Sunday, July 26, 2015

Democrats Say What? on Bucks Arena

This Tuesday the Wisconsin Assembly will be getting together and voting on a resolution/law concerning the building of an arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. Democrat Peter Barca who is the minority leader in the Assembly was on "UpFront with Mike Gousha" on Sunday to talk about what Democrats will do when it comes time to vote.

What I found funny about the interview was that the script the Dems are using is being passed from interviewee to interviewee. Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, Sen. Jennifer Shilling and now Rep. Barca have all followed the same path.

Now the Republicans need us and we finally have a seat at the table is the #1 line.  

Problem with that line of crapola is from all accounts people with seats at the table from the beginning included both Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. From all I've read both are part of Blue Wisconsin, the Democrat blue Wisconsin.  Not only that the owners are financials bundlers for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

As for the Assembly Dems not being involved in negotiations it's a bit incredulous to think that Senate Democrats sat down with Republicans and kept their assembly brethren out of the conversation.

But then again, we are talking about Democrats.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I Called For It - Marina Dimitrijevic Stepping Down

Marina Dimitrijevic is stepping down as Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman, a move I called for last week when it was first announced that she was in the running to be hired as the leader of the Working Families (non) Party in Wisconsin. This is a good wise move by Dimitrijevic.

But I still question her vulnerability representing and voting on measures that may be a conflict of interest. What she has going for her is that the next meeting of the County Board is this coming Thursday, July 30th and then the board basically takes the month of August off, because ... it's August.  So she can collect on her $72,000 County salary until her approximate $70,000 salary for the Working Families (non) Party kicks in.

Her conflict of interest will be become very apparent during the 2016 County budget process as organizers of the WFnP are usually vocal opponents toward any fiscal conservatism that comes up in the budget.

It will be very interesting to see who steps up to fill her shoes. From press reports, Sup. Theo Lipscomb and Sup. Michael Mayo are vying for the position. Right now I'm seeing a 7-5 Lipscomb lead with 5 in the middle and one not sure what his dad would want him to do.

The winner is the one who can dish out the most appealing committee seats.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Republican What Reach

As a political party the Republicans need to do a better job of sharing and promoting their platform which will lead to success for individuals and our city, state and country. The state party in Wisconsin (RPW) has done an admirable job in laying the groundwork for such an outreach. But there's been a roadblock for the past few months.

The position of outreach director in the black community has been vacant recently. The goodwill which was growing with the previous director is slowly slipping away and there doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency by the State party fill the position. One thing the party leaders need to recognize is that with a senatorial and presidential election only 17 months away they need to get off the pot.

There is the grassroots groundswell movement from the political left to the right in the city of Milwaukee. To sit on the sidelines and not be proactive is a huge tactical error by the RPW.

One of problems the Republicans have had in the past is that those involved in the state politics have jobs that are basically two year election cycle long. As a consequence  they only look 2 years or 4 years down the road when making plans .

In winning over the black vote President Lyndon Johnson claimed that he would have "those n****** voting with the Democrats for 200 years". The bad news for the Democrats, is we are at the 50 year mark and his plan is starting to unravel.

The mission for state Republican is to adapt a 200 year strategy for outreach rather than their short-term election to election outlook.

Black individuals and organizations continue their assiduous activities and a black conservative coalition has formed to bring them together. This is another missed opportunity for party growth as long as the outreach director position remains unfilled.

The Milwaukee North Branch of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County has been active in their outreach events. Recently hosting a booth at the Juneteenth Festival along with an upcoming Pints & Politics to be held at Garfield's 502 Club. The RPW has been supportive of these activities, and even tho all politics is local their support needs to be turned up a notch.

My compadres in Republican state politics, don't make the same arrogant mistakes Democrats do and talk a good game yet not deliver after elections are over. Take action and hire an outreach director for the black community - NOW.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Working Families (non) Party & Dimitrijevic's Conflict of Interest

So the far left in Wisconsin's Democratic Party want to splinter off into the Working Families (non) Party, because the Democrats aren't far enough to the political left already.

Inspired by the Tea Party, which doesn't claim to be a political party but a movement, this is a liberal / progressive move wants the freedom of the Tea Party movement but doesn't want to give up the control. Hence the party designation.

But is it a political party? The answer is no according to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. This non party will not put up candidates to run for partisan office and it will work to influence the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Much like the organizers currently do.

So if it doesn't do what normal third parties (Libertarian Party, Constitution Party, Green Party, etc) do is it really what it's misnomer of a name claims it is.  Obviously not.

What they are is the same far left group who've run out all middle-left Democrats from the party. It's the same groups who've adopted a modus operandi of what Frederick Douglass called a mobocratic spirit.

According to the MJS article they are zeroing in on Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic as their first state director. In general this would not be a disturbing event, but if you look at those behind the Working Families non Party I can see a huge potential conflict of interest here.

Shouldn't the Board Chairwoman immediately recuse herself in all proposed legislation that participating organizations such as Wisconsin Jobs Now, the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and individuals (Peter Rickman & Mike Wilder) who are involved in creating this non party have collaborated on. They are currently in negotiations to hire Dimitrijevic and the potential for a conflict is real and already present.

Even if Dimitrijevic steps down as Board Chair can she continue on the board while recusing herself from conflicting legislation.  I smell a lawsuit coming if she doesn't immediately leave the county board or remove herself from consideration of the Working Families non Party position.

The old saying is that people's impression is their reality and the impression / reality meter here stinks.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dead Doe

This is wonderful news, the Wisconsin Supreme Court shut down the John Doe Investigation and the fishing expedition by Democrat Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

One of the reasons I'm pleased with this is that it will give extra impetus to the Wisconsin Assembly to address the John Doe law. Talking to a lawyer friend of mine, he explained that the law was so poorly and loosely written that judges were making it up on the fly. As situations came up it was brought in front of a judge and he/she had no legislation to look at so they would have to decide on their own.  We all know that judges shouldn't write laws, but in this case they almost had to.

A second argument for the rewriting of this law is to stop the abuse from ever happening again. You see as much as I like my conservative friends, I don't doubt that some would follow the very poor example of Chisholm and company given the opportunity.

Lastly I would hope that the state legislature would open the process on the restructuring of the proposed new bill. We need to get the concerns of every individual interested in this aired and fairly debated.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Assemblyman's Double Standard on Transparency

While watching the Wis. Assembly discuss the Open Records law Milwaukee Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-19) decided to share his wisdom on the subject of transparency. This particularly interested me because the fine young legislator from Milwaukee's East Side has blocked me on Facebook.

This is not sour grapes on my part. The only facebook contact I've had with Rep. Brostoff is in a political chat room, which is currently a private room. What confuses me is that if you join a political chat room, on facebook or elsewhere, you should expect to be engaged in some conversations with those who don't agree with you.

Now I would agree that personal attacks are a different matter and I can understand taking action when that happens, but I have never personally attacked the freshman assemblyman other can calling him out for blocking me in a political chat room.

It's my opinion that if you can't take someone disagreeing with your positions then politics should not be your chosen profession. And you certainly seem a bit hypocritical in pontificating about transparency when you use your power to block people from seeing your opinions on political matters in a political chat room.



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Run From the Change in the Open Records Law

One of the things I learned long ago is that just because you are in a position of leadership it doesn't make you perfect. In fact a good leader will correct an error in the quickest most prudent way possible.

This coming week the Republican leadership in Wisconsin is in that position and one can only hope they come to their senses and withdraw their support of a change in the open records law. Since when did Republicans support a less open government? From a grass roots level - never. From a leadership level - it should be never.

Originally it was inserted into the state budget that may well be voted on this week, but with rightful pressure from the left, right and middle of the political spectrum they are back tracking. What is still somewhat puzzling and disappointing is a seeming hesitancy to totally back away from the suggested change.

Republicans have been in a position of power for about 5 years and this will be their third budget. They need to remember that the best leadership is one that serves others, not one that dictates to others - like the cartoon says that's upside down.

One can't make an error if they do nothing (Democrats), but there is no shame in trying something and finding out it is wrong. As long as you move quickly to rectify the error.

A word of advice for the Republicans - move quickly and eliminate any talk of changing the open records law and stop giving the opposition ammunition come election time.

Happy 4th


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Rep. Kessler's Hidden Bigotry

We often hear of how Republican and conservatives are racist. The political left is often quick to toss those accusations, oftentimes stretching meaning to make their point.

What we rarely hear about is the hidden soft underbelly of bigotry and racism by the left itself.  On Tuesday the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to eliminate the 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

In a news report from the Minneapolis StarTribune we come across this quote by Milwaukee Assemblyman Fred Kessler, "It's just going to result in more violence in our urban communities."

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "critics of the bill said it would eliminate an important safety provision from state statute and allow consumers to purchase guns impulsively, potentially leading to domestic violence and so-called crimes of passion."

So the political argument is that a couple get into a dispute, one of them runs to the local corner gun store, gets quick approval to purchase a gun and bullets and the episode ends with a shooting.  But according to left leaning Kessler, this scenario will happen in the black community more than other area of the state.

It seems that while playing the race card, very poorly here, the true feelings of the former judge are showing.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Voter Fraud at the DPW Convention?

We often hear Democrats telling us that there is no voter fraud. We hear from Republicans that they see people with Illinois license plates at Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee polling places.  It's tough knowing who's telling the truth (not really).

The Dems will be voting for their new state chair on Saturday and to say it's been a boondoggle would be nice.  There are accusations flowing like beer at a fraternity drinking party.

The process has been crazy. Heck they were not going to allow the venerable icon Vel Phillips to be a delegate. After some scrambling that poor decision was change.

So where's the voter fraud?  Here's an excerpt from a Blogging Blue web post:

Now here’s where things get interesting. Despite all evidence showing Michael Rousek lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, he’s listed as a Milwaukee County delegate to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s 2015 convention, and the address listed for Mr. Rousek on the delegate list is a home in the City of Milwaukee that according to City of Milwaukee records is not owned by Rousek, but is owned by two different men, one of whom is Facebook friends with Jason Rae. I attempted to reach Rousek to confirm details pertaining to his residence, employment, and if he was in fact going to be an alternate delegate at the DPW convention, but I received no response to my inquiry.

Another delegate who caught my eye is Dr. Brad Backhaus, who’s listed as an alternate delegate to the convention. According to his public Facebook profileand LinkedIn profile Dr. Backhaus lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Backhaus is also friends with DPW Chair candidate Jason Rae, having attended Rae’s recent wedding in Milwaukee. According to the delegate list for Milwaukee County, Backhaus is listed as living at a residence in the City of Milwaukee, despite everything I’ve seen that would indicate he lives in Chicago. In his defense, Dr. Backhaus does indicate on his Facebook profile that he is originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, so at least he has some connection to our state. That being said, I’m not entirely sure how someone who from everything I’ve seen seems to live and work in Chicago can be a Milwaukee County Democratic Party alternate delegate to the DPW convention, but perhaps I’m just missing some key piece of information.
It's a bit difficult to argue voter fraud doesn't happen when those in your own party question it at your own convention.