July 21, 2007
No party hats but so what?
Governor Doyle made a couple of moves on Friday. He moved his closest ally in government, Matt Frank, from the Department of Corrections to head the DNR. Just days after DNR Secretary Scott Hassett informed New Berlin officials they could begin negotiations with Milwaukee to move Lake Michigan water outside the Great Lakes basin, Hassett was given the thumb. While I would like to think that the reckless move by Hassett caused the shake-up, that would be too much to hope for.
If Hassett is anything, he is loyal to Doyle and it stretches credulity too far to imagine that the Hassett letter was an independent initiative. It had Doyle's finger prints all over it.
So, why the move? To ask the question is to provide the answer. No big deal. (It is the equivalent of the Brewers bringing up a promising AAA shortstop and a relief pitcher.) Two decent, honest, good public servants, both Doyle loyals, have moved into different positions, one from Corrections to DNR, one from Corrections to corrections, signaling nothing other than more of the same as Jim Doyle moves toward term number three.
Jim Doyle and Susan Goodwin have been reluctant to place Democrats who supported Tom Barrett or Kathleen Falk into positions in the administration so why not appoint Republican Rick Raemisch?
PSC is 100: When told that the party to celebrate 100 years since Fighting Bob led the nation by creating a body to regulate utilities would be held at Maple Bluff Country Club, I just chuckled. But fear not, the rabble, known as rate-payers, are invited to the courtyard in front of the PSC. What a statement. Let me see--ratepayers on the black top at the PSC, utilities at the bar at Maple Bluff with the Commissioners. Something is wrong with this picture. Perhaps they could hold a fund raiser.
Hold the party hats.
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