Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I Had No Intent to Write This

No Intent will be the new legal defense after FBI Director Comey's 14 minutes of shame.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Adios interCHANGE

One of my weekly DVR choices has been the Milwaukee Public TV locally produced show called "interCHANGE".  It was announced that this political talk / panel show has been cancelled by MPTV immediately.

Hosted by Dan Jones, the panel was buoyed by progressives Joel McNally and Denise Callaway along with conservatives Kevin Fischer and Gerard Randall. Rick Horowitz had a short pre-recorded segment (which I never watched after listening to one liberal laced palaver).

Fischer, McNally, Randall, Jones, Horowitz and Callaway.

Tough I'll miss our weekly date it will be interesting to see what Milwaukee Public TV comes up with as a replacement.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Milwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey says We Don't Need Your Business

In the June 21st Milwaukee Licenses Committee meeting, Alderman Khalif Rainey questions why a white couple from Jackson, Wisconsin would want to have a liquor license in the city of Milwaukee.

video only 1 minute long

Can you imagine the uproar if this line of questioning was aimed at any minority couple or person wanting to do business in Milwaukee?  Here's a business that's been around for 23 years, in Rainey's District and this is how he treats them.  

At some point elected officials will realize that they are servants of the people not princes and princesses of their little domains.

Only 3 more years until election time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rep Janel Brandtjen is Rightly Wrong

Republican State Rep. Janel Brandtjen rightly placed blame for Milwaukee's crime woes on Mayor Tom Barrett.  It comes with the job mayor, if you don't like or want the responsibility I'm sure there are other job opportunities for you. Her displeasure that surrounding communities are becoming more affected is understandable.  If we were honest we'd agree with her, no one really wants to suffer the consequences of others actions.

Her solution to the problem is wrong if not outright absurd.

How would cutting resources for the city help?  She may have an idea, but unfortunately none of the news media either asked or printed her answer.  As a city resident who lives 1/2 block outside of her district I'd be interesting in knowing.  She will be getting an email from me asking.

Thankfully Gov. Scott Walker showed the concern that should have been displayed by Brandtjen.  There needs to be a willingness to find solutions to the problem, like the way Republicans acquiesced to Rep. John Nygren and his daughters struggle with drugs.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is also right that an unlimited amount of additional money is not the answer to the cities problems.  It's a social problem, not a fiscal one.

The reaction by the black community with Mandela Barnes and Lena Taylor leading the pack are way to typical. The real problem is not the reaction to how crime affects others, but the lack of reaction and solutions by Milwaukee elected officials. 

And I guess I'll end this by asking why do only the affected people react to "dog whistles" and not the accused intended ears?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Fields of Dreams

The one happy rumor that came out of the Wisconsin Democrat Convention last week is that because current State Rep. Mandela Barnes didn't file paperwork for non candidacy and the deadline to get nomination papers was extended is that former Representative Jason Fields may run for the office he lost to Barnes four years ago.

I think this situation could be a great display of irony. 

The Progressive left bands together to get rid of Fields because he worked with Republicans to get laws passed.  They try the same tactic for the same reason to displace Sen. Lena Taylor. 

Best case scenario for Milwaukee - Taylor defeats Barnes to remain a Senator and Fields wins the primary to return to the Assembly.  Barnes, he goes back to a job at one of the union front groups.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mandela Campaign Off to Suspecious Start

From the GAB.

Filing Deadline Extended for Assembly District 11 and Waupaca County District Attorney

June 2, 2016
MADISON, WI – The deadlines to run for Assembly District 11 and Waupaca County District Attorney have been extended until 5 p.m. Monday, June 6.

State Representative Mandela Barnes (Milwaukee District 11) and Waupaca County District Attorney John P. Snider did not file nomination papers by the deadline Wednesday to seek reelection.  Because they did not notify the Government Accountability Board that they would not be candidates for the offices they currently hold, state law requires the filing deadlines to be extended, said Elections Division Administrator Michael Haas.

“The law requiring a deadline extension when the incumbent does not file a notification of noncandidacy is designed to prevent a retiring incumbent from giving an advantage to a potential successor,” Haas said.  “More candidates are likely to run if they know the incumbent is not running again.”

In Assembly District 11, two other candidates have filed to run for the seat.  In Waupaca County, one candidate has filed the required paperwork to run for district attorney.
Barnes has no legislative background to run on and there seems to be a constant disregard for campaign laws.  Two years ago Rep. Barnes distributed nomination papers with the wrong home address.  The GAB still allowed those papers to be successfully submitted.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day Political Humdrums

There are some activities that should be safe from politics.  Mother's Day is one of those.

Here a couple of social media Mother's Day wishes that make you want to scream.

Other moms don't matter?

I'd like 9-5 to show me a mom who doesn't work.

And then the worst mother's day greeting has to go to the liberal sleaze outfit One Wisconsin Now and it head honcho Scot Ross.
 There were some more sensible Mother's Day greeting also we should acknowledge them.

We would all live in a much happier society if we kept our lives in a proper perspective.  You would think that some people and organizations would be able to see the world outside of their political ghetto and spread some joy.  It's sad to think that a joyous occasion can't spoil their sad world view.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sen. Carpenter, Reps Zepnick and Zamarripa Absent Without Excuse in New School Happenings

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy
What looks to be a very exciting educational opportunity, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, held a major event last week to announce some major partnerships in their goal to offer a world class scholastic alternative on Milwaukee's south side.  According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "Marquette, MSOE and Wheaton Franciscan, [Gus] Ramirez said, would help develop health care and engineering programs designed to give St. Augustine students a leg up in those industries."

It was also reported that State Senator Alberta Darling and Assemblyman Dale Kooyenga were in attendance and were acknowledge by Gus Ramirez, the Waukesha philanthropist who is the point man for the school.

St. Augustine is being built on Milwaukee's near side side on the border of State Rep. Josh Zepnick's  9th District and the 8th Assembly District of JoCasta Zamarripa and in the heart of Sen. Tim Carpenter's district. From all accounts none of them attended the event.

You have to wonder why two state legislators often demonized by the minority media and Milwaukee Democrats about not caring for Milwaukee would be praised for their involvement in the south side school while three legislators whose districts will benefit from the $70 million dollar investment are not only silent but absent. 

I'm sure it would have nothing to do with the Milwaukee Teachers Union belief that "the school wouldn't be beneficial to the community". It would be nice to one time see those who lay claim to working for their constituents and the children to break from the status quo and truly make a stand.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dale Kooyenga vs the City of Milwaukee

We often hear how "non-community" Republican legislators dislike Milwaukee.  They do crazy things like propose legislation that will shake up the status quo and we all know how much current leadership dislikes being challenged.  One of the biggest perpetrators is Rep. Dale Kooyenga.

Well Rep. Kooyenga has really stepped into it now.  He read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about a how a Wisconsin law prohibits anyone who owns a tavern, restaurant or retail liquor business from obtaining a permit for a brewery, and in particular how Like Minds brewery had decided to expand its business in Chicago rather than Milwaukee because of the law.

Kooyenga's brashness is that he set up a meeting between the owners of the brewery, the Tavern League of Wisconsin, the state Department of Revenue and legislators to find a work around for this problem.

In the end Like Minds will end up with both a brewery in Milwaukee and Chicago.  A win for everyone.

What's sad about this story is that not one Milwaukee area legislator paid attention to the article nor saw an opportunity to bring jobs to Milwaukee.  Where was Jonathan Brostoff, whose 19th Assembly district is now the home of Like Minds.  Where was Sen. Chris Larson whose Senate district is also the beneficiary of Rep. Kooyenga's initiative? 

How about Reps. David Bowen, Mandella Barnes, Leon Young, Evan Goyke, LaTonya Johnson - all absent.  Instead they are content playing the victim role for their constituents and laying false accusations about a legislator who's willing to look at a circumstance and see the potential in any situation.

These Milwaukee area legislators will soon be running for re-election and they will fill their campaign literature with excuses about why they didn't accomplish a thing in the last two years.  It's time for Milwaukee residents to ask not only the tough questions, but the follow ups.  When will these men and women do something positive for the city rather than blame Republicans for at least trying something new and seeing the realm of possibility for an underutilized city.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

County Supervisor John Weishan Playing Loose With Campaign Rules - Again

It's been reported that Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan is being investigated for falsely claiming he alone gathered the signatures required to gain access to the April 5th voting ballot.  It's our understanding that not only did he falsify multple nomination papers, a felony, but he lied under oath to the Milwaukee Elections Commission.

This isn't the first time that Weishan has been reckless when it comes to gaining the trust of voters.  In his failed campaign for the Wisconsin Assembly the Milwaukee Supervisor used county money to lay a seed for the seat by mailing a pseudo campaign literature piece to Waukesha County residents in the 15th Assembly District.  The seat he filed to run for shortly after the mailing.  I'm sure residents of Milwaukee were pleased to see their money used to keep Waukesha residents "informed".

To add insult to injury Weishan then relied on his buddies on the county board judiciary committee to have Milwaukee County residents pay lawyer Mike Maistelman $9,382 to justify his ill advised expenditure.  I'm sure it was purely an act of God that Maistelman's fee fell just under the $10,000 to keep jurisdiction in the judiciary committee.

Back to the current dilemma, why Weishan felt he needed to sign the nomination papers rather than the person who distributed them is beyond me.  It's legal and commonplace for politicians to have others help them gather the required signatures.  What was there to hide on Weishan's part?

Every politician is susceptible to a campaign error, but when campaign mistakes become the norm it's time for action. The case is now in the hands of the Brown County District Attorney, who Milwaukee County Chief Judge Maxine White assigned the case to after Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm requested a special prosecutor to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

Weishan does have an opponent on Tuesday, Scott Espeseth.  One can only hope that voters in the 16th Supervisory District get to hear the truth about the current Supervisor before Tuesday's election.  Espeseth will serve the area well.