Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Our sister Patch in West Des Moines, Iowa, reports that a Scott Walker “Truth Squad” plans to rally ahead of Wisconsin governor’s appearance before Republican activists.
West Des Moines, Iowa — Advocacy groups for progressives in Iowa and Wisconsin are holding “Scott Walker Truth Squad” in advance of the Wisconsin governor’s appearance Thursday at a Polk County Republican Fundraiser, one of several of appearances before GOP activists that point to a possible presidential run in 2016. Advisers to Walker say he’s returning a favor to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who hosted a fundraiser in Dubuque, Iowa, for the embattled Wisconsin governor during his 2012 recall election, the Washington Post reported. Even if Walker’s advisers are telling it like it is, and that Walker’s appearance with Branstad is just a little quid pro quo among political friends, the pre-banquet rally by Progress Iowa and One Wisconsin Now …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Speculation aside, Larry Sabato, a well-known political scientist lays out his argument for Gov. Scott Walker being a top-tier candidate for Republican nomination for president in 2016.
The signs that Gov. Scott Walker is laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run are clear, but still speculative. And that speculation may be intensifying as Larry Sabato, a well-known political scientist, has declared Walker a top-tier candidate for Republican nominee for president in 2016 — right up there with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Walker is writing a book about his governorship, which may become a resume of sorts and is planning to address conservatives in Iowa at the invitation of Gov. Terry Branstad in May. He also was one of the key speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March. And, according to Politico, “he wouldn’t commit to serving throughout a second four-…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Michael Neitzke, the City of Greenfield's 10th mayor, officially started his third term Tuesday after running unopposed in this spring's election.
Mayor Michael Neitzke, who will be the longest-tenured mayor in the City of Greenfield's history should he finish his third term, took the oath of office Tuesday in a ceremony at City Hall. Neitzke ran unopposed in this spring's election, just the second mayor to do so in the city's 56-year history. Neitzke addressed an audience that included school board members, current and former alderpersons, department heads, State Representative Jeff Stone and other community members. Below are some of the highlights from his address: "As I was growing up, my mom really gave me a sense of civic pride. … She really taught me something about our community. She was always very, very, very proud of this community." "When I came back and became …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 16; the Common Council meeting is slate for 7 p.m.
Mayor Michael Neitzke, re-elected for a third term in last week's spring general election when he ran uncontested, will be sworn into office in a ceremony before the Common Council meeting April 16. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m.; the Common Council meeting is slate for 7 p.m. Neitzke is only the second mayor in the city's history to run unopposed.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Several races were uncontested this time around, including those for mayor and both the Greenfield and Whitnall school boards.
Greenfield voters were largely bereft of contested races they could determine the outcomes of during Tuesday’s spring election. The city’s mayoral race was uncontested for just the second time in city history as Michael Neitzke ran for a third term, and both the Greenfield and Whitnall school board contests each featured just two candidates vying for two available seats. The result was low voter turnout. Only 23.5 percent of the registered voters hit the polls Tuesday. Neitzke collected 3,608 votes, including his own (see video), and is on his way to becoming the longest-tenured mayor in Greenfield history. Greenfield School Board incumbent Rick Moze got 1,757 votes, while board newcomer Robert Hansen received 1,986. Hansen will replace …
The longtime politician will replace Joe Sanfelippo, who replaced Staskunas in the State Assembly in the 15th District in the November election.
Updated 11:40 a.m. April 3 Veteran politician Tony Staskunas of West Allis has unofficially defeated entertainer and small business owner Tom Anthony of Greenfield in the race for the 17th District Milwaukee County Board Supervisor seat. Staskunas, 52, unofficially received 50 percent of the vote for a position whose constituents reside in four municipalities: Greenfield, Greendale, West Allis and Franklin. Staskunas tallied 4,452 votes to Anthony's 4,285. Some outstanding absentee ballots remain and could chip away at Staskunas' 167-vote lead. Staskunas, an attorney, has been in political office since 1988 when he was elected as alderman of West Allis, a position he held until 1997. He was then elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly 15th…
Justice Pat Roggensack defeats Ed Fallone in race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, while Tony Evers beats Don Pridemore for state superintendent of schools.
State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack defeated challenger Ed Fallone Tuesday in her bid for a second 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers withstood a challenge from Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore in the only other contested statewide race on the ballot. Roggensack was declared the winner by the Associated Press shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. As of midnight, with 88 percent of the statewide vote counted, she had 57 percent of the vote to Fallone's 42 percent, according to election results from WISN 12 News. The race for Wisconsin's top education post wasn't as close. With 88 percent of the statewide vote counted as of midnight, Evers had 61 percent of the vote, with …
The Greenfield mayor is running uncontested for a third term, just the second mayor to do so in the city's history.
Mayor Michael Neitzke, who is running uncontested for a third term in office, cast his vote Tuesday, April 2, at Elm Dale Elementary School. Neitzke, should he finish his new term, will be the longest-tenured mayor in city history. This election marks just the second time in Greenfield's history a mayor has run uncontested. Neitzke sat down with Greenfield Patch last week to talk about his expectations for the next four years.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Many of this year's local races, including that for mayor, are uncontested. But there are still plenty of reasons for voters to go to the polls.
Before you hit the voting booth Tuesday, April 2, we want to give you all the information you know about all the candidates you'll see on the ballot. Three races are uncontested: mayor, Greenfield School Board and Whitnall School Board. But voters will have other choices to make. See below for information on the upcoming election and a breakdown of every race, with links to individual candidate profiles. Sample Ballot: The state provides sample ballot information on its Voter Public Access website. Registered voters can enter their name and birthdate to see their voting history and a sample ballot. Polling locations: There are six polling locations in Greenfield: Here are the races and candidates who will be on the ballot: Greenfield Mayor…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Greenfield mayor is running unopposed in the April 2 spring election, only the second mayor to do so in the city's 56-year history.
Michael Neitzke admits he doesn’t think of himself as the mayor of the third-largest Milwaukee County suburb and the 20th largest city in Wisconsin. He has a hard time getting used to people calling him mayor, even though he’s held that title here in Greenfield for the last eight years. In his own eyes, he’s just a hometown kid who really cares about the community he grew up in. “There are very few jobs on earth, I think, where you can wake up and drive by something, or see a police officer in a car or go by a park that formerly wasn’t one and say, ‘You know, I make a difference,’” Neitzke said. Neitzke, 49, will continue to make that difference presumably for four more years. Greenfield’s 10th mayor is running unopposed in this spring’s …