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both eyes on the road

I can finally take one eye off the rear view mirror and back to the road in front where it belongs. Feb. 29th was an extra day... an extra day to get pulled over. Finally.

I haven't been hiding the fact I've been driving on expired plates. Car didn't pass emissions. I could've registered it in a neighboring county, one not requiring testing. I've been honest about it. I was rewarded, not with a ticket, but a 5 day. I now have 4 more days to get it fixed, pass emissions and registered. (I hope they don't count weekends)

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Governor Proclaims 2012 to be Year of the Veterans

Everyday Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom service members return home. Governor Walker proclaimed 2012, the Year of the Veterans. The Year of the Veterans Proclamation honors the sacrifices of Wisconsin's veterans from all wars, operations, and branches of the military. Governor Walker directed state agencies to provide at least 15 veteran specific job fairs and four employer education symposiums. For more information about the Year of the Veterans you may visit: www.yearoftheveteran.com .

fortunate

Yesterday I was given a five day warning to register the car. If it was just a matter of paying the fee it wouldn't be a problem, but only five days to repair the car so it passes emissions, test it and register it?

Wasn't sure what the problem was, but had an idea. Fortunate to have a son who chose auto mechanics for a career and had a spare vehicle for me to drive while he worked on it.

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A Pod of Dolphins are Working a Miracle...

For more information go to www.waukeshacivictheatre.org. We'd love to see you there!

Helen Keller was eighteen-months-old and extremely bright when, "An acute congestion of the stomach and brain," like a ruthless thief, stole her sight, hearing and speech and left Helen locked in a dark, soundless prison.  She would need a miracle to thrive.

While this story certainly is about a miracle, this particular miracle didn't just happen.  It involved a series of fortunate events; the combination of Helen's high intelligence, the imprinting that took place before her illness, her parents' wealth to seek and pursue help, and the blessed arrival of her teacher, Anne Sullivan - The Miracle Worker!

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What's Happening: Mar 5 to Mar 12

03/06/12 - 08/11/12
Behind the Vaults:Treasures from the County Museum Collections

See some of special things the museum houses in its collections like a cane used by the county’s first land owner, Morris Cutler. Visitors will also learn a bit about why museums collect and how they preserve these special objects for generations to come- Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859, www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

03/09/12- 03/11/12
Hometown Publications Home & Garden Show

Forum, Waukesha County Expo, 262-896-8490, www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

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State Senate Calendar for March 6, 2012

First Order.        Call of Roll. 

Second Order.     Chief clerk's entries. 

Third Order.       Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals. 

Fourth Order.      Report of committees. 

Fifth Order.         Petitions and communications. 

Sixth Order.         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules. 

Seventh Order.    Advice and consent of the Senate 

QUESTION:  Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Assef, Saied, of Green Bay, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Barrette, Mark
, of Beaver Dam, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Bogost, Gregg A.
, of Madison, as a member of the Radiology Examining Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.
Burnett, Eileen, of De Pere, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Cullinan, William
, of New Berlin, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Ellis, Julie
, of New Berlin, as a member of the Board of Nursing, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Hammes, Brian, of Fond Du Lac, as a member of the Optometry Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Jafari, Mary, of Onalaska, as a member of the Radiography Examining Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2012.
Jensen, Doreen
, of Oshkosh, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2012.
Leazer, Lynn, of Verona, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2012.
Misra, Suresh
, of Mequon, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Petersen, Andrew
, of Verona, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.
Polenske, Mary Ellen
, of Sun Prairie, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Rambo, Larry, of Hartland, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.
Reuter, Geraldine, of Lancaster, as a member of the Barbering and Cosmetology Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Swan, Timothy, of Marshfield, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.
Vasudevan, Sridhar V., of Belgium, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2012.
Viste-Johnson, Barbara, of Luxemburg, as a member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Wagner, Thomas, of Oshkosh, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.
Weis, William W.
, of Franklin, as a member of the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Willis, Patricia
, of Waukesha, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2014.

Eighth Order.            Messages from the Assembly. 

QUESTION:  Shall the amendment be concurred in?

Senate Bill 338. Relating to: waiving fees for certain professional and occupational licenses issued to veterans. Assembly Amendments 1 and 2 pending

Ninth Order.        Special Orders. 

Special Order at 1:31 P.M.

Assembly Bill 426. Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties.  Senate Substitute Amendment 2 pending

Tenth Order.       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading. 

QUESTION:  Shall the joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 58. Relating to: commending Laura Kaeppeler on winning the Miss America pageant.
Senate Joint Resolution 65. Relating to: commending Madison Area Technical College on its 100th anniversary.
Senate Joint Resolution 66. Relating to: commemorating the achievements and contributions of Moraine Park Technical College on the occasion of its centennial.
Senate Joint Resolution 69. Relating to: honoring the members of Bon Iver and Justin Vernon on their 2012 Grammy Awards.

Eleventh Order.    Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills. 

QUESTION:  Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 50. Relating to: wind energy system rules.
Senate Bill 58. Relating to: liability of public utility customers for unbilled utility service.
Senate Bill 114. Relating to: legislative consideration of a biennial budget bill.

Senate Bill 179. Relating to: requiring a private school that provides child care for children under three years of age to be licensed to operate a child care center.   Senate Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 255. Relating to: the publication and effective dates of acts.

Senate Bill 308. Relating to: deposit placement programs of public depositories.

Senate Bill 394. Relating to: establishing an assistant district attorney pay progression plan. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 396. Relating to: financial assistance for the livestock premises registration program, a tax credit for livestock identification tags and tag-reading equipment, and making an appropriation. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 399. Relating to: the admissibility of hearsay evidence at a preliminary examination.
Senate Bill 407. Relating to: zinc air button cell batteries and providing penalties.

Senate Bill 411. Relating to: hunting and trapping of wolves, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and making an appropriation. Senate Amendments 1 and 3 pending

Senate Bill 415. Relating to: buying, selling, bartering, and trading of nonedible parts from upland game birds.

Senate Bill 426. Relating to: intentional program violations of public assistance programs.
Senate Amendments 1 and 2 pending

Senate Bill 429. Relating to: portable electronics insurance and providing a penalty.
Senate Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 441. Relating to: authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to collect voluntary contributions in addition to fees charged for certain approvals, authorizing the voluntary contributions to be paid to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, and making an appropriation.

Senate Bill 452. Relating to: exception to local levy limits for the village of Warrens.

Senate Bill 453. Relating to: the authority and responsibility of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, requirements for obtaining certain licenses or other credentials from the Department of Safety and Professional Services, weighing a product that contains opium or another controlled substance, and granting rule-making authority.  Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 457. Relating to: dispensing motor vehicle fuel for persons with disabilities, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 459. Relating to: economic development activities of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

Senate Bill 461. Relating to: the governor's read to lead development fund, the Read to Lead Development Council, grants in support of literacy and early childhood development programs, teacher licensure, screening kindergarten pupils for reading readiness, remedial reading services for certain pupils, evaluating teacher preparatory programs and educator effectiveness, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Amendment 4 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, Senate Amendment 4 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, and Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 463. Relating to: the angel investment and early stage seed investment tax credit programs. Senate Amendments 1 and 2 pending

Senate Bill 464. Relating to: prohibiting fingerprinting in connection with professional credentials issued by the Department of Safety and Professional Services or an examining board or affiliated credentialing board, except as provided in the statutes, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 465. Relating to: the definition of municipality for purposes of tax refund setoffs.

Senate Bill 474. Relating to: matching financial records for Medical Assistance eligibility and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 475. Relating to: audits and reports of state savings banks and state savings and loan associations.

Senate Bill 476. Relating to: changing the date of fire prevention week from the week of October 8 to the week of October 9.

Senate Bill 492. Relating to: regulating certain service contracts and granting rule-making authority.    
Senate Amendment 1 pending

Senate Bill 496. Relating to: brucellosis testing of milk, cream, and cattle and restrictions on moving or sale of American bison and other animal species.

Senate Bill 497. Relating to: designation, modification, and termination of agricultural enterprise areas.

Senate Bill 498. Relating to: the pest abatement authority of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Senate Bill 518. Relating to: gasoline vapor recovery requirements and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 524. Relating to: exception to local levy limits for the city of Fox Lake.

Senate Bill 526. Relating to: technical changes to the qualified production activities income and franchise tax credit.

Twelfth Order.   Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills. 

QUESTION:  Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 56. Relating to: retail theft, proof of ownership for flea market sales, and providing penalties.

Assembly Bill 176. Relating to: minimum harvesting requirements for commercial fishing in the Great Lakes.

Assembly Bill 217. Relating to: impersonating certain officials and providing a penalty.

Assembly Bill 334. Relating to: possession of certain animals killed by vehicles.

Assembly Bill 384. Relating to: weapons that may be used to hunt certain animals and requirements for establishing open hunting seasons for those animals.

Assembly Bill 395. Relating to: acquisition of land in the Niagara Escarpment corridor.

Assembly Bill 397. Relating to: failing to report the death of a child or to report a missing child, moving the corpse of a child, hiding a corpse to collect public benefits, and providing penalties.

Thirteenth Order.     Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.     Motions may be offered. 

Fifteenth Order.  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege. 

Sixteenth Order. Adjournment. 

 

Name That Puppy!

HAWS, puppies, Valentine's Day, Champagne, name, socialization, adopt, Bunny, Walkathon, makeover

HAWS welcomed 15 new members to our "family" on Valentine's Day, when pregnant mom Champagne gave birth to her litter of puppies. 

Currently in foster care, Champagne and her brood are not only being carefully monitored as they grow, but are also working on early-stage development with our Behavior Department!  You can follow their progress by reading their blog - updated daily because so much happens in such a short time with puppies...

They've already reached a critical stage:  it is time for socialization.  One key need for this work?  Names!

So it is time to "Play the Name Game" and we're asking for our community to participate and have a little fun along the way.  For a $50 donation - which is being used for the puppies care - you can choose one of the 15 puppies and give it a name.  These names will be used while volunteers work with the pups...and who knows:  the future adopter may just keep your name of choice!  (Hint, hint:  make it a good one!)

All the details can be found at the Valentine's Puppies' blog, and the link to make your naming donation is on our main HAWS' website.  Oh, and it looks like there are only 14 left to name now...hurry so you don't miss out!

By the way - we take the phrase "Spring into action" literally at HAWS, with these awesome upcoming events!  March 19th is HAWS' Annual Bunny Day, 3/25 is Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition, also on 3/25 our Mobile Adoption Center will be at the Admirals' Game for Dog Day...
and our 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is set for May 5th.  (You can get started now - let your fingers to the fundraising with an online page...) 

perfect 10

art, 8) my favorite things, counting cranes, Frame Park, Freeman, Riverwalk, Hope Center, J-S, St. William, Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha County Fair, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

Ten days to winter's end. Today's weather was a perfect 10. This post is about 10 ten things, and it's been 10 days since my last post.

First, I received another check last week. I knew Discovery Channel wanted to use the same Waukesha County Fair video I mentioned here Feb. 28th, but it's been many months since I faxed back the release. I didn't forget about it, just wasn't spending it till I saw it. Lets just say that receiving an unexpected $100.00 check really made my day.

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What's Happening: Mar 12 to Mar 19

03/12/12
Windy Hill Handbell Choir & UW-Waukesha Concert Choir

The winter concert by the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Handbell Choir and Concert Choir.- Lunt Fontanne Theatre, UW-Waukesha Campus, (262) 521-5325, www.waukesha.uwc.edu/music

03/14/12
Lunch and Learn, "Stories of the Badge"

Enjoy lunch, then a special presentation on the history of the Waukesha Police Department, with many objects and images during its history.   Fee: $8 per person, includes lunch and museum admission.- Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859, www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

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Adopt 4 Paws from HAWS: MacKenzie is Waiting...STILL!

HAWS, adopt, HAWS Bunny Day, Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition, Mobile Adoptions

MacKenzie is a beautiful shorthaired female.At HAWS, we won't give up on a pet!!  Meet MacKenzie the cat:

This beautiful shorthaired girl is MacKenzie, a 6-year-old brown tabby with orange coloring.  She's a love - our volunteers call her the "purrfect" pal - who is affectionate, playful and "kneads" whomever she's with!  Maybe you need her in your life?

MacKenzie has patiently been waiting for a new home.  In fact, she's been waiting for her new home since July '11!!!  She's spent some time in our adoption program at the Petco store in Waukesha, but now she's back at HAWS, lounging in our foyer window cat condos. 

We love having her at HAWS, but we'd love even more for her to land in a forever home with a comfy bed and sunny window.

Come visit with MacKenzie and all her adoptable friends at HAWS - today and every day!

HAWS welcomes you daily for viewing and adoption.  We're open Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 4:00 p.m.

By the way:  this Sunday, 3/18, is our Annual Bunny Day at HAWS, co-hosted by the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society.  And next Sunday, 3/25, is a busy HAWS day with our Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition from noon - 4pm at the shelter and our Mobile Adoption Center's annual visit to the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day game at 3pm!  Join us - and have lots of fun while supporting the HAWS Cause!

goin' green

bailey, Retzer

Plenty o' green on St. Pat's. The unbelievably perfect weather was obviously something to bain sult as an saol. I have a strong connection to the day that has nothing to do with green beer -  just call me Patrick, it's my middle name - and I immediately recognized upon waking what a truly beautiful day it was. 

This St. Pat's follows a winter so mild we never even got the snow blower out or needed the new bag of salt. I feel safe now, the remaining days will be in the 70s, but there were plenty who thought I'd jinx it by mentioning the mild winter during winter. 

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What's Happening: Mar 19 to Mar 26

03/21/12
Discovery Club, "Neverland Adventure"

The Discovery Club is an exciting program, specially designed for children 3-5 years old. From 10 - 11am, families will be led through several activities, this month themed around Neverland!  - Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859, www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

03/21/12
Waukesha Creative Arts League

Informal meeting of all artists and visual arts enthusiasts to learn through art demonstrations and critiques by local artists, teachers and professionals. Members can show their works at local libraries and other venues.- Waukesha Good Will, (262)-565-3465

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Districts to recover millions in settlement over risky investments

Five Wisconsin school districts that invested in $200 million worth of risky financial instruments that tanked in the economic collapse have reached a settlement with a St. Louis-based financial firm they sued for leading them astray, according to documents released Monday.

Under the terms of the settlement, Stifel Nicolaus & Company Inc. on Monday paid $13 million to the districts – Waukesha, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Kenosha and Kimberly – and provided a standby letter of credit for an additional $9.5 million to be paid when Stifel resolves a related case with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, says a news release from the districts' attorneys at Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk law firm.

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HAWS Seeks Nominations for 2nd Annual Youth Community Kindness Award

HAWS, Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award, award, shelter, fundraise, HAWS' Walkathon

HAWS is seeking nominations for our second annual Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award.  This award is in memory of Diana Boettcher, a longtime resident of Lac La Belle who cared equally for the animals and people in her neighborhood throughout her life.

Young volunteers made HAWS' Janboree event a great success!The Diana Boettcher Award seeks to honor a single young individual who exemplifies kindness to animals in their community.  This kindness may take action through volunteering, promoting awareness or other acts of humane animal treatment.

The honoree will be selected by a panel of HAWS’ employees and friends.  Selection will be based on the nominee’s commitment to animal welfare through public service and community life.

Nominees must be 18 years or younger.  Family, friends, community members and teachers are allowed to nominate deserving youth; in addition, students may also nominate themselves.  If chosen, the recipient must be available to accept the award at the Friends of HAWS’ 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5, 2012 at Sussex Village Park.

Applications must include the nominee’s name, birth date, school and an essay (not to exceed 500 words) explaining their commitment to animals in their community.

All applications must be received at HAWS by April 9th and can be emailed to kaitlin@hawspets.org or mailed to HAWS, Attn: Kaitlin Daugherty, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834.

By the way - have you set up your personal, online fundraising webpage for the HAWS Walkathon yet?  Let your fingers do the fundraising...its easy, fun and a great way to get involved in support of the HAWS Cause!

Deer hunter forum Wednesday evening in Waukesha

Here's a reminder that the Department of Natural Resources will hold a deer hunter forum Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wern Valley Sportsman's Club, S36-W29657 Wern Way, Waukesha.

The DNR is holding the meetings this month at sites around the state. They are for anyone interested in deer and deer management and will include the chance to speak to a local wildlife biologist about local deer populations, management issues, hunting seasons and other deer topics.

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What's Happening: Mar 26 to Apr 2

03/27/12 - 08/11/12
Behind the Vaults:Treasures from the County Museum Collections

See some of special things the museum houses in its collections like a cane used by the county’s first land owner, Morris Cutler. Visitors will also learn a bit about why museums collect and how they preserve these special objects for generations to come- Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859, www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

03/30/12
Clear Channel Beatle Bash

Arena, Waukesha County Expo, 262-896-8490, www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

03/30/12- 04/03/12
The Wizard Of Oz Unplugged

Sprinkled with adapted songs based on the original movie version, the classic tale is reworked to convey the message of acceptance and equality.- Waukesha Civic Theatre, 262.547.0708, www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

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Get CAGED at HAWS...

CAGED, HAWS, Facebook, Twitter, spay, neuter, awareness, students, rally

HAWS proudly announces “CAGED,”  a Spay/Neuter Awareness rally for local college students that will run from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 28.

The rally is designed to bring greater awareness to the still very relevant message of spaying and neutering as a successful method of combating pet overpopulation. Students will sign up for ½ hour time slots where they will be placed in one of HAWS’ cat condos for “socialization.” The condo windows will be covered in statistics and facts on the effects of spaying and neutering, along with Project Guardian, HAWS’ free barn/outdoor cat spay-neuter program.

For a $5 donation or for “checking in” and mentioning HAWS on any social networking page such as Facebook or Twitter, students will gain access to the CAGED “VIP lounge” – including pizza and refreshments, interaction with various shelter pets, and a trivia contest in which they will be able to test their knowledge on the stats posted throughout the shelter. The first 50 students will receive a special “Got CAGED at HAWS” t-shirt.

HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik notes, “Many college students are drawn to helping animals and love to spend time with them – and this event makes a great study break! We also know that social media is a powerful tool for spreading an important message. As young adults become more active in animal welfare, we can use their savvy to help save many lives, and engage them for the future sustainability of our mission.”

Students interested in participating should contact leann@hawspets.org or kaitlin@hawspets.org.

By the way - thunderstorms are here...and fireworks season is fast approaching!  Get tips on how to help your pet cope with the chaos at "The Big Bang" seminar, presented by HAWS' very own Dr. Claudeen, and hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago.  Call 262-363-3338 to register, and then join us this Thursday, March 29, at 6pm at 214 Rocheser St., Mukwonago.

By the way, part 2 - have you created your online fundraising page yet for the 29th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon...?  Let your fingers do the fundraising in support of the HAWS Cause!

Aurora to close 11 pharmacies

Aurora Health Care plans to close 11 pharmacies systemwide effective tomorrow afternoon, Lake Country Publications learned Wednesday afternoon.

According to an Aurora spokesman, 82 Aurora employees will be affected.

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Fair questions for local candidates

Show me a campaign flyer for a local candidate that doesn't say that they are for lower taxes and I'll probably faint. Recently in the news was a public official who ran as a conservative in a conservative area. They were found to have signed a Walker recall form and in a way to try to hide the fact who they really were. A wolf in sheep's clothing. They pulled one over on the voters. Then there are various local officials that were found to have signed the form. Yes, their right to do so, but it is our right to vet these people who want to represent us.

How can we be sure that who we vote for is really going to represent our beliefs? Perhaps by asking some pretty simple questions, such as:

  • Who did you vote for president in 2008 and do you plan to vote Democratic or Republican in the up-coming election?
  • Did you vote for Walker or Barrett for Governor?
  • Did you sign a recall petition for any of the recent recall drives?
  • Do you or anyone related to you belong to a public sector union. (for the record, I have 3 immediate relatives that do. It makes for great dinner discussions)
  • Who did you vote for Mayor of Waukesha (if a local alderman)

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idol chatter

Waukesha North, St. William, 1) sound of music

I enjoyed my first Waukesha Idol last weekend at North. Was watching for any surprises and found plenty in the incredible talent of the students. Though the competition was open through high school age, several of the ten to twelve year olds demonstrated surprising skill for their age. All these kids have a bright future, maybe not all in music, but I admire the discipline of practice and the courage to perform in front of a full auditorium. Several students get extra points for accompanying themselves with piano or guitar.

An incredible amout of planning goes into this Interact Club fundraiser for their international charity, but even with planning things happen. There was much difficulty with technology, not an uncommon occurance in the R. G. Hein Auditorium. Most of the time it was just finding the right stand to fit the mic, but occasionally it was hard to find a working mic.  One contestant competing on video couldn't be seen because no one could figure out a way to tap the audio from the laptop.

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