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Republicans propose bill giving Milwaukee County Exec authority to usurp MPS (UPDATED)

Earlier today it was reported Republican State Rep. Dale Kooyenga and Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling are working on a proposal that would allow the Milwaukee County Executive to appoint a commissioner accountable to no one but the County Executive who could usurp the Milwaukee Public Schools district to take over up to five struggling […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Democrat” Dan Adams badmouths possibility of 2016 Senate run by Russ Feingold (VIDEO)

UPDATE: After posting the original piece, I was contacted by someone with knowledge of Chris Abele’s intentions, and it was made clear Chris Abele has absolutely no intentions of running for the United States Senate in 2016.

During a February 22 appearance on Sunday Insight with Charlie Sykes, Democrat (seemingly in the loosest definition of […]

Where Are Barrett and Abele on the UWM Budget Cuts?

If you are reading this blog I highly doubt that you are unfamiliar with Governor Walker’s intention to cut state support to the University of Wisconsin System by $300 million over the next biennial budget.

Most of the articles talking about the ‘trickle down’ to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee expect the local university to […]

Bruce Murphy: Will County Pass Another Pension Giveaway?

I’m going to post this without comment for you all to read, digest, and discuss, because it seems like something worth discussing. Few county officials were more adroit at milking the taxpayers than Tom Zablocki. Zablocki served as county clerk for 20 years, from 1968 to 1988. During his last term, two investigations by the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Some post-primary winners and losers

So the results of tonight’s partisan primary election are in, and I’ve got a few winners and losers (and they’re not necessarily all candidates).


Jonathan Brostoff: With a narrow victory in the Democratic primary in the 19th Assembly district, Brostoff is virtually assured of victory in November, with only Pirate Party candidate Joseph Klein […]

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. […]