Once again, the City of Milwaukee flushes its collective toilet into the sewer drain that most of us call Lake Michigan.
The phrase “combined sewer overflow” translates to Continue reading
Tom Anthony is running for Milwaukee county supervisor in the 17th district. He is a solid tea party candidate who is genuinely feels that political service should be limited and not a career. Tom is interested in looking at things differently, to see problems as challenges. He feels that “ Looking at things from a different “mindset” allows us to address them with a different attitude and perspective.”.
I had an opportunity to ask Tom a couple of questions as well. Tammy: When did you decide you were going to run for Joe’s vacated seat? Tom: I have known Representative Joe Sanfelippo since he was elected as a County Supervisor.
We had many discussions regarding County Government and reform when he was at the County Board. When Joe announced he was going to run for State Assembly, as I was working on his campaign he and others asked me if Continue reading
Just think, over 1/6 of a million of law abiding Wisconsin residents have received a license to legally carry firearms.
The State of Wisconsin has collected nearly $8.4 million dollars in fees from us for the “privilege” of exercising our “rights”.
Now imagine the all that money back in the economy rather than being filtered through the government.
Until recently, only news junkies would have been aware of a growing conversation regarding fundamental changes in Milwaukee County’s government. Now with a newly reelected, universal GOP majority in Madison and strengthened numbers in local communities statewide, a new wave of reforms is beginning to take shape again.
Local residents’ frustration with Milwaukee County corruption and largess is nothing new. Discussions on reform have been knocked around for at least 15 years. Recently, in the last decade, it became a fever pitch as people were either kicked out of office though historic elections, charged with corruption, or just run out of town in shame for their behavior.
HISTORY OF REFORM
Our current governor, Scott Walker, was elected Milwaukee County Executive 11 years ago in a special election on the basis of reforming a county government making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. He spent the next nine years building a reputation as a reformer. Many politicians have come and gone over the last decade, some were successful… most not so much. Now on the back of current executive, and twice-elected Chris Abele, and some local state legislators that represent large parts of Milwaukee County, there is a new storm brewing. The latest conversation began to take shape April 3rd, 2012.
Twelve of the 19 municipalities in Milwaukee County voted overwhelmingly on referenda recommending massive and fundamental reforms to the governing structure of Milwaukee County. This is no small-ball, here. Abele highlighted that two questions were on the ballots of 12 of the 19 municipalities, “That referendum actually contemplated a harsher reform, part time, AND cut to nine Supervisors. [They] passed all municipalities with an average of around 80%. (Very Democratic) Shorewood passed both at 72%,” he said. Continue reading
By James Wigderson