Category: Poor and Living in Madison

Eight ideas for a snowy day

Posted January 26th, 2014 @ 8:06 PM by

Apropos of nothing, here are a couple of ideas that could make life better for the less well-off in Madison. It is by no means exhaustive, nor is it meant to be a list that solves all problems. Not everyone is going to like all of them, so it’s worth reminding folks that Brenda is not the only person who blogs here, so don’t go blaming her for these.

Scott Walker Just Cut Your Pay

Posted April 25th, 2012 @ 12:36 AM by

If your in education! Cross Posted @bloggingblue: I wrote earlier about Scott Walker's latest attack on teachers. This morning Katy Lounsbury was on SLY explaining this in further detail: The rule redefines base wages for public employees as something other than what a teacher makes right now. No performance pay, overtime premium pay, reimbursement or […]

New Rule

Posted November 14th, 2011 @ 10:34 AM by

With Apologies to Bill Maher, I thought I would steal his famous segment. New Rule: You can’t advocated slashing necessary services, especially if you have a column and pretend to be a journalist, and you do NOT know what those services do. A group of Dane County introduced a \"wheel tax\" to help raise money […]

Scott Walker was right….

Posted June 7th, 2011 @ 1:22 PM by

Governor Scott Walker appears to have been correct when he said: “We’re Broke and Can’t Negotiate.” Unfortunately the members of the legislature did not get that memo. The legislature continues to collectively bargain with that union of businesses better known as Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC). In recent days, the Joint Finance Committee, chaired by […]

Teacher Pay

Posted March 27th, 2011 @ 9:33 AM by

I wrote a LTE regarding teacher pay last year, and in Lieu of The community wide education meeting, I thought I would bring it back. One quick note, keep this story in mind, while listening to the noise about teacher pay and benefits. As Border’s is on the verge of bankruptcy and closing stores all […]

Trumka- “It already has!”

Posted February 28th, 2011 @ 10:27 PM by

I was recently given the opportunity to sit down with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Mr. Trumka was very cordial and positive and had plenty to say about the state of the union and what started in Madison and has blossomed throughout the country and the world. Mr. Trumka gladly took all of our questions and […]

Racial Disparities Implementation Team Work

Posted July 27th, 2010 @ 4:22 PM by

I’d kept half an eye on the Dame County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, but my interest and hope has markedly increased with the beginnings of the Implementation Team work.  When the Task Force Report came out I was impressed with the thorough documentation of the issues along with the […]

Greyhound . . . oh, btw, we’re moving. Tomorrow. In less than 12 hours.

Posted April 1st, 2010 @ 10:17 AM by

The only story that ends up in my google reader to pass along to you. But the story is more about what you don’t see. One might think this was some kind of April Fools joke. From: Harmon, RaySent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 5:06 PMTo: ALL ALDERSSubject: Dear Alders- I wanted to let you know […]

Short Week Monday Morning Round Up

Posted December 21st, 2009 @ 2:14 PM by

Edgewater free round up . . . CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MIASo, where is our Economic Development Commission, our Economic Development Director and city leadership? With all the talk of jobs and the economy, wouldn’t you think buying local would have been a top priority this shopping season? NO WONDER THERE IS SO MUCH SHERIFF’S OVERTIMEWhat […]

Hey! It’s a Snow Day! Round Up

Posted December 9th, 2009 @ 6:26 PM by

Eh, I slept in, went to Bizzardoke at the High Noon last night. Now I can’t decide if its worth it to get my car out of the ramp, the streets don’t really look all that plowed. I was kind of hoping for a plowed spot to move into before tonight. Problem is that if […]

Continued Round Up for this Week

Posted November 20th, 2009 @ 12:14 PM by

Less regurgitation of things you should know, more attitude! BIGOTED FLASHBACKAs my co-worker and friend Megin McDonell says on my Facebook page “hello? 1999? is that you? can you come and get your talking points, please, and take them back to your own century? thanks.” Apparently, we’re going to have the debate about if Section […]