Saturday, November 10, 2012
Just five months after Republican Gov. Scott Walker handily won his recall election, GOP nominee Mitt Romney didn't have the same success in the presidential race.
- Lisa Sink
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It's a lost prize that stings for Republicans: How could Mitt Romney lose Wisconsin just five months after Gov. Scott Walker won it? While nationally Romney barely surpassed GOP nominee John McCain's popular vote total in 2008 (58.6 million votes for Romney vs 58.3 million for McCain), in Wisconsin, the former Massachusetts governor surged past McCain by about 11 percentage points. Romney had more votes than McCain in the bright red suburban Milwaukee counties. He even gained votes in dark-blue Milwaukee and Dane counties. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama didn't perform as well as he did in Wisconsin in 2008 — his vote total was 4.4 percentage points less Tuesday than it was in 2008. But statewide, neither Romney's gains nor Obama's …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants Waukesha to revise its future water service area after water deal with Oak Creek stumbles.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling on City of Waukesha leaders to revise its future water service area so Milwaukee can enter into a water deal with the city following Oak Creek's uncertainty in moving forward. “The Milwaukee Water Works could provide your residents with a healthy and sustainable supply of drinking water at a rate that our competitors cannot even come close to matching,” Barrett said in a letter Wednesday to Mayor Jeff Scrima and Alderman Paul Ybarra. “Our current comparable wholesale rate, for the City of West Allis, is $1.16 per thousand gallons. "In comparison, the wholesale rate contemplated in the Letter of Intent is $1.90 per thousand gallons, or 64.5 percent higher. My staff estimates that our lower cost would …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
If Mitt Romney stays within 3 percentage points of President Barack Obama in the polls, the GOP candidate will take Wisconsin, Republican National Committee chairman tells volunteers in Waukesha.
If the polls show Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney within 3 percentage points of Barack Obama in Wisconsin, he will win the state, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told volunteers in Waukesha Saturday. “If it is within a field goal, we are going to win this race,” he said during a stop at the GOP campaign office. So, Priebus was quick to smile when he learned Saturday evening that a new Public Policy Polling poll showed Romney within 2 percentage points of Obama in Wisconsin. Two weeks ago, the same poll had Obama 7 points ahead. “Don’t forget, that is even a Democratic poll, too,” Priebus said in an interview with Patch. “So, the Democrats say we are only down by two, I think we are doing pretty …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
An estimated 2,500 Obama supporters from Milwaukee and across the world came to Bradley Tech High School Thursday afternoon to hear the First Lady's call to action to get out the vote in November.
After coming so close to meeting President Barack Obama when he came to Racine, 13-year-old Michelle Payne's dreams came true Thursday when Michelle Obama finished a campaign speech at Bradley Tech High School, patted her on the head, hugged her and told her she was proud of her. "It was an ecstatic feeling, something I will probably never feel again in my life," the Racine girl said. "She's my role model. I just started crying, and when she hugged me I didn't want to let go." Payne's emotional experience was echoed by many in the crowd of roughly 2,500 Obama supporters from across Milwaukee and the world who attended the First Lady's speech at Bradley Tech High School Thursday afternoon. In her speech, she recalled growing up lower class …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Online blogs accused Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of planning to destroy ballots from the recall showdown between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Political blogers are accusing Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of threatening to destroy recall ballots from the June election after open records requests were made to review the ballots. However, the ballots will not be destroyed at this time, according to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. “Of course, I have an interest in attempting to avoid Public Records Law violations, especially when destruction of the records in question is imminent,” Schimel said in an email to an attorney asking about the situation. “I think this interest is especially significant when the records in question relate to public confidence in our elections. “Thus, after becoming aware of these issues, I inquired and have been advised that the …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett tells Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Waukesha should still negotiate under Milwaukee's terms – terms that would exclude parts of Waukesha's future water service area.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will review Waukesha’s application to divert Lake Michigan water based on its water service area – not municipal jurisdictions – and it will require Waukesha’s water provider to supply water for the entire water service area. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp clarified Thursday in a letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett the DNR’s position as Milwaukee has refused to negotiate with Waukesha’s entire future water service area. Instead, Milwaukee is only agreeing to negotiate a water purchase for the Waukesha’s current water service area. “Given this clear statutory link between the diversion application and the water supply service area, the department will insist that the entity with which the city …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak informs Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett that Waukesha "can wait no longer" for the Lake Michigan community to begin negotiations.
Milwaukee’s stance on Waukesha’s future water service area – an area that is set by the Southeastern Regional Planning Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – is preventing the Lake Michigan community from negotiating with Waukesha a water sales agreement, warned Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak in a letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Milwaukee cannot unilaterally overturn state laws on water supply service areas,” Duchniak said in the letter. In order to be considered in the negotiation process, Milwaukee must immediately authorize negotiations in “good faith” for Waukesha that would include the city’s entire future water service area. The Milwaukee Common Council recently passed a resolution…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Turnout of nearly 58 percent was highest ever for a gubernatorial race in a non-presidential year, but still fell short of the numbers in recent presidential elections.
Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election was historic in more ways than one. Yes, the June 5 election between Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett was the first attempt to recall a governor in Wisconsin history — and only the third time in the nation. But it also set the record for the highest turnout in a Wisconsin governor's race in which the office of president was not also on the ballot. Final certified numbers released Wednesday show that 2.516 million votes were cast in the recall election — or 57.8 percent of the state's voting-age population, according to the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections. That's the highest turnout for a gubernatorial election since 1960 — when the presidential …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Milwaukee aldermen's stance on Waukesha's future water service area could kill negotiations before the negotiations formally begin.
While Waukesha’s been knee-deep in negotiations to purchase Lake Michigan water from Oak Creek and Racine, the toes are barely dipping in with Milwaukee. Waukesha’s attempt to start negotiations with Milwaukee came to an apparent stop after a Milwaukee Common Council voted to begin negotiations with Waukesha – on the condition that negotiations include only the current water service area in Waukesha. Waukesha, however, is seeking a water sale for its future service area, which includes portions of the Town of Waukesha, Town of Genesee and the City of Pewaukee. The Milwaukee aldermen do not want to negotiate a water sales deal that would include those communities. “It is not a workable solution for us,” said Waukesha Water Utility General …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Use Patch's interactive tool to get detailed results on how area communities voted in the recall election.
How did Waukesha County municipalities and the rest of the Milwaukee area vote in the June 5 recall election between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett? Here's a breakdown of votes you won't find anywhere else - at look at who carried each of the 89 municipalities in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Racine counties. Use our interactive tool to search for detailed results for the entire metro area or just your hometown.