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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Community prosecutors and domestic violence unit will see cuts

Wisconsin has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, and it is costing taxpayers a fortune. For the majority of victimless crimes, such as drug possession, there are ways other than prison to deal with the perpetrator that are better for society as a whole and for the perpetrator...
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Secret ballot leads to secret drama

State Rep. Mike Sheridan of Janesville was elected speaker of the state Assembly last Wednesday by the Democratic caucus, now in the majority. But just one week before the speaker’s election, three Milwaukee representatives— Pedro Colon, Fred Kessler and Jon Richards—were running against Sheridan.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Health care reform continues to be a major issue in the presidential campaign even as economic problems dominate the headlines. Voters want a better and more secure system of health insurance. The interesting fact is that the health care debate is no longer between those who want to reform the system and those...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

Questions surround involvement of law enforcement and party poli

Wisconsin voters are expected to turn out in unprecedented numbers for the Nov. 4 election. And that has created some concern about the integrity of such a high-stakes election in a state that has had razor-thin winning margins in recent presidential elections. To allay those fears, the Milwaukee...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Bernard LeCorn, running against two others for the school board in Ocala, Fla., declared himself the best qualified of the three candidates because of his “doctorate,” but the Ocala Star-Banner discovered that his degree came from a well-known diploma mill and only cost $249. (In a diploma-mill fraud indictment...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument and wi

Summertime road trips of 700-some miles into South Dakota, the Badlands and the Black Hills seem like a rite of passage. This is the most classic of vacations, especially for families, who follow typically flat and easy-to-drive I-90 for a glimpse of the Wild West. They encounter Shady Brady hats and jackalopes...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Arizona senator consistently contradicts himself

With the markets in frightening turmoil and the public outraged by financial irresponsibility and excessive greed, John McCain has suddenly rediscovered the importance of strong, watchful government. Only six months ago, he assured The Wall Street Journal that he is generally opposed to regulation, but today...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

McCain campaign co-chair J.B. Van Hollen tries to disenfranchise

In the last two presidential elections, we have been forced to watch from afar as public officials in closely contested states abuse their authority in clear attempts to sway the entire election. Who could forget Florida and the infamous Katherine Harris, who refused to count legitimate votes during the 2000 presidential election?
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Employers will save $15 million, workers will save $1 million a

Want to save $15 million? That’s how much Milwaukee employers will save each year if Milwaukee voters support a paid sick days ordinance. How about saving $1 million? That’s how much workers will save in health care costs each year if they can use paid sick days when they or a family member are ill.