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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 […]

Short Take on 15th County Supervisory District

I don’t have a horse in this race and really haven’t paid that much attention to it. But there is a primary on Tuesday to thin the field for the race to replace David Cullen as the County Supervisor in the 15th Supervisory District. Mr. Cullen was elected County Treasurer in November 2014.

The three […]

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 […]

Milwaukee county board wants the Journal Sentinel to apologize for telling the truth

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Do Milwaukee County Supervisors John Weishan and Peggy Romo West think we have amnesia or that we’re just plain stupid?

Isn’t this the same John Weishan who sent out a letter to people outside of his district warning about how “bad” the new mental health board would be and to rail against it?

To […]

Wauwatosa Alderman Jason Wilke to run for County Supervisor in 15th district

Last month Wauwatosa Alderman Jason Wilke announced he is running in the special election to fill the vacant Milwaukee County Supervisor seat in the 15th District. There will be a special election to fill that seat after David Cullen was elected as County Treasurer, vacating the seat.

Here’s some background on Wilke. Wilke has been […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Don’t We Vote?

These two photos are Afghans waiting to vote despite the threats of death from the Taliban.

Yet we had an election here in Wisconsin on April 1st when only 9.3% of the electorate bothered to show up. And no body was threatening their lives if they did so. So they got to decide […]

Marina Dimitrijevic response to successful County Board referendum: we need a task force!

This is more than a little funny… Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic said she’ll work to strengthen the board in the face of the referendum vote, while others proposed switching to night County Board committee meetings by the end of the year.

Dimitrijevic said in a statement she will appoint a task force “charged with strengthening […]

Milwaukee County Board pay referendum passes easily

By a margin of 71% for and 29% against, the referendum to cut the pay of Milwaukee County Supervisors passed and will become a reality after the current group of supervisors stand for re-election in 2016.

While I’m not surprised by the outcome of the referendum, given the fact that every community that had previously […]