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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

April 5, 2011 Judicial Ballot Picks: David Prosser & Lloyd Carter

Elections, Elmbrook, WISCONSIN

Tuesday, April 5th's election has risen in scope from being a typical sleepy non-partisan spring election to one gaining national attention. For the first time ever, I had an email from a person in California asking about where he could donate to help Judge David Prosser. (See links below.) And it is no wonder, for this election will mark a turning point in our state.

Depending on the outcome, Wisconsin's Supreme Court will remain dominated by 4 judges who believe in the rule of law or change over to become dominated by 4 activist judges, those who believe you can legislate from the bench. Judge David Prosser IS the swing vote.

The choice is between fair-minded, pro-life Justice David Prosser and Greeniac, Green Party backing, DNR Attorney Joanne Kloppenberg for this very important, 10 year term, position on the highest court of our state.

Joanne Kloppenberg has NO JUDICIAL experience and in fact has been turned down 3 times for state and federal judgeships by Gov. Jim Doyle and President Obama. For comparison, Kloppenberg is to the far left of liberal former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler who Doyle appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2004 and Obama nominated for Federal Judge in the United States District Court in 2009. (Butler, perceived as too liberal, was rejected by the U.S. Senate.)

Take a look at Judge David Prosser's Endorsement page, and you will see former  Wisconsin Republican GovernorTommy Thompson listed there as Campaign Chair* and numerous Wisconsin State Representatives and Senators. Even The Journal Sentinel Editorial stated We Back Prosser in the primary. The Sun Prarie Star is endorsing Prosser on April 5th.

Tough on Crime Prosser also has Law Enforcement and experience on his side, having been "involved in more than 900 published decisions on the Supreme Court" alone and "authored at least 45 criminal case opinions", whereas Kloppenberg has only handled 51 overall cases ever in appellate and supreme courts, with only 7 being criminal cases, rightly acknowledges, "I never said I was tough on crime".

Between her statement that she would serve as a "check and balance on overreaching by the other branches of government" [the executive and state legislature] and her husband's public support of collective bargaining rights for public employees, it is difficult to believe she has or will remain "independent" on the collective bargaining bill.

If you wish to help David Prosser's campaign, you may donate to Citizens for Impartial Justice, Wisconsin Club for Growth to help them put ads on the airwaves, or volunteer at your local Republican Headquarters branch. The GOP is looking for people to man the phone banks, help put together yard signs, etc. In Waukesha, 1701 Pearl St., they are open M-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun. Noon - 8pm.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge
As for our more local race for Waukesha Country Circuit Court Judge, Branch 4, my vote is going for Lloyd Carter, as I stated in Lloyd Carter for Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge. Check out his page of endorsements and supporters.

ELMBROOK residents select school board representatives:  April 5, 2011 Elmbrook School Board Ballot Picks: Brunner & Write-In Kormanik


More Reading:
National Review, Robert Costa: Wisconsin Fight Goes to Court

April 5, 2011 Elmbrook School Board Ballot Picks: Brunner & Write-In Kormanik
Judge David Prosser & Jeff Stone need your support.

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How about a little Love & Respect?

Family, Religion, Special events

Doesn't everyone want a little love and respect?

The Apostle Paul in the Bible tells husbands to love their wives and wives to respect their husbands in Ephesians 5:33. Two short little commands that are often difficult to carry out.

And because husbands and wives often stumble in these 2 areas, Elmbrook Church is holding a Love and Respect Marriage Conference with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, the author of the book Love & Respect, this Friday, April 8, from 6:45pm - 10pm and Saturday, from 8:45am - 1:30pm. The cost is $45 per person.

If you are thinking this is one of those marriage conferences aimed at what men do wrong, think again. I have heard good things about both the conference and the book from my own pastor and from a girlfriend who attends Elmbrook. She told me that Dr. Eggerichs recently spoke at their church and was very funny. He uses many humorous examples to illustrate his points and is pretty even handed when it comes to helping each of the sexes see where they could improve how they relate to their other half.

Elmbrook Church is located at 777 S. Barker Road in Brookfield, WI, south of Blumound Road, north of Greenfield Ave.

Links: 

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Encouraged to hear he "already voted for Kormanik"

4-K, Elmbrook, Education

I passed out a few fliers for Nancy Kormanik to Brookfield residents at church today. They were all well received.

But as I approached a couple from Elm Grove, I did wonder how they would react to Nancy's candidacy--after all, closing schools is definitely on the table. The wife set my mind at ease when she looked at the flier and said, Oh, my husband already voted [absentee] for this Kormanik. He read about her in the paper and thought she was the best choice. I am going to vote for her on Tuesday. We think we should close some of our schools.

So they had come to that conclusion entirely on their own.

Another person I correspond with via email from time to time originally said they were voting for Wilson because they didn't think a write-in would win. Yesterday, they emailed again to tell me they changed their minds...they were voting for Kormanik.

I spoke with a few neighbors; they reacted very positively too. One man said he was going to take a few fliers to the gym to share with his buddies.

That is how grassroots efforts work, so I am encouraged.

Make a few calls. Send out some emails. Print a few fliers to give out. Talk to your friends and neighbors, and be sure to VOTE on Tuesday!

How to Write-In candidate Nancy Kormanik
April 5, 2011 Elmbrook School Board Ballot Picks: Brunner & Kormanik
Guest Posting 2: Nancy Kormanik on ENROLLMENT
Guest Posting: Nancy Kormanik Fiscal Conservative
Conservatives, you now have a real choice:Write-In Nancy Kormanik
What? Families who HAVE 4K petition to join Elmbrook WITHOUT 4K?
 

School Board candidate forum to be replayed [3 times daily] through Election Day

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If voter turnout is like blog traffic, Prosser will win & Ballot Picks

Conservatives, Blogging, Elmbrook, WISCONSIN

See sample ballot below: Prosser, Carter, Write-In Kormanik & Brunner

Election results will start pouring in less than 24 hours from now. The big question is, will Justice David Prosser win? or will the union backed Kloppenberg prevail? That question is burning in the psyche of people with a political bent on both sides of the isle.

In uneasy conversations with fellow Conservatives regarding Prosser's chances, I have said that if Wisconsin sees the same level of citizen involvement as Tosa City Hall did the night they were going to vote on a union contract, Prosser will win. (For those outside the metropolitan area, in mid March, over 100 concerned residents came to "lobby city officials to put off approving union contracts" until after the state passed their budget repair bill. There were also "hundreds of calls and e-mails". I don't believe there was much lead time for this meeting, which makes the large number of attendees even more impressive. The counsel listened to their constituents and voted no.)

However, if people have a relapse of their all too common malady, attention-span-of-a-gnat-itis, and sit out this election, we conservatives are in trouble.

But in checking my blog page load/unique visitor numbers today, I noticed my numbers were very high. In fact, I was at an all time hit count high since I started blogging in 2004! That tells me people are looking.

When I checked the popular pages chart, I saw they were looking at my posts on David Prosser, Lloyd Carter, and Elmbrook School Board: Nancy Kormanik and Richard Brunner. That tells tells me interest is high. And if interest translates to voters, Conservatives will be happy.

Elmbrook voters, check out Fairly Conservative. Cindy shares her email correspondence with candidate Kathryn Wilson, in which Kathryn states she is going to vote YES on 4K. There are also some insights on Cindy's ballot picks Nancy Kormanik and Richard Brunner. (Scroll about half way down the page.)

No doubt, I will get my usual calls tomorrow morning from people asking who to vote for, so I am including all the links to Nancy Kormanik's articles and posts below just to make it easy for those of you who haven't quite decided yet.

Don't take a chance and sit this one out--be sure to VOTE!

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Too close for my liking, a nail biter extraordinaire

Elections, WISCONSIN

As I sat at my computer at nearly 1am, the results were still not conclusive on Prosser/Kloppenberg, with 98% reporting and Prosser ahead by a slim 1,878 votes.

But one thing is conclusive... I just received an email about assembling a team of experienced election observers and lawyers to monitor the recount, as required by law with such a slim margin.

When I awoke this morning, 99% reporting, Prosser's lead was down to 585, with several precincts in heavy Democrat territory still not in on the AP page. (Only Taylor is Republican.)

This is really torture! I am going back to bed.

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Brookfield not counted in Prosser totals, a recording error extraordinaire

City of Brookfield, Elections, WISCONSIN

I am too busy to blog right now but too excited not to share the news (in case you live under a rock and haven't heard).

Here it is: The City of Brookfield's vote totals were not included in the Waukesha County vote total Tuesday night!

It was a clerical error, not a case of thousands of "found" ballots that were not counted on election day. No, these ballots were counted in Brookfield Tuesday night. That total, however, was not included in Waukesha County's grand total.

Ryan Morgan, blog contributor for Fairly Conservative and a man who clearly has a head for numbers, wrote Prosser lost the election in Waukesha county last night. Sensing something was amiss with Waukesha County's vote totals, he commented this morning, "Well, I have a theory that I want to be true… we really turned out okay and there are missing votes somewhere waiting to be discovered. :)"

In comment 22 of that post, Ryan gets specific after comparing other city's populations to votes cast to Waukesha's totals: "I could very well end up with egg on my face, but given we’ve already seen that AP can be inaccurate, I am starting to EXPECT that we will soon discover that there are 10,000 to 16,000 more ballots in Waukesha county than what AP has reported." (My emphasis)

And the exact number was 14,315. 10,859 for Prosser and 3,456 for Kloppenberg, netting Prosser a 7,582 gain. (Cindy linked Brookfield's election results in comment 26 on that same posting, so you can see for yourself.)

Now I know I already said this at the beginning, but I am going to repeat it again: THESE ARE NOT NEW BALLOTS THAT WERE NOT COUNTED TUESDAY NIGHT FOUND IN A BROOM CLOSET.

This was a clerical error of Brookfield's totals not being included in Waukesha County's tally. The Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus says she entered our numbers and hit save, but it obviously didn't save. (I can understand this happening. I have been working on an Excel spreadsheet for a personal project for several months now, know I have saved things, only to find them missing later.) Nickolaus' error was that she hadn't double checked the figures with a paper copy Tuesday night.

Nickolaus said she spotted the omission when she was uploading the data into the statewide canvass yesterday (Wednesday). When she opened it, she saw Brookfield's totals as being 0s. They then corrected the error.

She assured the public that there was a Democrat and Republican from the Board of Canvass present for all this. Ramona Kitzinger, the Democrat member of the Canvassing Board, who stood behind Nickolaus during the press conference, then spoke before the press and said, "we went over everything and the numbers jibed up ...we're satisfied they're correct". Watch for yourself.

In response to the suggestion that this type error might have gone unnoticed, Kathy Nickkolaus said they would have caught this as soon as they started the canvass because they take the tape from the polling place and check one by one with the returns.

Other errors were caught from other cities and counties, which is why they check the election results after every election, and why they caution that the results given on Tuesday night are not final. Which makes Kloppenberg's victory speech on an unverified sliver of a win, based on AP totals, all the more ridiculous.

All in all, a pretty amazing error extraordinaire.

P.S. We are not out of the woods just yet; Kloppenberg will no doubt request a recount. But it always good to start 7,000-some ahead. (Remember Minnesota's Franken/Coleman recount: One monster of a Senate race?)

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"The Importance of Worldview" & literal 6 day creation, Tuesday, April 19th

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Brookfield, Special events, Religion

If you are a Christian, does it matter if you believe in the literal 6 day week of creation as described in the book of Genesis?
 
Find out why 6 literal days is important this coming Tuesday evening, when local business executive Gerald Frye, of Elm Grove, will present, "The Importance of Worldview" at the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee's monthly meeting.
 
Mr. Frye spoke to the group last year detailing how Purpose Precedes Creation and did an excellent job. I would anticipate this talk to be equally interesting.
 
This month, the CSSM meeting will be held at 7:15 pm in Brookside Baptist Church's auditorium. Brookside is located at 4470 North Pilgrim Road in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Links: 

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A blessed Good Friday & Easter to you

Holidays, Religion

Though the word Easter and even some non-religious Easter Bunny themed events have come under attack by the P.C. crowd this year, Good Friday through Easter or Resurrection Sunday still mark the most important 3 days of the year for a Christian. It is during this time that we remember the crucifixion, sacrificial death, and burial of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then celebrate His resurrection on Sunday.

Most Christians tend to make a big deal of His birthday, Christmas, and also His resurrection, Easter. These 2 days tend to be the more heavily attended church days of the year.

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Not exactly a fairytale royal wedding

Family, Special events, World News

One can hardly turn on the news without hearing some buzz about the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate. I even witnessed a young mother today, shopping with her toddler, for an expensive hat and shawl to wear to her friend's royal wedding party on Friday.

The royal wedding is being referred to as a fairytale wedding, as in young woman meets handsome prince, marries, and lives happily ever after. But since this young couple has been living together for some time now, I just find it a sad reflection on today's mores.

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