Friday, September 14, 2012

Fact Checking and Flack Checking

Columbia Journalism Review gives a laurel to FlackCheck.org. 

Mitt Romney, Factually Challenged, Again and Again




Found at Flowing Data: Animated Political Contributions

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Arizona's Bookmans Does Banned Books






YouTube video found at Blogging Censorship.

Wisconsin Budget Project: Little Growth in Income Except for Those at the Top

Day 4 of a 5-day series on income inequality in Wisconsin 


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Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 27th Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the 27th Assembly District
Elkhart Lake Public Library
Kiel Public Library
Kohler Public Library
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan (service area)
Plymouth Public Library

Academic library
John Esch Library, Lakeland College

The Republican Incumbent

Biography.   Born Town of Lyndon, Sheboygan Co., June 15, 1955; married; 3 adult children. 

Graduate Plymouth H.S. Bowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership 2000. 

Full-time legislator. Former retail manager and regional sales manager. 

Member: Sheboygan Co. Republican Party. Former member: Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County (bd. mbr.); Gov.’s Council on Highway Safety; Howards Grove Jaycees; ADA Volunteer Firefighters; 4-H project leader; Junior Achievement instructor. Howards Grove School Bd. 1981-84, 1986-98 (pres. 1995-98). 

Elected to Assembly 1998; reelected since 2000.  Had little trouble getting re-elected in 2010.


The Democratic Challenger:  Steven Bauer


Sheboygan-area candidates declare for fall state races.  (Sheboygan Press, 6/6/2012). Bauer is in his third term as town [of Sheboygan Falls] chairman. He ran for county supervisor in April but lost to incumbent Peggy Feider. Bauer owns the S&R Bar and Restaurant, W3820 County Highway C, with his wife, Rose.

Town of Sheboygan has website for fire department only.

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Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 26th Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the 26th Assembly District

Academic library

The Republican Incumbent

Endsley defeats his Republican primary challenger with 60% of the vote.


Biography:   Born Sheboygan, March 4, 1962; 2 children.

Graduate Sheboygan Falls H.S. 1980; B.S. UW-Platteville 1984.

Full-time legislator. Former sales manager.

Member: St. Paul Lutheran Church (council mbr., educ. com., building fund chp.); Wis. Right to Life; Sheboygan Co. Right to Life; Pro Life Wis.; Sheboygan Co. Republican Party; Sheboygan Co. Chamber of Commerce.

Elected to Assembly 2010.  Endsley beat the 4-term Democratic representative, Terry Van Akkeren, by 151 votes.  Van Akkeren is now Mayor of Sheboygan, having replaced the disgraced Bob Ryan in a special election.



The Democratic Challenger:  Mike Helmke


Helmke to seek Assembly seat.   Helmke served two terms as Sheboygan County Sheriff, losing to Todd Priebe in November 2010.

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Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 25th Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the 25th Assembly District
Chilton Public Library
Manitowoc Public Library

Academic library.
University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc

After serving in the Assembly for 20 years, Bob Ziegelbauer, an Independent from Manitowoc, though he ran as a Democrat from 1992 to 2008, is not running for re-election.  Ziegelbauer currently serves as the Manitowoc County Executive.

Brey, Tittl battle for 25th Assembly seat.  Chamber hosts candidates forum with election 5 weeks away.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 10/1/2012)

Brey, Tittl both claim independent label.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 10/4/2012)

Republican Candidate

Paul Tittl wins a 4-way primary with 53% of the vote.  (Information about other candidates found here.)



Wisconsin  Eye interview


The Democratic Candidate

Jim Brey wins a 4-way Democratic primary with just over 41% of the vote.



Brey to seek Democratic Party nomination for 25th Assembly seat.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 5/11/2012)

Excerpt: Brey has served on the Manitowoc City Council since 1992 and the Manitowoc County Board since 1996. He is employed at Stecker Machine Co.  [Serves on Manitowoc County Library Services Advisory Committee.]

WisconsinEye interview.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Building of "Elegant Simplicity": The New (in 1964) Salt Lake City Public Library



The typing room.


Ron, here we have our public typing room where patrons of the library, students, can come in, and after they have done their research and they wish to type it up, they can operate our typewriters here and finish up their thesis in fine shape.

Salt Lake Modern


WorkFlowy Enters My Life



Discovered at  5 Tools for Outlining Your Novel. (GalleyCat, 9/13/2012)

Since I'm big on lists and outlining,  I'll find many uses for WorkFlowy.

Sometimes I think I was born too soon.

Sample note cards from research on business history conducted at the high-rise UMass Library in the spring of 1978.


OK, I didn't use WorkFlowy to full effect here -- what's shown below can be accomplished in Word -- but at least I got a toe wet.


Event Planning @ the Library


Library prevents, non-city, non-library events in building.  (Watertown Daily Times, 9/13/2012)

Excerpt:  Library Director Barbara J. Wheeler complained that her staff has to stay past hours to supervise outside events and lock up the building afterward. She said receptions often produce residual food odors, and users don’t always clean up after their events. 

“It’s just not our job to be wedding planners and event planners,” she said. 

Board member Maxine M. Quigg was not at the meeting but sent an email pleading against the policy. She said she believes the library has gained patrons through weddings and events, and the library is a center for the community. 

Yes, Maxine, a center, not a doormat.

According to the article, this service brought in $2,000 in revenue in 2011,  not enough to cover costs, I imagine.  I hope that Wheeler documented the staff time required and specific duties involved in her staff's after-hours supervision and clean-up..

Here's a summary for the year 2010 of the Boston Public Library's experience of hosting weddings.  (Love among the volumes, Boston Globe, 8/14/2011)

Weddings and other special events brought in $825,000 last year but netted only $220,000 after expenses that include providing extra custodians and security onsite, utility costs, and salaries for the events office. Still, that additional revenue bought new check-out machines and helped fund the new computer center. 

Event planning @ the library is no picnic, but it can be a successful venture, although not when it's squarely placed on the backs of library staff.  It needs to be a separate operation, its own department, so to speak.

One final comment.

Anyone who works (or worked) in a library that welcomes outside, no-library-connection-whatsoever events (parties, showers, receptions) knows that some groups tend to be _____________,  Based on my experience at Middleton, I can reel off a half dozen adjectives with the snap of a finger.

They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore

Campaign ads AND moderate Republican Presidential candidates.

 

3-D Printer @ the Sauk City Public Library


Sauk City library gets 3-D printer.  (Portage Daily Register. 9/12/2012)

Excerpt: Miller said the $2,000 printer is part of the library’s new focus on transforming the library into a community place for people who want to create. One of the first things he did when he was hired as the library’s director was form a community club for people interested in learning to program simple, open-source computer boards.

Wisconsin Budget Project: Economic Gains Flow to the Top in Wisconsin

Day 3 of a 5-Day Series on Inequality



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Wisconsin Budget Project: Incomes of Top One Percent Soar in Wisconsin

Day 2 of a 5-Day Series on Income Inequality.


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Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 24th Assembly District (General Election Edition)


The New Assembly 24th District.  (Germantown Now, 6/8/2012)

Excerpt:     The new District 24 no longer contains deep red Richfield and most of the Falls. Instead, it stretches east from Germantown to include many Democratic areas. The new district is much less compact, consisting of a crescent stretching from one corner of Menomonee Falls all the way to Glendale. Chunks were taken out of several different towns, in order to reach the desired voter mix. The result is a Rorschach test of a district (kind of reminds me of an elephant's head).


Public libraries in the 24th Assembly District
Brown Deer Public Library
Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville
Germantown Community Library
Menomonee Falls Public Library
North Shore Library.


The Republican Incumbent

Biography.    Born Milwaukee, December 14, 1958; 4 children. 

Graduate Menomonee Falls East H.S. 1977; attended UW-Madison. 


Member: Hartford, Butler, Germantown and Menomonee Falls Chambers of Commerce; Washington Co. Convention and Visitors Bureau; Ozaukee/Washington Land Trust; Pike Lake Sportsmans Club, Pike Lake Protection District 2000-present. Washington County Board 2006-08. 

Elected to Assembly 2008; reelected 2010.




The Democratic Challenger:  Shan Haqqi





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Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 23rd Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the 23rd Assembly District
Frank L. Weyenburg Library of Mequon-Thiensville  (service area)
North Shore Library (service area)
U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Library, Grafton
Whitefish Bay Public Library

The Republican Incumbent


Biography.    Born Milwaukee, June 5, 1947; married; 2 sons, 1 grandchild.

Graduate Milwaukee Washington H.S. 1965; B.S. UW-Milwaukee 1970; M.S. UW-Milwaukee 1975; J.D. Marquette U. 2000.

Full-time legislator. Former broadcast meteorologist and instructor at UW-Parkside.

Served in U.S. Army, 1970-73; Vietnam veteran.

Member: State Bar of Wisconsin; American Meteorological Society; Mequon/Thiensville Sunrise Rotary; Mequon/Thiensville Chamber of Commerce; American Legion; Ozaukee County Republican Party; North Shore Branch Milwaukee Co. Republican Party; Lumen Christi Catholic Church (past parish council pres.).

Elected to Assembly 2006; reelected since 2008.

Ran unopposesd in 2010.   Received nearly 58% of the vote in 2008.



The Democratic Challenger



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Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 22nd Assembly District (General Election District


If the Republicans thought they were going to tank Sandy Pasch's chances at re-election, they were sorely mistaken.



Public libraries in the 22nd Assembly District
Milwaukee Public Library.  (service area sliver)
Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex (Lisbon service area)

Sandy Pasch represented the 22nd Assembly District for two terms.  She is among four candidates running in the 10th Assembly District.

The Republican Candidate
Don Pridemore.  

Kicks butt in the Republican primary.  Running unopposed in general election.



Born Milwaukee, October 20, 1946; married; 3 sons. 

Graduate Milwaukee Lutheran H.S. 1964; B.S.E.E. Marquette U. 1977. 

Full-time legislator. Former electronics research technician, electronics design engineer, senior electronics project engineer, and amateur ABATE chili judge. 

Vietnam Era veteran; served in U.S. Air Force 1965-69. 

Member: Hartford Lions; Hartford Area Taxpayers Assn. (com. mbr., fmr. pres.); Greater Hartford Optimists Club (charter bd. mbr.); Land-O-Hills Baseball League (commissioner); Erin Baseball Club (pres.); Washington and Waukesha Co. Republican Party; American Legion; VFW; NRA; Senior Friends (Hartford).  Erin Park Bd. 1995-present. 

Elected to Assembly 2004; reelected since 2006.

Easily won primary, re-election in 2010.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Older Workers in the Great Recession


Unemployment poses economic dropout risk to older workers. (The Raw Story, 9/6/2012)

Excerpt: Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University Professor Andrew Sum noted in a video for the site that, though older workers were slightly more likely to keep their jobs in the economic recession, they also had a much harder time finding employment again if they did get laid off. The average amont of time workers over 55 remained jobless was about 44 weeks.

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 21st Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the 21st Assembly District
Franklin Public Library (service area)
Oak Creek Public Library
South Milwaukee Public Library

The Republican Incumbent

Biography. Born Milwaukee, March 29, 1956; married; 3 children.

Graduate Oak Creek H.S. 1974; attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and Marquette U. I

Independent businessman. Former professional metal fabricator, welding instructor, industrial manager.

Member: South Milwaukee Street Scaping; Grant Park Garden Club; South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce; South Milwaukee Lions. Former member: American Welding Society, V.I.C.A. welding judge. 

Elected to Assembly in July 2003 special election; reelected since 2004. Majority Caucus Chairperson 2007.

2010 election results.


The Democratic Challenger:   William Kurtz

Source: Votizen

Competition For Mark Honadel: South Milwaukee Resident William Kurtz Running As A Democrat. (South Milwaukee Blog, 6/4/2012)

Excerpt: Kurtz is a former Milwaukee-area journalist and most recently worked in public relations at Carthage College in Kenosha.

Kurtz to Challenge Honadel for Assembly Seat.  Oak Creek Patch, 6/12/2012)

Can't find a campaign website.

It appears that the Independent challenger, Mike Schmidt, is no longer running.

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