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03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the Editor: We are dismayed by the Shepherd’s biased reporting of the MPS school board contest between ReDonna Rodgers and Peter Blewett, and deeply offended by the mischaracterization of Ms. Rodgers. For more than 20 years, ReDonna Rodgers has been a widely respected member of the Milwaukee civic community and an opinion leader in the city’s African-American community. She has ...
03.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
One question has been nagging at me for days: Why would Advocates for Student Achievement, a political action committee co-founded by a member of the MPS board, Bruce Thompson, and whose treasurer is a former MPS board member, Joe Dannecker, not submit campaign finance reports to the City Election Commission? After all, ASA�s been around since 2007. The Shepherd reported on its firs...
03.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I’m having a hard time believing that Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) is, as they claim, simply a “good government group” interested in fielding quality candidates for the MPS board and not a pro-voucher, pro-privatization front group that's trying to swing the election. Take, for example, support for the three candidates ASA recruited...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I read Dan Bice’s column about Advocates for Student Achievement with great interest, since it basically updated and rehashed what I’ve been reporting on for weeks: that ASA has very questionable ties to three candidates for the MPS board, and it hasn’t filed any campaign finance forms with the City Election Commission. Well, ASA hadn’t filed any forms until last Friday, appa...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Well, lookie-loo. Looks like some bad press and the attention of the District Attorney’s office finally forced Advocates for Student Achievement’s PAC to submit tardy campaign finance forms. A first! Here’s what ASA-PAC treasurer Joe Dannecker signed and delivered to the City Election Commission on Friday, March 27: January Continuing 2008: $100 from Joe Da...
03.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
You know, I hate to target people personally, but ASA-backed MPS candidate Annie Woodward released a pretty unhinged press release attacking my blog post on her campaign finance report. I’m not going to rehash Annie’s criticisms—they don’t make any sense whatsoever and she employs typical right-wing smear tactics to divert attention away from her own actions. ...
04.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
One of the more fascinating e-mails among the 300-plus e-mails on ASA’s Yahoo Group is the one sent by ASA member Anne Curley on Feb. 17, to ReDonna Rodgers. Rodgers was recruited by ASA-er member Kevin Ronnie to run against MPS Board President Peter Blewett. Ronnie lost to Blewett in 2005, so I and many others have been considering the Blewett-Rodgers match-up as a proxy war w...
04.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I�m just taking a look at MPS candidate ReDonna Rodgers� campaign finance forms�unfortunately, I don�t have them in digital form�and a couple of things are jumping out at me: While Rodgers is campaigning as the voice of her district, a quick calculation of donations from individuals shows that Rodgers has heavy support from people outside of Milwaukee. Not just people outside of...
04.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The shady Advocates for Student Achievement may claim to be a “good government group” that’s solely focused on running good candidates for the MPS board. But early on, ASA tried to find support among some prominent people who were bouncing around the idea of replacing the elected MPS board with an appointed one. You may recognize some of the folks who were copied o...
04.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The Milwaukee County Circuit Court has issued a subpoena for the bank records of the controversial political group Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) and its related organizations. Assistant DA Bruce Landgraf filed the request for documents on April 1. The court issued the order on April 2. Associated Bank, where ASA�s accounts are held, has already supplied the...

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