Representative Joe Sanfelippo’s bill (AB 85) to destroy county government is set for the Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing on Thursday April 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM, room 225 Northwest.
The committee members are Representatives Tyler August (R – 32 and chair), David Craig (R -83 and vice chair), Daniel Knodl (R – [...]
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.
Yesterday Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett gave his ‘State of the City’ address and covered any number [...]
The latest round of dysfunction in Milwaukee County government is the brouhaha started by first term County Supervisor Deanna Alexander. As reported by MJS’ Daniel Bice in a recent No Quarter article, Sup. Alexander accused the other board members of intentionally preventing her from doing her job. Specifically that board leadership was preventing her from [...]
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 [...]
My intention was to return from vacation relaxed and raring to go…and start a series on Milwaukee County government. A little history, a little discussion on what it does for us now, some thoughts on the future services it needs to provide, interviewing county government officials, county residents, and other interested parties, and just generally [...]
Unsurprisingly the bold front page headline of the Saturday December 15, 2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the lede for their story on the massacre in the elementary school in Connecticut. And they quoted from President Obama’s speech from the White House yesterday. BUT they changed the whole meaning of his words by editing the quote…shortening [...]
Things continue to heat up in the discussion of the role of county government and the size of the county board. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, obviously disappointed by the boards rejections of a number of his budget proposals and their override of 22 of his 24 budget vetoes, decided to ramp up the discussion.
County Executive Chris Abele’s take on how to do his job continues to be fascinating. His open battles with Sheriff Clarke. His arms length attitude toward the county board. His czarina firing of Sue Black. His lack of communication with the other powers that be in the County Court House while formulating the county budget.
In my line of work, communication can often make the difference between success and failure, between positive outcomes and negative outcomes.
While I certainly have my flaws as a communicator – then again we all do – I’ve long been a believer in motivational interviewing, in which interviews are less of a series of “yes [...]