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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Drama surrounded campaigns and allegations of illegal contributions from ASA

Who knew that a school board election could be so full of drama? Voters are still casting ballots as we go to press, so we don’t know the results of the April 7 election, which includes four of nine seats on the Milwaukee Public Schools board of directors. The results could shift control of the board from pro-public...
Thursday, April 2, 2009
On the surface, the YMCA may be about swimming pools and treadmills, but the mission driving the organization is built on a foundation of programs that meet the needs of the community. Sponsor-A-Scholar Milwaukee is a collective effort to help urban high-school students overcome the educational...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Board President Peter Blewett and Michael Mathias

MPS Board President Peter Blewett is the best choice for voters in District 6, and he’s the best choice to lead the board in the coming years. Blewett is a strong advocate for public education in Milwaukee and his fight to get adequate funding for MPS shows that he’s willing to dig in his heels and do what’s right for the district...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

It’s highly ironic that Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) is trying to position itself as a “good government group,” since its internal e-mails show that members have been engaging in highly questionable campaign tactics for months. ASA formed in 2007, yet it hadn’t filed any campaign finance reports with...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Technically, it doesn’t sound like a push poll. But at least one person who picked up the phone said the simple questions about Milwaukee Public Schools made her “uncomfortable.” The survey-taker asked three questions: How would you rate Milwaukee Public Schools; do you hold current school board members...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hardin’s district will have a new MPS board representative

Voters in the city’s North Side and Riverwest neighborhoods will have a chance on April 7 to elect a new representative to the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) board of directors. The Fourth District’s longtime MPS board representative, Charlene Hardin, is not on the ballot. The challengers, Michael Mathias and...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Voucher backers’ behind-the-scenes support in school board races

A new “reform” group was launched in late-2007 to recruit anti-union, pro-voucher candidates for the Milwaukee Public...
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
An AP story reporting on Jim Doyle's proposed budget starts with this sentence: "Taxes will go up on smokers, the rich, and large companies." What a surprise. Doyle's budget targets the Democrat's axis of evil- Big Tobacco, Big Money, and Big Oil. Doyle proposed his budget in a 34-minute speech last Tuesday. The speech was like an overlong car chase in a low-budget action movie- constant evasion of responsibility with the same old plot devices used to cover some gaping budget holes. "My budget stands up for the people who earn regular paychecks and the people who, through no fault of their own, have lost theirs," Doyle said.
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
Faced with a huge deficit, Governor Doyle unveiled his new budget plan last week, and was immediately attacked by everyone who happened to have a soapbox nearby. Unless you serve donuts for a living, you can't please all the people all the time. I'm not going to defend all aspects of 2009 Assembly Bill 75, but faced with a huge deficit, Doyle presented a realistic, if unfortunate, package of spending cuts and new taxes to keep the state operating.
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)...

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