The Sad Story of Jack Chiovatero

Jack Chiovatero New Berlin mayor Jack Chiovatero lost last night, and maybe we shouldn’t be surprised seeing as the local businessman once sent an email to a constituent alleging that the suburb “is filled with prejudice and bigoted people.” But this is the story of a man who was pushed too far. Chiovatero’s decline began dramatically in May of 2010 after the city’s Plan Commission approved the development of a housing project that would have been built within the “City Center” area, a central location New Berlin leaders began targeting for upscale development in the late 1990s. The project would have…

John Axford Has a Lot to Say About the Old Masters

You might think this man has no taste in art, but you’d be wrong. In honor of Opening Day, celebrity baseball-interviewer Nadia Dajani tagged along with Brewers pitcher John Axford at an unidentified art museum, where the irreverent heartthrob fired off more one-liners than Mel Brooks at a Star Wars-themed cocktail lounge. If Dajani looks eerily familiar, it may be because she played the First Lady’s chief of staff in “The West Wing” and also appeared briefly in the Aaron Sorkin show “Sports Night,” which was really quite good but only lasted two seasons. Through the powers of journalistic deduction, we determined…

The New Faith

FRIDAY PRAYERS at the Islamic Society begin with a sermon. Photos by Adam Ryan Morris At noon, cars begin rolling into the parking lot behind the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, a plainly clad building at South 13th Street and Layton Avenue. Women wearing flowing jilbab clothes and hijab head coverings enter through the far-right door at the entrance to the ISM and climb a staircase to a balcony looking out over the mosque’s white-walled prayer hall. Men, some wearing ornate taqiyah hats and crochet skullcaps, enter to the left, walk into the hall sandwiched between the mosque and the ISM’s school,…

Wisconsin Has the Worst Roads in the Midwest*

No, this isn’t a scene from a low-budget horror film. The American Society of Civil Engineers, which represents those engineers that are always making concrete canoes during their time at university, have released this year’s edition of the organization’s “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” which naturally calls for more construction projects of the sort that would employ a civil engineer or two. Regardless, ASCE has pulled together an impressive amount of data into an impressively slick website we used to quickly survey the condition of roads in the midwest, which go from bad to worse. As anyone who has lived in…

Morning Links for March 29 2013

Hi, this is your friendly Morning Links with another fine selection of curated links. Gogebic Taconite, the Florida mining company that has big plans for northern Wisconsin, isn’t wasting any time: The firm plans to start test drilling in April, the Journal Sentinel reports. The state Legislature passed a bill earlier this month that streamlines the permitting process for mining operations. The JS is also covering the latest offensive by opponents of the Downtown streetcar. It comes at a bad time for the city. Police haven’t yet identified a man pulled from the Milwaukee River, but TMJ4 says the description of the…

FiRe Ur L4z0rz!

A man from northeastern Wisconsin was indicted earlier this week on allegations that he participated in a cyber-attack that temporarily disabled the website of Koch Industries, kochind.com, in February 2011 amid protests in Madison over Gov. Scott Walker’s union-weakening Act 10 legislation. Federal prosecutors in Wichita, Kansas, have charged Eric J. Rosol, 37, of Black Creek, Wis., a town of about 1,300 people near Green Bay, with crimes that carry a maximum sentence of five years each: conspiracy to damage a protected computer and damaging a protected computer. Rosol allegedly joined in “denial of service” attacks launched by the Anonymous group, including…

Legislature Could Mandate a Back to School Sale

Going back to school isn’t always so much fun. Republicans are sponsoring a bill in the state Legislature that would set aside two weekends a year during which shoppers would be exempt from a variety of sales taxes, including a weekend in August that would temporarily remove taxes from school supplies and computers. The second weekend, the first in November, would target any products with an Energy Star certification. This includes appliances, building materials and some electronics. The law would present more than a few lucrative opportunities for shoppers. The definition of school supplies would include clothing for both adults…

Fake Walker Book Titles- A Culling

Gov. Scott Walker’s planned memoir, to be ghostwritten by national political writer Marc Thiessen, will be called Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge. Walker opponents and supporters alike have suggested other titles since the National Review reported yesterday that the book was forthcoming. Most are unflattering. We listed those first and a few pro-Walker slugs afterward. For sources, we used JSOnline comments from here and here and  Facebook threads, especially this one. Anti-Walker Wisconsin: Mined, All Mined! In Cold Blood Everything You Wanted to Know About Corruption but Were Afraid to Ask Open for Business: The Shocking True Story of How…

Priebus Makes Room in GOP for Same-Sex Marriage

Fresh off  the release of the Republican National Committee’s 100-page report blasting the party for fumbling the 2012 election, Chairman Reince Priebus, former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, is joining uber-fundraiser Karl Rove in making room in the party for candidates who support legalizing gay marriage. This weekend, Rove said he could imagine a 2016 GOP presidential candidate who supported gay marriage. And today, USA Today posted an interview with Priebus, who expounded on the message of inclusiveness he tried out on MSNBC last week. With the Supreme Court debating California’s gay marriage ban and a Republican Congressman from Ohio, Rob Portman, coming…

Alice Cooper Bassist Rocks the MPS

Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric was in town on Friday night for a concert to benefit the Lloyd Barbee Montessori School’s after school program. Garric, who’s also played with Ted Nugent, was joined at Hotel Foster by such bands as Mother Dog and The Black Saints, but first he stopped by the MPS school to pay the kids a visit. Here’s the outcome in all its Instagrammed glory. (Garric is the guy in the back who’s been royally upstaged.)