Saturday, July 09, 2011

My Endorsements In Tuesdays Election

I normally don't do political endorsements but for next Tuesdays primary election I thought I would put some of them out their.

In the 2nd Senate District, I endorse Otto Junkermann, D-Green Bay.

In Senate District 14, I endorse Rol Church, D-Wautoma.

In Senate District 10 I endorse Isaac Weix. 

In Senate District 32, I endorse James Smith.

Remember to get out to vote for these GREAT candidates 

Friday, July 08, 2011

Better Late Than Never Jim Holperin

From the Shawano LeaderSeems Jim Holperin finally got around to visit his constituents in Keshena and Menominee County. Has he never been there before?

Holperin pays visit to Menominee

By Lee Pulaski
Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover, has six American Indian reservations in his district, and he spent most of Thursday with the Menominee Tribe to look at some of the changes in the last year, as well as learn about the area’s issues.

So which of the six tribes is more important to Holperin? Is Menominee rated 5th or 6th? 

Holperin started his visit with a tour of the lumber mill in Neopit operated by Menominee Tribal Enterprises, followed by a trip to the Menominee Casino and Resort to see the latest addition to its conference center. He spent almost an hour touring the College of the Menominee Nation and speaking with some of the students. Following that, he paid a visit to the Menominee Cultural Museum, where he learned about the tribe’s efforts to return the sturgeon to Keshena Falls through natural means after an almost 120-year absence.

Although the trip was mainly for Holperin’s information and research, the senator found a lot of support from tribal members. Holperin is one of nine senators who has been targeted for recall, and he is due to defend his seat Aug. 16.

Can someone tell me why Holperin is on a "information and research" trip? Can someone tell me that if your a state senator, why now does he have to gather information? What information is he looking for? Can we maybe say he was looking for campaign donations? No Way.

The latest visit was coordinated through the new Menominee Democratic Party, which was recognized by state Democrats in June. According to chairwoman Diane Miller, the Democrats felt it was important for the senator to see first-hand how some of his constituents live, thrive and survive.

Say WHAT! " Important for the senator to see first-hand how some of his constituents live, thrive and survive." So Holperin represented the 12th District since 2008 and before that, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism from 2003 to 2007 and he's never been to Menominee County before yesterday? If this was a republican, would the Shawano Leader be so kind to them? 

“It gives him an opportunity, not only to view the land he is representing and the people he is representing, but he also gets an opportunity to meet and talk with the people who work in the various places he is representing,” Miller said. “He is up for re-election, and people have an opportunity to ask him questions.”

It was not only tribal representatives who sought an audience with Holperin. Ron Corn, Menominee County’s administrative coordinator, sat down with Holperin briefly at the casino and told him about the county’s concerns over recent budget cuts that will see almost $300,000 in state-shared revenue go away next year, mostly in social services.

“This is at a time when we see costs rising,” Corn said.

So Corn and Holperin had a chat at the Casino? With all the money the casino is making, can't the casino help social services that is supposedly being cut? Speaking of a Casino, can we say political donations from the Casino? No, no we will not go there yet. This was only an informational gathering visit, remember. Bet on July 7th, 8th or 9th will we see a campaign donation from the casino? 

Holperin said the state would likely not know the full magnitude of the budget cuts for another year, possibly two.

So how can Corn say they will lose $300,000 when Holperin doesn't even know what they will lose? Da, let's wait two years to see if they really lose money. A state senator doesn't have a grip on the budget? 

Holperin tries to visit his district communities as much as possible, but this is his first visit to the Menominee reservation for 2011, mainly due to the Legislature’s time being monopolized by the state budget deficit, which was recently closed with a biennial budget signed into law last month. The last time he visited the reservation in an official capacity, the Menominee Casino and Resort did not have its conference center up and running yet.

“I always like to come back at least once a year and get an update on things that are new. We certainly saw a lot of that today,” Holperin said. “The tribe is certainly very progressive.”

Sure, right Jim, first visit in 2011. It's already July 7th and this is his first visit to the area? Oh brother.

Toward the end of the day, Holperin’s journey landed him in the middle of a sensitive issue for the tribe — the restoration of the sturgeon population. Rebecca Allegria, a member of the tribal Legislature and the Menominee historic preservation specialist, told Holperin that the sturgeon almost disappeared from the tribe’s culture until the 1990s, but the push to restore the fish’s significance for the Menominee has resulted in the ancient tales being prevalent for almost all tribal members today.

“It’s got cultural significance, not only to us but to all tribes in Wisconsin,” Allegria said.

The tribe is working with the state Department of Natural Resources to find some way for the fish to naturally return to Keshena Falls and bypass the dams in Shawano and Keshena. Holperin seemed in favor of the idea.

“Your option makes sense to me,” Holperin said.

So Jim never heard of this project before yesterday? Has Holperin been on the farm too long or out of state too long? 

Awwww shucks, eye never herd ov dis befour. Sur maks cents two me. 

Who is this guy? When Doyle raided the doctors fund and the transportation funds in the last budget did Jim Holprerin say, 

“Your option makes sense to me,”

Awww shucks! Sure go ahead and take that money.

Since Holperin ran to Illinois and obviously doesn't have a handle on his district, it's time to elect Kim Simac for the 12th Senate District. 

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Contrary To MSM, Walker Budget Does Help School Districts

A great tip from Kevin B from the Wisconsin Reporter. When do you hear good news about Wisconsin school budgets? News the MSM doesn't want you to know. 

COMMENTARY: Wisconsin taxpayers benefit from Walker reforms:

 July 7th, 2011
By Scott St. Clair

It didn’t take long for Wisconsin taxpayers to realize gains under Gov. Scott Walker’s newly enacted package of union and other reforms.

What once were budget-busting headaches have been replaced by cost-cutting pain relief, thanks to changes in government-sector union negotiations that became effective in June and concessions that he extracted during the run-up to his reforms becoming law.

Even Walker’s opponents are forced to concede the savings, albeit by condemning them as crimes against unions."

Dems Pick Weeee-prin For Weeee-iner Seat

Weeee will certainly miss Tony We-iner, won't Weeee? Weeee will have to see how We-prin will do.

From NBC New York.

Democratic leaders have chosen a state lawmaker from Queens to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned his seat in New York's 9th Congressional District last month after a sexting scandal.

Assemblyman David Weprin, 55, was expected to be formally nominated Friday by leaders of the Queens and Brooklyn Democratic parties, an adviser to Weprin said Thursday. The adviser spoke on condition of anonymity because the nomination had not been announced.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Steve Kagen, The Checks In The Mail, Oops ,Maybe Not

Seems Peshtigo got burned by a promise from Steve Kagen when he was a Congressman from the Wisconsin 8th.

I remember Kagen would always tell everyone the checks in the mail! Seems Peshtigo is left holding the 1/2 Million dollar bag  From the Peshtigo Times.

Peshtigo Times Wisconsin Community Newspaper
"City Faces Possible Loss Of $500,000 EPA Grant

Possible loss of the promised $500,000 in federal funding for some costly City of Peshtigo water utility projects loomed over the regular monthly City Council meeting Tuesday evening, July 6, but failed to overshadow some other highly controversial issues on the agenda. Mayor Allen Krizenesky reported that he and other city officials were meeting with project engineers on Wednesday to draft a response and request reinstatement of the special projects grant. The funds were originally appropriated to Peshtigo for water-related infrastructure improvements on Feb. 21, 2008."

After the grant was approved in 2008, the city was presented with a large publicity type check for the $500,000 by the former United States Senator Steve Kagen, but the real check never arrived. Problems developed because work had already started on the radionuclide compliance project that was funded. Projects already underway could not be funded in accord with terms of the grant legislation.

City fathers then were assured that the grant money was locked in for Peshtigo and future projects would be funded with it. Planning got underway for the wastewater treatment plant improvements that are now ready to go.

Then came the current federal budget difficulties. Two weeks ago the city was notified that Congress had put a hold on all grant funds and the city will need to take additional steps to get the money reinstated.


Monday, July 04, 2011

Holperin To Save The Day

I see this PR over at WisPolitics. So Holperin is here to save the towns of the 12th district? Sen. Holperin: Towns slighted in state budget

"Sen. Holperin: Towns slighted in state budget

For More Information: (715)-891-1412
Holperin Says Towns Slighted in State Budget; Wants Debates: Says Simac Election Law Violation Under Investigation

In a letter this week to 12th Senate District Town Supervisors, State Senator Jim Holperin encouraged Town officials in each county to schedule a “candidates forum” so that Town issues can be fully debated.

“Town government took it on the chin in many respects with the recent state budget,” Holperin said. “Town road aid is frozen for at least the next two years, while other transportation spending soars…especially on expensive freeway projects in southeastern Wisconsin.”"

So Jim Holperin and Jim Doyle bankrupted the towns and now he wants to help them? Will any town supervisor ask Holperin why he raided the transportation fund like his own little piggy bank which is why road aid is now frozen? Come on Jim, tell the whole story! 

Holperin said almost every northern Wisconsin Town will also lose state shared revenue during the next two years while Town Board ability to levy for special projects or improvements is severely restricted.

So Holperin is mad towns can't raise taxes! He sure talks loose with tax payers money.Towns wouldn't be in this mess if Hoilperin just did his job the last four years under Diamond Jim Doyle!

“A recent letter to Town Supervisors from recall candidate Kim Simac glosses over the sacrifices Towns are being forced to make, and that’s why Town officials need to hear from the candidates directly,” he said.

Holperin put the towns in the mess they're in and now he comes to save the day? 

Holperin noted that Simac’s letter to Town Board members also failed to include information on who paid for the mailing, which is a clear violation of state election law. The matter is now under investigation by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

No, the sky is falling! Who paid for the mailing? Will Holperin tell us who paid for his stay in Illinois back in February? Will Holperin tell us who is funding his campaign? 

“Kim Simac has talked a lot about what she won’t do, but hasn’t said anything about what she will do…and that should concern not only Town officials, but voters throughout the 12th Senate District,” Holperin concluded.

From as guy who left the state instead of doing the work he was sent to Madison for.

 Mr Holperion, Who's calling the kettle black?

Marinette Dem Mayor Arrested

From AP via Wausau Daily Herald

MARINETTE (AP) — The mayor the northeastern Wisconsin town of Marinette has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

WLUK-TV in Green Bay reports 68-year-old Mayor Robert Harbick was arrested Saturday afternoon in Marinette for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

According to the Marinette Police Department, officers responded to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Hall Avenue and Hattie Street about 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Wonder how this happened? Maybe Bob will call Dave Hansen or Mike Tate to help him out.

Just think, if this was a republican they would of stated that in the article. Oh well, since he is a dem, not a word said.

1776, We Become A Country

From The Maritime Sentry: Founding Fathers Quote:

"The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.

Thomas Paine"

Happy 4th of July