Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Thanks

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reimer for Where?

Current Wisconsin Assemblyman Daniel Reimer is running for re-election, or so he says.

A quick trip to his website doesn't build a very solid case for sending him back to Madison and he's already used the first two year stint to get his Law Degree from UW Madsion so what will he do in the next two years, get a second degree

Under photo's from his website one would expect pictures of him and constituents.  Nope, instead his one picture is of him and Sen. Tammy Baldwin pointing at a refrigerator.

Now as a freshman legislator no one would expect a long a list of successfully passed bills he's sponsored.  But nothing - nada - zilch - zero?  No legislation he can speak of.  I wonder what he's telling people as he knocks on doors.  Here's my guess, "The Republicans blah, blah, blah".

During one of the final sessions of the assembly as the issue of photo ID was being debated, Reimer stood up on the floor, pulled out his UW ID, talked about how he had attended the Law School and would not be able to use the ID to vote. Before he could continue, he was reprimanded by the chair and told he knew he couldn't use props on the Assembly floor.  His reaction was to giggle like a little kid and tell the Assembly he didn't know the rules because he's been busy with school.

The people of the 7th Assembly District sent this young man who's website calls for "time of new leadership" to Madison to represent them, not to make law school his top priority.  Maybe he should have spent less time with the law books and maybe spent more time learning the rules and regulations of his $50,000 a year job.

Unless of course the rumors on the street are true that he's taking his law degree and assembly experience to Chicago market law firms.

Education seems to an issue that's intrigued Reimer.  He says this on his website "We have excellent schools that anchor our neighborhoods and community."  REALLY? We have struggling schools and changes need to be made. The status quo is not the answer and neither is his suggestion of "re-establishing collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin's teachers" as a way to improve the education for the kids. It would improve life for the teachers (his union base) but do nothing for the education of the kids.

I do agree with the young Reimer about one thing, it is time for new leadership and Republican challenger Scott Espeseth has been working hard to win votes. If I lived in the district, Espeseth would get my vote.

A Numerical Victory for Voter Suppression

According to early reports, 15,453 people in the city of Milwaukee took advantage of early voting this year. Listening to the pre-voting hysteria one would believe that this number pales in comparison to previous off year election totals.  

We were told that by unifying the voting times for every Wisconsinite, Republicans would be disenfranchising minorities, the elderly, students and the other built in Democrat casualty groups.  In fact the change to give every Badger voter (and those traveling up from Illinois) uniform voting times was suppose to bring the apocalypse of voting.

It didn't.

In fact 8,557 more people early voted this year than did in 2010 and 5,309 more than in the recall election. And that is with less hours available to vote. It seems the disenfranchised really aren't. These groups the Democrats consistently underestimate are far more resourceful than they are given credit for. 

Looking at voter totals from around the country we will see the same results when voter id takes effect in Wisconsin. Voter totals will increase.  You see when you encourage people to become involved early they rise to the occasion. Not only will they respond, they will become more engaged and make better decisions.  

So why does this bother the left? The more informed voter will not idly stand by and allow themselves to be labeled disenfranchised and incapable of making decisions on their own. The time is coming when the "the soft bigotry of low expectations" will be a burden the political left will no longer be able to lift.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Will 3 be a crowd in Milwaukee's 2016 Mayor Race or just the begining?

The 2016 spring election season will be a fun one to watch.

Alderman Joe Davis announced his intention to run for the office of Mayor of Milwaukee. He is the second alderman to announce with Bob Donovan being the first.  It is assumed that current Mayor Tom Barrett will unload his war chest for another run.

I have to admit that Ald Davis is an intriguing option. From what I've seen watching the City Channel he is not a part of the hefty lefty vein of the Common Council, but he's definitely leans left in his politics.

In a JSOnline article covering his announcement he mentioned the option of a Boarding School for MPS.  I'm totally in favor of that.  He also announced in a radio interview on WTMJ that he will be giving up his 2nd District Alderman seat to concentrate on his mayoral run. That means there will be heated primary to replace Ald. David on the Common Council.

The radio interview was well done and I liked his view on the Dontre Hamiltion as it stand at the moment and how he sees Milwaukee's job problem as one of getting business to come to Milwaukee.  By that I hope he means getting city bureaucracy out of the way of job makers.

I'm looking forward to a wave changing 2016 election season led by Gov. Walker and a Republican legislature continuing moving Wisconsin forward.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Opportunity to Heal or Another Match on the Racial Bonfire

At the Finance & Personnel Committee hearing covering the Police Department there was a bit of a dust up when the Vice-President of the Milwaukee Police Assocation, Mark Buetow, brought the feelings and potential consequences of the recent firing of a police officer by Chief Ed Flynn to the attention of the committee.

First let me tell you where I stand at this point in time. I'm very sorry for the loss of the family involved. The Chief has every right to fire the officer.  The officer has every right to appeal the Chief's decision (thank you unions). Until I know all the specifics of the case I'm not comfortable saying whether the officer should be charged with a crime and if one is pursued I'm glad I won't be on that jury.

Mr. Buetow as a representative of the MPA, was given an opportunity to discuss how the budget may affect his members. He started off by mentioning that 3 furlough days were still in effect for the police yet there are eliminated for most Milwaukee employees. I'd imagine this is because of Act 10.

Then he brought up the "politically motivated firing of our brother officer" and its effect on the officers job and career along with a slam at Chief Flynn.

This prompted a response from Alderwoman Coggs who was "truly disgusted" by the political aspect of Mr. Buetow's bringing up the "Red Arrow incident" during the budget process.

After her rebuke, Alderman Stamper chirped in with a hearty amen.

Then Alderman Hamilton finished the trifecta of attacks with a direct charge on Mr. Buetow's person while talking about working together like adults. He then finished off his remarks by saying he didn't even want to hear or allow a response from Buetow.

Alderman Joe Dudzik finished off by saying that there's been a fair amount of politicking by both sides of the issue and he wanted to gracefully move to another matter.

This is emblematic of the huge divide between police and the community on the north side of Milwaukee.

I find the incident interesting in that will the county unions stand behind the "brother" in this case?  If so, will it bring a divide between the black community and unions?  If a true discussion happens will all sides drop the damaging politically correct bandwagon and truly talk and more importantly listen to each other to move the issue forward.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Way to Go Unions

No really, I'm not being facetious here.  It's not often I'm in the corner with a public union, but at today's Finance & Personnel Committee - Budget Hearings. The union rep for AFSCME District Council 48, Ken Wischer, made a great point on city personnel and looks to have persuaded the committee and representatives of the mayor to make a change in the upcoming budget.

As weird as this might sound we're talking tree stumps. Ken brought up the point that in 2012 the council approved $240,000 for a ONE time expenditure for outside contractors toward stump removal. The next year it was combined with tree planting for the ONE time total of $400,000. That amount was added to the storm water fee. In 2014 the amount of this ONE time expenditure $200,000 and this years ONE time request was for $360,000.

As is often the concern of conservatives ONE time expenditures are very rarely ONE time.

One of the reasons the city is behind in stump removal is that they've shrunk the work force. So to catch up the ONE time expenditure was approved.

It was brought up that the reason for the change to privatize stump removal is fringe benefits of city workers.  Ken brought up that with Act 10 those costs are no longer the same and the city should re-look at the costs of new hires compared to what was the norm three years ago.

After a honest and thoughtful back and forth between Committee chair Nic Kovac, Ken Wischer and the representatives of mayor it seems a fair compromise may be reached.

As long as it saves the city money I'm all for it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Burke vs Walker Debate #1

I haven't watched the first debate between Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke, but I did listen to it.  It's become a modus operandi of mine since hearing a President Barack Obama speech one evening coming home from work. Listening gives a much different analysis than watching.

I thought the questions were a bit mundane and led to a repeating of talking points for both candidates. It would have been nice for a follow up to be more specific. But I guess that as someone who follows politics more then most people I would naturally come to that conclusion. Hopefully the next debate on Friday will be a bit more indepth.

Over all I thought both candidates did well, no major game changers. Miss Burke's answers sounded read off a script while the Governor sounded more off the cuff, but sill rehearsed.

The biggest flub of the event was Burke's answer to the last question of the evening, an opportunity to say something nice about Gov. Walker.  With Walker going first (taking the full minute given him) he quickly bragged on Burke's philanthropy. Even given a minute, while Walker answered, to ponder her answer Burke still difficulty coming up with an answer and her pause before answering seemed endless.

So who won? Neither had a great advantage but I would give Gov. Walker the first round. Miss Burke seemed the rookie which she was and Gov. Walker was much more relaxed in his answers.

I always enjoy reading Twitter and Facebook after these events and the winner often - actually always - is determined by poster's political slant. Below is a great example.
Not wanting to argue the point I do wonder how does one win a debate, but not on issues? It's sometimes tough to debate a liberal.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Who Needs Jobs - Obviously Not Milwaukee

This is why Milwaukee has such hard time having nice things. Highly irresponsible for a veteran Supervisor.

Supervisor's claim sidetracks Park East development project

 2016 is not that far away and Supervisor Lipscomb has already ticked off one very powerful North Shore Resident.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Walker Opens Lead

According to the lastest (today's) Marquette Law School, Gov. Scott Walker has moved outside the margin of error in his lead over Mary Burke 50% to 45% in likely voters.

Hopefully this trend continue over the next 5 weeks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rainey's Got a Ticket To Ride

The Milwaukee County Board voted to provide free rides for people to get a voter ID.  It raised a few questions.

First of all - how do they know people will be getting a free ID with the free rides? Will they be keeping track of who is taking advantage of this free ride.

I bet most of Wisconsin's residents would be surprised to know that paying for gas or a bus ticket to get to a polling station is a "poll tax" according to Rainey's post vote press release.

Supervisor Khalif Rainey, the new puppet for the unions said that the DMV would need to issue 6,000 voters a day to provide everyone in Wisconsin with an ID.

According to the info provided to Rainey, about 91,000 Milwaukee residents don't have proof of citizenship or residency to get an ID.

Note to Rainey, don't believe all the data you're feed by One Wisconsin Now. The state has been giving out free ID's since 2011 and the County has been providing free birth certificates for those who need them to get a free ID. At last count only 1,700 people took advantage of the free birth certificates, a far cry from 91,000 cited by the supervisor.

The last big push for the free ID included churches offering the free breakfast or lunch as an incentive to get the free ID's. The efforts though commendable were far from successful. It seems you can't make get an ID or register to vote unless they want to.

The next year on the County Board will be interesting as Rainey will continue to lay the groundwork for his 2016 aldermanic run in the 9th district.