Labor Shortage Solved By Capt Obvious at JSOnline

In a business column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JSOnline) interviewing ‘futurist’ and Milwaukee businessman Bob Chernow…MJS writer Steve Jagler quotes Mr. Chernow’s solution to an anticipated labor shortage in the Milwaukee market area:

Chernow says one possible solution would be to provide transportation for workers living in the inner city to jobs in the suburbs.

You think? Helping get labor to available jobs would help?

But isn’t that exactly what the suburbs have been trying to prevent since for EVER? Keeping ‘those people’ in the city?

The Election Season of Magical Thinking: STOP IT!

I don’t think I can remember and delineate all of the wild suppositions and conspiracy theories and miracle side steps that were tossed around in the past year as favored candidates fell by the way side. And I don’t have the energy to go back and search them all out…it sucks the life out of my soul. But from the Bernie Bros to the super delegates to the emails to the rigging to the ‘devious’ DNC to the Russians to the FBI to goodness gracious what next!

But tomorrow, Donald Trump will be elected President of the United States. Some faithless electors may cast a ballot for someone else other than Mr. Trump, but it won’t be for Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump will win the electoral college vote tomorrow. Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th 2017.

Stop thinking otherwise. Now is the time to get involved and oppose his agenda. Now is the time to support those electeds who will provide leadership in government. Now is the time to work with potential candidates for 2018 and 2020 who can step into the breach when the Trump regime fails.

But stop thinking the electoral college will do anything of historical significance tomorrow. (and I mean you too DFA who just sent out a stupid email suggesting we can sway the EC…sheesh…this shit is why we lost)

Impeach Governor Scott Walker!

No, not over Act 10 which gutted the rights of public employees and their unions, not over Act 14 that gutted the authority of the Milwaukee County Board, not the meddling in the Milwaukee Public School System, not Right to Work Legislation, not budget cuts to public schools, not budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin system, not the ineffective DNR, etc., etc., etc.

But Wisconsin Governor Walker should be impeached…now…for his total failure to protect the young people incarcerated at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls and the total ineptitude and arrogance of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Since the closing of the Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales just west of Milwaukee in Waukesha county, all minor males sent to the state for incarceration have been sent to Lincoln Hills near Merrill WI over 200 miles from Milwaukee.

There is a laundry list of mistreatment of inmates, lack of trained medical personnel and a chronic shortage of trained staff…resulting in overtime and overworked state employees. There is in fact little or no reason that this should exist and it can no longer be tolerated…and the blame goes right to the top…the office of Governor Scott Walker.

I suggest that you read this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But here are some excerpts:

For years, officials knew or should have known about the thicket of problems at Lincoln Hills and its sister facility on the same campus, Copper Lake School for Girls.

“It all went on in plain view of the Department of Corrections, but nobody at the Department of Corrections knew how juvenile corrections worked or how Lincoln Hills operated or what was going on,” said Troy Bauch, who until recently was the union representative for workers there.

The sweeping criminal probe, now nearly 2 years old, is examining allegations of prisoner abuse, child neglect, sexual assault, intimidation of witnesses and victims, strangulation and tampering with public records. A separate internal investigation uncovered four incidents where inmates’ bones were broken.

The crisis at Lincoln Hills is rooted in systematic breakdowns, lax management, confusion over policies, a lack of communication and chronic staff shortages, a review of more than 1,000 pages of records and dozens of interviews by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found.

Officials trained staff improperly, failed to preserve video evidence, didn’t document serious incidents, and often shirked their duty to report matters to parents, police and social service agencies.

The shortcomings intensified in 2011 when the Walker administration shut down two youth prisons in southeastern Wisconsin to save $25 million a year. The move put all of the state’s serious teen offenders in one facility — hundreds of miles from most of their families.

“The entire climate went from mildly hellish to the ninth ring of hell,” said Timothy Johnson, a former guard.

While a developing crisis quickly became apparent, no one moved to address it.

After nearly six years in office, Walker has yet to visit Lincoln Hills.

(emphasis mine).

There is absolutely no reason that young people should be treated like this while under the care and control of the State of Wisconsin…no matter what reason sent them to Lincoln Hills.

What is the governor’s most recent response to the issues al Lincoln Hills and the Milwaukee County Boards reluctance to continue to send juveniles there? Build a new prison in Milwaukee County as long as the county pays to run it.

Gov. Scott Walker is considering having the state help fund building a Milwaukee County juvenile corrections center, but the county would have to pay for running it.

Milwaukee County officials have sought a way to keep more teen inmates closer to home instead of sending them more than 200 miles away to Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.

The two secure facilities share a campus north of Wausau and have been under criminal investigation for nearly two years for prisoner abuse and child neglect.

But nary a word about fixing the issues as Lincoln Hills…so why wait until the criminal investigations bring back the records of wrongdoing and indictments…IMPEACH GOVERNOR WALKER NOW!

AG Schimel Should Go To Jail

Yeah, I know that’s a provocative headline and no I don’t really think that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has done anything that deserves incarceration.

But I am embarrassed that I haven’t written about this subject before. Four people have died while incarcerated in the Milwaukee County Jail in 2016. The jail run by County Sheriff David Clarke. Now deaths by inmates in custody in county jails do happen from time to time…but four is a pretty egregious number in less than a year. And two of them are particularly troubling. One male inmate with mental health issues died from dehydration after having the water turned off in his cell. The other was a newborn who didn’t survive the night when jail personnel ignored the mother’s statement that she was going into labor. By the time they checked her in the morning the baby was dead.

But as far as the public can tell nobody is investigating it. A recent law was passed in Wisconsin that requires that investigations of civilian deaths in police custody or by a police officer be carried out by an outside law enforcement agency. Unfortunately when this bill passed it intentionally excluded deaths of inmates in county jails. So the investigative agency for these four death in the Milwaukee County Jail are being carried out by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, the same department that runs the jail.

There have been a number of calls for outside investigations from the media and the families involved. There have been a number of calls for Sheriff Clarke’s resignation by elected officials. But nothing is moving forward as far as we can tell.

So I would request that AG Schimel send a team to Milwaukee and visit the jail and investigate these four deaths in particular and the general overall handling of the jail. And if anything is amiss to bring charges against those responsible. It’s been long enough without action and the Wisconsin Dept of Justice is the appropriate agency.

Side note to the state legislature: Fix the loophole that allows deaths in custody at county jails to be investigated by the jailors!

Christian Schneider Proved Gerrymandering Exists in Wisconsin.

Ironically GOP shill and right wing apologist, JSOnline’s Opinion blogger Christian Schneider recently set out to damn the federal court ruling on WI redistricting and prove gerrymandering didn’t exist. When in fact he proved that it does.

In typical Mr. Schneider style book meanderings he starts off with something that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand. And as most of us know, statewide elections whether it be for president or senator or governor hasn’t a thing to do with voting districts. But he digresses with:

It goes without saying that Donald Trump’s victory in Wisconsin nearly two weeks ago was unexpected. But according to a three-judge federal panel who just declared Wisconsin’s legislative maps unconstitutional, Trump’s stunning victory would have been all but impossible.

When you guys figure out what that has to do with the price of corn in Iowa county, let me know.

After throwing out chaff to put everyone off the scent, he got off track and proved the fact he was intent on disproving. And after talking about how assembly districts couldn’t have possibly have been designed to favor republicans, he goes exactly here:
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A good number of Democrats win large victories without a Republican challenger, which artificially inflates their share of the statewide vote.

Now the last half is meant to deflate the rational that Democrats get the majority vote in the state but don’t hold the majority assembly seats…but in those districts without a Republican challenger there aren’t ANY Republican votes. Yes, that is all kinda round and roundy logic and you can see it from either perspective you want.

And the big BUT is “A good number of Democrats win large victories without a Republican challenger…”. Why do you suppose that is? No Republican challenger? Because the GOP leaders in Madison did in fact gerrymander all of those pesky Democrat voters into their own little safe blue districts. Far far away from the red districts just so they couldn’t muck up the Republican incumbents.

So yes, the WI redistricting was in fact gerrymandering…and this helps support that…if the other clues in the mass media weren’t already proof enough!

Campaign Training for Potential Progressive Candidates

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The Last Baby Boomer Presidential Election?

Well, fact, the baby boomers are aging out…and who ever wins on Tuesday will almost certainly run for re-election in 2020…but this is probably the last ballot where both major parties will have baby boomer candidates.

That being said, I will reiterate my comments from earlier this year. All of you Bernie Sanders supporters, all of you millenials, and all of you gen-xers: NOW is the time to get involved in party politics if you want to see your ideas come to fruition in 2020 and beyond.

And keep in mind that it isn’t just the presidency that you want to aim for…you need to fill the House and Senate and State Houses with like minded individuals if you actually want to get things done. You need to find peers to run as candidates and you need to do the heavy lifting and get them the time and money and resources to get elected. And then you have to hold them accountable while they are in office.

I recently came around to supporting term limits but that isn’t on the horizon…but I don’t see anything to prevent you from rousting out the incumbents ~ all of them. As a matter of fact you should look upon it as your duty.

You want (and we need) a political revolution? The clock starts November 9th, 2016.

TV station rejects pro-Johnson ‘cow manure’ ad

OK! Now we are starting to have some fun!

The pro-Ron Johnson super PAC Let America Work said Monday that a Milwaukee television station has refused to air an ad that includes an image of a steaming pile of cow manure and use of the word crap.

Let America Work senior adviser Graham Shafer called the decision by WISN-TV (Channel 12) “political censorship at its worst. It’s also comical hypocrisy.”

A notation of “copy unacceptable” was written in the ad file by a station employee.

I don’t have a whole lot of problems with the word crap and I hear it in public quite often…but I don’t think it is that common on very many over the air public media outlets. So I understand WISN-TVs reticence to air the ads. Clearly not doing so will cost them some money.

But here is where the real fun starts:

Shafer said: “When compared to the off-color language and indecent images that appear on WISN every single night, our ad is very tame.

He forgot to mention that most of the off-color language and indecent images are coming from their republican candidate for president…

Democratic Assembly candidate Jack Redmond: Why is Jessie Rodriguez silent about her support for Donald Trump?

From my email inbox comes this press release from Democratic State Assembly candidate Jack Redmond, the challenger to incumbent Republican State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez. In the release Redmond questions why Rep. Rodriguez has remained silent about her support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Here’s the full release.

OAK CREEK, WI – During Sunday’s Presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump stated – “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”

Candidate for Wisconsin Assembly District 21, Jack Redmond, has this official response:
“Donald Trump is a liar. His monstrous statements revealed last week are shocking and promote violence against women. I married my high school sweetheart Margie, and raised two daughters with Wisconsin values – honoring hard-work, sacrifice and cultivating a sense of duty to one’s neighbor. For 7 years I chaperoned Oak Creek High School marching band events for my kids. I encouraged them to excel at track and cross-country, promising them their focus and dedication were the only limits to their success. My wife worked her tail off: she was a bus driver, a paralegal and a armored car driver throughout the years. Anyway that you look at it, my wife Margie respects women more than Donald Trump.

As parents we sacrificed for decades to save and help pay for college, and because of their commitment and guts, both my daughters marched Big Ten football fields as proud Badgers in the UW-Madison Marching Band. For 17 years, for seventeen Christmas Eves, I was knocking on doors with UPS until 9pm to deliver last-minute packages, suffering through coughs and colds during the Holidays so folks could share Holiday cheer with their kids and loved ones. I told my girls that if they wanted to be Generals, astronauts, lawyers, professors, doctors or entrepreneurs – there was no ceiling to their achievements. I respect women more than Donald Trump. I’m shocked to share a ballot with this buffoon.

I’ve knocked on thousands of doors since last Winter, talking to voters and neighbors about changing the way Madison does business. Folks are constantly asking me: Does Representative Jessie Rodriguez support Donald Trump? Rep. Rodriguez has recently turned down a forum with South Milwaukee parents, and has refused to debate or discuss in public our contrasting views.

Why is Rep Rodriguez silent about her support for Donald Trump? My team has produced and marketed a campaign video to show our total disgust with the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump – and we’ve received over 10,000 Facebook video views from district voters we’ve targeted.”

Is Rodriguez with Team Trump? – Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMjw0hv25Mw

Chris Abele proposes wheel tax for Milwaukee County

This is sure to be popular.

A $60 vehicle registration fee, or wheel tax, is needed beginning in 2017 to help pay for Milwaukee County’s bus transit system and costs of repairing county highways and parkways, County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday.

The new fee would be a dedicated source of funding for transportation and generate around $27.1 million a year, Abele told reporters at the courthouse.

The county fee would be paid on top of the state’s $75 registration fee for vehicle owners, for a total of $135. City of Milwaukee vehicle owners already pay a separate wheel tax of $20 so the total for city owners would become $155.

As County Executive Abele eyes a run for governor in 2018, his proposal to levy a $60 wheel tax on Milwaukee County’s vehicle owners seems like an attack ad that writes itself.