Mayor Tom Barrett proposes 3.9% pay increase for City of Milwaukee employees

This is good news for City of Milwaukee employees. The City of Milwaukee’s proposed 2015 budget would give pay raises of 3.9% to 2,331 workers next year to compensate them for state-mandated pension contributions, Mayor Tom Barrett said Monday.

The pay increases would cost the city $4.8 million, according to figures released Monday. The […]

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 […]

David Clarke hints at desire to take electoral drubbing at the hands of Tom Barrett

As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is hinting that he’d consider running against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2016. In an interview this week with the Journal Sentinel, Clarke, who has been highly critical of Barrett’s tenure as mayor, said he was sizing up a possible run. But he […]

Mayor Tom Barrett hospitalized after birthday run

Thankfully it appears Mayor Barrett will be okay.

Mayor Tom Barrett remained hospitalized on Sunday for exhaustion after completing a 20-kilometer run indoors earlier in the day at the Pettit National Ice Center.

Barrett spokesman Jeff Fleming said the mayor, who marked his 60th birthday on Sunday, completed the 20-kilometer run, but ended up needing […]

Marina Dimitrijevic’s Endorsements Right Out Of The Gate:

Also from my email inbox this morning:

Marina Dimitrijevic Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin’s 19th Assembly District Proven Results Make Marina the Clear Choice

Marina Dimitrijevic, Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, has announced her candidacy for the Wisconsin State Assembly with broad community support. Chairwoman Dimitrijevic has been elected to represent Milwaukee’s Bay […]

The Rise of a Capitalistic Monarchy

The United States is known as the “World’s Oldest Democracy.” But is it really?

As citizens of this country, we vote for various individuals to represent us in our government. However, we have to ask ourselves who is really in charge. In 2010, the Supreme Court decided that anyone can spend as much money as […]

The numbers are on our side

I’m no statistician, or political or social scientist, but it seems pretty clear to me that there’s every reason to feel optimistic about defeating Scott Walker in 2014. The numbers seem to support my optimism.

In the 2012 gubernatorial recall election, 1,335,585 people voted for Walker while 1,164,480 voted for Barrett. That’s a difference of […]

Milwaukee’s New Desolation Row

I’ve been sitting on the pictures in this post since last October and have been mentally composing what I wanted to say about them and the area depicted. But I just never got around to writing the blog. Well today my friend Bobby Tanzilo from OnMilwaukee.com brought it back to my front lobes.

It’s been […]

Did Scott Walker have a “Made in Ilinois” cream puff after he opened the fair?

Heh… Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett don’t see eye to eye on much, but one thing they do agree on is that Wisconsin’s state fair is the best in the country.

The erstwhile political rivals shared a stage Thursday morning to kick off the 11-day fair, describing new attractions that include duck […]

Let’s Tell The Truth About The Repeal of Residency Requirements!

In an article about a likely challenge of the end of public employee residency by the City of Milwaukee on state constitutional grounds, Milwaukee Journal staff writer Don Walker writes:

On June 30, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a provision that ends residency in all local units of government statewide, including Milwaukee.

Let’s keep […]

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