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Ballot measures run the gamut across America

In South Dakota, voters will decide on an abortion ban and term limits. Merit pay for teachers is on the ballot in Oregon. Maryland will decide whether to approve slot machines. There are marijuana questions before voters, where else, in California.

A host of referendum and initiative questions are on ballots all across the country this Election Day. Here is the rundown.

He Got My Vote


My grandchild's shirt says voted most lovable.

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Why McCain Lost

Elections, musings

In Tuesday’s election, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama cruised to victory and will be our 44th U.S. President. In addition to winning the popular vote, Obama, a Democrat, won far more than the 270 Electoral College votes required.

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New Berlin Public Hearings on sewer/water west of Calhoun and 2009 city Budget

Common Council, Mayor Chiavatero, Park & Recreation

On November 10 New Berlin Planning commission will have a public hearing at 6:00pm at City hall about The Common Council Proposal to set the New Berlin Urban Service Boundary at approximately Calhoun road. This would mean that sewer and city water would not be extended west of that boundary unless residents of any affected area petition the Common Council.  

This is what New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government have alway requested to give the residents of this area control of extension of sewer and water, rather than have this important decision be driven by developers.

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Saturday Parades


VETERANS PARADE              

The 45th annual Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade is set for Saturday (Nov. 8) at 11 am in downtown Milwaukee.

The family of state Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), who is currently serving in Iraq with the Army Reserves, will be the Grand Marshalls of the Parade.

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Palin Calls Critics Cowardly


In my April 6 blog, I referred to anonymous fliers attacking Alderman Bill Moore, which had been circulated in his district prior to the spring election. I remarked that whoever authorized and paid for those slimy fliers was too cowardly to identify themselves. 

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Comedian John McGivern returns to New Berlin

John McGivern Live – one of the funniest shows around -- will be presented as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of New Berlin. McGivern, a popular local comedian, will perform Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Eisenhower High School Auditorium, 4333 S. Sunny Slope Rd., New Berlin.

This is the guy you see on TV, sitting on his front porch steps, advertising his performances at various downtown theaters.

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A Veterans Day Special

Events, Veterans

How nice of Applebee’s Restaurants in Wisconsin to honor US veterans and active military for service to their country by offering them a free meal on Veterans Day.

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Al Stigler and Jean Crotty have recently passed away.

Mayor Jack Chiovatero asked for a moment of silence at the November 11, Common Council meeting in remembrance of long time residents Al Stigler and Jean Crotty.

Al Stigler will be remembered as a Viet Nam War veteran who was severally wounded and overcame many obstacles to return to civilian life. He was a volunteer at Holy Apostles Catholic church School and among other honors, had a street named for him several years ago.

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Alert: Eisenhower Classes Cancelled for Friday, Nov. 14 Due to Threats

New Berlin Schools

New Berlin Public Schools Web site has the following message:

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Welcome Home Assembleyman Mark Gundrum and Army Reserve Unit 432 Civic Affairs Battalion

Assemblyman Mark Gundrum is pictured with one of his daughters as he and members of the 


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Thanks Golden Corral

Events, Veterans

In a previous blog entry, I expressed appreciation for the free meal that Applebee's provided veterans on Veterans Day.

And now, I'd like to thank Golden Corral for the free dinner that it provided to veterans on Monday, November 17.  There was a big turnout at the Waukesha restaurant despite that night's icy road conditions.  My husband (a Vietnam War veteran), several of our friends who had served in the military and their spouses, and I were among the many who attended the event.

Hunters will be asked for deer heads

News you can use

State wildlife biologists will be in 17 northern counties collecting deer heads during this year’s deer hunt. Officials are hoping to collect as many as 500 to test Wisconsin deer for chronic wasting disease.

Here’s how the program will work. Biologists will ask successful hunters for a tissue sample or possibly the entire deer head to be tested. The DNR is specifically looking for samples from Polk, Barron, Washburn, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Rusk, Taylor, Sawyer, Price, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Vilas, Forest, and Florence counties.

Here is more information from the Department of Natural Resources.

BREAKING NEWS: State budget in massive deficit

Governor Doyle will announce this afternoon that the state budget deficit is worse than expected. The deficit is $5.4 billion. More details later.

UPDATE from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GOP Hits New Low

Whew,  more bleak news for the Republican Party----

CNNPolitics.Com reports today:   

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New guidelines for hunters

New guidelines for hunters

Years ago I was horrified to see hunters shooting guns while walking along our back property line. Even if it they were using a right-of-way between lots, it was way too close for comfort. I quickly retrieved my little ones into the house

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A new welfare migration to Wisconsin


has a moving problem. Too many are voting with their feet.

Our state’s high level of taxation is forcing too many residents to pack up and leave. During November 2005, the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance issued a very troubling report entitled, "Moving In, Moving on: Migration in Wisconsin."  During the five years prior to the 2000 census, almost 669,000 people either moved to or out of Wisconsin. However, the net in-migration into Wisconsin was a meager 7,282.

Individuals with college or advanced degrees were more likely to leave, while those with less education tended to come. Individuals with household incomes above $75,000 left Wisconsin. Those with incomes of $200,000 or more had the highest rates of leaving.

The huge exodus of wealthy Wisconsinites leaving the state caused a loss of an estimated $4.72 billion in net worth and a loss of $455 million in income over the five years of this study. That means far fewer in-state bank deposits, less stock in Wisconsin firms, less investment capital for in-state ventures, and less money given to local charities.

Arthur Laffer, president of Laffer Associates and Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal editorial board confirmed that high taxing and spending have had a negative impact on Wisconsin’s ability to compete and cause many people to relocate elsewhere.

Laffer and Moore write in the Wall Street Journal, “Five of the states near the bottom of our competitiveness ratings -- Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin -- have enacted major tax increases.” Laffer and Moore say the record movement of citizens across America has little to do with the weather. They say the states with the most dynamic and desirable economies are generally the states with the lowest tax, spending and regulatory burdens. These states win the battle for the prized commodity of human capital. The big losers are high taxing and spending states in the Midwest and Northeast.

New evidence suggests the d
isturbing pattern continues.

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University released a study during September 2008 examining migration trends in New Jersey. The authors compared New Jersey to states that tend to attract low
???income individuals, while seeing a relative outflow (or much smaller inflow) of wealthy individuals. The study said Wisconsin is a good example, being one of the five states in the country with the most negative correlation between income and net migration. The list includes Wisconsin, Arizona, Delaware, North Dakota and Arkansas.

The study says the following about Wisconsin:

“At low income levels, there is strong net in-migration into Wisconsin; however, at higher income levels, in
???migration is small or negative. Hence, one can say that Wisconsin is more attractive to low???income individuals than high???income earners.”

Authors concluded that in New Jersey, “poor people leave, but rich people do not.” In Wisconsin, “on average, poor people move in, but rich people do not.”

Why is Wisconsin so enticing to so many poor?  A University of Wisconsin-Madison economics professor provided an answer in his presentation to a Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis conference on the Midwest economy during June 2008. John Kennan displayed graphs showing Wisconsin dishes out the highest welfare benefits in the Midwest. You thought we ended welfare as we know it? Time limits have been placed on benefits and there are more stringent work provisions. But the size of benefits remains generous.

Factor in other benefits like child care, BadgerCare, the earned income tax credit, and low income housing, and the incentives for low-income residents to flock to Wisconsin are quite evident. The term, “welfare magnet” may have disappeared for some time in Wisconsin, but this new data seems to suggest there could be an entirely new welfare migration taking place.

This migration is clearly putting a strain on our finances. Just how much it is costing in taxes is unclear but my guess is that it is substantial and needs further study.

Meanwhile, our wealthiest leave Wisconsin, taking with them their tax revenues, spending, savings, investments, and charitable contributions. To
stop people from voting with their feet in Wisconsin, we must stop the hemorrhaging of taxing and spending.

The deadline to sign up for the Wisconsin No Call List is Sunday

News you can use

If you wait until after Sunday, your number won't be on the list until April 2008.

There are two ways to sign up for the Wisconsin No Call List. You can sign up over the phone by calling 1-866-9NOCALL (1-866-966-2255), toll-free in Wisconsin. You can sign up at the Wisconsin No Call List website here.

Only one adult in each household needs to register. There is not a charge to register for the Wisconsin No Call List.

December 1, 6:00 pm Plan commission to vote on Calhoun Road utility boundary

Common Council, MMSD

New Berlin City Hall, December 1, 6:00pm

The New Berlin Planning Commission has scheduled a vote on a Common Council request to set the water and sewer Utility boundary  at a line which roughly parallels Calhoun Road from Greenfield Avenue south to Beloit Road.

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