Drop the Pig? Sure, then make sure electeds stand up for labor

Earlier this week a long running labor dispute between Piggly Wiggly Midwest and one of its labor unions finally boiled over, with the grocery store operator announcing it would close its Sheboygan store, putting 108 employees out of work. In a statement released via email, Piggly Wiggly Midwest Chairman, President…

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JSOnline picks up Sweet Water Organics story

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve asked some questions about the health and practices of Sweet Water Organics (SWO) and the folks involved in that company. Tom Daykin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting on Sweet Water Organics as well, and there’s one passage from Daykin’s report I…

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Some questions about Sweet Water Organics

Sweet Water Organics – job creators? In 2011, Sweet Water Organics, an aquaponic fish and vegetable farm located in Bay View, received a $250,000 forgivable loan from the City of Milwaukee. Under the terms of the loan, if Sweet Water Organics (SWO) employs 10 people by 2012, 21 by 2013,…

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Pierce campaign files complaint with GAB regarding ballot order switching

Last week Jan Pierce, a candidate for Milwaukee Alderman in District 14, filed a formal complaint with the Wisconsin State Government Accountability Board (GAB). In the complaint, Pierce alleges the City of Milwaukee Election Commission rearranged the names of the candidates on the spring general election ballot in violation of…

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Debates: Zielinksi and Pierce, Dimitrijevic and an empty chair?

I’ve been waiting for this announcement and found it on Supervisor Dimitrijevic’s FB page this afternoon. The League of Women Voters and the Bay View Compass have announced details for the next Bay View Candidate Forum. Date: Wednesday, March 28 Time: Doors open at 6:30; event begins at 7pm. Venue:…

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Did Alderman Tony Zielinski sign a petition to recall Gov. Walker?

I’ll admit that I’ve surfed over to the iVerifyTheRecall website to check to see if my signature was there (it was), and while I was there I figured I’d check to see which local elected officials have signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker. As I checked through a…

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A tale of two Tonys

Here’s Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski joining protesters outside the Bay View Piggly Wiggly operated by Paul Butera. Zielinski joined protesters who were showing their their support for the locked out Crystal Sugar Company. Now here’s Tony Zielinski with Paul Butera, the chairman, CEO, and president of Piggly Wiggly Midwest. Paul…

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Why I’d vote for Jan Pierce if I lived in the 14th Aldermanic District

I’ve thought long and hard about who I’d vote for if I were a resident of Milwaukee’s 14th Aldermanic District, and while it may surprise those of you who believe this to be a “We love Tony Zielinski” blog, I’d cast my vote for Jan Pierce to serve as the…

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Jan Pierce: Active, Honest, and Open Leadership?

“Jan Pierce: Active, Honest, and Open Leadership…” Well, not so much. A few weeks ago the Jan Pierce campaign produced a smear video against the incumbent, Alderman Tony Zielinski. Our own Zach Wisniewski posted the clip with his comments. A few days later I posted the full video of John…

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Bay View Candidates’ Forum: The Rumble In Humboldt (Park School)

I know I promised to have something posted this morning, but, you know, life.  If you followed my twittums feed last night (@folkbum, people–I only need 7 more followers to 400!), you can probably guess the themes and don’t need this wrap up.  But here it is anyway. The easy…

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