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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...
04.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
You know, for years we�ve heard that Milwaukee elections are full of �widespread voter fraud.� Even though the district attorney and the U.S. attorney investigated these allegations and found no systemic fraud, the daily newspaper, along with the right-wing radio talk show hosts, continued to promote the voter fraud myth. Yet multiple investigations have shown that shaky election results are mo...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
ASA candidate Annie Woodward may want to proofread her campaign finance forms, because it appears that some information is missing. The latest form, dated March 29 and signed by Feisal J. Salahadyn, shows that she took in $3,140 during this period, $2,540 of which came from individuals. Woodward reports that a $600 in-kind contribution came from the Concerned Realtors Committee on Feb....
04.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Full disclosure: I haven�t read the entire 103-page study on MPS�s finances, which purports to claim that MPS wastes up to $100 million in taxpayer money per year. But I�m working my way through the beastly document, thinking about JS�s typically overheated reaction to anything related to MPS, and discussing it with people who know MPS�s finances far better than I do. Here�s what�s ...
04.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
MPS board member Michael Bonds was elected president of the MPS Board of Directors in a 6-3 vote on Tuesday night. Peter Blewett, who previously headed the board, supported Bonds' election and will now serve as vice president. Bonds is a fiscal policy expert who has introduced a flurry of finance-related budget amendments and resolutions during his first two years on the boa...
05.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Michael Bonds was elected the new president of the MPS board of directors in a 6-3 vote Tuesday night. Here's part two of my interview with Bonds. (You can find the first part here.) Shepherd: One of the big issues brought up in the audit is fringe benefits. Do you plan on addressing that soon? Bonds: Yes, we have to. I have been discussing it with state repr...

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