Chris Abele cuts some checks to his favorite Republican

As first reported by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a year after he gave the maximum contribution of $500 to Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has made another maximum contribution to Sanfelippo’s campaign. For years, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was a deep-pocketed liberal who used his moneybags [...]

Some thoughts on Milwaukee County’s non-binding referendums

On Tuesday County Executive Chris Abele sent an email to County Board members expressing concern that putting three more non-binding referendums on the November ballot would cost Milwaukee County taxpayers over $100,000.

The Comptroller’s Office estimates that putting three more referendum questions on the ballot will cost from $75,000 to $120,000 and will require the [...]

Whither MKE County: Downsizing Physical Plant!

County Supervisor Pat Jursik is preparing a resolution to reduce the number of buildings that Milwaukee County holds at their City Campus facility and start the move to dispose of other underutilized properties in the coming years. She would like plans set into to motion as part of the 2015 County Budget:

Milwaukee County Supervisor [...]

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 [...]

County Executive Abele to release thousands of pages of John Doe investigation emails

This is great news. A pool of at least tens of thousands of emails will likely soon become available from aides to Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.

One person’s records consist of 25,000 to 40,000 emails, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said in an interview Thursday. Prosecutors seized the computers of [...]

Patricia Schroeder hired to lead Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

This is great news! Patricia Schroeder, dean of Alverno College’s nursing school who touts a “passion for improving care,” has been named director of Milwaukee County’s embattled Behavioral Health Division.

County Executive Chris Abele announced the appointment Wednesday, saying Schroeder was selected after a nine-month nationwide search. She will begin on an interim basis in [...]

Abele vetoes “Move to Amend” referendum citing extra cost

Last week Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele used his veto powers to stop a local referendum on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to strengthen campaign finance restrictions in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. What’s really odd about Abele’s veto is the rationale he used to explain the veto, citing [...]

Dissimulation on County Board Referendum Right Down To The Wire

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is taking the lies and obfuscations about the Act 14 required referendum on Milwaukee County Board pay and benefits right down to the wire. In a front page article in their March 31, 2014 print edition, they continue the nonsense about cutting supervisor’s pay by half will result in a part [...]

Whither MKE County: The April Fool’s Referendum

It’s amazing that the last nail in the coffin of the Milwaukee County Board as we know it is a bogus referendum that is just a week away. Except for two very minor articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, this referendum has gone pretty much unnoticed. The left and the supporters of the board realize [...]

Chris Abele vetoes Milwaukee County living wage ordinance

This is disappointing. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on Wednesday made good on his threat to veto a “living wage” ordinance requiring an $11.32 minimum hourly pay for county workers and employees of certain county contractors.

Abele urged the County Board to sustain the veto, noting a warning from the county comptroller saying the wage [...]

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