Saturday, May 11, 2013
The eight officers who responded to the Sikh temple shooting were among the honorees at a White House ceremony Saturday morning.
The eight Oak Creek police officers working the morning shift of Aug. 5, when a gunman attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and killed six of its members, were honored at a White House ceremony Saturday morning. Brian Murphy, Sam Lenda, John Finco, Julie Grauberger, Dean Kleinhans, Michael Schultz, Derick Slamka and Kelly Romel were among the recipients of the TOP COPS award, presented by the National Association of Police Organizations, according to a Journal Sentinel report. The newspaper reported they met personally with President Barack Obama following the ceremony. Remarking on the actions of Murphy, the president said: When a gunman opened fire on a temple in Wisconsin and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A group reportedly passed out anti-Barack Obama literature near the post office and held signs calling for the president to be impeached last week.
Oak Creek police were called to the United States Post Office last week after a report that a person handing out anti-Barack Obama brochures was standing in the street impeding traffic. About 4:40 p.m. April 24, an officer responded to the 200 block of E. Centennial Drive and told the person that if people park their cars on Mayhew Drive to speak with her, she should have them meet her in a grassy area out of traffic so no accidents occur, according to the police department logbook. Earlier in the afternoon, a group told police it would be handing out information regarding politics in the area of Mayhew and Centennial and holding signs calling for the president's impeachment, according to the logbook.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
President Barack Obama invited Wisconsin's Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) to lunch today at the White House to talk about the budget.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) met with President Barack Obama at the White House this afternoon to talk about the federal budget and tax bills, a meeting that one White House staffer called 'constructive.' According a story in the Washington Post: Topics included tackling the deficit and the president’s proposal to replace the sequester with a deficit reduction package that includes tax increases, the official said. Obama “expressed his desire to continue a dialogue with them in the weeks ahead.” Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, has been vocal about closing business tax loopholes, not raising taxes on businesses and reining in federal spending. He's also expected to unveil the House GOP budget next week. According to the …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Report released Sunday by Obama administration details more than a dozen areas in which federal aid would be cut — primarily in education and health care.
Wisconsin would see more than $27 million in federal funds cut from a myriad of programs if Congress fails to act this week to avoid the sequester, the Obama administration said Sunday. In a move designed to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect on Friday, the White House released reports that outlined how those cuts would impact individual states, The Huffington Post reported. In Wisconsin, most of the $27.4 million in looming cuts would affect education programs, the report said. For example, the state would lose $8.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 120 teacher and teacher aide jobs at risk. Wisconsin also would lose about $10.…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Lt. Brian Murphy, shot 12 times during the Sikh temple attack, talked to Mike Gousha about attending the State of the Union and whether he was happy about how he was portrayed.
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was nervous about how he would be portrayed during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, but he said in an interview with WISN it turned out to be "what I had hoped for." Murphy appeared Sunday morning on UpFront with Mike Gousha, just days after he sat in the First Lady's box during the State of the Union and was singled out by Obama for his bravery responding to the Sikh temple shooting. Murphy told Gousha many people said he would be used as a "pawn" as Obama pushes a comprehensive package of gun reform proposals. But he wasn't as convinced, and in fact, gets upset at the suggestion. "People who have portrayed me as a pawn miss the point," Murphy said. "When the President of the United …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Lt. Brian Murphy, the Oak Creek police officer shot 12 times during the Sikh Temple shooting, was invited by Michelle Obama to attend the State of The Union Address.
Lt. Brian Murphy, the Oak Creek police officer shot during the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in August, will flank Michelle Obama during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Murphy told Patch's new media partners at WISN-TV that he and his wife almost turned down the trip, but now that it's happening, it feels like a dream. "With my background, you wouldn't think in a million years, yeah, when I'm 50 I'm gonna go see the White House and sit in a box and all those things. That just don't happen," Murphy said. During his speech, Obama is expected to focus on the need for tighter restrictions on guns, according to Whitehouse.gov. Murphy said he understands the political aspect given the nationwide debate over …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The Oak Creek police chief will talk about his meeting with Obama and the president's proposed gun measures.
Police Chief John Edwards will discuss his meeting at the White House and the president's proposed gun measures Sunday on UpFront with Mike Gousha. The program airs at 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on WISN-TV (Channel 12). Sunday's show also features Sheriff David Clarke, who made national news with a radio spot urging citizens to arm themselves. Edwards met Monday with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with police chiefs from Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. The Obama administration drew attention to the worst shootings of 2012 as it continues to push a comprehensive package of proposals aimed at reducing gun violence.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Oak Creek's police chief appeared on MSNBC a day after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss gun violence measures.
A day after he met with President Barack Obama, Police Chief John Edwards appeared on MSNBC to talk about the meeting and the debate over gun violence. Edwards told the network the president asked him and other police chiefs, including those from Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., to be candid about what they thought. The issue, Edwards said, isn't about "gun control," which tends to divide people. It's about stopping violence in general. "The gun issue is so polarizing, a lot of people stop dead in their tracks when they hear that, and they hear nothing else," Edwards said. "And we don't get to the meat and potatoes of how to actually stop the violence." Edwards doesn't think banning any particular type of weapon will stop gun violence—…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Chief John Edwards and police chiefs from Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn. were part of a meeting at the White House on gun violence.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards and police chiefs from Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., met with President Barack Obama Monday to discuss gun violence. Obama is drawing attention to the worst shootings of 2012 as the administration pushes a package of gun reform proposals. Edwards told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the president's reforms likely would not have changed the events of Aug. 5, when a white supremacist killed six Oak Creek Sikh temple members. Gunman Wade Michael Page purchased a 9-millimeter handgun legally prior to the shooting and was not barred from owning it. But in a shooting at an Oak Creek hotel in 2004, the gunman was a felon armed with an automatic weapon. Felons are prohibited from possessing a gun. "We have …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
On "Meet the Press," Wisconsin congressman and former Republican vice presidential candidate says Hillary Clinton would have done better job with economy than Obama has.
In his first live television interview since the November election, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan Sunday blasted President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy and said the nation would be in better financial shape if Hillary Clinton were president. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," the former Republican vice presidential candidate said "we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now" if Clinton had been president, The Huffington Post reported. Clinton, who is secretary of state, ran unsuccessfully against Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. Clinton is considered the strongest potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, however, she has not indicated whether she would make another run for the nation's highest office. In Sunday's …