Sparks fly as Franklin Common Council rejects plan to extend Marquette Avenue to nearby school

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Who could possibly have issues with a project like extending a road to an elementary school located in a residential area in the interest of public safety? Franklin Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm has shepherded this effort, even recruiting young Boy Scouts to attend meetings and plead with city leaders to approve extending Marquette Avenue to Pleasant View Elementary School.

In a recent e-newsletter Wilhelm wrote “Since the school was built, many subdivisions have surrounded the school, creating additional traffic into the once-calm neighborhoods.” Early in the Franklin Common Council’s debate on the matter on Monday Mayor Steve Olson interjected.

“This is precisely why you just don’t go ahead with it. We have no clue what it’s going to cost and what we’re going to do. Once we get that together then we can make a decision. But this is not a good way to spend taxpayers’ money,” said Olson. Aldermen Mark Dandrea and Dan Mayer also expressed concern about the lack of specifics regarding cost and project components.

The council voted 4-2 to kill a motion by Wilhelm to move ahead with the road project that included some angry discussion. Wilhelm and John Nelson voted in support. Aldermen Dandrea and Mayer along with Steve Taylor and Mike Barber voted no.

Wilhelm accused the council of doing anything it could to pick the project apart. Addressing the audience Wilhelm referred to Kayla’s Playground, Franklin’s very popular all-inclusive park, asserting it was built in three months at a cost of more than $1 million.

“And now we can’t provide you access to take traffic out of your neighborhoods?”

Before the council vote Mayor Olson again brought up the issue of financing.

“I spent almost 40 minutes on the phone at the Dallas airport with Alderwoman Wilhelm telling me how the city ought to pay a third of it and now all of sudden we’re doing 100%,” said Olson.

Wilhelm immediately objected, calling Olson’s comments “misleading” to a roomful of citizens.

“You just don’t want to help the people that you represent. This is wrong,” said Wilhelm.

A clearly agitated Alderman Steve Taylor said Wilhelm was being “insulting” and criticized Wilhelm’s tactics.

“Not once, not once going back to 2008 have I ever had to have people show up on my behalf on an issue,” said Taylor. “I never had to pull up Scouts to speak on my behalf. I never played these type of political games, to play these games, which everybody knows it. You want to ram something down here instead of let’s figure this out.”

Things got so testy Wilhelm stormed out of the room thinking her request for a recess had been in order. It was not. She returned shortly saying she needed to speak to constituents and get a drink.

The council did agree to await the decision on the city’s request for a government grant to help fund the project. When the decision is made the council could revisit this issue at that time.

Today’s highly interesting read (02/19/20): The Cruel Reality Of Life As One Of The Media’s Never-Trump Waterboys

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In 2018 Ned Ryun wrote about Never Trumpers on The Hill:

The mainstream media eats up this “Republican who has turned on his party” schtick like a kid in a candy shop.

All of a sudden, the Never Trumpers have earned a “strange new respect” at CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the rest. 

The networks eagerly hand out contracts and airtime to promote the Never Trump elements, even though polling shows they represent almost no one but themselves. Their Trump hate might earn them pats on the head in the green room and invitations to the elite corners of the Acela Corridor, but it doesn’t represent the Republican base.


Fast forward to today and today’s read from The Federalist. Here’s a brief excerpt.

“Outside of the Beltway, Republicans and conservatives steadfastly opposed to Trump are a small minority – more than 90 percent of Republicans approve of the president,” Mark Hemingway writes at Real Clear Politics.  “Yet, judging by the column inches and TV appearances being doled out, NeverTrump Republicans might be the most overrepresented demographic in America.”

The Never Trumpers …haven’t been correct on a thing in years, yet continue to earn their supper and an invitation to the party by wholeheartedly agreeing with their new patrons.

Read The Federalist column in its entirety here.


Panhandlers: They’re still out there

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No photo description available.Citations issued in Milwaukee for panhandling on medians or freeway ramps. Source: WTMJ-TV News

The city of Milwaukee has tried to control them, but the problem remains and has even found its way into the suburbs.

Some localities have had second thoughts on banning panhandlers as they contemplate a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision.  In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, the court ruled that government regulations curtailing free speech have to be as narrow as possible and must fulfill a “compelling government interest.” At issue was a town ordinance that restricted where signs for religious services could be displayed. The decision applies to any local rules that limit certain types of speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has long opposed bans on aggressive panhandling and believes the high court case greatly helps their cause.

“People who ask for donations for themselves deserve the same protections under the First Amendment as someone asking others to donate to a charity,” Chris Ott, executive director of the ACLU Wisconsin, told Wisconsin Public Radio.

“If two people were walking down the street and someone said, ‘I want to raise money for a charity, can you give me $500 or $1,000 to feed the homeless?’ That would have been permissible under any of these quote anti-panhandling ordinances unquote,” said Karyn Rotker, an attorney for the ACLU of Wisconsin. But it’s her contention that  under anti-panhandling laws a person on the street would not be able to ask for $2 to feed himself or herself.

So panhandlers aren’t going away. I recently found this report by John Stossel from a couple of years ago. If you thought those panhandlers were phony, you were right.

Today’s highly interesting read (02/18/20): Leftists Angered over the Daytona 500 Should Blow it Out Their Tailpipes

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Today’s read is from Todd Starnes, the host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on nearly 500 radio stations. He’s the author of the new book, “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Here’s a brief excerpt:

So why were so many Pajama Boy Snowflakes and Mexican Man Shoe Feminists so bothered by the Daytona 500?

Could it be that the race started with an invocation that included a preacher praying in the name of Jesus? Or was it the fact that no one took a knee during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner?

Read the entire column here.


Guest Blog: Get out and vote Tuesday

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By guest bloggers Bob and Jean Dohnal
Bob and Jean Dohnal
WI Conservative Digest

Conservatives Wake up and Vote: ASAP
Stop Smelling the Damn Roses: Go to WORK: Get Out To Vote

Pass this Forward to your friends unless you like the Nutty Left Running Things
Let’s see if we can make it around the whole state.
Send it to some Liberals. Change their minds.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race:
It is Conservatives vs the far-left.

Jean and I like the Conservative: Justice Dan Kelly.

How do we want to spend our lives? Under the Nutty Socialist Banner of the Left, who kills their own babies, takes away our guns, and opens the borders into Sanctuary cities so MS-13 can bring the drugs to kill our families?

The Left pushes recreational drugs to our kids, so they end up in the morgue, and hates us because we value Judeo/ Christian values and the Bible.

As a pharmacist in rehab, I have seen the dastardly results of the use of recreational drugs as people die in their 50’s, bodies wasted away, minds scrambled and talking like idiots.  That is the result of recreational drugs pushed by the Left.

Last year over 400 overdose deaths in Milwaukee County and close to 1000 in Wisconsin. Want to go ID your kids on a cold slab in the mMorgue? Let them smoke drugs.

The Nutty Left has taken over the Dem party hijacking it from the blue collar families that have been the base of this great country since 1776.

Why do they hate Christians?  Because we read the Bible and believe in it, so they also hate Jews.

401ks?  Do you have one?  The left will tax it away from you because Bernie, Warren and the others believe in Equity, not Equality.

Equity means everyone must be the same.  Your neighbor owns part of your 401k if he does not have one.

Equality means we are equal under the law and you all have the right to have your own 401k, do not have to give it away for free medical care for illegal aliens.

The conservatives, of which Justice Dan Kelly is one, put through Chapter 220 so kids in MPS could get a good education. We also put through Open Enrollment so kids, families in the inner city would have a chance.

Finally we put through CHOICE in schools, so kids could go to any school and go on to succeed in life.

Guess what?  The NUTTY Left has fought everyone one of these things because they are owned by the teachers union. Conservatives back the parents and the kids.  The Left backs the teachers union and the kids suffer.

Bob and Jean Dohnal
WI Conservative Digest
Clinical Pharmacist in Rehab for 40 years.
Proud Conservatives


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Today’s highly interesting read (02/17/20): A Trump Valentine’s Day Story

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Today’s read is from Wayne Allyn Root, a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and nationally syndicated talk show host on USA Radio Network. Here’s a brief excerpt.

Yes, President Trump has made America great again. The economy is booming. Jobs are plentiful. Wages are way up. The stock market is perhaps the best of all time. But it’s more than that.

On this Valentine’s Day, President Trump has made it fashionable to love America again. It’s hip to be American. It’s cool to celebrate America’s greatness. It’s politically correct to put America first. We’re encouraged to stand for the national anthem and to chant, “USA, USA!”

And the result of all of this is that Americans who actually love America are happy again. We’re feeling the most satisfied of our lives. We are free to be ourselves. We don’t have to be silent anymore.

Read the entire column here.

My Most Popular Blogs (02/17/20)

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

1) Today’s highly interesting read (02/12/20): Gov. Evers flip-flops on budget surplus

2) Today’s highly interesting read (02/13/20): Madison school district scraps traditional ‘A-F’ grading system for kinder, gentler model

3) WISN’s Belling: Common Core is a disaster

4) Best Memes of the Week (02/09/20)

5) President Trump heard the wake up call

6) Best Cartoons of the Week (02/15/20)

7) Many newspapers won’t post any of these

8) The Barking Lot-America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/15/20)

9) Franklin 3-way aldermanic race is, seriously, just a 2-way race

10) Franklin tax and spenders (and others all across WI), are you listening?