Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Republican lawmaker says Taylor's level of disrespect is a concern.
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) is asking her colleague on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, Sen. Lena Taylor, be removed from the committee for her disrespectful comments, FOX6 reports. "She doesn't feel like she has to respect the voice and the opinions of the chair,” Darling was quoted saying on Charlie Sykes' 620 WTMJ radio show. “She can call people liars. This level of disrespect for the process, disrespect for rules of law and disrespect for the process of doing legislations for the people of Wisconsin is a concern." In a recent meeting, the two state senators had an exchange, which resulted in Darling leaving the room, according to FOX6. Democratic Senate leaders would have to remove Taylor (D-Milwaukee) but there …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
As legislative session gets under way, most Democrats hold little hope for compromise with Republicans.
After a rancorous spring and summer, Wisconsin lawmakers head back to Madison Tuesday to work on bills aimed at creating jobs and improving the economy. At least that's what Republican legislators say. For the most part, they are relatively mum on specifics. Not surprisingly, area Democratic lawmkers see it differently. Despite Republican Gov. Scott Walker's call for both parties to work together, Democrats say they hold little hope that they will have influence on whatever legislation that is introduced during the 13 days the Legislature will be in session between now and the end of the year. "I don't know if there is anything on his agenda that I can support," said Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee), whose district include parts of …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Republican senator to introduce legislation that will make policing more efficient.
- On FOX6 News
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Between $35 million and $40 million was spent on Wisconsin's recall elections. Was it really worth it?
Now that Wisconsin’s summer bout of recall madness has ended, let’s run the numbers. About 769,000 votes were cast in the state’s eight primary and nine general elections for state Senate, according to unofficial results. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group, estimates that total spending on the races by special interest groups and (to a much lesser extent) the candidates’ campaigns will fall between $35 million and $40 million. That breaks down to somewhere between $45 and $52 for each vote cast. But the campaigns, waged in TV markets that went well beyond the geographic boundaries of the recall districts, had an impact beyond the votes they helped sway. Voters all over the state were exposed to a glut of toxic …
Saturday, August 6, 2011
We're blogging live from the Tea Party Express rally in Thiensville on Saturday night.
This is a transcript of the live blog from Saturday night's Tea Party Express rally at Village Park in Thiensville. The complete story from the rally - and more photos - can be found here. 7:20 PM: Tonight's rally had patriotic tone throughout. Many American Flags, and people wearing red, white and blue garb. 7:13 PM: Two police officers at rally estimate that 275 people attended. 7:06 PM: The rally has wrapped up. There were about 250 people in attendance...and about five or six protesters. The crowd is dispersing. 7:03 PM: About a half a dozen protesters now relaxing under tree far from Tea Party rally in Thiensville park. No confrontations at all tonight. 7:01 PM: "Taps" is now being played as about 200 Tea Party supporters stand in …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Candidates in 8th District Senate race go head-to-head in Menomonee Falls.
Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling and Democrat state Rep. Sandy Pasch answered voters' questions and mixed it up a bit at a Rotary Club forum in Menomone Falls on Wednesday. If you weren't there, you can check out the forum in its entirety in the following videos. And to make sure you don't have to sit through the entire hour-long event, we've broken up the forum into segments, you can you just select the videos you're interested in. _______________________________________ GO TO STORY ON CANDIDATES FORUM
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The state Assembly will take up the bill Wednesday, which would lump Shorewood in the 4th Senate District with Sen. Lena Taylor.
The state Senate approved the legislative and congressional redistricting plans Tuesday, which would bring new lawmakers to Shorewood. The 19-14 party-line vote clears the way for the Assembly to take up three measures on Wednesday, which are expected to pass with a Republican majority. Under the redistricting plan, Shorewood would be lumped in with Milwaukee and the 4th Senate District, now represented by Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). Without liberal-leaning Shorewood, the 8th Senate District would see a more suburban, more conservative constituency, stretching north into Grafton and as far west as the town of Erin in Washington County. Currently the district's western edge only includes parts of Menomonee Falls and Richfield. If the …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Get updates on recalls here and around the state, and share your views as well.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Welcome to Patch's live Election Night blog and community forum. We will give you results and commentary from the 8th Senate District primary, and other primaries around the state. We also encourage you to post your take on the recall races in the comments section below. Please refresh this page often to get latest updates. ___________________________________________ 8:05 PM: The polls around Wisconsin have just closed and we're waiting for the first results to come in. We'll be paying close attention to the 8th District Senate race, but will be watching the other primaries as well. 8:20 PM: While we're waiting for results, we'd like to hear from you. Who did you vote for in 8th District Senate race? Do you think Gladys Huber has a chance …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Democrat Sandy Pasch facing decoy Gladys Huber; Republican crossover vote could sway election.
Democrat Sandy Pasch says she is confident she will win Tuesday's special primary election and go on to challenge incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling in the Aug. 9 recall election. But with Wisconsin's open primaries - in which anyone can vote the Democratic primary - Pasch's victory is not a sure thing in the 8th Senate District. Pasch, of Whitefish Bay, faces Gladys Huber, 80, a Mequon Republican activist whose candidacy forced the primary and delayed the general election until Aug. 9. Voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 8th District, which includes Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Bayside and Menomonee Falls. To find out where to vote, visit the state's Voter Pubilc Access website. Huber, according to campaign …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Spending plan will help improve the economy while continuing to address state's ongoing needs.
The Kaukauna School District recently announced that our reforms will allow them to add more teachers, reduce class sizes and set funds aside to reward excellent teachers next school year. This is a prime example of how our budget and budget reforms protect middle class jobs and property taxpayers – as well as future generations. The 2011-13 state budget I recently signed transformed a $3.6 billion deficit into a surplus, it caps property taxes and it provides support for basic safety net programs to protect seniors and needy families. It does what we said we would do to get this state working again. The balanced budget is built on our reforms that give schools and local governments the tools to balance their own budgets and protect …