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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

The Two Maasses

Craig Maass, Dave Maass, Common Council, School Board

Yard signs that have been popping up in the past few weeks announcing Craig Maass candidate for 1st District Alderman on the South Milwaukee Common Council have prompted a couple of residents to wonder if Dave Maass is planning to leave the South Milwaukee School Board.

The answer is no.

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Prosser's Problem

Wisconsin Supreme Court, David Prosser, JoAnne Kloppenburg, Shirley Abrahamson, election, April 5

Have you ever been in a professional setting that became so vitriolic that one person called another a derogatory name or in which one person threatened to damage to another person's career? I mean to their face?

I haven't. And believe me, during my 12 years with the largest trial court of general jurisdiction in the world and eight years of media-relations consulting, I encountered plenty of humongous egos and highly charged and conflicting agendas.

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Kloppenburg in Rehnquist Footsteps

U.S. Supreme Court, William Rehnquist, Wisconsin, JoAnne Kloppenburg, David Prosser, April 5 ballot

A lot of Wisconsinites know that the late, longterm U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist was from Wisconsin--born in Milwaukee, grew up in Shorewood.
Not so many know that Renquist never served as a judge on any court before he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Interestingly, the same is true of a couple current justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. One is the current Chief. The other is David Prosser.
Ironically, Prosser ads for his re-election to Wisconsin's high court demean 21-veteran prosecutor JoAnne Kloppenburg who is also on the April 5 ballot because she hasn't been a judge.
Seems to me that serving in the state Attorney General's office with both Republican and Democratic attorneys general and in both Republican and Democratic administrations and handling legal cases for 21 years lays a strong foundation for being impartial and experiened in Wisconsin law.

From the JoAnne Kloppenburg campaign

Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick, John Ullsvik, Tea Party, Wisconsin Supreme Court

 Let’s set the record straight on a couple of their most
outrageous allegations:

**Fiction**: JoAnne put an 80-year-old farmer in jail for not planting
native grasses on a field.

**Fact**: A farmer named Wayne Hensler in Jefferson County was ordered
by the State of Wisconsin to take action to stop pollution from run-off
from his farm going into Rock Lake. Mr. Hensler refused to do the work
but finally agreed to pay to have others do the remediation work. Then
he refused to pay the money he’d agreed to pay. Jefferson County Judge
Randy Koschnick (who you may remember ran against Shirley Abrahamson)
ordered Mr. Hensler to pay what he owed. He would not. Finally, another
Judge in Jefferson County, John Ullsvik, found Hensler in contempt and
put him in jail for a few days. Two facts are pertinent here: no
attorney can put anyone in jail. Only a Judge can do that. Secondly, the
farmer was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to pay money he had
been repeatedly ordered to pay, not for “refusing to plant a field.”

**Big money being used to try to mislead you**: Our research shows that
the “Citizens for a Stronger America” is spending about $526,000 on this
TV ad.

**Fiction**: JoAnne is unqualified for the Court because she has never
been a judge and because in the past she has applied for open judgeships
for which others were chosen.

**Fact**: JoAnne is a graduate of Yale, Princeton and the UW Law School.
She has been a prosecutor for 21 years. Her legal experience is broad
and deep and she has tried numerous cases in Wisconsin Circuit Courts,
the Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. JoAnne has earned
the endorsement of sitting Judges who know best what what it takes to do
the job.

It is not unusual for attorneys who aren’t judges to be elected or
appointed as a judge and many legal experts say it is healthy that
judges come from a variety of backgrounds. David Prosser was not a judge
when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. Nor was Shirley Abrahamson.
One of the Supreme Court Justices David Prosser says he admires most,
Justice Rehnquist was not a judge before being appointed to the United
States Supreme Court.

It is also not unusual for attorneys to apply for open judgeships and
JoAnne has applied for open seats. Those openings usually attract long
lists of very qualified applicants and only one can be chosen. Some of
those applicants end up not being selected for the judgeship and running
for office. For example, Brian Blanchard applied to be an appeals court
judge. He was not selected. He then ran for the Court and was elected

**Big money being used to try to mislead you**: Our research shows that
"Americans for Prosperity" and the Tea Party are spending about $45,000
on radio and TV ads with this fiction in it. It is also in the Citizens
for a Stronger America ad.

We're counting on your help to get the facts out. With only five days
before the election, quickly setting the record straight is crucial --
because spreading untrue statements about JoAnne is all that our
opponents have left.

Melissa Mulliken [Kloppenburg] Campaign Manager


Important Reason to Vote for Kloppenburg

JoAnne Kloppenburg

A vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court tomorrow is because this state does not need a misogynist on its highest court.

Prosser Never a Judge when Appointed ot WI Supreme Court

JoAnne Kloppenburg,

Political ads are making a big deal out of the importance that a state Supreme Court justice should have been a judge before serving on the high court.

Guess who never did.

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Give (Re)Development a Piece of Your Mind

Redevelopment, Charrette, downtown, South Milwaukee

ChopArt at Nona's

Chapen, art, ChopArt, Nona's Cafe

Six pieces of Chapen's art on display at Nona's Cafe. Drop by, take a look and have a bite to eat.

A View on Deregulation

Mark Honadel, Erik Brooks, deregulation, telephone industry, Enron,

South Milwaukee 4th District Alderman Erik Brooks provided some information on a bill Assemblyman Mark Honadel has proposed in the Legislature that would deregulate the traditional landline telephone industry. You can read Alderman Brooks' blog about this proposal and some questions it raises for him here.

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