Building Info

Turner Hall.
  • Address:
    1030 N. 4th St.
  • Taxkey:
    3610520000
  • Architect:
    Henry C. Koch
  • Status:
  • Assessed Value (Land):
    $150,000
  • Assessed Value (Improvements):
    $597,600
  • Assessed Value (Total):
    $747,600
  • Assesment Year:
    2020
  • Year Built:

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Classical: Present Music Finishes with Genre-Bending Show
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Present Music Finishes with Genre-Bending Show

"Neon Life" will feature five contemporary compositions.

Two projects chosen for President’s Challenge for Racial Justice and Equity Response funding
Plenty of Horne: Pabst CEO on Biden’s Visit to the Theater
Plenty of Horne

Pabst CEO on Biden’s Visit to the Theater

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Express Elopement Packages Available on Valentine’s Day

at the Riverside Theater, Pabst Theater and Turner Hall Ballroom

New Year’s Eve Livestream Benefit Concert by Yacht Rock Powerhouse The Docksiders To Raise Funds For Struggling Milwaukee Venues, Artists, Stagehands
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Pabst Theater Group Pivots To Weddings

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Eyes on Milwaukee: Historic Turner Hall Gets New Signs
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Historic Turner Hall Gets New Signs

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The Return of Jane’s Walk

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Classical

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Whales, dinosaurs and music, performed at Public Museum.

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City Goes Crazy for Stevie Wonder

Fantastic Turner Hall show celebrated an all-time great album.

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VoodooHoney Casts A Spell on Valentine’s Day
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VoodooHoney Casts A Spell on Valentine’s Day

The night features a full range of Milwaukee’s emerging and mature talents.

WTMJ Radio Packers Watch Party – “Hometown Call at Turner Hall”
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WTMJ Radio Packers Watch Party – “Hometown Call at Turner Hall”

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4th Annual “Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee” to Benefit Progressive Community Health Centers
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4th Annual “Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee” to Benefit Progressive Community Health Centers

Event to Showcase Local Gospel Groups, Help Increase Access to Health Care for Underserved Milwaukeeans

Murphy’s Law: Symphony Move Huge for Downtown
Murphy’s Law

Symphony Move Huge for Downtown

A big win for the orchestra and Downtown, with a minor impact on Marcus Center.

WMSE’s 3rd Annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill
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WMSE’s 3rd Annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill

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WMSE’s 3rd Annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill featuring Live at the Sands, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Count Basie
Artists, Makers Present ‘Urban Garage Sale’ at The Domes, Nov. 26, 27
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Artists, Makers Present ‘Urban Garage Sale’ at The Domes, Nov. 26, 27

Event will feature 65 vendors offering a mix of vintage goods, artwork, wood items, jewelry, apparel, and lifestyle merchandise.

Islands of Brilliance presents year two of Colors & Chords
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Musical acts and visual artists help raise funds for autism organization

Charlie Sykes stars as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life
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Charlie Sykes stars as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Show is on Tuesday, November 29 at Turner Hall Ballroom

WMSE’s 3rd Annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill
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WMSE’s 3rd Annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill

Featuring, “Sinatra & Basie Live At The Sands: A Tribute to the Men and Their Music. ” Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra to open

Village Playhouse Presents 1940s Radio Noir Comedy, “Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent”
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Village Playhouse Presents 1940s Radio Noir Comedy, “Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent”

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House Confidential: Gary Witt’s House of Rock
House Confidential

Gary Witt’s House of Rock

Actually, you'd never suspect the hip Pabst leader owns this old-style, Prospect Hill home.

Jen Kirkman to Headline Milwaukee Comedy Festival
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Jen Kirkman to Headline Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Comedian and Best Selling Author to Headline closing night at Historic Turner Hall.

Classical: Bloom’s Day for Present Music
Classical

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Weekly Happy Hour: Who’s on Third Great for Sports Fans
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Norquist to Speak at Jane Jacobs Event

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Weekly Happy Hour: Fire on Water Is Great for Music
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Plenty of Horne: Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!
Plenty of Horne

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Pabst Theater Foundation Works to Assure Continued Success, Preservation of Pabst Theater
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Pabst Theater Foundation Works to Assure Continued Success, Preservation of Pabst Theater

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Weekly Happy Hour: 42 Lounge Is Shrine to Nerd Culture
Weekly Happy Hour

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Milwaukee Day celebrates all things 414 at Turner Hall Ballroom
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Bringing the community together for a great cause

Band of the Week: How Vic and Gab Became REYNA
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Classical: Hungarian Rock and Other Crazy Stuff
Classical

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Milwaukee Day celebrates all things 414 at Turner Hall Ballroom
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Band of the Week: Pizzle Has Been Rapping for 20 Years
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Classical: Present Music Pulls Out All The Stops
Classical

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Weekly Happy Hour: Comet Still Rocks the House
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Weekly Happy Hour: Black Sheep Is For Wine Lovers
Weekly Happy Hour

Black Sheep Is For Wine Lovers

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WMSE is turning 35 and singing the birthday blues

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Best 15 Local Music Shows of 2015

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Milwaukee Turners Call for U.S. to Admit Refugees and Reject Fear and Isolation
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Milwaukee Turners Call for U.S. to Admit Refugees and Reject Fear and Isolation

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Plenty of Horne: New Era for Riverside Theater
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Plan to close 4th Street for new Bucks arena might not be a slam dunk
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Plan to close 4th Street for new Bucks arena might not be a slam dunk

Preview: EL VY Shoots for the Moon
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EL VY Shoots for the Moon

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Now Serving: A Punk Rock Ramen Restaurant?
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A Punk Rock Ramen Restaurant?

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It’s the Countdown to WMSE’s 2nd Annual “Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill”
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It’s the Countdown to WMSE’s 2nd Annual “Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill”

Featuring Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses. Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rhumba to Open

Review: MisterWives Energizes Turner Crowd
Review

MisterWives Energizes Turner Crowd

Band delights audience with a mix of original work and covers at Turner Hall.

Now Serving: 14 Choices for Halloween Fun
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14 Choices for Halloween Fun

Food, drinks and fright at events like Fetish Friday, Harry Potter Halloween and Trolley Bar Crawl.

Rock Out for Halloween

Rock Out for Halloween

Great concerts -- and one book reading -- happening this Saturday.

The Ticket Window: Ani Difranco, Scott Weiland and More
The Ticket Window

Ani Difranco, Scott Weiland and More

10 new shows coming to Milwaukee. You couldn't ask for more variety.

The Ticket Window: 8 Shows for Which You’re Not Too Late
The Ticket Window

8 Shows for Which You’re Not Too Late

New shows announced include Jake Johannsen, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Three Dog Night.

Bar Exam: Major Goolsby’s, Still a Great Sports Bar
Bar Exam

Major Goolsby’s, Still a Great Sports Bar

One of nation's first, where Charles Barkley and Reggie Jackson, among others, hung out.

The Ticket Window: Is It Music or Theater?
The Ticket Window

Is It Music or Theater?

Newly-announced shows by Henry Rollins, Morgan James and The Musical Box raise that question.

Plenty of Horne: Street Closing on Arena Agenda
Plenty of Horne

Street Closing on Arena Agenda

Murphy makes appointments to WCD board; City to retain naming rights for garage

House Confidential: David Barnett Gallery
House Confidential

David Barnett Gallery

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Comedy: Jen Kirkman Delights Turner Hall Crowd
Comedy

Jen Kirkman Delights Turner Hall Crowd

The former comedy writer has become a stand-up champ.

Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee Brings Five Storytellers to Turner Hall Sept. 16
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Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee Brings Five Storytellers to Turner Hall Sept. 16

Now in its 18th year, The Moth has shared more than 15,000 true stories on stage

Should City Approve Subsidy for Bucks Arena?

Should City Approve Subsidy for Bucks Arena?

The costs keep rising. And the benefits seem iffy.

Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee Brings Five Storytellers to Turner Hall Sept. 16
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Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee Brings Five Storytellers to Turner Hall Sept. 16

Now in its 18th year, The Moth has shared more than 15,000 true stories on stage

The Ticket Window: Willie Nelson and Steve Earle Coming
The Ticket Window

Willie Nelson and Steve Earle Coming

Don't like country? Other shows boast comedian Kathleen Madigan or the magic Supernaturalists.

Milwaukee Comedy Festival Offers Laughs

Milwaukee Comedy Festival Offers Laughs

10th annual fest offers huge line-up of comics over four days with most shows at Next Act Theatre.

Band of the Week: GGOOLLDD
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GGOOLLDD

They love and are indebted to the local music scene, but could become its biggest success.

WMSE Presents the 2nd Annual “Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill”
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WMSE Presents the 2nd Annual “Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill”

Featuring Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses

Murphy’s Law: Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?
Murphy’s Law

Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?

Its takeover by new “Super District” running Bucks arena looks fishy.

The Ticket Window: Will Hannibal Buress Answer Why?
The Ticket Window

Will Hannibal Buress Answer Why?

If the comedian doesn't, maybe musicians Bela Fleck, Ben Rector or the Zombies will.

Music: From Their Basement to You
Music

From Their Basement to You

Rising bands Lady Lamb and Soul Low perform at Turner Hall.

Photo Gallery: Where the Bucks Want to Build
Photo Gallery

Where the Bucks Want to Build

Photos of the land now and renderings of the development show how the area would change.

Plenty of Horne: In Defense of Historic Tax Credits
Plenty of Horne

In Defense of Historic Tax Credits

National Trust for Historic Preservation's leader comes to town, where her speech to a crowd filled with notables dramatized the need for state to maintain the current credits.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Welcomes National Director
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Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Welcomes National Director

Event to Discuss Recruiting, Retaining Top Talent on February 24

Classical: One Concert, Three Different Venues
Classical

One Concert, Three Different Venues

Present Music creates a wildly varied concert that will be performed at three different, very intimate settings.

Murphy’s Law: How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?
Murphy’s Law

How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promises a new arena will launch a Downtown renewal. Is he right?

A big league city needs big league public transit options
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A big league city needs big league public transit options

Statement of Alderman Nik Kovac November 19, 2014

Will Universal Drivers Ed Increase Racial Integration?

Will Universal Drivers Ed Increase Racial Integration?

Plan for free driver’s education classes wins Greater Together Challenge, initiative to reduce segregation in Milwaukee.

Successful Milwaukee Angel Investor to Keynote gener8tor Premiere Night
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Successful Milwaukee Angel Investor to Keynote gener8tor Premiere Night

Founder of Milwaukee’s First Angel Network, Jeff Rusinow, to Headline Startup Event

Vantage Point: From The Moderne
Vantage Point

From The Moderne

Its signature penthouse, known as “THIRTY 01,” may offer the best view of the city.

Season 5 ALL STARS Announcement!
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Season 5 ALL STARS Announcement!

Story. Stage. You. Ex Fabula is a live, neighborhood storytelling community straight from Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 7 Can’t Miss YP Week Events
Eyes on Milwaukee

7 Can’t Miss YP Week Events

Young Professional Week features some 30 events. Here's our pick of the top seven.

Plenty of Horne: Smith Bros Iconic Fisherman Returns
Plenty of Horne

Smith Bros Iconic Fisherman Returns

Landmark advertising sign that long dominated Port Washington harbor now installed at Third Ward's Public Market.

Arts Projects Coming to Wisconsin Avenue

Arts Projects Coming to Wisconsin Avenue

Greater Milwaukee Committee bringing two major art installations to Downtown and the Beer Line Bicycle Trail.

RadioMilwaukee Announces Rollicking Mardi Gras Party at Turner Hall Ballroom March 4 With Two Top Milwaukee Bands
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RadioMilwaukee Announces Rollicking Mardi Gras Party at Turner Hall Ballroom March 4 With Two Top Milwaukee Bands

Milwaukee’s Herman Astro and Extra Crispy Brass Band will help the city celebrate Fat Tuesday at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee’s 4th annual Mardi Gras Party starting at 7:30 p.m. March 4, 2014, at Turner Hall Ballroom.

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS with special guest White Sea
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THE NAKED AND FAMOUS with special guest White Sea

LIVE AT THE PABST THEATER TUESDAY * JUNE 3 * DOORS 7PM | SHOW 8PM

Moth GrandSLAM championship event to crown Milwaukee’s top storyteller Jan. 31 at Turner Hall
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Moth GrandSLAM championship event to crown Milwaukee’s top storyteller Jan. 31 at Turner Hall

The show features 10 Moth StorySLAM winners from the past year, who’ll each tell a five-minute, true tale on the theme “Fish Out of Water.”

Much To See at Doors Open Milwaukee

Much To See at Doors Open Milwaukee

Doors Open Milwaukee runs all weekend, with free open houses across the city.

Downtown Dining Week kicks off next Thursday
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Downtown Dining Week kicks off next Thursday

40+ dining destinations to serve meal deals June 6 – 13

TED Conference in Milwaukee?

TED Conference in Milwaukee?

Make that TEDx, the growing spin-off for local conferences, which will have a Milwaukee event at Harambee in May.

Downtown Milwaukee restaurants prep for Downtown Dining Week 2013
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Downtown Milwaukee restaurants prep for Downtown Dining Week 2013

40+ dining destinations to serve meal deals June 6 – 13

Plenty of Horne: Evers Vs. Pridemore
Plenty of Horne

Evers Vs. Pridemore

The battle between State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and challenger Don Pridemore.

Wild Space 25th: Alums dance at Turner Hall
Wild Space 25th

Alums dance at Turner Hall

Dancers spanning the 25-year history of Debra Loewen's company gather for a celebratory concert at Turner Hall Saturday.

Present Music’s big finish

Present Music’s big finish

Michael Daugherty's "Labyrinth of Love" is a big hit at its premiere, and Robin Pluer never sounded better.

Say Hello To The Turner Hall Ballroom

Say Hello To The Turner Hall Ballroom

Are you familiar with Turner Restaurant on 4th St. across from the Bradley Center? Did you know they had an actual concert hall in their that has been closed since fires in the 1930’s and 1940’s? If you didn’t, you’re in for a treat. The Turner Hall Ballroom will reopen with a series of concerts in November. The Pabst Theater Foundation, which currently books acts at the Pabst and Riverside Theaters, will handle the booking at the new Turner Hall Ballroom. It’s expected the ballroom will be able to hold a couple hundred people. I’ll be there to see The Wallflowers, who will you see?

The Roundup: State Elections Board Responds to Complaint Against Walker
The Roundup

State Elections Board Responds to Complaint Against Walker

John Weishan and Gerry Broderick filed an official complaint today with the Wisconsin State Elections Board against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

The Roundup: Voting With The Mayor
The Roundup

Voting With The Mayor

Mayor Barrett’s office announced Monday that he would vote at City Hall at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Roundup: Jim Glynn Dead at 64
The Roundup

Jim Glynn Dead at 64

I had no idea it would be this soon.

The Roundup: Plale Recall Drive Begins
The Roundup

Plale Recall Drive Begins

Can a group of south side political activists pull themselves together enough to acquire 13,212 signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Jeff Plale? Rep. Jon Richards said he doubts it. “This thing is going nowhere,” says Rep. Josh Zepnick. “These people are so lazy! They’ve taken out a newspaper ad asking people to come by and sign a recall petition. Who is going to do that?” True enough. To win an election, you’ve got to knock on doors, post signs in windows and do all kinds of grass-rooted activities. There is scant evidence of this in the Plale recall attempt, and absolutely no evidence of it in the northern fringes of Plale’s district, including Brady Street and the East Side. That hasn’t stopped Plale from printing up thousands of football schedules that he is handing out at every turn. The South Milwaukeean made the journey to St. Rita’s Church last week to attend the Brady Street Association monthly meeting where he was asked about the recall. “They’ve got until September 7th to get the signatures to recall me,” Plale told the audience. When told there seemed to be no effort on the East Side to circulate petitions, Plale said, “well, these people wouldn’t know how to find Brady Street.” Plale was also in the Brady Street area for what the neighborhood hopes is an annual Artisinal Food Festival. The gig was held Sunday, July 25th, and Plale was there along with his schedules. The recall effort against him stemmed from his crucial vote to uphold Governor Doyle’s veto of a republican-sponsored measure to limit property tax increases. Plale says the upcoming plans to sponsor a constitutional amendment known as the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, (TABOR) is similarly flawed, and a potential recipe for disaster. He cites Colorado, a state that has enacted similar provisions into its laws and is now in the midst of its worst fiscal crisis ever. Amendment on the Run The legislature republicans spent the last unedifying session promoting the agenda of Gays, Guns and Gambling. The Madison gang came up with loads of goofy legislation, none of which could sustain a veto by the governor. Leave it to this group to be able to reconvene and pass a constitutional amendment, no less, in just one week. This was the decision of Sen. Mary Panzer, the republican leader who had earlier been criticized for not rushing a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights law through the Solomonic deliberations of the nation’s most august lawmakers. But, as soon as she faced a primary challenge from Rep.Glenn Grothman, an ambitious fellow republican who covets her senate seat, Panzer decided to schedule a vote for this week. Then, the legislature can go home and come back next year to vote again. Then, finally, the matter will be put to public vote in a referendum, if it is still alive. But, if the legislature does not act by August 5th, the whole procedure would have to be repeated in yet one […]

The Roundup: Lavender, Black and Green
The Roundup

Lavender, Black and Green

The Green Party’s national convention will be in Milwaukee this week, with voting by delegates to be held on Saturday. The big question: will the outfit endorse Ralph Nader? This vexing question will put Milwaukee, however briefly, once again in the national spotlight. The party has endorsed the formation of several subgroups including the Black Greens, and the Lavender Greens. The first group consists of African-American members of the party, and the second with its Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and “Intergendered” (a new one for me) members. As of May there were 297,964 registered greens from 22 states, along with an undetermined number from states like Wisconsin where voter registration does not specify political party. Candidates for the party include four for U.S. Senate, 38 for the House of Representativees, one for Governor, one for Lieutenant Governor and 94 for State Legislatures. According to the party, at least 204 Greens hold office in 27 states, including Wisconsin. Nader, who received the party’s nomination in 2000, has 50 delegates thus far, behind David Cobb, with 194 and Peter Camejo with 112. Over 200 delegates support none of the above or are uncommitted. Nader wrote the party in March to say “I am running as an Independent and am not seeking nor accepting the Green Party nomination. If you do not choose a presidential candidate in Milwaukee, I would welcome your endorsement.” You can figure out for yourself whatever that means. Whomever the candidate, the party promises to run television ads in the presidential race, another first. One of the featured speakers at a post-convention rally will be Frank P. Zeidler, a former presidential candidate himself (Socialist Party) and reason enough to attend the event. A Man in a Hurray: Marc “Leadfoot” Marotta Department of Administration head Marc Marotta has a date in the Jefferson County intake court on June 29th at 9 a.m. in conjunction with his citation on May 24th for speeding on the freeway. The 41-year old attorney and former basketball star was busted for exceeding the speed limit by 20 – 24 miles per hour, an offense that carries a $255.40 bond. Officer Michael Meyers of the Jefferson County Sheriff Department collared the Mequon resident after clocking him going 21 miles over the limit. Earlier this year, on February 25th (the day after Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager was busted for drunk driving) Peter Moe of the State Patrol cited Marotta for speeding on the freeway, also in Jefferson County. It was a more easy-going Marotta that time, since he was caught speeding 16 – 19 miles per hour above the speed limit. On April 22nd, that charge was amended to Speeding on Freeway 1 – 10 miles above the limit. Marotta pled no contest to that charge and was fined $181. The vigilant officer Moe also noted that Marotta, a senior government official, had expired plates (PUR108), so we assume it is his personal vehicle in which he was hot-rodding, but that charge was dismissed. His attorney was Michael […]

The Roundup: On the Fundraiser Trail
The Roundup

On the Fundraiser Trail

David Riemer held a fundraiser and art auction to advance his bid for County Executive. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design was the place, and over a hundred people showed up to look at the art (a Guido Brink retrospective) and to meet with the candidate March 8th. Wine was served, and the food was perhaps the finest of the larger-scale campaign events this year. The snacks included hummus and all sorts of veggie-cheesy items nicely prepared and tastefully presented. Everybody had to shut up for a brief speech by the candidate. Riemer is getting better at these, and unlike certain other candidates for president or even for mayor, he is able to adjust the message to his audience with a reasonable degree of spontaneity. The crowd at MIAD learned that Riemer has two brothers who are actors, and mom was too. In college (as an undergraduate) he studied poetry. “Art is not just an add-on. Art is essential to a metropolitan area. It is essential to its success.” No argument from the crowd on that account. Marvin Pratt showed up, and that created a mild buzz for a while. Riemer campaign guru Bill Christofferson wants us all to know that his candidate’s “Last Blast” fundraiser will be held in Turner Hall on March 23rd, 5-7 p.m. The Riemer campaign sent out a news release encouraging its supporters to cast absentee ballots. Election Day, April 6th is Passover, he reminds us. It is also a time when many of us might be out of town on Spring break. Riemer would appreciate it if we voted before fleeing this miserable weather. It is all about turnout, at this point. Molly Christofferson, Bill’s daughter, did campaign work for Sandy Folaron. She now works for Marvin Pratt. Strange bedfellows. Bob Weiss held a fundraiser for Acting Mayor Pratt March 10th, at his restaurant, Shakers, 422 S. Second St. He sent me a note: “Clueless staffers, no signage, no promo materials, NO candidate, when promised 6-8 p.m. for His fundraiser.” Weiss said the event coordinator “sat by self in back corner, left after an hour. Some big hitter clients of mine left in disgust since Marvin not there. … Overall, hardly our greatest political experience.” Weiss is planning a solstice party this week (good timing), with plenty of food and booze. Forget the politics! Unopposed and Raising Money: Musings on the Common Council Presidency It is tough to draw a crowd in an election year when you have no opponent, and it’s nice for a candidate to not have to sweat his election. “I only hold one fundraiser a year and this is it,” said Ald. Michael Murphy at Derry Hegarty’s Pub, an event that perhaps saw about 75 people. The event was Thursday, March 11th, close enough to St. Patrick’s Day, which is appropriate since Murphy claims to be of Irish heritage. Since the money wasn’t absolutely necessary, and since the candidate seemed destined to win, the fundraiser easily lurched into its secondary […]

The Roundup: The Last of Kerry as a Free Man?
The Roundup

The Last of Kerry as a Free Man?

Last Monday February 16th – Presidents Day – John Kerry, in Milwaukee, made what might have been one of his final appearances as a “free” man. By Friday, home in Boston, Kerry had asked for and received Secret Service protection. The protection, which will last through the election should he become the nominee, and for his lifetime should he become president, will contrast greatly with the free-and-easy access enjoyed by the crowd of perhaps 400 who gathered to see the Massachusetts senator at the Italian Community Center. The event was billed as a rally and was held the day before the Wisconsin primary. As mentioned here last week, the Kerry campaign printed up thousands of leaflets for the event, hastily writing in “and Ted Kennedy,” by hand when it appeared the other Massachusetts senator would be joining him there. The closest Kennedy came to the ICC, though, was in this lame joke by candidate Kerry: “Massachusetts is a Wampanoag Indian term meaning ‘Land of Many Kennedys,’” Kerry said at the beginning of his remarks. He spoke from a raised platform in the center of the ICC east ballroom. Arrayed on three walls of the room were risers filled with local politicians, and a lot of union workers. The crowd had been placed there about an hour before Kerry’s 7:30 speech, and was kept entertained by a band playing rousing, funky music. Among those on the risers: Senator Jeff Plale, Patti Keating Kahn (Mrs. Hon. Chuck Kahn), Marlene Johnson-Odom, Vel Phillips and Supervisor Willie Johnson. Ald. Ryan Schroeder was also there representing his constituents, back in whatever city he’s from. Tom Barrett worked the room, wearing a neat tie with pink triangles. “You either get it, or you don’t,” he said about his gay cravat. Vince Bobot, then still an opponent, went up and shaked Barrett’s hand, the way politicians do with their rivals. Matt Flynn worked the room, as did County Executive candidate David Riemer. Other notables included Angelo Cataldo, who is still operating his pizza bus, along with Jim and Joanne Klisch, having a look around. No Nuts, Crackpots – Or Secret Service Access to the room was simple: you just showed up and waited for the doors to open, and then waited some more for the candidate. No metal detectors, no guys with sunglasses, no hassle. This will change considerably with the candidate’s secret service protection. The good news: there were no nuts or crackpots in the audience, just democrats. Not everybody in the room was a Kerry supporter. Michael Retzer, the controller of W. G. Strohwig Tool & Die, Inc. came down from Industrial Road, in Richfield, to hand out cards from “Save American Manufacturing,” a “national organization concerned about the loss of all areas of manufacturing and services to non-domestic sources that is causing a rapid decline in the economic condition of the United States.” Business owners are having second thoughts about NAFTA, it seems. He handed out a list of John Kerry’s top contributors, including […]

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