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Shepherd Express: Chris Abele Diminishes Milwaukee County’s Representation on MATC Board

Lisa Kaiser of the Shepherd Express has a new piece outlining how Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele sided with the conservative county board chairs from three other counties to appoint a non-Milwaukee County resident to the MATC board. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele once again sided with suburban conservatives, this time when making appointments to […]

State Rep. Josh Zepnick to challenge Bob Donovan for 8th Aldermanic seat in 2016

Yesterday I posted an interview with Justin Bielinski, who’s challenging incumbent Alderman Bob Donovan in Milwaukee’s 8th Aldermanic District in 2016. At the time I interviewed Bielinski, there had been some rumors Democratic State Rep. Josh Zepnick was pondering entering the race, and sure enough on Monday Zepnick announced he will challenge Ald. Donovan in […]

Justin Bielinski: The Blogging Blue interview

It’s no secret Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan is running for mayor. Donovan, who’s done little to distinguish himself as an elected official in the 15 years since he was first elected to represent Milwaukee’s 8th, has announced he’s not only running for Mayor of Milwaukee, but he’s also going to seek reelection to his […]

AFSCME Blog: In Milwaukee County, Big Raises for Bosses, Nothing for Workers

Over at the AFSCME blog, Dave Patterson has an entry highlighting the hefty raise received by Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Dir. Hector Colón, who saw his pay increase by 39% at a time when many of Milwaukee County’s rank-and-file workers have seen their take home pay stagnate or in many cases […]

Bucks Are More Important Than The University?

This morning’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features an opinion piece by Alex Molinaroli, the chairman of Johnson Controls, Todd Teske, chairman of Briggs & Stratton Corp, and Tim Sullivan, former CEO of Bucyrus International. They were touting the proposed Bucks arena as an important asset for Milwaukee and Milwaukee regional firms and why government should get […]

Alderman Bob Donovan seeks to criminalize being poor

If it’s a day of the week ending in “y” then it’s certainly time for a press release from Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan. Yesterday’s press release from Ald. Donovan focused on what he sees as a need to combat panhandling in the City of Milwaukee by criminalizing poverty. Panhandling in the public right-of-way is now […]

Where Is The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce On The New Bucks Arena?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been updating their article on the budget hearing at Alverno University today…so the snippet I saw this morning about Tim Sheehy’s, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, testimony in favor of the state’s $220 million bond issue to pay for part of a new arena for the Milwaukee […]

Wisconsin Democrats Go Stone Cold Tone Deaf

The Wisconsin State Assembly passed the Right to Work bill on Friday by a straight party line vote of 62 to 35. Since the bill already passed the state senate last week, Governor Walker has announced that he will sign the bill on Monday at Badger Meter in Brown Deer.

We all knew this bill […]

Wisconsin Progressives Need To Make Up Their Mind

After Mary Burke announced her candidacy for governor in 2013, the pundits and progressives across the blogosphere and social media were heard weeping, whining and gnashing their teeth about the hand picked candidate of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Everyone wanted anyone but the anointed Ms. Burke.

Some of us suggested that those unhappy […]

Are New Bucks Owners Actually Putting Up Their Own Money

Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about financing arrangements that are available through the National Basketball Association. And although the Bucks were quoted in the article saying they might use the credit facility to expand business opportunities around the new arena…some of the writing seemed to indicate that the $150 million that they’ve […]