Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wisconsin Judges Seek Rule Changes on Half of Campaign Donations

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 50 former judges, " asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require judges and justices to step aside when hearing cases involving those who helped bankroll their elections."

This seems to be an idea that on its face is a great idea, but in reality it's face is a under an artificial  disingenuous mask.

These jurists want to play the game under rules long ago deemed useless, sort of like setting up a basketball offense geared for two point baskets in a three point era.   

No one disagrees about the influence of money in today's campaigns.  

What these fine men & women seem to ignore is that the money spent on elections has both a positive and negative effect.  If candidate A runs for office against candidate B and wins, the claim is that the money spent on the campaign of candidate A will effect their legal decision for the spender.

But lets say that candidate B wins.  Would they not be just as inclined to allow the money spent against them to effect their legal decision as candidate A would have, except in the opposite way.

In the above scenario candidate A rules for the group who spent money for them and candidate B rules against group who spent money against them.  The 50 jurists only want candidate A to fall under their new rules.  It seems odd to me unless part two of their proposal which allows them to get back on the bench is the real reason for their recommendation.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2 Sides to Bice's Commemorative Coin Article

Over the weekend Dan Bice penned an investigative article about State Attorney General Brad Schimel spending $10,000 on commemorative coins.  He implied that this is either a waste of money or inappropriate. 

That's up to you to decide, but what I did find highly ironic is the placement of the story in the print edition of the MJS.

 Bice's piece garnered front page placement for this earth shattering story.

On the second page was a positive article about Milwaukee police and how they avoided deadly force in arresting a homicide suspect.  Here's the irony of the story - the police officers were given a "challenge coin" for their actions.  A picture accompanied the print version of the article but I couldn't find it online.  Here it is.

From what I can gather from the Bice article, this is the same type of coin that the Attorney General is using and for the same reason.  Seems to be a heads I win, tails you lose story for Mr. Bice.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Looking forward to a very exciting non election year.  Let the chess games begin.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Despite Fred Kessler Objection - New Drunk Driving Laws Jan 1

A new Drunk Driving Law will take effect on Jan. 1st.  Anyone convicted of a 4th Drunk Driving offense will now be charged with a felony no matter when it happens.  Currently the 4th offense must happen within five years of the third Drunk Driving offense.

Also,  the law also increases the maximum sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three years to five. Maximum sentences for seventh, eighth and ninth offenses will increase from five years to seven and a half. The maximum sentence for a 10th or subsequent offense will move from seven and a half years to a decade behind bars.  Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon has been working hard to toughen the Drunk Driving laws and we hope that he continues this worthwhile effort.

Milwaukee Democrat Fred Kessler was the only legislator to vote against the new law last February.  

This despite the fact that a WTMJ TV-4 I-Team investigation shows that 7 of the top 15 streets for accidents related to alcohol are in or around Kessler's 12th Assembly District.  The left leaning timeworn legislator failed to tell his constituents of his misplaced vote.

We will be keeping close tabs on Rep. Kessler this coming legislative session and making sure that voters in the 12th District are very aware of his broken trust and poor judgement.

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.