Monday, October 24th, 2016

Political pundits often make political predictions and are never held accountable for them. My predictions are often no better than anyone else’s predictions and they’re often made tongue-in-cheek. However, every year I review the previous year’s predictions because physical self-mortification in public is frowned upon while in it’s written form it is considered entertainment. At […]

Waukesha Freeman 9/10/2015 Page 6A Opinion Don’t let this pilot fly County involved in Sunset Homes loan, too Internal emails uncovered during open records requests reveal that the city of Waukesha’s proposed loan to Sunset Homes for home repairs is even bigger than reported. The emails also suggest that the financing is not as sound […]

In the world of competing open records requests, WISN’s Mark Belling reported first about Waukesha City Attorney Brian Running’s concerns about a proposed loan from the city of Waukesha to the Sunset Homes condominium board. I’m also reporting on the email in my column in tomorrow’s Waukesha Freeman, which was written yesterday. Since my column […]

The following is a letter from city of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry to Mayor Shawn Reilly regarding amending the TID to give a loan to Sunset Homes condominiums. – JW Mayor Reilly, I hope this finds you well as you return from vacation. I am contacting you regarding the Common Council vote of 7-6 on […]

Continuing the theme, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly endorsed Brian Dorow for state senate in the special election in the 33rd district. Dorow’s endorsements continue to be more local than State Rep Chris Kapenga’s list of endorsements. However, does an endorsement by Reilly help? Reilly’s endorsement track record isn’t good. He endorsed Ald Aaron Perry for […]

Alderman Aaron Perry posted the following on his Facebook page: From: Mayor Reilly To: Adam Neylon (; Scott Allen (; Senator Paul F. Farrow (;… Dear Senator Farrow, Representative Neylon and Representative Allen; I am writing to you on behalf of the City of Waukesha. I understand that it is possible that the room tax […]

As I was polishing the family heirloom martini shaker, a genie appeared. “Master of the Martini, listen to me. You have freed me from the curse that trapped me in here lo these many millennia.” To which I replied, “I didn’t think they had stainless steel thousands of years ago.” “SILENCE! While I have been […]

Waukesha Freeman 12/31/14 Page A7 Opinion A look back at the year that was Walker, Kramer were big political stories; lots of turnover in local politics When the old year passes, sometimes it’s with regret and sometimes it’s with joy. As we gather to toast the new year and drink away the old, it’s worth […]

Waukesha Freeman 12/11/14 Page A4 Opinion Selective outrage Democrats forget recent past to score political points With the sentencing of state Rep. Bill Kramer to five months in jail and the election of his successor Scott Allen, most Waukesha residents probably thought the issue was over. For the Democrats, however, nothing is over when they […]

City of Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, responding to my question in an email, said he has no plans to hand out “the key to the city” this year. Let me be the first to congratulate him on the decision. Under former Mayor Jeff Scrima, the handing out of keys became ridiculous in the number that […]