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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Plus Jerks and Blogs of the Week

He was unknown to most people before the Shepherd Express profiled him in a cover story on Sept. 22, 2005, but Milwaukee’s Will Allen is now enjoying the national spotlight for his revolutionary agricultural innovations. Allen, who received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008, launched the urban farm Growing Power...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

A basic lesson in economics for conservatives

Mythology is overshadowing history in the debate over President Barack Obama's plan to stimulate the depressed economy. Excessive airtime is devoted to the prejudices of cable hosts and radio personalities who regurgitate ideas they barely understand (and who haven't entertained an original thought since the...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

District attorney says Supreme Court candidates shouldn’t signal how they’d rule on cases

Last year’s state Supreme Court race was the ugliest Wisconsin voters have ever witnessed. In fact, the candidate who won and now sits on the state’s highest court—Michael Gableman—is still facing the fallout from his distorted, race-baiting campaign commercials, which have been condemned by observers from all sides...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

State Superintendent Candidates’ Visions for MPS Primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 17

Although turnout is traditionally low for primary races for nonpartisan offices, there are very good reasons why Milwaukee voters should care about the primary election for state Superintendent of Public Instruction on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The five candidates vying to head the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI)...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

School-Reform Push Poll Masquerading as Truth

If you’ve donated to the Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA), you should ask for your money back. The pro-voucher “reform” group commissioned a poll on voters’ attitudes before Milwaukee Public Schools board members face voters in April. But the poll, which ASA leaders are presenting as scientific, is anything...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
When someone’s professional reputation is unfairly smeared in public, it can be self-defeating to try to mount a defense. Any attempt to fight back merely spreads the unjust charge farther and wider. No, I’m not talking about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who stormed national TV talk shows like Tom Cruise...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

The right wing is guided by resentment, not reality

How fortunate for Barack Obama that Rush Limbaugh, big radio personality and leader of the instinctual far right, has yet to retire to a sunny island with his bottles of pills. At a moment when Republicans on Capitol Hill feel they must pretend to negotiate with the popular new president over spending to revive the...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

Obama critics advocate the same policies that created this disaster

Albert Einstein realized that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Clearly, the conservative critics of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan are no Einsteins. Republicans continue to argue for ex- President-Bush-type tax cuts—tax cuts for the wealthy.
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.

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