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Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009
2009 began with exhilarating promise for Wisconsin Democrats after the state’s landslide support for President Barack Obama helped them win the Assembly, giving them control of the governor’s office and both houses of the Legislature. Somewhere along the way, however, Democrats decided they were far more...
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week

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...
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

The race to succeed Gov. Jim Doyle takes shape

An open seat in the governor’s chair is a rare thing. Yet the race to succeed Gov. Jim Doyle is attracting few candidates from both political parties. On the Democratic side, only Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and 17-year-old Jared...
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

Governor’s RTA fix focuses on buses and commuter rail

Does the governor’s fix for Milwaukee’s bus system truly reflect what Milwaukee voters want? In June, when Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed a half-cent sales tax increase that would rescue the cash-strapped Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), many Milwaukee decision-makers were baffled.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

The big push to block reform and protect profits

They were kicked out of North Carolina, are constitutionally banned in Arkansas and heavily regulated in Minnesota. The Bush-era Department of Defense found that they are a threat to members of the military. What do these folks know that we don’t? Payday lenders thrive...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Milwaukee’s choice program gets guidelines

Two decades after Milwaukee became Ground Zero in the experimental school voucher movement, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is having its accountability moment. Until now, the program has had scant oversight from the state, which funds the vouchers for the more than 20,000...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
One of the great unreported stories in the Milwaukee media about the state budget is how often Gov. Jim Doyle used his veto power to “Stick it to Milwaukee,” as former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson once advocated. As Doyle was working over the budget sent to him from the...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How will the Milwaukee bus system survive Doyle’s vetoes?

With a few select vetoes in the state budget and an explanation many are still trying to understand, Gov. Jim Doyle may have signed the death certificate for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). Last Monday, in a move that shocked many who were involved in the push to secure...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Shepherd Q&A with Mike Tate

Milwaukeean Mike Tate made history in June when he was elected the chair of the state Democratic Party—at 30, he’s the youngest person ever to head a state party, Democratic or Republican. But despite Tate’s youth, he’s a veteran political operative, with stints working for the College...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What will make it into the final deal?

There’s nothing like a deadline to focus one’s attention. In the next week, negotiations will be under way to hammer out the final details on a state budget crafted during difficult economic times. While Democratic leaders in the state Assembly and Senate agree on the broad...