February 24 2012
Well he did it. MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension has been overturned making Braun the first major league player to have won an appeal of a positive drug test. Major League Baseball Player’s Association announced the arbitration panel’s decision yesterday afternoon. The vote was two – one to sustain Braun’s grievance challenging this suspension. Braun tested positive back in October for elevated testosterone and ESPN revealed the positive test in December. Braun said, “I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision. it is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation.
The Obama Administration plans to spend $50 million this year to shield the Great Lakes from Asian carp, this includes a first-time water sampling to figure out whether the fish have established a foothold in Lake Michigan and Erie. The overall strategy builds on the effective plan that the Asian Carp Program is doing to keep the destructive fish out of the Great Lakes while figuring out the best long-term solution.
Wisconsin was a top target of President Obama’s opening day ad buys for 2012. TV ads are the best window into campaign strategy and four of Wisconsin’s five TV markets were among the top ten Obama ad targets. A spokesperson for the Obama Campaign in Wisconsin says, “Obviously Wisconsin is an important state both electorally and policy-wise.” Wisconsin ranked 6th among battlegrounds in TV money spent during the 08 presidential race and fourth in 2004. These are indicators that the state will be a top target in 2012.
Choral Director Magazine is recognizing Milwaukee High School of the Arts Choral Director, Raymond Roberts, nationally as one of 11 “outstanding choral directors of note”. Winners from across the states were selected based on recommendations and nominations from students, fellow teachers, administrators and colleagues. Roberts has led the school’s choir and individual students to performances at state and regional music conferences.
Republican State Leaders refused to revisit the election redistricting map and concerns over the map, so a trial was held yesterday morning to go over Wisconsin’s new political boundaries. Democrats and an immigrant rights group are challenging the constitutionality of the new lines, saying they deny 300,000 residents the right to vote for state Senate for six years, and it weakens the vote of minorities, specifically Milwaukee Latinos, dividing them into two districts. Every 10 years, states must draw new maps of congressional and legislative districts for the census bureau and since Republicans control the WI Statehouse, they were able to draw maps that favor their party.
Contractors completed construction of Milwaukee’s first wind turbine at the City Port, and it’s now prepared for connection to the power grid. The turbine sits next to the Port of Milwaukee’s Administration Building on South Lincoln Memorial Drive. The turbine is 100% made in the U.S. and contractors got Wisconsin manufacturers to contribute parts to the turbine. The city’s goal was to create a symbol for clean energy here in Milwaukee and to offset the energy costs associated with the port headquarters building.
Milwaukee’s Common Council Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee gave approval for zoning changes and a development agreement for the MSOE parking structure and college soccer field. If given final approval, the $28 million project would start construction this spring and it would be built north of East Knapp Street and west of North Broadway. The recommendation now goes to the full council next Tuesday.