Shepherd Express - Expresso http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-4-1-expresso.html Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Full Court Refresh and Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25771-full-court-refresh-and-milwaukee-urban-league-young-professionals-issue-of-the-week.html Launched in 2014 by Coors Light, the Full Court Refresh program helps restore local basketball courts in cities across the country. Last year, four cities received court upgrades and this year, eight cities were part of]]> Hold Scott Walker Accountable for WEDC Failures - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25772-hold-scott-walker-accountable-for-wedc-failures-issue-of-the-week.html If Gov. Scott Walker were the chairman of the board of a multimillion-dollar company, he’d have been fired by now for his failure to be a good steward of his investors’ money. But Walker, the ]]> Public Allies Milwaukee and Its 39 Allies - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25726-public-allies-milwaukee-and-its-39-allies-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 1994, the nonprofit Public Allies Milwaukee (a member of the AmeriCorps national service network) develops young leaders by pairing them with local nonprofit organizations for full-time paid apprenticeships as well as offering ]]> Milwaukee Public Museum, Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Wisconsin and Milwaukee County Department on Aging - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25663-milwaukee-public-museum-alzheimer%25E2%2580%2599s-association-of-southeast-wisconsin-and-milwaukee-county-department-on-aging-heroes-of-the-week.html The nonprofit Milwaukee Public Museum’s SPARK! program offers caregivers and loved ones with beginning- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia an opportunity to explore the museum with trained docents and ]]> Republicans Overreach in Destructive Prevailing Wage Fight - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25664-republicans-overreach-in-destructive-prevailing-wage-fight-issue-of-the-week.html Republicans picked a fight they didn’t need when some decided to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. If it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it. The law, which sets a minimum wage for workers on large public construction projects, ensures that all]]> ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis Volunteer Mentors and Staff - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25618-abcd-after-breast-cancer-diagnosis-volunteer-mentors-and-staff-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 1999 by Melodie Wilson Oldenburg, the nonprofit ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to those with breast cancer and their loved ones. ABCD’s (5775 N. Glen]]> Tire Rack Street Survival Staff and Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25574-tire-rack-street-survival-staff-and-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Tire Rack Street Survival, created by the nonprofit BMW Car Club of America Foundation in 2002, aims to teach teens valuable car-control skills to help them avoid accidents. The premise is “safe driving is learned by doing,” thus the program offers teenagers hands-on experience in their]]> Save the Citizens Utility Board - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25575-save-the-citizens-utility-board-issue-of-the-week.html We’re strongly in agreement with the editorial pages of the Journal Sentinel in their position that legislators should protect the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a consumer watchdog group fighting to keep our utility rates in check]]> Milwaukee Bicycle Collective Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25513-milwaukee-bicycle-collective-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html ]]> Rosecrance Therapists - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25475-rosecrance-therapists-heroes-of-the-week.html Rosecrance, a Rockford, Ill.-based nonprofit teen and adult substance abuse treatment center, has brought its travelling art exhibit, “In My Shoes,” to Milwaukee, which features shoes decorated by its teen patients. Developed last year by Rosecrance art therapist Jennifer Thammavong, “In]]> iPAW Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25350-ipaw-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html The nonprofit Integrating People for Animal Wellness (iPAW), founded in December 2014 by veterinarian Jodie Gruenstern (Dr. Jodie), provides resources and funding to improve the quality of life of special-needs ]]> UW System President Ray Cross—A Man with Integrity - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25351-uw-system-president-ray-cross%25E2%2580%2594a-man-with-integrity-issue-of-the-week.html It’s a rare thing when a public official offers to hold himself accountable and literally puts his job and career on the line. But that’s what happened when University ]]> Project Q Volunteers and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25311-project-q-volunteers-and-staff.html The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center strives to build community, promote health and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the greater Milwaukee area. One of this organization’s programs is Project Q, which offers LGBT and allied youth ages 13-24 a safe]]> U.S. Supreme Court Blesses Voter Suppression - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25312-us-supreme-court-blesses-voter-suppression-issue-of-the-week.html On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it wouldn’t take up Wisconsin’s voter ID law, one of the most restrictive voting requirements in the country. In doing so, the court has cemented its reputation as a supporter of voter suppression]]> Ricardo Correa Scholarship Foundation - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25265-ricardo-correa-scholarship-foundation-heroes-of-the-week.html ]]> Protect Downer Woods, Don’t Sell Them - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25266-protect-downer-woods-don%25E2%2580%2599t-sell-them-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> Arts @ Large Volunteers and Staff - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25196-arts-a-large-volunteers-and-staff-heroes-of-the-week.html Arts @ Large (908 S. Fifth St.), operating since 2001, offers MPS schools a three-year integrative program that incorporates themed experiential learning through arts and humanities activities that are targeted to meet the needs of participating school communities. Arts @ Large is currently]]> Isn’t It Time for Judge Randa to Step Down? - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25197-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-it-time-for-judge-randa-to-step-down-issue-of-the-week.html In a big victory for victims of clergy sex abuse, on Monday U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa once again got slapped down by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Not only did the appeals court find, contrary to Randa’s original decision, that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee couldn’t shield $60 million in its bankruptcy case, but it sent the case back to the circuit court—but to a different judge. This appeals decision is the latest in a long string of Randa’s questionable and potentially corrupt decisions that favor conservatives and Republicans. Most recently, Randa delivered a big win to the Wisconsin Club for Growth, Gov. Scott Walker’s political allies, that shut down the John Doe investigation into Walker’s campaign and its allies.

 

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Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25154-reflo-sustainable-water-solutions-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in March 2013, the nonprofit Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions—which is currently up for a Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)—strives to provide Milwaukee]]> Wisconsin Is Open for Bankruptcy - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25155-wisconsin-is-open-for-bankruptcy-issue-of-the-week.html Business owners hadn’t stepped forward to support the pending right-to-work bill in this past week’s legislative hearings—until James C. Murray did on Monday, before the Assembly Committee on Labor]]> Another Hand Foundation Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25109-another-hand-foundation-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 2010, the nonprofit Another Hand Foundation (6633 W. Mill Road) assists families and individuals who have been affected by a house or apartment fire or flood as well as veterans in need of assistance due to]]> Do Businesses Want a Right-to-Work Law? - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25110-do-businesses-want-a-right-to-work-law-issue-of-the-week.html On Tuesday, the state Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform began taking testimony on a GOP-pushed bill to turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state]]> Rescue Gang Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25060-rescue-gang-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in December by Ryan Olson and Tia Bransted, the nonprofit Rescue Gang is an animal-rescue organization focused on rehabilitating, providing medical care to and finding forever homes for homeless]]> Scott Walker Can Save UW by Embracing Obamacare - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25061-scott-walker-can-save-uw-by-embracing-obamacare-issue-of-the-week.html
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Warmline Inc. Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25022-warmline-inc-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Warmline Inc. Milwaukee (9455 Watertown Plank Road) is a free, non-crisis hotline that offers supportive listening for those with mental health issues. What makes the phone line unique is that all of the staff and volunteer counselors are individuals with mental illness]]> Solar Advocates Push Back Against Walker’s PSC - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25023-solar-advocates-push-back-against-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-psc-issue-of-the-week.html
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Project: Community Computers Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24891-project-community-computers-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Co-founded in 2009 by Milwaukee School of Engineering graduates Dan Pastori and Jeff Hanson, Project: Community Computers supplies free technical services, refurbished technology and computer labs to local nonprofit groups. The organization began as an MSOE student leadership ]]> Unfortunately, Walker Has Much To Learn About Foreign Policy - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24892-unfortunately-walker-has-much-to-learn-about-foreign-policy-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> Team Up! With Families and Katy’s Kloset Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24801-team-up_-with-families-and-katy%25E2%2580%2599s-kloset-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html In 1991, Sue Kinosian of New Berlin Therapies created a therapy camp available to the children she was treating as well as their siblings. Parents of those children then came together to form the Waukesha nonprofit Team Up! With Families to continue the camp, which is now available to all]]> Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24757-project-concern-of-cudahy-st-francis-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis was founded in 1968 as a food pantry for low-income residents and has grown to provide clothing, furniture, household items, school supplies and information on and referral services for other local resources—all free of charge. Project Concern is located in]]> Walker and Schimel Threaten to Sue the EPA - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24758-walker-and-schimel-threaten-to-sue-the-epa-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> Safe Harbor Volunteers and Staff - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24727-safe-harbor-volunteers-and-staff-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 1990, the nonprofit Safe Harbor (292 Niagara Ave., Sheboygan) offers a 24-hour crisis line as well as shelter, transitional living, intervention, prevention, education and outreach services to individuals ]]> School Accountability Debate Misses the Mark http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24728-school-accountability-debate-misses-the-mark.html On Wednesday, members of the state Assembly will begin debating the first bill of this legislative session, a school accountability bill. But don’t be deceived by that description]]> Unity in Motion Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24683-unity-in-motion-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded 15 years ago by Allen Ruppel and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2008, Unity in Motion offers long-term academic and personal mentoring to Milwaukee County youth in fourth grade through college. This volunteer-driven program identifies each youth’s unique needs by evaluating three key]]> Yes, Gov. Walker—Let’s Focus on Kids - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24684-yes-gov-walker%25E2%2580%2594let%25E2%2580%2599s-focus-on-kids-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24658-prevent-blindness-wisconsin-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html The nonprofit Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers free, certified vision screenings, which identify children and adults who need full eye exams. The organization’s trained volunteers and partners screened about 195,000 children in Wisconsin in 2013, with about 20,000 referred on for a complete]]> A Tale of Two States - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24659-a-tale-of-two-states-issue-of-the-week.html It was the best of times and it was the worst of times for economic growth.

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Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24627-harry-rose-samson-family-jewish-community-center-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Working to build healthier, happier communities, the nonprofit Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC), 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., offers an array of no-cost, paid and membership health, fitness, wellness, social, art and education programs for everyone, no matter one’s religion]]> Dontre Hamilton Deserves Justice - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24628-dontre-hamilton-deserves-justice-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> The Sleighriders Raise Money for Variety—The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24572-the-sleighriders-raise-money-for-variety%25E2%2580%2594the-children%25E2%2580%2599s-charity-of-wisconsin-heroes-of-the-week.html Thinking it would be fun to gather local musicians and play a holiday show for charity, about a dozen musicians got together in 1982 to play at Teddy’s (now Shank Hall) and The Sleighriders were born. Today, the group is comprised of 40 professional musicians and has been organized for]]> Another Republican Sneak Attack on Women’s Health - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24573-another-republican-sneak-attack-on-women%25E2%2580%2599s-health-issue-of-the-week.html The voters have spoken. And apparently what Gov. Scott Walker and his conservative allies heard is that they want to continue the war on women. But instead of “dropping the bomb” on women, as Walker did on public employees, this time they’re planning a sneak attack. In this way, Walker]]> Privatizing the Attorney General’s Office - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24521-privatizing-the-attorney-general%25E2%2580%2599s-office-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> Tosa Cares Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24522-tosa-cares-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Tosa Cares is a food and clothing pantry in Wauwatosa that serves families in need while also striving to create a sense of community. This nonprofit was organized in 2008 to continue the work of the Tosa For Kids food pantry and is operated solely by volunteers who collect and distribute ]]> Saving the Bucks is Important but the Jock Tax is not the Answer - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24487-saving-the-bucks-is-important-but-the-jock-tax-is-not-the-answer-issue-of-the-week.html
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Club Kids 414 Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24488-club-kids-414-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 2000, Club Kids in Danger Saved Inc., better known as Club Kids 414, offers fun and safe enrichment opportunities and activities for lower-income children of all ages to help keep them off the streets and out of jail. Every event this nonprofit runs is free for the community and many]]> COPE Services Staff and Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24461-cope-services-staff-and-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html For more than 30 years, Ozaukee County has been home to COPE Services, a free 24-hour hotline available to everyone for emotional support and crisis intervention. The COPE hotline is 262-377-COPE (2673) and the Teen/Home-Alone hotline is 262-377-7786. The hotline is open to anyone]]> Extortion by Any Other Name Is Still Extortion - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24462-extortion-by-any-other-name-is-still-extortion-issue-of-the-week.html ]]> Walker’s Wisconsin Is Going the Wrong Way on Roads http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24406-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-wisconsin-is-going-the-wrong-way-on-roads.html
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Mothering the Mother Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24407-mothering-the-mother-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html The nonprofit Mothering the Mother, founded in 2011 by Michelle Hardy, is dedicated to improving pregnancy, childbirth and mothering experiences for all women, regardless of income, in Milwaukee and surrounding counties. Mothering the Mother is certified to offer prenatal care coordination and]]> What Democrats Need To Do - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24360-what-democrats-need-to-do-issue-of-the-week.html
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Feast of Crispian Participating Veterans and Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24361-feast-of-crispian-participating-veterans-and-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html The Battery Factory, a nonprofit organization that focuses on igniting new performance and visual arts projects and organizations, is currently backing Feast of Crispian (FoC), a nonprofit program that uses Shakespeare plays as a tool to help veterans struggling with emotional and]]> Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24318-milwaukee-center-for-children-and-youth-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth (MCCY) was founded by Michele Wink and Cyrus Behroozi in 2011 in response to gaps in services for abused and neglected children. The organization has brought the first onsite family advocate at Milwaukee County Children’s Court. Its Children’s ]]> State Calls Foul on Phony Supporters of We Energies Rate Hike http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24319-state-calls-foul-on-phony-supporters-of-we-energies-rate-hike.html
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Feed Your Soul Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24270-feed-your-soul-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html In 2004, a small group of professionals in the design and architecture industries wanted to use their talents and community relationships to give back to those in need. They created Feed Your Soul, a volunteer-driven art auction event that benefits Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. The]]> County Board Starts Repairing Abele’s Walker-like Budget - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24271-county-board-starts-repairing-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-walker-like-budget-issue-of-the-week.html Add Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic to the list of people who think Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is following in Scott Walker’s footsteps. While]]> SERVE 60 and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Fighting Hunger Together - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24228-serve-60-and-feeding-america-eastern-wisconsin-fighting-hunger-together-heroes-of-the-week.html SERVE 60, founded by L. Maxwell McKissick in 2009, is a grassroots initiative designed to increase service and volunteerism in America for at least 60 minutes at a time anytime throughout ]]> Abele Follows Walker’s Lead in Attacking Workers - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24229-abele-follows-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-lead-in-attacking-workers-issue-of-the-week.html
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Veterans For Diversity Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24187-veterans-for-diversity-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Originally founded as Vets Do Ask Do Tell in 2008, Veterans For Diversity (2025 S. 107th St., West Allis) is a nonprofit that supports LGBT military personnel and veterans (though no veteran is ever turned away) by offering free programming such as therapeutic social functions, scholarships to]]> The Governor Can and Should Raise the Minimum Wage - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24188-the-governor-can-and-should-raise-the-minimum-wage-issue-of-the-week.html Did you know that Wisconsin’s governor, on his or her own, can raise the minimum wage? In fact, the governor is required by law to ensure that all Wisconsinites—not just those earning a minimum wage—are paid a living wage for their work. ]]> The X-Man Foundation Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24147-the-x-man-foundation-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html The X-Man Foundation draws attention to the dangerous habit of driving while distracted—specifically, while texting. Valetta Bradford founded this nonprofit in 2011 after her son, then]]> Voter ID Is Here: Don’t Let Anyone Stop You From Voting - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24148-voter-id-is-here-don%25E2%2580%2599t-let-anyone-stop-you-from-voting-issue-of-the-week.html On Monday, three federal appellate court judges—all of whom were appointed by Republicans—declared Wisconsin’s restrictive voter ID law to be constitutional. These are the same judges ]]> Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee Skilled Laborers and Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24091-rebuilding-together-greater-milwaukee-skilled-laborers-and-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Rebuilding Together, founded in 1973, is a national organization with individual nonprofit affiliates located throughout the U.S., one of them being Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee (RTGM)]]> Latest John Doe Temper Tantrum Reeks of Desperation - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24092-latest-john-doe-temper-tantrum-reeks-of-desperation-issue-of-the-week.html Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm scored a big win in federal appeals court last week, which apparently has created a new wave of desperation in the allies of Gov. Scott Walker.]]> SALS Houses Staff and Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24064-sals-houses-staff-and-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in 2004 by Executive Director John Arneson, the nonprofit Sober Alternative Living Services (SALS) Houses sponsors five voluntary, non-institutional sober living houses that offer]]> The Friendship Circle Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24014-the-friendship-circle-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html Founded in Milwaukee 10 years ago, the Friendship Circle of Wisconsin serves children and adults with special needs by offering a wide range of educational, social and recreational programs. This nonprofit focuses on offering children and adults with special needs a full range of unique social]]> Republican Appeals Court Throws Wisconsin Election into Chaos - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24015-republican-appeals-court-throws-wisconsin-election-into-chaos-issue-of-the-week.html Late in the day on Friday, just hours after hearing oral arguments, a three-judge federal appeals court panel allowed Wisconsin’s discriminatory voter ID law to be put ]]> Animal Fairy Charities, Generations Against Bullying, Humane Animal Welfare Society and The Women’s Center of Waukesha - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23974-animal-fairy-charities-generations-against-bullying-humane-animal-welfare-society-and-the-women%25E2%2580%2599s-center-of-waukesha-heroes-of-the-week.html Nonprofit Animal Fairy Charities’ (AFC) co-founders Debra Lopez and Lori Charney wanted to raise awareness about the proven link between animal abuse, bullying and domestic violence. ]]> Driving While Black in Milwaukee—The Victims Speak Out - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23976-driving-while-black-in-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2594the-victims-speak-out-issue-of-the-week.html Last Thursday’s Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission meeting was adjourned when demonstrators showed up to demand the release of the name of the Milwaukee police ]]> Obama’s Optimistic But Wisconsin Is Still Struggling - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23923-obama%25E2%2580%2599s-optimistic-but-wisconsin-is-still-struggling-issue-of-the-week.html President Barack Obama told about 6,000 enthusiastic union members and their families at Milwaukee’s Laborfest about his optimism about the future. It wasn’t about]]> MKEKitchen Supports Local Nonprofits and Entrepreneurs - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23924-mkekitchen-supports-local-nonprofits-and-entrepreneurs-heroes-of-the-week.html Kathy Papineau opened MKEKitchen in 2013 to teach people how to prepare healthy food and to support local food entrepreneurs by renting her 1,100-square-foot kitchen at an affordable rate]]> Ferguson Shooting Resonates in Milwaukee - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23883-ferguson-shooting-resonates-in-milwaukee-issue-of-the-week.html The media have been focused on the outpouring of anger following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer. But the same anger and]]> Raising Money for ArtWorks for Milwaukee - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23884-raising-money-for-artworks-for-milwaukee-heroes-of-the-week.html There are many great causes to support in Milwaukee and Hatch Staffing Services’ Lori Malett and Kforce Staffing’s Vanessa LaCoste wanted to raise funds for a local cause that helps prepare]]> FUEL Milwaukee Staff and Volunteers - Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23845-fuel-milwaukee-staff-and-volunteers-heroes-of-the-week.html FUEL Milwaukee (756 N. Milwaukee St.), the nonprofit young professional arm of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), was developed to attract ]]> Issue of the Week: The Big Loser on Election Day Didn’t Even Have His Name on the Ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23847-issue-of-the-week-the-big-loser-on-election-day-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-even-have-his-name-on-the-ballot.html The elected official who appears to be one of the biggest losers in last Tuesday’s primary election did not even have his name on the ballot. Milwaukee County ]]> Holton Youth and Family Center and Victory Garden Initiative http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23798-holton-youth-and-family-center-and-victory-garden-initiative.html On the corner of East Concordia Avenue and Palmer Street, fertile plots with fruits, vegetables and flowers create the 1.5-acre Concordia Gardens, a serene community ]]> Walker’s and Abele’s Radical Plans to Blow Up County Government - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23797-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-and-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-radical-plans-to-blow-up-county-government-issue-of-the-week.html Did Scott Walker aim to blow up Milwaukee County government at the same time he was leading it? Last week, a judge released files created on computers seized from]]> Heroes of the Week: Genesis in Milwaukee Volunteers and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23770-heroes-of-the-week-genesis-in-milwaukee-volunteers-and-staff.html

 Founded in 2009 by Arn Quakkelaar, the nonprofit Genesis in Milwaukee Inc. (2454 W. Lisbon Ave.) is a reintegration program

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Issue of the Week: Abele’s Latest Scheme http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23771-issue-of-the-week-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-latest-scheme.html

In his short tenure as Milwaukee County executive, Chris Abele has become the most divisive and combative county executive Milwaukee County has ever had...

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Heroes of the Week: My Home, Your Home Volunteers and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23725-heroes-of-the-week-my-home-your-home-volunteers-and-staff.html

 Founded in 1989, the nonprofit My Home, Your Home (MHYH) was developed to help improve the foster-care system of Milwaukee. MHYH offers four programs to foster children and (when

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Heroes of the Week: Best Buddies Wisconsin Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23697-heroes-of-the-week-best-buddies-wisconsin-volunteers.html

 Founded in 1989, Best Buddies is an international nonprofit

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Walker’s Pandering on Common Core Standards - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23698-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-pandering-on-common-core-standards-issue-of-the-week.html

 Last week, Gov. Scott Walker decided to cause a stir when he released a one-sentence statement calling for the state Legislature to repeal the Common Core

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Issue of the Week: Taxpayers Are Footing Scott Walker’s Sky-High State Plane Flights and Security Costs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23661-issue-of-the-week-taxpayers-are-footing-scott-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-sky-high-state-plane-flights-and-security-costs.html

 Gov. Scott Walker spares no expense as he crisscrosses the state and country on the taxpayers’ dime. New state plane records exclusively

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Heroes of the Week: City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps Members http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23662-heroes-of-the-week-city-year-milwaukee-americorps-members.html

 Founded in Boston in 1988, the nonprofit City Year partners with public schools to offer full-time targeted intervention (tutoring and mentorship) for at-risk students. The organization uses the

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Issue of the Week: Walker’s Pals Get Lifetime Job Security in the Public Sector http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23626-issue-of-the-week-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-pals-get-lifetime-job-security-in-the-public-sector.html News broke last week that Scott Walker’s former administrative director at the county, Cindy Archer, is moving up in the salary ranks at the state. Since Walker took]]> Heroes of the Week: Camp Hometown Heroes Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23627-heroes-of-the-week-camp-hometown-heroes-volunteers.html

 Camp Hometown Heroes (995 Badger Circle, Grafton), co-founded by Jim Kacmarcik and Neil Willenson in 2013 under

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Heroes of the Week: NewThreads of Hope Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23597-heroes-of-the-week-newthreads-of-hope-volunteers.html

 NewThreads of Hope, founded as a Wisconsin gift-in-kind charity in 1990, collects manufacturers’ and retailers’ overstocks, past season’s lines and other products to

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Issue of the Week: Supreme Court Sides with Ultra-Conservative Bradley Foundation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23594-issue-of-the-week-supreme-court-sides-with-ultra-conservative-bradley-foundation.html On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced two stunning—but not surprising—decisions. The five conservative members ruled that some corporations are people]]> Issue of the Week: Abele Should Allow Pensioners To Keep Their Money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23552-issue-of-the-week-abele-should-allow-pensioners-to-keep-their-money.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele should do the right thing and not penalize county retirees who took the advice of administrators]]> Heroes of the Week: ACT Ride 12 Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23553-heroes-of-the-week-act-ride-12-volunteers.html

 Founded in 2003, the ACT Ride is a four-day, 300-mile charity bike ride to raise money for and awareness about the nonprofit AIDS Network. The funds raised by the event are targeted to the

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Issue of the Week: Ron Johnson’s Bad Vote for Veterans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23513-issue-of-the-week-ron-johnson%25E2%2580%2599s-bad-vote-for-veterans.html

 In the past few weeks, we’ve heard horror stories about the impact of the underfunding of Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country. It seems that the system

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Heroes of the Week: FORGE Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23514-heroes-of-the-week-forge-volunteers.html

 FORGE began in the Milwaukee/Chicago area 20 years ago as a support group for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and communities, those in the female-to-male sphere and

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Heroes of the Week: Burmese Immersion Project Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23440-heroes-of-the-week-burmese-immersion-project-volunteers.html

 Bob Heffernan noticed as a landlord that many of his Burmese refugee tenants were largely isolated from the larger Milwaukee community, the children’s school grades were woefully

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Issue of the Week: Don’t Halt Same-Sex Marriages http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23441-issue-of-the-week-don%25E2%2580%2599t-halt-same-sex-marriages.html

 Last week, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb made the right decision when she struck down Wisconsin’s hurtful ban on same-sex marriages. We applaud her common-sense decision, which

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Issue of the Week: Walker Finds Himself at Odds with the ‘Wall Street Journal’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23404-issue-of-the-week-walker-finds-himself-at-odds-with-the-%25E2%2580%2598wall-street-journal%25E2%2580%2599.html Yet another unsigned op-ed in the Wall Street Journal]]> Heroes of the Week: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Greater Milwaukee Chapter Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23405-heroes-of-the-week-young-nonprofit-professionals-network-greater-milwaukee-chapter-volunteers.html

 Positioning itself as the preeminent connector and resource for nonprofit professionals, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) includes more than

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Heroes of the Week: Exploit No More Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23366-heroes-of-the-week-exploit-no-more-volunteers.html

 Exploit No More is a new nonprofit (founded January 2013) working to combat child sex trafficking in Greater Milwaukee through building awareness, networking between communities and most

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Issue of the Week: Walker’s BadgerCare Math Doesn’t Add Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23367-issue-of-the-week-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-badgercare-math-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-add-up.html

 Republican Gov. Scott Walker is trumpeting new figures that show that 81,731 Wisconsinites living in poverty now “have access” to BadgerCare, the state’s version of Medicaid. But, much like Walker’s claims about his record on job creation, his BadgerCare boasts aren’t totally believable.

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Issue of the Week: White GOP Flight Led to Our Current Political Polarization http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23329-issue-of-the-week-white-gop-flight-led-to-our-current-political-polarization.html

 In a recent Journal Sentinel series, journalist Craig Gilbert has documented what we’ve all known intuitively: Southeastern Wisconsin is plagued by intense political polarization fed by highly

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Heroes of the Week: Playworks Wisconsin Volunteers and Coaches http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23328-heroes-of-the-week-playworks-wisconsin-volunteers-and-coaches.html Playworks is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1995 that helps transform recess from a chaotic, stressful time for kids and teachers to a positive and productive time for all children and]]> Heroes of the Week: COA Staff and Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23294-heroes-of-the-week-coa-staff-and-volunteers.html

 Founded in 1906, the nonprofit Children’s Outing Association (COA) serves Milwaukee children and families by offering educational and development programming throughout the year at its

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Issue of the Week: Let the People Decide Elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23295-issue-of-the-week-let-the-people-decide-elections.html

 On Monday, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted 14-4 to override a Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele veto of a resolution allowing an important

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Issue of the Week: Join Milwaukee’s Fair Trade Crawl on Saturday http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23253-issue-of-the-week-join-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-fair-trade-crawl-on-saturday.html

 Celebrate Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 10, by participating in the seventh annual Greater Milwaukee Fair Trade Crawl from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event will take

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Heroes of the Week: Two Men and a Truck Staff, Volunteers and Community Partners http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23254-heroes-of-the-week-two-men-and-a-truck-staff-volunteers-and-community-partners.html

 For the past seven years, Two Men and a Truck franchises across the country have participated in the company’s nonprofit initiative known as

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Heroes of the Week: WMSE’s Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23217-heroes-of-the-week-wmse%25E2%2580%2599s-volunteers.html

 The nonprofit radio station WMSE 91.7 FM, a broadcasting service of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, is devoted to innovative music and content and providing

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Issue of the Week: Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Is Struck Down http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23218-issue-of-the-week-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-voter-id-law-is-struck-down.html

 On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which was known as one of the most restrictive of its kind

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Heroes of the Week: Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center Staff and Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23178-heroes-of-the-week-gerald-l-ignace-indian-health-center-staff-and-volunteers.html

 The nonprofit Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (GLIIHC), founded in 1999, offers a medical clinic and All Nations Wellness Center to help serve the needs of the

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Issue of the Week: One Reason You Pay Higher Taxes that Conservative Politicians Won’t Discuss http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23179-issue-of-the-week-one-reason-you-pay-higher-taxes-that-conservative-politicians-won%25E2%2580%2599t-discuss.html

 Ever wonder why big corporations and the super-rich invest large sums of money in high-priced lobbyists and an army of accountants? And yes the correct term is “invest” because they see a

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Heroes of the Week: Outlet: Plugging People In Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23141-heroes-of-the-week-outlet-plugging-people-in-volunteers.html

 Founded in 2011 by recently retired Milwaukee Public Schools teacher Kathleen End, Outlet: Plugging People In is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit that operates an

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Issue of the Week: Will the City Council Support the Bay View Teacher Housing Plan? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23142-issue-of-the-week-will-the-city-council-support-the-bay-view-teacher-housing-plan.html

 A plan to convert the vacant Dover Street School into reasonably priced apartments designed for teachers will be coming before the Milwaukee Common Council. As we

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Heroes of the Week: SHARP Literacy Volunteers, Staff and Participating Teachers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23102-heroes-of-the-week-sharp-literacy-volunteers-staff-and-participating-teachers.html

 Since 1996, the nonprofit SHARP Literacy (5775 N. Glen Park Road, Suite 202) has helped to instill the love of books and reading in low-income, at-risk first-through-fifth

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Issue of the Week: The Supreme Court Rules for the 1% http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23103-issue-of-the-week-the-supreme-court-rules-for-the-1.html

 If you believe in representative democracy, then last week was pretty brutal. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down aggregate campaign limits to federal candidates, which inevitably will do away with Wisconsin’s

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Heroes of the Week: College Possible AmeriCorps Coaches and Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23055-heroes-of-the-week-college-possible-americorps-coaches-and-volunteers.html

 College Possible, founded in 2000 by low-income and first-generation college student Jim McCorkell, is a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income students earn college

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Issue of the Week: Scott Walker’s Immoral Health Care Reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23056-issue-of-the-week-scott-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-immoral-health-care-reform.html

 This is a landmark week for those who have fought for access to affordable health care. Across the country, millions of Americans

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Issue of the Week: Walker’s Austerity Agenda Is Killing Job Creation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23007-issue-of-the-week-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-austerity-agenda-is-killing-job-creation.html

 The Journal Sentinel seems to be giving Gov. Scott Walker a pass on his lackluster job-creation record, with no real investigation

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Heroes of the Week: Lead2Change Young People and Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23006-heroes-of-the-week-lead2change-young-people-and-volunteers.html In 1996, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation founded the Youth In Service Fund program and due to its enormous success, the nonprofit Lead2Change was founded in]]> Heroes of the Week: Vibha and Our Next Generation Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22875-heroes-of-the-week-vibha-and-our-next-generation-volunteers.html

 Since 1991, the U.S.-based nonprofit Vibha has been positively impacting the lives of disadvantaged children around the world, including Milwaukee. The organization

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Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan and the Bradley Foundation Team Up to Tear Down the Safety Net http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22876-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryan-and-the-bradley-foundation-team-up-to-tear-down-the-safety-net.html

 Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan is at it again. The alleged intellectual leader of the Republican Party is trying to find ways to look concerned about poor people

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Issue of the Week: Abele Is Willing to Waste Taxpayer Dollars on Frivolous Transit Lawsuit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22800-issue-of-the-week-abele-is-willing-to-waste-taxpayer-dollars-on-frivolous-transit-lawsuit.html

 Once again, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get his way. A legally appointed panel of Milwaukee County supervisors voted to reject the Abele administration

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Heroes of the Week: Adult Learning Center Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22801-heroes-of-the-week-adult-learning-center-volunteers.html

The Adult Learning Center (1916 N. Fourth St.) was founded in 1979 as part of the Community Social Outreach Program of St. Gall Catholic Parish in Milwaukee, and provides general education 

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Heroes of the Week: The Ability Center Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22774-heroes-of-the-week-the-ability-center-volunteers.html

 The Ability Center (TAC), founded by Damian Buchman in 2009, is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit striving to provide fitness and athletic opportunities to people with disabilities while also

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Issue of the Week: Is Walker’s Jobs Agency Favoring GOP Districts? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22775-issue-of-the-week-is-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-jobs-agency-favoring-gop-districts.html

 Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011 with an ambitious agenda. He quickly “dropped the bomb” on the state with his public employee union-busting Act 10. He also said he’d make good on his promise to create

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Heroes of the Week: Vets 76 Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22736-heroes-of-the-week-vets-76-volunteers.html

 Vets 76 (4222 W. Capitol Drive), a nonprofit veterans organization founded by a group of Vietnam veterans, integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to

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Reversing Abele’s MV Transit Contract Was the Right Thing To Do http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22737-reversing-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-mv-transit-contract-was-the-right-thing-to-do.html

 A review panel made up of Milwaukee County supervisors did the right thing and reversed the Abele administration’s intent to award Dallas-based MV Transportation

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Heroes of the Week: Tessa’s Black Entertainment and Youth Center Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22687-heroes-of-the-week-tessa%25E2%2580%2599s-black-entertainment-and-youth-center-volunteers.html

 Contessa Cole started developing what would become Tessa’s Black Entertainment and Youth Center (TBEY) when she was 16 years old, prompted by the dance and arts

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Issue of the Week: Wisconsin’s Brain Drain—Why? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22688-issue-of-the-week-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-brain-drain%25E2%2580%2594why.html

 At the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, speaker Morris Davis pointed out that Wisconsin has a serious problem in that we are losing our college-educated population, whereas our neighboring states like Illinois and Minnesota are gaining college graduates. More college

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Heroes of the Week: Wellspring Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22658-heroes-of-the-week-wellspring-volunteers.html Wellspring, a nonprofit educational retreat center and organic farm, was founded in Milwaukee in the early ’80s and not long after moved to its current location in Newberg (4382 Hickory Road, West Bend)]]> Issue of the Week: Milwaukee Lakefront Bill Gets a One-Sided Hearing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22659-issue-of-the-week-milwaukee-lakefront-bill-gets-a-one-sided-hearing.html Legislators got only half the story on a bill that could tie up lakefront development in the courts for years. Last week, an Assembly committee heard testimony]]> Issue of the Week: Let’s Legalize Same-Sex Marriage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22617-issue-of-the-week-let%25E2%2580%2599s-legalize-same-sex-marriage.html

 A lot has happened since Wisconsin voters added a same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution in 2006. Since then, same-sex marriage has been legalized in 17 states and the

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Heroes of the Week: Meta House Staff and Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22618-heroes-of-the-week-meta-house-staff-and-volunteers.html  Founded by Meta Orth in 1963 as Our Home Foundation but known by residents as Meta House, this nonprofit offers treatment in lieu of jail time to women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Meta House was one of the nation’s first substance-abuse treatment programs that allowed

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Heroes of the Week: NuGenesis Farm Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22577-heroes-of-the-week-nugenesis-farm-volunteers.html

 Founded in 2010 by three-time cancer survivor Kathy Bero, NuGenesis Farm (N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc) informs communities about the significant impact food choices have on human health and recovery, and teaches people how to grow, cook and understand the health

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Issue of the Week: Republicans Come to Abele’s Rescue Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22578-issue-of-the-week-republicans-come-to-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-rescue-again.html

 We’re happy when elected officials reach across the aisle to solve problems

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Issue of the Week: Lawmakers Must Look Beyond Their Self-Interest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22546-issue-of-the-week-lawmakers-must-look-beyond-their-self-interest.html

 This past week the usually very conservative Wisconsin Assembly passed several forward-looking bills on heroin sponsored by the conservative, law-and-order Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette). So why is Nygren

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Heroes of the Week: Eternal Wish Foundation Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22545-heroes-of-the-week-eternal-wish-foundation-volunteers.html

 Founded in 2008 by Tim Chirafisi in honor of his grandmother, Eternal Wish Foundation grants wish experiences to adults with a terminal diagnosis or severe, irreversible, life-limiting condition

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Heroes of the Week: Fisher House Wisconsin Volunteers and Fundraisers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22505-heroes-of-the-week-fisher-house-wisconsin-volunteers-and-fundraisers.html

 Since its founding in 1990, the Fisher House Foundation has built 62 Fisher Houses, which are comfort homes available free of charge to veterans receiving medical care for injuries or illnesses

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Issue of the Week: New John Doe 2 Ruling Lacks Common Sense http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22506-issue-of-the-week-new-john-doe-2-ruling-lacks-common-sense.html

 In a ruling Friday by retired Appeals Court Judge Gregory Peterson, subpoenas issued in the new John Doe investigation to some conservative groups that supported Gov. Scott Walker and other

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Issue of the Week: Walker and Kleefisch's War on Workers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22460-issue-of-the-week-walker-and-kleefischs-war-on-workers.html

 Recently, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch led a closed-door roundtable discussion about taxes with some business leaders in Beloit. After viewing footage of the meeting

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Heroes of the Week: Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Volunteers and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22461-heroes-of-the-week-walnut-way-conservation-corp-volunteers-and-staff.html  Sharon and Larry Adams and their neighbors wanted to revitalize their Lindsay Heights neighborhood, home to more than 2,700 families, into a residential area where people felt safe to leave their homes. So in 2000, Walnut Way Conservation Corp. was born. This nonprofit strives to have

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Heroes of the Week: The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22428-heroes-of-the-week-the-gathering-of-southeast-wisconsin-volunteers.html  The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, founded in 1982, is an independent nonprofit organization that provides ten free meals each week, 51 weeks a year, at three Milwaukee locations to people

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Issue of the Week: Wisconsin Is Losing Our Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22417-issue-of-the-week-wisconsin-is-losing-our-democracy.html

 2013 didn’t have the drama of 2011—when Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated Legislature undid decades of progressive policies—or 2012, when

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Issue of the Week: New Indian Team Name Bill Perpetuates Stereotypes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22407-issue-of-the-week-new-indian-team-name-bill-perpetuates-stereotypes.html

 It’s hard to imagine that schools would fight for the right to call their sports teams names that conjure up violence created by Europeans or European Americans. But somehow it’s OK for

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Heroes of the Week: Milwaukee Empty Bowls Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22408-heroes-of-the-week-milwaukee-empty-bowls-volunteers.html

 Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Milwaukee Empty Bowls is a local, entirely volunteer-run nonprofit that uses art to increase awareness about hunger in the community and raises funds

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Issue of the Week: The Fair Wage Movement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22367-issue-of-the-week-the-fair-wage-movement.html Pope Francis may be the highest-profile advocate for economic justice but there are millions of workers across the country who support an increase in the minimum wage. Mainstream economists have shown that increasing the minimum wage will stimulate the economy, since low-wage workers will spend virtually every dollar they earn just to pay for the bare essentials. ]]> Heroes of the Week: Make A Difference-Wisconsin Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22368-heroes-of-the-week-make-a-difference-wisconsin-volunteers.html  In 2006, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released academic standards for personal financial literacy, so when local businessman Lloyd Levin approached Milwaukee Public Schools

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Issue of the Week: John Doe 2’s Focus on Big Money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22329-issue-of-the-week-john-doe-2%25E2%2580%2599s-focus-on-big-money.html

 As the Shepherd was the first to report, the Wisconsin Club for Growth—whose longtime spokesman, R.J. Johnson, was a top political advisor to Walker and is

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Heroes of the Week: Hebron House of Hospitality Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22330-heroes-of-the-week-hebron-house-of-hospitality-volunteers.html

 The nonprofit Hebron House of Hospitality, which opened the doors to its Hebron House Shelter for families in 1983, is now a driving force in Waukesha working to eliminate homelessness. In

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Issue of the Week: Walker Should Fully Expand Medicaid http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22287-issue-of-the-week-walker-should-fully-expand-medicaid.html

 Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. That’s true in the case of the Medicaid expansion as set forth in the Affordable Care Act. The law

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Heroes of the Week: Project Blake Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22288-heroes-of-the-week-project-blake-volunteers.html

 Beata Lieders saw a lack of art programming in Fond du Lac County for teens, specifically at-risk teens, and in 2011 she decided to create an Open Art Studio program where kids could come

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Heroes of the Week: Being There-Reach Out Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22246-heroes-of-the-week-being-there-reach-out-volunteers.html

 Founded in 2004 by Judith Singer, Being There-Reaching Out (BT-RO) is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit that financially, emotionally and physically assists families of Wisconsin men or women

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Issue of the Week: Scott Walker’s Weak Job-Creation Record Continues http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22247-issue-of-the-week-scott-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-weak-job-creation-record-continues.html

 Gov. Scott Walker has been spending most of his time out of state lately as he peddles his new book and attempts to portray himself as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential

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Another Republican Giveaway to a Controversial Nonprofit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22207-another-republican-giveaway-to-a-controversial-nonprofit.html

 Just weeks after the Republicans had to cancel their taxpayer-funded $500,000 biannual grant to the right-wing political front group United Sportsman of Wisconsin

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Heroes of the Week: Project RETURN Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22160-heroes-of-the-week-project-return-volunteers.html  Project RETURN (Returning Ex-offenders To Urban Realities and Neighborhoods) has helped thousands of minimum-security prison ex-offenders successfully integrate

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Issue of the Week: Abele Goes to Bat for His Top Bureaucrats’ Salaries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22161-issue-of-the-week-abele-goes-to-bat-for-his-top-bureaucrats%25E2%2580%2599-salaries.html

 Has Milwaukee County Supervisor David Cullen declared war on County Executive Chris Abele’s top appointees

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Heroes of the Week: Groundwork Milwaukee Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22109-heroes-of-the-week-groundwork-milwaukee-volunteers.html The locally organized and controlled nonprofit Groundwork Milwaukee (GWM), part of the national organization Groundwork USA, works to develop community-based partnerships in the greater]]> Issue of the Week: Milwaukee County Residents Ask Supervisors to Fix Abele’s Budget http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22110-issue-of-the-week-milwaukee-county-residents-ask-supervisors-to-fix-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-budget.html

 The corporate media have been giving Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s $1.3 billion

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Heroes of the Week: Feed Your Soul Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22068-heroes-of-the-week-feed-your-soul-volunteers.html

 In 2004, a small group of professionals in the design and architecture industry wanted to use their talents and community relationships to make a difference and give back to those in need. They

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Issue of the Week: Texas’s Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional. Is Wisconsin’s, Too? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22069-issue-of-the-week-texas%25E2%2580%2599s-abortion-law-is-unconstitutional-is-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-too.html

 On Monday, a federal judge struck down one of Texas’ stringent new restrictions on abortion, saying that it’s unconstitutional to require an abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a

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Heroes of the Week: Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee Volunteers and Donors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22031-heroes-of-the-week-community-shares-of-greater-milwaukee-volunteers-and-donors.html

 Since 1981, the nonprofit Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee (CSGM) has raised upwards of $5 million to support more than 60 local nonprofits focused on social justice, animal welfare and

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Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan Knows Better http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22032-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryan-knows-better.html

 Paul Ryan wasn’t the only member of Wisconsin’s...

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Heroes of the Week: ‘Rethinking Schools’ Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21992-heroes-of-the-week-%25E2%2580%2598rethinking-schools%25E2%2580%2599-volunteers.html

 Founded in 1986 by a group of Milwaukee Public Schools classroom teachers, the independent publisher Rethinking Schools (1001 E. Keefe Ave.) began offering a freely distributed newspaper

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Issue of the Week: Legislature Fast-Tracks a $100 Million Donation to Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21993-issue-of-the-week-legislature-fast-tracks-a-%2524100-million-donation-to-walker.html

 State legislators are poised to rubber-stamp Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to send an extra $100 million to schools to drive down property taxes. The property tax cut is so important to Walker

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Issue of the Week: Will Gun Rights Trump Property Rights? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21942-issue-of-the-week-will-gun-rights-trump-property-rights.html

 Despite major successes, gun-rights advocates are insisting on chipping away at

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Heroes of the Week: Veterans Helping Veterans: Wisconsin Stand Down Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21943-heroes-of-the-week-veterans-helping-veterans-wisconsin-stand-down-volunteers.html Heroes of the Week: One Heartland Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21902-heroes-of-the-week-one-heartland-volunteers.html

 One Heartland (Milwaukee office, 500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite K-200, Glendale), founded by Neil Willenson in 1993 when he was a UW-Madison student, works with youth and families that

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Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan’s Mess http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21903-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-mess.html

 Americans are rightly outraged that a small group of extreme House Republicans successfully bullied the more rational members of Congress into shutting down the government this week.

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Heroes of the Week: Little Free Library Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21862-heroes-of-the-week-little-free-library-volunteers.html

 Launched in 2009 by Hudson, Wis., resident Todd Bol, Little Free Libraries are boxes filled with all types of books that serve to foster the sharing of literature and are rooted in a “take a book, return

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Issue of the Week: Let the Free Market Promote Outdoor Sports http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21863-issue-of-the-week-let-the-free-market-promote-outdoor-sports.html

 It’s been a messy few weeks for those involved in the

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Heroes of the Week: Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21817-heroes-of-the-week-audio-and-braille-literacy-enhancement-volunteers.html ]]> Issue of the Week: Rally for Public Education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21818-issue-of-the-week-rally-for-public-education.html

 The conservative business establishment and

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Heroes of the Week: Artists Working in Education Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21777-heroes-of-the-week-artists-working-in-education-volunteers.html

 Artists Working in Education (AWE) is a group of artists, art educators and museum curators concerned with the decline in funding for art education in Milwaukee. AWE aims to offer art

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Issue of the Week: Walker’s Desperate Lies About Obamacare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21778-issue-of-the-week-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-desperate-lies-about-obamacare.html

 It’s no secret that Gov. Scott Walker wants Obamacare to fail. Walker is afraid that Obama’s health reform law will make good on its promises to provide affordable

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Issue of the Week: Abele Should Send His Parks Chief for Confirmation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21743-issue-of-the-week-abele-should-send-his-parks-chief-for-confirmation.html

 Milwaukee County has been without a permanent parks director since August 2012, when Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele abruptly fired Sue Black without ever giving her

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Heroes of the Week: PEARLS for Teen Girls Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21744-heroes-of-the-week-pearls-for-teen-girls-volunteers.html

 Personal responsibility, empathy, awareness, respect, leadership and support are the life values learned and developed by the young women involved in the nonprofit PEARLS for Teen Girls.

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Heroes of the Week: Alice’s Garden Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21699-heroes-of-the-week-alice%25E2%2580%2599s-garden-volunteers.html Founded about 40 years ago, Alice’s Community Garden and Urban Farm (2136 N. 21st St.) is a two-acre expanse of land that offers Milwaukeeans a space to grow food for healthy eating]]> Issue of the Week: The Fox in the Henhouse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21700-issue-of-the-week-the-fox-in-the-henhouse.html

 The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) is supposed to look out for the public interest when it regulates utilities’ rates, sales and expansion plans

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Issue of the Week: Micromanaging Pot Prosecutions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21663-issue-of-the-week-micromanaging-pot-prosecutions.html

 Wisconsin’s Republican legislators just can’t help themselves

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Heroes of the Week: Kompost Kids Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21620-heroes-of-the-week-kompost-kids-volunteers.html

 Founded about four years ago by Melissa Tashjian, the nonprofit Kompost Kids creates soil

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Issue of the Week: The Path Walker Did Not Take http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21621-issue-of-the-week-the-path-walker-did-not-take.html

 “I don’t think we would pursue any manufacturing in Milwaukee anymore after the way Wisconsin treated us.” So said Nora Friend of Talgo Inc. in a recent interview

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Heroes of the Week: Paxton Andrews Foundation Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21580-heroes-of-the-week-paxton-andrews-foundation-volunteers.html

 When Danna and John Andrews’ three-month-old son, Paxton, was diagnosed with a

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Issue of the Week: We Must Transform Our Culture of Violence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21581-issue-of-the-week-we-must-transform-our-culture-of-violence.html

 “When people go to pray on a Sunday and then are murdered, something is wrong in our country. When people go to a theater and are murdered, something is wrong with

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Issue of the Week: Abele’s Privatization Plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21550-issue-of-the-week-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-privatization-plan.html
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Heroes of the Week: MargaretAnn’s Place Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21516-heroes-of-the-week-margaretann%25E2%2580%2599s-place-volunteers.html

 After the death of their 20-month-old daughter, MargaretAnn Smith-Jones, in 1997, the Smith-Jones family had found a wealth of supportive services for grieving

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Issue of the Week: Support a Hard-Won Compromise on the Lakefront http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21517-issue-of-the-week-support-a-hard-won-compromise-on-the-lakefront.html

 On Tuesday, Milwaukee County supervisors and the leaders of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee County War Memorial announced their support for

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Heroes of the Week: Bartolotta Restaurants’ Care-a-lotta Board Member Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21478-heroes-of-the-week-bartolotta-restaurants%25E2%2580%2599-care-a-lotta-board-member-volunteers.html

 In 2009 Bartolotta Restaurants established Care-a-lotta, its philanthropic arm, to give back to Greater Milwaukee. Eight Bartolotta managers accepted the offer

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Issue of the Week: Let’s Talk About Reducing Gun Violence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21479-issue-of-the-week-let%25E2%2580%2599s-talk-about-reducing-gun-violence.html

 Too often, those who are upset about gun violence throw their hands up in the air and say that the problem is too big to solve

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Issue of the Week: Let Child Victims Sue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21440-issue-of-the-week-let-child-victims-sue.html A bill to allow adult victims of child sex crimes sue their abuser has been introduced in the state Legislature yet again. Although it is championed by four Democratic]]> Heroes of the Week: Larry Under the Bridge Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21441-heroes-of-the-week-larry-under-the-bridge-volunteers.html

 Larry, previously a homeless man, is now giving back to those who are living on the streets through his Larry Under the Bridge ministry. In July 2012, Larry requested

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Issue of the Week: Bye-Bye Local Control http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21396-issue-of-the-week-bye-bye-local-control.html

 True Republicans believe that local control is best because the closer the decision-makers are to their constituents, the better

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Heroes of the Week: Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21397-heroes-of-the-week-bryon-riesch-paralysis-foundation-volunteers.html

 In 1998, Bryon Riesch was in a devastating accident that resulted in paralysis from the waist down with limited use of his arms. Friends and family came together after

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Issue of the Week: Make Kids the Priority http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21369-issue-of-the-week-make-kids-the-priority.html

 We’re in the midst of much hand wringing over the future of the Bradley Center, which the Milwaukee Bucks call home. Some civic leaders want the taxpayers to

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Heroes of the Week: The E-Z Coffee Stand Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21370-heroes-of-the-week-the-e-z-coffee-stand-volunteers.html

 When Zach Komes’s family moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood, he and his sister Elsa set up a youth-led, fundraising coffee stand as a way to meet people

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Heroes of the Week: Milwaukee Community Sailing Center Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21322-heroes-of-the-week-milwaukee-community-sailing-center-volunteers.html

 Founded in 1979, the 650-plus members of

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Issue of the Week: The Private School Swindle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21323-issue-of-the-week-the-private-school-swindle.html

 If you still had any doubt that Republicans

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Heroes of the Week: ArtWorks for Milwaukee Volunteers, Staff and Lead Artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21276-heroes-of-the-week-artworks-for-milwaukee-volunteers-staff-and-lead-artists.html


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Issue of the Week: State Budget Details Reveal GOP Pettiness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21277-issue-of-the-week-state-budget-details-reveal-gop-pettiness.html


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Heroes of the Week: Running Rebels Volunteers and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21201-heroes-of-the-week-running-rebels-volunteers-and-staff.html

 Running Rebels Community Organization (1300A W. Fond Du Lac Ave.) was founded by Victor Barnett in 1980 and focuses on steering Milwaukee youth away from gangs

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Issue of the Week: Milwaukee’s Cabbies Win Again In Court, But… http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21202-issue-of-the-week-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-cabbies-win-again-in-court-but%25E2%2580%25A6.html

 It’s not like the Milwaukee Common Council hadn’t been warned that its strict cap on taxicab permits

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Heroes of the Week: Hope Tutoring Services Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21150-heroes-of-the-week-hope-tutoring-services-volunteers.html

 Hope Tutoring Services (7607 W. Townsend #103) held its first after-school and summer program sessions during the 2009-2010 school year and has been expanding

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Issue of the Week: Republican Senators Grothman and Ellis Fight Hard to do the Right Thing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21151-issue-of-the-week-republican-senators-grothman-and-ellis-fight-hard-to-do-the-right-thing.html

 This hasn't been an easy budget season

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Heroes of the Week: Local College and University Students Making a Difference http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21108-heroes-of-the-week-local-college-and-university-students-making-a-difference.html

Milwaukee’s colleges and universities are the source of a plethora of service-minded student organizations that are improving our community. Though there are many student initiatives and organizations that are Heroes of the

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Issue of the Week: Sold to the Lowest Bidder http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21109-issue-of-the-week-sold-to-the-lowest-bidder.html

 In yet another stunning example of his arrogance and disregard for the common good, Gov. Scott Walker has asked for unprecedented authority to sell off taxpayer-funded, publicly owned property without public

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Heroes of the Week: Greendale Against Bullying Volunteers and Peer Ambassadors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21069-heroes-of-the-week-greendale-against-bullying-volunteers-and-peer-ambassadors.html

 The nonprofit Greendale Against Bullying (GABnow) is striving to end bullying in Greendale and the surrounding communities. Linda Lee, president of GABnow, encourages everyone—children, parents, teachers, administrators

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Issue of the Week: Republicans Stick It to Renters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21070-issue-of-the-week-republicans-stick-it-to-renters.html

 While landlords shouldn’t have to put up with chronically irresponsible tenants and should have the right to petition for eviction, there should be a level of mutual respect between landlords and their customers, the renters

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Heroes of the Week: DreamBikes Mentors, Volunteers and Youth Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21022-heroes-of-the-week-dreambikes-mentors-volunteers-and-youth-staff.html

  The nonprofit DreamBikes focuses on helping youth develop the necessary life skills and work experience needed to become

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Issue of the Week: Local Control v. The Inside Job http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21023-issue-of-the-week-local-control-v-the-inside-job.html

 On Monday, a 14-4 supermajority of the Milwaukee County board overrode County Executive Chris Abele’s veto of their plan to reform county government at a local

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Heroes of the Week: Elizabeth D’Acquisto, Friends and Family Supporting Repairers of the Breach http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20997-heroes-of-the-week-elizabeth-d%25E2%2580%2599acquisto-friends-and-family-supporting-repairers-of-the-breach.html

 Repairers of the Breach (1335 W. Vliet St.) was founded in 1991

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Issue of the Week: County Chaos: Follow the Money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20998-issue-of-the-week-county-chaos-follow-the-money.html

 It’s difficult to keep up with the twists and turns

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Heroes of the Week: Victory Garden Initiative Volunteers and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20948-heroes-of-the-week-victory-garden-initiative-volunteers-and-staff.html

 The Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) was formed by a group of friends and neighbors

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Issue of the Week: Wisconsin’s Shocking Incarceration Rate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20946-issue-of-the-week-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-shocking-incarceration-rate.html

 More than half of Milwaukee County’s African-American

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Heroes of the Week:Milwaukee Riverkeeper Volunteers, Members and Staff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20918-heroes-of-the-weekmilwaukee-riverkeeper-volunteers-members-and-staff.html

 Milwaukee Riverkeeper has been hosting community river cleanups since its inception in 1995. This water advocacy organization focuses on the entire

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Issue of the Week: Voucher Backers Buy State Government—Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20919-issue-of-the-week-voucher-backers-buy-state-government%25E2%2580%2594again.html

 Wealthy supporters of school vouchers lavished an eye-popping $10 million on Wisconsin campaigns in the past 10 years, spending half of that amount in 2011 and 2012 alone, according to a new analysis by the Wisconsin

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Heroes of the Week: BUILD Moto Mentor Program Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20874-heroes-of-the-week-build-moto-mentor-program-volunteers.html

 Founded in 2011 by Tim Dixon, owner of The Iron Horse Hotel, the BUILD Moto Mentor Program addresses the lack of skilled trades curriculum in area high schools. Dixon saw an exciting opportunity

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Issue of the Week: Will Milwaukee Profit from a New Bradley Center? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20875-issue-of-the-week-will-milwaukee-profit-from-a-new-bradley-center.html

 On Monday, Marquette University and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sponsored a conference on the future of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The business community wants a new or a greatly expanded facility so that the city

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Issue of the Week: Will Derek Williams’ Family Get Justice? - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20842-issue-of-the-week-will-derek-williams%25E2%2580%2599-family-get-justice-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Milwaukeeans were shocked and appalled when video surfaced of Derek Williams gasping for breath and pleading for his life in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car

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Issue of the Week: Walker’s $100 Million Health Care Tantrum - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20807-issue-of-the-week-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-%2524100-million-health-care-tantrum-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 The true cost of Gov. Scott Walker’s rejection of $3.9

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Issue of the Week: More GOP Resistance to Walker’s Agenda - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20769-issue-of-the-week-more-gop-resistance-to-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-agenda-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Reports are surfacing that even more Republican legislators are now opposing parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial state budget. In addition to rebuffing Walker’s

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Issue of the Week: Walker’s Charter School Scheme - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20737-issue-of-the-week-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-charter-school-scheme-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 In his biennial state budget, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to set up an unelected, unaccountable charter school board that could establish local charter school boards around the state; these schools would be funded with

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Support Moderate Republicans’ School Funding Boost - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20698-support-moderate-republicans%25E2%2580%2599-school-funding-boost-plus-hero-of-the-week.html In the first two years of his term, Republican Gov. Scott Walker enjoyed an unusually high degree of discipline within his party. They voted in lockstep for the vast majority of his proposals, with just a few independent-minded]]> Issue of the Week: Walker Rewards the Rich—Again - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20656-issue-of-the-week-walker-rewards-the-rich%25E2%2580%2594again-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

  Gov. Scott Walker, the son of a minister, tries to portray himself as a politician who’s willing to fight for the underdog. But his second state budget proves once again that Walker

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Issue of the Week: What Does Abele Want to Hide? - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20617-issue-of-the-week-what-does-abele-want-to-hide-plus-hero-of-the-week.html


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Endorsement: Ed Fallone for Wisconsin Supreme Court - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20588-endorsement-ed-fallone-for-wisconsin-supreme-court-plus-hero-of-the-week.html


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Issue of the Week: Women, Beware - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20557-issue-of-the-week-women-beware-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 We’ve seen the ads everywhere—on buses and bus shelters, on billboards and on the Internet. They usually feature a woman in soft-focus, worried about her pregnancy, and will refer that woman to a 24/7 help line, often

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Issue of the Week: County Board Downsizing On Hold—For Now - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20522-issue-of-the-week-county-board-downsizing-on-hold%25E2%2580%2594for-now-plus-hero-of-the-week.html


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Issue of the Week: A Question of Judgment - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20485-issue-of-the-week-a-question-of-judgment-plus-hero-of-the-week.html
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Issue of the Week: The Split Within the National Rifle Association - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20442-issue-of-the-week-the-split-within-the-national-rifle-association-plus-hero-of-the-week.html
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Issue of the Week: Chris Abele’s power play with his Republican pals - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20420-issue-of-the-week-chris-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-power-play-with-his-republican-pals-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Milwaukee County is a Democratic county. It’s rare for a Republican running statewide to win Milwaukee County and even rarer for a Republican to win a countywide race running as a Republican. To seem more palatable

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Issue of the Week: Abele’s Hypocrisy on Taxes - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20402-issue-of-the-week-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-hypocrisy-on-taxes-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, conservative Republican Scott Walker

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Issue of the Week: A Victory for Equality - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20384-issue-of-the-week-a-victory-for-equality-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 There weren’t a lot of progressive victories in Wisconsin this year. But last week, the state’s right to create a domestic partnership registry cleared another legal hurdle when an appeals court in Madison declared that while

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Heroes of the Week - Grand Avenue Club Members and Staff - Plus: Looking Back on Wisconsin Politics 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20343-heroes-of-the-week-grand-avenue-club-members-and-staff-plus-looking-back-on-wisconsin-politics-2012.html


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Issue of the Week: Republicans Want To Pick the Voters—Not Let the Voters Pick Them - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20314-issue-of-the-week-republicans-want-to-pick-the-voters%25E2%2580%2594not-let-the-voters-pick-them-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 How predictable was Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to end Election Day voter registration?

Entirely too predictable, unfortunately, since it is consistent with his agenda to limit voting in Wisconsin.

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Issue of the Week: Saving Mass Transit - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20288-issue-of-the-week-saving-mass-transit-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Public transit and its funding are back in the news as the Milwaukee County board struggles with the real issue of how to keep the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) functioning with sufficient bus lines to be viable

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Issue of the Week: Is Right-Wing Radio Criminal? - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20252-issue-of-the-week-is-right-wing-radio-criminal-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Radio and television news differs from newspapers in that radio and television use the very limited public airwaves, while newspapers are totally private enterprises. The government certainly doesn’t subsidize newsprint

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Issue of the Week: Show Us the Voter Fraud, Alberta - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20220-issue-of-the-week-show-us-the-voter-fraud-alberta-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Here we go again.

Unhappy Republicans are blaming their defeat at the polls on widespread voter

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Issue of the Week: Abele’s Penchant for Picking Fights - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20134-issue-of-the-week-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-penchant-for-picking-fights-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Many in our country, and especially in Wisconsin, are trying

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Issue of the Week: Tommy’s Desperate - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20088-issue-of-the-week-tommy%25E2%2580%2599s-desperate-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Desperate people do desperate things.

That’s why former Gov. Tommy Thompson has taken

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Issue of the Week: Voting Rights and Voter Fraud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20052-issue-of-the-week-voting-rights-and-voter-fraud.html

 Community activists won a big victory this weekend when Clear Channel announced that it will take down spurious “voter fraud” billboards around town. The messages, underwritten by a “private family foundation...

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Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan’s Dangerous Abortion Answer - Plus: Hereoes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20020-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-dangerous-abortion-answer-plus-hereoes-of-the-week.html Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan didn’t make any major gaffes in last week’s debate...]]> Issue of the Week: Abele’s Budget Looks a Lot Like Walker’s Old Budgets - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19982-issue-of-the-week-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-looks-a-lot-like-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-old-budgets-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Milwaukee County, Milwaukee, county executive, Scott Walker, Chris Abele, Act 10, David Clarke, budget...]]> Issue of the Week: Walking For AIDS Patients - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19930-issue-of-the-week-walking-for-aids-patients-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 Recent medical breakthroughs have increased the life expectancy and quality of life for patients with HIV and AIDS, but the epidemic is far from over. New HIV infections in Wisconsin are up 19% this year, and those patients...

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Issue of the Week: Williams’ Death Must Be Thoroughly Investigated - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19897-issue-of-the-week-williams%25E2%2580%2599-death-must-be-thoroughly-investigated-plus-hero-of-the-week.html

 As of this writing, we don’t know if U.S. Attorney James Santelle will investigate the death of Derek Williams while in the back of a Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) squad car...

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Making Corrections Work for the Community - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19851-making-corrections-work-for-the-community-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Last week, the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) launched its 11x15 Campaign for Justice to reduce Wisconsin’s prisoner population to 11,000 by 2015...]]> Issue of the Week: Free Speech at Risk - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19826-issue-of-the-week-free-speech-at-risk-plus-hero-of-the-week.html


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Issue of the Week: Why Is Abele Afraid to Let the Public Speak? - Plus: Remembering Julie Wichman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19761-issue-of-the-week-why-is-abele-afraid-to-let-the-public-speak-plus-remembering-julie-wichman.html With the 2010 Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court made one of the most damaging rulings in its history. The ruling essentially said that corporations can spend...]]> Issue of the Week: Will Chris Abele Fire Patrick Farley? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19710-issue-of-the-week-will-chris-abele-fire-patrick-farley.html We are all paying a price as Milwaukee...]]> Issue of the Week: So Why Was Sue Black Fired? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19638-issue-of-the-week-so-why-was-sue-black-fired.html Milwaukee had a nationally recognized parks director who won a long list of awards, both local and national, including the prestigious National Park and Recreation Association's Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management...]]> Issue of the Week: Is Wisconsin in Play? - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19575-issue-of-the-week-is-wisconsin-in-play-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stunning pick over the weekend when he selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate. On the one hand, it makes sense. Romney has had a hard...]]> Issue of the Week: National Voucher Group Meddles in Milwaukee Democratic Primaries - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19515-issue-of-the-week-national-voucher-group-meddles-in-milwaukee-democratic-primaries-plus-hero-of-the-week.html It's happened before and it's happening again. The American Federation for Children (AFC)...]]> Issue of the Week: Judging Candidates on Merit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19439-issue-of-the-week-judging-candidates-on-merit.html The color of a person's skin is no way to choose a candidate. At the predominantly black monthly Community Brainstorming Conference on Saturday, state Rep. Elizabeth Coggs, a candidate for state Senate...]]> Issue of the Week: J.B. Van Hollen's Frivolous Lawsuit - Plus: Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19385-issue-of-the-week-jb-van-hollens-frivolous-lawsuit-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van...]]> Issue of the Week: Picking Unnecessary Fights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19328-issue-of-the-week-picking-unnecessary-fights.html Last week Milwaukee County Executive...]]> Heroes of the Week: Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19265-heroes-of-the-week-milwaukee-achiever-literacy-services-volunteers.html The non-profit Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services provides education for functionally illiterate adults who want to advance their general knowledge, learn English or prepare for a General Education Development (GED)...]]> Issue of the Week: Where Are the Jobs? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19185-issue-of-the-week-where-are-the-jobs.html We'll give credit where it's due...]]> Issue of the Week: Unconstitutional ALEC-Written Immigration Bill Rebuked http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19116-issue-of-the-week-unconstitutional-alec-written-immigration-bill-rebuked.html Issue of the Week: The Next Event for the City of Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19042-issue-of-the-week-the-next-event-for-the-city-of-milwaukee.html Issue of the Week: When Money Talks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18969-issue-of-the-week-when-money-talks.html The national media got part of the story right. Last week's recall election was highly influenced by the $80 million spent on campaign ads, mailers, robocalls and ongoing fundraising efforts...]]> Issue of the Week: Wisconsin After the Recall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18904-issue-of-the-week-wisconsin-after-the-recall.html The Shepherd Express goes to press before the polls close on Election Day, so at this moment we don't know whether Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch...]]> Issue of the Week: The Right to Recall Officials Is Yours http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18834-issue-of-the-week-the-right-to-recall-officials-is-yours.html ]]> Issue of the Week: Walker Contradicts Himself Before Congress http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18763-issue-of-the-week-walker-contradicts-himself-before-congress.html “Any chance we'll get to be a completely red state?” billionaire businesswoman Diane Hendricks asked Gov. Scott Walker in January 2011, shortly after he took office. “Oh yeah,” Walker said, like it was no big deal...]]> Issue of the Week: When Is Enough, Enough? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18695-issue-of-the-week-when-is-enough-enough-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Last week, a snippet of the documentary As Goes Janesville was released that showed the newly elected Gov. Scott Walker chatting with billionaire Diane Hendricks, owner of...]]> Issue of the Week: Bradley Foundation Extremism on Display http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18630-issue-of-the-week-bradley-foundation-extremism-on-display.html Milwaukee's ultra-right-wing Bradley Foundation just lost a very public battle. The multimillion-dollar nonprofit is one of the largest funders of the climate-change-denying Heartland Institute, which gave in to public pressure (and public decency)...]]> Issue of the Week: Scott Walker Discovers Milwaukee - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18562-issue-of-the-week-scott-walker-discovers-milwaukee-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Just weeks before his recall election and days...]]> Issue of the Week: Walker's Wisconsin Isn't Working http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18483-issue-of-the-week-walkers-wisconsin-isnt-working.html When Gov. Scott Walker took office a year ago, he promised to create 250,000 jobs by the end of the first term. But the unfortunate truth is that Walker has the worst job-creation record of all 50 governors. According to the latest figures...]]> Issue of the Week: Equal Pay Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18410-issue-of-the-week-equal-pay-day.html Tuesday, April 17, was “equal pay day,” which, unfortunately, doesn't mean that it's the day when both men and women are paid equal wages. It actually means that women would have to work all of 2011 and up through...]]> Issue of the Week: Helping Working Women Helps Us All http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18352-issue-of-the-week-helping-working-women-helps-us-all.html Gov. Scott Walker, the son of a minister who...]]> Issue of the Week: The Republican War on Women Escalates http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18282-issue-of-the-week-the-republican-war-on-women-escalates.html Is it a coincidence that a small bomb exploded outside of a Grand Chute, Wis., Planned Parenthood clinic the same week the Republican presidential candidates were campaigning in Wisconsin? The 2012 candidates for the Republican presidential...]]> Issue of the Week: Repeal the Castle Doctrine - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18165-issue-of-the-week-repeal-the-castle-doctrine-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Just who, exactly, does Wisconsin's new castle doctrine law benefit? The law allows property owners to legally—and fatally—shoot intruders because the courts...]]> Issue of the Week: The Republicans' Ongoing War on Women - Plus Hero of the Week & Help Find Tom Hecht http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18103-issue-of-the-week-the-republicans-ongoing-war-on-women-plus-hero-of-the-week-help-find-tom-hecht.html Not content to demean women and diminish their rights through Congress or on the presidential campaign trail, Republicans in Wisconsin decided to continue that party's war on women...]]> Issue of the Week: Walker's Latest Distortions of the Truth - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17956-issue-of-the-week-walkers-latest-distortions-of-the-truth-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Gov. Scott Walker, futilely arguing against a recall attempt that has the support of a million Wisconsinites, has just offered up his latest TV ad, which, like his previous ads, is full of lies...]]> Issue of the Week: Republicans' War on Working Women http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17868-issue-of-the-week-republicans-war-on-working-women.html As part of Republicans' ongoing war on women, both houses of the Republican-controlled state Legislature have voted to repeal the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, passed by Democrats in 2009. The Republicans' new bill will make it easier...]]> Issue of the Week: Scrap the Mining Bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17784-issue-of-the-week-scrap-the-mining-bill.html How far will the Walker administration and the Fitzgerald brothers go to pass a new iron mining bill in the state Legislature? Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has proven that he's willing to trample on the...]]> Issue of the Week: Conservative Voucher School Experiment Is a Failure - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17724-issue-of-the-week-conservative-voucher-school-experiment-is-a-failure-plus-hero-of-the-week.html The newest voucher school study from the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum (PPF) confirms what we've known for years: Students in the...]]> Issue of the Week: Politicizing Cancer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17652-issue-of-the-week-politicizing-cancer.html We applaud Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to restore funding for Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screenings, although we'd like more clarity on its future funding plans. We also support the resignation of Karen Handel, the Komen...]]> Issue of the Week: Milwaukee County Transit: Doing More With Less - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17586-issue-of-the-week-milwaukee-county-transit-doing-more-with-less-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Walker's Hidden Tax on Professionals - Plus Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17459-issue-of-the-week-walkers-hidden-tax-on-professionals-plus-heroes-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Fact-Checking Walker's Campaign Ad - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17394-issue-of-the-week-fact-checking-walkers-campaign-ad-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Gov. Scott Walker, currently fighting for his political life, has raised more than $5 million to keep his job. Don't feel too sorry for him, though, since if he loses his recall election we're sure he'll be hired...]]> Issue of the Week: Is Michael Gableman Unfit for the State's Highest Court? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17347-issue-of-the-week-is-michael-gableman-unfit-for-the-states-highest-court-plus-hero-of-the-week.html While Wisconsinites are rightly focused on the recalls of Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and a handful of Republican state senators, the reasons for recalling state Supreme Court...]]> Issue of the Week: Why Government Spending Is Necessary Now - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17310-issue-of-the-week-why-government-spending-is-necessary-now-plus-hero-of-the-week.html So why is Wisconsin losing jobs month after month while most of the rest of the nation is beginning to slowly grow their job base? A big part of the problem comes from the Scott Walker-Chris Abele thinking that...]]> Issue of the Week: Facts Refute Walker's Image Rehab http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17223-issue-of-the-week-facts-refute-walkers-image-rehab.html Let's “put our differences aside and move forward together,” Tonette Walker urges in a “holiday spirit” ad featuring the first family of Wisconsin. But the warm-and-fuzzy 30-second spot isn't intended to remind Wisconsinites that...]]> Issue of the Week: Protecting the Right to Vote - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17166-issue-of-the-week-protecting-the-right-to-vote-plus-hero-of-the-week.html While the rest of the world is expanding voting rights, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislative majority in Wisconsin have worked hard to shrink them for state citizens—including those who have voted in the past. But two new lawsuits filed last week, in addition to one filed in October by the League...]]> Issue of the Week: Walker Killing Jobs, Then and Now - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17094-issue-of-the-week-walker-killing-jobs-then-and-now-plus-hero-of-the-week.html It’s no secret that Gov. Scott Walker has been...]]> Issue of the Week: The Right-Wing Smear Machine Goes Into Overdrive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17007-issue-of-the-week-the-right-wing-smear-machine-goes-into-overdrive.html 620 WTMJ doesn't own the airwaves. It rents a frequency from the public, which owns the airwaves. WTMJ's broadcast license is a privilege, not a right. That's why...]]> Issue of the Week: Walker's Failed Jobs Promise - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16938-issue-of-the-week-walkers-failed-jobs-promise-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Legitimate Recall - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16872-issue-of-the-week-the-legitimate-recall-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Changing Voting Rules—Again - Plus: Recall Walker Update: It's On http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16804-issue-of-the-week-changing-voting-rules%25E2%2580%2594again-plus-recall-walker-update-its-on.html On Tuesday, the majority of the 16-member Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) staged a coup: They gutted the independence of the nonpartisan...]]> Issue of the Week: Wrong on Guns, Period - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16739-issue-of-the-week-wrong-on-guns-period-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: GOP Isn't Reducing the High Cost of Health Care - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16624-issue-of-the-week-gop-isnt-reducing-the-high-cost-of-health-care-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Protecting the Right to Vote - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16545-issue-of-the-week-protecting-the-right-to-vote-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Since the state's inception, Wisconsin's lawmakers have expanded and protected the right to vote. But that all changed this year, when Gov. Scott Walker and his allies in the state Legislature...]]> Issue of the Week: Voting Rights Attacked—Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16479-issue-of-the-week-voting-rights-attacked%25E2%2580%2594again.html Issue of the Week: Occupy Milwaukee on Oct. 15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16407-issue-of-the-week-occupy-milwaukee-on-oct-15.html If you are part of the 99%, then you know exactly why you should participate in the global day of protest on Oct. 15. You're sick of escalating income inequality, huge spikes in corporate CEO pay, and the gutting of the social contract...]]> Issue of the Week: Fake Jobs, Real Session - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16328-issue-of-the-week-fake-jobs-real-session-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Last week Gov. Scott Walker announced his new jobs bill, along with a special session of the state Legislature in which to fast-track it. But don't be fooled by Walker's sudden concern...]]> Issue of the Week: The City Budget's Open Question - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16257-issue-of-the-week-the-city-budgets-open-question-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has faced some challenging city budgets. The 2008 financial collapse had a huge negative impact on the...]]> Issue of the Week: Following the Rules http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16185-issue-of-the-week-following-the-rules.html Issue of the Week: The Big Lie: Liberal Talk Radio Doesn't Sell - Event of the Week: Fighting Bob Fest X http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16111-issue-of-the-week-the-big-lie-liberal-talk-radio-doesnt-sell-event-of-the-week-fighting-bob-fest-x.html Issue of the Week: The Gableman Problem - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16043-issue-of-the-week-the-gableman-problem-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Health Care Reform Propaganda http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15968-issue-of-the-week-health-care-reform-propaganda.html Issue of the Week: Democracy Should Begin at Home - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15845-issue-of-the-week-democracy-should-begin-at-home-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Yet another dictator is being toppled to expand democracy throughout the Middle East. That's great news. But what about democracy right here...]]> Issue of the Week: Walker's Fake Bipartisan Talk - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15789-issue-of-the-week-walkers-fake-bipartisan-talk-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Incompetent Standard & Poor's - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15702-issue-of-the-week-the-incompetent-standard-poors-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Is Standard & Poor's corrupt or merely incompetent? Standard & Poor's rating agency helped to create the worst recession since the Great Depression by putting AAA ratings on toxic mortgages that were bundled into securitized debt...]]> Issue of the Week: Election Shenanigans - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15648-issue-of-the-week-election-shenanigans-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Up In Smoke - Plus Hero and Event of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15580-issue-of-the-week-up-in-smoke-plus-hero-and-event-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Political Ads for Alberta Darling's Recall Election - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15518-issue-of-the-week-political-ads-for-alberta-darlings-recall-election-plus-hero-of-the-week.html The Aug. 9 recall election for Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) is less than three weeks away, and the well-funded, right-wing special-interest groups are invading Wisconsin...]]> Issue of the Week: Our Sad Supreme Court - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15453-issue-of-the-week-our-sad-supreme-court-plus-hero-of-the-week.html State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has utterly disgraced himself. Even before his April re-election there were serious questions about his temperament—most prominently evidenced by his calling Chief Justice...]]> Issue of the Week: Tax the Rich? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15379-issue-of-the-week-tax-the-rich-plus-hero-of-the-week.html It is amazing that lawmakers who advocate taxing the rich—and by rich, they are often talking about just the top 2% or 3% of the population—face such stiff resistance. In our neighboring state of...]]> Issue of the Week: New Berlin or Old Mississippi? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15287-issue-of-the-week-new-berlin-or-old-mississippi.html Issue of the Week: The Unelected Bureaucrat in Charge - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15224-issue-of-the-week-the-unelected-bureaucrat-in-charge-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Ignoring the Will of the People - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15148-issue-of-the-week-ignoring-the-will-of-the-people-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan's Immoral Budget - Plus Hero and Cause of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15068-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryans-immoral-budget-plus-hero-and-cause-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Sen. Darling's Budget Priorities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15007-issue-of-the-week-sen-darlings-budget-priorities.html Issue of the Week: It's Not About Money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14949-issue-of-the-week-its-not-about-money.html Issue of the Week: Where Are the Jobs? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14870-issue-of-the-week-where-are-the-jobs-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Setting the Record Straight: PolitiFact or PolitiFiction? - Plus Hero and Event of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14807-setting-the-record-straight-politifact-or-politifiction-plus-hero-and-event-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Playing Games With Women's Health - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14717-issue-of-the-week-playing-games-with-womens-health-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Return of Voter ID http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14662-issue-of-the-week-the-return-of-voter-id.html Issue of the Week: Financial Martial Law? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14573-issue-of-the-week-financial-martial-law-plus-hero-of-the-week.html We know that Gov. Scott Walker rushed to his buddy Charlie Sykes to deny the rumor that he is planning to impose "financial martial law" on struggling local governments. Right...]]> Issue of the Week: Ryan Uses Economic Lies to Protect the Wealthy - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14492-issue-of-the-week-ryan-uses-economic-lies-to-protect-the-wealthy-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan's Plans Help the Rich at the Expense of Everyone Else - Plus Event of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14399-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryans-plans-help-the-rich-at-the-expense-of-everyone-else-plus-event-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: This Is What Privatization Looks Like - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14330-issue-of-the-week-this-is-what-privatization-looks-like-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: What Should Republican Strategists Do? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14259-issue-of-the-week-what-should-republican-strategists-do-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Women Lose In Walker's Budget - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14191-issue-of-the-week-women-lose-in-walkers-budget-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Did Someone Fail Macroeconomics 101? - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14118-issue-of-the-week-did-someone-fail-macroeconomics-101-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Walker's History of Abusing Workers - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14043-issue-of-the-week-walkers-history-of-abusing-workers-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Bye-Bye BadgerCare - Plus Heroes of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13961-issue-of-the-week-bye-bye-badgercare-plus-heroes-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The ‘Heartless’ Changes to Family and Medical Leave Act - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13898-issue-of-the-week-the-lsheartlessrs-changes-to-family-and-medical-leave-act-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: GOP Health Care Reform Doublespeak - Plus Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13823-issue-of-the-week-gop-health-care-reform-doublespeak-plus-hero-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Change Family Leave? - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13749-issue-of-the-week-change-family-leave-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Repealing Health Care Reform Is the Wrong Move - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13673-issue-of-the-week-repealing-health-care-reform-is-the-wrong-move-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Walker’s Plan to Privatize the Commerce Department http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13603-issue-of-the-week-walkerrss-plan-to-privatize-the-commerce-department.html Issue of the Week: Debating Concealed Carry - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13536-issue-of-the-week-debating-concealed-carry-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Republicans’ Wish List Takes Shape - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13483-issue-of-the-week-republicansrs-wish-list-takes-shape-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Expanding the Questionable School Voucher Program - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13432-issue-of-the-week-expanding-the-questionable-school-voucher-program-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Scott Jensen Agrees to a Plea Deal - Did the caucus case miss the real target? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13366-scott-jensen-agrees-to-a-plea-deal-did-the-caucus-case-miss-the-real-target.html Issue of the Week: Deferred Prosecutions—The ‘Journal Sentinel’ Gets It Wrong Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13274-issue-of-the-week-deferred-prosecutionsmdashthe-lsjournal-sentinelrs-gets-it-wrong-again.html Issue of the Week: DNR Pushes Back on Waukesha’s Water Request - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13176-issue-of-the-week-dnr-pushes-back-on-waukesharss-water-request-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html The city of Waukesha received conflicting information about its plan to pump in Lake Michigan water last week. Its request got the blessing of the pro-suburban Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), which found that pumping Lake Michigan water to and from Waukesha would have environmental benefits and not increase sprawl or draw businesses that otherwise...]]> Issue of the Week: Business Groups That Harm Business Development - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13107-issue-of-the-week-business-groups-that-harm-business-development-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Transparency Needed in Waukesha’s Water Request http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13030-issue-of-the-week-transparency-needed-in-waukesharss-water-request.html Issue/Event of the Week: Grassroots Support for Rail http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12975-issue_event-of-the-week-grassroots-support-for-rail.html Issue of the Week: The Decider - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12891-issue-of-the-week-the-decider-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Scott Walker’s Bad Faith Budgets - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12821-issue-of-the-week-scott-walkerrss-bad-faith-budgets-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Van Hollen’s Sexting Cover-up - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12741-issue-of-the-week-van-hollenrss-sexting-cover-up-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Scott Walker’s ‘Risky’ County Budget - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12655-issue-of-the-week-scott-walkerrss-lsriskyrs-county-budget-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: What Health Care Reform Is—And Isn’t - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12507-issue-of-the-week-what-health-care-reform-ismdashand-isnrst-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Scott Walker’s Criminal County Budget - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12434-issue-of-the-week-scott-walkerrss-criminal-county-budget-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Once again, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has proposed a technically illegal budget that only balances in his fantasies. Last year, Walker’s budget included $32 million in employee wage and benefits concessions that had never been negotiated with the county’s unions. The 2010 budget still...]]> Issue of the Week: Anti-Government Republicans Who Love Government Aid http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12359-issue-of-the-week-anti-government-republicans-who-love-government-aid.html Issue of the Week: Complex Answers for O’Donnell Parking Structure - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12282-issue-of-the-week-complex-answers-for-orsdonnell-parking-structure-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Harley-Davidson Gets a Free Ride http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12208-issue-of-the-week-harley-davidson-gets-a-free-ride.html Issue of the Week: Scott Walker Cuts Workers’ Pay - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12148-issue-of-the-week-scott-walker-cuts-workersrs-pay-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Walker and Neumann Plan to Cut BadgerCare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12075-issue-of-the-week-walker-and-neumann-plan-to-cut-badgercare.html Issue of the Week: Women’s Reproductive Freedoms Threatened http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11989-issue-of-the-week-womenrss-reproductive-freedoms-threatened.html Issue of the Week: Justices Sold to the Highest Bidder - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11918-issue-of-the-week-justices-sold-to-the-highest-bidder-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html A new report from the nonpartisan watchdog group Justice at Stake shows just how far Wisconsin has fallen. According to the report, campaigns for the state Supreme Court were among the costliest in the country...]]> Issue of the Week: Slashing Milwaukee Transit - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11850-issue-of-the-week-slashing-milwaukee-transit-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Walker Undermines High-Speed Rail http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11775-issue-of-the-week-walker-undermines-high-speed-rail.html In reference to Wisconsin’s proposed high-speed rail, gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker’s current campaign cry is: “Elect me and we will stop the train.” In Mussolini’s fascist Italy of the 1930s, at least he claimed some managerial skill and “made the trains run on time,” whereas Walker in 2010 just wants to “stop the train.” In an embarrassing...]]> Issue of the Week: Small Businesses Get Health Insurance Relief - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11710-issue-of-the-week-small-businesses-get-health-insurance-relief-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html One of the most challenging things about running a small business is providing adequate health care coverage for employees. Since the pool of workers is so small, these companies just don’t have the large risk pool that big corporations or institutions have and they wind up with low-quality or very expensive policies. Well, that’s changing as we speak, thanks to national health care reform passed this year...]]> Hero of the Week: Kathy Smith - Plus Jerk and Event of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11645-hero-of-the-week-kathy-smith-plus-jerk-and-event-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Milwaukee County’s Ongoing Budget Deficits - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11572-issue-of-the-week-milwaukee-countyrss-ongoing-budget-deficits-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Sheriff Clarke’s Boot Camp Fantasy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11500-issue-of-the-week-sheriff-clarkerss-boot-camp-fantasy.html Looks like Sheriff David Clarke has returned from another right-wing law enforcement conference. The Democrat-on-the-ballot-only has announced he wants to launch a military-style boot camp at the Milwaukee County Correctional Facility whether you like it or not. “With my constitutional authority, if I have to, I’ll do it unilaterally,” he told a reporter. Clarke eventually wants all inmates...]]> Issue of the Week: Walker and Neumann: Birth Control Is Bad - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11428-issue-of-the-week-walker-and-neumann-birth-control-is-bad-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Pro-Life Wisconsin announced a dual endorsement for governor, finding that both of the Republicans in the race—Mark Neumann and...]]> Issue of the Week: Saving Teachers’ Jobs - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11343-issue-of-the-week-saving-teachersrs-jobs-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) plans to lay off almost 700 employees—including 482 teachers—but is unwilling to support a bill pending in Congress that would provide emergency...]]> Issue of the Week: Rescuing the Mental Health Complex - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11261-issue-of-the-week-rescuing-the-mental-health-complex-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html The ongoing crisis at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex is still coming to light and the revelations continue to be disturbing. The most recent state inspection found that the facilities endanger patient safety and need serious upgrades, patient records aren’t properly maintained and the food...]]> Issue of the Week: Harley’s Troubles: It’s Not State Taxes - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11173-issue-of-the-week-harleyrss-troubles-itrss-not-state-taxes-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Conservatives—including Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker—like to blame Harley-Davidson’s current business troubles on the state’s tax policies, including a recently enacted rule designed to close a loophole that allows many large corporations to avoid paying income tax in Wisconsin. Conservatives...]]> Issue of the Week: Reporting Sexual Assaults - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11111-issue-of-the-week-reporting-sexual-assaults-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Where Are the Moderate Republicans? - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11038-issue-of-the-week-where-are-the-moderate-republicans-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html And with the close of its state convention the Tea Party takeover of the state Republican Party is complete. The leading candidates for governor are actively...]]> Issue of the Week: Transit, Transit, Transit - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10969-issue-of-the-week-transit-transit-transit-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Saving the Schools - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10886-issue-of-the-week-saving-the-schools-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent William Andrekopoulos unveiled his final budget last week, a grim document that notes MPS is...]]> Issue of the Week: Auditing the County Mental Health Complex http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10813-issue-of-the-week-auditing-the-county-mental-health-complex.html Issue of the Week: The Revised Smoking Ban - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10729-issue-of-the-week-the-revised-smoking-ban-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Scott Walker’s Courthouse Security Privatization: Epic Fail - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10646-issue-of-the-week-scott-walkerrss-courthouse-security-privatization-epic-fail-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Supporting the Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10566-issue-of-the-week-supporting-the-victims-of-clergy-sex-abuse-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html The latest news of children being abused by Catholic clergy is heart-wrenching. Innocent victims of a despicable crime must be able to seek justice, even if that justice is long delayed. Unfortunately, most victims are unable to have their day in court because the statute of limitations has...]]> Issue of the Week:Saving Mass Transit - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10431-issue-of-the-weeksaving-mass-transit-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Investing in Clean Energy Jobs - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10345-issue-of-the-week-investing-in-clean-energy-jobs-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Raw Milk Question - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10271-issue-of-the-week-the-raw-milk-question-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The True Impact of Waukesha’s Water Request - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10200-issue-of-the-week-the-true-impact-of-waukesharss-water-request-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Pushing for Health Care Reform - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10114-issue-of-the-week-pushing-for-health-care-reform-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: Celebrate International Women’s Day - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10039-event-of-the-week-celebrate-international-womenrss-day-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Bad County Budget - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9967-issue-of-the-week-the-bad-county-budget-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Finger-scanning Kids - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9886-issue-of-the-week-finger-scanning-kids-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Withholding Funds From MPS Is Not a Solution - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9812-issue-of-the-week-withholding-funds-from-mps-is-not-a-solution-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Reining in CCAP http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9728-issue-of-the-week-reining-in-ccap.html Event of the Week: Our Milwaukee for Haiti - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9654-event-of-the-week-our-milwaukee-for-haiti-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Is Wisconsin’s Flagship Research University For Sale to the Highest Bidder? - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9578-issue-of-the-week-is-wisconsinrss-flagship-research-university-for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: WPRI’s Flawed Report on Clean Energy - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9498-issue-of-the-week-wprirss-flawed-report-on-clean-energy-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Losing Local Control of MPS - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9435-issue-of-the-week-losing-local-control-of-mps-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The MPS Bogeyman - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9383-issue-of-the-week-the-mps-bogeyman-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html In the latest effort to push for a mayoral takeover of MPS, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel continues its selective reporting. The Milwaukee Public Schools’ $2 billion unfunded liability is old news, a problem raised in a study commissioned by the MPS Board in 2007 and the Doyle/Barrett-instigated McKinsey report this past spring. But that didn’t stop the Journal Sentinel...]]> Issue of the Week: End of the Road for Live Bus Information Agents - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9237-issue-of-the-week-end-of-the-road-for-live-bus-information-agents-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html A notable but overlooked casualty of the 2010 Milwaukee County budget is the live phone operator service provided to the community by the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), which will cut all of its 16 phone agents by the end of the year. As of Jan. 1, 2010, the agents will be replaced by an automated call-in line and an...]]> Event of the Week: Buy Local and Win Great Prizes - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9157-event-of-the-week-buy-local-and-win-great-prizes-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html To encourage our readers to shop locally this holiday season, the Shepherd Express and the local business alliance Our Milwaukee have teamed up to reward those who promise to spend $100 at local establishments in the next few weeks. Just go to expressmilwaukee.com and take the Buy Local Pledge. When you sign up, you’ll...]]> Issue of the Week: Demonizing Day Care Providers - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9063-issue-of-the-week-demonizing-day-care-providers-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html The Journal Sentinel did an investigative series on day care providers, which is good, but the paper’s sensationalized coverage was disgraceful. If there is fraud, it should be prosecuted, but the vast majority of the cases being labeled as fraud simply appear to be reporting errors. It is similar to the person who puts a number...]]> Issue of the Week: A Breakthrough on Health Care Reform - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8972-issue-of-the-week-a-breakthrough-on-health-care-reform-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Lying Your Way to the Top - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8899-issue-of-the-week-lying-your-way-to-the-top-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html What’s worse: Knowingly approving a racially charged campaign ad that wrongly implies that your opponent did something horrendous, or determining that airing that lie-filled ad isn’t so awful? That’s the problem created by a three-judge panel’s ruling...]]> Issue of the Week: MPS Takeover - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8675-issue-of-the-week-mps-takeover-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html We’re not going to argue that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is doing a stellar job of educating our kids, just like we won’t argue that Milwaukee as a whole is some sort of urban idyll. Both the city and the school district are plagued by a tremendous number of families in need, high-crime neighborhoods, too-few jobs and a crumbling infrastructure. Yet the city and school district also have inspired students...]]> Expresso - Issue of the Week, Jerk and Hero of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8593-expresso-issue-of-the-week-jerk-and-hero-of-the-week.html The Milwaukee Common Council has backed off the city’s attempt to lease the Milwaukee Water Works to a private corporation as a way to generate revenue for the cash-strapped but water-rich city. Earlier this year, Milwaukee Comptroller Wally Morics had estimated that a 99-year lease would add $30 million to the city’s coffers every year. Not bad, when you consider that the city is facing an eye-popping $90 million deficit next year. But that’s what the city government would have gained if a deal had gone through...]]> Expresso - Issue of the Week, Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8503-expresso-issue-of-the-week-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week City of Milwaukee-Operated Schools vs. Milwaukee Public Schools Everyone agrees that MPS needs reform. But what kind of reform will best serve the educational needs of the stude]]> Issue of the Week: Where’s the MPS Plan? - Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8397-issue-of-the-week-whererss-the-mps-plan-plus-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week.html Gov. Jim Doyle and state Superintendent Tony Evers announced their plan to reform the state’s education system—and possibly net some funds from the federal government. They trotted out some ideas for the press, including lengthening the school day, linking teacher pay to performance, changing the...]]> Issue of the Week: Restoring the Vote - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8325-issue-of-the-week-restoring-the-vote-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Wisconsin legislators should restore the voting rights of about 42,000 Wisconsin residents who have been released from prison but are still unable to vote. Wisconsin not only bars those with felony convictions from voting until they have completed their time in incarceration, but their time on probation or parole...]]> Hero of the Week: Dolly Grimes-Johnson - Plus Jerk of the Week & Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8255-hero-of-the-week-dolly-grimes-johnson-plus-jerk-of-the-week-issue-of-the-week.html Based on the idea that every woman, man and child deserves respect, the staff and many volunteers of the Sojourner Truth House provide shelter, safety, support and education in an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence. In recognition of nearly 30 years...]]> Issue of the Week: Regulating Payday Lenders - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8165-issue-of-the-week-regulating-payday-lenders-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: WellPoint's Health Care Hypocrisy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8075-issue-of-the-week-wellpoints-health-care-hypocrisy.html Issue of the Week: Rising Costs of Family Health Insurance - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7998-issue-of-the-week-rising-costs-of-family-health-insurance-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html The highly respected Families USA has performed a state-by-state study of health insurance costs over the past 10 years. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization found that, in Wisconsin, the average annual premium for a family health insurance plan has risen more than 4.5 times faster... ]]> Events of the Week: Fighting Bob Fest and Center Street Daze Festival - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7916-events-of-the-week-fighting-bob-fest-and-center-street-daze-festival-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: Eat Local Challenge - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7766-event-of-the-week-eat-local-challenge-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Hero of the Week: Citizen Tom Barrett - Plus Event of the Week and Les Paul Memorial http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7684-hero-of-the-week-citizen-tom-barrett-plus-event-of-the-week-and-les-paul-memorial.html Issue of the Week: Finding a New MPS Superintendent - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7605-issue-of-the-week-finding-a-new-mps-superintendent-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Lunatic Right Stifles True Health Care Debate - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7523-issue-of-the-week-the-lunatic-right-stifles-true-health-care-debate-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Blog of the Week: Klauser Is a ‘False Prophet’ and Other Insults - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7443-blog-of-the-week-klauser-is-a-lsfalse-prophetrs-and-other-insults-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Paul Ryan’s Insurance Industry Donations - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7369-issue-of-the-week-paul-ryanrss-insurance-industry-donations-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: The Health Insurance Boys Will Lie Again - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7281-issue-of-the-week-the-health-insurance-boys-will-lie-again-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Blog of the Week: Harris Kane at Heartland Hollar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7207-blog-of-the-week-harris-kane-at-heartland-hollar.html Mark Neumann filed papers today to run for governor in the Republican primary against [Milwaukee County Executive] Scott Walker and some businessman from Appleton. Neumann would be the only former math teacher in the race. One big question is whether Neumann opposes...]]> Event of the Week:Peace Caravan to Cuba - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7112-event-of-the-weekpeace-caravan-to-cuba-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Unlike its predecessor, the Obama administration has at least demonstrated a willingness to re-examine the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba. To help make the case for change, Pastors for Peace, an interreligious association of activists, is applying pressure to end this federal policy toward...]]> Issue of the Week: Driver's Certificates - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7008-issue-of-the-week-drivers-certificates-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Joint and Several Liability - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6926-issue-of-the-week-joint-and-several-liability-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Cleaning Up the Supreme Court - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6848-issue-of-the-week-cleaning-up-the-supreme-court-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue, Event, Hero and Jerk of the Week - Wisconsin: America's New Nuclear Dumping Ground? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6782-issue-event-hero-and-jerk-of-the-week-wisconsin-americas-new-nuclear-dumping-ground.html Issue of the Week: Privatizing the Milwaukee Water Works - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6701-issue-of-the-week-privatizing-the-milwaukee-water-works-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html It appears that out of nowhere an effort to privatize our Water Works is moving to the fast track. With the cutbacks in state aid to cities, Milwaukee’s comptroller has promulgated the idea of leasing our very successful Water Works to a private company—probably a large multinational...]]> Issue of the Week: Restoring Fairness - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6617-issue-of-the-week-restoring-fairness-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: New Conservative Front Group Coming Soon! - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6537-issue-of-the-week-new-conservative-front-group-coming-soon_-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: Milwaukee Fair Trade Crawl - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6447-event-of-the-week-milwaukee-fair-trade-crawl-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: May 1 Rally for Immigrants' Rights - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6357-event-of-the-week-may-1-rally-for-immigrants-rights-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Milwaukee International Film Festival Update - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6280-milwaukee-international-film-festival-update-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: Journey For Justice - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6203-event-of-the-week-journey-for-justice-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Revising the W-2 Program - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6117-issue-of-the-week-revising-the-w-2-program-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Campaign Transparency - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6037-issue-of-the-week-campaign-transparency-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Rethinking Socialism - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5955-issue-of-the-week-rethinking-socialism-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Events of the Week: Iraq Invasion Anniversary - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5883-events-of-the-week-iraq-invasion-anniversary-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: Defending the American Dream Summit - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5802-event-of-the-week-defending-the-american-dream-summit-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Blog of the Week: Uppity Wisconsin - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5718-blog-of-the-week-uppity-wisconsin-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Workers Should Benefit When Developers Benefit - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5639-issue-of-the-week-workers-should-benefit-when-developers-benefit-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Hero of the Week: Rep. Sandra Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) - Plus Jerks and Letters of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5547-hero-of-the-week-rep-sandra-pasch-%2528d-whitefish-bay%2529-plus-jerks-and-letters-of-the-week.html Hero of the Week: Growing Power's Will Allen - Plus Jerks and Blogs of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5472-hero-of-the-week-growing-powers-will-allen-plus-jerks-and-blogs-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week - School-Reform Push Poll Masquerading as Truth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5397-issue-of-the-week-school-reform-push-poll-masquerading-as-truth.html Issue of the Week: The Big Lie - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5320-issue-of-the-week-the-big-lie-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html They are at it again. The ultraconservative Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, WPRI, has hired two “researchers” to argue that if Wisconsin enacts Healthy Wisconsin, a fairly comprehensive health care program, Wisconsin will become a magnet for ill people throughout the country. Twenty plus years ago... ]]> Quote of the Week - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5244-quote-of-the-week-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Event of the Week: - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Justice Rally and March http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5162-event-of-the-week-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-justice-rally-and-march.html This year’s Martin Luther King Day is especially poignant. The day before the nation’s first African- American president takes office, local peace and civil rights activists will honor King’s work to end militarism, racism and economic injustice. Special recognition will be given to local civil rights heroes Reuben... ]]> Issue of the Week: The DOT's Latest Swindle - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5090-issue-of-the-week-the-dots-latest-swindle-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Hero of the Week: MPS Board President Peter Blewett - Plus Jerk and Blog of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5034-hero-of-the-week-mps-board-president-peter-blewett-plus-jerk-and-blog-of-the-week.html Finally! MPS Board President Peter Blewett stood up for public education and democracy in the pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with his Dec. 28 op-ed titled "Cheap Advice from a Newspaper that Supports Failed Experiments." Blewett recounted the many floundering reforms the JS's editors have supported at taxpayers' expense-such as the Neighborhood Schools Initiative and the voucher program. Blewett also called out the...]]> Issue of the Week: An Appointed School Board? Get Serious. - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4958-issue-of-the-week-an-appointed-school-board-get-serious-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html The latest simplistic solution to the very, very serious problem of Milwaukee Public Schools' low performance results is to create an appointed school board. This "silver bullet"...]]> Issue of the Week: Foreclosure Mediation - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4901-issue-of-the-week-foreclosure-mediation-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Blog of the Week - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4818-blog-of-the-week-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Obama Encourages Workers Protesting Shutdown. President-elect Barack Obama gave encouragement Sunday to the members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 1110 who have occupied the Republic Windows & Doors factory in Chicago to demand fair treatment from a... ]]> Making Money - Creating a local currency in Riverwest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4769-making-money-creating-a-local-currency-in-riverwest.html Event of the Week: Shop Local - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4738-event-of-the-week-shop-local-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Come on, Milwaukee. Keep your favorite locally owned companies in business during these tough economic times. Make a promise to buy local this holiday season at www.expressmilwaukee.com and you could win great prizes from local businesses. The Shepherd Express’ computers will randomly pick winners throughout... ]]> Event of the Week: Phoenix Rising - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4674-event-of-the-week-phoenix-rising-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Confidential Help for Underage Drug and Alcoh - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4546-issue-of-the-week-confidential-help-for-underage-drug-and-alcoh-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Hero of the Week: You http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4379-hero-of-the-week-you.html The heroes of the week are all of you who volunteered in the elections, whether it was making phone calls, going door to door, putting up yard signs or any of the other numerous ways that contributed to an active involvement in our democratic process. Whether you worked for a winning or losing candidate does... ]]> Issue of the Week: Voucher Backers Air Race-Baiting Ads - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4298-issue-of-the-week-voucher-backers-air-race-baiting-ads-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Health Care Reform - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4208-issue-of-the-week-health-care-reform-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Health care reform continues to be a major issue in the presidential campaign even as economic problems dominate the headlines. Voters want a better and more secure system of health insurance. The interesting fact is that the health care debate is no longer between those who want to reform the system and those... ]]> Issue of the Week: - A Simple Way to Aid Domestic Violence Survivors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4129-issue-of-the-week-a-simple-way-to-aid-domestic-violence-survivors.html The campaign to require paid sick days to all Milwaukee workers rightly emphasizes the boost in health and productivity that will be provided to employees, employers, parents and anyone who encounters sick employees in their workplace. But the paid sick days referendum—which will be on the city of Milwaukee... ]]> Issue of the Week: Politicizing the Department of Justice - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4027-issue-of-the-week-politicizing-the-department-of-justice-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html In the spirit of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is under investigation for politicizing the Department of Justice, J.B. Van Hollen may be using our state attorney general’s office for partisan political shenanigans. The Republican Party has spent the last several years unsuccessfully trying to find evidence...]]> Issue of the Week: The Sleeper Race - Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3921-issue-of-the-week-the-sleeper-race-plus-heroes-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Voters in the First Congressional District have the chance to elect a highly qualified representative, Democrat Marge Krupp, on Nov. 4. Krupp has an interesting background as a chemical engineer and businesswoman, is an active campaigner, and is a good match for the values of Southeastern Wisconsin...]]> Issue of the Week: The Non-Issue of MPS’s Breakup - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3855-issue-of-the-week-the-non-issue-of-mpsrss-breakup-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html In an appalling attempt to create news, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in its usual role as the lapdog for the right-wing elements of the business community, distorted and blew up an innocuous vote by a Milwaukee Public Schools board committee to explore the question of the state’s role in public education. ]]> Issue of the Week: Voting Shenanigans - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3702-issue-of-the-week-voting-shenanigans-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Oopsie! Republican presidential nominee John McCain is sending erroneous absentee ballot applications to voters in Wisconsin, “hundreds of thousands” of them, according to the head of the state’s Republican Party. The applications look legit, but many will ultimately be sent to the wrong municipal clerk. ]]> Republicans Trying to Steal the Election http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3714-republicans-trying-to-steal-the-election.html Expresso is on vacation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3541-expresso-is-on-vacation.html Urban Scrawl Event is a Winner - Event, Jerk and Winner of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3334-urban-scrawl-event-is-a-winner-event-jerk-and-winner-of-the-week.html The Oak Creek Coal Plant Settlement - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3268-the-oak-creek-coal-plant-settlement-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Drunken Driving Tragedies - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3186-issue-of-the-week-drunken-driving-tragedies-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Even more people have been injured or killed by repeat drunken drivers this past week. The recent tragedies included a crash at Sheboygan’s Brat Days, in which four people were injured by a drunken 21-year-old from Manitowoc who was sentenced to serve time in jail for previous drunken driving convictions, plus a death and injury caused by a Pewaukee man who already has four drunken driving convictions. ]]> Issue of the Week: Making Contraceptives Harder to Access - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3091-issue-of-the-week-making-contraceptives-harder-to-access-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Paid Sick Days - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3003-issue-of-the-week-paid-sick-days-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Immigration Cruelty - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2906-issue-of-the-week-immigration-cruelty-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html When Rep. F. Jim Sensenbrenner tried to score cheap political points by demonizing undocumented workers, did he really think that rounding up, detaining and imprisoning almost 400 meatpacking plant workers in Postville, Iowa, would be good for the nation—or his Republican Party? According to an essay by court...]]> Issue of the Week: Home Buying Blues - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2833-issue-of-the-week-home-buying-blues-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue: The state Supreme Court decided last week that “a person selling a home can look the buyer in the eye, lie about the condition of the home and escape legal consequences,” according to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in a scathing dissent that’s well worth a read.... Jerk: Charlie Sykes is either the hypocrite of the week or just fundamentally stupid... But Sykes had no problem with an Army-sponsored virtual killing “experience” at Summerfest, which sought to attract kids as young as 13 to shoot human-shaped targets. When the Army and Summerfest decided to pull the game, Sykes accused them of not supporting the troops. ]]> Issue of the Week: Gun Control - Plus Summerfest, Army try to put smiley face on war http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2747-issue-of-the-week-gun-control-plus-summerfest-army-try-to-put-smiley-face-on-war.html Issue of the Week: Relief - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2644-issue-of-the-week-relief-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html The rush to apply for food benefits this week shone a spotlight on the growing food crisis in Milwaukee. Troubled by flooding, high fuel costs and rising food prices that are stretching family budgets, an estimated 3,000 Milwaukeeans thought they had found relief at Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center... ]]> Issue of the Week: Scott Walker Ducks Responsibility - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2568-issue-of-the-week-scott-walker-ducks-responsibility-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker may be eyeing higher office, but if he wants to run on his record of being fiscally responsible, he’s got some explaining to do. Not only will the county have a budget shortfall of more than $30 million in the coming year, but his plans to fund mass transit will do nothing to fix the problem. Everyone knows that Milwaukee’s bus system is in trouble, and Walker’s decision to cut routes and raise fares hasn’t helped the bottom line. His steady opposition of the Kenosha- Racine-Milwaukee rail line has stymied mass transit in the region. ]]> Issue of the Week: The Great Storm - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2466-issue-of-the-week-the-great-storm-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Well, at least it wasn’t snow. Last weekend’s furious rainfall and dangerous aftermath serve as a reminder that we’re all in this together. The record levels of water didn’t discriminate, flooding wealthy and not-so- wealthy areas, rural and urban, vacation paradises and freeway intersections. The rain has stopped for now, but danger remains. The rush of water in rivers and ditches should always be avoided, and parents and teachers must remind curious kids that they should stay away. Floodwater often harbors dangers bacteria, and mold can form in damp areas, so anything that can’t be dried and disinfected must be thrown away. ]]> Issue of the Week: Chill Out - Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2371-issue-of-the-week-chill-out-plus-winners-and-jerks-of-the-week.html Issue of the Week: Protecting the Great Lakes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2212-issue-of-the-week-protecting-the-great-lakes.html The state Legislature overwhelmingly passed the Great Lakes Water Compact last week, which creates new rules regarding water taken out of the Great Lakes basin. The agreement was years in the making, and for lengthy, highly technical bill, it provided plenty of drama. ]]> Issue of the Week: Family Planning Gag Order Coming? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2290-issue-of-the-week-family-planning-gag-order-coming.html Will President Bush sign an executive order banning the use of federal funds for some family planning services? Almost 80 conservative groups are urging Bush to ban Title X federal fund for family planning groups that provide information about abortion. ]]> Issue of the Week: Noise http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2132-issue-of-the-week-noise.html It looks like Milwaukeeans will have an easier time lodging complaints about unnecessarily loud car stereos, now that a Milwaukee Common Council committee voted to expand South Side Ald. Bob Donovan’s “Operation Bass Busters.” “We are not interested in chasing after you, but if we have to, by God, we will,” the always quotable Donovan vowed. ]]> Issue of the Week: Gas Tax Pandering http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2047-issue-of-the-week-gas-tax-pandering.html Issue of the Week: Drunken Driving http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1943-issue-of-the-week-drunken-driving.html A recent report put Wisconsinites at the top of the list for drunken driving, with more than 25% of those polled admitting that they’ve driven while intoxicated in the past year. Unfortunately, the dangers of driving while under the influence hit home when pregnant Oconomowoc school administrator Jennifer Bukosky... ]]> UWM Student Election In Doubt - Ruling party's ally removes opposing party from ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1806-uwm-student-election-in-doubt-ruling-partys-ally-removes-opposing-party-from-ballot.html If this is how UW-Milwaukee students are learning how democracy works in the real world, we’re in trouble. Last week’s two-day election for the Student Association featured allegations of voter intimidation, bribery, poll workers filling out ballots for voters and censorship. ]]> Statewide Smoking Ban Still Popular - Bars remain the sticking point http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1712-statewide-smoking-ban-still-popular-bars-remain-the-sticking-point.html Although the statewide smoking ban was held up in the state Legislature this past session, it still seems to be popular among voters. A just-released survey from Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and St. Norbert College found that 41% of respondents want a complete ban, now. ]]> Gableman Won the Election, But Will He Sit on the Court? - Citizen Action complaint could remove him http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1598-gableman-won-the-election-but-will-he-sit-on-the-court-citizen-action-complaint-could-remove-him.html Just about everyone denounced Burnett County Judge Michael Gableman’s false, race-baiting attack ad against Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler—well, everyone except Gableman. Even Charlie Sykes called foul on it, and the bipartisan Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee declared that it...]]> Rise Up, Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Unity Campaign threw a party with a purpose http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1486-rise-up-milwaukee-the-milwaukee-unity-campaign-threw-a-party-with-a-purpose.html Aide cross-section of Milwaukee gathered on Saturday night at the Rave for “Rise Up Milwaukee,” a party with a purpose. Organized by the Milwaukee Unity Campaign, a coalition of labor unions, community organizations and committed residents, the event included great music, good food, meet-and-greets... ]]> Lead Paint Red Herring - Is Gableman a total hypocrite? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1385-lead-paint-red-herring-is-gableman-a-total-hypocrite.html The state Supreme Court’s 2006 decision to allow a Milwaukee teen to sue a company that produced paint containing lead energized the conservative portion of Wisconsin’s business community. After all, they reasoned, if a lead-poisoned teen could get his day in court, wouldn’t that lead to similar... ]]> WMC’s $9.8 Billion Debt to the State - Calculator totals up the business lobby's cost to taxpayer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1276-wmcrss-%252498-billion-debt-to-the-state-calculator-totals-up-the-business-lobbys-cost-to-taxpayer.html Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state’s big business lobbying group, costs the state about $31 a second. That’s because WMC’s proposals—from slashing corporate income taxes to opposing insurance coverage of wigs for cancer patients— ]]> Driven to Distraction - City debates electronic signs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1205-driven-to-distraction-city-debates-electronic-signs.html Why stop with cell phones, texting, DVDs, CDs, the radio, fast food, traffic, construction, snowbanks and pedestrians? Add electronic billboards to the list of drivers’ distractions. On March 18, the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee will debate—yet again— ]]> Autism Shenanigans - Featured from this week's Expresso http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1101-autism-shenanigans-featured-from-this-weeks-expresso.html One good bill is getting stuck in the final days of the regular legislative session: insurance coverage of autism. Senate Democrats—plus 15 Senate Republicans—voted to mandate that insurance companies cover treatment for autistic kids (SB 178). But Assembly Republicans want to give private insurers $6 million of state money and $8 million of federal money for coverage. "...That means the insurance companies would get the giveaway, while Wisconsin parents receive no new guarantee that treatments for their autistic children would be covered.” ]]> Consensus on Energy Policy? - Under the next president, U.S. could be R&D capital http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1110-consensus-on-energy-policy-under-the-next-president-us-could-be-rd-capital.html Rural Pols Drive Up Milwaukee Taxes - School choice funding penalizes city taxpayers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1028-rural-pols-drive-up-milwaukee-taxes-school-choice-funding-penalizes-city-taxpayers.html The Hottest Ticket in Town - Dems gather to hear Clinton and Obama http://shepherdexpress.com/article-936-the-hottest-ticket-in-town-dems-gather-to-hear-clinton-and-obama.html Saturday’s Democratic Party of Wisconsin fundraiser turned out to be the hottest ticket in town—so hot that the Dems opened up a room for 400 people who couldn’t squeeze into the main event. The draw? Quite possibly the next president, as both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama tried to win... ]]> Downer Avenue Project’s Details Fill In - City Plan Commission approves the development http://shepherdexpress.com/article-849-downer-avenue-projectrss-details-fill-in-city-plan-commission-approves-the-development.html Residents still seem largely opposed to the giant new development that will be constructed on Downer Avenue, a historic neighborhood on the city’s East Side. But on Tuesday, the City Plan Commission approved a more detailed version of the plan, reasoning that the big decisions were approved... ]]> Former Marquette Coach Majerus Defies the Church - Angers St. Louis archbishop with political remarks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-758-former-marquette-coach-majerus-defies-the-church-angers-st-louis-archbishop-with-political-remarks.html Sheboygan native Rick Majerus, the former basketball coach at Marquette University who is currently coaching at St. Louis University, spoke in favor of abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research at a Hillary Clinton rally in January. ]]> The Fonz Will Be Bronzed - And Hotcakes Gallery will close in protest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-677-the-fonz-will-be-bronzed-and-hotcakes-gallery-will-close-in-protest.html Actor Henry Winkler, who will forever be known as Fonzie, the ’50s-style rebel from 1970s television, was in town last week to celebrate the completion of the fund-raising for the “Bronze the Fonz” statue. His likeness will be preserved somewhere along the Milwaukee River... ]]> Deliver a Strong Compact - Majority of Wisconsin residents want to protect water http://shepherdexpress.com/article-607-deliver-a-strong-compact-majority-of-wisconsin-residents-want-to-protect-water.html Although it’s both contentious and tedious, a new poll indicates that Wisconsin residents want legislators to get moving on approving the Great Lakes Water Compact, which would set new rules about the use of water along the Great Lakes. ]]> Are We A Little Touchy? - Accountability irks school choice advocates http://shepherdexpress.com/article-511-are-we-a-little-touchy-accountability-irks-school-choice-advocates.html School choice advocates George and Susan Mitchell, of Shorewood, have been living very comfortably off of wealthy, right-wing supporters of the school voucher program, but they quickly attacked a state legislator this past week for trying to impose some accountability standards on these dubious choice schools. ]]> Fix School Choice, Mayor Barrett Says - But Republicans want to expand the flawed program http://shepherdexpress.com/article-431-fix-school-choice-mayor-barrett-says-but-republicans-want-to-expand-the-flawed-program.html Lawmakers are debating whether to expand the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program to the suburbs—even with its documented flaws intact. ]]> Justice Ziegler Voted Top Newsmaker of 2007 - Scandal, money, power add up to notoriety http://shepherdexpress.com/article-363-justice-ziegler-voted-top-newsmaker-of-2007-scandal-money-power-add-up-to-notoriety.html State Supreme Court justices typically are an anonymous bunch, with only a few generating widespread name recognition. But that’s changed with the latest addition to the court, Justice Annette Ziegler, who was elected in April in the most expensive Supreme Court race in Wisconsin history. ]]> Electric Bills Will Go Up - We Energies doesn't get its full request, but it will stil http://shepherdexpress.com/article-307-electric-bills-will-go-up-we-energies-doesnt-get-its-full-request-but-it-will-stil.html The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin approved an increase in We Energies’ electric and natural gas rates last week, but it didn’t give the utility everything it wanted. Initially, We Energies asked for a 7.5% increase in 2008, and another 7.5% increase in 2009.]]> Corporate Taxes a Target, Again - Income disclosure and loopholes get attention http://shepherdexpress.com/article-269-corporate-taxes-a-target-again-income-disclosure-and-loopholes-get-attention.html The state Department of Revenue just reported that while individuals paid more income tax this year, corporations’ income tax payments decreased 12% over the summer months. The cause? Shrinking profits, the business community argues.]]> What $4.7 Million Buys You - Ziegler and Van Hollen's $4.7 million gift to WMC http://shepherdexpress.com/article-155-what-%252447-million-buys-you-ziegler-and-van-hollens-%252447-million-gift-to-wmc.html It may be legal, but it stinks. The state’s biggest lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), spent roughly $4.7 million to help the campaigns of Annette Ziegler, now a state Supreme Court justice whose ethical problems have made her the subject of an investigation, and J.B. Van Hollen, now the state attorney general. Both Ziegler and Van Hollen have come under fire for their participation in a sales tax case involving Menasha Corp., which is being heard by the state Supreme Court. ]]> Virtual School Isn’t a Public School - Court rules against taxpayer-funded home-schooling scheme http://shepherdexpress.com/article-183-virtual-school-isnrst-a-public-school-court-rules-against-taxpayer-funded-home-schooling-scheme.html Sykes Steps in It - And WTMJ stands by his offensive “parody” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-96-sykes-steps-in-it-and-wtmj-stands-by-his-offensive-ldparodyrd.html He’s now trying to pass it off as a “parody” that’s supposed to stimulate debate about the impossibility of negotiating with terrorists, but WTMJ’s rightwing talker Charlie Sykes stepped in it this time. On his WTMJ-hosted blog, Sykes posted and promoted as “pure genius” another person’s alteration of the peace-seeking bumper sticker that spells out “coexist” in symbols of many faiths. The “parody,” done by Tom McMahon, changed the symbol for transgender people into a hammer and sickle and the Star of David into a swastika. ]]> Race for City Attorney Raises Crime Issues - Colon wants to increase crime-fighting powers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-56-race-for-city-attorney-raises-crime-issues-colon-wants-to-increase-crime-fighting-powers.html