This is just amazing.
During a recent appearance on UpFront, Democratic Milwaukee County Sheriff candidate Chris Moews explained why he believes Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is a sideshow who lack competency when it comes to law enforcement in Milwaukee County.
Watch for yourselves.
As reported by Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has committed to paying nearly $1.7 million to four private companies for their assistance in determining whether the state should sell heating and cooling plants and other state-owned properties.
Studying the issue is expected to cost even more. The state is working with four other firms on the matter, but has not finalized contracts with them.
The Walker administration has pushed the idea of selling off state-owned properties as a way to help pay down the state’s $8 billion in debt – debt that has actually grown larger thanks to Gov. Walker’s budgets.
If these efforts by Gov. Walker’s administration to sell state-owned properties are successful, I have no doubt they will be viewed as having been a short-sighted “band aid” on a problem made worse by Gov. Walker’s borrow and spend budget decisions.
Just a few weeks ago news broke that the WEDC, Gov. Scott Walker’s “job creation” agency, had awarded millions of taxpayer dollars to companies that outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries. In response to that bad news, Gov. Walker’s reelection campaign went on the offensive to attack Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Mary Burke for supposedly profiting off outsourcing done by Trek Bicycles, but the news just got worse for Gov. Walker, as a report by Greg Neumann of WKOW has revealed that four more companies that outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries have received over ten million dollars from WEDC.
Kohl’s Corporation has received $10.8 million of a possible $62.5 million enterprise zone tax credit originally awarded in July 2012 for a project in Waukesha. U.S. Department of Labor records show Kohl’s employees in Milwaukee received Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits on two separate occasions. TAA benefits are only awarded to employees who have lost their jobs because the work was outsourced overseas. In the case of Kohl’s, some of the Wisconsin jobs were sent to India.
It’s important to remember that Gov. Walker serves as the Chairman of the WEDC Board of Directors, so it’s not as if he’s only tangentially involved in what goes on at WEDC. As Chairman of the WEDC Board of Directors, Gov. Walker should bear some responsibility for the decisions being made by the very organization he created in order to dissolve the state’s Department of Commerce, but I’m guessing that instead of accepting responsibility, Gov. Walker will just run another attack ad against Mary Burke.
From my email inbox comes news of the latest group of women to complete the Emerge Wisconsin training program.
MADISON, WI: This past Sunday, twenty-one women completed the Emerge Wisconsin training program and stepped out armed for success as future candidates. The graduation ceremony, held at a private residence in Madison, featured a keynote address from Emerge Advisor Peg Lautenschlager, the first women elected as Wisconsin Attorney General.
In addition to the group of 21 women who recently finished Emerge Wisconsin’s latest training program, Emerge Wisconsin hit a bit of milestone this year, as Congressional candidate Kelly Westlund, who’s challenging “Struggling” Sean Duffy in the 7th Congressional district, is the first Emerge Wisconsin graduate to run for federal office.
I can attest to what a great program Emerge Wisconsin is, and if you’re a woman interested in a future run for office – or if you know a woman who’d be a great candidate – please consider applying for Emerge Wisconsin’s training program.
Last week I wrote about the fundraising efforts of the three Republicans vying for the honor of losing to incumbent Democratic State Rep. Christine Sinicki. As I noted in my report, not only did Cudahy Alderman Justin Moralez end the reporting period with a cash balance of just $635.29, but he also had two expenditures that caught my eye.
The first of the two expenditures by Moralez’s campaign was a $575 contribution to the Fisher House, a contribution that came about as a result of Moralez having accepting contributions in excess of the legal limits for his aldermanic campaign. Curiously, Moralez seemed unaware of the $575 in contributions in excess of the legal limits until May 30, 2014 despite the fact that the last of the excess contributions had been made nearly a year prior.
The second expenditure that caught my eye was the $500 Moralez paid in to Lukas Baker for wages related to Baker’s work as a campaign staffer for Moralez. While paying campaign staff isn’t unusual, what struck me is the fact that Justin Moralez spent $500 of his campaign’s funds to pay for a staffer, especially considering Moralez’s campaign has just $635.29 left on hand. That seems like a foolish expenditure, especially in a race that doesn’t really require the services of a paid staffer.
It looks like 17th State Senate district candidate Pat Bomhack, the hand-picked choice of State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson and the Democratic establishment, is having some problems raising money.
In April, after being urged by Senate Democratic leadership to abandon his second bid for state Assembly, Pat Bomhack declared his candidacy for the 17th Senate District. Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson and other leading Democrats had decided to back Bomhack ostensibly out of concerns that Ernie Wittwer, then the only Democrat in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, was not able to do the work and raise the money necessary to triumph in the general election against state Rep. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green.
It certainly seems like Chris Larson’s public statements that Pat Bomhack is the better candidate in the Democratic primary in the 17th State Senate may have actually backfired against Bomhack, and perhaps it’s a sign that the grassroots activists in the 17th Senate district don’t take too kindly to the Democratic establishment trying to hand-pick candidates, as if the establishment know better than voters as to what constitutes a “better candidate.”
Another day….another report of a company fleeing Wisconsin and taking its jobs with it.
About 300 jobs in Sturtevant will be gone in the next three years as a New Jersey company consolidates its operations and moves the work to North Carolina.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/270-strategies>Yeah, there’s absolutely nothing fishy about this…
Two top veterans of President Obama’s campaigns are asking political campaigners to pay $5,000 per person for the chance to learn their secrets and then work for five weeks in an unpaid campaign job somewhere in America.
As first reported by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a year after he gave the maximum contribution of $500 to Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has made another maximum contribution to Sanfelippo’s campaign.
For years, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was a deep-pocketed liberal who used his moneybags to underwrite the campaigns of prominent Wisconsin Democrats.
While I’m not surprised by Abele’s second maximum contribution to Joe Sanfelippo, I am disappointed, because I had hoped (perhaps naively) that as a Democrat Abele wouldn’t continue to directly assist Republican efforts to keep their hold on the majority in the State Assembly, despite the work done by Republicans to help Chris Abele cut the County Board down to part-time status.
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