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. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gwen Moore's Creepy Hug

This video with Rep. Gwen Moore from a Channel 58 news cast is creepy in way to many ways.


First of all it's election season and no one is safe between Rep Gwen Moore and a camera as this video shows.  Try to find her when congress is in session and it's a game of Where's Waldo.  Her voting record or lack thereof attests to that.

But what's more unsettling is that inappropriate touching is wrong no matter who does it and Gwen Moore passed that line. It's obvious that the much smaller protester is beyond uncomfortable with Moore's lack of knowing where ones personal space begins and ends. The unnamed lady even has to ask the invasive Moore to remove her arm more than once.

Moore posing for the news camera while the protestor is addressing the news person is also a bit repulsive. It sure seems the congresswoman has little shame or common sense.

Another weird thing I noticed is that while outside Miss Moore has her arm in a sling (she also had her arm in a sling when she was arrested a few weeks back), but when she was inside for the Mary Burke fundraiser she not only does not have the sling on but she is freely swinging the appendage and clapping along with her own squealing singing.

I have to agree with Gwen Moore when she states that she can do math - a simple look at her voting and campaign finance records back that statement up.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sen. Chris Larson and Truth are not the best of friends

Sen. Chris Larson again shows why he should not be the person representing Milwaukee east side.  Trying to take political advantage of a non story concerning the 2015-2017 state budget and a $1.8 billion dollar projected shortfall, he either played loose with the truth or doesn't understand the budget process.

In either case he displayed his continued lack of judgement.  How does the State Senate minority leader with all the resources he has at his disposal not understand what the Journal-Sentinel claimed that the "size of the projected deficit to a per-person level in no way means individuals or families will have to pay those amounts".

If he did understand the simple conclusion Politifact came to and he still released his misinformation, that means he put politics ahead of truth.

The people of the 7th Senate District need to ask themselves if they want to continue to be represented by a person who does not understand the budgeting process (the biggest responsibility of the legislature) or a person who'd look them in them in the eye and be less then honest to them.

Luckily for them they will have a choice in November, Jason "Red" Arnold will be on the ballot and even though he is a political newcomer from all indications he will at least be honest with his constituents.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Mighty Poor Scrutinize

This mornings JSOnline had the following front page teaser,
A click on the Dan Bice article shows some very poor investigative scrutinizing going on there.  

She either was gone somewhere 2 or 3 months, wasn't sure how much money her company made, was or wasn't with particular friends (a boyfriend) and basically all the JSOnline Woodward and Bernstein digging could come up with was that she needed 2 years off because she worked hard.

She was just lucky that after the two year snowboarding sabbatical that she could find an job opening at Trek Bicycle to meet her needs.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Who Am I Politically

I've been thinking about that for quite a while.  Being comparatively new to politics I've often backed away from from being put in a political box by anyone. Instead I've been trying to define myself to me.

You see to some I'm a rhino, a neo-conservative, a tea partier, a no caring Republican and so many other labels.

I'm a Saved by Grace Bible Believing Follower of Jesus Christ Back to Basics Frederick Douglass Movement Republican.

So let me break this down.  First and foremost I'm a sinner who will stand on my understanding of the Bible before any party platform, meme or press release.  If that means that I stand alone on a position of Christian conviction I will. I'll gladly suffer the consequences of standing on a serious interpretation of the Bible over the folly of man.

Lately I've been studying the roots of the Republican Party and it sure seems to me like we've strayed from our original intent.  Not as far as some would have us believe, but far enough to make a difference.

We are a party with a great tradition of looking out for the equal rights of every individual, fighting to "hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".

We need to embrace those simple truths.

I've been recently introduced to the Frederick Douglass Republican Movement and I'm on board with my whole political being.

Do you agree with these:
  1. Respect for the Constitution
  2. Respect for Life
  3. Limited Government
  4. Personal Responsibility
If so, you could be joining me as a Back to the Basics Frederick Douglass Republican.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Standing Strong on 250,000

Scott Walker released a new ad this weekend and in it he didn't back down from his promise of 250,000 jobs for Wisconsin.

Now will Wisconsin get that number of jobs?  No, but I still like the backbone of the Governor to stand on his convictions.  There is nothing wrong with setting a high goal and working toward it, even if you don't succeed in the way you thought you would.

When candidate Walker made the job statement most people felt the 250,000 would be easily attainable in the economic recovery we were hoping for.  No one - including the President or other economic geeks could have guessed that the recovery would take so long and be basically a jobless recovery.

After his re-election I hope the Governor has learned something and will speak about Wisconsin and all it's parts working together to grow the economy and jobs.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ald Joe Davis moving the ball upcourt on New Arena

One exciting bonus to the 2016 Mayoral Race should be a good healthy discussion of issues affecting the City of Milwaukee.

Bob Donovan's already in, according to Mayor Tom Barrett's campaign chest he's in and Ald. Joe Davis is making waves before jumping in.

One of the issues coming up quickly, if news reports are on target, is the building of new basketball arena or bidding the Bucks adios.  Joe Davis has issued a press release supporting the building of a new arena, the importance of keeping the Bucks and discussing the idea of increasing the city's bonding authority by $100,000.

No matter where you stand on the issue of the arena, this issue will be a thorny one for area politicians as it will include not only Milwaukee maintaining it's Major League City status but also how politicians will prioritize the allocation of funds.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Zamarripa's Positive Press Release About Embarrassing Vote Totals

What would cause Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa to brag about only 678 people from the 8th Assembly District to vote for her?  A 24% increase from the embarrassing vote total of 2012.

So lets take a look at the vote totals from the last three elections in which Ms. Zamarripa has been involved.

2010 - 1,465 total votes - 755 for Zamarripa
2012 - 900 total votes - 599 for Zamarripa
2014  1116 total votes - 678 for Zamarripa

It seems that one could draw a couple of conclusions from the above data.  JoCasta has done a poor job of building a voting base in her district, in fact she's decreased her Democratic base.

Since winning the right to redistrict the 8th & 9th Assembly Districts Ms. Zamarippa and Voces de la Frontera have succeeded in gerrymandering the districts to keep the voter turnouts low.

As a side note here's an inside look about the race from Robert Miranda (you'll have to scroll down a bit).  It seems JoCasta spent about $20 for every vote she received.  Even with Union support that's some serious cash.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What's Right for the 4th

This coming Tuesday, August 12th, the State of Wisconsin (at least 15% of them) will vote in the partisan primaries.  There are not any state wide races that will drive people to the polls even with the Democratic Attorney General race.

Locally there are races that have the voters worked up.  I've mentioned the Racine debacle for the 21st Senate seat before.  Hopefully the winner will be able to patch the party faithful and win in November.  

The Dems have primaries in the 8th, 10th, 16th and 19th Assembly. It seems that the races in those districts is coming down to who's more "progressive" along with who's kissing the Unions backside, who's bowing down to County Executive Abele's wallet and who's independent of the previous two positions.

The big kahona on the left is the Sheriff's race. Part of the pitch to combat a hard left push to get rid of current Sheriff, David Clarke. Why the teachers union would want to get of Clarke by wasting money on his removal is beyond me, how will that help the children?

A suggestion by some conservatives including most of the talking heads is for Republicans to cross over and vote for Sheriff Clarke in the primary.  I say hold your horses.

The 4th Congressional District Republicans have their own primaries to worry about.  David King and Dan Sebring are vying to take on either Gary George or Gwen Moore in November.  Why would those of us who care about these mens effort turn our back on them.  I'm supporting David King because he's out in the north side of Milwaukee working to grow the Republican party by introducing them to the Frederick Douglas Republican movement.

Like I mentioned in an earlier post the 20th Assembly District has it's own three person primary to take on Christine Sinicki. Why would these people want to have their voice silenced and not vote in this primary.

In the 12th Assembly District Russell Goodwin is working to get 274 write in votes to be put on the November ballot.  I'll be writing his name in.

So what's the solution for conservatives/Republicans in Milwaukee County.

How about this
1) Those in the 4th Congressional District vote for either David King or Dan Sebring
2) Wauwatosa Republicans can cross over as they are in the 5th congressional district and have no primaries.  The exception being the 24th ward who can write in Russell Goodwin.
3) West Allis Republicans can write in Sheriff Clarke.
4) South and Southwest suburban Republicans can write in Sheriff Clarke unless they live in the 20th Assembly District.

This seems to be a win - win - win for everyone involved.