Bar opponents play the "not in my backyard" card
Puddler's Is Back in Business: A venerable Bay View institution will be reopening soon. Puddler's Hall, 2463 St. Claire St., has been an area fixture since Bay View was actually known as Bay View and not Milwaukee.
It was the gathering place for union members of the former Bay View Rolling Mills Foundry -- most noted for the infamous Bay View massacre in which seven people were killed while protesting for the eight-hour work day in 1886.
The tavern has stood since 1873, but has been closed since July when its then-owner abruptly shut down and let the license expire. Tim Capper, the previous owner, has taken the place over again but had to wait through the month of August to get his license back because the Common Council was in recess.
The Council's Licenses Committee approved Capper's application this week. He promised not to have live music, which had irritated some neighbors.
Apparently, Capper didn't have the same clout as Bar Louie, the Downtown location that let its license lapse a few years ago, but was able to persuade the Common Council to call a special meeting on its behalf.
Capper also owned Colonel Hart's Pub in Wauwatosa. Puddler's is somewhat a monument to the former Foundry workers with historical pictures and narratives about the workforce.
Feingold and Funds: Sen. Russ Feingold has always run as the underfunded underdog in his Senate races -- and so far he has been successful, despite almost losing his first re-election bid.
But that hasn't stopped him from repeatedly asking for money. Feingold's camp sent out an e-mail this week asking for final contributions before campaign finance books close for the contribution period.
The Feingold camp has also been getting aggressive with potential and current candidates.
"There are reports that multi-millionaire real estate developer Terrence "Terry" Wall is likely to get into the race. Russ has been outspent in every Senate race he's ever run and, with someone like Mr. Wall getting in -- a political hard-liner who's likely to pour millions of his personal wealth into his campaign -- it looks like this campaign will be no different," reads a recent missive.
Wall, who owns T. Wall Investments, has listed the firm as an "award-winning commercial real estate development firm that owns more than 2.4 million square feet of space and over 750 acres of land making the company one of the largest developers in the State of Wisconsin."
It lists 13 developments in the Madison area and two developments in Mesa, Arizona. Its headquarters, however, sit in Delaware, which is a state known for corporate offices settling in to avoid paying taxes in other states, such as Wisconsin.
One Wisconsin Now, an independent special interest group that supports Democratic candidates, quickly seized on that point.
The only declared candidate against Feingold so far is Dave Westlake, a Watertown resident who owns High IQ, which sells printer cartridges to businesses and school districts. He started the company three years ago.
Westlake is taking heat for being what's called a 9/12 candidate, which is basically a conservative group that gathers around the church. Its stated pledges are:
- America Is Good.
- I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
- The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
- If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
- I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
- I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
- It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
- The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Lost in TV Space: If you're looking for Wisconsin's version of C-SPAN, Wisconsin Eye, so is the rest of the region.
A dispute over money ended Time Warner's coverage of the stage legislature. It's doubtful the outcry will be as strong as when the Big Ten Network was not carried for awhile on Time Warner. Wisconsin Eye is a private, non-profit channel. It was supposed to have generated some commercial revenue on its own, but obviously hasn't. Under a deal with the state, Time Warner was supposed to have sent some money to the channel, but can't come to terms. It took the broadcast off of Channel 163, which told viewers Wisconsin Eye still can be viewed on the internet at wiseye.org.
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Tony Zelinski's double standard again.. OK for another bar in the KK/Lincoln area, because it's a business district.. But not OK for the A-K mart to sell beer , because there's too many alcohol vendors in the KK/Lincoln area.. Which is it Tony ???
Smokey's is shady and nothing will change the general feeling the bar gives off. There are always sketch people coming in and out of the building, even while it has been "closed." It does nothing to add to the neighborhood. Yuck. I couldn't make it to the hearing, but I am glad so many of my neighbors did.
Regarding Smokie's. The bar has been operating illegally or unlicensed for several years. Also there are residents at the hearing that have lived there longer than the 'smokies' has been in existance. If all of licenses are granted, why are there a public comment portion to these proceedings? I think Bohl's comments where ignorant and unbecoming of his position. If he's annoyed by citizens there are other career options. Also Nik's been very weak when supporting the Riverwest neighbor interest.
Apparently the neighbors weren't contributing enough to Kovac. If they're smart, they'll make their donation and kindly mention their issue, the taverns have been doing that for years. I'm sure another crappy bar is just what the area needs...
The only have 4 bars on a two-block stretch? Now, THAT's a crime.
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