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Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Mayoral Compensation Goes to Full Council

Life In Tosa, Mayor Didier, Palace Intrigue, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Wauwatosa, Wauwatosa Politics

The Committee on Employee Relations met tonight on the subject of mayoral salary and compensation.  Mind you this has nothing to do with Mayor Didier.  This has everything to do with the mayoral term beginning in April of 2012.

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That's a Crock of...

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Gardening, Politics-Tosa

...Lactic Fermentation.

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Keeping Up With the Joneses

Public Policy, Politics-Tosa, Gas Pains

Not my words - but those of Alderman Meaux.  Why keep up with the Joneses?   This, a rather succinct summation from the Second District Alderman who was speaking from the audience in attendance at last night's meeting of the Committee on Employee Relations.  He also reiterated the notion that  - More money doesn't guarantee a quality mayoral candidate.

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Observations from the Big Fat Middle

Politics-Other, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, The Big Fat Middle

How about that Massachusetts election, eh?

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Observations From the Big Fat Middle

Politics-Tosa, Strange But True, The Big Fat Middle

How many of you remember this fella?

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Politics-Tosa, Politics-Other, The Big Fat Middle, Silly People, Strange But True

So what's up with the County Exec pandering to the quitter from Alaska

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Two Years of Gas Pains, Four Dozen New Friends and a Couple of Wieners

Hunt'n, Mayor Didier, Gas Pains, Politics-Tosa, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Ha! 

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Nurturing the Cult of Victimhood

Silly People, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

Tosa's Legislation, Licensing and Communications Committee has approved an advisory referendum on voter identification.

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An Update On Doings At the Palace

Silly People, Public Policy, Politics-Tosa, Mayor Didier

From the Wauwatosa GOP website is the following tidbit-

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One Last Aldermanic Appointment?

Politics-Tosa, Mayor Didier, Public Policy

I know that at least one of my 38 readers suspects that I dislike the Mayor.  Therefore I want to go on record and make it abundantly clear that nothing could be further from the truth.  I try to get through life without the burden of hauling around all sorts of dislike.  That kind of negativity will take years off of your life so I reserve my dislike for a small number of really bad people.

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More on the Retinue Recruitment Drive

Mayor Didier, Politics-Other, Politics-Tosa

On Tuesday of this week I took the opportunity to sneak out of the day job so that I could attend the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation's Leadership Luncheon.

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More Palace Less Intrigue

Mayor Didier, Politics-Tosa, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Alert - to my 16 readers.  Journal Interactive is gravitating to a new blogging platform and your comments have been sent to cyberspace - hopefully temporarily.  Thank you for your patience as we attempt to restore them.  -Gas Pains

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The Road is Paved with Resignations - Update

Mayor Didier, Politics-Tosa

Hi everyone.

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The Road is Paved with Resignations

Mayor Didier, Politics-Tosa

I was talking with a friend over dinner last night who expressed his chagrin over local politics.

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A Palace Update

Mayor Didier, Politics-Tosa

In case any of you are looking for something to do the Mayor is holding her very first Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday.

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Gas Pains Makes a Prediction

Mayor Didier, Politics-Tosa

If any of you aren't doing anything tonight you might want to join me at City Hall at 6:30.  Committee Room #1 to be exact.

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Doing the People's Business

Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Rubbish

Since I live near Hart Park I'm excited to know that the city is finally going to get serious about making the park improvements come together.  Heck, I'm actually grateful.  This is an investment in our community that all Tosans are going to benefit from and can be proud-of.  Generations to follow will thank us for polishing this gem.

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Doing the People's Business

Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

Tuesday evening I went over to City hall to catch the special Common Council meeting and discussion of Tosa's aldermanic selection process.  It's been in the news in case you haven't noticed.

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Mayoral Finance Reports

Politics-Tosa

I stopped at City Hall on the way to the day job this morning and obtained copies of the latest Mayoral Campaign Finance Reports.

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The Mummy's Curse

Gas Pains, Politics-Tosa

I have been away.

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Mayoral Finance Reports

Politics-Tosa, Rubbish

In keeping with my practice of performing a valuable public service I have saved all of you a trip to City Hall and $5.00 in copying costs.

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Tosa Mayoral Race and the Ordering of Priorities

Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Rubbish

The Joint Committee on the Preparation of the Comprehensive City Plan is the group charged with reviewing the city's master plan on a regular basis.

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Scoring the Tosa Mayoral Forums - Third Installment

Gas Pains, Just For Fun, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Tosa Events

The final organized Public Forum devoted to Tosa's mayoral race was held on Thursday, March 13th.  I was there and it was excellent.  I was told that approximately 120 people attended.

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Alderman Grimm Pays a Visit

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Politics-Tosa, Strange But True

So last Sunday afternoon I returned home from hunting with girlfriend - exhausted.  Looking forward to putting my feet-up, I strip down to my long johns and stretch-out in a comfortable chair to read the papers.  

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Scoring the Tosa Mayoral Forums - Second Installment

Gas Pains, Just For Fun, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Tosa Events

Three Forums so far - good ones I might add.

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Scoring the Tosa Mayoral Debates

Gas Pains, Just For Fun, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

Ok.

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Tosa Trivia and the Mayoral Race - Winner!

Friends, Go - Pack, Just For Fun, Politics-Tosa, Strange But True, Tosa Trivia

For details on the winning submission go to the bottom of the post-

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A Texas Spin on the Tosa Mayoral Campaign

Friends, Gas Pains, Politics-Tosa, Rubbish

This post comes to you remotely from somewhere in the Republic of Texas where I have been enjoying a brief vacation followed-on by day-job business. 

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Tree Farmers, Americans for Prosperity, Carbon Credits - AND a Mayoral Candidate? Yikes!

Conservation, Economics, Forestry, Politics-Other, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

This past Saturday hundreds of woodland owners from southeast Wisconsin gathered at the Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center for what we figure might have been our 30th or so winter conference.  Inasmuch as it's the second largest woodland owner gathering in the state you'd think they'd keep better track of how many times they've done this.

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More Foot Dragging on the Fire Station - Ald. Donegan Strikes Back!

Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

Comments below and visit the TTS for more. 

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Tosa Mayoral Campaign - A Small Bunch of Disclosures

Gas Pains, Personal, Politics-Other, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

A recent commentator to this blog quite reasonably suggested the following:

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Arrows, Tosa Chatter, Conservatives and the Mayoral Race

Gas Pains, Politics-Other, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

I shoot arrows with a couple of hunting buddies once a week and we go out for dinner afterward.  Over dinner the conversation generally shifts from someone's crappy form or high score to politics.  Anyway, it usually does.  At least lately.

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Tosa's Faux Mayoral Debate

Politics-Tosa, Rubbish, Tosa Events

Fellow Community Voice - Peter Hart - recently posted news that the Mayfair Park and Fisher Woods Neighborhood Associations are going to sponsor a debate between two of the Tosa mayoral candidates on Saturday, January 19th.

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More on Taxing Seniors

Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

Ha.  I thought that title would grab you.

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Taxing Senior Housing - In a Holding Pattern

Politics-Tosa, Rubbish, Strange But True

The possibility of property taxes being assessed on luxury, independent senior living facilities has been shifted to the back burner while the City Attorney's office and legal counsel for the senior communities lock horns.

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Senior Housing - A Taxing Issue?

Politics-Tosa, Rubbish

Curious to learn more about the possibility of taxing high-end senior independent living facilities I stopped at City Hall recently. 

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The Race Is On

Politics-Tosa

In case you missed it, Wauwatosa is gearing-up for another mayoral campaign.  So far we have three announced contenders.  Here’s the current roll and my initial appraisals:

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