One of the
biggest frustrations of public officials who sincerely want to serve the
public—and there are more of them than you might think—is how easily
self-promoting demagogues can draw media attention compared
After all of the
hearings, amendments and rancor between Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
and the 18-member Board of Supervisors, a unified board put its stamp of
approval on a 2013 county budget that
When Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele presented his 2013 budget,
it reminded many of those presented by former County Executive Scott Walker.
Both men offered budgets that didn’t include a tax increase, privatized
I’ll never forget the night in October 1998, when my wife Kit and other community organizers successfully opened a county Day Reporting Center (DRC) to try to reduce recidivism among criminal offenders by providing a holistic program of drug treatment, education, job training...
One of the most shocking revelations of recent weeks was that two judges in Pennsylvania potentially destroyed the lives and futures of thousands of juveniles by incarcerating them for minor offenses in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from a private prison company. Even more shocking...
Whenever a sensational violent crime occurs in a poor neighborhood, right-wing talk show hosts who have nothing but contempt for anyone living in desperate circumstances always rush in to shoot the wounded. Their immediate attacks on poor people victimized by murder and violence go like this: