Thursday, May 16, 2013
The "openly black" congresswoman talked politics and pretended to ride motorcycles with the comedic talk show host Wednesday night.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is the latest politician to take a political risk and appear on The Colbert Report with comedian Stephen Colbert. If you're not familiar with the show, Colbert takes on the role of an exaggerated right-wing talk show host. In his "Better Know a District" segment, he has poked fun at about 80 U.S. representatives, with the ambitious goal of reaching all 435 congressional districts. Moore represents Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District, which recently expanded to include Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Glendale and Bayside. On last night's show, Colbert asked Moore to expand on her thoughts about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which she has said favors the rich. Moore said America should be more akin to a family, in …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Some Wisconsin legislators are hoping to prevent any government restrictions on the size of your soda. What about your own restrictions? If any?
If the state Joint Finance Committee gets its way, the Big Gulp will have the freedom to remain, well, … Big. WISN 12 News reports the panel, which includes local representatives Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), placed a provision in the budget bill that would prevent any city or county from limiting the size of a food or drink being sold. The infamous New York City ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces is being challenged in court, but if successful it would dramatically slash the 7-11 Big Gulp (128 ounces) and the McDonald’s Supersize (40 ounces) among others, according to Mother Jones. Setting aside the notion for a moment of how much control government should exert over such a matter, how…
Friday, May 10, 2013
SHOW, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin will be surveying in Shorewood the weeks of May 13, May 20 and June 3.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
After tracing the source of a slew of water main breaks last summer and fall, the Village Board authorized emergency work Monday to repair malfunctioning water-metering equipment.
After tracing the source of a slew of water main breaks last summer and fall, the Village Board authorized emergency work Monday to repair faulty water-metering equipment. The target of the work is a concrete vault located at East Edgewood Avenue and North Downer Avenue, which holds equipment to measure water consumption and reduce the pressure at which water leaves the Milwaukee system and enters Shorewood's, according to a memo authored by Shorewood Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick. Due to age, the meter is malfunctioning, causing pressure spikes in the system, and cracking water mains, said Trustee Jeff Hanewall. The repairs are estimated to cost about $75,000. Village officials also approved a $7,700 contract with City Water …
The trustees were sworn in Monday night after winning two seats on the Shorewood Village Board during the April 2 election.
Trustees Patrick Linnane and Tammy Bockhorst joined the Shorewood Village Board Monday night after being sworn in. The two won their seats on the board during the April 2 election. Bockhorst led the vote-getting with 1,767 votes (39 percent), and Linnane garnered 1,472 votes (32 percent), beating out candidate Paul Zovic who collected 1,300 votes (28 percent). Bockhorst and Linnane will serve three-year terms with a $1,000 annual salary.
A expo with realtors, lenders, home inspectors and representative from the village and schools, followed by a tour of available homes, is slated for Saturday.
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Thursday, May 9
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Controversies over the $648 million reserve fund and the $600,000 Palermo's Pizza deal are bedeviling University of Wisconsin leaders.
It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sure, the acting U.S. commerce secretary, set to start in July, will make $500,000 a year — plus benefits and perks, including a university residence and car, money for travel and entertainment, and an unpaid academic appointment for her husband. But she’ll be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. As one UW-Madison student quipped, “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate.” There’ll be ongoing fallout from some legislators’ volcanic eruptions over revelations that the UW System has a $648 million reserve fund. Though this is in line with other state systems, Wisconsin politicians are “…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Due to an unexpected relocation out of state related to his wife's career, Ford resigned from the Village Board May 1, after two years as trustee.
Trustee Don Ford has resigned from the Shorewood Village Board after an "unexpected relocation out of state.” Ford was elected to the board two years ago; his term expires next April. His resignation is effective May 1. Ford said his relocation is related to his wife’s career, in a letter to the board and village manager. Trustees said Monday he has relocated to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN area. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience on the Village Board," he said in the letter. "It has been an honor to serve with such a thoughtful hardworking group of Trustees. I will miss all of you and this vibrant community." Village Attorney Ray Pollen said Monday there are three options the Village Board can choose to fill Ford’s seat. The …
Attention online shoppers: You might have to pony up more cash for those online shopping sprees, if federal sales tax legislation becomes law.
Online shoppers, who enjoyed avoiding paying sales tax for their out-of-state purchases, probably won't be happy if a bill pending in Congress becomes law. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed 69-27 in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, allows states the authority, and option, of collecting taxes on Internet and catalog sales. The act does not create a new tax. But it does allow states the option of collecting the taxes, which they are already owed. However, the legislation does exempt small businesses that make less than $1 million from collecting the tax. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) voted for the bill, but Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) did not. “Today, I joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate in support of the Marketplace Fairness …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Wisconsin's drunk driving-related incidents are the highest in the United States and state Legislators have crafted six bills to confront the issue, but they carries a hefty price tag.
Some state Republican Legislators want to toughen the laws for habitual drunk drivers and first-time drunk drivers if they cause an injury or killed someone, but the price tag for those laws could cost taxpayers up to $236 million, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal. Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have introduced six bills to the Senate and House. The bills would: Because of the jail time provisions, the state expects to have to build 17 facilities that would each house 300 people. "A fiscal estimate from the state Department of Corrections put the cost of the bill regarding third and subsequent offenses at between $169 million and $204 million annually. Other agencies also weighed in, …