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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Milwaukee’s newest state senator on state politics, the county power grab and local control

 The first few months in office are never easy for a young, energetic, idealistic state legislator who’s a member of the minority party and shut out of the majority party’s decision-making process. But despite a “reality check” or
05.07.2013 | | Posted at 02:21 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
The indefatigable Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC) filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) claiming that the national voucher group American Federation for Children didn’t disclose all of the money it spent on Wisconsin campaigns in 2012. AFC told its supporters that it had spent almost $2.4 million on Wisconsin campaigns and candidates last year. But they reported...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Wisconsin has another wild year

 It seemed preposterous that 2012 could match the high drama of 2011 in Wisconsin. But we were proved wrong. This year had as many sudden developments, twists and turns, conspiracies and surprise endings as last year
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

What’s the rush?

Gov. Jim Doyle has called a special session of the Legislature for Dec. 16 to debate a mayoral takeover of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)—but lawmakers don’t have to obey the governor. In fact, according to our sources in Madison, legislators won’t take up the measure until well after the new year, if they act on it at all. Here’s what we’re hearing...
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

Sales tax proposal doesn’t make it to governor’s desk

This is so discouraging,” Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick said of the state budget, which failed to include a sales tax increase to support transit, parks, cultural assets and emergency medical services for Milwaukee County. “Frankly, the path ahead is not at all clear to...

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