For the first time in quite a while, the Milwaukee County Election Commission made the news and came into the awareness of a lot more Milwaukee area eligible voters. If you have been reading along (HERE and HERE), you’ll note that they have had a significant effect on who you can vote for in the Milwaukee County Executive Primary on February 18th.

Let’s go into what we know. There is a state election law that prohibits a campaign solicitor from gathering signatures on nomination papers for more than one candidate in the same race. Three candidates in the Milwaukee County Executive race used the same firm to hire solicitors and they hired the same solicitors to collect signatures for all three candidates. The law specifically says the earliest signatures collected are legal and the others are not and violate the law. So one candidate is held harmless and two were in violation. A fourth candidate filed a complaint with the Milwaukee County Election Commission and…

There are three commissioners on the Milwaukee County Election Commission. Therefore a quorum is two. In the hearing for the Milwaukee County Exec complaint, only two commissioners were available to meet and consider the complaint. The vote was a one to one tie and under commission rules, a tie dismisses a complaint. So the status quo stands and the two candidates held in violation of the law would be able to appear on the primary ballot.

Whether you agree with this outcome or not, you have to question a system that controls something as important as access to the ballot can be ruled by a tie goes to the runner.

In a county as populous as Milwaukee County, does it make sense to only have three election commissioners? Would five be better…then a quorum would be three and the possibility of tie votes somewhat reduced.

Of course we still have the very real possibilities for tie votes. Three commissioners in attendance, but one abstains or recuses themselves and then a one to one tie. Similar with five I guess…or a quorum of four for that matter…where even with all attendees voting…we have a two to two tie.

And is a tie vote resulting in a dismissal of a complaint the best solution? Certainly anyone filing a complaint expects that complaint to be seriously considered and voted on and not dismissed by a fairly frivolous rule. The end result of the Milwaukee Election Commission tie was an appeal to the Wisconsin Election Commission. Should the law require an automatic appeal to the state commission anytime there is a deadlock at the county level? Both the complainant and the candidates are due their day in ‘court’.

All voices should be heard and all remedies considered before candidates are removed from the ballot. No one is contesting the actual signatures on the nomination papers, only the solicitors who gathered them. Should 4,000+ eligible voters have their voices silenced on a ‘whim’? Should the rest of the Milwaukee County electorate have fewer choices because of an arcane law? The law apparently is an anti-corruption vehicle, but apparently I am not sufficiently nefarious to understand what is being prevented.

But I urge the newly elected and seated Milwaukee County board to review and expand and revise as necessary, the Milwaukee County Election Commission before the next round of county elections. All eligible voters need to feel that their vote counts and their elections mean something…and that they are free to be able to vote from all the qualified candidates who have the audacity to run for public office.

As we have documented over the past two weeks, injuries reported from the Iran attacks on Iraq based American military installations went from none to eleven to thirty four…headaches according to the president. And like me, the VFW isn’t happy about it.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – “In light of today’s announcement from the defense department that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of Iran’s retaliatory strike and President Trump’s remarks which minimized these troops’ injuries, the Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter. 

TBI is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly. TBI is known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches, dizziness and fatigue — all injuries that come with both short- and long-term effects. 

The VFW expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks. And, we ask that he and the White House join with us in our efforts to educate Americans of the dangers TBI has on these heroes as they protect our great nation in these trying times. Our warriors require our full support more than ever in this challenging environment.” — William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW National Commander

emphasis mine

There is nothing more that I could add here.

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You’ve probably heard about the brouhaha around the NPR interview of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conducted by Mary Louise Kelly. As long as he was deflecting about American foreign policy on Iran he was feeling no pain. But when the topic shifted to the Ukraine and former US Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, the climate changed…and Mr. Pompeo stormed out…and then called for a private audience with Ms. Kelly…where he ranted and raved for nearly the same amount of time as the ‘interview’.

And during that private audience, this happened:

“He asked if I (Ms. Kelly) could find Ukraine on a map I said, ‘Yes,’ he called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked. I pointed to Ukraine he put the map away, he said, people will hear about this, and then he turned and said he had things to do, and I thanked him again for his time and left.”

So finally, after two years, Mike Pompeo now knows where the Ukraine is. Ms. Kelly should be thanked for her selfless public service!

In the past month we’ve seen an incredible number of dangerous events transpire in Iraq…between the United States and Iran...originally over the death of an American contractor. But despite the president’s actions in Iraq and his pronouncements via Twitter…he left some important things unsaid:

It has been almost three weeks since Nawres Waleed Hamid, a naturalized citizen who grew up in Iraq, became the latest American to die in the United States’ nearly two-decade-long military entanglement in the Middle East. His death in a rocket attack in December in Kirkuk, where he was working as a translator for the American military, was quickly seized upon by President Trump, touching off a chain of events that for several days set the world on edge.

Citing Mr. Hamid’s death as a reason for military action against Iran — calling him an “American contractor” without mentioning that he was an immigrant — made the president’s posture especially stinging to some Muslims here, who have felt marginalized and vulnerable in recent years as the Trump administration has clamped down on immigration.

“That an Iraqi American Muslim immigrant was used as a pretext for military action in the Middle East is ironic,” said Basim Elkarra, the executive director of the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It was shocking.”

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sigh.

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After filing an appeal to the decision from the Wisconsin Elections Commission removing them from the Milwaukee County ballot for County Executive, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy and Jim Sullivan got their second bit of bad news today. The Milwaukee County Circuit Court hearing the appeal decided that they shouldn’t be reinstated on the ballot. That pretty much kills their chances for this round and kicks the county electorate in the teeth by limiting their choices in the February primary.

Judge keeps 2 disqualified Milwaukee County executive candidates off the ballot

“This is going to be the end of the case,” attorney Michael S. Maistelman said before the hearing. “What the judge decides today will dictate whether the candidates are put back on the ballot or remain off.”

An appeal would be a moot point, unless the Court of Appeals takes action, because the ballots have to be printed, said Maistelman, who represents Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb Sr. Lipscomb, who is also a county executive candidate, challenged the signatures that Sullivan and Kennedy filed and has pushed for their removal from the ballot.

And the administration just keeps on lying. Lying about our troops and their involvement in conflict and their injuries is just totally unacceptable. So now the injury count…for traumatic brain injuries…is up to 34 from the 11 reported last week. The good news is half of them are back at their posts….but this is just not right. Now I’ve got a headache.

Full article here:

And our previous blog post here: No Americans Were Hurt

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Or American Standard for that matter. While the president mucks around the nation at his rallies complaining about low flow toilets, other bathroom fixtures, and dishwashers being ineffective because of water flow…why aren’t our major fixture manufacturers and appliance manufacturers up in his face about defaming their products?

I mean everyone in America with indoor plumbing knows the president is full of shit on this…literally and figuratively…why do they let him get away with it?

This was in my email a few days ago and it’s about as low as a campaign can go…well until the next email or rally. But I will admit that this isn’t from the president’s own campaign but I would be surprised if they aren’t working together. But anyway, here’s the missive from America First Action:

This what (sic) we know about the whistleblower: 

– Had a professional relationship with Sleepy Joe

– Is a registered Democrat

– Hired a lawyer who did work for Cryin’ Chuck & Crooked Hillary

– Was in talks with Schiff, and Schiff subsequently misled the America public about it

Ed, this fight will not be easy. President Trump is going up against some of the most powerful people in the swamp. The deep state is laser-focused on removing President Trump from office.

President Trump needs your help ASAP: Sign now: Stop Pelosi & the deep state from reversing the results of the 2016 election.

Your support will go a long way in defending President Trump from this impeachment sham.

Thank you,

America First Action

and it will only get worse…

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Every time the media refers to Mick Mulvaney, they give his title as Acting White House Chief of Staff. President Trump named him to that position in December of 2018 and he has held that position since January of 2019. After a year, isn’t it reasonable to either make him Chief of Staff or name a permanent replacement? There should be a statute of limitations on this stuff.

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