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09.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Now in its eighth year, Fighting Bob Fest draws more than 10,000 progressives and activists to Baraboo to discuss politics and brainstorm solutions. In this Shepherd Q&A, its founder, attorney and former gubernatorial candidate Ed Garvey, previewed this year’s fest and offered his thoughts on some of the biggest political questions of the day. Shepherd: What does it mean to be a ...
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...
08.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Mayor Tom Barrett looked and sounded a lot better than I expected in his first public appearance since being attacked Saturday night, considering the extent of his injuries. Speaking to reporters on his front lawn, the mayor sported a gash from the corner of his nose to his lip and a big bandage on his right hand, which is fractured. He�s also missing a few teeth and has stitches in the back of hi...
08.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The snarky celebrity-and-media gossip site Gawker.com is hailing Tom Barrett, post attack, as a �toothless hero mayor.� They kinda-sorta got the story right. Kinda. Sorta. ...
04.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Full disclosure: I haven�t read the entire 103-page study on MPS�s finances, which purports to claim that MPS wastes up to $100 million in taxpayer money per year. But I�m working my way through the beastly document, thinking about JS�s typically overheated reaction to anything related to MPS, and discussing it with people who know MPS�s finances far better than I do. Here�s what�s ...
04.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
MPS board member Michael Bonds was elected president of the MPS Board of Directors in a 6-3 vote on Tuesday night. Peter Blewett, who previously headed the board, supported Bonds' election and will now serve as vice president. Bonds is a fiscal policy expert who has introduced a flurry of finance-related budget amendments and resolutions during his first two years on the boa...
05.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Michael Bonds was elected the new president of the MPS board of directors in a 6-3 vote Tuesday night. Here's part two of my interview with Bonds. (You can find the first part here.) Shepherd: One of the big issues brought up in the audit is fringe benefits. Do you plan on addressing that soon? Bonds: Yes, we have to. I have been discussing it with state repr...
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 ...
07.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The ink on the state�s biennial budget is barely dry and we�re already talking about the 2010 budgets for the county and city. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker had his department heads deliver their shocking news without much of a heads up (or participation by the public or the county supervisors) but Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett decided to confront the grim news heads on, in public, at the ...

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