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Don't forget to bring your ID to the polls tomorrow.
Don't forget to bring your ID to the polls tomorrow.

Questions for the Candidates: Branch 17, Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Yes, there's an election tomorrow, Tuesday.  And, although there's not a ton on the ballot there are three candidates vying for Branch 17 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Nelson W. Phillips III is the appointed incumbent, and is being challenged by Glendale Municipal Court Judge Christopher Lipscomb and Administrative Law Judge Carolina Maria Stark.

The top two vote getters will move on to face off in the April 3 general election.

To prepare you for tomorrow, I asked each candidate five questions.  All three responded via email.  

So, read on, form your own opinions, check the candidates websites (click on their names below to access) and don't forget to bring your ID to the polls tomorrow.

Nelson W. Phillips III  Why should someone vote for you?

Nelson Phillips:  I have a broad range of experience in our state and federal criminal and civil courts. Prior to being appointed Circuit Court Judge, I spent over thirteen years practicing law in Milwaukee.  I began my legal career in 1998 as a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney and was selected within two years to prosecute felony gun crimes as part of the original Gun Unit led by current District Attorney John Chisholm.

In 2001, I was appointed a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and I began working for the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in 2002. As an AUSA, I prosecuted federal criminal fraud, economic and large scale narcotics offenses.  I also argued matters before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2008, I joined the civil litigation and white collar teams at the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee.  I assisted the firm’s business clients litigating contract, commercial, labor and employment, and general legal disputes.

I’m the current Secretary of the Board for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and recently sat on the Board of the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin.  I also se…


Sam Llanas brings post BoDeans show to Linneman's this weekend

Last August, Sammy Llanas left the BoDeans to pursue his solo career.  

Today, the 51-year-old Llanas is still making music and gigging in support of his most recent and second solo release "4 A.M. (The Way Home)."

This weekend, Llanas play two shows at Linneman's, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.  Owner Jim Linneman tells us that the $10 shows are being billed as "belated birthday bashes" for Llanas and that doors open at 8 p.m. each night. 

"He will open up with an entire set solo, and then be joined by a new back-up band.  He will sing songs from his entire career, including his new album," says Linneman.

Speaking of the new release, it's a solid listen.  Llanas wrote all the material, expect the cover of Cindy Lauper’s "All Through The Night," which fits in and dovetails nicely with the late-night theme of the disc.  It's not BoDeans' music, but tracks like "Oh, Celia," "Nobody Luvs Me" and "Cherry O" bring a smile and nice singability.  

"Up all Night" brings the laughs.
"Up all Night" brings the laughs.

My surprise sitcom

I’m not much of a sitcom guy.  The only commercial network sitcom on my DVR is "30 Rock,"  which, by the way, isn’t really doing it for me this season.  Anyone else feel this way?

Anyway, I was more than skeptical about "Up All Night," a new NBC sitcom set around a new baby and her parents.  Sitcoms about kids and families are usually horrible and ones about babies, don’t even try it.  Yet, for some reason, I’ve watched "Up All Night" on Time Warner Cable's Primetime On Demand all season long.  And, I’m here to tell you that it’s darn good.  

The series follows Reagan (Christina Applegate), a producer on her best friend Ava's (Maya Rudolph) talk show, and Chris (Will Arnett), Reagan's stay-at-home husband, as they adjust to life with their newborn baby girl Amy.  Ava is a Oprah type character that was very annoying in the first several episodes but has mellowed and actually become pretty funny.  Applegate still looks good and her and the highly likable Arnett have a connection that makes their relationship humorous and as real as a 24-minute network show can portray a marriage.

Minor characters like Missy (Jennifer Hall) and Kevin (Jason Lee) are solid too and add good moments to the show.  And, since Lorne Michaels produces alongside Emily Spivey the show is tightly and neatly packaged. It also usually ends with a good, upbeat message/solution which in this day of too much complaining and not enough love is a nice touch for TV show.  

For a show that I truly thought would suck, I’m somewhat shocked that I’ve watched nearly episode.  So, if you’re looking to add something fairly mindless and rather funny to your watch list, check out "Up All Night."  

Hey, don't pick on 'Bay!
Hey, don't pick on 'Bay!

Whitefish Bay gets "boring" mention on "Napoleon Dynamite"

UPDATE:  As reported by Fox 6's Ted Perry via Twitter one of the writers from "Napoleon Dynamite" is from Whitefish Bay.  

I guess characters on cartoons still read newspapers.

Last night’s episode of "Napoleon Dynamite" on FOX featured its stars reading a print version of a newspaper called The Preston Bugle and reacting to story in which Pedro called the city the "Most Boring in America."

A bystander reacts to the headline by saying, "Most boring city in America, he’s obviously never been to Whitefish Bay, Wis."

Here’s the video.  Interpret this random suburban Milwaukee mention as you will.  (But remember, Whitefish Bay is technically a village not a city.)