Thursday, December 8th, 2016

In this week’s column for the Waukesha Freeman (cheaper than that other newspaper), I compare the approaches Walker and Vrakas took to the coming federal “stimulus” spending. As Vrakas points out in this interview with Mark Belling, it’s a principled stand by Walker, but the stimulus spending is coming whether we want it or not. […]

Each year at this time I peer into the magic crystal ball, and each year I just see my reflection. But I still make predictions. Using the typical sportswriter’s accuracy for predicting NFL games as my benchmark, I don’t do half badly. On the other hand, have you noticed how few sportswriters chuck the job […]

Who knew? Turns out there is no Dan Vrakas Facebook Friend discount on speeding tickets in Waukesha County. Print this entry

Last week’s column in the Waukesha Freeman was written in blog form and one of the topics addressed was one of my pet peeves. One of my pet peeves about local politicians is when they complain about “mandates” but never tell anybody which ones they oppose. For example, Vrakas complains 40 percent of his budget […]

Jessica McBride sums up what I think is the public sentiment on building a stadium at Frame Park: Northwoods baseball yes, at Frame Park no. But it’s estimated that more than 1,500 people would attend each of the 34 games. That’s a lot of people in a pretty small park, even if it’s down from […]

I hope somebody takes good notes, or gets it on video. This Thursday there will be a panel discussion on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resource Compact at 7:30 AM at (where else?) the Country Springs Hotel. If you want Republicans to attend, it has to be at the Country Springs Hotel. The […]

I hope somebody takes good notes, or gets it on video. This Thursday there will be a panel discussion on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resource Compact at 7:30 AM at (where else?) the Country Springs Hotel. If you want Republicans to attend, it has to be at the Country Springs Hotel. The […]

Congratulations to Allison Bussler, County Executive Vrakas’ chief of staff, on the birth of twins. Bussler’s doubling of her tax deduction opportunity is another sign of how serious the Vrakas office takes the issue of taxes in Waukesha County. Can’t be all that different from dealing with county board members: feed ’em, change ’em, burp […]

Congratulations to Allison Bussler, County Executive Vrakas’ chief of staff, on the birth of twins. Bussler’s doubling of her tax deduction opportunity is another sign of how serious the Vrakas office takes the issue of taxes in Waukesha County. Can’t be all that different from dealing with county board members: feed ’em, change ’em, burp […]

Each year I make a set of predictions, some tongue in cheek, and every year I prove to only be slightly better than sportswriters predicting the outcomes of NFL games. A quick glance at this year’s scorecard will show I made better predictions than in the past. Comments in italics. Governor Doyle will get one […]