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Joe Davis, Sr.

Joe Davis, Sr.  is an alderman on the Milwaukee Common Council. He represents the city’s 2nd District.

Campaign Finance Reports

2016 - July Continuing - $995 - 1 contributions

2016 - Pre-Election - $42,990 - 23 contributions

2016 - Pre-Primary - $2,300 - 5 contributions

2016 - January Continuing - $20,602 - 25 contributions

2015 - July Continuing - $50,404 - 63 contributions

2015 - January Continuing - $100 - 1 contributions

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Back in the News: 9 Reasons Why Barrett Recall Failed
Back in the News

9 Reasons Why Barrett Recall Failed

Recall effort falls far short of number of signatures needed. Why?

Murphy’s Law: The Fire Fighters’ Selfish Agenda
Murphy’s Law

The Fire Fighters’ Selfish Agenda

The union’s backing of Barrett recall is all about driving up their wages and benefits.

Barrett Recall Announced

Barrett Recall Announced

Curious cast of characters behind effort, which will require 52,000 signatures.

Campaign Cash: $1 Million In Donations to City Politicians
Campaign Cash

$1 Million In Donations to City Politicians

Our Political Contributions Tracker hits $1 million, reveals who’s giving and getting cash.

Murphy’s Law: Why Rocky Marcoux Is In Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Why Rocky Marcoux Is In Trouble

New Common Council leaders want to ax the DCD leader. But why? Few will say.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Hall’s Game of Thrones
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Hall’s Game of Thrones

Hail Ashanti! Ald. Hamilton's route to the Iron Throne laid bare.

Murphy’s Law: Will Murphy Lose Council Presidency?
Murphy’s Law

Will Murphy Lose Council Presidency?

Race could be wide open and Ashanti Hamilton might have surprising supporters.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win the Elections?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Win the Elections?

The turnout will be massive. And could result in upsets.

Aldermanic Candidates Address Key Issues

Aldermanic Candidates Address Key Issues

Quizzing candidates in four districts, including big battle of Chevy Johnson vs. Sherman Morton.

Murphy’s Law: The Plot to Defeat Bob Bauman
Murphy’s Law

The Plot to Defeat Bob Bauman

His opponent has two names, lives outside the district, and is part of anti-streetcar clique.

Sherman Morton: From Alderman Assistant to Aldermanic Candidate
Plenty of Horne: Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski
Plenty of Horne

Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski

Should challenger win, would be only military veteran on Common Council.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 9 Election Takeaways
Eyes on Milwaukee

9 Election Takeaways

Tom Barrett might be in trouble, Chris Abele definitely is. So is Puente.

Ald. Joe Davis posed with gangbangers in Facebook post
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Ald. Joe Davis posed with gangbangers in Facebook post

Murphy’s Law: Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett

He would easily win the April election. But could he take third in Tuesday’s primary?

James Methu’s Statement on Economic Development in Milwaukee
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James Methu’s Statement on Economic Development in Milwaukee

“The current regime has diverted community development block grants funds and mismanaged them, not using them properly.”

Back in the News: Barrett Vulnerable, Says Governing Mag
Back in the News

Barrett Vulnerable, Says Governing Mag

At least the headline says so. But the story is, well, a different story.

James Methu’s Statement on Opening of Campaign Office and Participating in Challengers Debate Forum on January 18th.
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James Methu’s Statement on Opening of Campaign Office and Participating in Challengers Debate Forum on January 18th.

“I look forward to continuing my efforts to connect and engage with the citizens of Milwaukee as I work to both share my ideas for the future of Milwaukee and to listen to their concerns.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Joe Davis Receives Hot Endorsement
Eyes on Milwaukee

Joe Davis Receives Hot Endorsement

The firefighters endorse Davis, not Donovan, and Joe is "pumped up!"

Bob Donovan promoting aldermanic, mayoral races in same mailer
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Bob Donovan promoting aldermanic, mayoral races in same mailer

Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller
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Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller

“Johnny Thomas is the person that we need to be our next Milwaukee City Comptroller,” said Alderman Willie Wade.

Now Serving: Street Food Tapas for Brady Street
Now Serving

Street Food Tapas for Brady Street

And a new pie place for 55th and North. Both places sound yummy.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to open new 20,000-square-foot clinic in northwest Milwaukee
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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to open new 20,000-square-foot clinic in northwest Milwaukee

Initiative part of continuing “care closer to home” strategy throughout Wisconsin

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term

Deadly joyride takes another young Milwaukeean
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Deadly joyride takes another young Milwaukeean

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.--November 24, 2015

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Taking the Pulse of the 2016 Milwaukee Elections

Council approves 2016 budget focused on public safety, libraries and jobs
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Council approves 2016 budget focused on public safety, libraries and jobs

News release from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Nik Kovac

Plenty of Horne: Will Public Market Expand?
Plenty of Horne

Will Public Market Expand?

The fish market wants to expand outdoor cafe. And Chevy Johnson kicks off campaign for alderman.

Campaign adviser to Joe Davis charged in elaborate check-kiting scheme
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Campaign adviser to Joe Davis charged in elaborate check-kiting scheme

Milwaukee’s poverty rate is unacceptable
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Milwaukee’s poverty rate is unacceptable

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 17, 2015

Proposed arena district amendment would boost minority-owned businesses
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Proposed arena district amendment would boost minority-owned businesses

“The amendment provides the opportunity for minority-owned businesses to be a part of this diverse, catalytic and transformational Milwaukee project – as they should be.”

After further review: Policies on why and when to deploy police body cameras need to be vetted
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After further review: Policies on why and when to deploy police body cameras need to be vetted

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 2, 2015

Council names MaryNell Regan to lead Fire and Police Commission
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Council names MaryNell Regan to lead Fire and Police Commission

Mayor fails to acknowledge violence crisis
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Mayor fails to acknowledge violence crisis

"I do acknowledge the positive things that are happening here in Milwaukee, but that's no excuse for not having a solution to the rampant killings in our city. "

Alderman Davis to host three town hall meetings next week
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Alderman Davis to host three town hall meetings next week

News release from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Alderman Davis requests police records of delayed response to rape report
Press Release

Alderman Davis requests police records of delayed response to rape report

News release from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Hypocrisy rears its ugly head again
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Hypocrisy rears its ugly head again

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 29, 2015

Heads must roll over outrageous delay in police response to rape case
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Heads must roll over outrageous delay in police response to rape case

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 23, 2015

Disappointed in today’s Council vote
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Disappointed in today’s Council vote

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 21, 2015

Thanks for Hearing Me
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Thanks for Hearing Me

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 20, 2015

Ald. Davis statement on committee vote reallocating CDBG funding
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Ald. Davis statement on committee vote reallocating CDBG funding

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 13, 2015

And you expect me to remain silent?
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And you expect me to remain silent?

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 13, 2015

Transit workers work stoppage reveals the obvious
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Transit workers work stoppage reveals the obvious

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 6, 2015

Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?
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Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 1, 2015

Let’s not talk about it, be about it!
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Let’s not talk about it, be about it!

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. June 29, 2015

Another young life lost to deadly violence
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Another young life lost to deadly violence

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. June 15, 2015

Award of lottery contract to GTECH a snub to minority communities
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Award of lottery contract to GTECH a snub to minority communities

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Alderman Joe Dudzik: A life well-lived
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Alderman Joe Dudzik: A life well-lived

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 22, 2015

Alderman Davis asks for investigation into MPD records failure
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Alderman Davis asks for investigation into MPD records failure

News release from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

MPD lost video report requires action, immediate response
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MPD lost video report requires action, immediate response

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 11, 2015

City violence hints at deeper problems
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City violence hints at deeper problems

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 4, 2015

An opportunity lost, and now we’re paying the cost
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An opportunity lost, and now we’re paying the cost

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 17, 2015

Police-involved shooting in 2nd District
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Police-involved shooting in 2nd District

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 15, 2015

Ald. Davis demands Mayor use CDBG funds to address violence, poverty
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Ald. Davis demands Mayor use CDBG funds to address violence, poverty

“Instead, over my repeated objections and concerns, the Mayor uses it to fund city services year in and year out.”

Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!
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Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 3, 2015

Alderman Davis announces new development proposal for Midtown Center
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Alderman Davis announces new development proposal for Midtown Center

There are plans to redevelop the 116,000-square-foot building that has been empty for several years.

Rape of girl is sickening, points to need to protect kids at all times
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Rape of girl is sickening, points to need to protect kids at all times

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. March 26, 2015

A Broken City
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A Broken City

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. March 20, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar

His claim on streetcar turns out to be false. Meanwhile, new city assessor appointed with little fanfare.

Plenty of Horne: Joe Davis Announces Plan for NBA Arena
Plenty of Horne

Joe Davis Announces Plan for NBA Arena

Actually, it wasn't really a plan. But it was a press conference.

Council will honor MFD Heroes, basketball All-American
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Council will honor MFD Heroes, basketball All-American

News release from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Shameful and idiotic remarks deserve to be denounced
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Shameful and idiotic remarks deserve to be denounced

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. February 20, 2015

Milwaukee earns a dubious ranking while the Mayor basks in streetcar fanfare
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Milwaukee earns a dubious ranking while the Mayor basks in streetcar fanfare

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. February 20, 2015

Plats and Parcels: Huge Growth for Brady and Water
Plats and Parcels

Huge Growth for Brady and Water

Three different developments will add 740 apartments and tremendous urban density to the area.

Ald. Joe Davis calls for more transparency on Joint Review Board meetings
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Ald. Joe Davis calls for more transparency on Joint Review Board meetings

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. February 12, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job

Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Local transit union opposes Milwaukee streetcar plans
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Local transit union opposes Milwaukee streetcar plans

Alderman Davis, a leader in the opposition to the streetcar proposal, welcomed the letter from the transit union.

Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks
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Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

A response to Alderman Joe Davis
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A response to Alderman Joe Davis

Statement of Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II January 23, 2015

Regarding the Tuesday community meeting hosted by Alderman Stamper
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Regarding the Tuesday community meeting hosted by Alderman Stamper

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 22, 2015

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support

Eleven out of 15 aldermanic districts, and 76 percent of all respondents support the proposed streetcar starter system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Approved, but Held
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Approved, but Held

Large majority votes to approve streetcar, but parliamentary maneuver puts issue on hold until February 10th meeting.

Murphy’s Law: Koch-Funded Group Backs Anti-Streetcar Drive
Murphy’s Law

Koch-Funded Group Backs Anti-Streetcar Drive

Americans for Prosperity has provided paid staff for petition drive, its state director says.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

Murphy’s Law: Who Is Funding the Anti-Streetcar Effort?
Murphy’s Law

Who Is Funding the Anti-Streetcar Effort?

Ald. Bauman and others are certain that dark money is pouring in for this, which streetcar opponents deny.

Plenty of Horne: Anti-Chisholm Candidate Fails to Get On Ballot
Plenty of Horne

Anti-Chisholm Candidate Fails to Get On Ballot

Monique Taylor sought open county supervisor seat to run against Gwen Moore’s son, but didn’t get enough signatures.

The Sound Alternative to the Milwaukee Streetcar
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The Sound Alternative to the Milwaukee Streetcar

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

The Reasonable Alternative to the Downtown Streetcar
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The Reasonable Alternative to the Downtown Streetcar

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

MFD heroes rescue, revive boy trapped in burning duplex
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MFD heroes rescue, revive boy trapped in burning duplex

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Murphy’s Law: Will Anti-Streetcar Referendum Succeed?
Murphy’s Law

Will Anti-Streetcar Referendum Succeed?

The process is far more complicated legally than has been reported. Which will make it harder for opponents.

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

Conservatives from outside Milwaukee hope to join forces with black city residents to oppose the streetcar.

Streetcar will siphon away precious revenue, won’t help area of greatest needs in Milwaukee
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Streetcar will siphon away precious revenue, won’t help area of greatest needs in Milwaukee

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 7, 2015

Aldermen join forces to launch streetcar referendum petition drive
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Aldermen join forces to launch streetcar referendum petition drive

News conference set for 1 p.m. TODAY at City Hall

In a broken city, questions remain
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In a broken city, questions remain

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. December 22, 2014

Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods
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Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods

News release and maps document from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Streetcar Until January
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Delays Streetcar Until January

Minority of aldermen were able to use city charter provision to delay project for one month, but a majority seems poised to approve it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.

Plenty of Horne: How to Sell the Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

How to Sell the Streetcar

Ald. Bob Bauman says mayor’s sales pitch lacks vision.

Time to let the public decide on the streetcar
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Time to let the public decide on the streetcar

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 26, 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar

If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.

Alderman Davis appointed to two new National League of Cities committees
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Alderman Davis appointed to two new National League of Cities committees

Ald. Joe Davis, Sr. will serve on two new National League of Cities committees.

Proposed Milwaukee Marathon gets early boost at committee
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Proposed Milwaukee Marathon gets early boost at committee

News release from Aldermen Jim Bohl, Willie C. Wade and Joe Davis, Sr.

House Confidential: The Modest Ranch Home of Ald. Joe Davis
House Confidential

The Modest Ranch Home of Ald. Joe Davis

The mayoral candidate lives in the Hampton Heights neighborhood where assessments have declined and crime has risen. Small wonder he's concerned about that issue.

Dear Mr. Mayor: Stop playing poli-tricks with city residents
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Dear Mr. Mayor: Stop playing poli-tricks with city residents

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 5, 2014

Key information remains under wraps in Dontre Hamilton case
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Key information remains under wraps in Dontre Hamilton case

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. October 31, 2014

RICH program, selling city-owned foreclosed homes for $1, receives unanimous Council support
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RICH program, selling city-owned foreclosed homes for $1, receives unanimous Council support

ews release from Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Alderman Davis co-sponsors Community Build Day
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Alderman Davis co-sponsors Community Build Day

Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. invites residents to participate in a community build day.

MPD actions further damage public faith
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MPD actions further damage public faith

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 15, 2014

Public Works Committee signs off on measure to staff parking ramps fulltime
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Public Works Committee signs off on measure to staff parking ramps fulltime

News release from Alderman Robert Bauman

Hamilton case shows need for new county investigation unit
Press Release

Hamilton case shows need for new county investigation unit

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 10, 2014

Murphy’s Law: Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?
Murphy’s Law

Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?

He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?

Alderman Davis issues statement regarding the One Summer Plus Pilot Program
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Alderman Davis issues statement regarding the One Summer Plus Pilot Program

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. August 11, 2014

Back In The News: Media Thrilled, Donovan Will Run for Mayor!
Back In The News

Media Thrilled, Donovan Will Run for Mayor!

Colorful, combative foe of Mayor Barrett will oppose him in 2016, which means far more fun for reporters covering the race.

Council members to seek honorary street name for Nelson Mandela
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Council members to seek honorary street name for Nelson Mandela

Joint news release from Alderman Davis, Alderman Wade and Alderman Stamper

Hunger Task Force Summer Meals Program providing food for children
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Hunger Task Force Summer Meals Program providing food for children

Hunger Task Force is working with community partners, local donors and federal nutrition programs to organize summer meal sites around Milwaukee.

REMINDER: Feedback sought on spending plan for federal funds
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REMINDER: Feedback sought on spending plan for federal funds

Through July 21, members of the public can review and comment on two proposals the City of Milwaukee will be submitting to HUD.

Public invited to offer feedback on spending plan for federal funds
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Public invited to offer feedback on spending plan for federal funds

Starting today and through July 21, members of the public can review and comment on two proposals that the City of Milwaukee will be submitting to HUD.

Business forum tomorrow to highlight U.S. – Indonesia opportunities
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Business forum tomorrow to highlight U.S. – Indonesia opportunities

Milwaukee will play host to a business forum tomorrow that will highlight the opportunities for investment in and trade with the Southeast Asian nation.

Milwaukee is out of control
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Milwaukee is out of control

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. June 3, 2014

Police-involved shooting discussion will be a forum for community concerns
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Police-involved shooting discussion will be a forum for community concerns

Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. will host a public forum tomorrow for members of the community to express their concerns and learn about the new state-mandated process for investigating incidents like the police-involved shooting of a mentally ill man in Red Arrow Park last month.

Alderman Davis plans discussion on process that follows police-involved deaths
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Alderman Davis plans discussion on process that follows police-involved deaths

Sensing growing discontent with the investigation into the police-involved shooting of a mentally ill man in Red Arrow Park, Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said he will host a discussion with prominent law enforcement officials .

Donald Sterling is full of crap
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Donald Sterling is full of crap

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 14, 2014

Alderman Davis to participate in church service in support of abducted Nigerian girls
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Alderman Davis to participate in church service in support of abducted Nigerian girls

Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. will participate Sunday in a solidarity church service protesting the abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria.

Eyes on Milwaukee: We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!
Eyes on Milwaukee

We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!

Common Council members all complain about the TIF for Boston Store, then pass it 11-3.

Statement: “Why we can’t wait”
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Statement: “Why we can’t wait”

Alderman Ashanti Hamilton selected as co-chair of Black Male Achievement Advisory Council April 3, 2014

Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors
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Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors

Launch news conference set for Friday on city’s near south side

Alderman Davis to hold three town hall meetings this week
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Alderman Davis to hold three town hall meetings this week

“I look forward to hearing from residents and business owners, and I hope many will be able to make it to at least one or two meetings,” Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said.

Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males
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Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males

The work of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Council, or BMAAC, is garnering national attention, and has already resulted in city officials being invited to participate in this week’s Cities United summit in New Orleans.

Plenty of Horne: Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments
Plenty of Horne

Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments

The changes aren't radical but big winner is Ald. Kovac, who becomes chair of Finance and vice-chair of Steering and Rules.

Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments
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Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments

President Murphy has appointed Alderman Nik Kovac to succeed him as the new chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Betting on the Common Council
Eyes on Milwaukee

Betting on the Common Council

Haven't got your fix with the Super Bowl? Gamble with friends on who will be the next council president.

Word to the Wise
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Word to the Wise

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 17, 2014

Loss of Nelson Mandela felt in Milwaukee, worldwide
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Loss of Nelson Mandela felt in Milwaukee, worldwide

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. December 5, 2013

Bed-sharing tragedies are senseless, preventable and shameful
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Bed-sharing tragedies are senseless, preventable and shameful

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. December 3, 2013

City leaders are right to crack down on duty disability retirement abuse
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City leaders are right to crack down on duty disability retirement abuse

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. December 2, 2013

Return of guns to former cop shows system that needs fixing
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Return of guns to former cop shows system that needs fixing

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. October 30, 2013

Council approves Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week
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Council approves Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week

The Common Council today approved a resolution establishing Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week in Milwaukee every year during the first week in May.

Time for quick end to federal shutdown
Press Release

Time for quick end to federal shutdown

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. October 2, 2013

Milwaukee advances to second phase of NLC’s black male achievement grant
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Milwaukee advances to second phase of NLC’s black male achievement grant

The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families has advanced Milwaukee and 10 other cities to the next phase of its City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement initiative.

‘Divide and Conquer’ politics stagnates Milwaukee’s economy, shuts out black males
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‘Divide and Conquer’ politics stagnates Milwaukee’s economy, shuts out black males

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. August 9, 2013

Making the City Safer

Making the City Safer

Safe & Sound honors neighborhood leaders who make Milwaukee a safer place.

Citizens, Cut Your Grass!

Citizens, Cut Your Grass!

Common Council is considering a proposal by Ald. Davis with tougher restrictions against overgrown lawns.

Committee shifts more community development funding directly to local organizations
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Committee shifts more community development funding directly to local organizations

News release from Alds. Joe Davis, Sr. and Ashanti Hamilton

Prayers for former President Nelson Mandela
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Prayers for former President Nelson Mandela

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Milwaukee needs greater investment in human capital
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Milwaukee needs greater investment in human capital

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 29, 2013

New City Law Fails to Help Black Contractors

New City Law Fails to Help Black Contractors

2012 ordinance aimed to give more access but only 1 of 125 contracts went to black-owned businesses.

Injury to MPD Sergeant a wake-up call to Milwaukee youth
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Injury to MPD Sergeant a wake-up call to Milwaukee youth

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 3, 2013

Referendum on same-day registration a chance to make residents’ voices heard
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Referendum on same-day registration a chance to make residents’ voices heard

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Immigration summit TONIGHT will feature key experts, timely discussions
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Immigration summit TONIGHT will feature key experts, timely discussions

The prospect of meaningful immigration reform and how it could affect Milwaukee will be one of several key issues discussed TONIGHT during an immigration summit hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman José G. Pérez..

Immigration summit next week will feature key experts, timely discussions
Press Release

Immigration summit next week will feature key experts, timely discussions

The prospect of meaningful immigration reform and how it could affect Milwaukee will be one of several key issues discussed next week during an immigration summit hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman José G. Pérez.

Scrutiny of MPD is not carte blanche for criminals
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Scrutiny of MPD is not carte blanche for criminals

The Milwaukee Police Department continues to operate under a heightened level of scrutiny in the wake of several incidents in which officers overstepped their authority.

Immigration reform holds promise for Milwaukee, U.S., aldermen say
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Immigration reform holds promise for Milwaukee, U.S., aldermen say

The City of Milwaukee and the U.S. stand to benefit under much needed immigration reform principles announced by President Obama earlier this week, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman José G. Pérez said today.

President Obama proclaims February National African American History Month
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President Obama proclaims February National African American History Month

Alderman Davis said it is just one of many contributions that the President has made to the African American community.

Murphy’s Law: Hines Would Reduce Fire & Police Commission Power
Murphy’s Law

Hines Would Reduce Fire & Police Commission Power

Council appears to back radical change, Barrett seems lukewarm.

Innocent until proven guilty
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Innocent until proven guilty

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 16, 2013

Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013
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Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013

Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs January 15, 2013

Indonesian Consul General set for City Hall visit, welcome
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Indonesian Consul General set for City Hall visit, welcome

Indonesian Consul General Andriana Supandy will visit City Hall this week to promote good relations and cooperative opportunities with Milwaukee, according to Alderman Joe Davis, Sr., chair of the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee.

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.
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Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Alderman Davis selected for NLC National Black Caucus leadership post
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Alderman Davis selected for NLC National Black Caucus leadership post

Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. has been selected to serve as a special member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) for the National League of Cities (NLC).

Alderman Davis named to National League of Cities Board of Directors for 2nd term
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Alderman Davis named to National League of Cities Board of Directors for 2nd term

Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC) for a second term.

Deadline for free foreclosure review program could affect thousands in Milwaukee
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Deadline for free foreclosure review program could affect thousands in Milwaukee

Deadline for free foreclosure review program could affect thousands in Milwaukee

Home Contest is a Big Winner

Home Contest is a Big Winner

Most Improved Home Contest offers $7,000 in prize money, generates $164,000 in home improvements.

Youth Council ready to begin new session; two seats stand vacant
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Youth Council ready to begin new session; two seats stand vacant

The City of Milwaukee Youth Council (MYC) is a step closer to beginning a new term on November 1 – that after the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee (CED) approved new and reappointed members of the body this morning.

Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures
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Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures

Several Council members met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday (Sept. 28) to discuss concerns related to the Derek Williams case.

U.S. Attorney’s insight needed in Williams death investigation
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U.S. Attorney’s insight needed in Williams death investigation

We are respectfully requesting that the office of the U.S. Attorney conduct an investigation into the case of Derek Williams, who died last year while in the custody of Milwaukee police.

Alderman Davis introduces file for more info on MPD’s standard operating procedures
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Alderman Davis introduces file for more info on MPD’s standard operating procedures

The communication file could be the subject of public testimony at the committee provided by representatives from MPD and/or the Fire and Police Commission

Murphy’s Law: The Journal Sentinel’s Attack Dog
Murphy’s Law

The Journal Sentinel’s Attack Dog

Two stories this week continue its relentlessly biased coverage of Chief Flynn and the police department.

Tragedy in Oak Creek
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Tragedy in Oak Creek

Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative
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Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative

The Common Council today approved creation of the Milwaukee Jobs Act -Transitional Jobs Program – a multifaceted effort to create employment opportunities for city young people and job seekers from areas of the city that have been particularly hard-hit economically.

Film screening, event to mark Nelson Mandela Day
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Film screening, event to mark Nelson Mandela Day

Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. are co-hosting a documentary film screening and event Wednesday marking International Nelson Mandela Day, in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa.

Debra Usinger to be posthumously recognized for her dedication and contributions to Milwaukee
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Debra Usinger to be posthumously recognized for her dedication and contributions to Milwaukee

Debra Usinger, a passionate supporter of Milwaukee’s downtown who dedicated her time and talents to numerous groups, will be posthumously recognized by the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee

One More Chance for the Sydney HIH

One More Chance for the Sydney HIH

Parliamentary procedure buys the Sydney HIH a few more days.

A call for maximum penalties for fireworks violations
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A call for maximum penalties for fireworks violations

Despite warnings and pleas from local fire and police officials, and from other public and elected officials, I’ve been told that business has been steady at fireworks stands in communities surrounding Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: “Indignant” Police Chief Defends Department’s Integrity
Murphy’s Law

“Indignant” Police Chief Defends Department’s Integrity

Chief Flynn provides data that calls into question the Journal Sentinel’s reporting.

Alderwoman Coggs seeks voter experience input in online survey; wants Council review of Election Commission practices
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Alderwoman Coggs seeks voter experience input in online survey; wants Council review of Election Commission practices

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs is asking Milwaukee voters to provide input about their experiences at the polls during the June 5 recall election, and the information provided via the online survey could be made part of a Common Council review of Election Commission practices and procedures.

Optional Sewer Line Warranty Program Now Has More Than 10,000 Enrolled
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Optional Sewer Line Warranty Program Now Has More Than 10,000 Enrolled

More than 10,000 property owners in the City of Milwaukee have enrolled in the new, optional warranty protection program for sewer lines provided through the National League of Cities (NLC) Service Line Warranty Program, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said today.

Milwaukee Moves Forward!

Milwaukee Moves Forward!

Council committee moves forward with the streetcar.

The Moderne Gains Common Council Approval for City Loans

The Moderne Gains Common Council Approval for City Loans

The Moderne development received approval for $9.3 millions in loans from the City of Milwaukee that led developer Rick Barrett had been seeking.

How Not to Run a Public Hearing

How Not to Run a Public Hearing

We often hear about the lack of "transparency" or that "the process wasn't followed," and it is actually my belief that often enough this isn't true.

Contentious M.O.R.E Debate Continues

Contentious M.O.R.E Debate Continues

The controversial M.O.R.E ordinance was the primary item of discussion at this meeting of the Common Council.  This ordinance proposed new requirements related to hiring City of Milwaukee residents, the utilization of emerging small businesses, and the paying of prevailing wages for all City of Milwaukee projects and private developments that receive $1 million or […]

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

The Milwaukee Opportunities for Restoring Employment ordinance was the primary reason behind this special meeting of the Community & Economic Development Committee.  The ordinance intends to increase the required percentage of City of Milwaukee residents hired to work on city projects and development projects receiving more than $1 million in TIF assistance.  Additionally it mandated […]

Committee Approves Plan to Improve Riverwalk

Committee Approves Plan to Improve Riverwalk

File number 081431 would allow the library to apply for a Public Library Innovation Grant which would be used to extend the summer reading program in to a year round program.  Alderman Joe Davis pointed out that he brought the grant to the library staff’s attention and said “they have a great success rate, that if […]

Common Council Debates Water Deal

Common Council Debates Water Deal

Both, New Land Enterprises' apartment proposal and Mandel Group's UWM dormitory proposal were approved without any debate on the floor and both are expect to break ground after winter.

Committee Approves Travel Spending

Committee Approves Travel Spending

Committee approves funding for travel to National League of Cities’ Board of Directors and International Council events.

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

The hot topic of this committee meeting was a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article accusing the Department of Public Works (“DPW“) of having a racial bias in their handling of pothole filling.  Jeff Mantes and Jeff Polenske laid out DPW’s process in regards to pothole repair.  Explaining that they prioritize arterial roads higher than neighborhood streets […]

Committee Cuts Off Funding to West End Dev Corp

Committee Cuts Off Funding to West End Dev Corp

At the June 23rd, 2008 meeting of the Community & Economic Development Committee Alderman Bob Bauman brought forward resolution 080293 which cut off funding to the West End Development Corporation.  This was done because of the groups inability to complete the redevelopment of WestPointe Commons despite nearly 7 years of efforts.  Following that resolution the […]

The Roundup: Marsupial Bridge Update
The Roundup

Marsupial Bridge Update

The concrete walkway of the Holton Marsupial Bridge will be poured beginning today.

The Roundup: McGee’s Folly
The Roundup

McGee’s Folly

If you want to get a chuckle and a “no comment” out of a Milwaukee alderman these days, just tell him that Ald. Michael McGee, Jr. “certainly has a way with words.”

The Roundup: The Governor and the Empire Builder
The Roundup

The Governor and the Empire Builder

Governor Jim Doyle made a brief appearance at Milwaukee’s Amtrak station Friday, 11 June on the 75th anniversary of the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s service from Chicago to the Northwest coast. Before boarding the train, Doyle mixed the romance of the rails with the Great American Novel. “In the final passage of the Great Gatsby, the […]

The Roundup: Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year
The Roundup

Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year

Two other Mayoral candidates eligible soon

Murphy’s Law: Which County Board Members Only Work Part-Time?
Murphy’s Law

Which County Board Members Only Work Part-Time?

It was 9 a.m. on a Friday morning in late October of last year when I began calling county supervisors for a story in Milwaukee Magazine.

Murphy’s Law: Is Ament’s Pension Deal Biased Against Blacks?
Murphy’s Law

Is Ament’s Pension Deal Biased Against Blacks?

In the wake of the pension controversy, County Executive F. Thomas Ament has attempted to woo the black community in hopes that strong support there might keep him in office.