Reader finds irony in Franklin’s Tablegate

Tablegate. Let me briefly recap. That’s when three Franklin Common Council members did the following at their last meeting.

First they attempted through an amendment to reduce the number of proposed tables at Franklin’s amazingly popular Kayla’s Playground from 12 to 6. They failed.

Next, the same three voted against the original idea of having 12 tables. They failed again.

Finally they decided to hold the matter over until the next meeting claiming they needed more information (even though they didn’t say that in the first place. Funny how they would have been content with 6 tables even without having data they later said they needed from city staff).

One of my readers e-mailed me about Tablegate.

Something as trivial as 6 picnic tables vs 12 picnic tables is a reason to table an issue at the Common Council level so that the staff can re-calculate the data? Let me help… going from 12 tables to 6 is a reduction of 1/2.

Love that sarcasm.

The e-mailer then pointed out that at a recent Plan Commission meeting a motion was made to table a proposal on a potential $130 million project, that being Ballpark Commons. The Plan Commission had only a couple of days to review a large number of documents, suggestions, recommendations and exceptions.

The motion to table so as to allow more time to review went nowhere. The Plan  Commission then voted 4-1 to support Ballpark Commons. Their recommendation then went to the full Common Council that voted to move the project along (which I support by the way).

It seems people are engaged. People are paying attention. For Franklin that’s practically miraculous.

Fat Lady Sang

By guest bloggers Bob and Jean Dohnal
Publishers of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest

“It’s not over till it’s over”; Yogi.  “It’s over.”  Anyone that thinks that there will be a Cruz, Kasich move now, is dreaming.  We liked John Kasich, one of the finest people I have known in Politics.  Strong Conservatives, make great presidents but politics is timing and it was not his time.  It is Trump’s time.

People are very unhappy with DC and Mad City and they show it.  Those in power do not realize that they are really dumb, sometimes.  “Wake up” says Newt.

Now we have choice?  Will we vote for Trump?  Yes!  We want Ron Johnson to go back, a strong leader on National Security that we need.  Will work hard for him and Paul Ryan, who has saved us from a mess in the House.

But here is another interesting take on Hillary.  Obama and Sanders have absolved her on the Email scandal, but not the graft, bribery, influence pedaling that the FBI has almost 150 people working on.  She and her aides will be interviewed by Comey and his minions.  Their problem is the millions that they have grafted from across the world.  Read “Clinton Cash” and articles by other insiders that have studied this.

Hillary can flip off everyone on the emails. Might even get pardoned by Obama and still make it, but not the money that they have extracted from everyone while she and Bill were in power, in State.

Worst thing is that if that kicks her out, then the Dems, big banks, Wall Street, hedge funds that finance them, will never take Sanders. But here comes Biden.

Then Biden can save the day, rested, good shape, everyone likes him, unbeaten, unpummelled by the primary, he walks off with the nomination for the presidency.  He would sweep. Local candidates will be safe for GOP and probably have split govt. again. That’s politics.

State GOP and the National Party have to deal with falling membership, failures to take on Demographic changes, Inner city voting, Hispanic Growth and Youth leadership.

We have talked about this for decades, but GOP has failed to move.  Reince and many others have told us to do that, but we have failed.

We can offer our youth a clear path; more freebies or the chance to build careers, jobs, businesses, have homes, families, etc.  Appeal to our Best, Take the Moral high ground from them.  Why don’t WE do that?

Scott Walker and the state GOP; Now that Scott has announced for Re-election, in 2018, we need to take stock.  Scott and GOP has passed many important things, freed schools from Union morass that has not benefitted our students and taxpayers. They have reduced taxes, stabilized our property taxes and we can now build for the Future.

We have big problems that leaders like Tommy Thompson and John Torinus and Wisconsin Conservative Digest have pointed out.  If Scott and the GOP want to cement themselves as leaders of the caliber of Warren Knowles, who formed the school districts, got rid of one room schools and Tommy who has great record, they need to address these problems:

  1.  Reorganize the UW System, Fix the big student debt problem!
  2.  Fix K12 system where we have big gaps in Reading, Math and Science, despite a tenfold increase in spending since 1970 and 40% reduction in students. We have a dozen districts that are “National Disgraces.”
  3.  Roads:  No roads, no economy, no jobs.
  4.  Jobs, Economy
  5.  Crime.  Milwaukee is site for incredible drug, murder headquarters, one of the worst in the country for poverty, youth unemployment and no leaders. These things need to be addressed and fixed.

Did Franklin expose flaw in Amber Alert system?

In Wisconsin we are fortunate to have an Amber Alert System approved years ago. From the system’s website:

Each year, the lives of children, their families, and communities are changed by the tragedy of child abduction and child exploitation. According to a national study conducted by United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Office of the Attorney General State of Washington, 44 percent of children who were abducted and murdered by a stranger were dead within one hour. Seventy-four percent are dead within three hours, and ninety-one percent are dead within twenty-four hours.

Families and communities are being impacted by these crimes against children. Locating and safely returning these children to their homes is a state, national and international objective.

As individuals, communities and a nation, we all have a responsibility to ensure the dignity, respect and safety of every child.

Therefore, the protection and safety of our children must be our highest priority.

The Wisconsin Amber Alert Plan is an effort to enhance law enforcement’s ability to respond effectively and efficiently to a child abduction with the hope of preventing the victimization of children in Wisconsin.

One of my proudest moments working in the state Senate was with my very good friend and colleague, state Senator Mary Lazich on this.

The concept of the Silver Alert was eventually included in the Amber Alert system.

What could possibly be wrong ?

WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee investigated, concluding that the system designed to find missing folks quickly actually slows down the process.

The latest from Supervisor Steve F. Taylor: April 2016 E-Newsletter


I consistently post Steve Taylor’s and Kristen Wilhelm’s biased newsletters on my blog. Those two never seem to disapprove of that.  But when I state facts and direct quotes from a public meeting…heads explode. Back to the supervisor. You’re welcome, Steve.

Dear Friends,

Please click here to view the April 2016 edition of “Privileged to Serve”, the monthly e-newsletter issued by my office.

This edition includes:

-Red Wing Shoes Ribbon Cutting

-County Board Updates

-Franklin Ballpark Commons

-Free days at the Milwaukee County Parks, museums, and the County Zoo.

-Upcoming events in our community.

All My Best,

Steve F. Taylor 

Milwaukee County Board, 2nd Vice Chairman

Milwaukee County Supervisor, 9th District

(414) 278-4267

(414) 223-1380 fax

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It doesn’t happen, we’re told. Wrong.

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These companies decided to let employees bring their babies to work every day.

Girls Love Mail collects letters of encouragement for cancer patients


Franklin alderman Taylor blasts Parks Commission chairman

“You have to have thick skin in this game.”
Franklin alderman Steve Taylor on, April 17, 2012

During the last Franklin Common Council meeting that featured “Tablegate” (04/19/16) the council had before it a recommendation from the Parks Commission about those tables at Kayla’s Playground.

The meeting and discussion on the tables did give Alderman Steve Taylor an opportunity to unload on the Parks Commission, calling it “rogue.” Taylor was concerned that a “recommending body” like the Parks Commission might be headed toward making decisions and policy. And then came this:

“I remember the Parks Chairman whom I would not have supported  in that position and if he comes up again in my tenure I won’t support, come up here and really criticize this body  and say some pretty nasty  things about some of the members. Totally unacceptable. If I had been in this chair when that happened, I would have asked for his resignation.”

So what brought this on? It actually dates back to last year when Taylor wasn’t even on the Common Council.

Here are all the details.

My guess is Pautz isn’t all that worried or concerned and good for him.

UPDATE: From an e-mail by an astute reader:

Why is that Steve Taylor can come to a meeting as an elected official and blast the bloggers but Pautz, a citizen can’t speak his mind?



My Most Popular Blogs (04/25/16)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Improvements to Kayla’s Playground are rejected by Franklin Common Council

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3) My blog causes Franklin alderwoman to become unhinged

4) LOVE IT! During discussion on Franklin barn project, Mayor Olson scolds Alderwoman Wilhelm

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7) The latest pro-life news (04/18/16)

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