Currently, the focus is on Megan Wolfe, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, and in the recent past, it was Frederick Prehn, a former member of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Both have stayed in their positions past the limit of their terms.
What can be done? Maybe it's time the governor and the legislature do their jobs and look at the laws about these positions and make changes so it stops being an issue and allows them to work on matters of greater importance.
What changes can be made? Change the language of the law to be more specific about the terms of service and how they are administered. A solution would be not only to state the terms of service but also how and when the governor and WEC must appoint persons to these positions and when the state senate must act on their confirmations.
We need to stop the stalemate and playing politics and the two arms of government should stop bowing to the courts to do their legislative jobs.
Some media are blatant about their political stance and that's not a problem as you know the "news" they inseminate will be a partial truth, only reporting what makes their point or slanting information to accentuate their belief. Other media types wear a veneer of impartiality buffaloing readers with what they assume is unbiased reporting and truth.
Two recent examples.
Craig Gilbert recently wrote an article in the MJS about "rigged" maps. In the article, he concentrated on the last two maps drawn by Republicans in the Assembly, showing they "produced consistently huge Assembly majorities of 60, 63, 64, 63 and 61 seats from 2012 to 2020". Why would he ignore the 2010 election when the maps were not drawn by Republicans where they won 60 seats? Would that have thrown his premise out the window? It would have been the whole story rather than the selective results he wanted to prove. Now to be clear and honest, after the 2010 election Republicans did firm up red seats majorities.
In an article about Chevy Johnson and his re-election announcement, Alison Dirr of the MJS made the following statement, "Johnson is not facing any serious challenge to his incumbency". Ms Dirr overstepped the bounds of news reporting and has become a shill for the slumping mayor's campaign. David D. King has filed papers to run for office and has been busy working on a grassroots campaign to become the next Mayor of Milwaukee, in reality, he will not be able to financially compete with Johnson's Democratic friend's gifts. King's campaign has sent press releases to Ms. Dirr which she has decided to ignore. So for her to become the arbiter of who is and isn't a serious candidate for mayor or any office is a travesty to the word journalist.
She does have the power to influence the outcome of any campaign with the reach of her platform. It's sad that she and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have decided to use their power to be spokesman for the current mayor of Milwaukee. If any so-called reporter or news outlet takes it upon themselves to decide who is and who isn't a serious candidate for any office, are they nothing more than opinion personalities like Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow.
It's time for the media to shed the cloak of non-partisanship, unbiased reporting, and any other misnomer they choose to hide under. I'll be the first to do so, I have been meeting with David D. King to discuss his campaign. I will also help any other candidates for Milwaukee leadership to displace the current do-nothings in office.
MKE County Supervisor Shawn Rolland admitted to a "mistake" by falsifying nomination papers so he could qualify for the 2022 ballot to run for the 6th County Supervisor District. Make no mistake, this was not a mistake, it was a willful act from a candidate who was too lazy to go out and get the required signatures from people he wanted to serve. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a mistake is "a wrong action or statement proceeding from faulty judgment, inadequate knowledge or inattention". That is not what happened.
This was Rolland's second run for the office and was at the time a sitting supervisor, so it wasn't a rookie mistake. From the criminal complaint here's a screenshot of Rollands signature on the falsified nomination papers.So what is the penalty for breaking Wis. State 12.13.(3)(a)?
I'm not a lawyer, but it seems that the Wauwatosa Supervisor committed a felony and should be disqualified from holding office (except federal) in the State of Wisconsin. According to the WEC manual for candidates running for office, Rolland should have known better and clearly and purposefully feloniously broke the law. From the above-mentioned manual.
That doesn't even take into account that Rolland's homemade ballot box is at best a violation of the law and WEC's guidance. There is no way that he sat in his house and watched all the people sign the papers, he even admits that. A simple question is why he wouldn't take the time and energy to walk the streets of the 6th District to meet people or get off the Lazy-Boy to say hello to those who took the time to come to his house and sign the forms.
Basically, this is another travesty of justice in Milwaukee County and a total disregard for following election laws. Why would Asst. DA Matthew Richard Westphal and his Democratic boss, MKE County DA John Chisholm plea bargain a clear violation of election laws? And Judge Jack L. Davila, why would he accept such a weak excuse for committing the felony and the penalty for the mockery of election laws that are already under attack?
I'm sure politics has nothing to do with their decision.
Though basically, it's about the three black members of the Milwaukee School Board, the information he shares information about North Division that is just shocking. He also shares the stranglehold that the teachers union has on the board, a fact that is well-known.
Generally speaking, MPS has the lowest reading proficiency rates for Black fourth and eighth graders in the US and Canada.
A shocking quote in the article from a teacher in MPS regarding students is, "they can't learn because they are poor children, and everybody knows poor children can't learn. Plus they hear gunshots every day...." It's no wonder how a school that was built to be a state-of-the-art high school for 2,000 students only has about 400 students, which has been the norm for at least a decade.
This year's graduating class had 45 students and of those 15 almost missed the graduation ceremony because they hadn't paid a $75 assessment fee. Why would MPS be charging an assessment fee and what the heck is that anyway? Thankfully a group called Call to Action and the North Division Hall of Fame Committee paid the money for the students so could attend the graduation ceremonies.
According to Holt, North Division is the worse performing school in Wisconsin, rated by every state and national assessment group and it's the only school where proficiency rates for math, reading, science, and gym is stuck at zero. Also, most of the graduates are two years behind their counterparts throughout the district and light years behind White suburban children.
This isn't a money problem as MPS gets the most funding of any school in Wisconsin when all the avenues of funding are added together. For instance, according to a WILL Law Firm article MPS received $11,242 in additional funding from federal stimulus funds.
The problem is that MPS has lost its focus on its main goal - to teach the students to be proficient in the 3 R's and some life skills so they can become positive contributing members of society.
LET US VOTE.
People often complain about complacent voting and this is a chance to awaken voters and encourage them to bypass the hate-filled ads, one-sided media interviews and look for truth in issues.
Make no mistake, the influx of proposed money and taxes is really nothing more than a short-term bandaid. No one inside the political elite will admit that the proposed fixes will not be the long-term solution. Media sources willing to look past the immediate landscape have discovered this and honest reporting tells the story that this additional money will not stop cuts in services and jobs. The information is out there if one's willing to look.
Another problem is that not only are those in "political power" looking for a free ride of responsibility but many business leaders are begging the state legislature and governor to bypass the voters of Milwaukee so their businesses will continue to be unimpeded by the failing course Milwaukee's been on for decades. A regressive tax for the residents of the city and county is not the permanent answer as can be seen by the county's request to up the current proposed sales tax increase from .0375% to .05%. It's obvious that the attitude of electeds is Milwaukee will be never taxed enough.
The solution is not easy and the consequences of any action will not be pleasurable for everyone. True leaders are willing to put their careers on the line to stand up for what is right. If they can't do it, they need to leave and allow others to make the stand.
It's not that Milwaukee leaders aren't trying, it's just they don't have the fortitude to make the tough decisions and instead keep trying things that haven't worked in the past and won't work in the future. Milwaukee doesn't need more meetings and paper mandates, they need to put pressure on themselves to take a tough stand and putting political pressure on the DA and Judges to stop the soft-on-crime attitudes they have accepted as usual.
The mayor has spent the week fixing potholes wearing a long sleeve shirt and tie, bragging about the bang-up job the faux Office of Violence Prevention is doing, and showing up whenever the TV station cameras show up at any glimmer of positive news.
When there is terrible news Mayor Johnson and the common council are nowhere to be found.
In Milwaukee, David D. King sent out a press release about his announcement that he is running for mayor of the city to all the major news outlets on Monday, May 22 at noon in the heart of the city. He had over 20 volunteers (not paid by anyone including outside groups) show up in support. Where were the news outlets? Nowhere to be seen. When a group of five protesters show up to announce their grievances the news stations are all over that like bees to honey. I guess we know what sells ads and it isn't positive news.
Monday at least one of the Milwaukee stations covered the current mayor in a staged propaganda-filled "news story" fixing a pothole, in a tie and business shoes. If Chevy really cared he would have spent the day helping the crews fill the potholes, not just one to feed the media photo op. Was it a coincidence that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an article on Tuesday bemoaning the fact that "Milwaukee has some of the worst road conditions in the country?" You decide.
"Milwaukee has some of the worst road conditions in the nation, according to a study from California-based software company Teletrac Navman. Tied in fourth for the worst road conditions in the country, more than half of Milwaukee's roads are currently in "poor condition," according to the study. The average cost to maintain or repair a car damaged in Milwaukee due to bad road conditions is $944."
The mayor also announced on Monday a bogus MKE Peace Week, that basically does nothing but paper over the ills the city is facing. One week of the year? How about every day of the year? Hey MKE leadership get out from behind your desks if you even show up at City Hall and do something concrete rather than pander to the media with press releases and pontification when the cameras are rolling.
|MKE Peace Week is a week created by Mayor Cavalier Johnson that is dedicated to promoting peace and unity throughout the City of Milwaukee|
It's time for the media to stop catering to the abysmal leadership and make them answer for decades of poor decisions. Ask them the follow-up question and don't just buy into the false narrative they are pushing. I would like to know why only police, fire, garbage pick-up, and other services that directly affect everyday Milwaukeeans are the ones on the chopping block in this self-made financial crisis and not the top-heavy bureaucratic commissions and do nothing studies aren't. Why aren't common council jobs? Maybe someday a "reporter" will wonder that too. Is the media afraid that by not playing the leadership's game of hide and seek they will not be privy to the next lines of political gamesmanship and propaganda? Perhaps they believe the everyday voter can't handle the ugly truth.
The second is a Reporting Exemption. Here is the law according to WEC website:
To be eligible for a reporting exemption, the committee must not accept contributions or expenditures in aggregate of $2,500 in a calendar year. Wis. Stat. § 11.0104(1)(a). Incurred debts and obligations are included in the $2,500 threshold. A committee which in a calendar year, collects $1,600 of contributions and spends $1,000 has $2,600 of aggregate activity and is not eligible to claim exemption.
- For a candidate committee, contributions (including loans) from the candidate are included in the $2,500 threshold.
- As a conduit does not report its receipts, the $2,500 threshold only applies to expenditures. Wis. Stat. § 11.0104(1)(a).
- A committee or conduit's exempt status remains in effect only for the calendar year in which the request is made. Wis. Stat. § 11.0104(2).
I believe this exemption should be eliminated if for no other reason than transparency concerning money in campaigns.
In Milwaukee, we had an election for a seat on the common council. The lady who won the election claimed a Reporting Exemption despite purchasing yard signs, reported multiple mailings, campaign literature, and hiring a lawyer to help prove she met residency requirements. The election included a primary. It's almost impossible to imagine running in a primary and a general election without meeting the threshold of collecting and spending less than $2,500. But who knows when someone claims the reporting exemption?
This change along with the carpetbagging laws should be easily supported by both the Republicans and Democrats in the legislature and signed by the Governor.
My suggestion would be to require all candidates to live in the district they are wanting to represent before they start circulating nomination papers. It would help eliminate the carpetbaggers who "want to serve the district."
The following are copied from the WEC website.
US Senate - 30 year of age, a citizen of the United States for 9 years and an inhabitant of the state at the time of the election. Article I, Section 3, U.S. Constitution.
US Congress - 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States for 7 years and an inhabitant of the state at time of election. Article I, Section 2, U. S. Constitution.
Governor & Lt. Governor - A qualified elector of the state at the time of taking office. Article V, Section 2, Wis. Constitution.
State Senator and Representative to the Assembly - A resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office. Article IV, Section 6, Wis. Constitution. 65 Atty. Gen. 165.Sup
Supreme Court Justice, Appeals Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge - Licensed to practice law in Wisconsin for 5 years immediately prior to the election and a qualified elector of the state, district, or circuit at time of election. Article VII, Sections 7, 10, 24, Wis. Constitution
District Attorney -Licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and a resident of the prosecutorial unit (county) at the time of taking office. Wis. Stat. § 978.02.
County Supervisor and other County Offices - Qualified elector of district at the time of filing nomination papers. Wis. Stat. § 59.20(1).
Alderman - A qualified elector of the city and, if aldermanic district, a qualified elector* of the district and actually residing in the district at the time of election. Wis. Stat. §.62.09(2)(a).
Other City Offices - A qualified elector of the city and an actual resident of the city at the time of election. Wis. Stat. § 62.09(2)(a).
Village office: A qualified elector and an actual resident of the village at the time of election. Wis. Stat. § 61.19
Town office: A qualified elector and an actual resident of the town at the time of election. Wis. Stat. § 61.19
School Board Member:
At-Large Office: A qualified elector of the school district at the time of filing a Declaration of Candidacy. Wis. Stat. §§ 120.06(2), (6)(b)2.
Representative of an Apportioned Area: A qualified elector of the school district at the time of filing a Declaration of Candidacy and a resident of the apportioned area at the time of taking office (4th Monday in April). Wis. Stat. §§ 120.05(1)(d), 120.06(2), (4).
So let's look at this hypocrisy by the convicted felon. She pleaded guilty to a felony: misconduct in public office and “A review of the documents for all of the alderpersons showed material inconsistencies in Lewis’s filings as well as in her reimbursement for city-approved travel. In particular, they showed that Lewis had received reimbursement from the City of Milwaukee for travel, which travel she then paid for out of her campaign account, Chantia 4 Progress, keeping the reimbursement for herself” says the complaint.1
She was charged with  Misconduct in Public Office (Act in Excess of Lawful Authority,  Theft (Embezzlement, value exceeding $10,000),  Theft by Fraud (value not exceeding $2,500),  Campaign Finance - Intentionally File False Report or Statement,  Campaign Finance - Intentionally Accept Unlawful Disbursement.
She also claimed a lack of knowledge of campaign laws as the reason that she broke the laws she was convicted of. The hypocrisy of this is beyond a Babylon Bee headline. This is the type of hypocrisy that is prevalent in the City of Milwaukee. If you're a Democrat, then the laws don't apply to you, but if you don't tow the liberal line you are held to an overly strict enforcement of laws.
1(quote from Urban Milwaukee, Dec 7, 2022).