Good motto – even a good logo.
Good motto – even a good logo.
Jeffrey Epstein learns good reporting isn’t dead.
The White House restricted press access Wednesday to portions of Trump’s summit with Kim. Four American journalists were barred from covering Trump’s dinner with Kim after two of the reporters called out questions to Trump at an earlier appearance. Oh, the travesty of a president being asked for accountability!
The Gazette followed up with an editorial on the story where they concluded that absent changes in state law, and as lower assessments and settlements continue, homeowners should expect to pick up bigger shares of the tax burden. They are absolutely correct in that summation.
But who knew that at the time of their story in March, the Gazette’s parent label, Bliss Communications, hired a tax lawyer to, as lawyers are described in their editorial about the retailers, to “prey on the city” by filing an objection to their own property tax?
According to a city memorandum (File Resolution No. 2016-1333) from this week’s council meeting, Bliss Communications lawyered a “settlement” with the state by having $576,000 of assessed value knocked off its property on Parker Drive. The difference in value from the previous assessment translates to a $30,000 lower annual tax bill for the media company.
Bliss also had the assessed value for their facility on Wuthering Hills lowered by $709,500. That tax bill will be lowered by $35,000 for a combined difference of about $65,000 less annually for local taxing jurisdictions.
That means Janesville schools, the county and city combined must now refund Bliss that amount for their last tax bill and use those new lowered assessed values as the current baseline moving forward.
But did you get sucked into that newspaper story? I can’t blame you because local officials and their media enablers across Wisconsin, particularly in Janesville, are leaving no stone unturned in their effort to point blame for the avalanche of budget shortfalls expected almost everywhere in Wisconsin, except to point blame where it belongs….
In other words, instead of naming businesses in an obvious effort to target them for public shame, why didn’t the Gazette call out the party holding the majority in our state houses, or name every member of the Wisconsin state senate and assembly (D or R) who either obstruct these reforms or allow the dark store hustle to remain workable and legal? Shame them instead.
The same goes for the so-called state aid formula that hasn’t been changed since 2000. The Gazette and their establishment minions point to it as a major problem fueling local budget shortfalls, but then dismiss pressure to update the formula with, “well, they don’t have the political will in Madison to fix it.” But they sure found the urgency and will to gerrymander electoral districts for their advantage…..
I can not be the only citizen of Madison perplexed as to why Isthmus writer Dylan Brogan thought it a great idea to follow a tagger in a nighttime journey to see a train car defaced. Should I assume the local pusher was not able to take the reporter out for a look at how deals are made. Perhaps the local bank robber just thought better of including the press in his holdup.
The bottom line is there is no glory in tagging and certainly no reason to (excuse my bad pun) paint this element for anything other than what they are. Criminals. And to suggest in any way taggers are artists is akin to claiming a slicer on the golf course would be a great hire at a deli.
We bloggers on MyCommunityNow and LakeCountryNow websites were informed by letter today that our blogs will be eliminated effective March 31, 2016. The reasoning was that since the Journal Company is “on the verge of moving into new ownership” they “want responsibility for all of the content posted on our site”. We were told we could still post comments to their content if we chose….
Blogging is in my DNA at this point. To simply discontinue would be very difficult for me…and probably for those around me. So, I will seek out a good proposition on a new site between now and the end of this iteration of Curmudgeon’s Corner, and will publish that new link a few times in the days remaining…as we were kindly told we were permitted to do under the new rules.
More to come…
This is framed as a scandalous, extramarital affair, even though Bradley was separated from her husband at the time of her relationship with Bednall.
Easily the most laughable analysis of the Trump phenomenon is by the Journal Sentinel’s Christian Schneider. He argues it is caused by mischief-making Democrats who want to see the Republicans nominate a loser. Does he offer exit poll information or any hard evidence whatsoever to prove his point? Nope.
Schneider has never operated as a journalist, just as a spin artist for the Republican Party. But in this case his fantasy is way out of touch even with the party his columns are meant to serve. That he functions as the only regular political commentator for the state’s largest newspaper is truly embarrassing.
It was all crushingly dull. The pundits really don’t seem to have anything more to say. The closest I came was wanting to say one thing was especially stupid. On “State of the Union,” the Jake Tapper CNN show, Amanda Carpenter, a former communications director for Ted Cruz, said….
Yet again I get the impression that Associated Press does whatever it can to protect and/or repair Scott Walker’s image.
Compare the headlines and stories on Walker’s recent FEC filing:
From Washington Post (author – Jenna Johnson): How Scott Walker spent $90,000 a day to lose an election….
From Associated Press (author – Scott Bauer): Wisconsin Gov. Walker raised about $7.4 million in run for president, spent about $6.4 million….
If you’ve received a direct mail solicitation to subscribe to a local, daily newspaper for just one dollar per week, then you’ve received a request to get the inserts that advertisers place inside the paper.
For a dollar-per-week, the paper is simply a delivery mechanism for advertisers’ inserts.
So which one is the Wisconsin paper?
Madison— With his poll numbers in the tank and a widespread perception that he didn’t perform well enough in two presidential debates, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to drop out of the race Monday, according to The New York Times.
“..the Wisconsin State Journal, the newspaper that proudly proclaims itself “Madison’s largest reporting team,” the second-largest newspaper in the state and the newspaper of record for our entire region, is an all-white newspaper.”
First of all, TIF districts were not designed or intended to be used by municipalities to “acquire” property or weaponized to allow private parties to acquire property through government force or below market value. But apparently, according to the newspaper’s new definition, that is how a TIF District works. The part about “charging” the cost of common areas and infrastructure to the district IS how it is supposed to be, but ironically, that’s not how the TIF works for Dollar General.