Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scott Walker's Campaign Manager's Connection to the 'Burke Got Canned' Story

Burke disputes exec's firing allegation. (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/29/2014)
Albers said in an interview that he was speaking about Burke’s time at Trek in response to questions from reporters, who contacted him for the first time Wednesday after a conservative media outlet, Wisconsin Reporter, reported similar allegations from Gary Ellerman, the company’s human resources director at the time and currently the Jefferson County Republican Party chairman who ran as a fake Democrat during the 2012 recalls. The fake Democrats forced a primary, giving Republicans more time to campaign and raise money. 

A Trek spokeswoman said Wednesday that Ellerman was fired in 2004 for “poor performance.” He did not respond to requests for comment. 

Wisconsin Reporter received $190,000 in 2012 from the Bradley Foundation. Michael Grebe, the foundation’s president and CEO, is Walker’s campaign chairman.

Related reading:
Attack on Mary Burke:  Consider the source.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/30/2104)

Just like Scott Walker, this guy will never be President

Lindsey Graham unfiltered: jokes about white men, Baptists. (CNN, 10/30/2014)

The article notes that Graham "is toying with the idea of a Presidential bid."

Another Long-Time Madison Business Moves to Middleton

Photo by Retiring Guy

Executive Q&A: Andy Platz leads Mead & Hunt into new markets, new building.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/13/2014)

In this case, the "Far West Side" is in the City of Middleton, which is not mentioned by name in the interview.
Founded in Chicago in 1900, Mead & Hunt relocated to Madison in 1904 and currently is ranked as Wisconsin’s largest engineering company, and was among the fastest-growing nationally every year from 2009 to 2013, according to the Zweig Letter’s Hot Firms list

In September, Mead & Hunt staff members will move into a three-story, $12 million headquarters being built by Newcomb Construction at 2440 Deming Way on the Far West Side, under a lease with an option to buy from owner/developer Livesey Company. At 60,000 square feet, the new building will be 50 percent larger than its current corporate home at 6501 Watts Road.

Now the State Journal comes clean.

Mead & Hunt relocates to new $12M headquarters in Middleton.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/11/2014)

Related post:
The Building That Madison Mayor Paul Soglin Did Not Want to See Built in Middleton.  (10/29/2014)

Thanks to a Major Donation, the Marshfield Public Library Will Become the Everett Roehl Memorial Public Library

Roehl donation allows for work to start on new library. (Marshfield News Herald, 10/29/2014)
In a press release issued by the committee about the donation Roehl said, “I think this project is very worthwhile for the city, and I am happy to be a part of making it happen.” 

Roehl Transport Inc. has become one of the nation’s 100 largest truck companies.

“Mr. Roehl recognizes the important contribution of the library and community center to the community, and he wanted to support it,” Hocking said. “This was an opportunity for him to give back to the community that has been very supportive of his business and family.” 

The library and community center project is a collaboration between the library and the city, with the city contributing $3 million to the project. The first phase of the project will cost a total of $7 million. 

An additional $2 million will be sought in the second phase of fundraising.

Related articles:
Marshfield Library/Community Center construction pushed back to 2016.  (5/30/2014)
The Marshfield Common Council takes a deeper look at the library/community center project
.  (8/16/214)
Point/counterpoint.  (4/26/2012)
Latest version of Marshfield capital improvement program reduces library/community center contribution by $5 Million (4/25/2012)
Marshfield City Council supports new library but questions concept of community center. (1/25/2012)
Marshfield library/community center project continues to move forward. (11/12/2011)
Design development for new library/community center.  (9/15/2011)
Better to plan for a new library now than when the roof starts to leak.  (11/12/2010)
Design development in progress.  (11/9/2010)
Community input sought for library improvement plans.  (6/9/2010)

Public Library Circulation and Circulation per Capita: Illinois (1990-2011)

Source:  Institute of Museum and Library Services, Public Libraries in the United States Survey (1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2011)

For more information:
Illinois State Library.  Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR).
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA):  Illinois.

Illinois' state library agency is in the "Department of State" category.  (IMLS

Related posts:  State, % circulation increase 1990-2011.
Alabama, 28.1%.  (10/18/2014) 
Alaska, 48.3%.  (10/19/2014)
Arizona, 139%.  (10/20/2014)
Arkansas, 70.1%.  (10/21/2014)
California, 66.9%.  (10/22/2014)
Colorado, 205%.  (10/23/2014)
Connecticut, 46.3%.  (10/24/2014)
Delaware, 104%.    (10/25/2014)
Florida, 142%.  (10/26/2014)
Georgia, 87.0%.  (10/27/2014)
Hawaii, 11.8%.  (10/28/2014)
Idaho, 157%.  (10/29/2014)