Manitowoc Progressives With malice toward none, with charity for all. — Abraham Lincoln

October 30, 2012

Who are the Real Dems?

Filed under: DIscussion — rkossik @ 4:05 pm

This is a photo of my Tammy Baldwin/Election Results party at Dem HQ the night of the primary. It was taken shortly after the polls closed. You can see the time is 8:10 PM on the clock on the wall. Several other Dems did show up later. I was going through my memory card and noticed this photo. I thought it was interesting that the few people who set up the event and attended from the beginning ended up defecting from the Brey campaign. (Jim Brey’s mother-in-law accused us of being “so called Dems” in this letter.)


Billboards and mailings for 25th Assembly Election

Filed under: Media — rkossik @ 11:12 am

Brey Mail Piece 2012-11-02   



October 29, 2012

Radio Ads – 25th Assembly Election

Filed under: Media — rkossik @ 3:06 pm

Tittl Radio Ad WOMT Oct. 29, 2012 (15 seconds)

Brey Radio Ad WOMT Oct. 29, 2012 (30 seconds)

Brey Radio Ad WOMT Oct. 31, 2012 (30 seconds)

October 26, 2012

HTR Panel discussion: Cross the line

Filed under: Media — administrator @ 6:44 am

Panel discussion
6:44 PM, Oct 26, 2012
Herald Times Reporter

Cross the line
Who should Democrats vote for in the 25th Assembly race: a non-Democrat claiming to be a Democrat or a far-right Republican? Neither is palatable and neither will promote Democratic values in Madison.

There is only one logical choice: Democrats must swallow their pride and vote for the Republican. Admitting this election is lost and voting in a Republican to the Assembly is the only way Democrats can position themselves to run a candidate in 2014 who can be trusted to support Democratic values.

A “D” is not a “D” no matter what! A real “D” passionately fights for the values the “D” represents!

Carla Halvorson
Two Rivers

City of Manitowoc Debt During Jim Brey’s Term

Filed under: Information — rkossik @ 3:38 am

Jim Brey was elected to the city council in 1992.
City debt in 1992 was 8.7 million dollars.
City debt as of 2011 is 73.1 million dollars.
Information is from the city annual reports for the respective year.
Source Documents (Annotated)
Source Documents (Full)

October 25, 2012

Karen Wittmus, Oct. 25, 2012

Filed under: Letters to the Editor — rkossik @ 4:53 am

Brey won’t lie, even to mother-in-law
4:53 PM, Oct 25, 2012
Herald Times Reporter
Letters To The Editor

Remember when you were little – or your kids were – and you watched Sesame Street? There was always a word of the day – like “Cooperate.” Remember what it means?

Like most of you, I’m really tired of all the negative political ads. From Washington down to little Manitowoc all we hear is the “I’m right and you’re wrong – my way or no way” narrative. I have a mental picture of little kids with their arms crossed saying that if we won’t play their way they will take their ball and go home. Wake up people – if we don’t learn to “cooperate” we’re going to be stuck in this miserable economy for a very long time.

On the local level, I’m so tired of the attacks on Jim Brey. There are the out-of-staters who are spending a fortune to smear his good name and the so-called Dems in our community who appear to be the epitome of sour grapes. Enough already. Jim is a man who is willing to listen and do all that he can to reach a decision that is best for our whole community. He’s given years to the city and the county because he cares, and he will not lie – even though at times it would be a lot easier to do so.

OK, here’s the disclaimer. Yes – I am his mother-in-law. On more than one occasion over the years he’s given me political answers that he knows I’m not going to like. Trust me, if he’s willing to face the wrath of his mother-in-law by telling the truth he’ll tell it to everyone. Let’s elect someone who is honest and who cares about our community. Join me in voting Jim Brey on Nov. 6.

Karen Wittmus

Shannon Wall, Oct. 25, 2012

Filed under: Letters to the Editor — rkossik @ 4:52 am

Anti-Brey mailings are dirty politics
4:52 PM, Oct 25, 2012
Herald Times Reporter
Letters To The Editor

I went to my front porch the other day to find a political flier from Jim Brey, candidate for Assembly, stuck in my porch railing. It had a very nice picture of Jim with his wife and children and several statements about what he would do if elected to the State Assembly.

This all-positive piece was dropped off by one of Jim’s many volunteers — a low-cost alternative to expensive mailing campaigns. Then I grabbed my mail and found a large, glossy, dark-colored card with a skull and crossbones and “POISON” label on it attacking Jim Brey. I have since received three more of these sleazy mail pieces, all criticizing Jim Brey and none critical of his opponent, Paul Tittl, the other 25th District Assembly candidate.

The anonymous funders of these cards are traced to Texas via Columbus, Wis. These dark-themed cards are expensively produced in glossy format and put out by supporters of Paul Tittl. I was later told by Brey’s wife that their 13-year-old son retrieved the skull and crossbones scare-piece out of their mail and came to her very upset that his dad was the subject of what is known (with a wink and a nod) as an “independent expenditure,” and can better be described as a back-alley attack on a candidate and his/her family.

Yes, politics unfortunately has become a very dirty game. Up until now though, local races in the Manitowoc area have managed to avoid this kind of disgusting assassination. Mr. Tittl has said he disavows these mailings and we can all make our own judgments on that, but the simple truth is that “negative works” in the campaign world. Prove the purveyors of this nasty stuff wrong and vote Jim Brey for a positive change on Nov. 6.

Shannon Wall

October 24, 2012

Zachary Barneson, Oct 24, 2012

Filed under: Letters to the Editor — rkossik @ 12:00 pm

Questions Paul Tittl’s no-tax-hike pledge
6:03 PM, Oct 24, 2012
Herald Times Reporter
Letters To The Editor

Paul Tittl is running for State Assembly pledging he is the candidate that will never, ever increase taxes. But the Paul Tittl that served on the City Council not long ago voted with the majority to increase our taxes on several occasions, leaving our city in a world of hurt in the debt/deficit department.

So you have to ask yourself, which Paul Tittl is running for State Assembly? The one who will never raise taxes or the one who did raise taxes?

Jim Brey is honest; vote Brey on Nov. 6.

Zachary Barneson

Bernard Starzewski, Oct. 24, 2012

Filed under: Letters to the Editor — administrator @ 12:00 pm

Party-line voting not always the way go go
6:01 PM, Oct 24, 2012
Herald Times Reporter
Letters To The Editor

I am a Democrat by value less than by label. The world view held by Democratic icons like Roosevelt, Truman and Bob Lafollette are at my core. When a candidate claiming to be a Democrat comes along and rejects those values it becomes necessary to step away from the partisan label and consider the individual.

Over the last decade I have found myself at odds with Mr. (Jim) Brey on a raft of issues. He has been at the center of every fiscal and ethical disaster at both city and county, from the PPP payola scandal to the diversion of TIF funds to hide city deficits. The list is too long to print. People are tired of partisanship. It opens us up to the charge that all politicians are all alike. In this case it’s true. Orwell called it “nationalism,” which he defined as “power-hunger tempered by self deception.”

Here, the label is the deception. No civic purpose is served by party line voting if the values are not preserved. I refuse to promote the candidacy of Jim Brey. His presence in my party is itself a deception and a perversion of Democratic values.

Bernard Starzewski

October 17, 2012

Vern Holschbach, Oct. 17, 2012

Filed under: Letters to the Editor — administrator @ 12:00 pm

Brey is clear choice for 25th District
6:30 PM, Oct 17, 2012
Herald Times Reporter
Letters To The Editor

I’ve known Jim Brey for a long time, and having had the honor to serve the 25th Assembly District myself for over a decade, I trust him to do what’s right for our community if we elect him to represent us in Madison. Jim shares my commitment to working families, job creation, economic development and the sanctity of life.

In his many years of service on our local city council and county board, Jim has dealt with some of our toughest budgets and, more recently, with some very challenging top-down management from Madison. The decisions he has made have not always been crowd-pleasers and I have not agreed with all of them. But the definition of a good leader is not someone who tries to please everyone all the time.

Jim is deliberative and will consider each decision and its unique details. For those who have sometimes disagreed with Jim, you should remember that often the alternative to someone like Jim is someone who votes a rigid political philosophy regardless of changing information and developments in the community.

Jim and his family have been up against one of the most negative and shameful campaigns this community has ever seen. He has responded to these tactics with a positive campaign, even while being vastly outspent by the out-of-state supporters of his opponent. Jim’s reaction to this assault has bolstered my support for him.

Many of our families, friends and neighbors are still struggling. Now more than ever, we need a strong representative who understands our values and will put people before politics. Jim is the one we can count on to stand up for us. I encourage you to join me in voting for Jim Brey on Nov. 6.

Vern Holschbach

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