Why the Milwaukee business community did not work harder to keep train builder Talgo and high-speed rail is still a mystery to me. I read all the excuses tossed out in this Politifact piece. I can see no valid reasons so I surmise that it’s spinelessness at work. Tim Sheehy, President of Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce said that a vote amongst MMAC members was 50/50 on whether they’d fight for Talgo or not.
Deregulate us into “Success”? So instead of saying Wisconsin is “open for business” by building a high-speed rail that would add 9,000 jobs and take 500,000 cars off of the road [which would be rather handy when gasoline hits $5/gallon in 2012], Scott Walker wants to generate business by removing business regulation in Wisconsin.
When I was a kid, we lived downstream from the local soap factory that released enough soap to float 5 foot tall soap suds down a trout stream. Not just once. It wasn’t a trout stream after that. So that’s what I think of when I hear “deregulation”. He’s calling a “special session” next week.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comes out of its fog?: “Power grab” This paper which handled Mr. Walker with kid gloves while he was saying he would kill our train, and which endorsed the failed Milwaukee County Executive in a state election, says his demand to approve all state rules, “does have all the earmarks of a power grab. Walker is not only asking the Legislature to cede him power, he is asking it to expand his powers over other elected constitutional officers and their departments”.
Scott Walker is as full of crap today as he was the day he sent $800 million dollars of our high-speed rail money packing. I don’t care what you tell your elected officials about it, but say something (please). Start here: Who are my legislators? After that, RSVP on facebook for two January 3rd events: a 10AM protest of his inauguration and a 7PM Rock the Pantry party.
Wisconsin’s First Latina Legislator. On January 3rd, JoCasta Zamarripa will become Wisconsin’s first Latina to serve in Wisconsin’s state legislature! She will represent the 8th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s south side. Zamarripa is the oldest of four children who was raised by a single mom who worked in food service and restaurants all her life.
Up for a campaign, anybody? Looks like half of Madison’s incumbents for city council will run uncontested & the two school board incumbents have no competition. These posts call on the elected to attend long meetings and catch flack for school & city problems. Perhaps even “communications missteps” caused by School Superintendent Nerad. January 4th is a key deadline to file paperwork to run. Interested? Contact Madison’s city clerk.
Recyclers in Madison-hang onto that styrofoam-Madison has found a local company which will recycle your styrofoam. There will be a Saturday collection day end of January or beginning of February. More info HERE.
Right next to Yale: Driving while Hispanic I stayed in New Haven for 10 days-the home of Yale. And right next door is the town of East Haven. Where an FBI probe will look into systematic harassment of Hispanics by local police. Reported incidents include all out-of-state license plated vehicles being towed from an Ecuadorian restaurant, and multiple reports of literally not being able to cross the town without being stopped if you’re Hispanic.
Snowpocolypse done! We flew out of Hartford,CT with zero hassles yesterday. But over the weekend, at least 60 vehicles and 1 bus full of passengers were stranded for hours on New Jersey highways. I heard about a solution: in the Dakotas, they put gates across highway on-ramps when it snows hard to avoid this type of thing. Brilliant idea!