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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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*BREAKING NEWS: ZIMMERMAN WANTS EXPLANATION ON FRANKLIN STADIUM VOTE*

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mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">I received the following e-mail from Mike Zimmerman of Zimmerman Ventures at 4:08 this afternoon:<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> The point your missing is that the city helped co-author this MOU. They redlined 95 percent of it and went back and forth on this for weeks... I sent this to them this morning. Its seemingly hard for a developer to come to Franklin, and certainly impossible for a local resident to find a way to help grow the city with a low risk solution. Epic failure! Mike Zimmerman Sent from my iPhone Begin forwarded message: <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-outline-level:1" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">From: Mike Zimmerman &lt;mikez@zimmventures.com&lt;mailto:mikez@zimmventures.com&gt;&gt; <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Date: April 23, 2014, 2:51:37 AM EDT <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">To: Steve Olson &lt;steve-olson@wi.rr.com&lt;mailto:steve-olson@wi.rr.com&gt;&gt; <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Cc: &quot;alderman@franklinwi.gov&lt;mailto:alderman@franklinwi.gov&gt;&quot; &lt;alderman@franklinwi.gov&lt;mailto:alderman@franklinwi.gov&gt;&gt;, Mark Luberda &lt;mluberda@franklinwi.gov&lt;mailto:mluberda@franklinwi.gov&gt;&gt;, Jesse Wesolowski &lt;jweslaw@aol.com&lt;mailto:jweslaw@aol.com&gt;&gt;, Rick Oliva &lt;ROliva@franklinwi.gov&lt;mailto:ROliva@franklinwi.gov&gt;&gt;, Adam Remington &lt;ARemington@franklinwi.gov&lt;mailto:ARemington@franklinwi.gov&gt;&gt;, Paul Rotzenberg &lt;PRotzenberg@franklinwi.gov&lt;mailto:PRotzenberg@franklinwi.gov&gt;&gt; <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Subject: Courage under fire What happened??? I think I deserve a real explanation - one that is reflective of the effort I put into this. I read the motion and those points were all addressed so it feels either like a red herring or a plan of a different sort that I can't wrap my head around. Moreover, how does it go unanimous? We had a task force led by two alderman who approved/forwarded the MOU to common council for approval. Separately, Alderwoman Kristen gave a compelling speech last Thursday to 90 plus people at the town hall meeting in favor of it. Your staff and attorney were sending me changes to the MOU as late as this afternoon - changes you just had to have and I agreed to. The Mayor himself was optimistic about the prospect of getting to yes although suggested I slow down (which I agreed to to the extent I could ) as we fine tune the deal. The majority flipped on the issue in closed doors? It doesn't add up for me. My very first comment to city staff was that I am willing to negotiate and work with the city (City&quot;s request) in good faith so long as everyone is open, truly wants to get to yes, and we can memorialize it via MOU by mid April. I was concerned that a new Mayor and members of common council might not be in support for a host of reasons (mainly because they are new to the topics that I have worked with the previous council on since early January) and didn't want to waste my time. I was assured that this was the collective intent of all - to get to yes that is. As a result, I literally put all other business affairs on hold for roughly two weeks and 100 plus hours of back and forth with the city to get us to a place where all parties felt like we had a good chance of success. You rejected my first proposal because existing tax dollars were not appropriate and it was you that suggested a TID among a host of other risk mitigation clauses for the city. You surly did not let Mark and Paul work with me in a vacuum to negotiate the finer points of OUR deal. This was a super deal for the city and one that was extremely collaborative, which makes the entire motion one of the oddest things I have ever been part of. Needless to say, its a very disappointing decision as far as I am concerned, along with thousands of other citizens and effected area business owners who will be knocking on your door I imagine. Risking the loss of a downtown and catalyst like the minor league baseball team is one that I am afraid could haunt you. Important point: The city had no real risks (at least those in your motion) if your honest with yourselves; and if it did, I would have mitigated those just like I did for every other one you asked that I mitigate (even the one at the last hour today). Did I understand your next steps accurately? You want me to work with the economic development committee, a committee with zero authority; especially knowing my timelines? I'm not just some developer you can push around. I am not Mejier, Walmart, Hitters or a slew of other great opportunities that knocked on our door and our elected officials botched. I am long time resident, tax payer and I gave a big piece of my wealth to this city. I worked hard to convert an eyesore and landfill into a gem for the city of Franklin. I do this because I love this city and I think I deserve more respect. As a matter or fact, any developer that wishes to develop in Franklin deserves the respect of our elected officials. The old school approach of putting developers on trial is no longer in practice and will get out to developers nationwide where no one will want to work with Franklin. We should be working with developers as our partners and maybe even roll out the red carpet for them on occasion. I hope you can be mindful of this with our next opportunity. I truly hope I have misunderstood this. I would appreciate your timely reply so we can close the case on this. 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Franklin aldermen breathe a sigh of relief

14 hours 19 min ago
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> Maybe Mike Zimmerman knew when he proposed his Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a new minor league baseball park in Franklin. Maybe he didn&rsquo;t. What he did when he presented the city of Franklin with his MOU was provide nervous, skeptical aldermen all kinds of outs. The proposal was so loaded with question marks that any alderman fearing risk, innovation, or constituent backlash could easily wiggle out of a tough situation. It&rsquo;s one of the oldest political ploys in the book: playing both sides of the fence. Zimmerman&rsquo;s MOU was certainly riddled with questionable suggestions. A no vote could be rationalized. Zimmerman didn&rsquo;t make the decision difficult. He made it easy. Why it took two hours behind closed doors for the Common Council to reach its unanimous rejection, I can&rsquo;t imagine. Sure would have loved to have seen and heard those discussions out in the open. But since they weren&rsquo;t, aldermen now have a strategic luxury. It goes like this: &ldquo;Gee, I would love to see a stadium come into Franklin and do wonders for our local economy. It&rsquo;d be great for families and kids. But I had to vote the MOU down because it had too many unanswered questions. It was just too risky.&rdquo; An answer for the yes crowd. An answer for the no crowd. And at least for now, you&rsquo;re off the hook. The aldermen have instructed city staff to come up with a Plan B. Don&rsquo;t hold your breath. Even if one surfaces, a certain percentage of Franklin residents will hate it without even seeing or reading it. It might be too early to tell what happens next but I have some initial thoughts. The city comes up with a viable, strong plan: Unlikely. Mike Zimmerman quickly responds with another plan: More likely. Zimmerman pitches his plan to another locale: Even more likely. Why do I envision this ballpark opening somewhere else&hellip;and thriving? And I fear once again that the message goes out that Franklin is not the greatest place to do business. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">UPDATE @ 2:30 PM, 4/23/14: Kev, you drilled all kinds of holes in the MOU. The Common Council voted not to enter into the MOU. So, what were the aldermen to do? <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">I&rsquo;ve been asked that, and it&rsquo;s very fair. Here&rsquo;s what I would have done if I was a member of the Common Council. First, I would have objected to going into closed session. State statute allowed the aldermen to convene behind closed doors. I still would have objected. Next, I would have advocated that no vote be taken on the MOU. There was no obligation. No one was painted into a corner with a gun to the head. I would have pushed that the council&rsquo;s position be that it needed more time to examine the many complex provisions contained in the MOU. Happens all the time. Decisions (votes) are put off or delayed from meeting to meeting. The council said there were too many &ldquo;unknowns.&rdquo; Rather than request city staff to come up with another plan, I would have specifically laid out all the problems we had with items in the MOU and asked Zimmerman to address each and every one by a designated future date. But the council took the easy way out Zimmerman gave them and did what we always do in Franklin: 1) Say no. 2) Don&rsquo;t offer an alternative or compromise.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> We elect folks to make tough decisions, not just easy ones. I didn&rsquo;t expect such a complex issue to be settled Tuesday night. But just once in a while, when it comes to economic development, I&rsquo;d like to see our local officials do something big and bold instead of the usual nothing. 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UPDATE: Many sticky points in the proposed Franklin stadium MOU

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Many sticky points in the proposed Franklin stadium MOU

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:00
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> O<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">n April 14, the Rock Professional Baseball Stadium Development Proposal Franklin Task Force unanimously moved to forward to the Franklin Common Council <span style="mso-bidi-font-style: italic">a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a new downtown area and economic incentives for construction of a minor league stadium. The Task Force also recommended that the Common Council consider the MOU at a special meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 22. <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">I&rsquo;ve gone through the MOU and want to highlight some areas that in my view constitute thorny issues as well as some other points. I&rsquo;ll quote from the MOU proposed by Zimmerman Ventures, then give my reaction. The quotes from the MOU are in order in how they appear in the document. &ldquo;We are proposing a development that will create a lively &quot;Franklin Downtown District&quot; (mixed-&shy;use retail, office, hospitality, and residential development) as well as a revitalized, fully integrated corridor in and around 76th and Rawson Avenue-all influenced by the presence of a new professional baseball stadium.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s the Reader&rsquo;s Digest version. There are obviously many more details. &ldquo;&hellip;we understand that &lsquo;using existing tax resources&rsquo; are not &lsquo;an appropriate funding source&rsquo; for the Stadium&hellip;&rdquo; Extremely important. &ldquo;Within two years of the execution of this MOU, Zimmerman (or its applicable development affiliate(s)) (the &lsquo;Developer&rsquo;) commits to explore the feasibility of the Franklin Downtown District development and, if such Franklin Downtown District development is feasible, in the Developer&rsquo;s opinion, the Developer will draft and submit to the City a Franklin Downtown District development plan, which will include a site plan and draft development agreement, which development agreement may include additional considerations, such as fill removal, as may be necessary for creating buildable parcels,(the &lsquo;Initial Development Plan&rsquo;)&hellip;The City and the Developer agree that any such Initial Development Plan is ultimately dependent upon the creation of a Tax Incremental District as set forth below, and absent the creation of such a Tax Incremental District the Developer has no obligations in relation to or for an Initial Development Plan.&rdquo; The developer is being very clear that if a Tax Incremental District is not created, the deal is probably dead. Such districts have their pros and cons. This &ldquo;take it or leave it&rdquo; approach might not sit well with some city leaders. &ldquo;Subject to acquisition of all necessary permits and approvals for each such individual activity, the Developer may commence Stadium construction activities &hellip;&rdquo; Are you aware of the permitting process in Franklin and the state of Wisconsin? Sloooooooooooowww, and not a given. &ldquo;The City and the Developer agree that construction of a minor league baseball stadium is ultimately dependent upon the creation of a Tax Incremental District as set forth below, and absent the creation of such a Tax Incremental District, the Developer has no obligations in relation to or for construction of a minor league baseball stadium.&rdquo; In case you didn&rsquo;t get it the first time. Did you hear them now? &ldquo;During the first two years after the execution of this MOU, the City will agree to purchase the Franklin Downtown District land, which is that land located directly across Crystal Ridge Drive from the Property in Franklin and is currently owned by the State of Wisconsin. Yet another negotiation that could delay the process or raise new issues. &ldquo;The Developer agrees to bear the financial risk of cost overruns...&rdquo; That&rsquo;s good. &ldquo;The City and Developer agree that any such Development Agreement approved and executed as part of the Initial Development Plan will not require the Developer to pay for the design and installation of the infrastructure for municipal sewer and water, in the anticipated final public rights-of-way, and the reconstruction and realignment of Crystal Ridge Drive required for the approved Franklin Downtown District development provided such lands are incorporated as part of said Initial Development Plan area and provided the Developer concurs that the property to be transferred includes sufficient buildable area. The City will not issue a special assessment against the Property or the Franklin Downtown District development to pay for sewer and water development, construction, or improvements contemplated herein.&rdquo; Whoa! Does the city want to pick up these costs? &quot;After the first year of Stadium operation, the Developer and the City agree to meet to assess the necessity for assistance from the police and fire departments for Stadium events, and the parties will at that time work in good faith to determine if the Developer should annually pay the City, prior to April 1 of each year, a &ldquo;Payment in Lieu of Taxes&rdquo; (PILOT) in an amount not to exceed $25,000, which payment shall not be required for a given year if the City and City of Greendale have entered into and have in place a &ldquo;Mutual Aid Agreement,&rdquo; specific to the Stadium and the events there at, for police and fire department assistance for any event at the facility anticipating more than 1,00 individuals on a given day, which Mutual Aid Agreement will include routine services and support, not just emergency incident response.&rdquo; I doubt the city will agree to pay for any police and fire protection, and I don&rsquo;t know if $25,000 annually will be enough. Will surrounding communities agree to offer mutual aid, and what will that cost be? &ldquo;The City and the Developer will work actively and jointly <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">in cooperation to secure additional funding support from the Village of Greendale, the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County and an agency or organization capable of providing such support, which funding shall be used to reduce the infrastructure costs to the City or the direct development costs to the developer&hellip;&rdquo; No guarantee this will work. I have two words for you: Miller Park. The counties still paying sales tax are still upset. I certainly don&rsquo;t envision Milwaukee County offering any help. I can hear cries of corporate welfare. A few weeks ago, nearly 84% of Franklin voters chose to make Milwaukee County supervisors part-time, and they won&rsquo;t forget that if Franklin comes knocking on the door for cash. &ldquo;Time is of the essence and the deadline to fully execute this MOU is April 23, 2014.&rdquo; Look, I support the stadium, but those who say this process is moving too fast are correct. &ldquo;Except as otherwise mutually agreed upon in writing, this Memorandum of Understanding shall terminate and the terms shall be null and void with no party having right to claims for damages to the other party if the Developer does not submit and receive approval for and take valid possession of a building permit for a minor league baseball stadium, as mutually contemplated herein, prior to August 31, 2014, or if the City fails to receive approval from a joint review board for commencement of a TIF District prior to August 31, 2014.&rdquo; Can such serious, complex negotiations be completed that quickly?

I just wanted to say thanks . . .

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:45
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The latest pro-life news (04/21/14)

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 19:00
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The Four Franklin Minor League Stadium Factions

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:00
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> As debate chugs along in the debate over whether Franklin should cut a deal to build a minor league baseball stadium, it&rsquo;s critical to keep in mind the following. There are, in my view, four distinct groups when it comes to folks and their stance on this important issue. 1) THE GUNG HO CROWD. Avid lovers and followers of baseball, they want the stadium built, no matter what. They strongly believe the development will garner real, substantial economic benefits for the city and the region. Some probably played baseball and/or other sports and attend athletic events regularly. There&rsquo;s a sense among some that going to pro sports, like Brewer games, is too expensive and a minor league park would provide family entertainment at more reasonable prices. Some live in Franklin, some don&rsquo;t. They don&rsquo;t really care about the politics or the process; they just want the job to get done. Some not only attended a public information hearing on the stadium last week but also the Rock afterwards for free beer supplied by the developer. 2) THE BUILD IT WITH CONDITIONS CROWD. This bunch supports the ballpark concept in general, but with certain caveats. These would include no property tax money allocated, support (financial) from surrounding communities, the owner paying the entire freight, to name a few. 3) THE SKEPTICAL CROWD. Their support wavers because they can&rsquo;t help but possess serious doubts about the economic impact such a ball park would bring, not to mention the ability of Franklin to manufacture a deal. 4) THE NO WAY CROWD. No way. No how. Over their dead bodies. Refuses to listen to or accept any empirical data on the subject. This group is probably older, has folks who&rsquo;ve lived in Franklin a long time, don&rsquo;t attend many social events including sports. They&rsquo;re in bed by 8:00, hate noise, traffic, and progress in general, would prefer to drive from Franklin to other locations for their gas and groceries, wish that Ike was in the White House, and in their minds the calendar still says 1955. If a minority, a loud one not to be taken for granted (If I had to guess right now, I'd say ultimately this group will win). The point is there is no and won&rsquo;t be any consensus on what is sure to be a contentious debate with no easy answers or solutions. In the end, not everyone&rsquo;s going to be happy. 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UPDATE: "The Poster"

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:00

Cool stuff, right?

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My Most Popular Blogs (04/21/14)

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:00

God's Not Dead

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Recommended Reading (04/19/14)

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<p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri">Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read. They&rsquo;re all compelling, but I especially recommend the piece on Chicago police. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Read Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld&rsquo;s &lsquo;Annual Letter&rsquo; to the IRS &quot;That I &amp; most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something.&quot; Democrats&rsquo; ideas hurt the people they&rsquo;re supposed to help &quot;The news is filled with bleak reports that continue to cast a pall of gloom over the many Americans who say life for them is a daily struggle. Two deeply troubling stories appearing in the papers this week were typical of the growing problems that afflict so many Americans in a still-weak, job-deficient, low-paying economy.&quot; The war within the GOP &quot;The internal debate within the GOP is showing up in commentaries among its pundits. It reflects to some degree the fears of its establishment elites who have managed to serve up John McCain and Mitt Romney, both of whom lost because they waged campaigns devoid of any serious criticism or confrontation with liberalism. The Party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.&quot; Wisconsin GOP is not seceding from reality &ldquo;...in March, Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District GOP passed a resolution asserting the state's right to secede from the U.S. government. 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Young people might find this hard to believe, but forty years ago the Left was all about coddling violent criminals and denigrating our fighting men as 'baby killers'.&quot; The truth about Chicago's crime rates <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN">&ldquo;Chicago<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN"> conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department&rsquo;s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents&mdash;all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons. &ldquo;This troubling practice goes far beyond murders, documents and interviews reveal. Chicago found dozens of other crimes, including serious felonies such as robberies, burglaries, and assaults, that were misclassified, downgraded to wrist-slap offenses, or made to vanish altogether.&rdquo; <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">My resignation letter &quot;As unique as my personal situation might be, I know I am not the only teacher feeling this way. 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The latest from the WI Conservative Digest: Crime, MPS, reading, the UW, more

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:45
KF NOTE: Never a pulled punch. Here we go.

Week-ends (04/19/14)

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:11

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (04/19/14)

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In&hellip;Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it&rsquo;s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy! THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. TODAY: Mostly sunny. High of 55. &quot;C&quot; EASTER SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High around that 70 degree mark. &quot;A&quot; Here&rsquo;s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week&rsquo;s main blog:

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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:18
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