HAND-CURATED POSTS FROM THE WISCONSIN BLOGOSPHERE (AND SOMETIMES POINTS BEYOND)
Thompson, now worth at least $13 million, no longer has a crash pad in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 2001, he served as U.S. health and human services secretary and then worked for the D.C. powerhouse firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld until he quit earlier this year to run for U.S. Senate.
Over the past decade, he bought and sold nine townhouses in and around Alexandria, Va. He auctioned off his last set of digs for $700,000 in June 2011, just nine months after he closed on it.
Between 2000 and 2010 and the two recessions book-ending that dismal decade, the manufacturing industry in Wisconsin lost more than 1 in 4 of its jobs, falling to 429,500 from its level of 594,400. That’s 164,900 vanished opportunities for workers to find steady, sustaining employment even if in many cases they don’t have a four-year college degree.
Aside from the whir from the ceiling fan, and the sound of a slow-passing car down Silver Street, the Liberty Bell Chalet is quiet. “Nothing ever happens here, nothing ever changes,” Youngs says.
Two weeks ago, PPP showed Obama leading Romney by 52% to 45%.
“Mitt Romney’s received a significant bounce in Wisconsin after his big victory in the debate on Wednesday,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “The big question now is whether the renewed closeness of the race will be permanent or just temporary.”
In more than 25 years, no Milwaukee County inquest jury has recommended criminal charges against a police officer involved in a fatal shooting or in-custody death.
From the time he took office in 2007 until last month, District Attorney John Chisholm had never ordered an inquest – largely because he didn’t want to give families false hope that officers would be charged.
Last fall, when Chisholm first reviewed the July 2011 death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee police custody, he employed the same philosophy: He met with Williams’ family members and their attorneys, showed them the squad video that captured Williams’ pleas for help and struggle to breathe, and explained why he believed the officers involved acted professionally and in accordance with the law. He would not give them a copy of the video.
And he refused to call for an inquest.
But now, after a revised finding from the medical examiner and a public outcry, he’s changed his mind.
“There are some cases where a public inquest is appropriate, and this is one of those cases,” Chisholm said last week. “There was a change in the medical finding and there needs to be public scrutiny of the entire process, and I do not have a problem with that.”
With a 21-point fourth quarter that included some long-awaited open-field running by Montee Ball and James White and a long touchdown pass on play-action from Stave to Jared Abbrederis, UW buried Illinois and, for the first time all season, showed signs its offense might be able to pull its weight after all.
…mediocre coverage creates mediocre leaders, and mediocre leaders produce mediocre work. It encourages them to do less and try less, to settle for shoddy arguments and flimsy claims. Worse, it plays to the vanities of weak-minded officials: they eagerly lap the syrupy concoctions that toadying reporters too gladly serve.
A newspaper story should have some better use than as a page in an official’s scrapbook….
Via FREE WHITEWATER.
This week, two groups — the Madison Area Peace Coalition and 42nd Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival — challenged the payment requirement as an infringement of their First Amendment rights after being told they would have to pay for officers in order to get a permit for marches Saturday and Sunday for the first time after decades of not being charged to march from Library Mall to Capitol Square.
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Flynn falls apart:
University spokesman Tom Luljak said Friday that the school was surprised and disappointed in Flynn’s assessment because of the good working relationship between UWM and the Police Department.
He said that many off-campus students are from Milwaukee, and that those who come from elsewhere often stay for years, many establishing careers here.
“They study here, they work here, they vote here,” Luljak said.
“Any suggestion that they are just visiting is frankly unfair to the thousands of students who are part of the fabric of the community,” Luljak said.
Actions by Milwaukee police after the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy created suspicions of racial insensitivity and damaged community trust in the Police Department, according to a report released Friday by the city’s Fire and Police Commission….
The report comes amid mounting criticism of both Flynn and the Police Department over faulty crime statistics, alleged illegal strip searches by officers and the death of Derek Williams last year while in police custody. A Journal Sentinel investigation led the Milwaukee County medical examiners office to change a ruling on Williams death from natural to homicide.
That’s their title…and it is punchy.
That’s what there are banks.
Criminal and vulture, both.
Spike trips stop the rumpot’s SUV.
Via Channel 3000.
Also stunned to learn that water gets you wet.
Via 620 WTMJ.
But Ryan’s still sitting on $4,000,000 campaign fund.
Via Channel 3000.
Shouldn’t be any, ever.