Whither MKE Cnty: Bud Selig Is A Magnificent Hypocrite

After getting just about everything he damn well wanted from the county for Miller Park, former Milwaukee Brewers owner and current baseball commissioner Bud Selig is raising money to stab the county board in the back:

“…as the Greater Milwaukee Committee mounts a lobbying campaign to pass the measure. An arm of the group called Smart Government Inc. is holding a fundraiser at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 in the office of baseball commissioner Bud Selig on the 30th floor of the U.S. Bank building at 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., according to an invitation.

It is being hosted by a group of Milwaukee business leaders, including retired Northwestern Mutual CEO Ed Zore, Fiduciary Management Executive Chairman Ted Kellner, private investor Sheldon Lubar, Badger Meter President Rich Meeusen and Selig, along with each of their wives..”

And exactly how does Mr. Selig get away with using the commissioners office for an essentially local political function?

And as a footnote: along with each of their wives? What the heck is that? Is the GMC still a 19th century patriarchy?

Whither MKE Cnty: State Senate Not as Gung Ho as Sanfellipo

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that State Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald doesn’t seem to see the urgency in reforming Milwaukee County Government as rookie State Representative and former Milwaukee County Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo does.

“I’m not in any rush” to put the referendum on the ballot, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Tuesday.

But to get the measure on the April 2 ballot, lawmakers would need to act by mid-February. Fitzgerald called that unlikely.

“I just don’t know how you get it done for an April ballot,” Fitzgerald said.

Oh well…

Whither MKE Cnty: Maybe a County Convention Is In Order

Yesterday marked the first forum that I am aware of that was aimed to discuss possible futures for Milwaukee County. County Supervisor Deanna Alexander held a town hall to gauge the interest in changing the make up of county government. The article in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that only about two dozen people were in attendance. That turn out with the number of comments here on any number of posts about Milwaukee County seems to indicate that when it comes to county government, the prevailing attitude is…MEH?

The suggested referendum on limiting pay and benefits for Milwaukee County Supervisors doesn’t take into account or even allow a full discussion on what that means to local governance. Instead of calling for this ridiculous referendum, I suggest that we call for a COUNTY CONVENTION where the local municipalities, county government, state representatives who represent districts within the county, and actual residents of the county meet and decide to proceed with the status quo or decide on the new form that county government should take.

This may seem unprecedented but if those self righteous proponents of the referendum in Madison, claiming to be giving Us a choice in the matter via referendum really mean that we should have a choice in the matter, then they should really give us that choice. A COUNTY CONVENTION would be just the thing. And Rep. Sanfelippo and Senator Alberta Darling would have their day in the sun as well since they represent Milwaukee County districts.

Come on guys, YOU GOT GAME?