Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Our sister Patch in West Des Moines, Iowa, reports that a Scott Walker “Truth Squad” plans to rally ahead of Wisconsin governor’s appearance before Republican activists.
West Des Moines, Iowa — Advocacy groups for progressives in Iowa and Wisconsin are holding “Scott Walker Truth Squad” in advance of the Wisconsin governor’s appearance Thursday at a Polk County Republican Fundraiser, one of several of appearances before GOP activists that point to a possible presidential run in 2016. Advisers to Walker say he’s returning a favor to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who hosted a fundraiser in Dubuque, Iowa, for the embattled Wisconsin governor during his 2012 recall election, the Washington Post reported. Even if Walker’s advisers are telling it like it is, and that Walker’s appearance with Branstad is just a little quid pro quo among political friends, the pre-banquet rally by Progress Iowa and One Wisconsin Now …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Speculation aside, Larry Sabato, a well-known political scientist lays out his argument for Gov. Scott Walker being a top-tier candidate for Republican nomination for president in 2016.
The signs that Gov. Scott Walker is laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run are clear, but still speculative. And that speculation may be intensifying as Larry Sabato, a well-known political scientist, has declared Walker a top-tier candidate for Republican nominee for president in 2016 — right up there with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Walker is writing a book about his governorship, which may become a resume of sorts and is planning to address conservatives in Iowa at the invitation of Gov. Terry Branstad in May. He also was one of the key speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March. And, according to Politico, “he wouldn’t commit to serving throughout a second four-…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Challenger and newcomer Carmela Rios falls by more than 1,000 votes in low-turnout election.
Incumbent School Board candidate Phil Kroner kept his seat by more than 1,000 votes in a citywide election featuring other statewide races that drew only a 27.49 percent turnout in Wauwatosa. Kroner polled 4,186 votes against challenger Carmela Rios, who gained 2,963 votes for School Board Seat No. 1. School Board seats are not districted but are elected citywide. Rios' showing wasn't bad considering she'd never run for elective office before, but Kroner bested her by at least a slight margin in every one of the city's 24 voting wards. In the end, it added up to a loss by 1,223 votes overall. The low turnout was expected – Wauwatosa traditionally turns out to vote at nationally notable levels in national-level contests, but state and local…
Justice Pat Roggensack defeats Ed Fallone in race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, while Tony Evers beats Don Pridemore for state superintendent of schools.
State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack defeated challenger Ed Fallone Tuesday in her bid for a second 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers withstood a challenge from Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore in the only other contested statewide race on the ballot. Roggensack was declared the winner by the Associated Press shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. As of midnight, with 88 percent of the statewide vote counted, she had 57 percent of the vote to Fallone's 42 percent, according to election results from WISN 12 News. The race for Wisconsin's top education post wasn't as close. With 88 percent of the statewide vote counted as of midnight, Evers had 61 percent of the vote, with …
Monday, April 1, 2013
If you've ever felt the anxiety of 'voter confusion' – not knowing exactly what you're supposed to do on a particular ballot – take a minute to get to know Tuesday's.
In every election, the City Clerk and poll workers report some mismarked ballots as a result of "voter confusion." Wauwatosa has only one contested local race on Tuesday's ballot, but there are two state and one Milwaukee County contests as well. The sample ballot posted here and on the city website shows you those and the several uncontested races. At top left on the ballot is the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a contest between incumbent Tony Evers and challenger Don Pridemore. Below that is the race for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with Ed Fallone challenging incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack. Next are two uncontested races for Milwaukee County Circuit Court and then the race pitting Janet Claire …
Your guide to the races, the candidates, the voting laws and polling places in Tuesday's election.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Friday is the last day for residents to vote early in person for Tuesday's election and clerks' offices across the state, including Wauwatosa's, are required to be open.
With the spring election on Tuesday, muncipal clerks' offices across the state – including Wauwatosa – are required to be open on Good Friday. The clerk’s office at Wauwatosa City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for in-person absentee voting and voter registration. All other city offices will be closed. Friday is the deadline for in-person voting. You may also cast an absentee ballot by mail, but it must be postmarked no later than Tuesday. Here is more information on voting early in Wisconsin. "The absentee voting statutes provide no exemption from or postponement for deadlines occurring on the Thursday or Friday before the Spring Election, regardless of their relationship to religious observances that are not recognized as state …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Phil Kroner: I ask hard and challenging questions and demand excellence and rigor, and that may make some colleagues uncomfortable.
Wednesday, March 27
Recently, three of my colleagues on the Wauwatosa School Board endorsed my opponent for School Board Seat No. 1. I want to briefly respond to their action. School Board members approach their work in different ways. For me, the primary goal is to provide the very best education for every student in Wauwatosa. Our goals are set high, and they are not easy to reach. With my background as a Ph.D.-level research scientist and post-secondary educator, I understand the rigor needed to successfully reach these goals. I carefully study the issues that come before the board, I prepare questions that probe the quality and effectiveness of programs and initiatives, I listen to what other people have to say, and I then make reasoned decisions in the …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Carmela Rios has what it takes to help build on the strengths of Wauwatosa schools and deal with new challenges, three sitting board members say.
Tuesday, March 26
By Wauwatosa School Board members Michael Meier, Mary Jo Randall and Tom Jarocz: Our opinions in this letter are our personal opinions as citizens of Wauwatosa, and not positions taken by us as members of the Wauwatosa School Board. School Board candidate Carmela Rios has an impressive background of educational experience in teaching, curriculum implementation and staff development. She understands the unprecedented changes affecting public education, and the need to engage everyone – students, parents, teachers, taxpayers and administrators in a positive and constructive manner. She can provide leadership by example to build an atmosphere of collaboration and shared leadership in finding solutions and producing successful outcomes for …
Gov. Scott Walker is coming out with a book that chronicles the controversy over his 2011 budget reforms. The book already has a title, but that didn't stop people from taking to Twitter with their own suggestions.
Gov. Scott Walker’s book, which will be titled “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” is set to hit the bookstores shelves sometime late in 2013. Sentinel imprint of Penguin Group announced Tuesday that it has acquired the rights to the book. The book chronicles Walker’s budget reforms in 2011, which sparked massive protests and counter protests. During the budget-making process, Walker sought to erase a $3.6 billion deficit by eliminating their ability to collectively bargain and asked unions to pay more for their insurance and pensions. At one point, almost 100,000 people protested Walker’s budget and a number of Democrats left the state to protest his proposal. "This book tells the dramatic story of how one brave …