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.

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?