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MARK BELLING AGAIN NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL TALK RADIO HOSTS

Talkers.com, the self-described “Bible of Talk Radio” and the most influential website covering radio talk, has again named WISN-AM’s Mark Belling among the most important talk hosts in the country.   No host in a radio market in America smaller than Milwaukee was higher on the list than Mark.   At #55, he was one of the highest rated local talk hosts, in terms of importance, in America.  Most hosts ranked higher had national programs.

                Belling is one of only two hosts from Wisconsin to make the list.   He was rated higher than any talk host in Chicago, even though that market dwarfs Milwaukee’s size.   Talkers has been doing the list for over two decades and Mark has been on the list all but one year.  The only other Wisconsin host on Talkers’ list, #93 ranked Jeff Wagner of WTMJ-AM, got his start as a fill-in host on the Belling show.

                The Mark Belling Late Afternoon Show has dominated Milwaukee afternoon radio ratings for most of Belling’s 31-year career on the air in Milwaukee.   The show airs from 3-6 pm on WISN-AM 1130 and numerous online platforms including iHeartRadio.    The show can also be heard in podcast for form.  Mark was a frequent guest host on the Rush Limbaugh Show for 18 years and hosted one of Milwaukee TV’s longest running local shows, Belling and Company for 18 years.

                The Talkers “Heavy Hundred List,” ranked Sean Hannity as the #1 talk show host in the United States and Limbaugh’s show is second.  Mark Levin is fourth.  Overnight national host George Noory appears farther down on the list.  Counting Belling, that means five daily WISN shows are on the Talkers Heavy Hundred list.

Fake Republicans Run For State Assembly In Tosa- Brookfield District

Three Republicans are running in next month’s primary election for the state assembly in the Wauwatosa-Brookfield area and are vying for the right to run against incumbent Democrat Robyn Vining, one of the most liberal members of the entire assembly. But two of the three candidates don’t seem very Republican at all and one of them is a Walker recall signer.

I reported two years ago when Linda Boucher first ran for the seat that she signed the Walker recall petition. A member of the Elmbrook School Board, Boucher did not win the 2018 primary for assembly. But she’s back again run on another non-conservative platform. In addition to being a recall signer, Boucher has also called for freeing repeat drunk drivers from prison, telling a WisconsinEye interviewer that alcoholism is a disease that requires treatment. It’s not surprisng Boucher is opposed to imprisoning repeat drunk drivers. Her husband, Peter Pagonis, has six OWI convictions, the most recent from 2017.

A second candidate in the race, Steven Shevey, says right on his website he’s not really a Republican and ran in the past as an Independent but knows the only way to get elected is to be a member of one of the two parties.

The third GOP candidate, Bonnie Lee, is a solid conservative and backed by many local conservative leaders. The winner takes on Vining in the November general election.

Mark Belling
July 6

EXCLUSIVE: Milwaukee Restaurant Operator Championing Mask Requirement Has Extensive List Of Health Code Violations

EXCLUSIVE:  Milwaukee Restaurant Operator Championing Mask Requirement Has Extensive List Of Health Code Violations

By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

A number of prominent Milwaukee restaurant operators are asking the city to require the wearing of masks at all public places, even though there is nothing that is preventing these operators from doing it on their own now.

One of the leaders of the movement, however, may have bigger public health issues than COVID.  The Tandem, a much-praised restaurant at 18th and Fond du Lac, owned by Caitlin Cullen, was cited for eleven separate violations of city health rules at its inspection in February.

You can see the report HERE.

The long list of violations included storing a bag of onions a floor in the basement and a filthy ice machine, also in the basement.  Cullen has been one of the most vocal advocates of requiring masks at all bars and restaurants in the city.   Many of the other operators on the list have health violations of their own, including Ward’s House of Prime, Colectivo Coffee and Comet Café.

The Comet, co-owned by outspoken liberal Leslie Montemurro, is also calling for a mask rule and has occasionally posted signs banning police officers from eating at the restaurant.   Yet Montemurro’s place also has a juicy health code write-up including a notice for having toxic chemicals in a food prep area.

These are the restaurant operators that think you have to be required to wear a mask to be safe.  They might spend more time cleaning their own establishments before trying to pass rules that affect their competitors.

Mark Belling

July 6

EXCLUSIVE: St. Francis Parents Whose 14-Day Old Baby Was Savagely Abused Both Get Probation

July 1, 2020
Mark Belling

Here is the update on the story I reported earlier this year on the couple who cut plea bargains for misdemeanor neglect after neither admitted to being the one who actually brutalized their baby.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Fredrick Rosa sentenced both to three years probation. They will have to do nine months at the House of Correction with daytime release. They will be able to regain custody of the abused child after the three year probation period is up and will have visitation rights immediately.

The full story, with all of the background is below:

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Mark Belling
January 13

EXCLUSIVE: St. Francis Parents Whose 14-Day Old Baby Was Savagely Abused Cut Plea Deal For Probation, Misdemeanor Convictions

By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

Because authorities say they cannot prove which parent did the abuse, a St. Francis couple, whose 14-day old baby who was terribly abused in January of last year, will plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and avoid prison.

Jessica D. Groen, 38, and Tyler J. Lamb, 33, both of St. Francis, were charged in January of last year of multiple counts of child neglect after their baby was taken to a hospital emergency room with multiple serious injuries. The 16-page doctor’s report indicated the baby had multiple fractures, facial bruising and abrasions, oral trauma, abrasions to both palms, blood blisters and blood in the eye.

But prosecutors say neither Lamb nor Groen would admit to the abuse but both acknowledged they saw evidence of the child’s injuries before taking the baby to the hospital. Deputy Milwaukee County District Attorney Matthew Torbenson tells me he did not believe he could prove which parent did the violent acts and therefore can’t charge either of them. Torbenson said both parents adamantly deny abusing the child. However, Torbenson acknowledged their response were occasionally implausible including their insistence that the baby’s face was bruised at birth. Torbenson acknowledged that would be impossible.

The plea deal reached with Groen and Lamb has them pleading guilty to four misdemeanor counts of child neglect but neither will face any charges for the injuries themselves or knowledge the baby was being abused.

I asked Torbenson why he didn’t simply charge both parents with abuse and the prosecutor said that would be improver because he didn’t believe he could prove either charge because neither of the parents implicated the other.

The plea deal will include a recommendation to Judge Frederick Rosa that both Lamb and Groen receive probation and extended supervision, but no prison time. Torbenson said the parents will be able to seek custody of the abused child after the period of supervision ends.

Here is a link to a Fox6 report on the original charges from January of last year:

Headed to Trial, St. Francis Couple Accused of Neglect Abuse of Newborn Boy

Shorewood Protest Spitter Is Walker Recall Signer, Donor To Village President

By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

Stephanie Rapkin, the Shorewood attorney arrested twice over the weekend after confrontations with protesters, is an activist liberal in the community who signed the Scott Walker recall petition and donated to liberal Supreme Court candidate JoAnn Kloppenburg and Shorewood Village President Allison Rozek.

Rapkin, when applying for a vacant seat on the Shorewood Village Board two years ago, bragged that she co-hosted a fundraiser for Kloppenburg, the twice unsuccessful candidate for the Supreme Court and a Madison liberal. Rapkin, at the same meeting, bragged to Village President Rozek “I got you elected,” pointing out the fundraiser was jointly held for Kloppenburg and Rozek.

Rapkin is also a signer of the 2012 recall petition aimed at ousting former Governor Scott Walker. It can be seen here:

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Kenosha County Ends Shutdown Immediately After Being Told Supreme Court Ruling Applies To Local Governments

Kenosha County Ends Shutdown Immediately After Being Told Supreme Court Ruling Applies To Local Governments
By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

Kenosha County officials dramatically withdrew their Stay At Home order for the county in the middle of last night’s county board meeting, saying county officials were told by the Wisconsin Counties Association that the Wednesday State Supreme Court ruling applies to local communities as well as the state.

Here is a link to a statement posted last night on Kenosha County’s website:

https://www.kenoshacounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1642

The Counties Association, on its website, addresses the situation with local communities without directly saying the high court ruling requires and immediate suspension of local lockdown orders. After the court Wednesday ruled that the Evers Administration’s shutdown order was illegal and invalid, some local communities began imposing their own.

The Supreme Court ruling stated that Wisconsin Statute 252, which the Evers team used, cannot be used to impose orders that have not been approved by a legislative body. None of the local lockdown orders were approved by legislative bodies either and therefore seem similarly illegal.

In Milwaukee County, 18 local health administrators issued their order after a late night tele-conference that appears to be a violation of the state open meetings law. No member of the public was told of the conference in advance and no one was allowed to listen in.

Other orders from around the state appear to have been issued in the same tyrannical method. Kenosha County is the first to withdraw its order. Franklin Mayor Steve Olson tells me his community will not enforce the Milwaukee County order.

It is possible somebody may seek a court injunction blocking the communities that have not taken the orders down from enforcing them.

Mark Belling
May 15

EXCLUSIVE: State Hospital COVID Case Load Continues To Plummet

By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

While virtually all hospital companies and clinics in Wisconsin continue their halt most treatments and procedures for non-COVID patients, data out today shows that the actual number of hospitalized COVID patients in the state continues to plummet.

Figures from the State Department of Health Services released today show 373 patients with COVID in all of the hospitals in the state combined. That’s down 33 from 406 yesterday. Wisconsin hospitals have just under 13,000 total beds. Many procedures, treatments and appointments for people who have conditions other than COVID have been called off because of fears the virus would overwhelm the healthcare system. Instead, it’s barely made a dent.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is the latest to tell employees of coming layoffs and furloughs. MCW has most non-COVID appointments on hold, causing a loss of revenue and no need for many workers. In the meantime, the actual in-patient COVID caseloads continue to drop.

Advocate Aurora, the state’s largest hospital company, has seen a similar drop in its COVID patient load. All of the Aurora hospitals in the state have a combined COVID in-patient count of 96. That’s down 25 percent since I first reported on Aurora’s numbers last week. Aurora has hospitals all over the state of Wisconsin and many have zero COVID patients. Yet Aurora has canceled procedures everywhere. In fact, Aurora’s stats indicate the entire health care system and its physicians are treating only 668 current cases either in or out of the hospital.

The numbers not only indicate the Wisconsin hospital census for COVID patients is declining but that such patients now are using only a very small minority of the rooms in hospitals. There seems to be no justification for halting all other procedures.

Sources indicate that among the procedures being put on hold in some physician practices are child vaccinations. This could lead to outbreaks of communicable diseases among kids. A myriad of other procedures including joint replacements, colonoscopies, mental health treatment, heart tests and other procedures have been put on hold. Virtually no physical exams or lab tests are being done. Mammograms and prostate screenings are on hold. All of these decisions were made in anticipation of a COVID spike that did not materialize.

Now that it is clear there will be no spike, it seems insane that non-COVID procedures remain off limits

Mark Belling
April 21

EXCLUSIVE: Aurora Begins Plans To Resume Postponed Non-COVID Procedures

EXCLUSIVE: Aurora Begins Plans To Resume Postponed Non-COVID Procedures
By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

Only days after I reported that COVID-19 patients are making up only a tiny percentage of the current population at Advocate Aurora hospitals in Wisconsin, the company is beginning plans to resume procedures for non-COVID patients.

I have learned a number of Aurora physicians were told late last week the company is preparing to resume non-COVID procedures, although no date has been given. A myriad of critical procedures have been postponed including knee and hip replacements, physical exams, cancer screening, many outpatient cancer treatments, colonoscopies, pain management and a number of other serious procedures. Many of these were postponed in fear of hospitals being overrun with COVID patients. In fact, according to today’s figures, there are only 373 COVID patients in all hospitals in Wisconsin combined.

Most mainstream media outlets have chosen not to report on the shrinking COVID patient load, even as many people complain about they’re being denied access to health care. The question isn’t even being raised by reporters to Governor Evers’ Health Secretary Andrea Palm. Many doctors at Aurora and other large chains are furious about the orders to stop seeing patients and suspend procedures. Many hospital chains have laid off staff even as the anticipated surge of COVID patients failed to materialize.

Mark Belling
April 20

EXCLUSIVE: Another Blow To Bayshore; Major Office Tenants Bail Out

EXCLUSIVE: Another Blow To Bayshore; Major Office Tenants Bail Out
By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

A number of businesses housed in offices at the embattled Bayshore Town Center in Glendale are moving out as their landlord indicates it is not renewing its lease. The Regus Group leases space in the Bayshore building above Trader Joe’s at Silver Spring and Port Washington. A number of small businesses lease from Regus. Regus is telling those businesses it has decided not to renew its lease with Bayshore and is leaving the mall complex in a few weeks.

Regus is moving some of the clients to the Park Place center on the far northwest side and others will be moved to other office sites.

One of the things propping up Bayshore is the number of non-retail businesses that are located at the site above retail stores. If they start to move out, Bayshore’s owners will not only face a cash shortfall, but there will be fewer people on the property to patronize the remaining stores and restaurants.

Bayshore has been struggling for the past two years and a number of its tenants have moved out. The vacancy rate is soaring. Bayshore’s owners have received a significant subsidy from Glendale to try to re-invent the complex with senior housing and more office space to make up for the departure of the retail and restaurant operators. Regus’ decision to move may question the viability of that.

Mark Belling
February 3

EXCLUSIVE: St. Francis Parents Whose 14-Day Old Baby Was Savagely Abused Cut Plea Deal For Probation, Misdemeanor Convictions

By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

Because authorities say they cannot prove which parent did the abuse, a St. Francis couple, whose 14-day old baby who was terribly abused in January of last year, will plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and avoid prison.

Jessica D. Groen, 38, and Tyler J. Lamb, 33, both of St. Francis, were charged in January of last year of multiple counts of child neglect after their baby was taken to a hospital emergency room with multiple serious injuries. The 16-page doctor’s report indicated the baby had multiple fractures, facial bruising and abrasions, oral trauma, abrasions to both palms, blood blisters and blood in the eye.

But prosecutors say neither Lamb nor Groen would admit to the abuse but both acknowledged they saw evidence of the child’s injuries before taking the baby to the hospital. Deputy Milwaukee County District Attorney Matthew Torbenson tells me he did not believe he could prove which parent did the violent acts and therefore can’t charge either of them. Torbenson said both parents adamantly deny abusing the child. However, Torbenson acknowledged their response were occasionally implausible including their insistence that the baby’s face was bruised at birth. Torbenson acknowledged that would be impossible.

The plea deal reached with Groen and Lamb has them pleading guilty to four misdemeanor counts of child neglect but neither will face any charges for the injuries themselves or knowledge the baby was being abused.

I asked Torbenson why he didn’t simply charge both parents with abuse and the prosecutor said that would be improver because he didn’t believe he could prove either charge because neither of the parents implicated the other.

The plea deal will include a recommendation to Judge Frederick Rosa that both Lamb and Groen receive probation and extended supervision, but no prison time. Torbenson said the parents will be able to seek custody of the abused child after the period of supervision ends.

Here is a link to a Fox6 report on the original charges from January of last year:

https://fox6now.com/2019/01/24/headed-to-trial-st-francis-couple-accused-of-neglect-abuse-of-newborn-boy/

Mark Belling
January 13