Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs established the 6th District Difference Maker Award to recognize those residents who work diligently to improve and strengthen the quality of life for themselves, their neighborhood and the City of Milwaukee.
She is now seeking nominations for the 2012 6th District Difference Makers Award.
Nominees should be residents of the 6th Aldermanic District who have contributed to making their neighborhood a better place. Nomination forms are available online at Alderwoman Coggs’s website (milwaukee.gov/district6), or by calling the Alderwoman’s office at 286-2994 to receive a hard copy of the form by mail. “The 6th District is composed of some of Milwaukee’s best and most unique neighborhoods,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “It is residents who strengthen the fabric of a neighborhood, and each resident has an opportunity to contribute. But there are those who go above and beyond in their works and deeds to help others and the community in which they live, they are the Difference Makers.”
Nominations for the 6th District Difference Maker Award will be accepted from now until January 24th. Alderwoman Coggs will be selecting six honorees, the names of which will be announced at the January 2013 6th District Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
Nine Things Paul Ryan Hopes the Media Ignores
Madison — With the countdown on to Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech accepting the Republican Vice Presidential nomination tonight, much attention is being paid to what he will say. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said even more significant is what will not be said as he introduces himself to the nation in his primetime television address.
Ross commented, “Rep. Paul Ryan’s carefully crafted wonkish persona belies an abysmal record of failure and regressive social and economic agenda. The Real Ryan Record is failure, fraud and fealty to party bosses.”
While Rep. Ryan and the GOP tout his public image at their scripted convention, Ross pointed to a number of votes and his record as a Congressman as a much better indicator of what we might expect from him, including:
1.Voting for eight straight Republican budgets that turn a $281 billion surplus into a budget deficit;
2.Voting for the largest unfunded mandate in our nation’s history, the $7 trillion Medicare Part D plan that explicitly prohibits the federal government from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies for better prices and reimportation of safe and cheap prescriptions;
3.Voting to put both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on the national credit card;
4.Failing to address the unemployment crisis in his own backyard. The two highest metropolitan unemployment rates in Wisconsin according to BLS statistics released today are in Paul Ryan’s congressional district;
5.Worsening the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis by spearheading cuts in federal Pell Grants, the largest single source of need based college tuition assistance for America’s college students in his proposed budget;
6.Voting against the Lily Ledbetter Act to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work;
7.Opposing the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy;
8.Opposing abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother;
9.Voting for tax breaks and subsidies to the oil industry that will directly benefit big oil companies leasing land from his family.
“The Real Ryan Record: betrayal of his generational peers, saddling the middle class with the burden of paying for tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations and voting to explode the very deficit he now rails against,” concluded Ross.
by Jack Craver
The Capital Times
In recent days, state Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison, has intensified her attacks against state Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, her chief opponent in the battle for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd District.
Roys, who has repeatedly criticized Pocan for accepting contributions from corporate political action committees, put out an online video accusing the legislator from downtown Madison of raising money from “lobbyists for the Koch brothers.”
The video shows footage of Pocan walking into the Washington, D.C., offices of Mehlman, Vogel & Castagnetti, a firm that lobbies for a number of companies, including Koch Industries, owned by David and Charles Koch, who have become major donors to conservative and libertarian causes.
The Pocan campaign dismisses the attacks, pointing out that many of the firm’s staffers are Democrats.
Both sides are correct. Mehlman, like most successful lobbying firms — in both D.C. and Madison — makes sure to include veterans of both political parties in its ranks.
In fact, Koch Industries has done particularly well enticing Wisconsin Democrats to its cause.
One of Mehlman’s lobbyists, Cindy Brown, is the former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., who, despite sending out a fundraising appeal last year denouncing the influence of the Koch brothers in politics, has accepted $16,000 from the Koch Industries PAC throughout his career.
The ties between Koch and the state Democratic Party are close as well.
For instance, Jason Childress, who was the executive director of the State Senate Democratic Committee during the 2008 cycle, left the party to work for Foley & Lardner’s lobbying firm, where, from January 2011 to June 2012, he lobbied for Koch Industries as well as a number of other large companies.
Childress’ predecessor at the SSDC, Andrew Engle, who presided over the Democratic takeover of the Senate in the 2006 election, now works at Hamilton Consulting Group, another big contract lobbying firm, where he also lobbies for Koch.
Of the seven lobbyists who were registered in Wisconsin to represent Koch in the state Legislature over the past year and a half, all have contributed money to state Democrats — most of which has gone toward either the SDCC or the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, rather than to the campaigns of individual lawmakers. Most have given to both parties, while Childress and Engle only gave to Democrats.
Neither Childress, who is no longer registered to lobby for Koch, nor Engle responded immediately to a request for comment.
“I would argue that it’s to our benefit to have people from our side representing shi**y groups,” says a top state Democratic operative who wishes to remain anonymous. “When these groups decide who to give money to, we can have people in the room telling them to give money to Democrats.”
For Second Year, Liberty Mutual to Award $100,000 to Area Causes; Local Community to Decide Winners Through Votes at Facebook.com/LibertyMilwaukee
MILWAUKEE – Liberty Mutual Insurance, one of the nation’s leading auto and home insurers with three greater Milwaukee offices, recently launched the return of its ‘Like My CommunityTM Project,’ a Facebook-based campaign to provide $100,000 in support to local Milwaukee non-profit causes. Seven organizations identified by Liberty Mutual’s local employees will vie for residents’ votes on Facebook, with the top three charities each receiving $30,000 and the four runners-up each earning $2,500. Milwaukee residents can cast one vote daily for their favorite causes from June 25 through August 20 at facebook.com/libertymilwaukee. An additional daily vote can be cast by texting “LMMIL” to 61698 and selecting the preferred cause. Liberty Mutual will announce the winners in late August.
This marks the second year Liberty Mutual Insurance has presented the Like My Community Project in Milwaukee. In 2011, area residents chose the following organizations to receive $30,000 in funding from Liberty Mutual Insurance: the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Washington County Humane Society. Last year’s runners-up, each earning $2,500, were the Albrecht Free Clinic, Ozaukee Interurban Trail Advisory Council, Prevention & Protection of Abused Children (PPAC), and the West Bend Baseball Association. This year’s seven non-profit nominees are new to the Like My Community Project.
The Liberty Mutual Milwaukee branch offices nominated this year’s causes for their tremendous impact on the local community. “Our employees and agents are committed to helping customers protect their cars and homes, and are equally passionate about this community as a great place to live and work,” said Adam Boston, area manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance, the nation’s eighth-largest auto and home insurer. “The Like My Community Project received overwhelming support from the Milwaukee community last year, and we look forward to raising awareness of these inspiring causes and engaging with the local residents to provide much needed funds to support their programs and services.”
Large, three-dimensional Facebook “Like” buttons have been installed at four locations across the city to promote the campaign and to prominently identify the nominated Like My Community causes. The installations are located at the Brookfield Square Mall; the Johnson Creek Premium Outlets; the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa; and the Southridge Mall in GreendaleMilwaukee Like My Community nominees include:
- COA Youth & Family Centers – Helps Milwaukee children, teens and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs.
- Hope House – An emergency and transitional living facility which provides temporary refuge for people in need of a place to sleep.
- Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer – Aims to help find a cure for childhood cancer and blood related disorders.
- One Heartland – Serves suffering and at-risk children in the United States, including those who experience poverty, HIV/AIDS, grief, foster care, Tourette’s Syndrome and other obstacles.
- Pearls for Teen Girls (PEARLS)– Serves at-risk African American and Latina girls, ages 10 to 19, by helping them achieve in school and avoid teen pregnancy.
- Repairers of the Breach – Supports homeless people to act collectively to change their present living conditions through advocacy, education and direct action.
- Running Rebels – Dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth mentally, physically and spiritually.
Each of these worthy organizations also are featured in a short video on the Like My Community Milwaukee Facebook page, offering a behind-the-scenes look at each cause and the people they serve or missions they accomplish.
More than 20 Liberty Mutual Insurance sales and customer service agents serve the auto and home insurance needs of greater Milwaukee residents from three local offices: two in the city at 11800 West Park Place and 330 East Kilbourne Avenue, and one in Brookfield at 15700 West Bluemound Road.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance
“Helping people live safer, more secure lives” since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based 2011 net premium written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 84th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2011 revenue. The company employs over 45,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
The eighth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual Insurance (libertymutual.com) sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance. The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of nearly 14,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.