A joint election night party in Milwaukee will be hosted by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic Parties of Milwaukee County & Wisconsin and the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin for Senate. The free event will be at the Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave, in downtown Milwaukee. Doors will open to the Regency Ballroom for attendees at 8:15 p.m.
In preparation for the November 6th Fall Presidential Election, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission is encouraging voters to confirm their polling places prior to Election Day.
“The redistricting process resulted in several polling place changes,” said Neil Albrecht, Executive Director of the Election Commission. “In addition, we had to change several sites to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities and to avoid overcrowding on Election Day.”
Recent changes to polling places involve the following City of Milwaukee wards:
· Voters in Wards 52 and 53, formerly voting at the Villard Square Building, will be voting at the former Villard Avenue Library building, 3310 W. Villard Ave.
· Voters in Ward 54, formerly voting at Rufus King Middle School (formerly Ronald McNair School), will be voting at Villard Avenue Library Building, 3310 W. Villard Ave.
· Voters in Ward 257, formerly voting at Pulaski Indoor Swimming Pool, will be voting at Lincoln Avenue School, 1817 W. Lincoln Ave.
· Voters in Wards 153 and 154, formerly voting at Milwaukee College Prep (formerly 38th Street School) will be voting at Washington High School, 2525 N. Sherman Blvd.
· Voters in Ward 152, formerly voting at Milwaukee College Prep (formerly 38th Street School) will be voting at Ralph Metcalfe School at 3400 W. North Ave.
· Voters in Ward 94 and 164, that were temporarily voting at Enderis Park will be returning to the Center Street Fieldhouse, 6420 W. Clark.
· Voters in wards 207 and 208, formerly voting at Juneau Complex School, will be temporarily moving (for this election only) to Fairview Evangelical Lutheran Church, 137 N. 66th Street.
Registered voters in each of these wards received postcard notifications of these changes from the Election Commission.
“When it comes to the election, we advise the public to be prepared,” said Albrecht. “That preparation starts with knowing your polling place.”
The 2013 amended city budget approved today by the Milwaukee Common Council provides some property tax relief for residents, while holding steady on crucial city services.
The 2013 tax levy approved by the Common Council is $250.39 million, up 0.96 percent from 2012’s $248 million levy, and $20,878 less than the Mayor’s proposed 2013 budget levy.
The 2013 tax levy means the owner of an average Milwaukee home will see a $42 decrease in the city portion of their tax bill, which with a modest $17 increase in fees for solid waste and other services, provides $25 in relief to homeowners.
Alderman Michael J. Murphy, chair of the Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee, said that for the fifth year in a row, the Common Council has found ways to reduce the Mayor’s proposed tax levy, while still maintaining public safety and services.
“This level of fiscal prudence is vital, as so many of our constituents still face difficult economic situations,” Alderman Murphy said. “I’m very pleased that we are able to continue the trend of reducing the budget that is proposed by the Mayor.”
While the Council’s budget was originally slated to defund all aspects of a proposed intergovernmental agreement with Milwaukee County for public safety services, Alderman Murphy proposed a substitute amendment that would allow the city to negotiate with the county through the end of the year to try and reach a deal over which entity answers 911 calls from mobile phones. Currently, those responsibilities are split between the city and the county. But Alderman Murphy said the level of service could be increased significantly if a deal was reached where the county would pay the city to handle all mobile 911 calls.
The Council also approved changes to the Mayor’s proposed budget that increase the amount of overtime funding available to the Milwaukee Police Department by $350,000, and fund several more public health nurse positions with the goal of further reducing the infant mortality rate. With the urban forestry division facing a backload of tree stumps in need of removal and replacement, the Common Council increased funding for those services by $500,000.
Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. said the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Council handled the 2013 budget with efficiency and responsibility.
By cutting funding for a police squad car and five police motorcycles, the Common Council was also able to divert $104,000 into a new Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative special fund. And in an effort to expand public safety and diversity in the Fire Department’s workforce, Council members signed off on an amendment that finds funding for 13 additional Fire Cadet positions, to start with the scheduled class in September 2013.
“The Council worked diligently to pass a budget that provides relief to taxpayers, while maintaining the level of services our residents deserve,” President Hines said. “That is no small feat, and I commend the leadership and guidance of Alderman Michael Murphy and the hard work of the Finance and Personnel Committee.”
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Katy Perry expressed her support for Obama by wearing this “voting ballot” dress with her selections from the Democratic ticket clearly marked off
Milwaukee — President Barack Obama will make a campaign stop in Milwaukee on Saturday, November 3rd, alongside Katy Perry — who will perform at the event.
Saturday’s event will take place at the Delta Convention Center in downtown Milwaukee. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public, but an online RSVP is required.
Saturday’s visit is one stop on a list of many as the president criss-crosses the country with just three days left before the election.
In addition to Milwaukee, President Obama plans to make stops in Mentor, Ohio, Dubuque, Iowa and Bristow, Virginia on Saturday.
On Sunday, November 4th, the President will campaign in Concord, New Hampshire; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio and Aurora, Colorado.
by Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr.
We were somewhat caught off guard when we learned the city’s daily newspaper would not make any political endorsements for the November 6 elections.
The reason for the decision reportedly had to do with the criticism the newspaper of a staunchly Democratic city drew when it endorsed Republican Governor Scott Walker in the recall election instead of Milwaukee Mayor and Democrat Tom Barrett.
Readers of the publication reportedly didn’t take too kindly to the paper’s choice.
We were also surprised to learn the daily isn’t the first paper to make this choice. A number of newspapers across the country have decided to stop doing election endorsements.
The reasons vary from contraction of news staffs to the increasingly more elusive advertising dollar. Perhaps editors and publishers are fearful their choices might cost them needed revenue and influence.
As for your Community Journal, we intend to continue exercising the most important responsibility we feel a newspaper has to its readers: Endorsing candidates we feel have a forward vision for the city, state and nation, and work diligently to fulfill voters expectations.
It’s a responsibility we have taken seriously for 36 years, endorsing candidates who fulfilled our expectations and those who, sadly, fell short or started strong but became derailed by their personal ambitions.
Endorsing political candidates for elective office can be something akin to spinning a roulette wheel. But we’re not shying away from our responsibility in this election, which will determine the course of the nation and our state for the next four years.
You, our readers, expect nothing less.
With that said, here are our picks for President, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, the State Assembly and District Attorney.
The headline for this story should make our choice quite obvious. Without question, Barack Obama is the best choice to lead this nation for another term.
Despite the claims of his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and hard right leaning Conservatives in the Congress, the corporate world and the media, President Obama has accomplished a lot in his first history making term.
Coming into office as the country was teetering on economic collapse, President Obama pulled America back from the brink. He put into motion a modified stimulus package that saved businesses and jobs, especially within the auto industry, which is now thriving.
The president kept his promise of tracking down and confronting terrorism by actually doing what his predecessor said he would do, but didn’t: Find and kill Osama bin Laden, the architect of September 11, 2001.
The president’s policies have benefitted the stock market and created job growth (4.6 million new private sector jobs). He fought for and accomplished a number of historic reforms such as in health care with the Affordable Care Act that will cover a majority of Americans without health care and save many more millions of dollars in health related costs and medicine; and ensure a healthier America.
President Obama has stood up for women and their wage earning and reproductive rights, stood up for gay rights (overseeing the dismantling of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the Armed Forces), has ended the war in Iraq and has initiated the draw down of our forces in Afghanistan, which will be complete by 2014.
Oh, we almost forgot his “Dream Act,” which gives the children of illegal immigrants a chance to achieve the American Dream of college and the brighter future their parents envisioned.
Imagine what President Obama could have accomplished if he had a cooperative Congress to work with. Instead of being hell-bent to make him a one-term president, Congress could have helped usher in a national renaissance reminiscent of Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” and Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.”
Suffice it to say Romney would be the wrong choice for the nation. Aside from his many flip-flops on the issues and agreeing on most everything the president has done or proposes doing during the recently concluded presidential debates, the former governor continues to espouse tax cuts that only help the greedy, not the needy.
If elected, Romney’s first act would be to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. No, Mr. Romney! Not on our watch!
For president, we endorse President Obama for four more years.
Believe it or not, Tommy Thompson might have been our choice to replace retiring Senator Herb Kohl—if he still retained the type of centrist ideology and populist aura that made him a popular Wisconsin governor for many years, even within the African American community.
But that was years ago. Times have changed and so has Thompson, who now identifies with corporate America and the Republican Party’s hard-right agenda.
Just look at his commercials pummeling President Obama and his Democratic opponent, U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. He portrays the president as an out-of-control tax and spender and Baldwin as a shrill, lefty who wants to tax everything in sight.
If Baldwin plans on taxing anyone, it will be those who can afford it, the wealthy who she believes should pay their fair share and not put the burden of the nation’s economic challenges on the backs of the middle class.
We believe Baldwin would be a champion for the hard working middle class families who play by the rules and fulfill the American dream for themselves and their children.
That is a far cry from Thompson who would give millionaires more unneeded tax breaks, turn Medicare into a voucher program and slash funding for education and innovation, two of the very things we need to grow the nation’s economy.
No, Thompson is not “one of us” anymore! He’s now “one of them.” We need a representative who will work for us. We need Tammy Baldwin to be our senator.
Our pick for the Senate is Baldwin.
U.S. House of Representatives–
For U.S. Representative, the only choice on the ballot that is clear for our community is Gwen Moore. With the focus being on the presidential election and the senate race, Moore’s reelection bid for another congressional term has been under the political radar. If it weren’t for her yard signs and her ad in this newspaper, you would have thought there wasn’t a reelection campaign for the Fourth Congressional District.
But there is. Moore is head and shoulders above her challengers, Republican Dan Sebring and Independent Robert Raymond.
Even if she was running for the office against these two for the first time, Moore’s experience in state government and her grass roots advocacy of issues impacting women, children and the middle class would still make her our choice.
For U.S. Representative of the Fourth Congressional District, it’s Gwen Moore.
For the Wisconsin State Senate District Four seat, our choice is Lena Taylor.
Her experience, savvy, and outspokenness in Madison (especially during the period a year ago when she and several Democratic state senators held the state capitol and governor-elect Walker at bay for several weeks) on behalf of the middle class, the poor, children, the elderly, and education make her an easy choice.
Her opponent, Independent David King is sincere and has many good ideas.
But his ties to the Republican Party (he ran and lost his challenge to Douglas Lafollette for Wisconsin Secretary of State as a Republican) and lack of political experience, puts him at a distinct disadvantage to the incumbent.
The choice for State Senate is still Taylor.
Other candidates we endorse who are running unopposed are Fred Kessler for the 12 District State Assembly and John Chisholm for Milwaukee County District Attorney.
by U.S. Rep Gwen Moore
Voters have a clear choice on Nov. 6. We can choose to keep moving America and our communities forward by re-electing President Barack Obama.
Or we can chose to take America backwards to the failed policies that caused these problems in the first place.
In the US Senate race, voters can elect a strong and loyal ally of President Obama in Tammy Baldwin, or they can choose her opponent Tommy Thompson – who has promised to block and obstruct President Obama at every turn.
The choice is clear. Voters must re-elect President Barack Obama, and vote for Tammy Baldwin for US Senate, on Nov. 6 for the sake of our community and our country.
Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin have already demonstrated they are a pretty good team. And they will continue to fight for good jobs, education, and investing in our community.
Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin will always put the people ahead of powerful special interest.
Tommy Thompson? For the past seven years he has worked at a well-connected DC lobbying firm, representing big, powerful special interests like big oil, drug companies and big banks.
The contrast couldn’t be clearer. As former President Bill Clinton pointed out, Tammy Baldwin has spent her career standing up to the special interests, while Tommy Thompson has been standing with them.
Let’s keep moving America forward, and let’s elect leaders who will put the people ahead of profits for the powerful.
Re-elect President Barack Obama, and vote for Tammy Baldwin for US Senate on November 6th. Let’s keep this team together, so they can fight for us.
Election Day Voting Hours: 7 A.M. – 8 P.M.
To find out where you are supposed to vote, call 286-VOTE or go to
How to Register to Vote
Wisconsin law requires every qualified voter to complete or maintain a current voter registration before voting in an election. Therefore, you must complete a voter registration application if you are a new Wisconsin voter or your name and/or residential address has changed since you last registered to vote.
If you are uncertain of your voter registration name, address or status, you may click this link https://vpa.wi.gov/ and select option one.
The City of Milwaukee provides four opportunities for completing and updating your voter registration: by mail, at any Milwaukee Public Library, at City Hall and at your voting site on Election Day.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION on the CLOSE OF REGISTRATION:
Registration by mail and at Milwaukee Public Libraries ends 20 days prior to each election (or the third Wednesday before each election). This is referred to as the “close of registration” date. You may still register to vote at City Hall during the 20 days before an election, or at your voting site on Election Day.
1. BY MAIL
Download and print the Voter Registration Application. Once complete, you may mail the application along with acceptable proof of residence, if applicable, to: City of Milwaukee Election Commission, 200 East Wells, Room 501Milwaukee, WI 53202
Registrations by mail must be postmarked prior to the close of registration date for each election.
NOTE FOR NEW WISCONSIN VOTERS: If you are a new Wisconsin voter (you have never previously registered to vote in the State of Wisconsin), you must include a photocopy of a proof of residence document, as listed below, with your application. If you do not include a copy, you will be required to show a proof of residence document before you can be issued a ballot to vote in an election. (This requirement does NOT apply to any person that previously registered to vote in the State of Wisconsin, but is completing a new registration application due to a change of address or name change.)
2. REGISTER IN PERSON AT ANY MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
All Milwaukee Public Libraries have voter registration applications and registrars to assist you with completing the voter registration process during regular hours of operation. You may view a list of Milwaukee Public Library sites by clicking this link: www.mpl.org.
3. REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE ELECTION COMMISSION
You may register to vote at the office of the Election Commission, Room 501, City Hall, 200 East Wells. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
Any person registering to vote within the 20 days preceding an election (or after the close of registration) must provide an acceptable proof of residence document as listed below.
4. REGISTER AT YOUR VOTING SITE ON ELECTION DAY
You may register and vote at your voting site on any Election Day. To determine your voting site, click http://itmdapps.ci.mil.wi.us/electedreps/electrep.jsp and enter your voter registration address.
Any person registering to vote and voting on Election Day must have lived at their current address for at least 28 days before the election with no present intent to move and must provide an acceptable proof of residence document from the list below.
ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENTS:
A proof of residence is a document used during the voter registration process to verify your name and address. Any document used as a proof of residence MUST include:
Your current and complete name
Your current and complete residential address
An account, document or identification number
AND must be from one of the following proof of residence document types:
A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
A current and valid Wisconsin identification card.
Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
An identification card issued by a university, college, or technical college in this state that contains a photograph of the cardholder, together with a fee payment receipt issued to the cardholder by the university, college, or technical college dated no earlier than nine (9) months before the date of the election at which the receipt is presented.
An identification card issued by a university, college, or technical college in this state that contains a photograph of the cardholder if the university, college, or technical college that issued the card provides a certified and current list of students who reside in housing sponsored by the university, college, or technical college and who are U.S. citizens to the municipal clerk, prior to the election showing the current address of the students and if the municipal clerk, special registration deputy, or inspector verifies that the student presenting the card is included on the list.
A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes Election Day (cannot be used as by first-time WI voters registering by mail).
Voter Photo ID Law Status…
Currently, NO ID is required for voting. Two separate judges on March 6 and March 12 of this year have issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in the 2011 legislation titled Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed those injunctions and the cases are currently in the Court of Appeals.
Voting an absentee ballot
Wisconsin is a “no excuse” absentee voting state, meaning you can vote by absentee ballot for any election for any reason, including convenience.
There are two ways to vote an absentee ballot before any election:
You can vote an “in-person absentee” by casting your ballot at City Hall before the election. In-person absentee voting begins the third Monday before each election and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before each election. Contact the Election Commission before each election for location and hours.
You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a request for an absentee ballot, a ballot is mailed to you and you vote and mail back your absentee ballot in a postage-paid reply envelope. Requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before an election.
Absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received in the Election Commission office by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after any election, will be counted if all other absentee ballot rquirements are met.
A qualified voter may choose to vote an absentee ballot for:
An election cycle (Primary and Election)
A full calendar year of elections (Spring and Fall election cycle)
Permanently, if you certify that you are indefinitely confined and unable to leave your home
Qualifications to vote an absentee ballot
*You must be registered to vote at your current address before you can request or receive an absentee ballot. The qualifications to register to vote are as follows:
A U.S. citizen
18 years of age or older on Election Day
You have lived at your current address for at least 28 consecutive days before the election
You are not currently serving probation, parole or extended supervision for a felony conviction
* Click the link for the Voter Public Access (VPA) site on the Election Commission’s main page if you would like to confirm your voter registration address.
Requesting an Absentee Ballot
There are two options for requesting an absentee ballot:
Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot (GAB-121).
Submit a letter or email requesting an absentee ballot that
includes the following information:
•Date of Birth
•Requested election date, election cycle or calendar year
If a request is made for more than one person residing at the same address, each person must sign the letter of request and include all required information for each person.
In order to expedite the mailing of your ballot, you may submit your request by fax at (414) 286-8445 or email at [email protected].
HOSPITALIZED ELECTORS – Please call the Election Commission at 286-3491 for further information.
Central Processing of Absentee Ballots
All absentee ballots are processed at a central location (4300 North Richards Street) rather than the respective voting sites. A voter number is recorded on all absentee ballots during processing.
What else you need to know…
Early voting, which began Monday, October 22, used to begin about a month before election day, but Republicans in the State Legislature changed that last year so that it lasts for just two weeks.
It ends on the Friday before the election, instead of the day before the election as it used to. This year, early voting ends Nov. 2.
• State Republican lawmakers also made it so that people had to live in their voting ward for 28 days or more to use the polling place in their ward – up from 10 days.
If they have lived there for less than 28 days, they have to vote in their previous polling place.
• Straight-party ballots—used by voters wanting to vote for all candidates of one party, unless they make exceptions for individual offices—are no longer allowed in Wisconsin.
In a change that was overshadowed by the controversy over whether voters should have to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, Republican state officials banned straight-ticket voting. You will have to choose the candidate of your choice race by race.
Also banned is voter registration corroboration. If you don’t have an acceptable document that shows your mname and address, ou can no longer establish residency in a ward by having a registered voter vouch for you.
• What to do: Don’t wait until the last minute to dig up a doucment or set up a new bank account at your new address or under your new name after a marriage or divorce.
You can provide a current, valid Wisconsin driver’s license or other official documents including utility bills and bank statements. For a full list, to to gab.wi.gov/node/2550
•No hard copy required: Establish your residence by showing a clerk or poll worker an acceptable document displayed on a computer or smartphone screen. An internet connection will not be provided.
Every vote counts!
Especially if you’re “Off Paper!”
You are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin if you have been convicted of a felony and you are currently serving any portion of your sentence (including extended supervision, probation, or parole, also known as being “on paper.”)
BUT, once you successfully complete your sentence and are no longer under the supervision of the Department of Corrections (“off paper”) your voting rights are restored, and you regain your eligibility to vote. You must re-register to vote.
You do not need to provide any special documents, other than proof of residence, in order to register. You do have to certify on your voter registration form that you are no longer under correctional supervision.
(Important note: It is a felony to vote while still under correctional supervision for a felony. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (the GAB) compares a list of people who voted with a list of felons on supervision after each election.)
People who have been committed under chapter 980 (for sexually violent offenses) are still eligible to vote, if they have completed the term of their correctional sentence, probation or supervision. Voting rights are also restored if you are pardoned. If your rights have been restored or you have been pardoned, you are eligible to vote.
If you are in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence or awaiting trial, you are still eligible to vote–usually by absentee ballot. This includes most people in county jails and voters who were convicted of a felony and a misdemeanor, but have served the entire sentence for the felony, and are still in jail or prison for the misdemeanor.
If you are incarcerated, the address where you lived immediately before you were incarcerated is your address for voting purposes. You may not use the jail or prison as your voting address. If you are not incarcerated, you should use the address where you currently reside. Since residency for voting purposes is different from residency for other purposes, you may register at a half-way house or other facility, even if their rules state it is not a residence for other purposes.– (Information provided by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.)
How to Research Candidates in the Upcoming Election
In less than a week, people across the country will vote for the next president, as well as other state and local offices. If you want to vote, it’s important to make sure you are registered and know about your voting options, such as early voting and requesting an absentee ballot.
It’s just as important that you are familiar with the races on your local ballot so you can make informed decisions. Most state election sites have a list of candidates or a sample ballot. This can help you become familiar with who is running for office.
Check Voter Guides
If you want to learn more about the candidates’ views on topics that matter to you, then you might want to check the candidates’ websites or a voter guide. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, produces an online voter guide where you can find a sample ballot, candidates’ answers to specific questions, and links to the candidates’ websites.
There are many organizations that produce voter guides to encourage voting for certain candidates based on the priorities of the group, such as the environment or health care. These organizations may be able to help you find information about the candidates’ positions on issues that matter to you.
Many state and local organizations, such as newspapers, also produce voter guides. These can be a good way to find additional information about local issues of interest.
If you are unsure of where to look for information about a candidate or want to find a local voter guide, check with your local public library.
Research Voting History
If a candidate is currently in office or previously held office, then you can also view the person’s voting history. In order to do this, you need to know information about a piece of legislation the candidate voted on, such as bill name or number.
If the candidate served in Congress, you can find voting history by visiting Congress.gov and checking the Major Actions tab on a piece of legislation, such as Senate bill 3187. Here you’ll find links to Senate sites that contain a record of the vote on the bill.
If the candidate served in a state office, then try checking your state legislature’s website for similar information.
Some organizations may also add voting history on specific issues to their voter guides.
Don’t Forget Ballot Measures
In addition to voting for candidates, you may be presented with ballot measures, additional questions about issues impacting your state or local community.
Your state election site or sample ballot should also have information about any ballot measures that you will vote on in November.
A state or local voter guide may also include details about the issue that can help you determine how to cast your vote.–Article courtesy of USA.gov.
Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs invites residents of all ages to a night of politically-charged poetry from some of Milwaukee’s well-known spoken word artists and politicians tomorrow night, November 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall.
The event is hosted by local poet Kwabena Antoine Nixon (IKAN), with music by Coredj Sherman and a special guest poet, U.S. Congressional Rep. Gwen Moore. Alderwoman Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Nik Kovac will also share poetry. Other poets will include Shelly, Jazzi, Joel Ramirez, Anita Bee, Fear & Fast Lane and more. Artwork will be on display from True Skool.
“The spoken word is a powerful force of self-expression and enlightenment,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “With the Politics & Poetry event at City Hall, we hope to do more than just entertain. We want to inspire participants to get involved and encourage their civic engagement, especially with this crucial election next week.”
In that vein, Alderwoman Coggs said attendees at the Politics & Poetry event can even cross the street to the Zeidler Municipal Building to participate in early voting, which continues until 7:00 p.m. every night this week.
Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Feeding America.
The event is sponsored by Alderwoman Coggs, the Milwaukee Youth Council, the NAACP Young Adult Committee and the League of Young Voters.
What: Politics and Poetry
When: November 1st 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall rotunda, 200 E. Wells St.
People’s perceptions of the state of the current economy in Wisconsin remains pessimistic, but expectations of future economic performance and the overall direction of the state have become more rosy, driven primarily by a change in outlook by political independents. These are the latest results of a quarterly survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR).
The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard, a quarterly poll of Wisconsin residents that began earlier this year, measures perceptions of the health of Wisconsin’s economy as well as personal economic circumstances of Wisconsin residents. The survey is done in cooperation with Milwaukee public radio station WUWM-FM and WisBusiness.com.
The proportion of Wisconsin residents who feel the state is headed in the “right direction” (61%) has increased for the third consecutive quarter, up from 54.9% in July and 51.2% in March. And while most respondents predicted the state economy would stay about the same last quarter, a majority this quarter (52.1%) believe it will get better.
At the same time, however, residents remain gloomy about the current state economy, with a majority (53.4%) describing it as “fair,” and 21.6% saying it is “poor.” Just 24.1% say the state economy is “good.”
And 60.3% of respondents reported a problem with at least one major personal financial issue, such as affording rent or mortgage, keeping a job or getting a loan. That’s a jump from last quarter’s 51.2%.
Analysis suggests that responses about the state’s future economy are influenced by three factors – personal economic situation, union membership and political views, with the last factor being the strongest, says Joseph Cera, researcher and manager of the CUIR Survey Center at UWM. The vast majority of Republicans (91%) reported feeling that Wisconsin is headed “in the right direction,” while most Democrats (67.2%) said the state is “on the wrong track.”
Cera says that while partisanship clearly influences opinion on the direction of the state, change over time in the level of optimism has occurred because of shifting opinions among political independents. In July, independents were nearly equally split on the question. This quarter, 63% said “right direction” and only 37% said “wrong track.”
Other findings include:
- Residents once again cite “unemployment/jobs” as the most important economic issue facing the state, with 50.6% of responses falling into that category. “Government spending” (6.3%) and “health care” (5.0%) were the second- and third-most frequently cited issues.
· The survey also indicated that state residents know where they would like any additional state revenues to go in the next state budget. By a 2-to-1 margin, residents said they would prefer those revenues be used to augment funding for education rather than to receive tax cuts (56.9% to 27.3%).
· An additional “current events” question gauged whether residents would support a bill to establish mineral mining operations in the state. Nearly half (49.4%) said they would, while 41.3% said they were opposed.
This poll is a random digit dial telephone survey of 472 Wisconsin residents conducted by the CUIR from October 22-25. The margin of error is 4.5%. For complete results go online at www.wisconsineconomicscorecard.org.