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09.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The Journal Sentinel�s coverage of the MPS mayoral takeover is atrocious. The paper has editorialized in favor of the takeover. Why not? The MMAC is behind this, so the JS of course is not going to offend the business community in the midst of recession that�s hitting the newspaper industry�and the Journal Sentinel�so hard. Besides, the JS has long advocated for MMAC-suppor...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett deservedly is receiving an outpouring of good will from all over the country, including from President Barack Obama, for an act of good citizenship that resulted in the mayor being brutally attacked. After being beaten with a tire iron as he attempted to summon assistance for...
08.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
MPS Board President Michael Bonds has sent an open letter to Gov. Jim Doyle, Mayor Tom Barrett, and State Superintendent Tony Evers outlining why a mayoral takeover of the district, which would require a change in state law, is a bad idea. Some excerpts: Destroying democracy and disenfranchising thousands of voters: “Your takeover effort...
03.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
One question has been nagging at me for days: Why would Advocates for Student Achievement, a political action committee co-founded by a member of the MPS board, Bruce Thompson, and whose treasurer is a former MPS board member, Joe Dannecker, not submit campaign finance reports to the City Election Commission? After all, ASA�s been around since 2007. The Shepherd reported on its firs...
03.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I’m having a hard time believing that Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) is, as they claim, simply a “good government group” interested in fielding quality candidates for the MPS board and not a pro-voucher, pro-privatization front group that's trying to swing the election. Take, for example, support for the three candidates ASA recruited...
04.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I�m just taking a look at MPS candidate ReDonna Rodgers� campaign finance forms�unfortunately, I don�t have them in digital form�and a couple of things are jumping out at me: While Rodgers is campaigning as the voice of her district, a quick calculation of donations from individuals shows that Rodgers has heavy support from people outside of Milwaukee. Not just people outside of...
05.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
If Mayor Tom Barrett had been at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, he would have gotten an earful. A crowd organized by the working women’s organization 9to5 gathered to call out the mayor for his opposition to the paid sick days referendum, which passed with almost 70% of the vote in November 2008. The kids in the crowd delivered boxes of let...
06.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce succeeded—for now—in thwarting the will of 69% of Milwaukee’s voters today, when a Milwaukee County circuit court judge ruled that the voter-approved paid sick days ordinance is unconstitutional. Although MMAC admitted that the majority of its members provide paid sick days to their employees, the conservative business group ...

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