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Practically Speaking

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.

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Hunt group, leaving God out of the equation, doom and gloom of the 70s does not come to pass, Russia having procreation holiday, negative growth in Germany, Focus on the Family warning article from 1997 

Ethanol bill: Just what would be a conflict of interest?

Ethanol, Ethics, Going Green, Legislation, Truth, WISCONSIN

First, let me share my response from our own Governor Jim Doyle to my plea to him to oppose the ethanol mandate. Notice how the highlighted statements match rather closely to an email (in bold) from ethanol producer Paul Olsen (Senator Luther Olsen's brother).

"From: Paul Olsen
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 7:43 AM

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The right to choose: HEALTH CARE

Health care, Legislation, WISCONSIN

My State Assemblyman Leah Vukmir sent me the following email today, which I am pleased to share with you.

She and Senator Ted Kanavas are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give us the right to enter into private contracts for health insurance.

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Musings about Super Tuesday and the future


Like many of you, I listened to the Super Tuesday coverage for most of Super Tuesday night. I also had my computer on and clicked on the US map watching the vote totals/percentages as they came in state by state. Of course I was most interested in what would happen on the Republican side in California. Finally, I gave up when they called it for McCain.

There's been much speculation about how conservatives (like me) will vote in November or if we will vote at all. First of all, this is not over...yet. Wisconsin and the other states holding primaries in February just became more important--that is the good news. The bad news is now we must listen to all those campaign ads! 

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Conservatives, what was not to like?


Lancerettes do well


Conservatives, American Dream Summit this Saturday?

Conservatives, Special events

Feeling a little low after this week's Super Tuesday results and Romney's campaign suspension?

Maybe what you need is a little shot in the arm tomorrow at the Americans for Prosperity, Defending the American Dream Summit, February 9, 2008, 9am to 5pm at the Country Springs Hotel. (Just off I-94 in Waukesha, 2810 Golf Rd.)

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Fastest growing new religion: Global Warming

Complete with indulgences! Austraila is purchasing carbon credits

McCain buys into the whole idea too.

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Development to keep an eye on

City of Brookfield, Development

My Alderman, Lisa Mellone, is really great about keeping her District 7 constituents informed of upcoming issues. She sent this District 7 update last night. (I posted her entire update on Brookfield7.) The 3 development issues should be of interest to all Brookfield residents.

District 7 Residents of the City of Brookfield,

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Possible running mates

Bobby Jindall, gov. of Louisianna good, says Rush, but he probably won't get it. Rush called him the next Reagan 

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Will the real Rick Owen please stand up?

City of Brookfield, Development, Elections

Remember the old TV game show, To Tell the Truth? The panel of celebrities was to guess which of the 3 contestants was the real person who had done some unusual or heroic act. One of the 3 was the real person, the other 2 would try to mislead the panel. At the end, the game host would say, Would the real So-in-so, please stand up. Then the real person would stand, sometimes surprising everyone.

Well, after reading Development tops list for candidates , I almost felt like saying, Would the Real Rick Owen, please stand up? Did anyone of you share my dismay over the paragraph from that article?

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Bio fuels:It's worse than we thought. Assembly votes Wed.

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Ethanol: The bad bill that just won't die! It's back

Ethanol, Legislation, WISCONSIN

Yes, the bad ethanol mandate bill that just won't die is coming back to an Assembly near you.

I awoke today to Jay Webber talking about this at 7:10 a.m. He mentioned, for all of the promises by Mike Huebsch and Jeff Fitzgerald to not bring Assembly bill 682 to the Assembly floor, it is due to come out of committee and to the floor for possibly tomorrow. Seems they did send it to a committee though, the Assembly biofuel and sustainable fuels committee. Not exactly one it would die in!

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New kind of Robin Hood

Boots and Sabers

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"Ethanol Mandate Bill Stalls in Pro-Ethanol Committee"--keep the heat on

Ethanol, Legislation, WISCONSIN


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           February 13, 2008
Rep. Steve Nass (608) 266-5715

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Where have I heard Obama's message before?

Wisconsin's primary will be very important to the Clinton campaign and so, the ads are running.

By now we have all heard how the crowds in Madison were so enamored by Barack Obama on Tuesday. But why?

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Obama's $845 billion for Global Poverty bill? Call your Senator NOW!

Legislation, TAXES, U.S. Sovereignty

Oh, I am getting so tired of all this watchdogging, calling, and emailing our officials, but the alternative is to let these bad bills pass. This one is not just about a huge amount of money; our national sovereignty is at stake.

For those of you who think Barack Obama does not have much of a record to run on, his Global Poverty Act bill ought to tell you a lot about this young senator.

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Primary election picks: Sutton, Halmstad, and Hillary?

City of Brookfield, Elections, H. Clinton 2008, Obama 2008

Tomorrow is the primary for President and Brookfield Aldermen in Districts 1 and 2. I have no aldermanic primary in my district. But if I did live in the 1st or 2nd district...

I would be casting my vote for Dan Sutton. I have watched Dan Sutton during his first 4 year term and I like what I see. Dan showed he had good instincts with some of his comments during those early council meetings and even though he was a new alderman, he voted against the flow. As he matured in his role as alderman, his votes reflected his good instincts more and more. In recent years, Sutton went to bat for Brookfield taxpayers: 

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Happy President's Day! We've come a long way--mostly

Elections, History, Holidays

Today is President's Day. Tomorrow is the Presidential spring primary. It's been an unusual campaign, to say the least.

When you consider the three major candidates in the running for president, think about how far we have come as a nation.  Back in 1789 when George Washington was inaugurated, African Americans and women did not have the right to vote much less run for public office. Not all white males had voting rights either; property ownership was required.

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He sounds like a preacher, but he sure isn't preaching from the good book

sermon on not stealing and working so you can give to the poor


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Long Term Care Community Education Meeting, Wed.

Elderly, Health care

This Wednesday, February 20th, there will be a Community Education Meeting to explain the new Family Care Program at the Waukesha County Expo Center 4H Forum Building, North Hall . (1000 Northview Road, Waukesha) You may choose to attend the 3 pm or 6 pm session. 

The meetings are sponsored by the Waukesha County Human Services and Health Department, Waukesha County Department of Senior Services, Care Wisconsin, and Community Care Inc. They will explain the new Family Care Program (formerly the Community Options Program) and they will have a Q & A opportunity too.

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Are you sure you want govt. run health care?

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care

I just got off the phone with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the smoke is still pouring out of my ears. I needed to call about an extension on an emissions test because the car in question is not drivable at present. Although I had just been to the actual emission test facility and stopped in the office to ask for the extension, the woman in the office said I needed to call. So, call I did.

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Help is on the way?

Just for fun!

I saw this semi today loaded with snow plows. Does this mean it has been such a rough winter that reinforcements were needed? I think we can safely say that the plowing crews are just as sick of this winter as we are!

The pot hole crew was also at work on Moorland today. Yesterday I saw them out on the left lanes of I-94 in Waukesha.

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Must have been the right 12 people

Development, Just for fun!, Mayor Speaker

Fellow blogger Janet Wintersberger recently echoed my sentiments that the Plan Commission rarely seems to listen to resident comments regarding development.

She wrote, regarding the proposed Fountain Brook Crossing, "Twenty-nine (of the 30) attendees' comments were negative."  The proposal got the nod anyway.

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Elmbrook related links

Don't forget your Elmbrook school survey

Elections, Elmbrook, High Schools

If you want to give the Elmbrook School District your 2 cents on their online Strategic Planning Survey, the deadline is this  Wednesday, Feb. 27.

You are to select 1 to 5 of their pre-written responses for questions 1 - 4, but they also allow for you to select "Other" and then tell them what your other concern/priority is. The next 2 questions allow you to comment; the last 3 questions are just a yes or no.

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Virtual Schools, Ethanol back in committee, Photo ID languishing in Senate

Education, Elections, Ethanol, Legislation, WISCONSIN

Assemblyman Leah Vukmir's office called today in response to an email I sent*. Her aid informed me that the Renewable fuel bill (Ethanol) was going to committee again this Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 am.

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Govt. run healthcare less expensive?

I took some heat for just making the very general statement that why would anyone want govt. run health care.

Somehow people think this will save us money.

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Barack pro abortion He was criticized by rival pro-choice candidates in the Democratic primary and by his Republican pro-life opponent in the general election for a series of "present" or "no" votes on late-term abortion and parental notification issues.[42]

What's in a name? McCain apologizes for Hussein

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008

Do we really have to bend over backwards for everything? By now you have heard about the flap over the use of Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein, at a campaign rally. Seems we are not supposed to mention this because it might be interpreted as criticizing Sen. Obama. (This would be so much easier if Condoleeza Rice was our candidate. Then we could say something about Hillary and Barack!)

The VOA reported :

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Hillary and obama health care plan

Clinton again pointed out her differences with Obama on their plans to expand health care. Clinton’s plan would require everyone obtain health insurance while Obama would require it only for children. Clinton maintains Obama’s plan would leave 15 million people uninsured while Obama has charged Clinton’s mandated coverage would force people to buy insurance they may not be able to afford.

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Obama keeps NAFTA pressure on Clinton

by Mike Dorning

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Hillary, we agree, Steve Schwei, we do too!

Elections, Elmbrook, H. Clinton 2008, High Schools, Obama 2008

I have often said that if you wait long enough, there will be something that two opposing camps can agree on. Hillary Clinton and I do not see eye to eye on much, but when she gave her "Celestial Choir" speech the other day, we finally found our common ground!

Clinton raps Obama's 'celestial choir' campaign:

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1 year anniversary


It has been one year since I posted my first piece, Déjà vu: It’s 'Smokes for Votes' all over again! , on Brookfieldnow.

So, what has changed in that year?

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Leap year



Definitions: Travelblog and nappetizer  

Happy Leap Year

Holidays, Just for fun!

Today is February 29th, a leap year. My son mentioned a classmate of his told him he had a leap year birthday. Poor kid, in actual Feb. 29th birthdays, today is this young man's 5th birthday. It could have been worse though. Had he been born a century earlier, he would have had only 4 actual Feb. 29th birthdays. How would that be possible for a 20 year old? Ask Pope Gregory.

Back in Julius Caesars day--45 BC--the concept of adding a day to the 365 day calendar every 4 years was introduced. It was known that an actual year was almost 1/4 day longer than 365 day year. So to compensate, Caesar added the leap year day to his Julian Calendar. This worked for a while.

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