Shepherd Express - Taking Liberties http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-3-1-taking-liberties.html Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 The Republican Plan for Other People’s Schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25775-the-republican-plan-for-other-people%25E2%2580%2599s-schools.html There are so many things wrong with a new plan from two suburban Republican legislators to change how Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) are run it’s difficult to know where to begin]]> The Republicans’ Food Problem http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25667-the-republicans%25E2%2580%2599-food-problem.html I was well into adulthood before I realized that what I had always considered a special treat my mother sometimes provided for my brothers and me growing up was anything but]]> The Republican Failure on Gun Violence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25622-the-republican-failure-on-gun-violence.html When another crazed gunman murdered 20 beautiful 6- and 7-year-old children in their Newtown, Conn., elementary school in 2012, Republicans all over this country proved once and for all just how pro-life they truly were]]> Incensed - Head shop owner protests raid http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25529-incensed-head-shop-owner-protests-raid.html Political Predators http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25479-political-predators.html Ten years ago Kit Murphy McNally, my wife, agreed to serve on a special state committee to carry out one of the most thankless jobs a state could ever assign to a group of citizens—finding an acceptable location in Milwaukee County for a facility to house convicted sex offenders returning to ]]> Title http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25444-title.html That Traveling Treasures on Chatham Road was selling pipes and so-called incense that – nudge, nudge, wink wink – was not intended for human consumption was no secret. After all, Traveling Treasures, which has been in business for 28 years and ca]]> Cleaning Up an Openly Corrupt Supreme Court http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25349-cleaning-up-an-openly-corrupt-supreme-court.html Despite the lack of attention from much of the media, the election of a justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court next Tuesday is probably even more important than the governor’s election for its long-term consequences to our state]]> The War on Eating http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25310-the-war-on-eating.html Remember back when we didn’t have ugly political arguments in this country over whether or not Americans should have food to eat? That was when both parties still believed government could improve the lives of all Americans instead of just a privileged few who amassed large]]> Soft on Crime Republicans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25267-soft-on-crime-republicans.html ]]> Scott Walker’s Disappearing Mine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25185-scott-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-disappearing-mine.html It’s absolutely amazing how Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans can pretend Gogebic Taconite’s sudden announcement it was abandoning plans for a humongous open-pit iron mine is no big deal]]> The Indecent Exposure of Scott Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25111-the-indecent-exposure-of-scott-walker.html It’s fascinating to watch the national media slowly come to realize just how fundamentally dishonest Gov. Scott Walker can be. Walker’s likable, low-key personality]]> Punishing Good Citizenship and Energy Efficiency http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24721-punishing-good-citizenship-and-energy-efficiency.html
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The War Over Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24681-the-war-over-walker.html Republican Gov. Scott Walker probably thinks it’s good for his sugar plum visions of running for president that Wisconsin has caught the attention of political reporters around the country. He’s]]> How To Be Politically Optimistic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24656-how-to-be-politically-optimistic.html
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The No-Surprise DA’s Decision on the Dontre Hamilton Shooting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24625-the-no-surprise-da%25E2%2580%2599s-decision-on-the-dontre-hamilton-shooting.html ]]> Republican Serial Killers on the Loose http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24524-republican-serial-killers-on-the-loose.html
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Cruelty and Women’s Health http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24486-cruelty-and-women%25E2%2580%2599s-health.html
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A Prayer for Deer Hunting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24449-a-prayer-for-deer-hunting.html
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Robin Vos Commits a Flagrant Political Foul http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24401-robin-vos-commits-a-flagrant-political-foul.html
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Election 2014: The Big Picture http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24358-election-2014-the-big-picture.html
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For Police, Times Finally Are A-Changin’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24317-for-police-times-finally-are-a-changin%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Covering Up Real Political Facts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24265-covering-up-real-political-facts.html The standard election story today is reported as a he-said-she-said story]]> Walker Blames Victims for His Jobs Failure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24175-walker-blames-victims-for-his-jobs-failure.html
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Walker Drug-Testing Proposal Relies on Racist Stereotypes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24142-walker-drug-testing-proposal-relies-on-racist-stereotypes.html
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The Brewers’ Failure Totally Explained http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24094-the-brewers%25E2%2580%2599-failure-totally-explained.html
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An Absurd Charge of Plagiarism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24073-an-absurd-charge-of-plagiarism.html
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Why Walker Is Limping into the November Election http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24019-why-walker-is-limping-into-the-november-election.html ]]> Political Violence Against Women http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23968-political-violence-against-women.html How do you tell the difference between real people and politicians? That’s easy. Real people care about real things that are done to real people]]> Paul Ryan’s Phony Plan to End Poverty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23928-paul-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-phony-plan-to-end-poverty.html No one would ever seriously expect a right-wing Republican like Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to come up with any rational solutions about how to help people in poverty]]> Sheriff Clarke’s a Danger to the Community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23836-sheriff-clarke%25E2%2580%2599s-a-danger-to-the-community.html Much has been said about how stunning Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s Democratic primary victory was and how it sets him up to run for any public office]]> A Big Boot Drops on Police Misconduct http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23799-a-big-boot-drops-on-police-misconduct.html One of the greatest inequities tolerated in urban America has been the white community’s acceptance of the totally unacceptable ways that the police treat people ]]> The Death of a Local Newspaper http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23766-the-death-of-a-local-newspaper.html

 Perhaps surprising today, when I came to the Milwaukee Journal from the Chicago Tribune in 1968, there was no question I was moving up

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Ron Johnson vs. Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23733-ron-johnson-vs-democracy.html

 We hear a lot about the destructive effect of dishonest, negative attack ads in politics. But one of the most destructive political ad campaigns in Wisconsin history actually was the positive, upbeat

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The Republican Voter Fraud Coverup http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23692-the-republican-voter-fraud-coverup.html

 Complaints about political bias in the media, except for the well-earned ones against Fox News, usually come from partisans who are simply upset when the media report something true that

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GOP Gets Tough with Refugee Children http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23658-gop-gets-tough-with-refugee-children.html

 Brown children are coming! Brown children are coming! Run for your lives! If we all were the decent people we claim to be, the only reaction to tens of thousands of very

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Hating Hillary and Other Women http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23619-hating-hillary-and-other-women.html

 Republicans don’t see any reason to wait around until 2016 for the next presidential election to start insulting Hillary Clinton and

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How the Bucks Could Change Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23582-how-the-bucks-could-change-milwaukee.html

Being responsible for the entire future of NBA basketball in Milwaukee is a lot to put on the shoulders of even an outstanding young player like Jabari Parker, but, believe it or not

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Right-Wing Tiger Eats Scott Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23547-right-wing-tiger-eats-scott-walker.html President John F. Kennedy warned emerging foreign leaders about turning to political tyranny, saying: “Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside]]> Marriage Equality Week in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23510-marriage-equality-week-in-wisconsin.html Marriage Equality Week in Wisconsin turned out to be an enormous success. Whenever we take an historic step toward]]> The Slender Man Stabbings and the Mind of a 12-Year-Old http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23439-the-slender-man-stabbings-and-the-mind-of-a-12-year-old.html

 Horrific details of the alleged attempted murder of a classmate by two Waukesha middle school girls were bound to make

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The Quarter Century Con of Vouchers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23403-the-quarter-century-con-of-vouchers.html

 It’s taken a quarter of a century, but Republican taxpayers around the state and some of their representatives are finally starting to realize they’ve been...

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The Republicans’ Magic Slate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23362-the-republicans%25E2%2580%2599-magic-slate.html

 What do Wisconsin Republicans really believe? Be careful before you answer. The answer apparently can change as quickly as

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Free Speech for Billionaires http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23326-free-speech-for-billionaires.html

 If corporations are people, my friend, why can’t we incarcerate the entire corporation of General Motors for covering

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Wars Within Wars in Divided Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23284-wars-within-wars-in-divided-wisconsin.html

Conventional wisdom says Democrats don’t have much chance for success in the statewide legislative elections in November. The great thing about conventional wisdom is it’s so often so

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Our Lawless Republican Sheriff Clarke http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23250-our-lawless-republican-sheriff-clarke.html The state Republican Party spent its recent convention frantically trying to hide its craziest, most wild-eyed members who were crusading for Wisconsin’s right]]> The Special Privileges of Being Black http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23219-the-special-privileges-of-being-black.html

 Back when I was in college, someone actually recorded a darkly humorous, satirical song that opened with the absurd phrase: “I wish I were a Negro

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The Myth of Disappearing Moderates http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23176-the-myth-of-disappearing-moderates.html

 When a party’s political appeal is based primarily on extreme right-wing positions, it’s amusing to watch leaders try to explain why some extreme right-wing positions are

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Republican Ideas Wreck the Economy, But Still Popular http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23136-republican-ideas-wreck-the-economy-but-still-popular.html

 To any thoughtful observer of politics, one of the biggest frustrations is watching is just how politically

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Basketball Smoke Dreams http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23100-basketball-smoke-dreams.html Everybody goes a little basketball crazy during the NCAA tournament, but some of the talk around basketball in Milwaukee these days]]> Encourage Good Students, Don’t Censor Them http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23032-encourage-good-students-don%25E2%2580%2599t-censor-them.html

 Because the loudest critics of education don’t really like either teachers or kids very much, those two groups usually receive the most

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Love and Hate at the Ballpark http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22973-love-and-hate-at-the-ballpark.html

 The start of baseball season with every team tied for first place used to be the time when Milwaukee Brewers fans could put everything out of their minds other than their

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Republicans Against Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22869-republicans-against-democracy.html

 Remember community Get Out The Vote campaigns? Those were the days. Although most of the warm memories folks have as they get older, in which everything

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Paul Ryan’s Lunch Bag Lie http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22790-paul-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-lunch-bag-lie.html

 Until his fundamental dishonesty was exposed in a national campaign, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan had an undeserved reputation among gullible members of the media as a bright, young

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Walker's Tax-Cut Plan Will Make Pothole Problem Worse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22762-walkers-tax-cut-plan-will-make-pothole-problem-worse.html

 Suddenly, in Milwaukee and across much of the country, one totally mundane, down-to-earth, common-as-dirt topic seems to be crowding out all those contrived

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Walker’s New Campaign Slogan: http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22727-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-new-campaign-slogan.html

 “Never Been Indicted!” is not a very strong campaign

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The Fight for a Living Wage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22681-the-fight-for-a-living-wage.html

 We’ve seen enough hard times recently to know unemployment can lead to a life of poverty. But what kind of country are we living in when full-time workers also live in poverty?

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Defacing Our Constitution with Anti-LGBT Bigotry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22640-defacing-our-constitution-with-anti-lgbt-bigotry.html

 Drunken sailors, lovesick teenagers and right-wing politicians probably shouldn’t be allowed to get tattoos or pass constitutional amendments. What seems like a slick

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Obama in Tea Party’s Waukesha County http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22610-obama-in-tea-party%25E2%2580%2599s-waukesha-county.html

 What in the world was President Barack Obama doing two days after his State of the Union address braving the wilds of Waukesha County, one of America’s most virulent centers of

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Collateral Damage from Walker’s Speech http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22568-collateral-damage-from-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-speech.html

 Pre-election state-of-the-state speeches by governors are even more dishonest than they are in other years. In Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s speech, he pretended Wisconsin’s job creation

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Seven-Day Workweek Is a Slave Driver’s Dream http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22540-seven-day-workweek-is-a-slave-driver%25E2%2580%2599s-dream.html

 I have seen the future of employment in Wisconsin that Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans dream about when they nod off to sleep with visions of non-union sugarplums

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Ron Johnson vs. Health Care http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22492-ron-johnson-vs-health-care.html The most surprising thing to most state residents about Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson filing a lawsuit against Obamacare is that the Republican senator is doing anything at all]]> Paul Ryan’s Budget Cuts Target Veterans and Unemployed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22455-paul-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-cuts-target-veterans-and-unemployed.html

 It was bound to happen. With Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan stubbornly—and incorrectly—insisting government has to reduce spending for absolutely everything, eventually his vicious cuts were going to become too much even for many Republicans

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Scott Walker's Scariest Tax Plan Yet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22426-scott-walkers-scariest-tax-plan-yet.html

 If you thought Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s destruction of bargaining rights for public employees was politically and economically devastating for Wisconsin, you ain’t seen nothing yet

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Walker Is Responsible for the State's Economic Disaster http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22393-walker-is-responsible-for-the-states-economic-disaster.html

 We’ve known for a long time Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election may very well be determined by how successfully he can explain away the complete disaster he has made of

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Cow Abuse Video Highlights the Dangers of Factory Farms http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22360-cow-abuse-video-highlights-the-dangers-of-factory-farms.html

 Only in Wisconsin would the sordid Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal be re-enacted

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Republicans Taxing Millionaires! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22322-republicans-taxing-millionaires_.html

 Great news in Wisconsin for anyone who believes the wealthy should pay more in taxes instead of continuing to be showered with the lion’s

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CCAP’s Criminal Records Are the Official State Blacklist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22280-ccap%25E2%2580%2599s-criminal-records-are-the-official-state-blacklist.html

 As someone who’s spent a career in journalism, I know exactly what my position should be on access to public records about criminal and civil violations of the law. Public records are public

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The Last Deer Hunt http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22244-the-last-deer-hunt.html

 Ed called up Charley and said the two of them owed it to themselves to go on one last Wisconsin deer hunt. They weren’t getting any younger and everybody else in their old deer hunting party was long gone.

Boy, those were some great memories, if only they could remember them

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Republican Assembly of Fools Ends Session by Gutting Voting Rights and Limiting Recalls http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22199-republican-assembly-of-fools-ends-session-by-gutting-voting-rights-and-limiting-recalls.html

 The reason the Wisconsin Legislature has become such a total public embarrassment is the same reason why so many members of hot rock ’n’ roll bands die young

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Mascot Flap Shows Race-Based Ignorance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22151-mascot-flap-shows-race-based-ignorance.html

 The insistence of some high schools, colleges and even one professional sports franchise in our nation’s capital that they have a right to use racially offensive

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Milwaukee County Budget Conflicts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22104-milwaukee-county-budget-conflicts.html

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele started something really ugly when he conspired with Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators

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Walker’s All-You-Can-Grab Campaign Cash http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22067-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-all-you-can-grab-campaign-cash.html

 For any politician running for re-election, it’s a dream come true. That’s the proposal for the construction of

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Walker’s $100 Million Tax Scam http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22030-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-%2524100-million-tax-scam.html Golly, can anybody in this state think of a better way to spend $100 million than trying to buy Wisconsin voters with a 13-buck tip]]> Republicans Against Wealth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21987-republicans-against-wealth.html

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The Anti-Business Party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21934-the-anti-business-party.html

 Anyone who believes that what’s going on politically in America right now is simply politics as usual really doesn’t have a clue what’s going on politically in America right now.

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Shattering an Unholy Alliance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21878-shattering-an-unholy-alliance.html

 In recent years, an unholy alliance between conservative Catholic clerics and right-wing politicians has become so brazen many people may have forgotten there was once widespread fear of

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The Perils of Reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21859-the-perils-of-reform.html

 There have always been good people working to improve our criminal justice system so that it saves and improves lives instead

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The New War on the Poor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21809-the-new-war-on-the-poor.html

 Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators are launching a brand-new war on the poor in Wisconsin under an absurd belief the poor may have too much money

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The Dark, Scary DNR http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21752-the-dark-scary-dnr.html Anyone who has ever spent time around a campfire in the woods while growing up remembers that eerie time in the dark of the night when someone quietly begins telling a really scary story]]> The Crime of Singing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21738-the-crime-of-singing.html

 Last week, as President Barack Obama praised everyday acts of ordinary Americans seeking justice and fairness as a continuation

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Standing Up for Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21696-standing-up-for-democracy.html

 It’s a cruel irony that Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for revealing information the government wanted to keep secret from the American

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Pay-Through-The-Nose TV http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21650-pay-through-the-nose-tv.html

 Blackouts of popular TV shows and events on cable and satellite television during contract negotiations have become so common, we were starting to get used to them

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Buying Elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21629-buying-elections.html

 Remember when it used to be considered really corrupt to buy elections in this country? You’d have to be so old, you’ve probably forgotten

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Raising McWages http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21590-raising-mcwages.html

 The unspoken message to those forced to work for the minimum wage in this country is that their employers would really like to pay them even less, but it would be

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Braun’s No Monster http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21559-braun%25E2%2580%2599s-no-monster.html

 Ryan Braun is not a monster—neither the sort who lurches across the blood-splashed screens of slasher flicks nor some grotesquely pumped-up Incredible Hulk launching

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Walker Only Sixth Worst Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21492-walker-only-sixth-worst-governor.html Reaction to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker being named the sixth worst governor in the nation by a non-partisan]]> ‘They Always Get Away’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21473-%25E2%2580%2598they-always-get-away%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Since tabloid television trials often appear to revolve around the attractiveness of female victims or defendants, they seldom deal

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Bearing False Witness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21424-bearing-false-witness.html You’d think lawyers suing a major religion that proclaims itself to be the guiding authority on moral behavior in every aspect of life would have the easiest job in the]]> How Laws Shouldn’t Be Made http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21407-how-laws-shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-be-made.html At the urging of leaders in criminal justice and law enforcement throughout the state, Gov. Scott Walker vetoed a Republican attempt]]> The Vouchers That Ate the State http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21360-the-vouchers-that-ate-the-state.html

 “The Vouchers That Ate the State” is Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s summer blockbuster. Only it’s Wisconsin taxpayers

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Where Babies Come From http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21329-where-babies-come-from.html

 Right-wing conservatives may have made a mistake by fighting so hard to keep sex education out of our schools for so many years

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Mad-Dog Sports Fans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21266-mad-dog-sports-fans.html

 No one knows if new Bucks coach Larry Drew is the answer to the team’s problems, but he’s already disappointed mad-dog sports fans by promising to be a decent

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Going Regressive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21183-going-regressive.html Remember back when Wisconsin was proud to be one of the most progressive states in the nation?]]> Extreme Corruption http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21146-extreme-corruption.html

 Anyone who thought Republican Gov. Scott Walker was going to rest on his right-wing extremist laurels after destroying decades of collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin

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Junk Food Lawmakers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21114-junk-food-lawmakers.html The movement is led from the top by the healthy foods initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and from Milwaukee by Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, named by Time]]> Moving Forward Together http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21076-moving-forward-together.html

 The Milwaukee County Board has been trashed so much lately in the Legislature

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Two Republican Faces on Immigration http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21025-two-republican-faces-on-immigration.html

 If you were to believe some newspaper reports from the state Republican convention over the weekend, you’d think Wisconsin congressmen Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner were on opposite sides of a dramatic split within

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Campuses Under Attack http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20993-campuses-under-attack.html

 It’s no surprise the University of Wisconsin System would begin setting aside extra reserve funds when the most anti-education governor and Legislature in state history took control of Wisconsin’s government

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When Democracy Fails http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20947-when-democracy-fails.html So the question is: What do we do in a democracy when our elected officials are both so cowardly and so corrupt they refuse to represent the clear life-or-death]]> Over the Racist Line http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20907-over-the-racist-line.html

 I sometimes surprise people by telling them right-wing radio talk show host Charlie Sykes is a friend of mine, because he is. We’ve known each other for

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Winning Elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20856-winning-elections.html

 Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to explain how Wisconsin could re-elect President Barack Obama and send Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin to Washington and then just five months later vote

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Marriage Equality Is Coming http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20828-marriage-equality-is-coming.html When the people lead, eventually their leaders will follow. That even includes leaders like
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President (Gulp) Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20799-president-%2528gulp%2529-walker.html

 To at least half of Wisconsin voters in last November’s presidential election, the only thing scarier than electing Republican Congressman Paul Ryan as vice president would be electing Republican Gov. Scott Walker

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Ryan Exposed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20760-ryan-exposed.html The second best thing that happened in November with President Barack Obama’s re-election was that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan]]> Jobs with Big Payoffs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20717-jobs-with-big-payoffs.html Many people in the state have to be baffled to see Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who campaigned on creating “jobs, jobs, jobs,” turn away billions of dollars that could create tens of thousands of jobs in Wisconsin]]> Our Own Watergate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20681-our-own-watergate.html

 So the three-year John Doe criminal investigation some hoped would terminate the political career of Republican Gov. Scott Walker ends not with a bang, but a whimper

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The End of Public Education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20645-the-end-of-public-education.html Republican Gov. Scott Walker no longer even pretends to support public education. His budget is now an open assault on public schools, which educate most Wisconsin children]]> Walker Vs. Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20615-walker-vs-wisconsin.html

 The most extreme Republican governors continue to oppose every move by President Barack Obama, even those that benefit their own states.

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Supreme Sleaze http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20582-supreme-sleaze.html

 The Wisconsin Supreme Court race, the most important election of the year, begins with a primary Tuesday, Feb. 19, involving three candidates the media have told you very little about.

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Tax Cut Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20541-tax-cut-politics.html

Polls, the ones Americans entered to vote in November and the public opinion surveys they’ve answered since, show people are starting to see through dishonest Republican political rhetoric

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Django Clarke http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20509-django-clarke.html

 At a time when responsible leaders are proposing steps to reduce the shocking human carnage from gun violence in this country, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. is calling for more bloodshed.

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The New, Improved Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20475-the-new-improved-governor.html

 So, is it possible there’s a new, improved, more moderate Gov. Scott Walker who’d like to teach Wisconsin to sing in perfect harmony and wants to buy the world a Coke

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The Nuclear Option http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20437-the-nuclear-option.html

 As someone whose first reporting job in Milwaukee was as a backup reporter covering county government under its first county executive, I certainly understand those who harbor a strong desire

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Justice for Sale http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20408-justice-for-sale.html

 Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack carries a rare distinction on the right-wing majority that controls our state’s highest court. She is the only

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Dodging a Bullet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20396-dodging-a-bullet.html

 After all the grim news we’ve had to endure at the end of the year, isn’t it great to live in a state where we don’t have to go very far at all to retreat into natural beauty and spiritual solitude

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The Backlash of Ignorance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20369-the-backlash-of-ignorance.html

 It sure didn’t take very long for extremists to begin desperately trying to sidetrack the growing movement to finally taking intelligent steps

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The Slaughter of Innocents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20332-the-slaughter-of-innocents.html If the Christmastime slaughter of 20 beautiful little children and six adults who loved them isn’t enough to move gutless politicians of both]]> Walker’s Jobless Job Talk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20301-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-jobless-job-talk.html

 Gov. Scott Walker promises that jobs will be the No. 1 priority of the next session of the Republican-controlled Legislature in January. Anyone who remembers Walker

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The Quiet Revolution http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20291-the-quiet-revolution.html

 One of the biggest frustrations of public officials who sincerely want to serve the public—and there are more of them than you might think—is how easily self-promoting demagogues can draw media attention compared

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The Honest and the Dishonest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20251-the-honest-and-the-dishonest.html

 The biggest divide in politics in Wisconsin over the past two years hasn’t been between the left and the right. It’s been between the honest and the dishonest. Republicans insist that’s not true

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Health Care Madness - Walker pleases the tea party and no one else http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20219-health-care-madness-walker-pleases-the-tea-party-and-no-one-else.html

 Nobody ever said mad tea partiers running around in tinfoil hats had to make any sense

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A Day in History http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20159-a-day-in-history.html One of many wrong things claimed before this year’s election was that there was no way 2012 could be as historic as President Barack Obama’s 2008 election as America’s first African-American president]]> Standing for Nothing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20079-standing-for-nothing.html

 Frankly, no one who pays any attention at all to elections really needs a daily newspaper to tell him or her how to vote

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Tommy Thompson’s Brazen Hypocrisy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20036-tommy-thompson%25E2%2580%2599s-brazen-hypocrisy.html

 The brazen hypocrisy was stunning when Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson accused his opponent, Congresswoman...

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Politics as Television http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20016-politics-as-television.html

 Even though a vice presidential debate is usually about as important and fully as thrilling as a thumb-wrestling championship, the face-off between Vice President...

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GOP's Convention of Lies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19738-gops-convention-of-lies.html Even modern political conventions, which are often little more than highly scripted party...]]> Why We Can't Outlaw Hatred http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19690-why-we-cant-outlaw-hatred.html Let's take a break from politics, mass murder and all those other divisive topics in the news...]]> Tammy vs. Tommy for Wisconsin Senate Seat http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19624-tammy-vs-tommy-for-wisconsin-senate-seat.html The most amazing outcome of the Republican Party state primary for the U.S. Senate...]]> Not Such a Bright Light http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19556-not-such-a-bright-light.html Only in the narrow, dimly lighted minds of those in control of today's Republican Party...]]> The Politics of Race http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19499-the-politics-of-race.html Even though racism remains one of the most intractable social problems in America, the politics...]]> Buying a Pig in a Poke http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19426-buying-a-pig-in-a-poke.html It may seem hypocritical to worry about a millionaire buying an election in Wisconsin when we're talking...]]> Weapons of Mass Destruction http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19373-weapons-of-mass-destruction.html The first time I saw presidential candidate Barack Obama in Milwaukee...]]> Global Warming: Too Hot to Handle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19309-global-warming-too-hot-to-handle.html After beginning my reporting career under an editor I considered unnaturally obsessed with...]]> The Extreme Primary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19252-the-extreme-primary.html Republicans lament the lack of public enthusiasm for their party's primary election in a month...]]> Defying the Law of the Land http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19165-defying-the-law-of-the-land.html What are you reminded of when Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin joins Southern Govs. Bobby Jindal...]]> From a War Zone Veteran http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19088-from-a-war-zone-veteran.html The recent battle between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Police Chief Ed Flynn has prompted...]]> Wisconsin Divided But Not Conquered http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18951-wisconsin-divided-but-not-conquered.html One unkind but perfectly understandable human reaction to the state's voters supporting a dishonest...]]> Protecting Precious Bodily Fluids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18889-protecting-precious-bodily-fluids.html With Tea Party extremists being egged on by Wisconsin Republicans at the highest levels, no one should...]]> Why We Vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18806-why-we-vote.html There's a reason why we will actually vote on June 5 instead of simply relying on political polls...]]> PolitiFact and PolitiFiction http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18753-politifact-and-politifiction.html With unverified and intentionally confusing state jobs numbers magically surfacing in the closing...]]> The Party of Criminals http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18613-the-party-of-criminals.html This may seem like a naïve question coming from someone who lived through Watergate, but when...]]> Get Out of Jail Free http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18534-get-out-of-jail-free.html The U.S. Supreme Court invented all those dreaded legal technicalities and loopholes—hated by...]]> Side Effects of the Recall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18465-side-effects-of-the-recall.html People who don't want to come right out and say they support a corrupt government sometimes claim...]]> Ryan Bromances Mitt http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18330-ryan-bromances-mitt.html It was inevitable that after Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan spent five days cozying up to Mitt...]]> Fantasy Recall Coverage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18230-fantasy-recall-coverage.html Now that the recall of Gov. Scott Walker is officially on, all of us should make one simple request...]]> Scrooge McRyan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18143-scrooge-mcryan.html Only in the Republican Party would Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan be considered...]]> End Is Near for Republican Rule http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18076-end-is-near-for-republican-rule.html Nearly 1 million Wisconsin citizens actively seeking to restore democracy in the state still have...]]> The Republican War on Voting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18006-the-republican-war-on-voting.html Somehow Republicans continue to successfully divert public attention from Wisconsin's leading role...]]> The Drug-Testing-Industrial Complex http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17931-the-drug-testing-industrial-complex.html The Ryan Braun case raises plenty of questions about the rules of baseball, all right, just not the...]]> Men Bearing Stone Tablets http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17836-men-bearing-stone-tablets.html It's been obvious for some time now that Republicans have no use for people of hues darker...]]> Keeping Despair Alive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17768-keeping-despair-alive.html It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican candidates for president leave a lot...]]> Scott Walker: Stealing from the Poor Box http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17707-scott-walker-stealing-from-the-poor-box.html Beyond just wanting me to be a decent person, my mother taught me the most practical reason...]]> Sheriff Clarke: A Man Alone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17629-sheriff-clarke-a-man-alone.html It sounds odd for Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a conservative African American, to describe...]]> Feeling Like a Million http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17444-feeling-like-a-million.html To quote soon-to-be-recalled Republican Gov. Scott Walker at the end of a telephone conversation...]]> The Kids Are All Right http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17379-the-kids-are-all-right.html I have a visionary idea to revitalize the moribund Grand Avenue mall in Downtown Milwaukee...]]> Send Lawyers, Guns and Money! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17330-send-lawyers-guns-and-money_.html “Send lawyers, guns and money! Dad, get me out of this!” That's actually the late singer...]]> The Twinkle Amendment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17273-the-twinkle-amendment.html When it comes to granting equal rights to the unborn under our Constitution, most honest people...]]> The Republican Sideshow http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17202-the-republican-sideshow.html Our state and our nation are about to enter a momentous year that could bring two unprecedented...]]> Wisconsin Supreme Court: Corruption at the Top http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17143-wisconsin-supreme-court-corruption-at-the-top.html Growing enthusiasm for a recall election has focused so much attention on corruption...]]> Hauling Away Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17065-hauling-away-wisconsin.html In one of his signature songs, John Prine longs to return to the golden paradise...]]> The End of Free Speech in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16992-the-end-of-free-speech-in-wisconsin.html On July 9, 1964, a week after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act...]]> Let's Hear It for Double Dipping http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16924-lets-hear-it-for-double-dipping.html Right-wing politicians who are trying to whip up hatred toward public employees...]]> Happy Thanksgiving 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16855-happy-thanksgiving-2011.html Thanksgiving dinner with Beth's parents was always the root canal of family holidays...]]> Support Equal Rights for Hunters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16885-support-equal-rights-for-hunters.html Wisconsin's Quicksand of Corruption http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16704-wisconsins-quicksand-of-corruption.html Even though the first official effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker was filed by a Republican...]]> Gunfight in the O.K. Capitol http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16599-gunfight-in-the-ok-capitol.html It's tempting to support the Scott Walker administration's crazy idea of allowing armed gunmen...]]> The Brewers' Best Season Ever http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16529-the-brewers-best-season-ever.html Amid all the unseemly trashing from “what have you done for us lately?” self-proclaimed baseball...]]> Recall Walker: Game On http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16453-recall-walker-game-on.html The most important year in Wisconsin's modern political history is about to begin...]]> Wisconsin Goes National http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16380-wisconsin-goes-national.html Don't believe your local media when they tell you the “Occupy Wall Street” protests are coming...]]> High Noon for Sheriff David Clarke http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16311-high-noon-for-sheriff-david-clarke.html When Sheriff David Clarke symbolically called him out in the street at high noon to settle their...]]> The Brewers' Horrible Season http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16234-the-brewers-horrible-season.html What a disappointing season for the Milwaukee Brewers. If that sentence makes no sense to you...]]> Gov. Walker's Plan: Tooling Wisconsin Teachers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16155-gov-walkers-plan-tooling-wisconsin-teachers.html When I had a summer newspaper internship in college, reporters in Dayton, Ohio, used to hang out...]]> Voter ID Fraud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16088-voter-id-fraud.html The dead giveaway that the real purpose of Wisconsin's voter ID law was to try to prevent some...]]> Big Guns on Campus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16020-big-guns-on-campus.html With the nation's bloody history of student, teacher and administrator shootings at schools from elementary...]]> The Madison Strangler, Part II http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15897-the-madison-strangler-part-ii.html No one who has followed the...]]> God's No Republican http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15822-gods-no-republican.html Bob Dylan told the truth about God's political views in the song “With God On Our Side...]]> Full Speed Ahead http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15757-full-speed-ahead.html By definition, last week's state Senate recall elections all were fought in Republican districts...]]> State Fair Memories http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15694-state-fair-memories.html When I was young, the classic film State Fair was remade starring, appropriately enough, Pat Boone...]]> The Terrorists Within http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15625-the-terrorists-within.html Ron Elving, the former Milwaukee Journal reporter who is now senior Washington editor...]]> Digging Toward Daylight http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15559-digging-toward-daylight.html Restoring once-progressive Wisconsin...]]> Destroying Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15497-destroying-democracy.html A bedrock principle of democracy is that voters have a right to choose their elected representatives...]]> The Selma of the Suburbs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15428-the-selma-of-the-suburbs.html A couple of years ago, historian...]]> Walker Hazardous to Health http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15351-walker-hazardous-to-health.html With his administration launching an unprecedented assault on education and public health throughout the state, Republican Gov. Scott Walker's political agenda literally appears to be to keep Wisconsin fat and dumb...]]> The Madison Strangler http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15278-the-madison-strangler.html One of the dishonest tactics commonly...]]> Supreme Lawlessness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15205-supreme-lawlessness.html When a governor and a majority in the Legislature start destroying decades of individual rights and governmental responsibilities, the only real protection citizens have is the rule of law. In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court is the final authority on the law...]]> The Dishonesty Strategy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15118-the-dishonesty-strategy.html As the biggest political recall in Wisconsin history takes shape, there is one question about the integrity of our political process every citizen in the state should be asking, but especially those who have...]]> The Ugly Art of Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15051-the-ugly-art-of-politics.html Most political controversies over art are just silly: low-rent politicians pretending to represent ordinary folks by loudly objecting to any public art that bothers anyone who doesn't understand it...]]> The Ryan Effect http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14990-the-ryan-effect.html If Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan can help to lose a congressional election in an overwhelmingly Republican district in New York, is there any reason to believe Ryan couldn't lose a few congressional seats in Wisconsin, including his own?]]> Taking Care of Business http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14921-taking-care-of-business.html As we slowly emerge from the second...]]> A Well-Timed Election http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14852-a-well-timed-election.html Even if Wisconsin can't go through...]]> Beware of Responsible Citizens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14777-beware-of-responsible-citizens.html “People who carry concealed (weapons) as private citizens are responsible people.” That sweeping statement by an elected public official, Republican state Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau, is so monumentally ignorant it should drop the jaw of every single citizen in the state of Wisconsin...]]> Crimes Against the Hungry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14709-crimes-against-the-hungry.html Absolutely no one in the state should be surprised that Republican Gov. Scott Walker's mismanagement of Wisconsin's FoodShare program is bringing threats that the state could lose more than $20 million in federal funds...]]> The Honest and the Dishonest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14642-the-honest-and-the-dishonest.html We’ve all learned a lot about the integrity of elections in Wisconsin in recent weeks. The most important thing we’ve learned is who has integrity and who doesn’t...]]> Paul Ryan's Nasty Ideas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14560-paul-ryans-nasty-ideas.html You might not know it from the local press, but much of the national media doesn't consider Gov. Scott Walker the most controversial...]]> The Waukesha Surprise http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14453-the-waukesha-surprise.html Everyone in Wisconsin has good reason to assume the worst about "The Waukesha Surprise"—a Republican operative suddenly announcing two days after a crucial state Supreme Court race that she forgot to include more than 14,000 votes from the city of...]]> The School Voucher Scam http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14402-the-school-voucher-scam.html The vicious scam behind Milwaukee's school voucher program is becoming public for all to see. The program is about to take another ugly turn by transferring money from our neediest students to the most privileged.]]> The Anti-Business MMAC http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14321-the-anti-business-mmac.html It's probably fair to say most of us have never worked for a company that didn't provide...]]> Republicans Trashing Conservatives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14244-republicans-trashing-conservatives.html Holding a conservative point of view in politics is no crime in America. No one should...]]> The Budget Plot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14102-the-budget-plot.html In government, budgets are a reflection of the values of our political leaders...]]> The Death of Compromise http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14051-the-death-of-compromise.html Someone extremely intelligent—no one seems to know if it was a Democrat or Republican...]]> Battleground Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13953-battleground-wisconsin.html When Republican Gov. Scott Walker rejected the agreement from Wisconsin...]]> Cry Wolf http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13888-cry-wolf.html Someone very close to me worries a lot about wolves. She doesn’t worry...]]> Truth-O-Meter Crash http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13809-truth-o-meter-crash.html If you want to set yourself up as some kind of sanctimonious authority on the truth, you should avoid telling blatant falsehoods. Ever since the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined the PolitiFact project founded by the St. Petersburg Times, the newspaper’s so-called Truth-O-Meter has repeatedly broken down and blown gaskets. The idea behind the original PolitiFact, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Florida...]]> Just Another Pretty Face http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13753-just-another-pretty-face.html One of the most ridiculous developments in politics is the rise of pretty faces spouting...]]> Fake Hatred http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13669-fake-hatred.html It wasn’t just the outcome of a sporting event that made Chicago a great place to be last weekend. I was in town for other recreation, but it was impossible to miss...]]> The Anti-Business Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13595-the-anti-business-governor.html John Mitchell, President Richard Nixon’s attorney general who went to prison for his role in Watergate, gave one honest piece of political advice in his career. At the beginning of Nixon’s corrupt presidency, he said: “Watch what we do, not what we say.” Applying Mitchell’s principle to the opening days of Republican Scott Walker’s governorship produces a startling conclusion: Walker could be...]]> The Sins of the Fathers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13531-the-sins-of-the-fathers.html An unforgettable trip to Florence, Italy, about a decade ago gave me my first real appreciation for the almost incomprehensible wealth of the Roman Catholic Church. After visiting the domed Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, completed in 1436, I could only compare it to the most stunning natural site I had ever seen. I wrote that the thing was like the Grand Canyon turned upside down. Such vast...]]> The Worst Job in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13485-the-worst-job-in-wisconsin.html County executive of a county on the verge of financial collapse is not the sort of public office millionaires usually try to buy. When millionaires and billionaires wake up one morning and suddenly decide to enter politics, they almost always set their sights on far more exalted positions. That means nothing less than governor or U.S. senator or, what the heck, president of the United States...]]> Judicial Disqualifications http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13423-judicial-disqualifications.html The very first thing that must be said about President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler to a federal judgeship is that Butler is highly qualified. The second is how embarrassing it should be for Republicans to selectively choose to block the confirmations of three nominees of color, including Butler, along with one white nominee...]]> The End of Innocence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13344-the-end-of-innocence.html This is the time of year when nothing warms our hearts like the thought of happy, laughing children with bright, shining faces lining up to be showered with special attention from grown-ups—like when the state begins checking all their tiny little fingerprints every day when they...]]> The War on Unions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13255-the-war-on-unions.html Workers who support anti-union Republicans are like those Indian scouts who worked for Gen. Custer. They shouldn’t be surprised when a massacre is declared. During hard economic times, the people growing fat at the top used to live in fear that people at the bottom would become so angry they would rise up against those who were exploiting them. Then they figured out all they...]]> Party of Haters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13168-party-of-haters.html A popular epithet among young people these days is “hater.” They really don’t like intolerance. More of us should start calling out hatred when we see it. That is especially true when one of our two major political parties has made a conscious decision to openly appeal to haters. The current debate in the Senate over allowing gay people willing to risk their lives for their...]]> Felt-Up Fliers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13092-felt-up-fliers.html I was way ahead of the media uproar over the latest airport security procedures that include either zapping passengers with radiation to look under their clothing or feeling them up. I’ve long opposed the rituals of pretend airport security. My wife gets very nervous whenever Transportation...]]> Health Care for the Herd http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13028-health-care-for-the-herd.html At a time when Republicans are once again vowing to kill health care for human beings, great strides are being made in improving health care for all those deer Wisconsin hunters are going out to blow away this week. Concern for deer health has always been a major concern of the state...]]> In Praise of Flip-Flopping http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12947-in-praise-of-flip-flopping.html Politicians sometimes paint themselves into corners where they have to choose between doing something stupid or committing the dreaded political sin of flip-flopping. That is the absurd position Gov.-elect Scott Walker has put himself in on the issue of building high-speed rail...]]> Extremism Unchecked http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12877-extremism-unchecked.html The loss of Russ Feingold, one of the country’s great progressive senators, to an absolute zero was tragic, but it’s the election of Republican Scott Walker as governor that will have a profound effect on...]]> Banning Non-Pot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12812-banning-non-pot.html It’s taken decades for a state to find the political courage to put legalization of the widely used and relatively innocuous drug marijuana on the ballot. Lest anyone think Wisconsin is ready to jump onto some sort of bandwagon edging toward rationality, local politicians have been falling all over each other recently to expand laws against pot to include non-pot. It seems the most fiendish villains preying...]]> Swooning for the Rich http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12707-swooning-for-the-rich.html The cruelest irony would be for Sen. Russ Feingold, a progressive populist in the mold of Wisconsin icon Robert La Follette, to be defeated by a millionaire businessman in the mold of Fighting Bob’s rapacious, robber...]]> The Campaign Against Voting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12637-the-campaign-against-voting.html Election Day is still a few weeks away, but the right-wing campaign to try to frighten African Americans and Latinos from casting their ballots has no intention of waiting until the last minute to start intimidating voters.]]> Woolly Mammoth in the Room http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12488-woolly-mammoth-in-the-room.html To paraphrase a famous quote, you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but the hardest part about running for...]]> The Truth About Truth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12425-the-truth-about-truth.html What is truth? It’s the sort of deep, philosophical question that can keep college kids arguing passionately and earnestly far into the night. One thing is clear, however, about the nature of truth in Wisconsin’s...]]> The Plot to Sell a Priceless View http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12344-the-plot-to-sell-a-priceless-view.html The problem with dismissing conspiracy theories out of hand is when they start coming true before your eyes. Some of us have long suspected that the ultimate goal of politicians who talk up...]]> Second-Choice Republican http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12255-second-choice-republican.html An interesting and little-noted view of last Tuesday’s primary election results for governor was contained in a county-by-county map created by Craig Gilbert, Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In the Republican matchup between Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Congressman...]]> Islam and America http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12192-islam-and-america.html I have been to ground zero and also to Milwaukee’s version of the kind of Islamic community center proposed for the site several blocks away from the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center. I found both experiences inspirational. We all remember where we were on Sept. 11, 2001. It wouldn’t have been difficult for Kit and me, anyway. We’d just returned to our hotel in Spain to pack to fly back to the United States...]]> DINO in the Crosshairs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12126-dino-in-the-crosshairs.html Even people who are repelled by Republican policies frequently express respect for the lock-step party discipline that prevents Republican politicians from thinking on their own and straying from the right-wing party line. It may not be good for democracy, but it means that when Republicans are in the majority, they have more power to pass extreme laws, and when they are in the minority, they have...]]> The Next Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12061-the-next-governor.html Anyone trained in public opinion research knows that the polls in this summer’s media reports about what’s going to happen in the November elections are totally meaningless. In fact, there are no truly reliable polls even to tell us who will be the candidates for governor of Wisconsin after the primary on Sept. 14. We can be reasonably certain the Democratic nominee will be Milwaukee Mayor...]]> Kiss of Death http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11975-kiss-of-death.html Kiss of Death is a classic film noir from 1947 in which Richard Widmark plays a psychopathic killer who laughs maniacally as he pushes an elderly woman in a wheelchair down a flight of stairs. During these mean-spirited political times, Republicans have no qualms about calling up such images about President Barack Obama. “That’s what Obama’s visits and support really have been...]]> The Dishonesty of Non-Politicians http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11897-the-dishonesty-of-non-politicians.html Wisconsin voters know Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold very well. They know that even if they disagree with him on an issue, Feingold will stand firmly on his principles rather than pander to whatever is politically popular. Voters don’t know Feingold’s Republican challenger Ron...]]> Sex, Drugs and Knockin’ Unions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11843-sex-drugs-and-knockinrs-unions.html It’s a gift from heaven for the talk shows when they can combine right-wing hatred for teachers’ unions with an opportunity to make middle-school penis jokes. The witty quips broke out within minutes of the Associated Press reporting the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) had filed suit claiming Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) were discriminating against male employees...]]> After the Deluge http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11766-after-the-deluge.html After people’s lives—and their basements—have been deluged with floodwaters, nothing makes them madder than not having someone to be mad at. Kris Kristofferson wrote: “Everybody’s gotta have somebody to look down on … Someone doin’ somethin’ dirty decent folks can frown on. If you can’t find nobody else, then help yourself to me...]]> Voting Against America http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11699-voting-against-america.html On paper, it should not be a successful election strategy for a political party to intentionally create more misery for Americans during one of the worst economic periods in our history. Yet, if media analysts are to be believed—always a dubious proposition—that conscious Republican strategy is improving the party’s prospects of winning in the November midterm elections. Last week we witnessed the...]]> Real All-Star Baseball http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11626-real-all-star-baseball.html Even in the midst of a disappointing, inconsistent season, Milwaukee Brewers fans could take pride in the selection of three legitimate All-Stars—Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Yovani Gallardo—to the 2010 All-Star Game. Long-suffering Brewers fans well remember all those years when the Brewers received a single selection—let’s face it—primarily because each...]]> Boot Camp Blues http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11557-boot-camp-blues.html People who don’t know anything about corrections think boot camp programs for the incarcerated are really terrific. The only thing more satisfying to some people than sanctimoniously sermonizing about miscreants who haven’t led proper lives is screaming it right in their faces, calling them maggots and vermin. We’ve seen the model in films like Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket where boot...]]> Finding a Loophole http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11483-finding-a-loophole.html For years, conservatives denounced the idea of criminals avoiding punishment for their heinous misdeeds by “finding a loophole” and “getting off on a technicality.” The right wing always made it sound as if our legal system had been intentionally set up to free criminals so they could go back to raping and pillaging our communities with abandon. In fact, those so-called...]]> Deadly Infrastructure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11449-deadly-infrastructure.html Honor Among Politicians http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11324-honor-among-politicians.html Honor among politicians, like honor among thieves, is relative. Early in his professional life, the great investigative reporter Seymour Hersh served as a campaign aide to the late Sen. Eugene McCarthy, the anti-war presidential candidate who forced Democratic President Lyndon Johnson to abandon a bid for a second term. McCarthy was a bemused, intellectual...]]> The New, Improved Republican Party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11250-the-new-improved-republican-party.html For some bizarre reason, one of the most seismic shifts in Republican political strategy in Wisconsin history—no, the history of the world—has been totally overlooked in the media. I am referring to the startling public declaration by Jim Klauser—Republican Party heavyweight and former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s hatchet man—that henceforth establishment Republicans like himself will embrace only positive...]]> ‘Humane’ Isn’t a Dirty Word http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11163-lshumaners-isnrst-a-dirty-word.html Only in Wisconsin would it be controversial for the state department charged with protecting wildlife to collaborate with a private organization that cares about animals. As we watch in horror as birds and reptiles get slimed with toxic gunk as a result of man’s blundering about in our fragile environment, our state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) should never demonize people who care about...]]> The Tea Party’s Mad Hatters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11112-the-tea-partyrss-mad-hatters.html Most of the media hype about the Tea Party influence on Republican politics in Wisconsin and across the country paints it as some kind of exciting, new phenomenon. Actually, many of the Tea Party candidates, including businessman Ron Johnson, the newly anointed Republican unknown running against Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, are strongly libertarian...]]> The Season Yet to Come http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11025-the-season-yet-to-come.html May is way too early for the Milwaukee Brewers’ season to be over. So it’s okay to ignore the chorus of yahoos who say otherwise. Apparently, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is ready to do the same by keeping his head when all around him are losing theirs and blaming it on Ken Macha. Firing the manager is the simple-minded solution of choice for sports...]]> The Young Know Better http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10959-the-young-know-better.html An inventive singer-songwriter named Peter Case wrote a great line: “We were too young not to know better.” That came to mind recently as many of the supposedly responsible grown-ups at Marquette University were making fools of themselves while their students demonstrated against discrimination and hypocrisy. At issue was Marquette President Father Robert Wild...]]> Freak-Show Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10884-freak-show-politics.html At first, the decision by Wisconsin Democratic Congressman David Obey to retire after 41 years in Washington may have appeared surprising. Obey had already raised more than a million dollars for his re-election campaign. He’d risen to one of the most powerful positions in Congress as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. And he’d recently had the opportunity to preside...]]> The Loudest Silence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10786-the-loudest-silence.html The silence is deafening. It’s always amazing to watch conservative commentators feed the inflamed debate over immigration, an issue steeped in bigotry and hatred, without once mentioning bigotry and hatred. The more obvious the racism, the louder the silence. It would be difficult to contrive a more obvious example...]]> Why Politics Fail Us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10693-why-politics-fail-us.html The frustration all of us feel over the failure of politics to serve the public good is multiplied when one party or the other seems to have adequate control to do just about anything it wants. At the national level, with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, many of us were appalled to see how difficult it still was to accomplish long-held...]]> Tommy’s Last Hoo-Ha http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10614-tommyrss-last-hoo-ha.html It doesn’t make sense to call it former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s last hurrah. There was something phony about the whole public charade from the very beginning. Last week Thompson announced that he wouldn’t run for Russ Feingold’s Senate seat, a job he had never shown any interest in holding. Thompson made his announcement before one of those angry rallies of right-wing extremists claiming to...]]> The Crime of Teaching http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10527-the-crime-of-teaching.html Because the machinery of law enforcement is so powerful, it’s extremely important that it not fall into the hands of ignorant people without any respect for the law. During the civil rights era, brutal thugs holding important positions in law enforcement—local sheriffs, prosecutors and judges—routinely misused their powers to punish people acting lawfully instead of protecting them...]]> True Confessions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10417-true-confessions.html It’s been a heck of an Easter for the Catholic Church. Who knew the latest revelations about a horrendous case of sexual abuse by a Wisconsin priest would throw the worldwide church and the current pope into their most tumultuous credibility crisis yet? In politics, there is an axiom that misdeeds can get you into a lot of trouble, but it’s the cover-up that can be fatal. An unbelievable Holy Week of dodging...]]> Hating Health Care http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10325-hating-health-care.html We happened to be in Washington, D.C., during the historic passage of health care reform, an achievement that visionary Democratic and Republican presidents had sought for three-quarters of a century. That same day, we walked from the White House to the National Mall with tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters waving American flags...]]> Brown Bagged http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10243-brown-bagged.html Who knew Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s campaign for governor would turn into a search for Wisconsin’s top chef? What our political candidates have for lunch rarely becomes a campaign issue. As long as they consume enough of the basic food groups to remain upright, we really don’t care all that much about their nutrition. But when one candidate promotes what he eats for lunch...]]> Mad Tea Party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10175-mad-tea-party.html It’s been years since the so-called “liberal” media could be accused of failing to sufficiently publicize the views of the extreme right. Labeling the media “liberal,” a political tactic by conservatives, worked like a charm. Newspapers everywhere scurried to add right-wing columnists, the more troglodytic the better. Television crews were sent to town hall meetings on health care to film the most shril...]]> Don’t Want No Stimulation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10104-donrst-want-no-stimulation.html Now we know why Republicans aren’t very much fun on dates. Forget the Rolling Stones singing about getting no “Satisfaction.” Republicans don’t even want no “Stimulation.” When the Obama administration put together an economic stimulus plan to head off a second Great Depression, Republicans made a political decision to oppose any government action to improve the lives of Americans. It was a clever way to...]]> Fear of Minor Offenders http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10026-fear-of-minor-offenders.html Shrinking budgets have forced states around the country to finally stop wasting taxpayer money by imprisoning nonviolent offenders and turning small-time lawbreakers into hardened, more dangerous criminals. It’s one of the few examples where government could spend less money and actually benefit more people and increase public safety. By reserving prison for violent criminals...]]> The Politics of No http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9954-the-politics-of-no.html In some cases, perhaps the best we can hope for from our politicians is that they’re lying to us. If they actually believe some of the things they say, we’re in really big trouble. We have perfect examples in the Republican opposition to economic stimulus funds nationally and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker’s opposition to economic stimulus and job creation in Wisconsin. In speeches...]]> Road Map to Oblivion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9871-road-map-to-oblivion.html If we didn’t know anything, we’d think Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was the hottest star in the Republican Party. He’s all over the cable news shows talking about his deficit reduction plan, “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Conservative George Will recently wrote a column forecasting him as the 2013 Republican vice president of the United States. Even President Barack Obama singled out Ryan as a pleasant guy with...]]> Don’t Ask, Don’t Tolerate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9801-donrst-ask-donrst-tolerate.html Much of the first year of President Bill Clinton’s administration got sidetracked as a result of Clinton trying to live up to his campaign promise to end discrimination against gays in the military. It said something about how deep-rooted bigotry against gay people was in 1993 that a simple issue of fairness and nondiscrimination created a firestorm of controversy for Clinton...]]> Them Newfangled Trains http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9698-them-newfangled-trains.html Republicans claim it’s unfair to characterize them as simply “The Party of No,” but then an incredible windfall of jobs and development is announced for the state of Wisconsin to a rising chorus of Republicans shrieking “No!” Republicans...]]> Welcome, You Bum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9653-welcome-you-bum.html Sheriff Shut-’Em-Down http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9579-sheriff-shut-rsem-down.html Towns Without Kids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9506-towns-without-kids.html One of the things that killed all those idyllic small towns that conservatives remember so fondly, the towns with white picket fences and vanilla populations to match, was shopping malls...]]> Rituals of Pretend Security http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9432-rituals-of-pretend-security.html The attempted airplane bombing on Christmas Day should set off waves of dread among anyone who flies, and not just as a reminder that there are people in the world eager to blow airliners and their passengers to smithereens. We are still overwhelmingly more likely to die as a result of getting into our cars...]]> The Strange Turns of 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9366-the-strange-turns-of-2009.html 2009 began with exhilarating promise for Wisconsin Democrats after the state’s landslide support for President Barack Obama helped them win the Assembly, giving them control of the governor’s office and both houses of the Legislature. Somewhere along the way, however, Democrats decided they were far more...]]> Baffling Political Battle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9325-baffling-political-battle.html Gun Sense http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9209-gun-sense.html On my morning talk radio show, I am regularly bedeviled by a black conservative who detests President Barack Obama and parrots extreme arguments he’s heard on right-wing radio. The caller identifies himself as H.S., which tells you everything you need to know. He says it stands for House Slave. Recently, H.S. was insisting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would have to scale back his opposition to concealed carry and support...]]> Condom Free for All http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9131-condom-free-for-all.html For many adults, the only thing more troubling than thinking about their children having sex should be not thinking about it. Health officials and other brave leaders within Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) have done a public service by proposing free condoms be made available to high-school students to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases...]]> The Hollow Rhetoric of Regionalism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9065-the-hollow-rhetoric-of-regionalism.html Many Milwaukeeans are justifiably paranoid whenever they hear talk about regional economic development. That comes from years of watching corporate leaders move jobs out of the city into surrounding counties. Now the co-chairman of the Milwaukee 7, an organization allegedly formed to promote...]]> Hunting With 10-Year-Olds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8962-hunting-with-10-year-olds.html In a daring experiment in elementary education, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has joined with Wisconsin deer hunters to teach 10-year-old children to blow away animals with guns. Hunting enthusiasts don’t describe it quite so bluntly, of course. They make it sound like joining the Sierra Club...]]> The Call of History http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8886-the-call-of-history.html Opportunities to make history in politics rarely adhere to any candidate’s plans. They open up unexpectedly for those who seize the moment. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was an ambitious, young politician who almost certainly envisioned he would run for president...]]> In Defense of Public Spending http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8669-in-defense-of-public-spending.html Every year at this time when budgets are being passed, conservative groups succeed in convincing a great many citizens that the primary purpose of government is to cut our taxes by doing less. These groups have been so successful in recent years that few people even bother to examine their simple-minded economic theories any more. It is accepted as fact that everyone benefits from paying less in taxes because all that...]]> High Court Harlots http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8600-high-court-harlots.html Corruption on the Wisconsin Supreme Court took a brazen leap forward last week when a majority of the justices officially went on record in favor of accepting millions of dollars in bribes. That is a slight oversimplification of the court’s action—but very slight. Consider this: Four of the seven justices approved a rule allowing them to accept millions in campaign contributions from special interests without being required to remove themselves from cases before...]]> Democrats Vs. Democrats http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8498-democrats-vs-democrats.html Humorist Will Rogers summed it up a long time ago when he said: “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” It was just last November that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama scored a resounding victory in Wisconsin, winning 59 of 72 counties. That rout helped Democrats win control of the state Assembly, giving them control...]]> Shooting Down Gun Laws http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8396-shooting-down-gun-laws.html Milwaukee officials united behind a major new effort to reduce the devastation caused by handguns in Wisconsin until, inexplicably, some of those same officials began negotiating against themselves. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm put together an impressively coordinated campaign against handgun violence after tracing the last six shootings of Milwaukee...]]> Anti-American Republicans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8323-anti-american-republicans.html The president of the United States wins one of the most prestigious honors in the world and Republicans, rather than exhibit national pride, bitterly attack their country’s leader as unaccomplished and undeserving. The same Republicans cheered when the United States lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games sought by Obama despite the economic bonanza the world...]]> Bad Neighbors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8244-bad-neighbors.html The Governor from Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8164-the-governor-from-milwaukee.html The Bad Michelle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8074-the-bad-michelle.html Clouds of Hatred http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7997-clouds-of-hatred.html Teaching Intolerance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7904-teaching-intolerance.html Crimes Against Children http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7831-crimes-against-children.html Nice-Guy Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7763-nice-guy-politics.html The Disappearing Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7683-the-disappearing-governor.html Mass Murders R Us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7604-mass-murders-r-us.html The Sheriff Vs. Public Safety http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7522-the-sheriff-vs-public-safety.html Destroying the County http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7442-destroying-the-county.html Discounting Lives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7358-discounting-lives.html The Real Public Enemies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7282-the-real-public-enemies.html Stick It to Milwaukee II http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7206-stick-it-to-milwaukee-ii.html The Last Change: Anti-Immigrant Attitudes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7098-the-last-change-anti-immigrant-attitudes.html Close Encounters of the Human Kind http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6999-close-encounters-of-the-human-kind.html Buying Wisconsin’s Supreme Court http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6920-buying-wisconsinrss-supreme-court.html The Hundred-Year Deal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6844-the-hundred-year-deal.html Driving Us Crazy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6769-driving-us-crazy.html Serial Victims http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6695-serial-victims.html Boys With Toys http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6615-boys-with-toys.html The Loser List http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6520-the-loser-list.html Sick Business http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6439-sick-business.html Open-Carry Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6347-open-carry-politics.html Setting Teachers Free http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6279-setting-teachers-free.html Bad Ideas on Schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6202-bad-ideas-on-schools.html The Fear of Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6116-the-fear-of-art.html A Criminal Walks Free http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6038-a-criminal-walks-free.html Piano-Wire Justice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5954-piano-wire-justice.html Transit Inches Forward http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5882-transit-inches-forward.html In Defense of Earmarks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5801-in-defense-of-earmarks.html Safer Streets, Fewer Prisoners http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5717-safer-streets-fewer-prisoners.html Zero Tolerance for Human Mistakes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5646-zero-tolerance-for-human-mistakes.html Prisons for Profit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5545-prisons-for-profit.html The Politics of Mismanagement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5468-the-politics-of-mismanagement.html A Judicious Judge http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5396-a-judicious-judge.html The Pro-Government President http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5319-the-pro-government-president.html The Wackiest Campaign for Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5243-the-wackiest-campaign-for-governor.html Reforming Education Reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5159-reforming-education-reform.html Winners and Losers 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5084-winners-and-losers-2008.html Ending School Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5005-ending-school-democracy.html Giving the Boot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4973-giving-the-boot.html Hunters Do Bang-Up Job http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4883-hunters-do-bang-up-job.html Dancing Car Companies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4796-dancing-car-companies.html Shooting the Government http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4710-shooting-the-government.html Turning In Your Kids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4624-turning-in-your-kids.html Scaredy-Cat Gun Owners http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4542-scaredy-cat-gun-owners.html Obama’s Historic White Victory http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4465-obamarss-historic-white-victory.html The Threat of Fairness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4377-the-threat-of-fairness.html The Pain of High School http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4297-the-pain-of-high-school.html The Real Bill Ayers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4207-the-real-bill-ayers.html Inciting the Mobs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4122-inciting-the-mobs.html Fighting the Spread of Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4009-fighting-the-spread-of-democracy.html Ole McCain at Ole Miss http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3920-ole-mccain-at-ole-miss.html School Plot Thickens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3836-school-plot-thickens.html Republican Vote Fraud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3701-republican-vote-fraud.html Small-Town Fakes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3617-small-town-fakes.html Small-Town Veep http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3515-small-town-veep.html I grew up in a small town in Indiana with a population of about 5,000. The town had two stoplights, one on each end of the downtown area, which stretched for one block. ]]> Stoner Terrorism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3342-stoner-terrorism.html Croaking Canaries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3259-croaking-canaries.html All Favred Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3181-all-favred-up.html For those who may not have heard, over the past few weeks there has been some kind of controversy going on between the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre, one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. It seems that Favre, who led the Packers to a stunning 13-3 record last year and came within a game...]]> All Favred Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3146-all-favred-up.html For those who may not have heard, over the past few weeks there has been some kind of controversy going on between the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre, one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. It seems that Favre, who led the Packers to a stunning 13-3 record last year and came within a game of taking the team to the Super Bowl, was threatening to come back to try to do it again. Ordinarily, any professional football team would be overjoyed to have a great quarterback decide not to retire and instead attempt to lead them to another championship. But in the case of the Green Bay Packers, it messed up all their plans. ]]> The Streets Talk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3090-the-streets-talk.html Fake Democrats http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3002-fake-democrats.html The Best Court Money Can Buy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2905-the-best-court-money-can-buy.html Dumb Sports Talk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2828-dumb-sports-talk.html The McGee Delusions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2742-the-mcgee-delusions.html Oily Guys http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2643-oily-guys.html There are very good reasons why oily guys have been stereotyped as the sorts of villains who twirl their mustaches and tie innocent young women to railroad tracks. But now, as we are nearing the end of eight years of government of, for and by the oil industry, we may have finally reached the point in our history...]]> Where the Dinosaurs Roam http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2465-where-the-dinosaurs-roam.html About a year ago, on one of those television panel shows where we all pretend to know everything, I was railing about the shortsightedness of the U.S. auto industry in cranking out huge SUVs that could be seen from space at a time of rising gas prices. ]]> Spitting on Veterans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2370-spitting-on-veterans.html As someone who opposed the Vietnam War and didn’t spit on a single soldier, I have never believed those stories about servicemen in uniform encountering a tsunami of expectoration upon returning from Southeast Asia.]]> Justice for One http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2289-justice-for-one.html A former Milwaukee elected official just completed his first year behind bars—and he hasn’t been convicted of any crime. This man is being held without bail even though he has deep roots in the community and is not considered a risk to flee the city—though a lot of people in power wish he would. ]]> The Assassination Joke http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2211-the-assassination-joke.html The Bad Dream Ticket http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2130-the-bad-dream-ticket.html Of all the media clich%uFFFDs about the current presidential race, perhaps the most absurd is describing a ticket headed by Sen. Barack Obama with Sen. Hillary Clinton as his running mate as “a dream ticket.” Talk about your bad dreams. ]]> Less Bread, More Water http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2046-less-bread-more-water.html Ending Busing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1942-ending-busing.html Having been an active participant in the court-ordered busing to integrate Milwaukee’s public schools, I would be the first to admit that it didn’t turn out to magically create quality public schools for every child. Neither will ending busing.]]> Milwaukee Shootout: The Movie http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1805-milwaukee-shootout-the-movie.html The hottest shoot-’em-up filmed in Milwaukee isn’t the upcoming Dillinger movie starring Johnny Depp. It’s a video posted on the popular Web site YouTube by the Milwaukee Police Department. Police claim they posted the Milwaukee shootout filmed by a surveillance camera at Villard Food & Liquor on the...]]> Acts of Faith http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1485-acts-of-faith.html Twenty years ago, when I was diagnosed in adulthood with so-called “juvenile” diabetes, it confirmed what a lot of my friends had long believed—that I was still a kid at heart. Fortunately, ever since Dr. Frederick Banting and a young graduate student named Charles Best discovered insulin in the early 1920s... ]]> Trashing the Court http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1597-trashing-the-court.html It’s appalling enough that a little-known, small-time judge with no apparent qualifications defeated Wisconsin’s only African-American Supreme Court justice by running a squalid, deceptive campaign that equated the distinguished justice with a black child molester. ]]> The Secret Race http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1384-the-secret-race.html Don’t tell anybody, but Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is facing his first major challenge by a successful, established politician, Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor, since he rode into county office as a reform candidate six years ago. ]]> The Joys of Being Black http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1275-the-joys-of-being-black.html If it’s such an overwhelming advantage to be a black man running for president of the United States, it’s amazing that the first 43 have been white. No doubt Geraldine Ferraro expects the next 43 presidents to be African American... ]]> Outlawing Voting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1204-outlawing-voting.html When a report by the Special Investigations Unit of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) jumped into a partisan political debate—by siding with Republicans to recommend eliminating voter registration on Election Day and requiring photo IDs at the polls—Gov. Jim Doyle wanted to know why MPD should be dictating...]]> The Failure of Vouchers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1108-the-failure-of-vouchers.html Democratic Race Is Over http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1026-democratic-race-is-over.html Even though it is now just one of 11 straight victories for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the Wisconsin presidential primary could go down in history as the turning point that secured the Democratic presidential nomination for the nation’s first African- American president. ]]> Sedition at UWM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-935-sedition-at-uwm.html When we hear that sedition is raging out of control at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, that it’s prompting student government to ban free speech on campus, citizens everywhere have a right to be alarmed. What’s alarming, of course, ... ]]> Votes That Matter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-846-votes-that-matter.html Featured: The Cover-Up Habit - Taking Liberties http://shepherdexpress.com/article-795-featured-the-cover-up-habit-taking-liberties.html California case reveals that crimes against 10 teenagers in Milwaukee were covered up in a co-conspiracy with powerful institutions. It’s hard to sympathize with the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese’s claim that it could face financial ruin as a result of paying for its past misdeeds when it continues to try to cover up those misdeeds. ]]> The Cover-Up Habit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-756-the-cover-up-habit.html Taking Liberties - Dogs and Men http://shepherdexpress.com/article-676-taking-liberties-dogs-and-men.html It’s hard to know which is worse—to be accused of total indifference toward the lives of 400 people locked in a building with no fire protection or to be accused of continuing the racist tactics of Southern sheriff Bull Connor. ]]> Trickle Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-606-trickle-up.html Now that George Bush’s economic policies have finally put the country on the brink of financial disaster, even Republicans appear to tacitly acknowledge that the administration’s rationale for exorbitant tax breaks to the wealthy... ]]> Don’t Stay in School http://shepherdexpress.com/article-510-donrst-stay-in-school.html We talk so much about the value of education and the need to reduce dropouts that it may surprise some people that nearly half of all freshmen in the Milwaukee Public Schools have been ordered not to come to school. ]]> New Morning in America http://shepherdexpress.com/article-430-new-morning-in-america.html Sen. Barack Obama’s history quaking win in the year’s first presidential contest in Iowa prompted one particularly absurd journalistic analysis to suggest that Obama’s victory showed that America had finally become colorblind. ]]> A Shot of Political Courage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-362-a-shot-of-political-courage.html Something new seems to be spreading from Milwaukee politicians. Unbelievably, local officials have begun expressing something that sounds remarkably like political courage regarding criminal justice. 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