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.
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.
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.
VETERANS PARADEThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Berlin Public Schools Web site has the following message:
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.
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.
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
Whew, more bleak news for the Republican Party----
CNNPolitics.Com reports today:
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
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
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
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
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 --
New evidence suggests the disturbing pattern continues.
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University released a study during September 2008 examining migration trends in
The study says the following about
“At low income levels, there is strong net in-migration into
Authors concluded that in
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
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
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.
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.