Mayoral Salaries

June 30, 2009

I was in Tipton, Iowa over the weekend visiting In-Laws.

Being the local government expert in family, I was asked how much I thought Mayor Kepford made a year. Knowing who was doing the asking I replied, “I don’t know, but it isn’t enough.”

The issue arose because of some planned street work that was about to start in front of their house. Of course, nothing was being done to their satisfaction and it was all the stupid, overpaid Mayor’s fault.

I still don’t know how much Mayor Kepford makes. But, I will stand by my answer.

That kind of abuse goes with the job but nobody should have to take the abuse for peanuts.


Enemies are Everywhere

June 26, 2009


Political enemies. They are everywhere. When you are deeply involved in politics you develop political enemies. Some enemies you like personally even though you disagree with them politically. Some people even marry them.

Then there are the enemies that you really don’t like. Just the sight of them gets the competitive juices flowing.

In this regard politics is much like sports. When you are heavily invested in the fortunes of a sports team there are rivals and then there are RIVALS.

When someone like Senator Arlen Spector defected from the Republicans to the Democrats that was nothing. Did you lose any sleep over it or rejoice with glee? I didn’t think so. Life went on undisturbed.

But,  the possiblity of Brett Favre becoming a Viking?


Order your shirt here.

Oh what a tangled web we weave …

June 25, 2009


OK, so he wasn’t hiking the Appalachian Trail.

And, he wasn’t writing.

And, he didn’t need to be alone to clear his head.

It turns out to be just another “Scumbag and Tramp” story.

Oh well … Next.

Where would you go to disappear?

June 24, 2009


You know the story.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford “disappeared”.  


He went hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Missing four days. His wife says she didn’t know where he was. (Did she or didn’t she?)

It got me thinking. If I was to “disappear” for a few days where would I want to go? You can bet it wouldn’t be hiking in the wilderness! It would be someplace I could walk on concrete.

I would like to go to Milwaukee for the Brewers/Twins series, but that wouldn’t be disappearing because I would run into someone I know.  So that would be out.

Disappear? That is a problem. While certainly not as well known as a Governor I can run into people I know anywhere I go in the state. Except … Maybe …

How about Hurley?

Where would you go to disappear?

Failing your way to political success

June 23, 2009


“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen


All politicians fail. Every one of them.

The successful ones learn from their failures and use that knowledge to win the next one.

They innovate.

Here’s hoping your city has innovative officials.

Right Woody?

Shameless Plugs

June 22, 2009

It is time to plug a couple of websites.

First we have PeopleDirect.Org.

People Direct is an “On-line political community for disgusted Democrats, repulsed Republicans & others favoring widespread political reform in the United States!”  They are not talking Iran type of political reform, they are talking about genuine reform through the ballot box.

The other plug is for VoidNow.Org. 

Vote Out Incumbents Democracy (Void) wishes to see all incumbents defeated. Period. Throw out the batch of them. You know the definition of insanity… Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Ain’t going to happen.

I  talk to many people who are disgusted with both parties and want to throw them both out.

But, like minded people tend to gather together don’t they?

Why Run for City Council?

June 19, 2009

I love other peoples stories about their involvement with local politics. I recently read a great one. It was posted on The Judge Report Blog site. It is the story of one man’s decision to run for City Council in Amersterdam, NY.

If you are interested you can read it here.

If not, see you later.