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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2020 State of the City Speech
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2020 State of the City Speech

Potawatomi Hotel Casino, February 10, 2020 As Prepared for Delivery

City Hall: Barrett Will Tout Public Safety, Jobs, DNC
City Hall

Barrett Will Tout Public Safety, Jobs, DNC

State of the City speech to note a special DNC Doors Open and positive national press.

The State of Politics: Evers Appoints Record Number of Women
The State of Politics

Evers Appoints Record Number of Women

For first time in history, majority of governor’s advisors are women.

Governor-Elect Tony Evers Announces Chief of Staff and Transition Team Director, Co-Chairs
Press Release

Governor-Elect Tony Evers Announces Chief of Staff and Transition Team Director, Co-Chairs

Maggie Gau, Governor-Elect Evers’ campaign manager, will become Governor-Elect Evers’ Chief of Staff.

Bar Exam: Hamburger Mary’s Has 1877-Era Buildings
Bar Exam

Hamburger Mary’s Has 1877-Era Buildings

Many old Milwaukee touches in campy, gay-themed restaurant, bar and arcade.

Plenty of Horne: Harbor District To Have 40 “Habitat Hotels”
Plenty of Horne

Harbor District To Have 40 “Habitat Hotels”

Planning for district's 1000-acre site nearly done. "Hotels" naturalize sheet pilings.

Now Serving: New Chinese, New Hamburger Mary’s

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $250

Now Serving: New Chinese, New Hamburger Mary’s
Now Serving

New Chinese, New Hamburger Mary’s

Plus: new microbrewery and Kasana pop-up dinners.

Now Serving: The Return of Fried Chicken
Now Serving

The Return of Fried Chicken

The Tandem will offer three kinds. And Meritage gives customers three weeks of the bird.

Friday Photos: S. 5th St. Grows By Dieting
Friday Photos

S. 5th St. Grows By Dieting

City will narrow the road and triple size of sidewalks. Business is booming in response.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

Contribution to Michael Murphy of $200

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

Contribution to Jose G. Perez of $100

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

Contribution to Russell W. Stamper, II of $300

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

Contribution to Jose G. Perez of $80

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!
Eyes on Milwaukee

Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

MMAC organized event to sell NBA arena, but speakers from Cleveland, Denver and OKC said Millenials want transit, too.

Kathy Dionesopulous: Overseeing London Cleaners — and family — one stitch at a time
Plenty of Horne: Site Reveals D.C. Staffer Salaries
Plenty of Horne

Site Reveals D.C. Staffer Salaries

Millionaires Kohl, Sensenbrenner, others Generous with Taxpayer Money

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: Selig Take A Hit
The Roundup

Selig Take A Hit

Washington Post Trashes Commissioner and Journal Communications. Plus: The Mea Culpa of Charles J. Sykes and Thompson’s Boycott of Miller Park.

The Roundup: The Extraordinary Longevity of Milwaukee Politicians
The Roundup

The Extraordinary Longevity of Milwaukee Politicians

We have had twice as many Mayors as we have had City Treasurers since 1917.

The Roundup: No Challenge to Hill Papers
The Roundup

No Challenge to Hill Papers

But Halbrooks says Election Commission’s Extended Hours Helped Opponent

The Roundup: Who’s on Fifth?
The Roundup

Who’s on Fifth?

An $89 billion bank is muscling its way into the Milwaukee market, and you read about it here first.