Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Alderman Marcus's Voting against business?

Last night the Public Safety and Licensing Committee met to discuss the request by a local DT market, to acquire a waiver of the "Class A" liquor license so the market can offer full liquor product selection, rather than the current "Beer" only license.

The market argues that offering full Class A will permit them to make enough profit during the sales day to be able close at 9 pm rather than the current midnight closing.  Whatever their reason the fact that Racine abides by this silly artificial "Cap", on licenses makes no sense whatsoever.  Now it should be noted the committee voted "Yes" to send the request to the full council this coming Tuesday evening, (Primary election day); however Alderman Marcus voted NO!!!  Ald. Marcus' reason, he explained was that he didn't believe the market had enough of a reason to break the "cap".   I respectfully disagree Alderman, if the market asks we should grant the request unless they have a history of problems.   If the city of Racine is going to recover and grow..we must allow businesses to make the decisions to grow their businesses,  Most of the current council and Mayor have blocked several businesses from opening in the city for "perceived problems", rather than actual problems.

Mr Marcus, as you pursue your Mayoral bid it must be your first goal to smooth the path, rather than block the path, of new and existing businesses.   If this market violates or abuses the rules, then we slap them down.   Until then give them the benefit of the doubt and let them make their business work better.

27 comments:

  1. Wow-I cant believe your being so critical of your own candidate. Is this a ruse?

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    Anon. 9:32 I will Support Marcus when he's right and critique him on issues I disagree with him on, and try to offer my reasons why. Just ask Jeff Coe, Greg helding or David Maack! Same would apply to any other Mayoral or Aldermanic candidate, etc. I keep waiting for Mayor Dickert to give up on the dead..dead..dead...KRM and embrace something that would actually work..Like a ROAD!!! Then I could praise him...but alas Mayor Dickert is stuck in 1936 transportation mentality. Business, Jobs and success for Racine comes before personalities in our City

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  4. I am also waiting on the article that Marcus did his financial reports wrong. That is more serious than forgetting the authorized stamp.

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  5. And I am waiting for you to call Marcus out for not having a disclaimer on his racineinsideronline.com ad~the other two ads have one. Whats fair for the gander should be fair for the goose. How about it Ken? Justice for all?

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  6. Just saw your posting Anon 9:37. I checked out Racineinsideronlie.com I saw 2 articles about Dickert with photo's but I saw no ad's for Either Dickert or Marcus. In fact the only Ad's I noticed were for Racine Post and Copacetic. It's possible it was taken down earlier today. But I don't check the Insider very often. If you were mistakenly referring to Racineuncovered where the endorsement for Marcus has been up for about a month. Both myself and RU dealt with the question. It is not a paid advertisement and and the blogger is posting her own opinion and endorsement. Therefore the "Paid For.." stipulation does not apply...since it's not "Paid for". That might have been the case on the insider if in fact it was on that site.
    As for the finance reports I have no access or knowledge about that, and therefore offer no comment or opinion at this time.

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  7. Check out www.racineinsideronline.com

    There is an ad for Hamilton and one for Marcus.

    No ads for copaceptic or Racine Post.

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  8. I also can see the ad! It has no mention of a paid for or authorized by line on it... About half way down the page, right above the picture of Paul Ryan...

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  9. http://racineinsider.blogspot.com/ That's the spot I had checked originally where you will find the Post and Copacetic ads.

    As for the picture on the site you referred me too. I'll check into it. I do not believe Eric has done any "Paid" media at all yet other than his website. But I shall post what I find out.

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  10. Follow-up as promised. The photo in the frame used on Racineinsider was the photo taken by their staff. They own the first rights to the picture and can do with it what they wish. Including "framing and linking" if they choose to do so. Marcus was interviewed by the Insider News posted as a video item on their site. Furthermore as I suspected Marcus's campaign has spent ZERO dollars advertising on any website or blogger, beyond the registration of the domain for his campaign website. He has had only 2 expenses in the campaign so far. one for his domain name and the other to order checks for his campaign. Therefore to your point Anon. The item was neither authorized NOR Paid for by the Marcus campaign..and labeling it as such would be misinformation.

    I think he has demonstrated and generated a lot of interest and has yet to spend $50.00!! saving his funds for after the primary. Rather than spending several days a week in Madison, Milw. etc. to raise funds. I like the idea that Marcus can get a lot done without spending much money...That's a quality I do find appealing.

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  11. "I like the idea that Marcus can get a lot done without spending much money...That's a quality I do find appealing."

    Eric is quite a contrast to the tax and spend ideas of Mayor McFailure. Vote Marcus!

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  12. Well why on earth would he need to spend money when all he has to do is work with CRG to do his dirty campaigning...

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  13. Thanks for the follow up Ken! I knew you would...

    It makes sense to me. Thanks again for the clarification! =)

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  14. Anon 1:36 Please fill me on the "dirty campaigning". Dickert is running Radio claiming a 5% decrease in unemployment..again demonstrating his mathematical challenges. It's a decrease of 2.7% from his beginning to end, and 4% if you take the worst to the best. and even when using that number it's a DECREASE of 702 jobs in the City! Not an increase of people employed. Now in the CRG Adv. facts were laid out and informed the electorate. No need to fudge the #'s or the facts. Johnny always seems to have to exaggerate and stretch the truth? This troubles many of us. BTW CRG has it's own site now check it out at CRGofRacine.blogspot.com

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  15. And Marcus doesnt know how to file a campaign report properly or on time? Vote Al Lock. He's the man with a plan and the only one who is not a slimy politician.

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  16. Could be because Marcus doesn't have hot and cold running campaign staffers to do his fillings for him, (where were they on the permits?). I see the tactic of trying to get Locke thru the primary because your boy Dickert is actually a little threatened by Marcus. Giving the people of Racine an actual choice is good for our city. Marcus was able to come up with a 10 Minute and 90 day plan in a matter of hours. Marcus layed it out for the entire city to view in 2 languages. Dickerts 10 year "plan" is still a bowl of spaghetti thrown up against the wall (and whatever sticks he'll take credit for). A plan he coughed up after a year of stalling and side-stepping..and impossible to hold him to account. Dickerts problem is the exaggeration and half-truths and that's why he should be worried.
    Pelosi "We have to pass the bill so the American people can see whats in it!"

    Dickert: Vote for my 10 year plan and you'll love what it is! (paraphrased).

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  17. So much for intellectual honesty. At least the siren is willing to expose the Marcus.

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  18. Ken -

    That excuse doesn't wash with me. Campaign finance is not difficult and the deadlines are clearly stated on the GAB website and a sheet of paper the City Clerk sends to every candidate. Regardless, a candidate should be responsible enough to research this for themselves.

    When I ran for Mayor in the special election. I not only filed my pre-primary report on time, I had to report over 10 times the contributions as Marcus. I managed to keep it straight and I have exactly ZERO paid staffers.

    I don't think this is a big deal. Marcus is not trying to hide anything and he did file the paperwork when he was asked about it. I also don't think the Dickert website disclaimer was a big deal.

    CRG decided to make a big deal about a small issue with Dickert; they should do the same for Marcus. Unless, of course, they are merely an anti-Dickert group with a broad-based sounding name like Citizens for Responsible Government.

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  19. It is unfortunate that CRG must muddy things up with bon-issues. It also looks like Marcus has an uphill battle to climb unless brown and navratil loksen that tight grip they keep on their wallets.

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  20. Take your pick-Do you want a brilliant, successful businessman as mayor (Marcus) or someone who couldn't write his way out of a wet paper bag (Dickert and his high school level ten year plan).

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  21. Thanks Greg for your feedback. I concur. CRG's early critique of Dickert was to point out simply an example of too much Govt. regulations at every level, not to pick on Mayor Dickert except for the fact that he represents the highest level of incumbent "Lawmaker" in our city.. Be it the disclaimer, or the occupancy permit. Those who prefer big govt. want more of these rules, regulations and govt. interferences. Those of us affiliated with CRG want LESS! From UNIT, to 2 years of taxing increases, to excessive parking enforcement, and business harassment.

    The minutia of the all of the GAB forms and wading thru which form must be filed and exactly when and why, or determining if form "X" must be filed at all. CRG contacted the city clerk, the website and still required a clarification with the State office, to ensure the proper forms were filed for CRG's first action as a PAC which was the radio adv. currently running which was in fact an anti-Dickert advertisement.

    Now CRG isn't just an Anti-Dickert group...CRG was organized to go after responsible spending levels, and taxation. Responsible Govt. programs that fall under the municipal constitution. CRG will treat aldermanic and school boards candidates in the same fashion. Your knowledge and suggestions can be a great help in educating our fellow residents as CRG grows forward. It's not just about this one election, I'm sure I and CRG will learn along the way. It's just great to hear so many voices concerned about our Govt. at the city level as well as the State and Federal.

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  22. Cannot wait to hear the anti-Helding radio ad!

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  23. I think Mr. Helding can relax over any Radio Ads. LOL. Personally,from me, Greg is a good guy and does his research, and he's always gotten back to me when I had a question or an issue, and he's not even my Alderman. We still disagree on some of the direction of the city, both of us I believe have the best intention for the future of our City. CRG is making no endorsements until after the primary, and we'd like to get input from both candidates in each race, before deciding. But I can tell you CRG's format for this election is pretty simple.

    1. Balance the Budget (actually, not with using Contingency fund).
    2. No new Taxes, Fines or Fees.
    3. No new regulations.

    We at CRG believe this is clear, understandable, simple, and do-able. Walker is doing it at the State level with a bigger problem than our city faces. We were with 3 million dollars this year..but couldn't make a few more tough choices, or an across the board 2% cut. Walker might be giving us a 1.3Million dollar savings this week! But if we sign off on the rest of those contracts tomorrow night the City WILL NOT get those savings. I have asked Mr. Helding, Coe and the Mayor to please suspend this action until after the Spring elections, and the new officers are installed. To tie the hands of the newly elected council and perhaps Mayor with this burden is just wrong!

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  24. Well how did Marcus do tonight? Looks like he earned a new nickname. Landslide Marcus.

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  25. @10:32-Not bad for only spending $38 per the JT article. Large sums of wont buy this election, someone with the vision to transform this city will. Marcus is that person.

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  26. Well it looks like it is resonating with the public-not!

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  27. Newsflash: Pro Union and anti business alderman votes against public once again. Marcus votes against grocery store while giving a pro union stump speech before socking it to the taxpayers. Wake up my tea party brothers and sisters. This guy is a fraud.

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