You and Charles Koch are homies

Charles Koch is worth a reported 43 billion dollars, give or take a few bucks, ( or a few hundred million bucks ). I don’t have the exact figures, but that has to put him somewhere in the richest .0001 % of Americans. Or the richest .00001%. And he wants you to know how rich you are too, so he’s airing an ad in the Wichita, Kansas media market to let you know that if you make more than $34,000.00 a year, you’re among the richest 1 percent of people in the world. And he values your freedom so much that he wants to liberate you from minimum wage laws.

So quit ripping on Charles and David Koch, people! They’re your homies!

OUR Milwaukee County: Where Are The Next Listening Sessions?

Here is an excerpt for the February 8th Milwaukee County Board press release announcing the OUR Milwaukee County initiative:

“We are delivering on the promise of government reform discussion that is local and inclusive,” said Chairwoman Dimitrijevic. “We are eager to listen to our constituents – the people who live throughout Milwaukee County – to hear their ideas for efficiency and effectiveness.”

The initiative, which includes a consistent agenda designed to spark discussion and debate, is set to include a series of town hall meetings in all 18 Supervisory districts throughout the months of February and March as well as a nighttime public hearing in March.

I am only aware of four listening sessions so far and tomorrow is the last day of March 2013. There were rumors of one more and Supervisor Taylor has been heard to say he wasn’t going to hold one since he knows how his constituents feel…but I think we are owed 13 more listening sessions…or better yet a county convention!

OUR Milwaukee County: Supervisor Deanna Alexanders Listening Session

I would like to thank the friends of Blogging Blue, Cory Liebmann and Matthew Finnell for both forwarding the link to this video from Wisconsin Jobs Now from the OUR Milwaukee County listening session held recently by County Supervisor Deanna Alexander. Now the video is heavily edited reducing what was probably an hour or ninety minute meeting down to under six minutes.

And this meeting was far more vocal and more antagonistic than the two that I attended. This might partly be because both Supervisor Haas and Supervisor Schmitt used a facilitator to run their meetings and moderate the speakers. From the video it seems as if Supervisor Alexander wasn’t able to control the meeting quite as effectively.

Representative Joe Sanfelippo attended the two other sessions that I attended and although he talked with constituents afterward much like the conversations shown here, he didn’t actually address the sessions…and that may have brought out he worst in the audience here…he is after all, as the author of the bill AB 85, the target of most of the hostility.

The video does bear out what I found at the previous two sessions…the house looks nearly full…and county residents are upset and passionate about defending county government. I just wish I could have been there…and that we had more video…and the crowd could have been more civil.

And I am surprised that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel didn’t have a front page article about how disrespectfully Rep Sanfelippo was treated…or maybe not! LOL!

OUR Milwaukee County: Rep Sanfelippo’s Bill Attacking County Government Scheduled for Committee

Representative Joe Sanfelippo’s bill (AB 85) to destroy county government is set for the Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing on Thursday April 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM, room 225 Northwest.

The committee members are Representatives Tyler August (R – 32 and chair), David Craig (R -83 and vice chair), Daniel Knodl (R – 24), Dale Kooyenga (R -14), Rob Hutton (R – 13), Brett Hulsey (D – 78), Christine Sinicki (D – 20), Janis Ringhand (D – 45) and Stephen Nass (R – 33).

Feel free to contact them and let them know how you feel…and include missives to your own representatives and senators as well.

There is a public hearing scheduled for April 10th…but I haven’t found the time and location information yet..I will publish it when I get it.