Friday, June 1, 2012
With the recall election four days away, the former president spoke at a rally with Democrat Tom Barrett at Pere Marquette Park.
Former President Bill Clinton visited Pere Marquette Park Friday to support Democrat Tom Barrett as Wisconsin's tumultuous recall election nears its end. Clinton made cooperation the theme of his speech and hammered Gov. Scott Walker for his "divide and conquer" tactics. "Everywhere I go in America, everywhere I go in the world, the only thing that's working is when you get everybody who's got a stake in the game in there, treat them with respect and people go forward together," Clinton said. "That's how you get out of a ditch." Clinton said Barrett is the candidate better for education, the budget and creating jobs. He and Barrett also used the event to urge people to vote early, with absentee voting coming to an end Friday. Hundreds …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Today, Mahlon Mitchell and John Lehman lead an Early Vote Rally at the George Bray Center in Racine
A windy, warm, sunshine filled day was the welcome backdrop for today’s Early Vote Rally with guests Lt. Governor candidate, Mahlon Mitchell, and State Senator candidate, John Lehman. The event took place at the George Bray Center in Racine today at noon. After a brief rally and speeches by both candidates, everyone marched with signs in hand to City Hall to cast their ballots. While the emphasis of the event was to encourage early voting, it also pumped up a large crowd of people who are finally able to see the finish line for this seemingly endless recall race. Early voting has been on the rise in recent elections, but the numbers are staggering for the upcoming June 5 recall election. Jane Witt, Racine County Democratic Chairwoman, …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Organized by the Racine TEA Party, a couple hundred people held up signs asking for drivers by to honk in support of the Governor and State Sen. Wanggaard.
Nancy Milholland, a coordinator for the Racine TEA Party, said her group organized a Feb. 19 rally for Governor Scott Walker and State Sen. Wanggaard because it was time. "The recall supporters were out here all the time over the holidays trying to drum up support for petitions," she said. "Now it's our turn." Through email and Facebook, the TEA Party asked supporters to come out to the corner of Highways 31 and 20 in Mount Pleasant from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Sun., Feb. 19, 2012. About 200 supporters, many of them from counties outside Racine, held signs touting their support for Walker and Wanggaard. Scott Kaskin from Genoa City in Kenosha County said he was never involved in politics, but it was time to walk the talk. "I got tired of …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hundreds rallied at Juneau High School, then marched to Gov. Scott Walker's Wauwatosa block where they signed recall petitions.
The recall effort targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker started with a bang Tuesday night, with a large-scale rally and protesters signing recall petitions nearly in Walker's backyard. Hundreds gathered at the Juneau Playfield in Milwaukee, just north of the former Juneau High School, and then marched a couple blocks west. Protesters would eventually make it to Walker's neighborhood, where many signed recall petitions. Some of Walker's neighbors set up petition-signing booths on their front lawns. _____________________________________________ Related story: About 1,000 rally against Walker in near his Tosa turf
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
With all of RUSDs Unions, concessions would save $19.2 million for the district.
An audience of teachers and supporters burst into applause after the Racine Unified School District Board of Education Wednesday evening approved a two-year contract with the teachers union. The labor agreement, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2013, was reached after just one week of negotiations and spurred by the Wisconsin Legislature’s intent to remove most collective bargaining rights for nearly all public sector workers. Members of the Racine Education Association (REA), which represents about 1,600 teachers, will see a two-year salary freeze, significantly higher health insurance deductibles, be required to contribute 5.8 percent of salary to the state pension program and pay more for an optional dental insurance policy. The …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
On Tuesday hundreds of people called the State Capitol home.
Right or wrong -- the looming questions at the State Capitol this week were: would the protesters leave? Would they become violent? Would they back down? No one knew. Hundreds of police officers from counties all over the state came to the Capitol for the sole purpose of keeping the peace. Velvet ropes spanned across staircases, yellow police tape stretched across doorways and some doors to the outside were marked "For Emergency Exit Only," as a police officer kept watch. Denied access to the building, hundreds of protesters waited outside as only people with "legitimate business" were allowed inside the State Capitol. If one protester left the building, only one could go in. Those were the rules, said police officers. But inside, the …
Monday, February 28, 2011
Both sides bracing for severe school budget deficit.
In anticipation of severe cuts in state aid, the Racine Unified School District Board of Education and the District’s unions have agreed to open contract negotiations. On Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker told Meet the Press that he plans to cut over $1 billion in state aid to school districts and local municipalities. Walker is expected to give his budget address Tuesday. In February, the Board of Education reviewed a possible 2011-12 budget scenario that includes an $8 million deficit because potential savings from reduced district contributions to employee pension and health insurance costs won’t overcome a projected $10.5 million cut in general state aid. David Hazen, RUSD chief financial officer, said this latest budget scenario reflects a $…
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Dan Bell takes a critical view of Walker's words.
- Dan Bell
Saturday, February 26, 2011
“Cleverness is not wisdom.” Euripides, the Greek playwright, knew this many centuries ago. Given what we have seen from the Republicans in Madison recently, the most we can say is that they certainly are clever. Cleverness is using a cheap parliamentary tactic in order to pass your budget bill. If the idea is really that good, it should stand on it’s own without any schoolyard gamesmanship. I put it to you quite simply that there is no honesty going on here, by either the Republican Legislature, or our Chief Executive. Walker stated in his fireside chat on Tuesday, “the bill I put forward isn't aimed at state workers, and it certainly isn't a battle with unions.” If this were true, then why is this bill aimed at only state workers and has …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Letter says that since unions are willing to concede on financial issues, Walker should let the collective bargaining rights go.
Richard Jones, a Wind Point trustee, is among 200 plus local government officials who signed a letter opposing Gov. Scott Walker's plan to cut most public employee collective bargaining rights. The letter asks Walker to pull the language pertaining to collective bargaining saying the bill is "inconsistent with the Wisconsin tradition of local control over local community issues."
Find out through the eyes of six Caledonia Firefighters.
Committed to the cause, firefighters from Caledonia have been part of the rallies in Madison since the conflict over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill began. Joining in the fight to preserve collective bargaining, they feel they have an obligation to stand shoulder to shoulder with their fellow union members, said Walter Leininger, of the Caledonia Fire Department. "This is our right, and we won't stand by while others are fighting for their rights," Leininger said. Each day a group travels to Madison, gets on a bus to the Madison Fire Department and join hundreds as they march to the doors of the Capitol. Today Josh Keeran, Bill Krasovich, Dennis Rybarik, Dave Borkowski, Dale Roszina and Leininger carry signs and walk through the …