So about that Milwaukee County budget hearing tonight…

So here’s the turnout for the first public hearing on the recommended Milwaukee County budget, held at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

As you can see, it’s a pretty packed house for the hearing, but I can’t help but wonder about the timing of the hearing. After all, while the recommended County budget is important, […]

How does an unelected county administrator increase democracy or accountability?

On election day voters in Milwaukee County will have an opportunity to make their voices heard on four non-binding referendum questions.

Among those questions is this: Should Wisconsin Statutes be amended to allow Milwaukee County to transition its management and administrative functions from an elected County Executive to a professional County Administrator?

That seems like […]

Emails show Walker campaign treasurer John Hiller got inside information on real-estate deal

C’mon conservatives….defend this. The campaign treasurer for Gov. Scott Walker got detailed financial information from a top Walker aide about a real-estate deal he was bidding on, according to correspondence included in thousands of emails released Tuesday related to the closed John Doe investigation.

The probe, which began when Walker was serving as the Milwaukee […]

The Republican-created mess at the Republican-created Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

This is what you get when Republicans are allowed to run the government. When Mary Wolf left the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare this year, she wrote a pained letter to the agency’s leadership in both Milwaukee and Madison:

“The decision to leave the BMCW broke my heart,” she wrote. “It came down to the […]

Whither MKE County: Pat Jursik Calls Out The Suburbs on Housing Discrimination

This is a surprisingly harsh assessment of the suburbs blatant disregard for equal housing…on top of the fact that they oppose regional public transportation at every turn…but County Supervisor Pat Jursik simply lays it on the line:

Supervisor Patricia Jursik today issued the following statement regarding the SEWRPC Regional Housing Plan:

“Ferguson, MO is the […]

Sheriff David Clarke requests 157 new positions in 2015 budget

What’s this? Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke may finally be taking his job as a crime fighter seriously?!?!? Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is asking for 157 new positions in his 2015 budget, saying the additions are critical for safety and to reduce overtime costs, which he estimates will hit $6.5 million this […]

Thank You From Marina Dimitrijevic:

Dear Friends,

Thank you.

Last year, I decided to run for the State Assembly because like you, I believe our state is heading in the wrong direction and everyone in Wisconsin deserves a fair shot to succeed.

While we fell short last week, I am so proud of the positive campaign we ran […]

David Clarke supporters must be really nervous about their guy’s chances tonight

According to a report by Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some Republicans voting in today’s partisan primaries have taken to writing in the name of Democratic Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. on their ballots, in an attempt to prop up Clarke in the face of a very strong challenge by his […]

County Executive Abele to hold two budget town hall meetings

From my email inbox comes news of two upcoming town hall meetings being held by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to discuss his proposed budget for 2015. Here are the details of the two town hall meetings: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele invites the community to two town hall meetings on his 2015 Proposed Budget. […]

Bloomberg PAC makes $150,000 ad buy against Sheriff David Clarke

I can’t remember the last time Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke faced an ad barrage of this magnitude as he faced reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, […]

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