Is Campaigning Possible During a No-Contact Pandemic?

On Tuesday many mailboxes here in Franklin were hit with a campaign lit piece from Mayor Steve Olson who is seeking re-election.

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Olson’s piece was large and eye-catching. Multi-colored. Nice photos. Positive message. A good look. Olson focused on themes most voters would find to be priorities: holding the line of taxes and spending, economic development progress, public safety, new housing.

I’ve read a gazillion of these and have worked with a ton of folks who’ve authorized or written such flyers. Most political observers without a personal axe to grind would more than likely concur that Olson’s mailer was sound, impressive, and effective.

Olson’s timing in his distribution couldn’t have been better. Alan Greenblatt on Governing.com writes that is an election cycle like no other.

Politics in normal times is a contact sport. Candidates attend endless events, hoping to convince voters of their good nature and great ideas by looking them in the eye, shaking their hands and kissing their babies. They’re natural extroverts, secretly or openly looking to emulate Theodore Roosevelt’s ambition “to be the bride at every wedding, the corpse at every funeral, and the baby at every christening.”

Now even family members aren’t attending weddings. With the coronavirus leading to bans on large gatherings of all sorts, campaigns have canceled their own rallies. They’re having a hard time getting their messages out when the virus seems to be all anyone can talk about.

There’s more.

Read Greenblatt’s entire article here.

 

 

Happy Birthday Kyla!

March 25, 2009, 10:45 pm.

A most memorable night at Aurora West Allis Medical Center.

And then two nights later on Milwaukee Public Television…

I was so excited and time was so short I never mentioned Kyla’s name.

Today is the big 11!

And now just a few pictures because my daughter isn’t all that photogenic. Hope there are some you like.

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Today’s highly interesting read (03/24/20): FORGET SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL

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Last week the ACLU of Wisconsin wrote a letter to Gov. Evers and said on its website, “Wisconsin officials should heed public health experts’ advice and immediately release individuals in detention who are at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19… In the letter, they are asking to ensure that system actors are responding to recommendations put forth by public health experts, specifically calling for the immediate release from prisons and jails of communities identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as vulnerable, as well as people currently in pretrial detention, to prevent a public health crisis.”

From the WI State Journal:

Starting Monday, Gov. Tony Evers  (halted) all new admissions into Wisconsin’s prisons in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“This is part of our efforts to stop the spread of the virus and help keep staff and the people in the state’s care safe,” said Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Evers’ office.

Under the order, any defendant who is sentenced to prison will be held in a county jail instead of being transferred to one of DOC’s more than 30 prison facilities across the state.

Although the emergency order could help prevent an inmate from bringing COVID-19 into a prison, it might also put extra pressure on county jails, including potential overcrowding

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said there were “absolutely no conversations” with county sheriffs about the impact the order will have on county jails. The Dane County Jail was notified of the change via email at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“It’s really got sheriffs really upset,” Mahoney said. “It’s just very frustrating — as we’re trying to keep our own institutions healthy while we continue to hold prison inmates for the Department of Corrections — that we were not involved in at least a conversation about the need to find a collaborative solution.

Today’s read is from Christine Flowers, a Philadelphian who practices immigration law. A brief excerpt:

I got an email from the ACLU the other day. The email was a request to sign on to a petition that would urge President Trump and our nation’s governors to empty the prisons. They wanted “communities that are the most vulnerable to COVID-19” to be protected. They wanted defendants released back onto the streets, or at the very least, out of custody.

There are a few problems with this proposal…

You can read the entire column here.

 

 

 

Don’t tell the non-essentials they’re non-essential

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Gov. Evers through Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, has issued a Safer At Home executive order. It states succinctly:

Non-essential business and operations must cease.

That would mean:

  • Fitness and exercise gyms
  • Hair salons/barber shops
  • Nail salons
  • Day spas
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Body art establishments
  • Tanning facilities

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Patrick J. Buchanan was a senior staff member and adviser to three Presidents and candidate for three presidential nominations. He’s currently a syndicated columnist and political analyst for television and radio news networks, and raises a compelling question:

Must we kill the economy to kill the virus?

“…during this shutdown, all ‘nonessential businesses’ are being closed and their workers sent home to shelter in place and to keep ‘social distance’ from friends and neighbors to minimize the risk of spreading this easily transmissible virus.

“Unfortunately, what is ‘nonessential’ to some — bars, restaurants, hotels, stores, cruise ships, tourist sites, shops, malls — are places of employment and indispensable sources of income for millions of other Americans.

‘Close the businesses where these Americans work and you terminate the paychecks on which they depend to pay the rent and buy the food and medicines they and their families need to shelter and live. And if the salaries and wages on which workers depend are cut off, how are these millions of newly unemployed supposed to live?

“How do those who follow the instructions of the president and governors to remain in their homes get their prescriptions filled and buy the food to feed their families?

“How long can the shutdown be sustained if the necessities of life for the unemployed and unpaid begin to run out? Is it necessary to create an economic and social crisis to solve the medical crisis?”

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Today’s highly interesting read (03/23/20): Your Kid Is Missing Something. Get Over It.

Brookfield Central defeated Sun Prairie, 69-52, at the Kohl Center in Madison in the WIAA Division 1 final to win the school’s first state boys basketball championship.

But wait. That was last March.

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This March there was chance for the Lancers to defend their state title as the coronavirus wiped out both the boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

So the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Curt hogg reported that he “spent countless hours creating the rosters of 40 high school teams and simulating the rest of (this year’s) playoffs to determine state champs in all five boys divisions.” Simulations were used to determine the outcomes of the games.

In Division 1 Brookfield Central repeated its state championship from 2019, beating  Madison La Follette 59-49.

Brookfield Central's Malik Abdul-Wahid goes in for a layup against Sun Prairie's  Brock on Saturday.

Senior Dave Joplin (above) led the way with 12 points. I know. Not the same.

Hortonville senior post player Macy McGlone reacted when everyone got the news.

“This year our team worked so incredibly hard to try and win a gold ball,” McGlone said. “As a senior, I can’t believe that I will never have the opportunity to play another high school game. High school basketball has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I have been dreaming of winning a state championship for so long. We all thought that this was our year. Now we don’t even get the chance to be prove them wrong.”

Kaukauna point guard Keaton Ferris said, “I am extremely disappointed and sad that our season had to come to an abrupt end like this. It is definitely not how I ever imagined leaving my high school career behind. With this being said, I am even more thankful for what I and my fellow senior teammates have gotten to experience together these past four years. I will cherish these memories forever.”

“When I heard that our season was going to be cut short of our dreams of possibly reaching state and competing for a state title, I was instantly heartbroken,”  Kimberly senior point guard Jake Buchanahe said. “My teammates and I worked our entire lives for a chance that we never got. It hurts more than I ever thought it would because I thought that with the team we had, we could’ve done something really special.”

Proms?

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They’re gone, too.

It’s hard, no doubt about it. Here’s another view from columnist Steve Sheldon. First, the obligatory tease…

It’s all about perspective. Sure, you’re being asked to forego your child’s senior recognition night, but that’s far better than having her grandfather suffer and die due to a lack of ventilators in his overcrowded hospital because you just had to hear your kid’s name read aloud and share the picture of 8th grade graduation on Facebook. Teach your kids that their sacrifices are first small, and second noble and for a higher cause.

Here’s the complete column, well worth your time.

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

1) Milwaukee restaurant owners to make their case

2) Did Dems outsmart the GOP in WI on early voting?

3) The most idiotic response to the coronavirus

4) Evers stomps on St. Patrick’s Day, small businesses

5) Today’s highly interesting read (03/17/20): Liberals Are Content To Watch It All Burn

6) “Devastating”

7) Best Cartoons of the Week (03/21/20)

8) Scott Walker offers a prayer

9) My Franklin alderwoman is a twit, and proves it

10) Brookfield bar stays open despite Gov. Evers’ order to close

 

 

 

 

Franklin mayoral candidate takes unnecessary potshot

Here in Franklin there is a mayoral race to be decided in the April election (if there is one). Current mayor Steve Olson is seeking re-election against Basil Ryan on April 7th.  Ryan has run for mayor before, and lost. Maybe it’s because Ryan is a former disgraced recalled Franklin alderman.

Here’s  a look at a recent Ryan campaign piece, found on his Facebook page.

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Take a look at that first bullet point. It’s very strange to say the least.

When writing a campaign lit piece, if you’re going to list a series of bullet points as Ryan did then it’s smart strategy to go with your best from the very start. This effort doesn’t do that and fails.

Ryan asks potential voters to read his list of facts and ask yourself Why?

Right out of the chute Ryan mentions that Franklin’s business administrator (Mark  Luberda) and city planner (Joel Dietl) resigned in 2020. The implication is that Mayor Olson’s way of running the city somehow resulted in two key figures heading for the exit for good.

At the January 7, 2020, meeting of the Franklin Common Council proclamations were given to both Luberda and Dietl for their commendable service to the city.

In regard to Luberda, Mayor Olson specifically stated that he did an outstanding job for the city and its taxpayers. In his role as business administrator Luberda was driving 100 miles a day, sometimes leaving after midnight, only to turn around and drive back to Franklin for a 7:30 a.m. meeting.

Luberda left, not because of any falling out with Mayor Olson, but because he took a new position as the administrator for Walworth County,  a 20-minute commute of just a few miles.

As Olson said at the 1/7/20 meeting, Luberda was now going to be compensated by Walworth County “in a way we wish we could have.”

Joel Dietl left to take the position of Deputy Chief Land Use Planner at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).

Basil Ryan attended the 1/7/20 Franklin Common Council meeting and even spoke at it, complementing both Luberda and Dietl. But now in his desire to oust Olson is trying to make a campaign issue out of Luberda and Dietl leaving simply to do better for themselves and their families.

Earth to Basil Ryan: Workers leaving their jobs for better jobs is…normal. Happens all the time. But Ryan wants to be mayor so desperately this is the stuff he resorts to.

Negative campaigning has long been okay in my book for a long time, as long as it’s true. Ryan’s campaign literature bullet point #1 is disingenuous and not completely honest. Not a good practice if you want the top job in city government.