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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fair-minded Wisconsinites can legalize same-sex marriage

Optimists believe that the United States Supreme Court’s impending rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affirm legal marriage rights for same-sex couples
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Low-income vets won’t be eligible for BadgerCare

An estimated 1,200 low-income and uninsured military veterans won’t be eligible for BadgerCare coverage, thanks to Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Fewer people covered, but higher taxes

 “Governor Walker really blew it this time,” state Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) said on Monday. Richards, along with independent health care experts and members of the health care industry, are
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
 The most extreme Republican governors continue to oppose every move by President Barack Obama, even those that benefit their own states.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama's political formula should be obvious. He gives fabulous speeches teeming with popular liberal ideas, often refuses to take the actions necessary to realize those ideas and then
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
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

Why Boehner's 'Offer' Just Doesn't Add Up

 If President Obama honestly wants to negotiate an agreement with Republicans before the year-end fiscal deadline, he must be deeply frustrated. And if he doesn't really want to negotiate with them
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Obama shouldn’t let GOP criticisms weaken his support

With the Republican right persisting in baseless persecution of Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador who may replace departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination. If he backs away from Rice, in the face of what he has called false accusations against...
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Walker pleases the tea party and no one else

 Nobody ever said mad tea partiers running around in tinfoil hats had to make any sense
Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Despite earning more votes, Democrats are in the minority

 On Nov. 6, Democratic candidates for Assembly offices in Wisconsin earned almost 200,000 more votes than their Republican counterparts, yet they’ll be in the minority in that chamber and in the state Senate for the next two
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Plus: Hero of the Week

 You just can’t please some people. Gov. Scott Walker is playing a high-stakes game of chicken—a game that could seriously affect the state’s citizens and health care industry—by stalling on implementing the federal Affordable Care Act’s requirement that states
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
One of many wrong things claimed before this year’s election was that there was no way 2012 could be as historic as President Barack Obama’s 2008 election as America’s first African-American president
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

The public must be involved

What Barack Obama tried to tell America in the hour of his remarkable victory is that the nation's future won on Election Day. Seeking to inspire and to heal, the re-elected president offered an open hand to partisan
11.08.2012 | | Posted at 05:13 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Kudos to the 70% of Wisconsinites who voted on Tuesday. Elections matter, and this one was historic. I’m grateful that President Barack Obama earned a second term. Let the pundits and analysts pick apart his ground game and data-crunching, but as far as I’m concerned it was the triumph of reality over fantasy—of creating a realistic tax code vs. one that only works in an alternate univers...
Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
As this is being written, no one knows exactly how Election Day will go in the state or nation. But it’s already clear what horrendous ugliness was unleashed on our election process by the Citizens United decision by a one-vote
11.01.2012 | | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In what his campaign has described as a “grassroots event,” perhaps stretching the definition of whatever that term means or was once meant to mean, President Barack Obama will campaign with pop star Katy Perry on Saturday at Milwaukee’s Delta Convention Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., as part of a final push through the swing state ahead of Tuesday’s election. Perry will perform at the eve...
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
 Although both presidential candidates are talking about creating jobs and growing the economy, their means to achieve this growth displays some of the starkest differences in economic policy in any presidential election in the...
Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
 The two names that best explain money's unprecedented political influence in America are not Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but Montgomery Brewster and Ross Perot. The former duo, who will each raise nearly $1 billion for their presidential campaigns, are mere symbol...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban on the Issues

 Voters in southeastern Wisconsin have a historically important choice on Nov...
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

He voted to add $6.8 trillion to the national debt

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is taking a beating from fact-checkers, who have had to work overtime to try to verify the claims he made last week when accepting the nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention...
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
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Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

Kenosha businessman takes on tea party favorite in Wisconsin's First Congressional District

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has become a household name since his selection as Mitt...
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

Plus: Hero of the Week

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...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A presidential biography by a celebrated author

One of the most anticipated political books of recent memory is an exhaustively reported, absorbing biography that sheds a real-life look on our current president. Drawing from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama himself...
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
 How do we behave in an art gallery? Do we experience visual art differently than performance? What turns movement into dance? In Debra Loewen’s new site-specific performance at INOVA, a limited number
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Karl Rove's hypocritical claim on executive privilege

Forever incapable of embarrassment, let alone sober reflection, Karl Rove is very well suited to his current roles as Fox News commentator and Crossroads Super PAC smear sponsor...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Romney pushes falsehood about Clinton-Obama feud

For Mitt Romney, the president's greatest vulnerability seems to be that he is no Bill Clinton...
Monday, May 21, 2012

Republicans with multiple divorces are destroying the institution

For honoring his conscience on the issue of marriage equality, President Obama earned angry...
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
It was inevitable that after Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan spent five days cozying up to Mitt...
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

President Obama needs to fight back against Republican policies

Among the very puzzling aspects of the midterm election—and the Democratic debacle that appears to be looming in November—is why voters would return the opposition to power only two years after the multiple disasters of the Bush administration. They know that the years of Republican dominance in Washington led to an extremely expensive war that was launched on false pretenses; enormous deficits...
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

Clinton turned early setbacks into success

Having taken the oath of office just one year ago, Barack Obama is a flashing meteor that sputtered out too soon—or so the national media narrative tells us. According to this story line, the young president is a presumptuous liberal who disappointed his own idealistic followers while irritating...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009

Lieberman doesn’t act on principles, just wants chaos

By bowing to Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, President Barack Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren't strong enough to govern. Or at least the Democrats elected last year—and their colleagues in the Senate leadership...
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
On my morning talk radio show, I am regularly bedeviled by a black conservative who detests President Barack Obama and parrots extreme arguments he’s heard on right-wing radio. The caller identifies himself as H.S., which tells you everything you need to know. He says it stands for House Slave. Recently, H.S. was insisting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would have to scale back his opposition to concealed carry and support...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Bush Administration Was Reckless

When the barn is on fire, the bold will take action to douse the blaze, and the useless will stand around, jaws agape and scratching their beards, wondering just how the heck this thing got started in the first place. I fall squarely into the latter category, and anyway, voluntary participation in extinguishing conflagrant agricultural structures...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Obama seeks to redefine the center

On the eve of Barack Obama's ascension to power, at candlelit dinners across Washington, the designated theme was bipartisanship. From the speeches delivered to the choice of honorees, which included Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and incoming Vice President Joe Biden, the new...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Appropriately, much has been made of the historic election of the first African American president of the United States. But President Barack Obama’s inaugural address made it clear his presidency is historic in another very important way as well. We have elected a president who actually believes in government.
01.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Far more important books will be written about the Obama presidency, but the one I'm most looking forward to will examine its impact on rap music. Here's hoping this Young Jeezy track makes its first chapter: ...
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009
Ending a year with the worst economic cataclysm since the Great Depression, entering the seventh year of the Iraq war and facing a growing, all-out war between Israelis and Palestinians, you’d think we’d all be a little down. So why does everybody seem to be so upbeat about 2009? Obviously, the overwhelming credit...
01.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It isn't too much of a surprise, given that three of the four reunited this fall to play a concert for Barack Obama, but the surviving members of the Dead are giving it another go, launching a 19-date tour this spring that stops in Chicago on March 5 with a show at the All State Arena. As with their 2004 reunion shows, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will play with Allman Brot...
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

His economic advisers share his investment and regulation plans

While Barack Obama introduced the first members of his economic team, a wailing noise could be heard somewhere in the background. That was the sound of complaining liberals, who worry that the president-elect is already surrendering the progressive moment to centrists—the kind of post-election disappointment...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
Understandably, much has been written about how historic President-elect Barack Obama’s election is for African Americans in a country where they were brought in chains. But Obama’s victory was also historic for white Americans who succeeded in breaking the shackles of racism to see through coded racist...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Voters reject three decades of conservatism

When George W. Bush looks back on the wreckage of the past eight years, even he may someday realize that he missed his most important political opportunity in the months after 9/11. Despite his lackluster performance on that day, Americans stood with him as the symbol of the nation, displaying a steadfast and sober unity...
11.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I figured I didn�t need Girl Talk to have a good time Tuesday night. The city was already in rare form, as Bay View bars filled to near-capacity in anticipation of a Barack Obama victory celebration (and not to mention in response to the rare offer of free beer). I figured I didn�t want to be any place that wasn�t displaying election results, so I skipped the show. I am an idiot. ...
10.31.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It won�t do much to resuscitate his career, but Dres from Black Sheep has remade his biggest hit, �The Choice is Yours,� into a slick little pro-Obama video: And, lest you need a reminder how great Black Sheep was�and why Dres should have just bit his tongue and kept the group together, instead of letting personal issues tear the duo apart again and again, here�s the video for 1994�...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

ELECTION ’08

Barack Obama is the best candidate to lead this country in the 21st century.Instead of becoming mired in the political and racial divisions of the past, Obama is offering this nation a fresh vision for our future, one that would restore America’s moral authority in the world while rebuilding the American dream at home.
10.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
An excerpt from a quickly scribbled blog entry I posted last March: Well, I'm finally beginning to understand why people hate John Mayer so much. On my commute to work this morning, I heard an extremely uncomfortable NPR segment on the politics of Mayer's songs. I won't spoil to much, but Mayer shifts back and forth between a few of his many personas: self-righteous gener...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008

McCain’s outrageous robocalls reveal his desperation

Less than 24 hours after Republican presidential nominee John McCain said that he wasn’t interested in an “old washed-up terrorist” and the Republican National Committee (RNC) acknowledged that they were pulling advertising from Wisconsin to concentrate on closer races, a blast of inflammatory recorded...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008

His earmark obsession misses the mark

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has had few consistent themes in his campaign outside of his staunch belief that he’s a “maverick,” even though he supported President Bush 90% of the time in 2007; his insistence that he’s always put “country first,” even though his vice presidential pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah...
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Who is the “real” John McCain?

Nothing in the presidential campaign so far has been as instructive as its swift descent into the politics of personal destruction. Although voters have probably heard little lately that they did not already know about Sen. Barack Obama, they have learned something very important about Sen. John McCain.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

But the feds put the squeeze on local agencies

The $700 billion Wall Street bailout program missed an opportunity to help millions of struggling families make ends meet when it failed to include additional funds for child support enforcement. The federal government provides funds to local child support agencies that connect parents to their kids, either through...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

A Shepherd Q&A with best-selling author Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is one of America’s most astute and witty political observers, and his latest best seller, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, exposes the Republican hard-liners’ transformation of the federal government into both a fount of privatized plunder and a nest of truly spectacular incompetence.
Monday, Sept. 1, 2008

Today @ the Summerfest grounds - Noon

As always, the Milwaukee County Labor Council AFL-CIO goes all out in celebration of its favorite holiday, Labor Day, staging their parade through downtown Milwaukee at 11 a.m. and hosting a family-oriented gathering at the Summerfest grounds from noon to 5 p.m. With the election in full swing, there . . .
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008

Tonight @ various Milwaukee venues - 7:30 p.m.

Barack Obama makes history tonight as he accepts the Democratic National Committee’s nomination and closes the DNC convention with one last speech. Venues all over the city, big and small, will be hosting viewing parties for the speech. For those looking for an informal evening, for instance, you can watch the speech . . .
08.27.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Ben Smith from Politico today broke some pretty hilarious news about Daddy Yankee's endorsement of John McCain earlier this week: Apparently, the odious reggaeton star had spoke with Barack Obama's campaign about endorsing the Democratic candidate earlier this year. It was only after the Obama team turned him down�fearing his music (and, particularly, his videos) too racy, or his criminal record t...
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

He won’t invest in war veterans’ education

Republican presidential candidate John McCain makes much of his loyalty to and support for this nation’s armed forces, as well as the suffering he endured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. So why won’t he support a new and improved version of the G.I. Bill for those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

McCain rarely rejected Bush’s inept foreign policy

Barack Obama knows which countries border Iraq, he understands the difference between Shia and Sunni, and he is probably aware that Czechoslovakia no longer exists, but as John McCain complains, the young senator has “no military experience whatsoever.”
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
So this food-expert is addressing a large audience at a dietitian conference: “The materi al we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks erode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG.
07.14.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Barack Obama has become the John F. Kennedy of our time. After two terms under Bush and the muddle of the Clinton years, Obama radiates youthful, sunny optimism and intelligence coupled with candor. He speaks in the language of hope and embodies change to a body politic sick of greed and mendacity. The Biography Channel recently produced a documentary on the charismatic leader. Simply calle...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Perot’s war-hero running mate didn’t get special tre

Despite all the feigned out-rage fanned by the main stream media and the right-wing noisemakers, Wesley Clark—retired four star general, former supreme commander of NATO, wounded and highly decorated veteran of ground combat in Vietnam and a military man to his core—assuredly did not denigrate the war record of John McCain when he talked about the Republican candidate on television last Sunday.
05.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
When presidential hopeful Barack Obama told Oregon, “We can’t…eat as much as we want…anymore,” most rational people understood it as a consequence of energy conservation. After all, it was in the easy-to-understand context of “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in a desert, or living in the tundra, ...
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music - 7:30 p.m.

Between the summertime weather, the continued proliferation of the mojito and Fidel Castro’s headline-making faux-endorsement of Barack Obama, Cuba has been on the mind lately. A new Milwaukee ensemble of Ana Ruth Bermudez, Rene Izquierdo and Mrs. Fun, which makes its debut tonight with a 7:30 . . .
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Just when we thought there was a limit to how low politicians could go this year, Republican Mike Huckabee took our breath away by joking about an attempted assassination of Barack Obama. Even worse, Huckabee hilariously joked about shooting the...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

It’s more courageous to rise above division

As the Rev. Jeremiah Wright gleefully tours the airwaves, inflicting severe political damage with almost every utterance, he is proving that racism isn’t the only obstacle to a black president. The historic prize is almost within the grasp of one of the most talented politicians America has ever seen, yet...
04.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Once again, a YouTube parody has summed up conventional wisdom far better than any written words could (although, in fairness, Tom Shales' written words came pretty damn close in this case.) For those who missed the ABC debate last night, it opened with 45 policy-free minutes focused exclusively on character issues and fleeting gaffes. Today the collective blogosphere (and not even jus...
04.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Here's news sure to help Barack Obama fend off charges that he's elitist (although it's debatable whether or not he actually needs any help): Bruce Springsteen has endorsed the presidential hopeful. Straight from Springsteen's website: Like most of you, I've been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head ...
03.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I'll be posting periodically to this blog throughout the week (or at least as much as I can, given that I'm hoping to spend more time taking in music than in my hotel room, hunched over my hefty, barely portable laptop.) Anyway, I just arrived in Austin, and it's sunny and 75 degrees here. It's amazing how this mammoth festival engulfs the city: Even on my connecting flight from St. Louis, t...
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

Today @ your district poll - 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Before you do anything else today, get out and vote. Wisconsin hosts its historic primary elections today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and the results could help decide which Democrat goes on to win the nomination, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. New voters, here’s all you need to know: You can register at the polls . . .
Monday, Feb. 18, 2008

Today @ the Pabst Theater - Noon

On the eve of Wisconsin’s high-profile primary, Barack Obama makes his closing pitch across the state today with a busy schedule that culminates in a rally in Beloit tonight, but meanwhile, the campaign continues its emphasis on Milwaukee with a visit from Obama’s wife (and one of his closest advisors) . . .
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Midwest Airlines Center

With Wisconsin’s primary quickly approaching, both Democratic presidential candidates are looking to clock as much time in the state as possible. Tonight, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will make appearances as the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Founder’s Day Gala at 6 p.m. at the Midwest Airlines Center.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

Today @ the UWM Student Union - Noon

Barack Obama also has some young celebrities stumping for him today. Appearing today at noon as part of a college tour at the UWM Student Union are Kal Penn, “Kumar” of the cult comedy Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle; Brandon Routh, the plastic mannequin that played Superman in that awful Superman Returns . . .
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

Today @ Midwest Airlines Center - 10:30 AM

The Democratic candidates are fighting hard for the Wisconsin vote ahead of our state’s Tuesday primary, and Barack Obama returns to the Milwaukee-area this morning for a “Stand for Change” rally at the Midwest Airlines Center. Doors open at 8:30; the program starts at 10:30 a.m.
02.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I ducked out of the office for a couple of hours today to catch Barack Obama�s afternoon town hall appearance in Waukesha. The candidate was running a bit late�apparently an auto factory tour in Janesville went long�so I had plenty of time to take in the music his campaign broadcast before his rally. Anybody who�s ever seen a presidential candidate knows the type of music I�m talking ...
02.05.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
With the astute political climate that surrounds today's Super Tuesday everybody-but-Wisconsin's primary extravaganza, it's hard not to begin thinking about where your own vote might go. By now, you've read the endorsements: The Times (NY) went with McCain and Clinton, The Times (LA) went with McCain and Obama. Now all you need is the opinion of The Independent, weekly of New York's exceedingly po...
01.14.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Ed Garvey
Bush The Delusional is trying desperately to gather support for an attack on Iran before he and Cheney move to Dubai. Here is what he said, as reported in the NYT, "Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. So, the U.S. is strengthening our long-standing security commitments with our friends in the gulf and [get this], rallying our friends around the world to control the danger [...

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