County Executive Chris Abele & Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to announce new partnership to sell vacant Park East land

Found this long-overdue news in my email inbox. MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will announce a new effort and unique partnership next week to market and sell vacant land in the Park East. In a press conference at 9:15 am on Tuesday, June 10th, Abele and Barrett will […]

Governor Scott Walker and John Doe I

An interesting thing happened on the way from John Doe I to John Doe II. Conservative bloggers and Governor Walker apologists continue to state that John Doe I exonerated the governor! HUH?

Exonerate generally means to free someone from blame or fault or that someone convicted of a crime is proven to be innocent. […]

Strengthen our Safety Net to Strengthen our Economy

Congress has missed their first deadline in the budget negotiations that were constructed after the government shutdown. Paul Ryan and Pat Murray are co-chairing the committee, and Ryan is peddling his usual cuts to entitlement programs. Republicans persistently talk about cutting entitlement benefits under the guise of cutting the deficit and encouraging people to pull […]

An Asbestos Coincidence In Wisconsin Or Not?

Earlier this month Senator Chris Larson included a discussion on the asbestos legislation currently before the legislature in Madison in one of his newsletters.

This week, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor took up legislation–Senate Bill 13 and its companion, Assembly Bill 19–intended to limit the rights of victims to pursue legal action against […]

Hey Governor Walker, Wisconsin Isn’t A Best State For Business!

I am highly dubious of the various Forbes Best of lists…they seem contrived and simply audience building exercises…not real news topics. But in their latest Best States For Business…while our neighbors Minnesota, Iowa and Indiana are all in the top 25 states listed…Wisconsin is nowhere to be found. Just sayin’!

Lessons from Recent History: The Origins of Deinstitutionalization

Ronald Reagan’s shameful legacy: Violence, the homeless, mental illness: As president and governor of California, the GOP icon led the worst policies on mental illness in generations – Dr. E. Fuller Torrey


One month prior to the [1980 presidential] election, President Carter had signed the Mental Health Systems Act, which had proposed to continue […]

Two Tales of Cities

‘If You Live Near Other People, You’re Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican’ – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities


From the embedded link: The Real Reason Cities Lean Democratic

Some of the anger from cities this election season rightly pointed out that Republican Party leaders go out of their way […]

Milwaukee’s New Desolation Row

I’ve been sitting on the pictures in this post since last October and have been mentally composing what I wanted to say about them and the area depicted. But I just never got around to writing the blog. Well today my friend Bobby Tanzilo from brought it back to my front lobes.

It’s been […]

County Board delays development approval after letting rival developer hear preferred bid proposal

This is pretty stunning, and not in a good way (emphasis added). County Board members are delaying approval on a $60 million development that would bring nearly 200 apartments along with commercial space to the the Park East strip.

Opus Development Corp. and Mercy Housing Lakefront Inc. are offering to buy the 2.3-acre site, a […]

Abele Rejects Hotel Wage Provision

Developers would like to include an extended stay hotel as part of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Innovation Campus at the county grounds in Wauwatosa. The campus is being developed by an affiliate of the UWM Real Estate Foundation who purchased the site from the county.

Last month the county board unanimously voted to […]

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