HEROs of Racine

 Mr. Van Carson – Racine Focus on Fathers

A voice of sanity, logic and rational thinking suddenly bursts upon City of Racine, Courtesy of Mr. Van Carson:

From the JT:

State budget

End of collecting child support birth costs proposed in Evers budget

RACINE — Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget, if adopted in its current form, could change how much parents have to pay in child support by potentially eliminating the birth costs that some fathers pay.

Eliminating the cost would leave a budget hole, but could help decrease the state’s black infant mortality rate by eliminating a barrier to prenatal care.

Currently, when a woman gets pregnant many times medical expenses will be covered through the state’s Medicaid program.

If child support is needed from the father, as part of the father’s payments he will need to repay those birth costs, although there was a provision recently enacted that stopped the practice of recovering birth costs if the mother and father live together and are both supporting the child.

The amount typically charged for birth costs in Racine County is $1,600, according to Jeff Leggett, Racine County’s director of child support services.

In 2018, Racine County’s Child Support Office collected a total of $711,127 in birth costs, with 85 percent going to reimburse the Medicaid program, $604,458, and 15 percent staying with the county, $106,669, according to Leggett.

Leggett said if the collection of birth costs was eliminated, officials would have to figure out how to fill that budget hole in another way.

Evers’ proposed state budget includes some additional budgeted funds for child support agencies — $750,000 for fiscal year 2020 and $1.5 million for fiscal year 2021. However, the state budget does not include an estimate on how much revenue the state would lose not collecting the Medicaid birth costs.

Van Carson, who works for Racine Focus on Fathers, a fathers program ran through the George Bray Neighborhood YMCA, said, even though child support can be expensive and the birth costs add to that, he doesn’t think the birth cost collection should be eliminated.

“It’s expensive to be a human. It’s expensive. It comes with cost,” Carson said.

He said those people who have children need to understand that “recess is over,” and need to take responsibility and get a job.

Carson said he thinks it would be more fair if the father and mother had to repay the birth costs, not just the father.


As it should be.

It is time to end the Blue Fist Looting of a City of Ill Repute!


Unfortunate – but true…..


I’d love to hear the explanation as to how forcing tax payers to pay for birth costs is going to lower the African American infant mortality rate.


Love that picture they always use of Evers with his big smile.! Shows how he really enjoys sticking it to taxpayers in any way he can!!


I guess I’m a little dense this morning. How will this break down the barrier to prenatal care? The state is already paying it. Is taxing Tony grabbing at straws again?


wow Phony tony is racist…he feels that blacks cannot and should not pay child support! ans wow 3/4 of a million dollars our courts waste time on for woman having babies then going on welfare and filing for child support…what a racket!! The court and the law should get out of the collection business acting like the Mob and useing the bullies of the legal system to go after a choice two people made then had a baby…YOU DEAL WITH IT…it should not be a tax payer burden in ANY way!!


Instead of trying to make it easier for fathers to not be responsible for their offspring, how about giving these fathers a mandatory vasectomy to prevent them from adding to the numbers of the welfare dependent population again?

We just  went from DUMB – to DUMBER! Idiocracy was a documentary!





Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney Must Resign or be *FIRED*!

When is Enough – Enough?


When will City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason step up to the plate, do the right thing for long overtaxed and oppressed taxpaying Residents and *FIRE* City Attorney Scott Letteney long with his entire Staff?!

The Complaint is as follows:

To: City of Racine Common Council 2-27-2019

From: Harry Wait

Subject: Complaint, egregious conduct by City Attorney Scott Letteney

To City of Racine Common council members,

I bring forth the attached complaint to request placement of this complaint onto the calendar for the March 5th, 2019 common council meeting.
Mr. Letteney’s conduct as city attorney has thwarted, impeded and undermined the powers of the common council, shown contempt for state and city ordinances, abused his powers in office by acting as a political thug and filed false, frivolous pleadings into court records concerning the open records case of Sandy Weidner vs. City of Racine.
Racine County Circuit Court case# 2017CV1644

Complainant asks the common council acting under it authorities to sanction and/or remove Attorney Letteney for his egregious conduct against public interest and that of the City of Racine.

Harry Wait
File/complaint attached

City Attorney Scott Letteney has an extensive history of egregious conduct while in office, undermining the interest of the people and the City of Racine.

To wit as follows:

City Attorney Scott Letteney violates both the letter and spirit of the law concerning Wisconsin Public Records statutes.

As city attorney, Scott Letteney has an extensive history of engaging in tactics of deny, delay and defer open records request in direct violation of Wisconsin Public record statutes 19.19-.39. Under Letteney’s supervision, the city attorney’s office thwarts, hinders and impedes the general public’s right to know by deceit, lies and untimely response times.

Scott Letteney undermines and thwarts the responsibilities of the City Common Council.

Scott Letteney withheld and hid failed pre employment drug screening test of City employee Timothy Thompkins. By withholding and hiding the failed pre employment drug test, Attorney Letteney undermined and thwarted the scrutiny of Common council members during the hiring/ vetting process. Mr. Letteney undermined this vetting process which is in place to protect the interest of the public and the city

Scott Letteney further undermined common council responsibilities by failing to give notice that Mayor Mason had engaged in a contract with MWH Law Group to conduct a police study to be billed by the hour. This billing by the hour arrangement circumvented oversight and scrutiny by the common council, thus avoiding any discussions by common council concerning the focus, scope, cost or spending caps of the study. Thus far the mayor has kept the study secret despite public funds being used to commission such study. Current cost of the study has been published by the Journal Times at $118,000 dollars and counting.

These types of actions by both the mayor and city attorney Letteney undermines the authority of the common council and renders the council as irrelevant.
Scott Letteney abused the powers of the city attorney’s office to silence and stifle a political candidate.

Abusing the powers of the city attorney’s office, Mr. Letteney brought forth ethics proceedings against then mayoral candidate Sandy Weidner in a most timely manner to inflict maximum damage to candidate Weidner’s campaign

Mr. Letteney acting as a political thug presented a secret power point presentation to fellow common council members to make Sandy Weidner an example of what happens when you do your job as a councilman too well. Mr. Letteney then further engaged in unethical conduct by refusing to release the complete presentation for further scrutiny and review.

Scott Letteney’s act of refusal to provide such documents violated Alderman Sandy Weidner’s rights of due process. Alderman Sandy Weidner then filed a writ of Mandamus where city attorney

Scott Letteney filed frivolous pleadings into court, further abused claims of documents being privileged and requested the entire Open Records case of Sandy Weidner vs. City of Racine to be sealed contrary to Wisconsin statutes 59.20(3), 757.14 and ist. Amendment rights:

Wisconsin Statute 59.20(3), The court shall: “open to the examination of any person all books and papers required to be kept in his or her office and permit any person so examining to take notes and copies of such books, records, papers or minutes …. ”

Wisconsin Statute 757.14 “The sittings of every court shall be public and every citizen may freely attend the same …… ” Citizens are directly empowered by Wisconsin statute 757.14 to observe court proceedings.

1st. Amendment of the United States Constitution empowers citizen rights of speech, to be heard, to assemble, to have knowledge of court calendars’, to attend, observe and scrutinize court proceedings ………….. ecetera

Mr Letteney subverted the above statutes and the 1st. Amendment by filing frivolous and false pleadings into the court

Alderman Sandy Weidner endured the darkness of a complicit, unlawful secret court for 7 months until complainant filed a motion to intervene on behalf of public interest.

Complainant has no knowledge or information that Mr. Letteney ever sought approval from the common council for funds to pursue such outrageous, egregious and unconstitutional acts within the court against the sitting alderman.

This egregious conduct of Attorney Scott Letteney along with the frivolous filings have squandered public funds in the excess of $75,000 dollars and still counting.

Scott Letteney has exhibited negligence in the legal oversight of Machinery Row.

Scott Letteney failed to act against straw man purchaser Rodney Blackwell. As city attorney Scott Letteney turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the project, city officials squandered and misappropriated millions of tax dollars while displacing businesses contrary to law. Mr. Letteney should be well aware of the irregularities of Machinery Row and of the filed criminal complaint which includes fraud.

Complainant alleges city attorney Scott Letteney is a scofflaw and unfit for public service.

Secret surveys, secret meetings, secret government and secret courts are not in public or city interest, members of the city council should not be content with being made irrelevant as other city official’s act to subvert, undermine and negate the responsibilities of the council.

I close my complaint with the following:

“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. {Pres. John Kennedy}

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Sign the Petition at: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/142/432/398/demand-the-resignation-of-racine-city-attorney-scott-letteney/?z00m=31367575&redirectID=2834812052

The more we know about efforts by officials in Racine to shield public records from public view, the more outrageous it seems.  SECRET COURT VIDEO

Anyone who opposes Secret Courts, Secret Records, Secret Government, Secret Meetings by public officials elected or not, should sign this petition.  


We the undersigned, hereby petition the Racine WI. City Council to do a complete performance review of City Attorney Scott Letteney for the purpose of removing him from office for misconduct, malfeasance and other violations of the City’s Municipal Codes. We allege that Mr. Letteney has acted in a corrupt and incompetent manner and thereby inflicted multiple and heavy financial and social damages on the city and its citizens and on our confidence in city government. Under Letteney’s supervision, systems and procedures are in place to thwart, hinder and impede the general public’s right to know.      In secrecy. 

“Let us be clear about what has happened. City Attorney Letteney, with Judge Gasiorkiewicz’s help, has wasted many thousands of taxpayer dollars to embrace a shocking level of official secrecy.
But the wrong that has been done here has not yet been righted. There ought to be consequences for the bad judgment shown by Letteney and Gasiorkiewicz. Bill Lueders president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.

“In my 56 years in the news business, including a 15-year stint as president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, I’ve witnessed some bizarre attempts by government officials to keep information from the public they’re supposed to serve — but the one that’s currently dragging on in Racine County clearly takes the cake. Editor Emeritus Dave Zweifel The Capital Times

“This whole episode is a disgrace to the City of Racine, an insult to taxpayers and a waste of money. It calls into question the judgment of the city attorney and his reasoning for pursuing such a misguided venture when he went before a closed session meeting of city aldermen in the fall of 2017.” Racine Journal Times Editorial Board

Watchdog group



While from Journal Times: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/local-citizens-group-files-complaint-against-racine-s-city-attorney/article_b7dae48a-db73-5d36-b9a2-52f6b5b8a1ee.html

Misconduct alleged

Local citizens group files complaint against Racine’s city attorney

RACINE — A local citizens group filed a complaint against Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney on Wednesday, accusing him of misconduct and asking for his resignation.

“An expedient retirement by Mr. Letteney would be best for both the city, and for him, and I truly hope he makes that choice,” a spokesperson for Honest Open Transparent (HOT) Government wrote in the group’s news release. “A lengthy and expensive process to arrive at the same result would not be in anyone’s interest, other than perhaps the attorneys who could bank hours for it.”

Timothy & Cindy add: City of Racine Attorney Scott Letteney and his entire Staff have acted with Gross Malfeasance and Incompetence in their pursuit to punish an Alderwoman for simply doing her job. City streets crumble, services are cut, and taxes are hiked to fund the vendetta of an incompetent City Attorney who labels even routine and open records as “secret” and claims “attorney -client privilege”. When will Mayor Cory Mason and the Racine Common Council do their job – end the charade – and *FIRE* Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney and his entire Staff!

Racine Mayor Cory Mason needs to stop attending to his his need for more taxes and financing of friends and family and do what is right for City of Racine Residents and Taxpayers and *FIRE* City Attorney Scott Letteney and his entire Staff! Taxpaying Residents should not be abused as Public Officials  personal ATM’s.