Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Digital TV is coming soon

This is another reminder that in less than three months, all high-power TV stations will convert to broadcasting with an all-digital signal, affecting millions of American consumers. The switch takes place February 17, 2009. Many consumers are unaware of what to do, if anything.

In a nutshell, if you have cable or satellite TV, you’re fine. If you don’t, the solution is a simple converter box at a minimal cost.

Here are more details.

Eat a Butterburger, help a soldier today

Culver’s New Berlin in association with Soldier to Movies, Inc is holding a special fundraiser today, November 24 for Operation: Take a Soldier to the Movies. 

From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. today, 10 percent of sales at the New Berlin Culver’s with a special voucher will go towards OPERATION: Take a Soldier to the Movies. Vouchers have been available at various New Berlin businesses. If you have a voucher, please consider redeeming it at the Culver’s today at 14855 W. National Avenue in New Berlin.

I encourage patronizing a great Wisconsin-based business today for a great cause.

UPDATE: This could be a very tough winter

News you can use

A few weeks ago I blogged about the impact of rising road salt prices on Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin transportation official says salt will be used as a last resort this winter. Wisconsin is one of the states hit hardest by the high cost of salt. Here’s an update from 

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Illegal alien gang members arrested in DOJ operation

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has issued the following news release outlining details of a special DOJ operation that culminated in the arrest of 11 illegal alien gang members:



For Immediate Release 
November 20, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Bill Cosh 608/266-1221


Attorneyney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the successful arrest of eleven illegal alien gang members from Mexico in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

These arrests were made Wednesday, November 19, 2008 as part of the ongoing national U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) initiative called “Operation Community Shield,” in which ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to address the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs.

Under Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has become an active partner and participant in these cooperative enforcement operations concentrating on illegal alien gang members.

“The identification and arrest of illegal aliens who organize and are members of criminal street gangs must be a top priority of all law enforcement. The success of this operation speaks for itself,” said Van Hollen. “Street gangs wreck havoc on communities. We are proud to partner with ICE and local law enforcement to make Wisconsin streets safer.”

The multi-agency operation involving the Wisconsin Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office, the Kenosha Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) targeted members and associates of the Surenos street gang.

One of those arrested is 40-year-old Francisco Cortes-Ruiz, a self-admitted member of the Surenos-13 gang. While serving time in California’s maximum security Pelican Bay State Prison for drug trafficking in 1991, Cortes-Ruiz was convicted of assaulting another prisoner with a weapon and sentenced to an additional three years in prison. He was deported to Mexico in 1996 as an aggravated felon upon his release from prison, and later illegally re-entered the United States. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has accepted his case for re-entering the U.S. after being deported as an aggravated felon, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.

“Illegal immigration isn’t just a problem at the borders,” said Van Hollen. “It is a public safety problem. When illegal immigrants engage in criminal activity in Wisconsin it is no longer just a federal issue, it becomes a state problem.”

Two of the other arrests, Jose Garcia-Ayala, 29, and Francisco Cordero-Rodriguez, 26, were turned over to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office to face outstanding criminal charges. ICE placed detainers on them to ensure they will be returned to ICE for deportation after they complete their criminal proceedings.

The remaining eight illegal alien gang members arrested face administrative immigration charges, and are currently in ICE custody pending their deportation.

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