This Should Be The First Bill After The Budget.

Immediately after the state budget is passed…and even before the governor completes his vetoes…the next bill to get fasted tracked through the legislature…should ban all non-budgetary items from the biennial budget…flat out period…and every Republican legislator who sits on the Joint Finance Committee should be a co-sponsor. If they really…

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Kooyenga and Darling’s plan to kill the Milwaukee Public Schools

It’s out there now, the Republican plan (pdf) to start peeling off Milwaukee Public Schools and handing them over to private operators. And it’s awful. Sponsored by suburban Republicans Rep. Dale Kooyega and Sen. Alberta Darling, it is full of bad ideas and presents a possible future for MPS that is…

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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…

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R.I.P. Bill Darling

While I may not agree with Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling on anything, there are times when politics gets put aside, and the unexpected death of her husband Bill Darling certainly qualifies as one of those times. The husband of state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) has died after a…

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Thinking of Our Children’s Future Is Borrowing To Build Roads

The party who keeps saying that we need to think of our children’s future while cutting education, cutting safety net programs, cutting funds to the UW system, etc…it once again considering our children’s future by borrowing to fund the transportation fund: Gov. Scott Walker plans to rely on borrowing rather…

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Suburban Republican legislators Dale Kooyenga & Alberta Darling think they know how to fix Milwaukee!

Apparently Republican State Rep. Dale Kooyenga of upper class Brookfield and Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling of filthy rich River Hills think they know just how to fix poverty in the City of Milwaukee. Rep. Kooyenga and Sen. Darling, who’s famous for privatizing the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare and…

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I am not an economist, but even I know that supply side economics is a crock.

It’s nothing but magical thinking…no better than “if you build it, they will come”. It is not the “rising tide that lifts all boats” that Jack Kemp, one of the earliest advocates of enterprise zones, promised when he introduced the use of tax cuts to stimulate economic growth in certain…

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Oh look….Alberta Darling has another “bright” idea involving privatization of public services!

The last time Republican State Senator Alberta Darling had a bright idea to have the state of Wisconsin step in an take control of something in Milwaukee County, citizens ended up with the mess that is the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. However, her history of abject failure doesn’t seem…

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The Republican-created mess at the Republican-created Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

This is what you get when Republicans are allowed to run the government. When Mary Wolf left the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare this year, she wrote a pained letter to the agency’s leadership in both Milwaukee and Madison: “The decision to leave the BMCW broke my heart,” she wrote….

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Alberta Darling “really hoping” to include firefighters and police officers in Act 10 limitations

Fresh off the heels of Gov. Scott Walker indicating he wouldn’t be opposed to extending the anti-union provisions of Act 10 to police officers and firefighters, Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling has said she hopes police officers and firefighters will be open to accepting the strict limits on collective bargaining…

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