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Thursday, January 31, 2013

WISCONSIN LEGISLATORS - Milwaukee Delegation

L-R:  Senator Tim Carpenter, Rep. Daniel Riemer, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, Rep. Jos Zepnick, Senator Lena Taylor, Rep. Sandy Pasch, Rep. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Frederick Kessler, Senator Leah Vukmir, Rep. Rob Hutton, Rep. Kooyenga, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, Senator Nikiya Harris, Rep. Leon Young, Rep. LaTonya Johnson, Rep. Evan Goyke, Senator Chris Larson, Rep. Jon Richards, Rep. Christine Sinicki, Rep. Mark Honadel, Senator Alberta Darling, Rep. Don Pridemore, Rep. Jim Ott, Rep. Don Knodl
SENATE DISTRICT 3 - Tim Carpenter - Democrat

Assembly 7 - Representative Daniel Riemer - Democrat
Assembly 8 - Representative JoCasta Zamarripa - Democrat
Assembly 9 - Representative Josh Zepnick - Democrat
SENATE DISTRICT 4 - Senator Lena Taylor - Democrat
Assembly 10 - Representative Sandy Pasch - Democrat
Assembly 11 - Representative Mandela Barnes - Democrat
Assembly 12 - Representative Frederick Kessler - Democrat
SENATE DISTRICT 5 - Senator Leah Vukmir - Republican
Assembly 13 - Representative Rob Hutton - Republican
Assembly 14 - Representative Dale Kooyenga - Republican
Assembly 15 - Representative Joe Sanfelippo - Republican
SENATE DISTRICT 6 - Senator Nikiya Harris - Democrat
Assembly 16 - Representative Leon Young - Democrat
Assembly 17 - Representative La Tonya Johnson - Democrat
Assembly 18 - Representative Evan Goyke - Democrat
SENATE DISTRICT 7 - Senator Chris Larson - Democrat
Assembly 19 - Representative Jon Richards - Democrat
Assembly 20 - Representative Christine Sinicki - Democrat
Assembly 21 - Representative Mark Honadel - Republican
SENATE DISTRICT 8 - Senator Roberta Darling - Republican
Assembly 22 - Representative Don Pridemore - Republican
Assembly 23 - Representative Jim Ott - Republican
Assembly 24 - Dan Knodl - Republican
  • Democrat – 15
  • Republican – 9
 Senators - 6
 Democrat – 4
 Republican - 2

The Milwaukee Delegation consists of 24 elected legislators to Wisconsin state legislature.
Year 2013 has brought changes in the senate and assembly districts. They include:

NEW Senator in District 6 – Nikiya Harris
- TWO (2) NEW Assemblypersons
  District 17, LaTonya Johnson (high vote getter – 20,288)
  District 18, Evan Goyke (high vote getter – 16,274)

Senator Nikiya Harris came from Milwaukee County – Supervisor of District 2. She replaced Senator Spencer Coggs, who exchanged his senatorship (since 2003) for Treasurer of the City of Milwaukee.

Representative Johnson is an Entrepreneur/Business Owner and Labor leader.
Representative Goyke is an Entrepreneur/Business Owner - Attorney and advocate for Milwaukee stakeholders.

Senate District 3
 o ONE (1) NEW Assemblyperson
 - Daniel Riemer replaced Peggy Krusick in Assembly District 7.

Assemblyman Daniel Riemer, Milwaukeean, 26 years old, is NEW to state government representation. He is committed to solving problems of the People and  providing representation.

Senate District 4
o TWO (2) NEW Assemblypersons
- District 10, Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch
- District 11, Assemblyman Mandela Barnes

Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch is not NEW as an Assemblywoman. She is part of a re-districting effort that took her from District 22 (Senate District 8) to District 10 (Senate District 4). The election invoked racial tension as Pasch, a Caucasian, now representing a largely African American district. This is a huge opportunity for racial growth and harmony. However, it will need sincere efforts of engagement and leadership on both the stakeholders/voters and elected Representative Pasch. Representative Pasch will need to earn her wings. She will need to answer inquiries and remove herself from the Governor Walker’s Women’s group that does not include African American and other People of Color.

Assemblyman Mandela Barnes, Milwaukeean, 26 years old, is NEW to government leadership but comes with neighborhood organizing as a long-suit.

Senate District 5
o TWO (2) NEW Assemblyperson
 - Rob Hutton replaced David Cullen, who is now a Milwaukee County Supervisor for
    District 15. He is NEW to government leadership but comes with a knowledge of Entrepreneurship –
    Business owner/Trucking.
- Joe Sanfelipo replaced Anthony Staskunas for Assembly District 15. Representative Sanfelipo was a  Milwaukee County Supervisor in District 17.

Senate District 7
Senate District 7 did not change representatives.

Senate District 8
 o ONE (1) NEW Assemblyperson
 - Don Pridemore is NEW to Senate District 8 but not to state representation. He represents District 22 –
    the district held previously by Sandy Pasch.

Each of the districts has at least 57,000 stakeholders and each Senate District has at least 171,000 stakeholders. The largest three (3) senate districts are: District 4/Taylor (172,425), District 7/Larson (172,423) and District 5/Vukmir (172,421). The two (2) largest Assembly Districts are: District 14/Kooyenga (57, 597) and District 23/Ott (57,579).

Each of the 24-member delegation is identified and connected to the successful representation of the City of MILWAUKEE due to their “constituents” - voters, business endeavors, their attendance to Milwaukee public schools (secondary and/or higher education), benefits received from Milwaukee, and their association with/in a specific Senate District.

We have identified and depend on the TOTAL 24-member delegation as contacts for INFRASTRUCTURAL growth of the City of Milwaukee and its neighbors.

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a channel development and public policy firm based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our major initiative is called All Hands on Deck, WE CAN. It was created June 3, 2010 to address Enduring Concentrated Poverty in Milwaukee. Its Mission is to re-define, re-brand and un-trap hidden talent and vetted businesses at the neighborhood level.

MPA LLC has identified the City of Milwaukee as the Mother Board of economic development and quality of life for Southeastern Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin.

We are a premier Affordable Health Care supporter in the City of Milwaukee with education attainment, technology attainment and INNOVATION as a pre-requisite for full implementation January 1, 2014. We support “population” health care as the Smart way to address improving health care and driving down cost.

We will call upon the 24 legislators for leadership in creating, navigating and enforcement of the laws of the state. Additionally, a special expectation is on professionalism, access to knowledge, referrals, resources, presentations, collaborations, best practices, transparency, accountability and strategies as an ELECTED partner for Milwaukee’s development of pathways and pipelines for growth engines. Remembering, if the Mother Board/Infrastructure of the City of Milwaukee is updated and running well, with the beneficiaries engaged in their sustainability, everyone in the state of Wisconsin will grow.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

John Forbes Kerry, U.S.A. Secretary of State

Secretary State John Forbes Kerry
January 30, 2013

INTERNATIONAL (MPA-PPR) - Five-term Massachusetts senator John Forbes Kerry was confirmed on January 29, 2013 as the 68th Secretary of State for the United States.  He is 69 years old.

For Kerry this is a position he has desired for quite some time.  However, politics of favoritism and this-and-that, allowed a delay; yet he has stayed close and played his final trump card for a win.

Will He make a difference?
With his long list of engagements in foreign affairs that date back to his young protest days to war to his leadership as a five-term senator from Massachusetts, his reputable position as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a special envoy of President Barack Obama for involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan strategies - He should do well. 

In addition to being a statesman, he is a lawyer,  husband, father and proud veteran.  He has received combat medals.  They include:  1Silver Star, 1 Bronze Star and 3 Purple Hearts.  He ran for president in 2004 and the Iraqi war was his prime reason for targeting the office.

With his embodied background of hands-on experience and known commitment, I think America has a great shot at making some HUGE strides in foreign policies.  He has worked in congress, with the white house and with foreign leaderships. 

L-R:  Who's Who Secretary of State - United States of America
John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger
We wish him success-after-success as the next Secretary of State of the United States - perhaps we can really make the world a better and less killing society.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Schacknow - Today's Brief - January 29, 2013


Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk
Two notable Wall Street winning streaks are at an end - with the S&P 500 coming off its first drop in nine sessions and the Dow posting its first loss in seven trading days. Those losses were modest, however, as investors look ahead to a flood of corporate earnings and a Federal Reserve policy statement tomorrow afternoon.

That Fed meeting is of the two-day variety, getting underway today in Washington, and investors will have a number of economic reports to consider in the interim. The monthly Case-Shiller report on home prices is due at 9 a.m. New York time, with economists looking for a 5.5 percent increase in home prices in November compared to a year earlier.

At 10 a.m., the Conference Board is out with its January consumer confidence index, seen coming in at 64.8, a tad lower than December's 65.1 reading.

The Treasury will sell $35 billion in 5-year notes, with the results of that sales available shortly after 1 p.m.

Dow component Pfizer (PFE) and automaker Ford (F) lead this morning's list of corporate earnings reports, with D.R. Horton (DHI), Corning (GLW), Harley-Davidson (HDI), International Paper (IP), Eli Lilly (LLY), Tyco (TYC) and U.S. Steel (X) also on the schedule. Amazon.com (AMZN) is the most prominent name on today's after-the-bell earnings list, with Broadcom (BRCM) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) also set to report.

Yahoo (YHOO) leads our list of stocks to watch, reporting fourth quarter profit of $0.32 per share, four cents above estimates, with revenues essentially in line. Yahoo's current quarter revenue project is below consensus, but its full year projections are above. Yahoo did benefit from higher ad prices in its first full quarter under CEO Marissa Mayer.

Seagate Technology (STX) earned $1.38 per share for its fiscal second quarter, above estimates of $1.27. Revenues also came in above consensus, with hard disk drive shipments up about 23 percent from a year earlier. However, it does see third quarter revenues below Street estimates.

VMWare (VMW) beat estimates by three cents with fourth quarter profit of $0.81 per share, but its first quarter and full year revenue projections are below Street consensus. The software maker is also cutting 900 jobs as part of a restructuring plan.

BMC Software (BMCS) earned $0.99 per share for its third quarter, two cents below estimates, with revenues also missing consensus, and the business software maker is also forecasting a lower than expected profit for the current fiscal year. It cites fewer license sales at its enterprise and mainframe management businesses.

Plum Creek Timber (PCL) earned $0.49 per share for the fourth quarter, 20 cents above estimates, with revenues also beating consensus by a wide margin. The real estate investment trust – one of the largest private timberland owners - is benefiting from a rebound in housing.

J.C. Penney (JCP) will begin offering targeted discounts, according to an Associated Press report. That would be a change of strategy for Penney, which had stopped discounting under CEO Ron Johnson.

UBS (UBS) will be required to turn over records about certain U.S. taxpayers to the Internal Revenue Service, following a judge's ruling. The IRS wants information about taxpayers who may be holding bank accounts in Switzerland to avoid taxes.

Goldman Sachs (GS) has raised about $1 billion through a sale of part of its stake in Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, according to Dow Jones.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Are well-meaning individuals overreacting to the possibility of a 2016 bid for President by Hillary Clinton?

Very Possible.

By: Mary Glass

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton - 67th Secretary of State of the United States of America
Over the last week, the media has tried to advance the agenda of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the position of No. 1 candidate for U.S. President in 2016.

They have given her thumbs up for her presentation before the House committee on Benghazi [given the back-and-forth raucous created by questions from Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)].

In fact, some of the excited fans and supporters of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said it is hers to have. I am not sure of that. And here are some reasons why not.

• Unfinished business with Benghazi

• Major highlights of accomplishments during tenure as Secretary of State not known – over million miles logged is not substantial per "policy success"

• Her refusal to make the Talk Show circuit and allowed Susan Rice to take heat – she made no comments

• Susan Rice “forced” withdrawal of name as Secretary of State – the top candidate for Secretary of State

• Hillary Clinton behind the scene pushed for John Kerry

• Questionable and ill-timed 60 Minutes interview w/President Obama

• Secretary State Clinton tearful Benghazi presentation and the tearful move in New Hampshire in 2008 for women voters.

• Then there is the misleading statement of “air raids” as she and her party supposedly landed in a foreign country – to find out it never happened.

• Presidential qualification - Clinton vs Biden

The point is:  Hillary has much to do to stabilize her candidacy as a formable candidate against Joe Biden or any other candidate – but for sure Vice President Biden.

For those who are using popularity as a shoo-in OR trying to use the threat of the “block of women voters” as a shoo-in for Secretary State Clinton, that was not true for her in 2008, not true for her in 2013 and will not be true in 2016.

We know that the field of election is very un-predictable. It has un-ending land mines.

Secretary State Clinton has baggage like all the others. Her ratings at this time will plummet the moment she says she is running for President – that is the nature of the campaign beast.

It may be wise to look at the points I have mentioned as well as some of those I have not mentioned that are not flattering and see how she will overcome them.

I know ex-Governor Ed Rendell (Pennsylvania), a supporter of the Clintons, Andrea Mitchell (NBC) and Chris Matthew (NBC) are gung ho. However, they all know that there are just too many unknown factors. The most important one being that Secretary State Clinton must stabilize her health.

For the rigors of a heated 2016 campaign, she will need to be in top-notch condition.

What you think?

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MPA Expectations – 25 Deadly Sins of Elected and Appointed Representatives

(Milwaukee Delegation – city/county/public schools/state/federal)

The last four (4) years, especially the recent election process, have presented front-and-center behavior that will haunt the American People for many decades to come, perhaps centuries.  We can choose to continue to be “divisive” or WE can begin to really heal.  We can begin to establish TRUST.  We can begin to erect credibility in the “global” marketplace – where the beat is.  We are so far behind in competitiveness.  While we focus on buffoonery and efforts of destruction, others are moving farther along in advancing their country with organic, innovative and environmental friendly creations that includes their Generation X, Y and Z populations.  Below are 25 expectations or deadly sins we offer at this time to our elected/appointed representatives.
1. Being ARROGANT, and feeling you “own” the position you are privileged to hold.

2. Failure to “Honor” the Oath of office and the U. S. Constitution.

3. Not knowledgeable and up-to-date in area of representation.

4. Failure to return calls – Failure to return calls timely.

5. Office staff not trained in “phone courtesy” and professional representation of your office.

6. Only seen at “fundraisers”, “pomp and ceremony” and “campaigns for election”.

7. Little to NO efforts shown to learn about those you serve – ages, races, cultures, income, census track poverty, employment-education-technology needs, affordable homes, safety intervention, preparedness in the marketplace, health care needs, high incarceration, laws that do not have merit, laws that make-no sense, homicides, correctional institution in the neighborhoods, volunteerism, neighborhood BIDs (business improvement districts), neighborhood block clubs, People of Color chamber of commerce, homeless shelters, community development financial institutions, banks and Community Reinvestment Act, accountability of those receiving federal and other government funds, re-visit “Certification” as a plus not a barrier, to name a few.

8. Regularly providing updates in the marketplace of government that allows quality of life and economic development for constituents at the neighborhood level.

9. Failure to promote better access and leverage for small neighborhood for-profit businesses (1-20 employees).

10. Remembering those who “hired” you and “those you represent” but recognizing the thousands (even tens of thousands) that did not vote for you and calling them to the table - team engagement (district-to-district).

11. Failure to spur engagement and citizenship obligations in/of constituents.

12. Failure to be a principled-centered “leader” by marketing the benefits of your political “party” regularly in “fairness” of laws created, initiatives that build at the neighborhood level, promote constituents being “informed” and America’s promise of pursuit of happiness for all.

13. Failure to create a website that is easily navigated, updated daily and information driven.

14. Non-engagement in ongoing information sharing and support of colleagues of your district, delegation of city/area and neighboring districts for “team success” – irrespective of political affiliation.

15. NEVER disrespect the voter.

16. NEVER promote “vote suppression”

17. Steer clear of “racial and gender” discrimination - Co-host district meetings for constituents to address racial and gender divide – ask questions – ask for solutions – ask for buy-in.

18. Help build your base with regular surveys, town hall meetings, collaborated with neighborhood legislative/public policy seminars and district syntopicans (fun and information sharing).

19. Take seminars, get degrees, get certificates, visit quality of life and economic development conferences and neighborhood level People of Color chamber meetings.

20. Call for transparency, enforcement of laws and accountability of All – start with self.

21. Take the “Cultural Humility” test – explore your biases (racial, gender, class, stereotypes, economics, area of residence, affiliation groups, employment styles, etc.) and be aware of them so they do not hinder your effectiveness as a legislator. This means step outside of “comfort zone”.

22. Be prompt to meetings – dress professionally at all times – speak clearly and professionally for your brand.

23. When serving in an appointed position, attend meetings and contribute for sustainability of those you serve – provide updates of the committee on your website for the People.

24. Start the healing process with an honest apology – where needed – it can buy unearned benefits instantly.

25. Call upon and provide incentives for the “hidden talent” and “vetted neighborhood businesses” of your district to be competitive in education attainment, technology attainment and health care.

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC
January 28, 2013

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Glass: The Absence of the Pre-existence condition of Discrimination and Bias is FREEDOM

Think about how powerful Discrimination and Bias can be
by Mary Glass


1.ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions.
2.release from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned.

FREEDOM to learn in our formative years and lifelong years that which is necessary as NORM and automatic for navigating the field of life for success have crippled generations of African American, American Indian, Asian and Latino. Why?

FREEDOM has been illusive, bait-n-switch, smoke-n-mirrors and take-over. Why?

FREEDOM to choose pathways that empower and put one in the "pipeline of opportunity" is the difference between privilege and barriers as well as winning and losing.

FREEDOM that guarantees "innocent until proven guilty" is the difference between profiling and stereotyping; murdured but said to be justified; incarceration for the purpose of filling the pockets of the greedy; given felony charges that have no real basis; being placed on extended parole/on-paper or branded for life by our judicial, social and economic systems.

FREEDOM is liberty and the pursuit of happiness as a full citizen of the United States of America.

A week ago, SUNDAY, January 20, 2013, President Barack Obama received the first of two Oath of Office procedures by Chief Justice John Roberts to commence his second term as the President of the United States.  According to the Constitution, the elected candidate for President of the United States is to received the Oath on January 20th before Noon. 

For many months prior to November 6, 2012, disrespectful behavior to President Obama as a human being, a man, father, husband, brother, son, fellow christian, citizen and the President of the United States was non-stop by the candidates running for the office of President, Republicans, Birthers, talk show hosts and just disgraceful individuals that have put a stain on the U.S. Flag and the Constitution due to prejudices, bias and a distructive Call to Discriminate.

The unabashed disrespect, disregard for the rule of right and wrong, disregard for the Constitution and deep-rooted racial bias ran so deep, it commanded $$$millions (over $200 million) of advertisement to show their contempt - name-calling, misrepresentation of the truth, outright lies while looking in the eye of the camera and failure to follow the protocol of a fair election.  They even became so mesmerized and blinded that they were outright writing the laws in Florida and Ohio to "stack the deck" for Mitt Romney - they were out-of-control and set to "self-distruct".

Well.  We know what happened.
We know that Right trumped the wrong.
We know that the People were listening and watching.
We know that the People of Color were insulted many times over.
We know the People (race and gender) said, "No you will not".
Therefore, before 12 midnight Central Time, CNN called Barack Hussein Obama the Winner.

He had won even though there were voters yet in line in Florida.  The state that caused malfeasance and involved with misfeasance.

The shock sent a tsunami message to Republicans and those who engaged in FREEDOM busting.   Fox 6 pundits were fit to be tied.

Hog Wild
Based on the shenanigans of the Virginia State Republicans last week, Democratic State Senator Henry Marsh was out-of-town for the Presidential Inaugural, the Republicans pulled a fast one in Redistricting.  We see that Republicans must be taught swiftly and decisively about what will and will not be tolerated going forward regarding the People's Freedom.

However, it is not just Virginia.
Here in Wisconsin, we must send the same message to Governor Scott Walker, his posse - Reience Priebus, Republican National Committee Chair, Congressman Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republicans and the Republicans in the Wisconsin Capitol (that is, THOSE that have little to NO regard for the Constitution or others rights) - swift and decisively the People must play trumps.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

YGL and GS - GENERATION X leaders

Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.
Young Global Leaders represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs.

Nominated under 40, these young leaders are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria that creates a diverse and truly representative body, while accepting only the very best leaders who have already demonstrated their commitment to serving society at large.

CLICK for members.

Global Shapers

“We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future.”
Professor Klaus Schwab
World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman


Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC has been following the World Economic Forum for three years and adopt and support the strategies of sharing by the Young Global Leaders and the Global Shapers - Generation X, Millennial.

Friday, January 25, 2013

LARSON WEEKLY REPORT - January 25, 2013

January 24, 2013 - Edition

Senator Chris Larson - 7th District
Dear Friend,

This week we dig deep and traverse our way through the complex mining bills introduced over the past week. A number of opportunities for neighbors to share their thoughts on important issues at upcoming community meetings and by filling out a brief online survey are also highlighted.

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505

Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487
Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:

Pass the Right Mining Bill, Not the First

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue and the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy, and Mining held a joint public hearing on Senate Bill 1, which is one of two mining bills to be introduced this session. This public hearing took place in Madison, and the chairs of these committees have indicated that it is unlikely that another hearing will be held in the areas most greatly affected by proposed mines. Testimony was limited to two minutes per person or group and each legislator was restricted in the number and types of questions they could ask of those testifying.   CLICK HERE for video of Senate Bill I.

A Better Mining Alternative
In contrast, I am supporting meaningful, bipartisan mining reform legislation created by Democratic Senator Tim Cullen and Republican Senator Dale Schultz that will protect our environment, prevent legal challenges, and more quickly create jobs for people across Wisconsin. Some of the highlights of this common sense proposal include:

This bipartisan bill does not exempt iron mining companies from the current moratorium law, unlike Senate Bill 1, which does.

The bipartisan bill creates a realistic permitting timeline--two years from application submission to the decision deadline--while allowing for a six-month pause by the DNR and additional pauses as requested by the mining company instead of the short, inflexible, and unrealistic timeline created in Senate Bill 1.

The bipartisan bill allows enough flexibility for the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a joint permitting process with the Wisconsin DNR. This means a mining applicant can expect a smoother, faster, and less expensive permitting process. Senate Bill 1, on the other hand, ends this collaboration leading to more delays and opportunities for legal challenges.

The bipartisan bill was created completely out in the open and included input from mining experts, environmental advocates, state and federal regulators, and interested businesses. In drafting Senate Bill 1, this input was nonexistent.

Senator Cullen held public hearings around the state, including in the areas most affected, instead of limiting public input to just one hearing in Madison, as was the case with Senate Bill 1.

Legislators must not be content with appearing like they are working on jobs rather than actually doing the hard work necessary to put people back to work and give economic security to Wisconsin’s working families. In every way, this bipartisan legislation by Senators Cullen Schultz draws a stark contrast to Senate Bill 1 and provides us with a real opportunity to create an environmentally sound mining operation in Northern Wisconsin and actual jobs for our fellow Wisconsinites.

If we have learned anything from last year's debate on mining, it is that to create a quality bill to grow Wisconsin's mining industry we need to craft something that has bipartisan support. Additionally, such a bill must not only create jobs, but also protect our natural resources and the jobs associated with our agriculture and tourism industries. With several bills available--Senate Bill 1 and the bipartisan proposal introduced this week by Senators Cullen and Schultz--let us take the time to choose the right bill, rather than just the first one introduced, for our state.

Court Reverses Course on Act 10
Late last week, the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago overturned the ruling in Wisconsin regarding the constitutionality of Act 10. Whereas the court in Wisconsin found portions of Act 10 unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals--in a 2-1 split decision--upheld the constitutionality of the law in full.

Click here to view a copy of the Court's decision in full.
The ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is an immense setback for Wisconsin’s middle class families who are already suffering a lack of job creation. After half a century of labor progress in Wisconsin, upholding this divisive legislation will only hurt Wisconsin’s working, middle class families.

While the 7th Circuit Court upheld Act 10 on narrow legal grounds, the court did acknowledge that Act 10 appears to be an act of favoritism for 'friends' and a punishment for enemies. Judge David Hamilton--one of the presiding judges on the case--noted that "the United States Constitution does not forbid all legislation that rewards friends and punishes opponents." The 7th Circuit’s determination that the calculated protection of political favorites and the targeting of political foes is constitutionally permissible is a sad deterioration of our Wisconsin values.

I would hope that the comments made by the courts reaffirming that legislation, like Act 10, is meant to divide and conquer will force those in control of the legislative and executive branches to reconsider their frowned-upon tactics.
Both Republicans and Democrats campaigned on promises of bipartisanship as no political party has a monopoly on good ideas. It is time move away from the ideological favoritism and political punishment that has plagued our state and instead commit to real, bipartisan solutions to move Wisconsin forward for all.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Davos 2013 - World Economic Forum, January 23-27, 2013

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

RISK RESPONSE NETWORK In an interdependent, fast-moving world, organizations are increasingly confronted by risks that are complex in nature and global in consequence.

The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network (RRN) was launched to provide private and public sector leaders with an independent, impartial platform to map, monitor and mitigate global risks. The network is formed of:
  • Leading global corporations
  • Governments
  • regulatory agencies
  • international organizations
  • NGOs Research institutions
  • Media Leaders
We also collaborate with the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, a network of more than 1,500 experts focusing on 88 global, regional and industry challenges.

The RRN has three value streams which shape its activities, services and partnerships:
1. Risk Research: The mapping of global risks is achieved via our annual Global Risks Report, which analyses the perceived impact and likelihood of 50 prevalent global risks over a ten year time horizon. The 50 global risks are divided into five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks. Significant constellations of global risks are analysed as major case studies in the report. In addition, the Global Confidence Index quarterly maps global experts’ confidence in the state of the world.

2. Risk Diagnostics: The monitoring of global risks is achieved via a secure digital platform, "TopLink". TopLink is a collaborative, intelligence sharing platform with a social media interface and mobile applications. The "risk radar" and "risk barometer" are among the innovative analytical and self-diagnostic tools in development for TopLink.

3. Risk Response: The mitigation of global risks is achieved by the virtual and physical convening of board members, risk executives and policy-makers responsible for risk management at the highest institutional levels.

For systemic and strategic challenges, the RRN facilitates multi-stakeholder partnerships focusing on exchanging leading practices as well as contingency planning (What If scenarios). For an unfolding crisis or unforeseen event, expert analysis and a virtual “situation” room via Toplink are provided by the RRN.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Schacknow - Today's Brief, January 22, 2013

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street goes into the shortened trading week with some decidedly positive momentum, with both the Dow and S&P 500 coming off their highest closing levels since December 2007. The Dow has the distinction of being the closest to the all-time highs of October 2007, closing Friday within 3.6% of that mark.

The housing market's comeback will be in focus on the economic calendar today, with the National Association of Realtors out with December existing home sales at 10am ET. Economists expect sales to be up 2.0% from November levels to an annual rate of 5.14 million units. That would follow a 5.9% jump in November.

Four Dow components top this morning's corporate earnings list: DuPont (DD), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Travelers (TRV), and Verizon (VZ). TD Ameritrade (AMTD), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), and Regions Financial (RF) are also out with quarterly numbers this morning.

This afternoon's after-the-bell earnings list also has high-profile names, including IBM (BIM), Google (GOOG), Texas Instruments (TXN), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Norfolk Southern (NSC).

Boeing (BA) leads our watch list, with the company saying it will not deliver any new 787 jets until the FAA approves a compliance method for its recent airworthiness directive on the jet's batteries, and that fix has been implemented.

Walt Disney (DIS) has filed CEO Bob Iger's 2012 compensation figures with the SEC, with Iger making a total of $40.2 million, up 20% from 2011.

Research In Motion (RIMM) is considering strategic alliances with other companies once its new BlackBerry 10 models have been launched. CEO Thorsten Heins told Germany's Die Welt that's an option being considered, along with the possible sale of the company's hardware production unit.

Apple (AAPL) is reportedly set to introduce an iPhone 5S in June, according to the China Times, which cites industry sources.

Time Warner Cable (TWC) could be gaining the Los Angeles Dodgers TV broadcasts from Fox Sports in 2014, according to the Los Angeles Times, though the paper says no final decision has been made.

Toyota (TM) will name Takeshi Uchiyamada as its chairman sometime this year, according to Reuters. Uchiyamada led the development of the Prius hybrid. He would replace Fujio Cho, who has been chairman since 2006.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Congratulations to the First Family - Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and Mrs. Marian Lois Robinson (Michelle's Mom), arrive at St. John's Church in Washington, DC, hours before Obama participates in a ceremonial swearing in for a second term in office at the U.S. Capitol. (Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty / January 21, 2013)

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Today, January 21, 2013 - Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Larson Bi-Weekly Report - January 18, 2013

Dear Friend,

This report examines the key events from the week, including the governor's State of the State address, the introduction of mining legislation, and the Senate reporting for session. Information for upcoming community meetings has also been included.

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:

State of the State Fact vs. Fiction

This past Tuesday, Governor Walker delivered the annual State of the State address. Historically the speech has been an opportunity to reflect on the well-being of our state and a chance for our governor to offer his vision for moving Wisconsin to greater prosperity.

Unfortunately, we got more fiction than fact on Tuesday night. What we hoped to see in this speech was an honest acknowledgement of Wisconsin's failing "go-it-alone" agenda, a clear course correction, and a sincere call for a real bipartisan efforts to move Wisconsin forward. Basically, the governor had the opportunity to call for a game changing play, but instead he punted.

While the rest of the country is moving forward by adding jobs and increasing the pace of economic development, Wisconsin's failed policies have left us floundering in quicksand and unable to progress. Just last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that Wisconsin had the lowest job creation rate in the region, tied for 42nd lowest nationally. Wisconsin’s working families are depending on us to finally put immediate job creation efforts first.

Creating more jobs in our state requires us to invest in our next generation of workers by ensuring they have the necessary skills for the jobs available. Wisconsin currently has a skills gap, which has left 35,000 existing jobs unfilled despite high unemployment. Closing this disparity would allow our state to double the number of jobs created almost overnight. Therefore, it is our challenge to fully restore the more than $1 billion in devastating cuts to all levels of education by investing those dollars in Superintendent Evers’ Fair Funding for Our Future proposal, and supporting our technical colleges and universities.

Family, friends, and neighbors across Wisconsin are pinching pennies and re-evaluating their financial choices, and we must be prepared to do the same. From the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to the contract with LogistiCare, it is time to open the curtains and shine the light on government spending.

My colleagues and I are ready to do the work of the people this session and urge those on the other side of the aisle to join us in fighting for the middle class. From jobs to education to transparency and accountability, there are plenty of common sense solutions we can agree on to improve the lives and economic opportunity of all Wisconsinites.

Click here or on the video above to view my response to the governor's State of the State address.
January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SPECIAL Editorial - A Call for an Apology by President Barack Obama to Teja Goode and his family

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 16, 2013 - TODAY, President Barack Obama historic release on gun violence was marred by his gross error - a racial error.  He seemed oblivious to the harm as he "went down the line in a high five" to Teja Goode.  Teja could be my grandson, even great-grandson.  So, I was highly offended.  The four children were:
  • Grant Fritz
  • Teja Goode
  • Julia Stokes
  • Hinna Zeejah.
He spoke of the letters of 3 of the four children on stage - even twice for Julia, but failed to mention the comments of the African American lad from Georgia - Teja Goode.  I am sure he and his family were proud of his contribution.

He literally "berated" and "raped" that child in front of all that were listen. We see too much of that - in schools, society, laws in America and the world's lack of social graces.

As a 67 year old African American woman who go back a minute and remember how we have been looked over, taken less, gone without, worked so hard for so much less due to discrimination and racists practices, demonized due to segregation and lack of enforcement of affirmative action, smiled when we were crying inside, bottled up anger when we get verdicts of justified homicide when the facts were to the contrary; this is wrong, disrespectful and you must be told and held accountable.

Also, as an African American woman from the deep south, we suffered, bled and died to be heard, to be respected at the outset - one of the reason that Barack Obama is President of the United States today.  Therefore, we must always be given our props.  

I find President Barack Hussein Obama snubbing despicable.

Our children have been blown up and gunned down in schools, cars, homes, yards, streets, street corners and you name it. They have been wrongfully killed and lives shorten due to societal ills that turn-one-on-one, the Ku Klux Klan, segregation, slavery; as well as, so many more by Caucasian law enforcement all over this country.

He should know, his home state of Illinois, has a very telling toll that is lacking his undivided attention as well as his ex-staffer Rahm Emanuel, now mayor.

Our African American boys and girls, ages 6, 16, 26, 36, and on are "gorgeous" to us. They are God’s children too. So, don’t put a wedge – there is already one too big. It creates divisiveness, racial bias and distrust when an African American President, who WOULD NOT be president if it was not for OUR SOLID VOTE (1st and 2nd term).

So, when President Obama and Vice President Biden spoke only of one group of children, he turned off so many that have been plagued but nothing, I mean nothing has been done.

President Obama keeps forgetting African Americans. That is not smart and this will surely come back to haunt him – this is my first contribution.  It will raise its ugly head if Vice President Biden is fostering ideas of presidency in 2016.

Everybody’s uncle and aunt - every Tom, Dick and Harry, Sue, Sally and Jane that is non-African American is up for this law or this position. And, what is this tripping about Harvard and Yale supposedly producing the only folks with brains, solutions and leadership? What's going on here?

An Apology
I am from one of the states that paid political capital of 79% of the vote in the November 6, 2012 election – my vote was cast for him in that percentage. So, get-up-off-of-it Barack – You owe the little boy and his family a big apology.

Click here for speech

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Inside Affordable Health Care W/Milwaukee Professionals Association

MILWAUKEE (MPA-PPR) - Sunday Edition, civility, best practices, transparency, innovation, INCLUSION of all races and ethic cultures, COMMUNICATION; and, ethics (golden rule) are primary tenets of being Accountable to a Mission, vision, goals, and memorandum of understanding of the Affordable Health Care law.

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Communication - All Hands on Deck, WE CAN
Communication is the language of dialog, planning and narrative of Infrastructure building for preparedness of the Affordable Health Care at the neighborhood level.
Communication can allow clarity.
Communication "demands" education, research and training of leadership participants.
Communication can remove stereotypes, barriers and half-truths.
Communication can remove the fraud and misuse of resources caused by discrimination, cronyism and conflict of interest that will exist by "lack of actions" and "No actions" for implementation of the Affordable Health Care law.

Communication is a "concerted" way that should be part of the DNA of the Infrastructure framework.
Communication can create TRUST.

Too often failure to communicate and prepare allows those with concerted power to manage and dominate a climate that is not in the best interest of the "beneficiaries".  It is key that the customer-client-patient-beneficiaries proivde a hand-print to create and navigate the initial law's blueprint.

Therefore, it is the duty of all to do his/her part to ensure that the management and operation at the local, state and federally-faciliated Exchange level are as said, "patient-centered" with patient engagement and networking.

Sign-up at the local library for computer training (Milwaukee).
Request that the city and county with "senior centers" bring in computer training - or UPGRADE training.

Registration for Spring I, January-March 2013

Begins Monday, January 14, 2013

Registration for Spring II, April-May 2013
Begins Monday, March 18, 2013

Telephone:   414.286.3011 Click here - Website

Thursday, January 10, 2013

LARSON BI-WEEKLY REPORT - January 10, 2013

Dear Friend,

With Inauguration Day, the Legislature began the 2013-2014 session. This day was not only about recognizing new and returning members of the Senate and Assembly, but also about establishing our priorities for the next two years. Continue reading for more information about this special event and the upcoming session.

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487
Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov
Web Site:

2013-2014 Session Has Begun

This past Monday, the Legislature kicked-off its 101st legislative session. This included an inauguration ceremony to welcome new and returning legislators. It was an honor to have the opportunity to speak at this momentous event attended by my Senate colleagues, family and friends, and our Wisconsin neighbors.

The 2013-2014 Legislative Session gives us a tremendous opportunity to work together to move Wisconsin forward. As we embark on another journey together, we must acknowledge that Wisconsin faces a number of steep mountains we must scale. This includes disappointing job creation and economic development efforts, devaluation of our education system, and a lack of accountability and transparency measures for our tax dollars.

Click here for January 10, 2013 - Senator Larson concluding remarks on Inauguration Day.

Refocusing on Jobs in Our State
We have a choice this session between more extreme ideology or real bipartisan solutions. Extremism has cost Wisconsin dearly. Despite jobs numbers growing nationally over the past 34 months, Wisconsin has stumbled by adding only 38,000 jobs during 2011 and 2012. Just last month, Forbes magazine dropped its ranking of Wisconsin to 42nd out of 50 on its list of best states for business. This has given us a costly reminder that putting up “Open for Business” signs is not enough to create real jobs. Wisconsin needs honest change, not just talk and political gimmicks.

By working together as Wisconsinites, we can reverse the failed policies that led to projections showing Wisconsin’s job growth will be second worst in the country through 2016. Without bipartisan efforts to move Wisconsin forward for all, working families from Menasha to Altoona, Beloit to Superior, will continue to go underemployed or unemployed. As we all know, Wisconsin’s working, middle class families are the key to creating a robust economy, and that is why they are the first priority for my colleagues and I this session.

Reinvesting in Our Next Generation of Workers
Wisconsin also faces the challenge of a growing values deficit. During recent visits to schools in each of our community's districts, I saw educators struggling to teach kids in overcrowded classrooms, with up to 44 students in each one. I also visited schools that no longer teach art and music. By continuing to steal from our children’s piggy bank, we are robbing them of their opportunity to live up to their full potential. We must not shy away from the challenge to reclaim a promising future for our next generation by fully restoring the devastating cuts to education.

If Wisconsin is going to be a pro-jobs state, it must also be pro-education. The fact is, there is a direct correlation between education and one’s ability to obtain a family supporting job. The 2011-2012 budget cut over $1 billion from K-12 and higher education, which was the largest cut to education in Wisconsin’s history. As a result, Wisconsin has ranked in the top five for cutting education spending per pupil while ranking 23rd on unemployment. On the other hand, states such as North Dakota, Wyoming, and Vermont that chose to increase investments in education have fared much better with unemployment, as they are all ranked in the top 10.

Monitoring Our State Agencies, Job Creation Efforts
We have another challenge this session. With real bipartisanship we can rip away the curtain of secrecy and let the light of accountability and transparency shine on our state programs. We recently saw what can happen when accountability and transparency are sacrificed by state agencies, like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Tasked with creating much needed jobs, this hastily-created agency was handed $85 million in taxpayer dollars, but never given a rule book. As a result, we saw WEDC circumvent our fair and competitive bidding process, ignore federal and state laws when giving out grants, and lose track of $50 million in loans, including about $12 million overdue.

With Wisconsin still struggling economically, it is unacceptable to allow our job creation corporation to continue to play fast and loose with our tax dollars. It is important that we address these concerns immediately before we double down on a failed program.

Moving Forward Through Bipartisanship
Wisconsin voters spoke with one voice this fall. They voted for more jobs. They voted for a strong education system. They voted for more transparency. But most importantly, they voted for bipartisanship over the continuation of extremism. Neither political party has a monopoly on good, common sense ideas. My colleagues and I look forward to tackling these difficult but important issues with Republican legislators, as well as the governor, to move Wisconsin forward again.

Schacknow - Today's Brief - January 10, 2013


Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street's Wednesday rally continues a recent theme of inconsistency: the major averages have split the last six sessions between gains and losses, and if the Dow and S&P 500 cannot erase this week's losses over the next two sessions, they'll have alternated between weekly gains and losses for six consecutive weeks.

There are several economic reports for investors to consider this morning, including two labor-related sets of data. The Labor Department is out with its weekly look at initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. New York time, with economists looking for 368,000 new claims for the week ending January 4. That would be a drop of 4,000 from the prior week. Labor will also issue its monthly JOLTS report for November - a look at job opportunities and labor turnover - and 10 a.m.
The government also issues November wholesale inventories at 10 a.m., with consensus forecasts calling for a rise of 0.3 percent following October's 0.6 percent increase. And at 10:30 a.m., the Energy Department is out with its weekly look at natural gas inventories.

The Treasury will sell $13 billion in 30-year bonds, with the results of that sale available shortly after 1 p.m.

The European Central Bank may draw the most attention in the early morning hours, as it issues its latest interest rate decision at 7:45 a.m. Many economists expect the ECB to hold rates steady at the current record low 0.75 percent, but a growing number think the ECB may cut, in hopes of boosting the euro zone economy. The Bank of England is expected to stand pat on rates and on stimulus when it releases its latest statement at 7 a.m.

St. Jude Medical (STJ) is a stock to watch this morning, as the medical products maker raises its current quarter EPS outlook to $0.90 - $0.92, compared to Street estimates of $0.87. The company credits solid sales and the positive effects of cost-cutting.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will take a $700 million charge against fourth quarter profit for its portion of a federal mortgage foreclosure settlement. As part of that deal, the bank will pay $753 million into a fund to reimburse affected borrowers.
Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook met with the chairman of top China wireless carrier China Mobile in Shanghai, to discuss what the company calls "matters of cooperation". No details were given, but the meeting is raising hopes that Apple may finally strike an iPhone carriage deal with China Mobile.

ArcelorMittal (MT) was able to raise $4 billion in a stock and convertible note offering, despite its "junk" level credit rating. The steelmaker had expected to raise $3.5 billion in the offering, which is intended to pare down the company's debt.

Deutsche Bank (DB) made about $654 million in profits from bets on Libor and other global interest rates in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. That comes amid the ongoing Libor-rigging probe that's already resulted in settlements with Barclays and UBS.

Clearwire (CLWR) remains on our watch list, as investors wonder whether Sprint Nextel (S) will improve its $2 billion bid to beat a subsequent higher bid by Dish Network (DISH)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SBA and CDFI in Milwaukee need capacity-building of People of Color

Eric Ness - District Director
23 years w/SBA

MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR), January 8, 2013, Late Edition
The Small Business Administration/SBA in Milwaukee is under the leadership of Eric Ness, District Director, Frank Demarest, Jr., Deputy District Director/Veterans Representative and the District Counsel is Brad Trimble.  In the last three months, SBA has added Shirah Apple, Public Affairs Specialist.

In AUGUST, 2012, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC launched its 2012-2013 On-the-Road w/All Hands on Deck, WE CAN dialog for partnership with federal agencies that regulate and disburse "federal" funds that impact quality of life and economic development issues in the Urban city of Milwaukee. 

It was specifically to address the disparities in funding, lack of networking of neighborhood businesses, creation of businesses, un- and under-employment and creating Innovative ways to launch HIDDEN TALENT (pipelines for sustainability).

The change narrative includes REFORM that re-define, re-brand and un-trap stakeholders that live, invested in economic development, raise families, attend school and worship at the neighborhood level in Milwaukee. 

The first step of change recognized a "cultural discordant" - disparity with People of Color vs Caucasian - monopoly and oligopy trends - Mission saying one thing but actions are to the contrary - lacking scale of business development tied to business financing. 

The first federal agency contacted was the U.S. Treasury Community Development Financial Institution/CDFI.  The history of those with oversight at the local level were perceived as part of the problem and did not show where Milwaukeeans, especially African American and other People of Color were advancing to and within these organization.  In fact, some grant agencies were seen as places for crony hiring and promotions in employment, to grow their resumes and to advance in the local-national-international business market.

The vision of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the CDFI Fund) is to economically empower America’s underserved and distressed communities.

The CDFI Fund's mission is to increase economic opportunity and promote community development investments for underserved populations and in distressed communities in the United States.

Cultural Discordant and Cultural Humility
The "cultural discordant" factor was seen by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, MPA LLC as a byproduct of a lack of "cultural humility" - recognizing ones biases that inhibit productivity with those they were working with.  This includes People of Color hirees working with other People of Color in a cultural discordant environment. 

The net results become, business-as-usual, play-to-the-federal regulations, cronyism, stagnation and don't rock the boat.

In other words, funds come to Milwaukee, disbursed to "handlers", this includes "banks" and no appreciative capacity building - creating and connecting for appreciative growth for sustainability.

In October, 2012, Glass visited the Small Business Administration in Milwaukee.

She met with Eric Ness, District Director, Frank Demarest, Jr - Deputy Director/Veterans Representative and Brad Trimble, Legal Counsel.  Region V Administrator - Marianne Markowitz was via conference call. 

Glass's review during her visit and the month or so after her visit has identified the "cultural discordant factor" and the need for "cultural humility" awareness training.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.

The Promise   
To deliver on the federal government promises, we expect partnerships that promote education and technology attainment (access-literacy/fluency), in-the-neighborhood networking, apprenticeships, internships, appropriations, credit programs, loan guarantees, financial management tools, cross-training (in/out of organization) and impact investment for starters.

The change sought by MPA LLC includes incorporating "cloud computing", pioneering investments, competition among the stakeholder talent and implementation of pathways and pipelines that utilize the stakeholders with some of the many opportunities already on the books, e.g., Jumpstart and the Affordable Health Care opportunities.

Stay tuned.

Monday, January 7, 2013

WHY We Must Examine Our Motives and Biases in Affordable Health Care - The Tuskegee Study

USA PUBLIC HEALTH - CDC Outrageous Wrong Against African American Men and their families - Tuskegee

In 1921, Macon County, Alabama, 400 African Americans were deceptively researched for "study NOT cure" - tested through oppression - racism, discrimination, segregation.  They were Sharecroppers.  The non-treatment allowed untreated syphilis that caused crippling arthritis, disfiguring, blindness and other illnesses.  The timeframe of research:  1930-1972.

It is a prime reason why Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC will remind President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, People of Color, members of the Health community - insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, health practitioners, health care providers, public health organizations, foundations, research teams, schools, elected officials and all those that can be engaged.

"We must not allow a travesty like this to ever happen again," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC

Today, it is HIV/Aids; and, other chronic diseases, e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and cancers up for research - just like then, it was syphilis.

The United States public health specialists, with taxpayers dollars, authorized research by government doctors.

There were no regulations and enforcement - African American men became research experimentation - subjects of research; therefore, they and their families suffered needlessly.

What happen to the Hippocratic Oath?

The deceptive promise of "FREE" treatment.
Trust in government and health practitioners.
Controlled environments - poverty, sharecropper, imposed Caucasian will, disrespect and deceptive policies for participation - engagement.

Blatant disregard and unbridle segregation.
Use of a person of Color female from Tuskegee to recruit African American men.
Use of a person of Color female to recruit at the well-known gatherings of African Americans - county fairs, picnics, schools, churches and high population events of the community; including along the "roadside".

There were men and women infected.

Withholding penicillin - known cure.
Known outcome of death, blindness, attack on the brain and insanity of Tuskegee subjects but known cure withheld by "public health practitioners".

Control group that was given placebo.
Control group that became infected and expected to die as part of the study - post-mortem/autopsy - burial incentive of $35.00 to $50.00 - for burial of "subjects".

Health practitioners personal interest for fame-research.
Caucasian paternalistic rationalizing to continue to conduct the study without informing the African American men.

African American men "taken advantage of" by their American government - public health and Center for Disease Control.

"Informed Consent" violated.

In 1972, the Washington Star published the wrong and the research ended.
Attorney Fred Gray - filed a suit against the public health and other government agencies on behalf of the African American men (survivors) and their families - an out-of-court settlement amounted to less than $38,000 per man - a fraction of the amount asked by Attorney Gray for violation of their rights and such cruelness.

Over the next 12 months we have an opportunity to create standards that will stand the test of time and help make implemnetation of Affordable Health Care what it should be.  Whereas we can not right the horrible wrong done to my/our brothers, we can in their name remember and not fall short of standing firm for the best Affordable Health Care the United States of America can muster, said Glass.

To be continued . . .

Richards Report - January 7, 2013

Rep. Jon Richards - 19th Dist.

MILWAUKEE - (MPA-LLC) , January 7, 2013
Keeping the promise of real bipartisanship

Dear Neighbor,

Today marks the start of the 101st Wisconsin State Legislature with the swearing in of new and returning members. Thank you for giving me the honor of representing you and for staying in touch and bringing your thoughts and ideas to me.

Republicans and Democrats alike campaigned on the promise of bipartisanship and working together. Real bipartisanship does not mean blindly acquiescing to those in power or accepting extreme positions that don’t align with the values of Wisconsin. Real bipartisanship means coming together honestly, engaging the public openly and transparently and doing the hard work of finding common ground solutions to the challenges facing Wisconsin. This is what was promised, this is what Wisconsinites expect and this is what needs to happen to move Wisconsin forward again.

On this first day of a new legislative session, we need to begin directing our energy on issues that truly matter to families and businesses across Wisconsin. For my part I will be focusing on creating jobs, supporting middle-class tax relief, closing gaps in health care coverage, supporting education, curbing gun violence and promoting open government. I have already drafted several measures to promote these ideas and will be working with you to pass as many as we can.

This year I will be serving on the Joint Finance Committee and look forward to working with you to craft a state budget that works for Wisconsin and reflects our values.

Today the governing begins in earnest, when promises made should become promises kept. It is time for the extremism to end and real bipartisanship to begin.

State Representative
Assembly District 19

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(608) 266-0650