Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Tommy Thompson opposed a concealed carry bill when he was governor. This from an article from the New York Times on Sept 4, 1999. The article was titled:
Gov. Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin has vowed to veto any concealed-weapon bill.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Apply! Contrary to what you might think it is rather easy to get appointed to a city government committee. Currently the city committee vacancies include:
- Board of Review
- City Planning Commission
- Equal Opportunities Committee
- International Committee
- La Crosse Center Board
- Public Facilities Designation Committee
- Redevelopment Authority
All you need to do is print off this application and send it in the mail. We need better representation on these committees!
Posted by LaCrossewatchdog at 7:22 PM
The La Crosse Tribune has published my letter to the editor regarding my thoughts on the outcome of the Steve O'Malley ethics opinion. Letter below.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Letter to Editor From Bernardo Cueto (Attorney Representing Case Against O'Malley)
The Ethics Board agreed with the complainants that O’Malley used his position as a county employee to assist a Political Action Committee on county time and using county resources. How did the complainants lose?
The Ethics Board came to three conclusions: 1) Although not part of his written
2) His actions were implicitly authorized by the board. O’Malley specifically named Tara Johnson, Donald Meyer, Maureen Freedland and Sharon Hampson as having knowledge of his involvement; and
3) O’Malley did not receive personal gain from assisting the Administrator Yes PAC. The Ethics Board was restricted to the Ethics Code and did not address other statutes or ordinances that restrict political activity using county resources.
At the hearing, State Assembly member Steve Doyle stated that the position of county administrator, created just a few years ago, gave Mr. O’Malley “free rein.” In other words, the county board will tell him whether he did anything wrong after the fact.
The Government Accountability Board may choose to issue an advisory opinion on the political issues raised at the hearing. If they choose not to take on the issue, I hope the county board will.
Friday, July 13, 2012
The city of La Crosse is auctioning off seven Droid smartphones and one 17" LCD computer monitor. So why does the city have droids to begin with? Who authorized such a purchase? Why in the Hell would they sell a perfectly good 17" LCD monitor? The city wants to hire an efficiency consultant at a rate of $125,000. Well how about the city officials stop buying smartphones and upgrading from perfectly good computer monitors? Here are some suggestions for the city to save money.
- Get rid of all smartphones/cellphones for City employees.
- Stop selling and upgrading worthwhile equipment. (the only way to enforce this is to give the IT department 20% less budget than last year).
Posted by LaCrossewatchdog at 11:44 AM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Well the ethics board has made it clear it is okay for La Crosse County to employ a paid political campaign worker/fundraiser in Mr. O'Malley. What a horrible precedent the board has set. Very disturbing. There are now no checks on the county administrator position. As Steve Doyle put it Mr. O'Malley has "Free Reign" to do what he wants. Corruption in La Crosse County government is greater then I imagined. Below is an interesting comment from the La Crosse Trib comment section.
Steve Doyle stated during the ethics hearing that O'Malley has "free reign" to do anything he feels necessary outside of his job description/contract. Is that what county taxpayers want? An un-elected official with "free reign"? How come there wasn't a binding referendum on this topic over ten years ago? Answer: Steve Doyle didn't want the unwashed public, the unprofessional government of elected officials to have an input to county government. That's right. Steve Doyle hand-picked a CZAR County Administrator who doesn't even live in La Crosse county. O'Malley lives near the twin cities. So the County Administrator with "free reign" to blow your tax dollars doesn't even live anywhere near the county. Who knows where he's sending your tax dollars? He has "free reign." No matter what, your money will always leave town, the county taxes will increase, the county debt service will increase. But don't worry because you'll have a "sustainability coordinator" to prevent global warming thanks to your County Administrator.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The county ethics board will be conducting La Crosse County Administrators Steve O'Malley's ethics hearing this Friday, July 6th at 10AM in the basement of the County Administration building Room B190. We have very little details about how this hearing will be conducted other then Attorney Kerry Sullivan-Flock is representing the Ethics Board and Mr. O'Malley is being represented by La Crosse Criminal Defense attorney Keith Belzer.