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020316-fp-bottom-fold-pix-1Couple Charged With Having Sex in Front of Child

Kenosha – Felony charges are being made against a Kenosha couple caught by police having sex in the front seat of their vehicle while the woman’s 6-year-old son was in the backseat.

They each had an initial appearance in court and were released on signature bonds.

According to criminal complaints against the man and woman, a Kenosha police officer on patrol about 7 p.m. Saturday saw a vehicle with heavy condensation on the windows parked at Fisherman’s Circle in Harbor Park. The officer shined a flashlight into the vehicle and saw a partially-clothed woman and a man engaged in oral sex.

The officer saw a small child — later identified as the woman’s 6-year-old son — standing on the back seat where he could see the activity in the front seat.

The woman told police that she and her boyfriend were out for a drive, along with her son, when they decided to park “and started making out.” She admitted they had done this before. She also said she had not given her son any food or anything to drink since about 11 a.m. that day.

The 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, both of Kenosha, were each charged with causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity and mental harm to a child, both felonies.

020316-front-page-middle-foldDistrict Attorney Decision Initiates Response

Milwaukee – Some African American leaders are expressing outrage at the decision by the Office of the District Attorney (DA) to not charge, Michael Wilder, a 30 year old male having intimate relationship with a 16 year old boy.

Michael Wilder, 30, resigned last week as political outreach director and deputy manager for Chris Larson who is candidate for Milwaukee County Executive. Larson campaign said Wilder informed them that he had a personal matter that demanded his full attention. Wilder was the No. 2 person within the Larson campaign.

Social media exploded when details of the relationship were released to the public showing explicit graphic text messages between Wilder and the 16 year old boy. Additionally, it is believed that he was involved in sexual intercourse with a teen female based on other text messages at the same time as the 16 year old boy.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a criminal investigation was being conducted by the District Attorney’s office and that Wilder was the focus of that investigation.

The matter regarding Wilder’s relationship with the teenage boy was first mentioned by Sherwin Hughes, host of “The Forum” talk show on WNOV-AM (860). During his talk show last week, Hughes mentioned that a “prominent black leader” was under investigation by authorities for his relationship with a teenaged boy. Hughes did not name who the black leader being investigated was.

It was later revealed by Dan Bice, columnist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Michael Wilder was the “Black leader” in question.

As public debate about Wilder began to go viral in social media, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that “the former No. 2 official for Sen. Chris Larson’s campaign for Milwaukee County executive will not be charged criminally for his relationship with a teenager.”

“The totality of the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation do not support a criminal prosecution,” said Kent Lovern, chief deputy district attorney for Milwaukee County said via text to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The DA’s announcement drew mixed reaction from the community. The DA’s decision also drew outrage from Verona Swanigan, candidate for the Office of District Attorney challenging DA John Chisholm.   

“The idea that anyone could read these messages and not press charges is appalling. As I read these messages, I not only saw clear evidence and admissions that the offense of sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older had occurred but also that multiple other crimes had occurred or had been attempted including child enticement, requesting the minor to purchase marijuana, the purchase of stolen property, bribery of a witness and the intimidation of a witness. The law should be read for its face value, and one’s personal biases towards the LGBTQ community should not interfere with the interpretation of the law. It is my belief that ALL people should be treated equally under the law, and that when we do not  we allow predators and sex offenders to walk freely on the streets,” Verona Swanigan said in statement released to the public.

At present the matter is closed.

020316-fp-top-fold-3Mayoral Candidate Davis Speaks With Southsiders

MILWAUKEE – There are three official candidates running for mayor of Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan and Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis.

Davis decided to run for mayor because, as he stated to Fox 6 News, “It pains me to see the conditions that have been created through the lack of attention in certain areas due to misguided priorities.”

Alderman Davis believes that there is a high level of frustration in many areas of Milwaukee regarding the current administration.

Davis says his focus on attracting outside investors to Milwaukee sets him apart from the other candidates.

“The difference between my message and the message of the other candidates is that I have very good economic robust ideas for the city in my message,” said Davis.

Davis is also focused on improving education. One of his boldest proposal is for the city to build a boarding school for students living in high-crime neighborhoods.

“We can see it hasn’t been a priority because it hasn’t been done so as mayor of the city, that would be one of my priorities,” said Davis.

This past weekend Davis’ campaign organized a caravan and traveled around the city meeting with voters in various neighborhoods of the city.

The Davis campaign stopped on the south side. The caravan pulled into the El Rey groceries parking lot in Cesar Chavez Dr. where Davis spoke with numerous people about his campaign.

“It’s important to me to reach out to the Latino community. The Latino community is growing and contributing tremendously to Milwaukee’s future”, said Davis.

Election is on February 16.

12716-fp-bottom-fold-pix-1Riedlinger Pleas Not Guilty

The Pleasant Prairie woman accused of sharing a video she took of a mostly nude resident of an assisted living facility has pleaded not guilty to capturing an image of nudity without consent.

Grace Riedlinger, 21, worked at Parkside Manor, 6300 67th St. The facility called police Jan. 11 after someone who had seen the video on Snapchat reported it.

12716-fp-middle-fold-pix-1Wisconsin Working Families Party is not a real party, literally

By Robert Miranda, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

A recently obtained Campaign Registration Statement from the Milwaukee County Election Commission reveals that the Wisconsin Working Families Party (WiWFP) is NOT a political party; it is categorized as an “Independent Expenditure Committee”, which is very similar to a Political Action Committee (PAC).

On the Campaign Registration Statement there are several categories identifying what type of committee an organization is, one of which is “Political Party”, WiWFP did not choose this categorization it chose Independent Expenditure Committee. On many occasions WiWFP has identified itself as a “political organization”; however, for donors and contributor’s clarification as to what type of political organization should be made clear.

The Campaign Registration Statement is dated January 20, 2016; however, the announcement made in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS) article that the Working Families Party was launching a chapter in Wisconsin was made in July of 2015.

Later that month, MJS announced in another article that Milwaukee County Sup. Marina Dimitrijevic was being named state director of the newly launched “party”.

In August 2015 on Citizens Action of Wisconsin’s “The Battleground Wisconsin” podcast, Sup. Dimitrijevic declared that the party was going to use “fusion voting,” which is a political strategy in which the same candidate may be nominated by two or more different parties, with the parties listed separately on the ballot but combining their votes to determine the overall tally for the candidate they share. This proved to be untrue as Wisconsin election law does not allow candidates to be listed on the ballot more than once for one office.

Since then, there have been several press releases and announcements regarding radio interviews on Wisconsin Public Radio, TV appearances on UPFRONT with Mike Gousha, and most recently the announcement of the 2016 WiWFP candidates including Milwaukee County Executive candidate Rep. Chris Larson. At no time during any of these media appearances did Sup. Marina Dimitrijevic make it clear that WiWFP was in fact an Independent Expenditure Committee, let alone not registered yet with any official government agency.

There also was no mention from the WiWFP about the Working Families Party endorsement of Bernie Sanders for U.S. President.

So why is it that the WiWFP just filed their campaign registration form on January 20th of 2016? They have been active since at least July of 2015.

This past year, after the announcement that WiWFP will be active in Wisconsin to take on Republicans and corporate Democrats, WiWFP actively recruited members and collected membership dues. It’s not totally clear if WiWFP members are aware that this party is NOT a party, but in fact an Independent Expenditure Committee.

According to the State of Wisconsin Governmental Accounting Board (GAB), the official government board for elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying, WiWFP did not register with them at all and Milwaukee County Election Commission did not receive their registration until last week.

There have been some changes in Wisconsin campaign finance laws, however, that is no justification for not registering with any official government agency or filing any campaign finance reports. According to the GAB a January Continuing Report 2016 should have been filed with either Milwaukee County or the GAB at the very minimum for activities between July and December of 2015.

At this point we do not really know who the WiWFP are, where their contributions come from, how they spend those contributions or with whom they spend those contributions with.

A political party is defined as an organized group of people with at least roughly similar political aims and opinions, that seeks to influence public policy by getting its candidates elected to public office to control the operations of government and staffing government with loyal party members. Do we really know what WiWFP’s true political aims and opinions are?

We are just finding out that WiWFP is not a political party and that they have not filed any campaign finance reports. We do not know who is contributing to them or who they are spending those contributions with. Is this their definition of transparent governing?

12716-fp-top-fold-pix-1FBI Arrest Man Planning Terrorist Attack

MILWAUKEE — The FBI arrested a Milwaukee man this week who they allege was was planning a mass shooting at a local Masonic temple, according to an FBI press release.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer. Documents released by the FBI show that Hamzeh originally wanted to plan a shooting in the West Bank, but refocused his efforts on Milwaukee due to logistical and financial issues.

According to the FBI criminal complaint, Hamzeh wanted to commit a domestic act of violence in Milwaukee. The FBI says Hamzeh targeted a Masonic for his planned assault.

The suspect said his planned act of violence would “be known all over the world…The people will be scared and the operations will increase.”

“If I got out, after killing thirty people, I will be happy 100%”, the FBI reports Hamzeh said.

Hamzeh went into detail to the confidential sources about how he wanted the shooting at the Masonic temple to unfold:

“One of us will stay at the door at the entrance and lock the door down, he will be at the main door down, two will get to the lift up, they will enter the room, and spray everyone in the room. The one who is standing downstairs will spray anyone he finds. We will shoot them, kill them and get out. We will walk and walk, after a while, we will be covered as if it is cold, and we’ll take the covers off and dump them in a corner and keep on walking, as if nothing happened, as if everything is normal. But one has to stand on the door, because if no one stood at the door, people will be going in and out, if people came in from outside and found out what is going on, everything is busted.”

“Hamzeh devised a detailed plan to commit a mass shooting intended to kill dozens of people. He also said that he wanted this mass shooting to be ‘known the world over,'” Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad said.

The suspect was arrested when he tried buying machine guns and silencers from two undercover FBI agents.


012015fp-top-fold-pix-1Senate Approves Tougher Law for Drunk Driving

MADISON – A bill to toughen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws is getting unanimous approval.

On Wednesday, the State Senate unanimously approved a bill to toughen state laws against repeat drunk drivers. The bill is authored by State Senator Alberta Darling and State Representative Jim Ott. Representative Ott says too often there are examples about why tougher drunk driving laws are needed.

“I was reminded today of how necessary this bill is after a Milwaukee police officer was hospitalized by a drunk driver, who is currently on parole for 4th offense OWI,” Ott said, “I thank Senator Darling for her leadership and tireless tenacity against drunk driving, and thank Leader Fitzgerald for bringing SB 455 to the floor. I look forward to voting on this bill in the State Assembly.”

Current law allows prosecutors to let some multiple drunk drivers off the hook. Senate Bill 455 increases penalties for multiple offenders and makes the fourth offense a felony, no matter when it occurs. The bill aligns state law with surrounding states in how multiple offenders are penalized. Senator Darling says it is time to stop the revolving door.

“If our laws treat repeat drunk driving seriously, hopefully people will start to get help and not repeat their mistakes,” Darling said, “Our laws haven’t been tough enough to deal with the problem. It’s my hope that these changes will be a huge step in that direction.”

Senate Bill 455 now heads to the State Assembly for further action.

012015fp-middle-fold-pix-1Milwaukee Taxpayers On Hook For Millions For Wrongful Convictions

MILWAUKEE — A federal jury ordered the City of Milwaukee to pay William Avery $1 million because of a wrongful murder conviction. Avery was released from prison after serving six years before new evidence in the case was found which freed him.

Milwaukee Police charged Avery for  admitting to killing Maryetta Griffin. Griffin was strangled to death. New DNA testing linked serial killer Walter Ellis to the crime. For six years Avery said he never confessed to the crime.

During Avery’s civil rights case, his lawyers argued that detectives violated Avery’s rights — making up incriminating statements to get their conviction.

Avery was released in 2010 after DNA evidence revealed the real killer. Ellis pleaded no contest to seven Milwaukee murders. He died in prison in 2013.

But another murder eventually linked to Ellis also is putting the City of Milwaukee on the hook for millions, according to Fox 6 News, Chaunte Ott served 13 years for the murder of 16-year-old Jessica Payne in 1995 before his release in 2009. Recently, Ott was awarded a $6.5 million settlement from the city. Those are numbers the attorney for Avery does not think are excessive.


Avery’s attorney says since he’s been out of prison, Avery has gotten carpentry education from MATC — and has a home remodeling business.

012015fp-top-fold-pix-2Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill Opposed
MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs was attended by hundreds of immigrants opposing a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities” in Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 450 authored by Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) is calling for the ban on sanctuary cities in Wisconsin. The bill was spurred on by the killing of 32 year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco last July.
“The killer was Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant and convicted felon who had been previously deported five times,” said Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield).
But it’s what happened before the crime itself which is causing Rep. Spiros to initiate the legislation.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE had issued a detainer for Sanchez requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up. However, since San Francisco is a sanctuary city, the city did not honor the detainer. He was released from jail and set free,” said Rep. Spiros.
Under AB 450, local law enforcement agencies that charge an undocumented immigrant with a crime, would be required to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
But opponents of the bill say it would make immigrants unnecessarily frightened.
“I urge you to really not to continue the politics of fear that we’re seeing across our nation,” said City of Madison Alder Shiva Bidar-Seilaff, an immigrant who joined others in saying the bill would further push undocumented immigrants into the shadows.
“I would not be able to call the police for fear that they would take me away from my family,” said Arturo Teapila, an immigrant who lives in Madison. “I work everyday trying to improve my life. I’m not a criminal.”
Rep. Spiros considers Madison, Racine and Milwaukee County to have sanctuary provisions, but admits he’s unsure what they entail.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said his officers will contact ICE agents for undocumented immigrants being arrested for a felony or if they have faced three or more significant misdemeanor arrests. Examples of significant misdemeanors would be for offenses like domestic violence, sexual abuse, unlawful possession of a firearm or drug distribution.

11316-fp-top-fold‘El Chapo’ meeting Being Investigated by Mexican Authorities

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials said they are investigating the meeting that then-fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman held with actor Sean Penn and actress Kate del Castillo in October to see if any crimes were committed.

But government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said late Tuesday that it is the possibility of illegal acts, rather than specific people, that authorities in Mexico are looking into.

“We investigate actions, we don’t investigate people,” he said. “The attorney General’s Office is investigating this event and others involving contacts that Joaquin Guzman had while he was on the run.”

Carlos Barragan y Salvatierra, a professor of law at Mexico’s National University, said there would be little ground to prosecute Penn or Del Castillo, unless money or gifts changed hands.

“If during the dinner El Chapo gave them money, or jewels, or he gave them money for the movie or any other transaction, they could be charged with money laundering,” Barragan y Salvatierra said.

But he noted, “meeting with a fugitive or criminal is not a crime, even if the law says we should report crimes, there is no punishment for not doing so.”

Asked about scrutiny of his controversial meeting with the fugitive drug lord at a hideout in rural Mexico, Penn on Monday would only say: “I’ve got nothin’ to hide.”

Mexican officials have said the meeting helped them track down Guzman, who was recaptured Friday following a bloody shooting with marines in the city of Los Mochis in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa. Images released to a Mexican newspaper showed that Penn and Del Castillo were under surveillance.

Del Castillo has not publicly commented on the meeting. But a federal official said that Guzman appears to have been infatuated with del Castillo, apparently referring to her by the code name “Hermosa,” or “Beautiful.” The drug lord also wanted a second meeting with her according to the official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name.

Sanchez, however, did criticize what he said were attempts to glorify drug traffickers. “We very much regret the acts of any citizen who collaborates with organized crime, because many times drug traffickers have been stereotyped as people who have their good side, or who in some way do good things.”

“They paint them as heroes, and attractive and generous,” Sanchez said. “The reality is that these types of criminals have raped women, have killed children, have tortured women and men.”

11316-fp-middle-foldRUSD Remove Principal and Teacher

RACINE — Two employees have been removed from a school in Racine following a disturbing case involving kindergartners simulating sex acts, Fox 6 News is reporting. Racine Unified School District took action just days after FOX6 News aired an exclusive report about the incident.

A Racine Unified School District elementary school student grandmother was shocked after she found what was happening in her grandson’s classroom.

“There was a number of children suspended for some inappropriate sexual behavior,” the grandmother, who did not want to be identified, told FOX6.

Simulated sex acts between male and female kindergarten students took place at a coatroom adjacent to the students’ learning space. One student told officials it happened “every day”.

“I was shocked! And disappointed that it would happen in the school,” the grandmother said.

Family members and other sources have confirmed to FOX6 News the teacher in that classroom and the school’s principal have been removed from the district.

A substitute is currently acting as principal.

Racine Unified School District Board of Education went into a closed-door executive session days after FOX6 News aired their report, in order to address “a personnel matter.”

Family members tell FOX6 News the students in the classroom all received counseling.

A Racine Unified School District spokeswoman told Fox 6 News that she could not comment on this matter because it is a personnel issue.

FOX6 News is not naming the school to protect the identities of the children involved.

Fox 6 News reports that they were told that the teacher and principal would not be returning to the Racine Unified School District.

11316-fp-top-fold2President Obama Gives Last State of The Union Address

By Robert Miranda

Editor’s Commentary

United States President Barack Obama took all-but-direct aim at anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump during his last address to the United States Congress. Obama called for Americans “to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion”.

Barack Obama speaking at the State of the Union, condemned anti-Muslim rhetoric saying: “It betrays who we are”.

“This isn’t a matter of political correctness – it’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong,” Obama said before the joint session of Congress. “The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.”

President Obama attacked Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States -  Obama did everything but say the name of the Republican candidate during his final State of the Union address.

Obama cited Pope Francis, who addressed the United States Congress last year by reminding the body that “When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized…, that doesn’t make us safer,” the president said. “That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.”

Right after Obama’s statement a prolonged and robust applause from members of the Congress on both sides of the Democratic-Republican divide ensued.

Obama continued to take a veiled slap at Trump.

“There have been those who told us to fear the future,” he said, “who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears.”

The leading Republican candidate seeking to replace Obama, Donald Trump tweeted that Obama was peddling boredom. “The #SOTU (State of the Union) speech is really boring, slow, lethargic and very hard to watch!”

It must be made clear that the ascent of Donald Trump to the status of front-runner for the presidency of the United States is a blatant example of a much deeper problem at the heart of modern American democracy: widespread ignorance.

Trump’s success so far is in large part the result of an almost perfect storm of political ignorance in America.

Political ignorance can explain why Trump has won the support of a large share of the generally uneducated fearful conservative Americans who follow him.

Nevertheless, Trump leads the other Republican candidates seeking the presidency but be probably won’t win the election if he receives the Republican nomination for the presidency. On the other hand, the  political ignorance that fueled his rise will remain.  That, far more than Trump’s crude rhetoric, is the truly frightening reality revealed by this mad man.

From left to right Feeonquay Jenkins, Charles D onnell

Feeonquay Jenkins (Right), Charles Donnell (Left)

Police Arrest Two in Kenosha

KENOSHA — Two men have been with abducting, drugging and raping a 15-year-old girl in Kenosha.

24-year-old Feeonquay Jenkins and Charles Donnell have been identified and charged as follows:

Jenkins faces 14 total charges:

Child enticement – sexual contact

First degree child sexual assault – intercourse with a person under 16, use/threat of force/violence

Obstructing an officer (two counts)

Bail jumping – felony (10 counts)

Donnell faces two charges:

Child enticement – sexual contact

First degree child sexual assault – intercourse with a person under 16, use/threat of force/violence

This incident occurred on December 23rd — the day before Christmas Eve.

Court documents accuse Jenkins and Donnell of abducting the girl, drugging the girl and then driving her to a home, where they each sexually assaulted her.

Police stopped a vehicle with Jenkins and Donnell inside about an hour after the abduction.

According to the complaint, the vehicle was stopped because it was associated with Jenkins.

Police made contact with the driver, who identified himself as “Maurtz Franklin” with a Mississippi ID card. While talking with police, the driver received a phone call that he claimed was from Jenkins, whom he said was his cousin. Donnell was the passenger in this vehicle, according to the complaint.

The officers let the men go, having no reason to detain them at this point.

Three days later, on December 26th, Jenkins and Donnell were arrested.

The complaint indicates a vehicle was pulled over by officers because it was known to be associated with Jenkins, a wanted subject.

Officers again noticed vomit in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Donnell. The passenger in the front seat of the vehicle identified himself as Martez Franklin. This individual was later identified as Jenkins.

Jenkins and Donnell were taken into custody.

The complaint makes reference to two open cases out of Kenosha County against Jenkins — one in which he’s charged with strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment, battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct — and another charging him with substantial battery (intentional bodily harm), disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

In connection with the strangulation case, Jenkins was released from custody after posting $1,500 bond on a condition that he commit no further crimes. He was also out on bond in a case charging him with resisting an officer.

The complaint says Jenkins was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon back in 2011 and in 2014.

As for Donnell, the complaint indicates he was convicted of felon in possession of a firearm in 2014.

010616-fp-middle-foldNCLR: Community Raids Endanger Children and Families

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This weekend, federal immigration agents launched a series of raids across the country targeting Central Americans who have entered the United States since the summer of 2014. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía expressed deep concern about the impact of these raids on children, families and communities and for those who are being deported to countries where extreme violence poses a direct threat to their lives.

“The government should not deport anyone with a well-founded fear of persecution in their home countries, as required by U.S. law, international agreements, and frankly, basic humanity,” said Murguía. “While we endorsed steps taken 18 months ago by the administration to strengthen support for legal service providers and applaud the heroic efforts of the many legal organizations and individual lawyers who have volunteered their time and resources to provide legal counsel to those fleeing widespread violence in their home countries, we fear that some of those on the brink of deportation may not have had an adequate opportunity to apply for asylum or assert another claim that could protect them from removal.”

“We are especially concerned that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are engaging in community raids, a practice that NCLR has long opposed and that the administration wisely reduced several years ago,” added Murguía. “Such raids often undermine the rights of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident family members, as well as innocent bystanders. And as importantly, these types of raids undercut trust between law enforcement and the community, deterring people from reporting crimes or other threats to public safety. They ultimately make all of us less, not more, secure.”

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010616-fp-top-foldCrowded Field of Candidates Seek Public Office

Milwaukee – Four citywide offices and 15 aldermanic seats are up for grabs in this spring’s elections, and all but two incumbents, including the city attorney and one alderman, are running uncontested.

More than 50 people have submitted their nominations papers with the Milwaukee Election Commission to be placed on the ballot.

Mayor Tom Barrett is seeking to return as mayor however he faces challenges from two City Hall veterans, Aldermen Joe Davis and Bob Donovan, and one outsider, James Methu.

Those who submitted the required documents and nominating signatures will make it onto the ballot if enough of their signatures are found to be valid.

In races where there are more than two people running, voters will choose on Feb. 16 who will move on and appear on the April 5 spring election ballot.

The candidates include:

Mayor: Barrett is seeking his fourth term. Aldermen Bob Donovan, Joe Davis and James Methu.

City attorney: The longtime incumbent, Grant Langley, is running unopposed.

City comptroller: Incumbent Martin Matson was first elected to the position in April 2012. He faces a challenge from former county Supervisor Johnny Thomas.

City treasurer: Incumbent Spencer Coggs, who was first elected in 2012, faces a challenge from Rick Kissell.

Council races include:

District 1: Ald. Ashanti Hamilton faces a challenge from Vincent Toney.

District 2: Alderman Joe Davis is not seeking re-election. The six people who have filed to run include social worker Jackie Clark-Ivy, community activist Tracey Dent, Chevy Johnson, longtime Davis aide Sherman Morton, Keith Bailey and special education teacher Larresa Taylor.

District 3: Ald. Nik Kovac, who was first elected in April 2008, is facing challenges from Shannan Hayden and Ira Robins.

District 4: Ald. Bob Bauman, who was first elected in April 2004, faces challenges from Monique Kelly and Andrew Shaw.

District 5: Ald. Jim Bohl is running unopposed.

District 6:  Ald. Milele Coggs, who was first elected in 2008, faces three challengers: Ronny Thompson, Majungaray Watts and Tory Lowe.

District 7:   Ald. Willie Wade is not seeking re-election. Milwaukee School Board President Michael Bonds; County Supervisor Khalif Rainey; Randy Jones, David Crowley, Temeka Williams and Vivian Redd-Fehr filled to run.

District 8: Ald. Donovan is seeking re-election at the same time he’s running for mayor. Donovan, who was first elected to the Common Council in 2000, faces challenges in the race to represent the south side district from state Rep. Josh Zepnick and Justin Bielinski.

District 9: Ald. Robert Puente, who was first elected in 2004, faces seven challengers: Frank S. Emanuele Jr.; David D. King, founder of the Milwaukee God Squad; Jacquelyn D. Heath; Chantia Lewis; John C. Wallace Sr.; Lamar “Penny” Sikora; and County Board Supervisor Martin Weddle.

District 10: Common Council President Michael Murphy faces a challenge from Richard Geldon. Murphy was first elected in a special election in 1989.

District 11: Ald. Mark Borkowski, who was first elected in August, is seeking re-election. He replaced Ald. Joe Dudzik, who was killed in May after crashing his motorcycle. Borkowski faces a challenge from Tim Kenney.

District 12: Ald. José Pérez, faces a challenge from Angel Sanchez, a former alderman.

District 13: Ald. Terry L. Witkowski, first elected to the council in a special election in July 2003, faces a challenge from Christopher Wiken.

District 14: Ald. Tony Zielinski, first elected to the Common Council in April 2004, faces a challenge from Meagan Holman.

District 15: Ald. Russell W. Stamper II, who won a special election in 2014, faces a challenge from Sean Muhammad.

123015-fp-middle-fold-pix-1Cardinals vapulean a Rodgers y vencen a Packers

Arizona.-  Los Cardinals capturaron ocho veces a Aaron Rodgers y devolvieron dos de sus balones sueltos hasta la zona de anotación, para que Arizona triturara el domingo 38-8 a los Packers de Green Bay y se asegurara el descanso en la primera ronda de los playoffs.

Carson Palmer lanzó para 257 yardas y dos anotaciones por Arizona (13-2).

En total, los Packers sufrieron nueve capturas, en lo que fue su peor derrota en lo que va de la temporada. Dwight Freeney logró tres capturas y Calais Campbell se acreditó dos y media.

Cory Redding se escapó 36 yardas tras uno de los balones sueltos para anotar, mientras que Jerraud Powers avanzó otras cinco yardas hasta las diagonales.

Los Packers (10-5) tienen una ventaja de medio juego sobre Minnesota en la División Norte de la Conferencia Nacional. Los Vikings enfrentaban a los Giants de Nueva York el domingo por la noche.

Green Bay recibirá a Minnesota en el último partido de la temporada regular, el próximo domingo.

123015-fp-middle-fold-2Zamarripa Ask Lawmakers to Remove “Husband and Wife”, Change To “Spouse”

Madison – While Wisconsin’s economy continues to struggle under the administration of Governor Scott Walker, some  Assembly Democrats are seeking to move Wisconsin lawmakers towards updating several state laws to reflect recent same-sex marriage court rulings.

A bill introduced at the Capitol calls for adding gender neutral language in numerous state marriage laws with gender-neutral language, such as changing “husband and wife” to “spouse.”

Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) said the law is needed to help prevent legal complications on issues ranging from property to parental rights. “It is wholly unfair that same sex couples are forced to pay significant costs associated with legal action to get a declaration of their rights…especially rights involving their children,” Spreitzer said at a news conference in Madison.

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) stated she wants language that is welcoming of same sex couples and shows them that their rights will be respected in Wisconsin. “Making all references to husband or wife gender neutral will guarantee all married couples in Wisconsin equally enjoy the benefits of that institution,” she said.

Lawmakers were joined by several same sex couples, many of whom have children during the press conference announcing the new legislation.

The bill is being circulated for co-sponsors at the Capitol. It’s not clear whether or not it will have the Republican support likely needed to get a vote this session.

123015-fp-top-fold2015 Editor’s Year in Review

Here we are once again! Can you believe we’re about to put another year behind us? It was one for the books so before I say goodbye to 2015, I decided to revisit the biggest headlines of the year. Here’s the lowdown on the shake-ups, bombshells and watercooler moments that captured our attention in 2015:

A Royal Delivery

Princess Baby Charlotte.

Britain and the globe awaited the arrival of Royal Baby #2 with bated breath from the moment the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting again. Would the world’s most perfectly perfect family be blessed with a pink bundle of joy to complement big brother George? And for the love of God, would she be named DIANA?!? Or Elizabeth?! The speculation raged. Ultimately, the answer was yes, yes and yes. For on May 2, 2015, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born! Cute as a button, of course.

Good bye, Dave!

David Letterman.

That’s all, folks! After 33 years in late-night television and more than 4,600 “Top Ten Lists,” David Letterman retired from CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on May 20, 2015. And with that (and Jay Leno’s second departure from The Tonight Show in 2014), it truly was the end of an era for television.

Misty Copeland Dances into History

Misty Copeland.

American ballet dancer Misty Copeland wowed more than just the dance world when it was announced on June 30, 2015, that she was being promoted at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Copeland was named the company’s principal dancer – the first African-American female to be given the honor in the company’s 75-year history.

U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Win

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Goooooooalllll! The cheers were loud and proud when the U.S. Women’s soccer team won the World Cup for the first time in 16 years (and became the first team to win the tournament three times) on July 5, 2015, defeating Japan in a 5-2 victory. MVP Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and co., became the Golden Girls of Summer.

U.S. and Cuba Relations Restored

The Cold War between the United States and Cuba finally ended after five decades. On July 20, 2015, the two countries reopened their embassies and restored formal diplomatic relations, which had been frozen since 1961. While the ties between the U.S. and Cuba remain “complex,” that’s progress.

The Pope Visits

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Pope Francis.

God Bless America! Pope Francis, aka the coolest Pope in ages, took the U.S. by storm in September 2015 amid grand fanfare (and gonzo security measures) for an unprecedented visit to Philadelphia, New York and D.C. The Pontiff kissed babies, blessed the poor and disabled, and generally restored everyone’s faith in humanity.

Hello, Adele!

Adele.

Grammy-winning singer Adele staged a roaring comeback in the fall of 2015, releasing her first single in three years on October 23, 2015. The song smashed Internet records with 27.7 million YouTube views in a single day. “Hello” quickly became the fastest selling single of 2015 and her sophomore album, “25,” continues to break records. It’s safe to say Adele’s fans welcomed her back, warmly.

THE Celebrity Marriage of 2015: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston.

Jennifer Aniston finally got her due. Everybody’s favorite jilted Friend finally re-married, saying “I Do!” to hunky actor Justin Theroux (of HBO’s excellent The Leftovers) on August 5, 2015, in a private ceremony in front of about 70 guests at their Bel Air mansion, where Jimmy Kimmel officiated. Let’s hope she gets the happily ever after the second time around.

THE Celebrity Split of 2015: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

It was a bad year for celebrity divorces with several major break-ups making headlines, from Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez to Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. But Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck – and Nannygate – take the cake. Proving that the tabloids were right once again, Garner and Affleck announced they were divorcing on June 29, 2015, after 10 years of marriage and three kids. Soon after, reports surfaced that their nanny Christine Ouzounian may have contributed to the couple’s split (Affleck denied the allegations). Ben’s alleged gambling habit probably didn’t help, either.

Well, here’s to 2016 and wishing you a prosperous and joyous New Year.