservative I'm sure you'll enjoy this: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDMQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dgsa4uLmTw0M&ei=1ouNUMSPF-aPyAGGooGoAg&usg=AFQjCNFW6wvwG6Un8p8ePOc1yOx3bM2cDQ&sig2=USQngGV_CA55DSxcbYR6_g
MEB October 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
"Rapist child factories" is the most ludicrous thing I've heard in ages! Thanks Geoff for giving me a good story to tell!

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