Sunday, November 13, 2016

Congrats to Reince Priebus

President elect Donald Trump has announced that RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, will be the Chief of Staff in the upcoming administration.  I think that is a good choice as Preibus seems to be very workmanlike and as one news article described humble.

I first met Priebus when his wife was a teacher at Eastbrook Academy and taught my Grandson.  This was probably a dozen years ago and before I became involved in politics.  We chatted a few times during school events.  Since his rise in the political ranks I haven't had the pleasure of any face time with him other than the cursory hello.  Friends and acquaintances of mine have nothing but good things to say about him.

This is very exciting as Wisconsin again makes its mark on the national political scene.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Wisconsin Democratic Divide

This weird election season has exposed some very clear blemishes in the political parties.  Today I'll look at the Democratic Party to reveal what looks like some major problems.

Locally the Democrats have been at each others throats for quite a while.  The divide has been between ultra progressives and corporate democrats.  There is also a sub divide in Milwaukee between the old guard black community and the new Fred Kessler/Chris Larson led black progressives.

This election exemplified a chink in the Democratic platform. The huge turnout of the black community over the previous two presidential elections had less to do with platform and ideas and more to do with a sense of history and pride of a culture.  The Kessler/Larson progressive movement misread this phenomenon and used the bump in enthusiasm to push their power grab.

Last spring's defeat of Chris Larson as Milwaukee County Executive was the first indication of change in the direction of Milwaukee's black community.  Add to that the slow demise in Milwaukee County's GoPass (a creation of Marina Dimitrijevic and her Wisconsin Working Families Party) by the current County Board and Donald Trumps victory on Tuesday, we may have seen the final nail in the coffin of the current status quo of Milwaukee's Democratic party.

Statewide, Democrats lost another Senate seat which now gives the Republicans a 20-13 majority, with the possibility of picking up yet another seat as Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, a Democrat, won her seat by less than 60 votes and is sure to be involved in a recount.  That result pretty much shoots her aspirations as a candidate for Governor down the tubes.

The Republicans also added another seat to their current majority in the State Assembly, 64-35.

This doesn't bode very well for the Democrats to gerrymander voting districts in the next decade.  It looks like the courts will be their best bet to change the law.

One of the question that rings around these results is the future direction of the local and state Democratic Party.  Will they cut the final ties with the working class Democrats who seemed to support Donald Trump this election and move more to the left with the hope of securing the young liberal voters (who don't vote) and the unions as their major line of support along with remnants of the fractured special interest and minority groups.  Or will they be so devastated that no movement or too slow a movement to help in the immediate future will be their course.

A question for the Republicans is will we look at this opportunity and take advantage of it or will we sit back and make the same error of judgment Democrats have.  I'll look at that prospect next week.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

President Elect Trump

I know I'm a couple of days late, but I waited to make sure this wasn't a dream.  I'd venture to say that the American people surprised 75% of the populous and elected Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

I'm still in shock.

I'm also so very happy that Hillary Clinton will be moving on to other things in life.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Feel Good Failure Law #5

The Milwaukee Common Council voted to "Ban the Box" and deserves the Feel Good Failure Award.

In reality all this action did was solidify what was already being done or not done as the case may be.  It's been a few years since the city made someone check "the box" when filling out an job application.

For those not aware, "the box" is a question on the application asking of applicants had ever been convicted of a crime.

Here's the ugly truth about this legislation - it does nothing to help anyone to get a job.  Banning the box doesn't prohibit any employer, in this case the City of Milwaukee, from doing an extensive background check.

During the common council discussion supporters argued that this makes applicants feel better because it gives the impression that the application process will move forward without checking up on the job seekers background.  As Ald. Chantia Lewis said, it makes people "feel as though they can get a second chance".  

This is truly a feel good failure legislation lie for applicants and gives false hope to those looking for meaningful employment.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Happy Labor Day, Shank You Very Much

We some interesting movement on the local labor front just before Labor Day.  According to a news article in the Milwaukee Community Journal, SEIU (the union) pulled their contract with Wisconsin Jobs Now to coordinate the "Fight for $15" protests.  In case you were wondering why this anti job movement included a provision for union membership, that should answer it for you.

Much to the chagrin of many, Unions are a business, plain and simple.  They hired WJN to run a recruiting aspect of their business.  Wisconsin Job Now and new director Martha De La Rosa who according to the article "house their staff/workers, provided administrative and communications support" have to be licking their chops after this cut in income.

It will be interesting to see who the new faces of Fight for $15 will be, though I'm sure we will see some of the same faces pretending to concerned about the workers rather than their employers, the union.

Here's the crème de la crème of hypocrisy:
SEIU won’t allow Fight for $15 (and a Union) employees to join SEIU’s staff union, and SEIU may have violated the contract with its staff union.

Happy Post Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

For those of you who don't work, enjoy the off day. 

While looking for art work for this blog I was surprised at how many Labor Day pieces featured the flag.  Got to thinking, what does the flag have to do with Labor Day and I'm not being facetious.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Da North Side Democratic vote for Republicans

As usual, the Northside of Milwaukee is ablaze with Democratic primaries. We have three Assembly districts and two State Senate districts up for grabs.

The hottest of these races is one where I live, the 4th Senate district where Lena Taylor the incumbent is facing off against Mandela Barnes the inept. I've gotten a half dozen mailers from groups supporting Taylor and zero from Barnes, which is coincidentally the same amount of bills he's authored in his four years in the Assembly. 

I'm not a fan of Sen Taylor but she will get my vote this Tuesday and then on Wednesday I will start to attack her on the issues we disagree on.

In the 6th senate district three individuals are looking to replace Nikiya Harris Dodd.   Thomas Harris seems to be the conservatives best choice in this race.

The most exciting aspect in this years elections is the hopeful return of Jason Fields to serve the 11th Assembly district over out of touch progressive Darrol Gibson.

Leon Young has again drawn a cadre of opponents with uber lefty Edgar Lin along with the backing of the White Working Family non Party making the most noise in the 16th district.

The 17th Assembly district has two Democratic heavy's, David Crowley and Marcus Hart along with long time Representative Annette "Polly" Williams daughter Kim Burns. If it was me, I'd vote for Ms. Burns.

this is the final of 3 posts concerned with the 2016 Wisconsin Partisan Primaries.

Part 2 - Republican voting in Democratic Primay The Southside Edition

The Democrats have three southside partisan primaries this coming Tuesday for the State Assembly, the Republicans nada.  The good news is that there is still an opportunity for Republicans to help choose who they want to represent them in the Wisconsin Assembly.  Crossover voting is that option.

The starkest difference between any of the six candidates is the one in the 8th Assembly District where incumbent Jocasta Zamarripa faces off against Laura Manriquez. My research shows that Manriquez is a very common sense Democrat in the mold of Jason Fields. In other words she will fight the good fight getting what she can working with the majority Republicans to improve the life of her South Side constituents. Jocasta has spent her time in the assembly telling anyone who will listen she was the first Latina voted into the Assembly but also the first Latina to do nothing of substance for her constituents.  It's time for Zamarripa to be the first Latina voted out of the Assemby.

It's for that reason that I would encourage both Democrats and Republicans in the 8th Assembly District to vote for Laura Manriquez.

In the 9th and 20st Assembly districts two run of the mill Democrats are looking to add onto their pension.  Josh Zepnick who took 3rd place in the recent Milwaukee alderman race (with 2% of the vote) is trying to persuade constituents of the 9th district to send him back to Madison since they didn't want him representing them in Milwaukee. His opponent is attorney Marisabel Cabrera who's in deep with the far far left progressive wing of the Democratic party. Sadly there isn't a choice worth marking for conservatives.

20th District rep Christine Sinicki is hanging around showing off her Archie Bunker vocabulary lessons. 

Unfortunately for district residents her opponent, Julie Meyer is a died in the wool union teacher, at least that's the way she described herself in a Wisconsin Eye interview.  Her priorities for the 20th are teachers, teachers and teachers.  Unfortunately there is no good choice here either.

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on the Aug 9th partisan primary.

My Democratic Primay votes - by a Republican part 1

This has been one crazy election season and it looks to continue on that track until November. As a Republican in Milwaukee we have no partisan primary elections to vote in. That is unless you take this opportunity to vote the Democratic primaries.

I very seldom vote for Democrats but this coming Tuesday it looks as though I'll be casting my vote for 3 them. This post looks at the county wide elections of district attorney and the 4th congressional district.

The Congressional battle is a choice between former state senator Gary George and current representative Gwen Moore.  As a congresswoman Gwen Moore has done nothing as far as legislation for Milwaukee.  The only job she's created is the $80,000 a year gig for her sister in Gwen's campaign office.


So by default my vote will go to Gary George. 

The District Attorney's race has formed a strange bedfellows coalition against John Chisholm. Conservatives in the area rightfully feel that Chisholm overextended his authority during the John Doe probe and black liberal organizations are disgusted with his decisions on the whole black lives matter issue.

What these diverse groups have in common is a desire to end his reign and replace him with Verona Swanigan.   The district attorney's office has assumed a role as a partisan organization both by what it has and hasn't done. I'm up for change and that change will take the face of Ms. Swanigan on Tuesday.

This is the first part of 3 concerning the upcoming partisan primaries.

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.