January 18 2012
One million strong…that’s the phrase that blew up social media yesterday. Democrats and organizers filed over one million signatures, far exceeding the number required for a recall election against Governor Walker. The number needed was 540,000, but with 185% of the signatures required, organizers were also able to collect enough to trigger recalls for Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican State Senators. Governor Walker was raising campaign money in New York City yesterday and said quote “he looked forward to talking to voters about how he had eliminated a three billion dollar budget deficit over two years without leaning heavily on tax increases.”
Today over 7,000 websites, including both Wikipedia and Google, will protest anti-piracy legislation, which is currently making its way through Congress. These sites in opposition to the measure plan on quote “going dark” or will post information to educate visitors about the “Stop Online Piracy Act” bill and the “Protect IP Act”. Now going dark essentially means the site will restrict its usual content. So right now Wiki doesn’t have the English-language version available. Both bills are designed to crack down on sales of pirated American products overseas and if passed, the legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring new tools for censorship of international websites inside the U.S.
AECOM Technology Corporation is the newest addition to the Schlitz Park Rivercenter, and it’s bringing in 90 plus workers to the complex this July. The AECOM lease is also bringing the Rivercenter’s building to 90% occupancy. Back in June, Schlitz park owners announced renovation plans after seeing a lot of interest in the building and area. The Rivercenter is being renovated right now for AECOM’s new office.
Milwaukee Public Schools are now adding online enrollment. The “three choice” registration is for parents of kids who are new to MPS, who have moved within the district or who are currently at the top grade level in their school. There’s no deadline for enrollment, but MPS officials encourage parents to sign up as soon as possible. After January 27th, enrollment choices are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
With recall petitions officially being submitted for Governor Walker and five other Republicans, State Election Officials are preparing to go to court to try to make sure any elections are scheduled on the same day. The goal is to save money and get rid of logistical problems for local clerks. But Democrats are arguing that if one recall election is delayed it should not hold up others. A lot of this depends on how long the Government Accountability Board will need to review all petitions.
Yesterday the State Senate advanced a bill that essentially rewrites the open enrollment law controlling when students can transfer out of their home district into another district. The bill will allow students and parents to have more time to request a move and it will help students struggling in one district to move into another where they can thrive. The bill now moves to Governor Walker.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community and Potawatomi Bingo Casino Officials made a major business announcement yesterday. Plans are in the works for a 20-story, 382-room hotel at the casino. The hotel is estimated at $97.5 million dollars and it will generate more business for the casino. Construction will begin late spring and the hotel should take about two years to build, generating about 1,000 construction jobs.