Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Anti-Transit Agenda Will Hit Suburban Small Businesses Hardest « Milwaukee County First

Anti-Transit Agenda Will Hit Suburban Small Businesses Hardest « Milwaukee County First: "During his tenure as county executive, Scott Walker failed to protect the transit system year after year. In his time here, we have seen our transit system cut by 20%, which translated into tens of thousands of employees and employers being separated from each other. And despite having it pointed out to him that the absolute wrong things to do was to raise fares or cut services, that’s exactly what Walker did anyway."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

We need real democracy now - voting is losing legitimacy

Duct-taped ballot bag - theBradBlog
Daily Kos: Wisconsin Recount, Days 21, 22, 23 – Waukesha Will Finish Just in Time for Rapture: "The GAB director has said that one of his goals in the recount is to maintain Wisconsin's reputation for clean, fair, transparent elections. I have news for him. That reputation was ruined a few weeks ago when Kathy Nickolaus's secretive and audit-proof vote-tallying methods were exposed, and further eroded when live video of the Waukesha recount showed a disorganized and confused process that created more questions then it answered.  "

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Voter fraud a hoax

blue cheddar. | a Progressive blog in Wisconsin: "According to Wisconsin Republicans, and ALEC, voter fraud is a big problem. But it’s not.

There were 63 fraud complaints in 14 counties during the 2008 election according to a survey of Wisconsin’s district attorneys conducted by the Government Accountability Board after. Thirty-two of the complaints were in Milwaukee County, and 22 counties reported receiving no complaints”.-source"

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Area transit authority plan stalled

Area transit authority plan stalled: "Nedeau-Owen said a .00025 percent increase in the county's sales tax could generate about $250,000 for local governments to use to match state and federal grant money.
That would allow those governments to spend less of their property tax levies on grant matches and help establish transit 'in and between every community in Sauk County, with links to Madison and elsewhere without requiring any additional money from any local government,' Nedeau-Owen said.
He added that a transit system would help alleviate summer traffic congestion in Wisconsin Dells.
'Instead of tourists spending money on transportation costs, they could spend their money in the local economy and supporting local businesses.'
Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, said transit authorities are unpopular, unelected 'abominations' that would raise taxes."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Rushing in the wrong direction, oil-trolls cut rail, fund highways.

In a lamentable vote last week, state Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, led the state’s Joint Finance Committee to vote 12-4 along party lines to do away with recently authorized regional transit authorities in southeastern Wisconsin and four other areas of the state.
It is a boneheaded and short-sighted maneuver that could well ring the death knell for commuter rail linking Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Chicago.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What you do not know about ALEC will hurt you

Up Too Early: "Again, I am writing about ALEC - the American Legislative Exchange Council. That secretive organization.

Again - and I will continue to do so.

People, we need to be aware of this organization - I don't care what your political leanings are; you need to know this. It HAS IMPACTED YOU - your finances, your life. IT WILL IMPACT YOU."