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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

National Health Care - It's a GREAT thing


CLICK - Video - March 23, 2010
President Obama Signs Health Reform Into Law
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Justices of the Supreme Court of America
Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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National Health Care - On June 28, 2012, a 5-4 decision by the SCOTUS/.Supreme Court of the United States upheld the National Health Care Law, or or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676), is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). The bill had 88 cosponsors as of October 7, 2009.


COSPONSORS(87), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort:by date)
Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 2/11/2009
Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] - 10/7/2009
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 1/26/2009
Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-31] - 3/17/2009
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 1/26/2009
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] - 2/23/2009
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 2/11/2009
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 3/3/2009
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 2/23/2009
Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] - 4/21/2009
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] - 7/31/2009
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 1/26/2009
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 1/26/2009
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 2/23/2009
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 1/26/2009
Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12] - 2/3/2009
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 2/23/2009
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 1/26/2009
Rep Delahunt, Bill [MA-10] - 1/26/2009
Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] - 6/15/2009
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] - 1/26/2009
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 1/26/2009
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 1/26/2009
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 1/26/2009
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 1/26/2009
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 2/11/2009
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 2/11/2009
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 1/28/2009
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] - 6/2/2009
Rep Green, Al [TX-9] - 2/23/2009
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 1/26/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 1/26/2009
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 6/11/2009
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 2/23/2009
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 1/26/2009
Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 2/23/2009
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 6/12/2009
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 2/11/2009
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 3/5/2009
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 1/26/2009
Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 2/3/2009
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 1/26/2009
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 2/23/2009
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 2/23/2009
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 1/26/2009
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 1/26/2009
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 1/26/2009
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 3/17/2009
Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 3/24/2009
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 5/20/2009
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] - 3/24/2009
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 2/23/2009
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 6/12/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] - 1/26/2009
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 1/26/2009
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 3/3/2009
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] - 1/26/2009
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 3/19/2009
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 2/11/2009
Rep Murtha, John P. [PA-12] - 7/9/2009
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 1/26/2009
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 1/26/2009
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 5/20/2009
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 1/26/2009
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 3/19/2009
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 3/3/2009
Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] - 1/26/2009
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 1/28/2009
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] - 9/29/2009
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 3/30/2009
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 2/23/2009
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 3/5/2009
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 2/23/2009
Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] - 2/23/2009
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 6/9/2009
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] - 2/23/2009
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 1/28/2009
Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] - 1/26/2009
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 3/31/2009
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 2/23/2009
Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 3/19/2009
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 1/26/2009
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 7/9/2009
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 2/23/2009
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 2/11/2009
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 1/26/2009
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] - 2/23/2009
Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] - 3/24/2009(withdrawn - 10/21/2009)
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NBC report

Schacknow - Today's Brief, June 29, 2012

TODAY'S PRIMER                            
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

U.S. stocks are poised for a sharply higher open on this final trading day of the second quarter, after EU leaders agreed on a pact for long term fiscal union.

That may give the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq the chance to wipe out their losses for the week, and solidifies the possibility for their first concurrent June gains since 2004.  However, the major averages will still post sharp losses for the second quarter.

We’ll get a handful of economic reports this morning, starting with May figures on personal income and consumer spending at 8:30am ET. Economists look for a 0.2 percent gain in personal income, which would match the April increase. Consumer spending is expected to come in unchanged after April’s 0.3 percent rise.

At 9:45am ET, the Chicago PMI is seen dropping slightly to 52.0 for June from 52.7 in May.
The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index is out at 9:55am ET, with consensus forecasts calling for a final June reading of 74.3, compared to the preliminary June figure of 74.1 and May’s final 79.3.

This morning’s earnings calendar is light, but will feature quarterly numbers from Constellation Brands (STZ) and KB Home (KBH).

Research In Motion (RIMM) leads our list of stocks to watch, posting a quarterly loss of $0.37 per share, much wider than consensus estimates of a $0.03 per share loss. Revenue also came in light, with the BlackBerry maker saying the next several quarters would be “very challenging”. The company is also pushing back the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system to early 2013.

Nike (NKE) is reporting quarterly profit of $1.17 per share, 20 cents below estimates, with revenues also falling short of consensus. Higher raw material costs are among the factors cited, as Nike misses Street estimates for the first time in two years.

Ford Motor (F) says its international losses will triple during the second quarter, largely because of weaker European sales.

Goldman Sachs (GS) is cutting several dozen jobs from its U.S. operations, as it seeks to cut costs because of slowing capital market activity.

ServiceNow (NOW) has priced its IPO at $18.00, with the provider of cloud-based services for business set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) has completed the purchase of the half of Grupo Model that it didn’t already own for $20.1 billion. In a related deal, Constellation Brands (STZ) bought the 50 percent of Crown Imports that it didn’t already own from AB InBev. Crown had been a joint venture between Constellation and Modelo.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will be fined $233 million in connection with the same Libor manipulation probe that saw Barclays (BCS) assessed $454 million Thursday.  That’s according to the Times of London.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Premier Facebook site for Milwaukee Professionals Association

MILWAUKEE (MPA) - Milwaukee Professionals Association announced the removal of the PAUSE button for it premier Facebook page that focus on Hidden Talent - academic and practicum students - high school, college, young adults and alums.

The website was created earlier this year while Mary Glass, Chair/CEO was working with a small group of college students at UW-Milwaukee for the advancement of Case Learning - projects that have a keen sense of responsibility for connecting to the neighborhood in Milwaukee as the source for problem solving, research, personal development, networking and exposing "Hidden Talent".  It has a "Posse" component that links high school students and 2-year area technical and voc training advancement.

International
We WELCOME high school, college, young adults and alumns of the globe.

We are happy to be back in the Passion.  The facebook site is added as a brand of MPA.

The name of the Facebook page is:  www.facebook.com/#!safetymattersexploratoryteamusa.
The website is:  www.safetymattersexploratoryteam.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Milwaukee Professionals Association supports ex-Senator Feingold and Senator Sherrod Brown - End too Big to Fail

L-R:  Senator Sherrod Brown - Ohio and Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold
MILWAUKEE (MPA) - Milwaukee Professionals Association has signed on in support of Progressives United and "Too Big to Fail".

Progressives United is a campaign effort founded by ex-Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.
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Former Senator Russ Feingold has partnered with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown in the effort of making a difference in the over-the-top privileges of our financial institution at the top level.

Milwaukee Professionals Association is seeking the role and responsibilities of our regional office (board of directors and advisory councils) at the Federal Reserve of Chicago to help  ensure that transparency, best practices and accountability are provided for neighborhood level businesses in urban Milwaukee.

We are seeking civility and willingness for communication in public affairs as a main emphasis of Code of Conduct that will either raise the Federal Reserve offices in respect and/or brand them as part of the problem.
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Our nation’s largest financial institutions have grown far too big. As we saw just a few years ago, when they take risky positions, they jeopardize the stability of the American economy, and if they lose, taxpayers are asked to bail them out.
Too Big To Fail is just too big.

We have join former Senator Russ Feingold, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and members of Progressives United to support placing sensible size and leverage limits on ‘too big to fail’ institutions, protecting our businesses, workers, and our economy, and preventing the need for any future taxpayer bailouts.

Visit PROGRESSIVESUNITED

Stay tuned.  Yahoo!

Milwaukee Common Council discussion on crime reporting audit includes "Cooking the Books" and $millions

Let the Discussions begin
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
City of Milwaukee Common Council

Resolution 120220 - Resolution directing the City Comptroller to conduct an Audit of Milwaukee Police Department's crime reporting practices.

Initial Sponsor and co-sponsor:  Alderman Joe Dudzik, sponsor, Alderman James Bohl and alderman Bob Donovan, co sponsors.

Add-on Sponsors - June 12, 2012:  Aldermen Davis and Alderman Jose Perez
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MILWAUKEE (MPA) - Today is June 27, 2012, two weeks ago the City of Milwaukee Common Council held a roll call vote (13 ayes, 1 No and 1 excused) to send to committee File 120220 - Resolution directing the City Comptroller to conduct an Audit of Milwaukee Police Department's crime reporting practices.  

Common Council discussion followed a request to Milwaukee Police Department for information by Ben Poston, Journal Sentinel Reporter, and being given a cost of over $10,000 for the request by Chief Edward Flynn and Sergeant Michael D. Jones.   It also followed a press conference by Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn.
Letter from Chief Flynn - CLICK.
Press Conference, Chief Flynn - CLICK
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Politics Brief
The Common Council Meeting, June 12, 2012, provided interesting comments and perspectives about what the members knew before and what they did not know about Milwaukee Police Department reporting of crime - its legitimacy, IMS system for reporting, cost requet by chief Flynn, problems with reporting system at outset of Flynn's tenure, request for funding for capital improvements (was funding of reporting system a priority of police department), capital improvement cost of $7 million dollars over a 3-year period, use of funds allocated by council (including $50,000 funding of unknown scuplture), scope and fiscal notes, input from fire and police commission-others, outsourcing, legitimacy of delay back to committee, cap cost  with amendment was an option - outsourcing has been common practice of comptroller's office, audit price of $35-$150,00 in cost, redundacy of audits (internal by police-Federal Bureau of Investigation and state audit, audits being conducted and seemingly not known by council members (internal, FBI and state), additional co-sponsors added to resolution during and before discussion with original sponsor for audit, to debate-cont, need for contextual report for margin of error, negative image of Milwaukee reason for moving ahead with vote and not moving ahead prior to committee, letter from comptroller to Alderman Witkowski-Chair of Safety committee with files for exploration, lack of communication between council members, sketicism of ability of new comptroller, sketicism of reporting by Chief Edward Flynn and mayor reporting crime was down, knowledge by selective two that other members of council did not seem to know (letter from comptroller to Alderman Murphy and contact to Alderman Murphy by police department, Alderman Murphy repeating of support for police department, sketicism of motives of the Journal Sentinel are the basic discussion points of the 32:51 minutes of deliberation for File 120220.  Vote 13 ayes, 1 No and 1 Excused.  Sent to committee.

Customer Care and Safety
Milwaukee Common Council gave the appearance that they have been notified about an issue but have failed to "stay-on-top-of-it" for customer care of Milwaukeeans.  That their quality assurance and due diligence efforts have been predicated on what the chief of police and the mayor have said, with no account and balance on behalf of this branch of government for the people. 

It was very wise to go to committee; however, as Alderwoman Coggs suggested, even when it gets to committee due diligence is needed.

According to the final report (Michael Dunn, ex-Deputy comptroller) of the weakness of project management on the 3rd District of the police department --project planning and definition, project budgeting, and ongoing oversight.  The report gives a clear view that should be used as a prerequiste for the ongoing busyiness of the drag on providing credible and timely information on crime reporting and overall services of Milwaukee Police department. 

"It would appear that this is a teachable moment of "garbage in - garbage out".  In other words, the FBI, internal and independent audits can not tell you about what is not there, but should be there."

"Also,we the taxpayers should not be asked to continue to layout millions of dollars for continuous errors - 2 1/2 million here and $7 million there were a couple of the figures mentioned in the discussion on June 12, 2012, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association..

The City of Milwaukee recent history of the capital improvement project of the 3rd District Police Department for the City of Milwaukee  and the infamous reporting system has been a nightmare ($21 million to a cost overrun of $64 million in 8 years) with scope errors, delays, cost overruns, and failed project management.  The four city departments involved before were not all mentioned for input and accountability.  They are:  Milwaukee Police Department, Department of City Development, Fire Department and Department of Public Works - major eaters of the city budget. 

Communication between each member of the common council, committees and the full council as the government at the city level is "lacking" and provides higher risk management.

Quality control and risk management were needed more in the discussion to help ensure the taxpayers-citizenry-Milwaukeeans are getting the best services for dollars spent, improved best practices, transparency that is not reactionary, state of the art technology, cost savings due to ongoing personnel training, and accountability all the way round in the police department.

There should of been extra extra concern noted about what kind of fallouts that may be/are found in the audit that pinpoints police profiling and cooking the books to favor arrests, charges and incarceration of African American and Latino populations.  MPA see this as a paramount issue since the two racial groups have reported and reported abuse with little to NO solution building.

Why was Alderman Puenta out of the chamber during voting?  He was Excused.
Why was Alderman Murphy privy to comments from Milwaukee Police Department and others did not seem to be, nor did it seem he had shared the information? 

Why did Alderman Davis make the statement about not wanting to get into "cooking the books" and suggesting that some of his colleagues favor inflammatory rhetoric?

Why did Alderman Wade feel he needed to "Dis" the motives of now vs past behavior of reporting of the Journal Sentinel?

Why didn't Aldermen Bauman and Zielinkski speak prior to vote?
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The dialog went as:

Alderman Willie Wade, District 7, kicked off the discussion with question:   "Is there a reason File 120220 is immediate adoption and not going to committee?"

"This is a time-sensitive issue the answers we may gain from this particular file might help us with regards to ugh the budget coming later this year. There is a 90 day window this particular file has on it and again that would give us time to adjust our spending with regards to Milwaukee Police Department, said Alderman Joe Dudzik, sponsor of resolution.
Alderman Wade listed as in favor of audit but NO to the file since it did not go to committee for thorough discussion.

Alderman Robert Puenta, District 9, listed opposition - cited lack of expertise of Comptroller – thousands of dollars – citizenry cost – expressed concern for the common council to not jump because of one reporter's views since the council did not know WHAT and HOW of Journal Sentinel reporter - recommended back to committee.

Alderman James Bohl, District 5, co-sponsor - to seek an outside review and provision to conduct an audit – cited timeline of 90 days to come back questionable – need scope looking at individual reports – timeline of audit – should be ironed out prior to audit – time and cost – opposed ramming audit through, is inappropriate – favor outside audit – Motion to send back to committee by Boyle.
Alderwoman Milele Coggs, District 6, supported audit for transparency and accountability – cited she has done legislation – support motion back to committee - comments of capabilities of the comptrollers office, file resolution need fiscal notes and cost analysis. - back to committee.

Alderman Terry Witkowski, District 13, Chair of the Safety Committee (where file would be sent) cited without adequate information – file will give 6 years of data coming to Safety Committee regarding year-to-year cost - in committee discussion could be had regarding scope and ability of comptroller's office also input from Fire and Police Commission and executive director - in favor of file sent to committee.

Alderman Joe Davis, District 2, asked to be listed as a co-sponsor – was approved - item important to monitor, encouraged more to co-sponsor so a detailed audit can be spelled out – referred to committee due to negative images Milwaukee has gotten on some of the cases regarding the issues – back to committee.

Alderman Michael Murphy, District 10, make sense to send to committee – scope of contract to determine cost of audit – need debate - noted estimated cost $35-150 thousands given to Alderman Dudzik by comptroller and shared with Alderman Murphy depending on scope, letter from comptroller raises issues regarding capability of audit, by comptroller's office, Milwaukee Police department expected Federal Bureau of Investigation audit in 30 days, a police department internal audit and independent Wisconsin audit - In favor of sending to committee.

Alderman Murphy stated Police acknowledged they had a recording problem – budget 2011-12 capital improvement - $7 million dollar change – Police had acknowledged there was a problem but was not given credit by Journal Sentinel reporter.
Recommendation to examine any concerns - be up front of the reports, look at the facts, listen to testimony by police – may want to call on the state for an independent audit $100-$200.

Alderman Bob Donovan, District 8, deferred to Alderman Dudzik for clarifications.
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, District 1, deferred to Alderman Dudzik for clarifications.

Alderman Nik Kovac, District 3, to go to committee – based on cost and redundant spending on internal and federal audits - not to cherry pick gotcha numbers, felt that was what was done by Journal Sentinel - true contextual report would have looked over years -should not panic, been told year-after-year of the problem - know the problem is there and need to know if we are fixing the problem - numbers should be contextualized.

Alderman Joe Dudzik - Information Management System perspective of the Police department - Funding was asked for and list of things to accomplish were:   $2 ½ million for radio communication, repairs for IMS were below the redesign of restroom of the 911 dispatch center - not sure of how much emphasis was on the crime reporting - as for outsourcing, a common practice of comptroller office, cost could be capped by an amendment at $150 thousands, as for cost consideration cited $50 thousand approval for an unknown statute by the council, hot summer - families should feel that concerns are being met - should go forward.

Alderman Donovan - felt it should go forward - the idea that we all have known that the numbers were wrong, untrue - was under the impression that crime was down based on police department reporting and mayor reports to the public - commended the Journal Sentinel - have been hearing about the numbers for a long long time - need to get to the bottom of this and move forward now.
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Alderman Hamilton - echoed move forward in an orderly fashion, expected file in Safety committe is available, fiscal information and not make a decision on-the-fly - all of council agree with the spirit of law differ in manner - for sending back to committee.

Alderman Bohl - outside scope and cost needed to move forward with a more defined way - for years almost Day 1, heard about Milwaukee Police Department supposedly "cooking-the-books".

Alderman Kovac - if any audit come back with numbers of cooking the books, immediate 15-1 solution not audit. However, the data have not been compared contextual within the margin of error for clarity - available for internal, DA and FBI interest - a contextual report.

Alderman Davis - Did not want to get into "cooking the books" - inflammatory rhetoric that is not productive - personnel - fire and police commission and executive director for input for specifics - send to committee.

Alderman Jose Perez, District 12, request to be a co-sponsor, agreed; he also favored sending to committee.

Alderman Murphy - Obligation to get to the truth. cost and have police hearing to get the other side - not jump to conclusions - police had spoken to him and had reporting concerns regarding the methods of reporter - send to committee.

Alderman Wade - concern as others - other concern was smudging resources-time-efforts now and not before - why the Journal Sentinel did not step up when the crime was reported high but now with reporting crime was going down, they are stepping forward - their motives.
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Elected officials representing Milwaukee at the city, county, state and national levels should weigh-in on this issue and correct the People's business - quality control services and cost-appropriateness.

Video of Common Council meeting, June 12, 2012
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On June 22, 2012, nine (9) aldermen (Alds. Nik Kovac, Robert Bauman, Ashanti Hamilton, Jim Bohl, Willie Wade, Robert Puente, Michael Murphy, Jose Perez and Terry Witkowski released a statement.  CLICK

In view of the incomplete findings so far and those to come, do you think the Common Council has acted prematurely and/or overly broad?

What do you think?
Tell the Milwaukee Common Council how you feel.

Monday, June 25, 2012

VETERANS BRICKS @ DRYHOOTCH.ORG

Join us at Dryhootch on Brady Street in Milwaukee on Saturday June 30th, as we dedicate the commemorative bricks installed in our courtyard. Ceremony begins at 11am, followed by live music from the Close Enuf Band at 1 pm.

A BBQ lunch will be available for purchase after the ceremony.
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Time: June 30, 2012 from 11am to 4pm
Location: Dryhootch Brady Street
Street: 1030 E. Brady Street
City/Town: Milwaukee
Phone: 414-763-2785
Event Type: ceremony, and, celebration
Organized By: Art Soto & Abbey Manalli
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Milwaukee Professionals Association supports Dryhootch.org - A neighborhood organization.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Milwaukee Professionals Association adds NEW host website to promote BRAND

MILWAUKEE (MPA) Milwaukee Professionals Association launched its HOST website on Thursday, June 21, 2012.  The website will be the traffic cop for its five (5) other sister websites and to maximize it BRAND and integrity push as a Premier advocate for pedigree Neighborhood Level involvement in the public square.

It will also post the efforts of the NEWLY announced "fiscal policies and practices" think tank of Milwaukee Professionals Association.  It is called:  MKE Commerce Council.  It was announced on June 3, 2012 as a tribute to MPA Public Policy Review and All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative 2 year anniversary.

Visit the website at:  www.mpamkecommercecouncil.blogspot.com

DRYHOOTCH.org - Part-Time Employment - Veteran

June 22, 2012

MILWAUKEE (MPA) - Dryhootch.org
We are looking for a Veteran interested in helping fellow veterans deal with PTSD, addiction, family issues, legals issues and more.

This is a part time position. You must be a veteran and preferably in Recovery.
Email resume to mark@dryhootch.org
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Milwaukee Professionals Association supports Dryhootch.org - A Neighborhood organization.

R-E-F O-R-M in Milwaukee @ the Neighborhood Level

MILWAUKEE - (MPA) Milwaukee Professionals Association has added as part of its Mission to be a Premier voice for Neighborhood Level engagement, buy-in, planning, implementation, and accountability of fiscal policies and practices that are designed to raise and sustain quality of life efforts  and economic development issues.

We see the Urban neighborhood as an OASIS for pedigree innovations through REFORM.
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We are in this Together - ALL HANDS on Deck, WE Initiative

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Larson Weekly Report - June 21, 2012

Dear Friend,

The tides of change are upon us this summer. Therefore, this week's newsletter will focus on change in a   number of areas including the State Senate, higher education,Wisconsin's natural landscape, and more.

As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.

Sincerely,
Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7
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The official vote canvass in Racine showed that John Lehman beat incumbent Van Wanggaard by 834 votes, or 1.2%. Following the official vote canvass, Wanggaard requested a recount this past Friday.
  
As required by law, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board issued an order this past Monday requiring the Racine County Board of Canvassers to start its recount at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20. All of the 21st Senate District is located within Racine County. The canvassing board is required to complete the canvass and submit results to the Board within 13 calendar days of the Board’s order. Because that date lands on Sunday, July 1, the deadline for completing the recount will be Monday, July 2. While it would be unusual, the county’s recount determination may be appealed to circuit court within five business days. If no appeal is filed, the Board will certify the results of the 21st Senate District Recall Election after the appeal deadline has expired. The recount is expected to cost Wanggaard's campaign $5 for each of the 137 wards for a total of $685. Taxpayers will then be responsible for all additional costs incurred during the course of the recount.
  
I look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle and hope that Senate Republicans recognize the need to accept the election results so that Legislative activities can resume. We have been presented with a valuable opportunity to experience true compromise, or both sides reaching a middle ground. A number of legislators have started requesting that the governor call a special session to address the areas of greatest concern in our state. It is my hope that through committee work and this potential special session, that we will be able to work together to get Wisconsin moving forward again.
  
Wisconsin has been blessed with smooth transitions of power and I am confident that Republican Senate leaders will step aside to allow a renewed balance in Wisconsin government.
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Tuition Increases the Trend in Wisconsin Following a recent University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee, it was decided
it was decided that   students at state colleges will once again see their tuition increased.   With a vote of 17-1, the Regents approved UW System President Kevin Reilly’s recommended 5.5% tuition hike for the 2012-2013 school year.   This tuition hike will affect all of the systems 13 4-year universities   and 13 2-year colleges. Further, students should expect to see their   annual tuition increase by $250 for 2-year colleges, $328-422 for 4-year universities, and nearly $700 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   For the first time in Wisconsin's history, tuition and fees for in-state students will exceed $10,000.

The recent biennial budget cut approximately $315 million from higher education, shifting even more of   the financial burden to students and their parents. UW System President Kevin Reilly suggested that such drastic cuts have created financial  havoc for the system and without this tuition hike there would be larger and fewer classes making it take longer for students to obtain a degree   while paying more in the process. The steep tuition hike is only projected to make up for about one-third of the budget cuts.

The rising cost of tuition is creating  a significant hurdle for Wisconsin's youth seeking to continue their studies at an institution for higher learning. The changing trend of lowering state funding and rising tuition plays a significant role in increasing student debt for technical college or university graduates, or can even deter prospective students from attending such an institution all together. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, U.S. student loan debt reached $1 trillion this year, with  UW-Milwaukee students averaging around $29,000 in debt upon graduating.

Obtaining some form of higher education is becoming more expected of Wisconsin's workers. Therefore, it is important that Wisconsin is able to provide its future workers with affordable education. Regrettably, at 26%, Wisconsin is below the national average of 28% for the number of college degree holders. If Wisconsin is unable to build and preserve an educated, skilled workforce, it could have devastating long-term consequences on the overall economic health of our state.
  
As a member of the UW Taskforce for Restructuring, I will be working hard to help make sure that our colleges remain renowned, world-class institutions. It is essential that our state continues to support its first-rate universities in order to attract the brightest students to Wisconsin, as this will help encourage businesses to relocate to our state to create jobs. We need to stop looking at funding education as a frivolous expense, and instead view it  for what it really is--an important investment that will undeniably create a stronger, more prosperous future for all of Wisconsin.


Next Community Meeting
I encourage you to stop by my next town hall listening session. I will be hosting this community meeting   with Rep. Jon Richards and Alderman Nik Kovac on Milwaukee's East Side at the Urban Ecology Center on Thursday, June 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have about our community with us and your fellow neighbors.

 Urban Ecology Center (MAP)
 1500 E. Park Place
 Milwaukee, WI 53211

A special thank you to everyone that attended the Milwaukee Bike Tour, Mobile Listening Session, and Oak Creek Town Hall meeting. It was encouraging to see so many of our neighbors stop by to share their thoughts on a wide variety of community and state issues. The thoughtful comments and questions are greatly appreciated. Hearing your perspective on issues that will have a significant impact on our community is crucial as we work together to get Wisconsin moving forward.
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MKE COMMERCE COUNCIL focuses on Hidden Talent and Neighborhood Business Development w/Sen. Bob Casey, Sen.Barney Sanders and Chairman Ben Bernanke

MILWAUKEE (MPA) - June 21, 2012, Today's announcement from the desk of MKE Commerce Council, the new "think tank" excitement of Milwaukee Professionals Association is that the Chair/CEO, Mary Glass, will channel information and seek guidance from the offices of two members of the Joint Economic Committee and the Federal Reserve Chairman. They are:
  • Senator Robert "Bob" Casey - Pennsylvania
  • Senator Bernie Sanders - Vermont
  • Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke
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During the recent Joint Economic Committee - Economic Outlook hearing - held on June 7, 2012, Washington, DC after the May Jobs results report; for over two hours the committee members and Chairman Bernanke engaged in discussion. CLICK for hearing. CLICK for Chairman Bernanke testimony.
"We should do more to support small businesses by targeting tax incentives to firms that expand their payroll, we can stengthen the recovery." Chairman Casey - Joint Economic Committee.  This quote was part of Chairman Casey's Opening Statement.

The hearing was very informative,
Milwaukee Professionals Association has assigned the follow-up of the selected comments below to MKE Commerce Council to evaluate and make recommendations over the next three (3) months.  MKE Commerce Council will link the input in its first project:  2012 Show Me the Money and Resources Series.

The selected six (6) comments to focus on at the Urban/neighborhood level from Senator Bob Casey, Chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are:
  • Support of small businesses through targeting tax incentives - Chairman Casey.
  • At the fed level to change the "Conflict of Interest" appearance - large banks sit on Federal Reserve boards - Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • Unequal distribution of wealth in American and the growing numbers - Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • Breaking up the large Financial instutions that have so much economic and political power (assets 2/3 of GDP and over $9 Trillion dollars in assets, write 2/3 of credit cards and half of the mortgages) - Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • A third objective for fiscal policy is to promote a stronger economy in the medium and long term through the careful design of tax policies and spending programs. To the fullest extent possible, federal tax and spending policies should increase incentives to work and save, encourage investments in workforce skills, stimulate private capital formation, promote research and development, and provide necessary public infrastructure. Although we cannot expect our economy to grow its way out of federal budget imbalances without significant adjustment in fiscal policies, a more productive economy will ease the tradeoffs faced by fiscal policymakers - Chairman Bernanke.
  • Decline of the Middle Class - 35-year trend due to globalization, technical change (made high school education less favorable - education incentives and so on)
Stay tuned.

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, June 21, 2012

                            
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The heat is on across much of the country, but the same can’t be said of Wall Street. U.S. stocks are coming off a mixed session following the Fed’s extension of Operation Twist, and stock index futures are pointing to a lower open this morning. However, yesterday’s fractional gain for the Nasdaq Composite did give that index a five-session winning streak.

Today marks the week’s busiest day for economic data, starting with the Labor Department’s weekly look at initial jobless claims at 8:30am ET. Economists are forecasting claims of 385,000 for the week ending June 16, which would be down slightly from the prior week’s 386,000.

At 10am ET, the National Association’s report on May existing home sales is expected to show a 1.5 percent drop to an annual rate of 4.55 million units, following a 3.4 percent increase in April.

We’ll also be getting the Philadelphia Fed’s monthly index and the Conference Board’s Index of
Leading Economic Indicators at 10am ET. The Philly Fed index is seen coming in at -2.3 for June, a slightly less negative reading than May’s -5.8.  And consensus forecasts call for the LEI to be unchanged for May after falling 0.1 percent in April.

At 10:30am ET, the Energy Department will issue its weekly look at natural gas inventories.
ConAgra (CAG) and CarMax (KMX) are among the notable companies on an otherwise light earnings calendar. Both companies will issue their quarterly numbers before today’s opening bell.

Micron Technology (MU) is a stock to watch this morning after the chipmaker reported a wider than expected quarterly loss. Micron lost $0.32 per share for its third quarter, compared to estimates of $0.20. An increase in memory chip prices was not enough to make up for weak profit margins from its flash memory products.

Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) has gotten a positive FDA panel recommendation for an experimental blood cancer drug. The full FDA usually, but not always, follows the recommendations of its panels.

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) shares could be under pressure today, despite a first quarter earnings beat. The retailer did earn $0.89 per share for the quarter, five cents above estimates, but its current quarter outlook of $0.97 - $1.03 per share is below Street estimates of $1.08.

Red Hat (RHT) – The Linux software provider earned $0.30 per share, excluding certain items, for the first quarter, three cents above estimates. But its stock came under pressure in the after-hours session on weaker than expected billings.  That measure – revenue that Red Hat doesn’t recognize until it actually provides the services – were up 16 percent, short of analyst estimates.

Murphy Oil (MUR) has named board member Steve Cosse as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.  He’ll replace David Wood, who is retiring following a 17-year career at Murphy.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is reportedly close to settling a Justice Department probe into off-label marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The Wall Street Journal reports the settlement could be $1.5 billion or higher, which would be one of the highest payments ever in a drug marketing case.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SKIN IN THE GAME – GOVERNOR WALKER, Women Council of Wisconsin - Call for Women of Color

From L-R; Mary Jo Baas and Gov Scott Walker
Top/down: Nicole Bowman-Farrell, Michelle Mellner, JoAnna Richard, Arlene Siss,
Senator Jennifer Shilling, Sarah Briganti, Senator Dave Hansen, Heidi Green, Rep. Sandy Pasch, Rep. Kelda Helen Roys and Heather Smith
Women Council of Wisconsin - 15 appointees
On June 13, 2012, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association called for “Skin-in-the-Game” by Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.  His disrespectful comment was captured in an article by Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel, All Politics Blog, dated June 1, 2012. 

His comment, “We don't want Wisconsin to become like Milwaukee," he said, adding that he wanted Wisconsin to help troubled cities in the state.

                                       Glass’s article took issue with Governor Walker’s breach of etiquette by “DISSING” the city of Milwaukee and Dissing Milwaukee while touring in a Sussex company with an out-of-state guest, Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina.  Click

Put up
Since the incendiary statement spoken by Governor Walker lacked leadership while the county executive of Milwaukee county and his time in office as governor of Wisconsin, we are calling for the governor to put "skin-in-the-game".    

To take his foot out of his mouth – to show that Wisconsin is “Open for Business” for ALL, especially those by-design left out - African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged  (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

For Governor Walker to apologize to the City of Milwaukee by "putting up".
For Governor Walker to produce clear actions that are INFRASTRUCTURAL, systemic for value-added growth and devoid of divisiveness and partisan politics.

Today’s Call is for the Governor’s administration appointment, Women Council of Wisconsin provide "Due Process" for the People.

The first Wisconsin organization cited was:  the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents  and their failure to honor State Statute 36, public information law and discriminatory practices. 

In Milwaukee Professionals Association identification of government ran and/or funded groups that Governor Walker has governance, they are cited if they appear to be one or more of the following:

      ·         contrary to group’s Mission.

      ·        fail state statute and/or other laws.

·         group is dysfunctional to Mission.

·         group fail the INCLUSIVE test.

·         group appear ologopolic/monopoly and discriminate by infrastructure.

       ·          conflict of interest.

·         Lobby/advise government officials and/or the public.

      ·         Infrastructurally sterile of African American, other People of Color, Islamic and Asian Indian.
It is paramount that ALL women are represented at the table as members of committees, boards, task forces and decision making bodies so that the dialog/discussion and decision making is inclusive of the total population and is not skewed.    

For example, on the Women Council of Wisconsin website they cite the recent fair wage of women’s pay being $.77 to every dollar of men.  This is the rate for Caucasian women and men only.  This is clearly a misrepresentation and disrespect to all the other non-Caucasian women.    

Put up w/Specificity
African American and Latino women receive approximately $.61 and $.52, respectfully, to every dollar of Caucasian men – while further disparity falls between African American and Latino women for their male counterpart.  This is missing data from the equation of discussion and therefore is not addressed in planning and advising the governor’s office and the public.


Since Education and Technology Attainment is a paramount public issue for growth in per capital income and growth in our economy as a competitive player city-wide to global; this group has a huge opportunity with statutory obligation and presence to have all women at the table and engaged in "innovative" ideas at the neighborhood level.
It is paramount that Governor Walker "Put Up".

When we say WOMEN COUNCIL OF WISCONSIN, it should be a real representation of women -- multi-diversity that is inclusive of the broadness of needs of Wisconsin women who are single versus Wisconsin women who are single- and two-parent heads of household. 

It sends the message of discrimination when the gender – female/woman is identified by ONLY Caucasian women.   When this happens, we create a subliminal picture of exclusion, invisible and unimportant.  We miss so much in BUY-IN and maximizing problem solving on many fronts that could lead to better understanding. 

Glass said, "As an African American woman, I am highly offended that my state has a women’s group for the state and it is devoid of decision makers that are African American – the largest racial group of Color in the state.  When galvanizing our large urban population can lead to so many growth opportunity for our state.  Opportunities that could link networks in both the rural and urban setting."
"Additionally, it is insulting as an African American woman of the state of Wisconsin to go to the Women Council website and see African American females in the photos but no real substance of infrastructural involvement - member of the council.  The photos are considered by me to be exploitive and disingenuous.  We can and must do better than this."

In the urban cities of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Beloit and Green Bay, where significant populations of women have hidden talent and vetted business connections, we subscribe to lessening the “economic stress test” by replacing it with INNOVATIVE ideas and business development.  In these cities, we could get higher growth in education and technology attainment if there is ongoing information sharing that trains and inform of opportunities.

Business engines and wholistic development by women with hidden talent in urban Wisconsin in incubator centers can offer an extra incentive for/in research that will go a long way in closing the gaps at the neighborhood level.
There are three positions opened.  Governor Walker has two and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald has an appointment – Put up.

Put up Governor Walker and remind Assembly Speaker Fitzgerald, Republican, to make his appointment – we recommend an African American woman from the Milwaukee area.   

By the Women Council of Wisconsin being devoid of African American, Latino and Asian women (Nicole Bowman-Farrell - Native American), it makes the group BOGUS in representation of women, especially URBAN women.  It allows the focus to be overly narrow and not representative of women.  In fact, we feel that too many positions are held by Caucasians and no elected official is of Color.

Call for Change
We Call for Inclusiveness of African American and other Women of Color on the Women Council of Wisconsin.  Likewise we call for turnover of members on the council.  They include the members that have been on the council since 1992, 2004, 2005 and 2007.  Who is the misterious person that is Vice Chair since 2004?  Click
The Chair, Mary Jo Baas has been a member for 20 years running. 

We THANK her for her services that have specifically met the statutory Mission. 
We call for her to be replaced as soon as possible .  Her 2-decade rein disallows the million of women across the state of Wisconsin to get involved.
The appearance of Conflict of Interest and an ologopoly/monopoly turnkey is a concern.
Especially since  Ms. Baas's past employment (Director of Government Affairs - Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce) is her husband's present employment (Director of Government Affairs - Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce).
We need to give others a chance here to contribute to making our state for women a better place for ALL women. 

Put-up.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

JUNETEENTH - Celebrating while Remembering, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

 USA-WORLD - June 19, 2012 is the 146 year of celebration of Juneteenth Day.

Here's to the celebrants across the globe that remember and share with others a time in African American History that benchmark slavery in the United States of America.  May we know that the transition is yet in progress.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  Much More . . .
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The Spirit of Juneteenth
"But, if this part of our history could be told in such a way that those chains of the past, those shackles that physically bound us together against our wills could, in the telling, become spiritual links that willingly bind us together now and into the future - then that painful Middle Passage could become, ironically, a positive connecting line to all of us whether living inside or outside the continent of Africa..."     
Tom Reed
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Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, June 19, 2012

                            
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Despite a mixed day yesterday and muted reaction to the Greek elections, the major U.S. averages could be headed for a rarity: their first across-the-board June gains since 2004. The soon-to-end quarter is not quite so bullish: the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq have quarterly losses ranging from about 3.5 percent to 6.4 percent.

The Federal Reserve’s policy setting Open Market Committee begins a two-day meeting today, culminating in its latest policy statement and a news conference by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke tomorrow.  More economists are expecting some sort of easing move, based on recent weakness in economic data.

While investors await the Fed statement tomorrow, they’ll get a few key pieces of data today starting with May housing starts at 8:30am ET. Economists look for a 0.4 percent increase to an annual rate of 720,000 units, following a 2.6 percent rise in April. At 10am ET, the Labor Department will be out with its April JOLTS survey, a measure of job openings.

FedEx (FDX) is among the companies set to release quarterly earnings this morning, along with Discover Financial (DFS), Barnes & Noble (BKS), and Jefferies Group (JEF), while Adobe Systems (ADBE), Jabil Circuit (JBL), and La-Z-Boy (LZB) are out with earnings reports after today’s closing bell.

Oracle (ORCL) is a surprise stock to watch this morning, following an earnings report that was not scheduled to be released until Thursday afternoon. Oracle earned $0.82 per share for its fourth quarter, four cents above estimates, and authorized an additional $10 billion for stock buybacks. The early release was seen by many as a way of alleviating concern over the news that Oracle executive vice president Keith Block has left the company.

Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has named Vincent Intrieri to its board, according to CNBC’s Kate Kelly. Intrieri is senior managing director for activist investor Carl Icahn. Kate also reports that a new Chesapeake chairman and additional directors will be named by Friday.

J.C. Penney (JCP) President Michael Francis has left the company, with CEO Ron Johnson assuming responsibility for marketing and merchandising. A brief statement gave no reason for the departure of Francis after just over eight months on the job.

OfficeMax (OMX) is in the news this morning, after investment firm Neuberger Berman called on the company to pay a dividend or repurchase shares. Neuberger also disclosed in an SEC filing that it’s raised its stake in the office supplies retailer to 5 percent from an earlier 4 percent.

Microsoft (MSFT) has launched its first tablet computer, called the “Surface”, designed to compete with Apple’s (AAPL) iPad and spur sales of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Bank of New York Mellon (BK) has settled a dispute with Prudential Financial (PRU) over foreign exchange transaction pricing. This case is one of several in which BNY Mellon was accused of improperly charging customers in currency transactions. A court filing says BNY Mellon has agreed to repay more than half the revenue earned from Prudential’s trades.

Lockheed Martin (LMT) and the union representing 3,600 striking workers will meet with federal mediators later this week in an attempt to settle a more than eight week old strike. Mediation sessions will begin tomorrow, as the union remains on strike in a dispute centering on pension benefits.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will be in the news again today, as CEO Jamie Dimon heads back to Capitol Hill for another round of Congressional Testimony, this time before the House Financial Services Committee. His testimony will be identical to that given to a Senate Panel last week.