Steve Taylor Just Can’t Stand to Lose! Now He is Behind the Recall of Janet Evans?

Steve Taylor, a former Franklin Alderman lost big time on April 1st, 2014.  His triple losing streak started with his loss for Mayor of Franklin (you know, by a small margin of 60%) but in tandem, he also lost his Alderman’s re-election bid at the same time.  The final smack to the back of his head in on that fateful April 1st election was that Franklin voters said he was being paid too  much as full-time at a County Supervisor, while only performing part-time work.  The vote resulted in majority of Franklin and Milwaukee County forcing  his salary and other County Supervisors down to part-time status in 2016 if he chose to run again. Conservative radio talk show host Charley Sykes tweeted  “Steve Taylor the Loser of the Day.”

How could this career politician make ends meet?? He has no other job.

Of course this would just not do for the angry and vengeful Steve Taylor, who had been heard to say that “the only reason he lost was because so few people voted.” DUH –  so few people voted for him!  Now apparently,  he has set out to do exactly what the Democrats tried to do to Governor Scott Walker. RECALL his former Opponent!

Kevin Fisher in a recent blog reveals that Steve Taylor is the driving force behind the recall of 4th District Alderwoman Janet Evans, the person who beat him and became the 4th Districts alderwoman.

You can read more about it here on Kevin’s FranklinNOW blog.

One only has to Google  Steve Taylor to see that was thrown out of office as an Alderman in Lacrosse,  and again recently Steve Taylor was thrown office in Franklin x2. So what does Steve Taylor have to lose by promoting lies about Janet Evans?  He NEEDs  another chance to run for his old position.

Taylor has claimed to be a Conservative Republican, but conservative pundits have proven that is not true, he has been discredited by talk radio by both Mark Belling and Charlie Sykes. Taylor claims to be a follower of Scott Walker but the Kevin Fischer posting shows that his actions are just as bad as those that tried to recall Walker. Proving what those pundits have said, “Simply said is a RINO” who is willing to throw other Conservatives like both Alderwoman Janet Evans and Mayor Steve Olson under the bus to get into office.


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Is Alderman Duh-Ugh Schmidt Just a Puppet of Ex-Mayor Tommy Taylor?

You bet he is.

Doug Schmidt

Doug Schmidt

Never in the past years that Hizz Honor Tommy Taylor (the Ex-Mayor and my former alderman) have a citizen feed an Alderman a motion which the lackey Alderman Schmidt read verbatim. Tommy set Doug Schmidt up for his first page and a half motion during the citizen comment period, actually saying that it was Tom Taylors motion not Doug Schmidt’s.

In the Former Mayors motion, Schmidt had no idea what he was even reading! When asked to clarify his motion and points of the motion, Doug just stammered and looked like a deer in the headlights. At points looking to the Ex-Mayor for help because, he was looking foolish mumbling his answers of gibberish.  To help his puppet save face, the Ex-Mayor started talking out of order during the discussion of the motion which none of the alderman understood because it was long and confusing.

Mayor Steve Olson, needed to reign in the Ex-Mayor who started speaking out of order, explaining that he was the Former Mayor and not on the Council. Alderman Dan Mayor, offered the motion to open the floor to the Ex-Mayor.

After several rude remarks by the Ex-Mayor and his justifying using Doug Schmidt as his puppet, he attempted to do what Tom Taylor  never would have tolerated from a former Mayor, and that was speaking disrespectfully to the current Mayor.

It is this writers opinion that Ex-Mayor Taylor can’t stand being out of the political arena and can’t stand that the current Mayor is doing something he failed to do as Mayor, which is moving Franklin Forward with development. Under Tom Taylors “leadership” Franklin consistently lost development and under his watch, we lost development in not only the business park but in retail development too!

Under our current Mayor, Steve Olson, there have finally been developers that are looking at Franklin again as a place to locate their business. Empty retail locations are filling back up, including ones that sat empty over most of Tom Taylors tenure as Mayor. Developers see Mayor Steve Olson as someone who will move things forward for Franklin vs. Tom Taylor’s efforts to be the President of the ICC and his lackadaisical come if you want attitude toward developers.

One only has to look as far as the failed Fountains of Franklin (you know Tom Taylor’s vision of Downtown Franklin),  the exodus of Harley Davidson from the Business Park and the downhill spiral of retail development at 76th & Rawson. If NML had not threatened to move out of Franklin, God only know how 27th would have turned out under Tom Taylor’s (leadership?).

Taylor’s recent interference has shown  more of an effort to put roadblocks in the way for development in Franklin rather that moving Franklin Forward. Why? Maybe it’s because he does not want to fade into the past as the Mayor who was know for bringing water and sewer to citizens that did not want it on rural land in Franklin.

Another Taylor in the Mix

So who else is behind this? None other than County Supervisor Steve Taylor, who was in attendance making snide remarks to others around him and posting to his Facebook page with rude remarks about the man who beat him by a huge margin.





Rumors are that he has been helping the Recall Janet Evans folks and if you read his “Steve Taylor for Franklin” FaceBook page has done nothing but criticized, Franklin, the Common Council, Alderwoman Janet Evans and of course Mayor Steve Olson.


Steve Taylor is well know for his slimy politics, especially when he loses political campaign like he did for both Alderman of Franklin’s 4th District and for Mayor. Not to mention his loss as Alderman when he was in Lacrosse.  Taylor is looking at the odds for running as a part time County Supervisor (which he already is as far as the time he puts in) during the 2016 re-election and they don’t look to good. From what I understand, there are several well known names planning on taking that seat away from him too.

So instead, he is trying to smear those that won against him in hopes that folks in Franklin will forget he was part of the worst economic years in Franklin and did NOTHING as Tom Taylor’s Common Council President. Easy for him to forget that Franklin is where it is because of his lack of leadership. Do we want more excuses from him? I don’t!

So, Where can you hear all this fun and adventure?

Try Here:



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Kayla’s Krew supports Mayor Olson’s Veto

Considering this! The folks over at Kayla’s Krew now realize the truth about Franklin Politics. Despite the political face that Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm and Doug Schmidt portray as advocates, their push is to put the Kayla’s Krew playground in a Milwaukee County park rather than part of the Franklin Parks where it belongs.

As Mayor Olson has stated, this way we can make sure that this effort moves ahead rather than depending on Milwaukee County to put it off to possibly never. Look how long it takes for anything through the County Board even if our three County Supervisors are on board! We have a project start date of September and we want to help Kayla’s Krew meet that.

When you consider the history of political posturing of County Supervisor Steve Taylor’s or the  minimal efforts he has performed as one of our County Supervisors you can understand why, there is doubt.  Taylor has made a career attempting to pander to Oak Creek and Hales Corners, while ignoring his constituents in Franklin.

Please check out what the folks over at Kayla’s Krew have to say and come to the Special Common Council Meeting on Monday March 23rd at 5:30pm in the Courtroom of the Franklin Law Enforcement Center, 9455 West Loomis Road, to make your voice heard to Alderwoman Wilhelm and Alderman Schmidt. Tell them to stop playing politics!

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

  • Alderwoman Wilhelm’s email :
  • [email protected]
  • Alderwoman Wilhelm’s Phone Number:
  • 414-427-7603
Doug Schmidt

Doug Schmidt

  • Alderman Schmidt’s email: [email protected]
  • Alderman Schmidt’s Phone:
  • 414-529-1965



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A Perspective On Franklin and New Development

In the months to come, Franklin will be seeing a new restaurant open, or possibly two. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article last Friday confirming the opening of the Eau Claire based Milwaukee Burger Co. fourth location right here in Franklin Wisconsin. Normally we see new up and coming restaurants, locating in Brookfield, Greenfield (Southridge) or in the exclusive Oak Creek town center!!

So why would anyone come to Franklin of all cities, instead of one of “those” places??  Could it be because in the past few months, under the Franklin city leadership of Mayor Steve Olson, business is gaining a new perspective of a positive outreach by our city to promote development.

I have heard rumblings of more and more business ventures seeking out the City of Franklin, looking to move here because of the initiatives that are being driven by city hall.

As the word gets out, I would expect more of our “empty” shopping developments such as the old Tumbleweeds empty since 2008, where the Milwaukee Burger Co. will move in April, will become a bad memory  of the past administration.

We are seeing several projects moving toward fruition in the past year. The building of a new hotel on 76th and Rawson. A mixed development near the Rock. Yes and even the moving in of the Dollar Store which now occupies a formerly large space which Sentry foods use to reside is a plus to Franklin taxpayers.

In addition, City Hall is seeing much interest in the 350 acre addition to the business park which is part of the total $380 million dollar project to develop the business park, retail development and housing . Some of that interest has brought company’s like Valenti Classics to Franklin. This dedication to development has help to promote existing Business Park ventures such as the expansion of offices and manufacturing for Microbial Discovery Group.

Or you can believe those that will say that Franklin is a directionless city with no chance of getting anyone to develop here. You know the one guy that lost three times in April!

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UPDATE: Why Can’t Franklin be more like OAK CREEK!

Recently I was amused by the “shock” that the Dollar Tree was being “allowed” by the City of Franklin to move into the old Sentry in the Orchard View Shopping Center on 76th and Rawson. I am sure you know it as, the “upscale” mall in the heart of “Franklin’s Downtown”!  It’s the one with an Ace Hardware, Snap Fitness, Cousins Subs, Domino Pizza, The Green Tea Garden, a Taylor shop, defunct Tanning place and the list go’s on.

The clamor continues to rise above the din of the explosions coming from the Franklin Quarry just a couple blocks away “WHY CAN’T FRANKLIN BE MORE LIKE OAK CREEK!”

Well alright already, your wish is developer Jim O’Malley’s command!

If OAK CREEK has one then so should Franklin. But .. If we only had a TJ MAX……..

Oak Creek Dollar Tree

If OAK CREEK has one. Then FRANKLIN needs one too!

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This is what REAL County Board Leadership Looks Like

Given that we have seen an unending pattern of violence in Milwaukee County I recently  received this in an email from one of the known conservative County Board Supervisors Deanna Alexander. Her video message is about the deaths of innocent children by violent thugs and the dangerous protests over Law Enforcement in Milwaukee County. Now I am a child of the 70’s, had long hair, did the peace – love thing. This is not the protests of those days gone bye. They are aggressive race baiting mob scenes and intimidation to people just trying to get home after a long day at work.

Unfortunately our very own County Supervisor Steve Taylor uses his time publishing pictures of him kissing up to the Governor, or political schmoozing at Grand Openings instead of addressing real issues going on in Milwaukee County in his communications to his select audience of constituents.

Even more recently getting involved with City of Franklin issues that he has nothing to do with. I like many of his constituents want Steve Taylor to keep his focus on doing County Business he was elected for not sticking his nose in the City of Franklin government, something his constituents and the City of Franklin voters told him to do when he lost so horrendously this past April for Alderman and Mayor!!!


A Special Video Message Concerning Protests and Law Enforcement – and a New Year’s Wish for you!

Deanna Alexander - Campaign to Rebrand Milwaukee County

A Necessary Message 

Many people don’t know what to say about the violence and protests that have erupted in Milwaukee and across the nation, or if it is even acceptable to say something.

You supported me to be a voice for you – to have the courage to say publicly what needs to be heard.

But we both know that simply sending out a press release at time like this would just get lost in the noise.

That’s why I am sending you this video, where I speak directly to the public – to anyone who will listen – to help bring some sense back to this national conversation.

Last night I attended the annual recognition of Milwaukee’s homicide victims.  This was the 4th consecutive year I’ve been to this year-end candlelight vigil.  Every year there’s a prayer for change and too many candles for people who left us too soon.

This year there were over 90 people killed in Milwaukee!  But as Sheriff Clarke said from the front of the room, change begins with each one of us.  So my New Year’s wish for each of us is not just the typical “health, wealth, and happiness,” but also love, courage, and peace. 

Please join me on New Year’s Day for a peaceful demonstration of support for our men and women in blue.  Feel free to make a sign, bring a blue light, or just come to stand with us… because all lives matter.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

4pm – 6pm at Mayfair Mall

West parking lot, along Hwy. 100

2500 N. Mayfair Rd. in Milwaukee

Please share this video and invite your friends and family to join us on New Years Day!

As always, thank you!

A Citizen for Servant Leadership



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Why Can’t Franklin Be More Like Oak Creek?

I don’t know about you but I am really getting tired of hearing, “Why Can’t Franklin be more like Oak Creek”. So after I read this, I have to say “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

The Latest from FranklinNOW on Oak Creek’s 2015 City Budget:

Oak Creek




Now lets look at that terrible old Franklin Common Council with that Mayor Olson and his band of dysfunctional Aldermen:





Now how about those Clowns on the Franklin Public School Board:





I don’t know about you but I think we all should move to Oak Creek before this happens:



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UPDATED: Alderwoman Wilhelm, Would You Like Cheese with That Whine? or Politics 101 – Political Karma is a Bitch!

The Tuesday September 9th, Common Council meeting should have been a sleeper considering that Mayor Steve Olson was out-of-town and left Alderwoman Wilhelm in charge of running the meeting. But given that it was Kristen Wilhelm in charge, things did not play out how the Alderwoman had planned. First off, the woman who Wilhelm had placed in nomination for the Quarry Monitoring Committee who not only showed up for the meeting but also spoke at during “citizens comment” did not get approved. Before what normally is an open and shut vote to approve Alderwoman Wilhelm’s nominee, Alderwoman Janet Evans requested discussion of the nominee. Here is what she said:

“I was given a.. In my mailbox, I was given a handout that came from two people, one that was from Ms. Erickson…I am assuming it was out from her because her name was on it. It was in favor.. It asked people to vote a certain way for the quarry monitoring. I think if you are going to be on the quarry monitoring committee, you should go on the committee unbiased, and I just wanted to let the council know that this was handed out.”

In response to Alderwoman Evans discussion points Alderwoman Wilhelm replied back:

“I think that Jill (Erickson) has offered a lot of feedback, it’s been very helpful, she has been working diligently on the quarry monitoring form, she seems extremely well qualified. And she is MY APPOINTMENT, and I speak on her behalf and I would like your support.”

With that, there was no further discussion, as Alderwoman Wilhelm calls for a vote. Alderwoman Evans immediately votes NO and an individual vote is called by Alderwoman Wilhelm.  The results is three in favor and one against, the nomination is rejected. For a commission or committee appointment to be approved there MUST BE at least for votes in favor, so Jill Erickson can not be nominated again for that position for one full year. Alderwoman Wilhelm then whines:

It’s not an easy situation to try to find a person to fill that position, especially someone who is qualified as she was but I guess we will continue.

This begs the questions:

  • Why did Alderwoman Wilhelm appoint a 5th district citizen as she is Alderwoman of the 3rd District? No one in her district was willing??
  • Why was her nominee doing work on a committee that she was not yet a part of?
  • Ms.Erickson’s credentials include Freelance instructor, editor, and writer along with Studio jewelry artist. She also lists that she was Associate Editor, of the Art Jewelry magazine. I wonder if the alderman could not quite figure out which of these qualifications stood out as a Quarry Monitoring Committee member, do you?Jill Erickson
  • Why did Alderwoman Wilhelm vote against two commission nominations in April, one that was an appointment by the Mayor and the other from Alderwoman Evans if it is so hard to get qualified people on these commissions? Both nominees in April were well qualified.

Alderwoman Wilhelm, is not a woman who will let a dead dog lay and had to include a last whining lament during a vote on the Quarry Committee recommendations:

“Jill …. The person that I HAD WANTED to put on the quarry committee.. Who has left, probably out of frustration for the efforts she has put in … Had already put together some suggestions because she had talked to the Mayor and myself after the planning commission meeting and she agreed to do that and she had put in some very good suggestions in there, like links to weather pages and that….. “

Had Steve Taylor still been on the council this is where he would have interjected one of his famous eye rolls when Alderwoman Wilhelm made these whiney comments when he was Council President! Needless to say, other issues about the quarry did not go how the Alderwoman from the 3rd district wanted them to go !! UPDATE 9/23/2014: Ms. Erickson sounds much like her mentor Kristen Wilhelm. What many people thought as she went storming out for a second time after chastising Alderwoman Evans for not voting for her. One could say that Alderwoman Evens at least has the intestinal fortitude to state her reason why she could not vote for Ms. Erickson. Unlike Alderwoman Wilhelm and several other on the Council who have chosen to vote down Citizen Volunteers without giving them an explanation why or even a firm vote against. Instead they vote abstain which is a chicken shit way around a definitive vote.

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This Forward Thinking is Why Steve Olson Has Been Elected Mayor

Before the mud slinging of his opponent, before the rhetoric from his opponent, came this email to Franklin’s Mayor Tom Taylor and the  Common Council from then former Alderman Steve Olson and soon to be Mayor Steve Olson.

Mayor Steve Olson has been and I believe will be a major driving force in intelligent, well though out development in Franklin.  He will choose the right path, the best path for development to flourish in Franklin. Something we have not seen in a long time, especially with the Franklin Forward (backwards) Committee spearheaded by Mayor Olson’s opponent.


From: Steve Olson
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:36 PM
To: ‘Alderman’; ‘Tom Taylor’
Cc: Mark Luberda; Jesse Wesolowski; Joel Dietl
Subject: 70/30 goal.

Dear Mayor, Aldermen and staff:

Please accept the comments below with all due respect.

I’m listening to the 70/30 goal discussion and have a few points:

First, I chaired the committee that came up with the goal.  It was comprised of members of the Economic Development Commission, the Community Development Authority, Common Council, the Plan Commission, the Franklin School Board, a couple of developers and other interested parties.  The goal was not determined in a hap hazard manner but came after many, many discussions, arguments, meetings and frank conversations.  That goal resulted in the basis for the first city wide economic development plan ever done in the United States called the Ticknor report and was followed by the implementation plan for 5 areas called “Franklin First.”

  • This goal is ONLY related to total ASSESSED VALUE of the community NOT tax rate or taxing districts.  So any conversation regarding the different school district is not appropriate based on history.
  • The ratio defines the 70% as properties who have RESIDENTS.  That includes single family, multi-family, condominium and apartments.  Apartments are assessed as commercial and those were backed out and put into the residential numbers.
  • Those on the committee always recognized and stated their responsibility to the CITY and not to individual taxing entities.
  • The committee (Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee) was unique in that there was no “politics” involved.  There weren’t “turf wars.”  They recognized that business will go to the areas that will make them successful.  You can’t build an office or office park in the middle of a residential area.  You can’t attract retail to a corn field.  You can’t tell Northwestern Mutual to not develop on 27th Street but to the corner of Hwy. 100 and Loomis.  That kind of comment is great politics but is wholly unrealistic.  It just can’t and doesn’t work.
  • The committee recognized that we needed to provide proper zoning to make it easier to move a commercial/industrial business to Franklin (including retail) but that the zoning couldn’t be done in a vacuum.
  • The committee recognized that zoning must be based on the strong likelihood that a business that we wanted to attract to the area would be likely to WANT to be located in that physical area.  That’s a major reason why the Ticknor report focused so heavily on market research.  Again, you can’t put a business park in the middle of a residential area or a retail center in a corn field.  The Ticknor report places a heavy emphasis on TRANSPORTATION needs of the various types of companies that we indicated our desire to attract.  That’s why you don’t see a recommendation for a business or industrial park on the north and west side of the city.  That’s why “Area D” in the report was the designated “next business park.”  Instant access to I-94 was to be a huge selling factor.
  • Impact fees did not factor into the ratio due to the fact that they are not part of the assessment value but are specific to defraying cost of the development on the operating budgets of the city.
  • It’s ALWAYS about maximizing the taxable value of the commercial and industrial development in an effort to reduce the tax burden of the residential taxpayers.
  • The discussions always came back to the then current makeup of the city as in where people lived, where the businesses were located currently, where we were getting developer interest over laid on what the group wanted the city to look like in 2020 or 2025.
  • The committee relied on our own points of view and the survey done by Hughes, Ruch and Murphy regarding the desires of the community regarding development and quality of life issues.  This is the study that reinforced the desire for a TARGET STORE and the basis for the controversial votes made for the Shoppes at Wyndham Village in the early 2000’s.
  • The goal attainment will be in flux.  Some years commercial/industrial will outpace residential, most years will see residential outpace commercial/industrial and therefore, achieving the goal changes year to year until the city is built out.
  • Because the goal would be a moving target year over year, the committee recognized that protecting commercial/industrial lands with appropriate zoning was key to meeting the goal.  We can see the impact on this with the residential development near Wheaton Franciscan (Area D) and the Stonehenge development (Area A).  Taking zoned industrial/commercial land and making it residential has a doubling effect that adversely impacts attainment of the goal.
  • The focus of the economic development activities up until about 2000 was always to attract industrial/commercial tax base NOT to fill retail space.  If there are empty buildings that we WANT to fill, they’re still being levied taxes and focusing on that effort would dilute the effort.  The effort was then to continue to attract NEW tax base.  Filling an empty space was a by-product of the effort not the goal.
  • The goal was derived after significant and laborious review of a ton of documents that included the Comprehensive Master Plan, zoning maps (that’s where the 11 then 7 areas studied by Ticknor came from), assessment rolls, utility maps, SEWRPC maps and documents, DOT long range plans, school district planning documents, zoning maps from our neighboring communities, historic development (commercial/industrial and all forms of residential) trends in the city and many, many other documents and interviews that were in effect at the time (1997 through 2000).
  • It was often discussed and always recognized that this was going to be a long, long term project.
  • Many involved discussed whether the decision makers would resist “we’ll take anything that comes along to meet the goal or whether they would look to “quality” and “enhanced quality of work and residential life” in making approval decisions.
  • Then Economic Development Director Stan Kosmatka and I spent many, many days interviewing development officials from other communities about their methods, organization, duties.

There is no history left on the Common Council (it’s natural) or on any of the involved boards, commissions or authorities thus this e-mail.

It’s always been a CITY goal, not a taxing entity goal.  It’s always been about gross ASSESSED VALUE of the city, not school districts.


I’ll end this e-mail with another thought.  Once a parcel is developed it will remain that way for our lifetime and probably the lifetime of the next generation.  Decisions need to be made for the long term.

Thank you for the time.

Steve Olson

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Preliminary Election Night Results – Steve Taylor Loses BIG

One Picture is worth a thousand words, OK  maybe two pictures!

Triple Loss for Steve Taylor
Triple Loss for Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor finds out the results of the April 1st Election.Ilost

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