In his discussion today with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, covering the expansion of off reservation tribal casinos in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker suggested that he would only approve a new casino if the other tribes reach a ‘consensus’ on permitting a new casino! Yes that’s exactly what he said but it’s not exactly what he meant…but here I’ll let him explain:
Walker said there must be “consensus” among all the state’s tribes before he would approve an off-reservation casino. The governor’s approval is required by federal law before any tribe can open an off-reservation casino.
Walker defined consensus as unanimous approval. (emphasis mine)
“Consensus doesn’t mean 10 yes and one no,” Walker said in a meeting with Journal Sentinel editors and reporters. “Consensus means everybody says yes.”
Oh Oh Oh…can we use this definition of consensus for all future deliberations in Madison?
Governor Walker held one of his periodic touch bases with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today…and we will see their interpretation of his sage wisdom via any number of articles over the next few days…but one of the first items of discussion was the approval process for any new off reservation tribal casinos in Wisconsin. Federal law requires the governor’s approval before any new off reservation casinos can be opened. Here’s what he had to say:
Gov. Scott Walker says all 11 Wisconsin tribes must agree before any new off-reservation casino is opened in the state.
Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board on Thursday that tribes must be unanimous before approving a new off-reservation casino. Walker says that is “absolutely” a “difficult wall to hurdle.”
Isn’t this totally in opposition to the ‘free market’ and ‘competition breeds efficiencies’ base tenets of the tea party and the conservative wing of the Republican Party? Will he get excommunicated for denying capitalism in the casino trade? We don’t need more casinos but I don’t see how this rule is appropriate. And if a tribe meets all of the other rules necessary to open a casino, I think the free market should say have at it!!
How indebted to the Potowatami is Governor Walker?
During a town hall meeting last week, Republican Rep. Sean Duffy refused to take a position on whether transvaginal ultrasounds should be mandatory for women seeking abortions because (in his words) “I haven’t had one.”
Funny….because not having one never stopped Sean Duffy from trying to tell women what they can and can’t do when it comes to their vaginas, ovaries, and uteri.
“How many people have to get murdered in a mass murder for it to be enough?” Flynn said toward the end of his testimony, invoking the Newtown, Conn., massacre in December.
“Is 20 babies enough to say these implements of murder should not be distributed? That’s what we’re asking!” Flynn said in comments that drew applause from those in the audience who were there to support the bill.
While I’m in agreement with Chief Flynn’s statements in support of bans on assault weapon and high-capacity magazine sales, I think the whole discussion about guns in our nation needs to start with efforts to implement universal background checks that close the “gun show loophole” and that include checks on whether an individual has serious mental illnesses or has been committed to a mental health facility.
All during the football season, news junkies like myself have to endure almost daily color photos and headline stories above the fold on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Green Bay Packers…even on bye weekends.
I just published a press release from US Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI – 4) voicing her reasons for opposing State Representative Joe Sanfelippo’s bill to blow up Milwaukee County Government as we know it. Ms. Moore’s press release covers a number of salient points about the value of county government and what would be lost in Milwaukee County if these changes are allowed to occur.
But she also discussed county government as a training ground for new political activists who then go on to bigger and sometimes better things:
“The County Board has and continues to be a great forum for civic engagement, helping to groom our future public servants. Our own U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin was once a County Board Supervisor. The many changes delineated in this bill…will limit opportunities and access for all who seek to be active and engaged in their community.”
Now this is certainly true…and I don’t disagree with this sentiment on its face…and I respect people like Senator Baldwin and State Senators Chris Larson and Nikiya Harris who have earned their stripes as county supervisors. But that isn’t a reason to preserve the status quo in Milwaukee County government. The decision to keep county government as is, downsize it, part-time it, or reform it in any manner should be determined locally by the needs and expectations of the residents of Milwaukee County!
Milwaukee, WI – Today (ed: February 25, 2013), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released the following statement in opposition to LRB 1340 a proposal from the Wisconsin State Legislature that would enact a 66 percent reduction in the Milwaukee County Board’s budget eliminating funds available for current staff, supervisor salaries and oversight responsibilities and duties. She released the following statement.
“This proposal is not one that the citizens have asked for but rather one that the business community determined was necessary. Many in the community perceive this as either a takeover or a power grab that will ultimately disenfranchise the everyday person.
“The County Board has and continues to be a great forum for civic engagement, helping to groom our future public servants. Our own U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin was once a County Board Supervisor. The County Board is a government body that truly reflects the breadth of diversity within the state of Wisconsin – especially for women and minorities. The many changes delineated in this bill in addition to the reduction of funds will limit opportunities and access for all who seek to be active and engaged in their community. It reduces the Board’s ability to help constituents resolve their problems at the County level.
“Additionally, the proposed cut to the Milwaukee County Board will also make maintaining a system of checks and balances at the County government nearly impossible and would destroy the very concept of local control.
“This proposal by the Wisconsin State Legislature to enact these draconian cuts is misguided and will ultimately render the local County Board incapable of providing necessary services for the people of Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee County Board is more than capable of determining how to reduce the cost of local government and increase efficiency – and we should let them do it.”