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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

We’re Focused on the Kids, Not Distracting Politics

Last week’s election of Michael Bonds as president of the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors comes at a crucial time for MPS. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gov. Jim Doyle are attempting to set up an advisory council to oversee MPS’s finances. An audit commissioned by the two men purported to show...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Will reform come from insiders or outsiders?

Is this the beginning of the end of the Milwaukee Public Schools? Yes, if you believe the hype promoted by the suburban business community, their representatives in the state Legislature, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who argue that MPS is so dysfunctional and wasteful that it can’t save itself. State Sen. Ted...
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
It seems to be the progressive (read: liberal) modus operandi is to provide citizens protection from themselves. As the eye of the nanny state falls on outdoor smoking, cell phones and driving, and the types of cars GM should produce, it has turned blind to the sick-pay ordinance passed in Milwaukee- one of the most heinous acts the citizenry has ever perpetrated upon itself. On November 4th, 2008, City of Milwaukee voters decided to give themselves nine paid sick days every year. The ordinance was placed on the Nov. 4th ballot for a reason.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

But MMAC wants it struck down

Could 157,117 voters be wrong? On Election Day, 69% of Milwaukee voters supported mandating paid sick leave for workers at private companies in the city. But the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) is trying to reverse that decision. The business organization has filed a notice of claim...
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Burkee says the district needs new leadership

Sept. 9 is the general election,” said Jim Burkee, who is taking on longtime Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in the Republican primary on that date. “It is probably the best oppor tunity we’ve had in this district in 30 years to retire Jim Sensenbrenner.”
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today @ the Chase Tower by Water and Wisconsin

Freebies, entertainment and timewasters abound this week as part of Downtown Worker Appreciation week, a hodgepodge of various activities throughout downtown and the Third Ward. Today’s events include an “office rock star” competition at 11:45 a.m. at Chase Tower, featuring free State Fair cream puffs, and the . . .
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week

The launch of the city’s festival season started with a bang at RiverSplash!— unfortunately. What’s typically a fun night out turned into a disorderly scene in which a minority of drunken jerks put the safety of the majority at risk. Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman Bob Bauman and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn are considering their options for next year, and we can only wonder how the rest of this summer’s ethnic, neighborhood and street festivals will be affected. It would be a shame if the bad press generated by just a few irresponsible yahoos deterred festival-goers from enjoying everything this great city has to offer.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Courting the Cool Factor

Some of the most prestigious awards in architecture were handed out earlier this year. But while the initial flurry of excitement greeting the annual American Institute of Architects awards or the much coveted Pritzker Prize has subsided, one set of accolades still remains for Milwaukee’s design:

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