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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Bills $183,000 to state taxpayers this year for flights

 Gov. Scott Walker blew through $160,000 of state taxpayer money while flying on state-owned planes in the first six months of this year.  That’s about $100,000 more than he’d spent in the first six months of 2011, when he was flying around the state trying to convince
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
Republican Gov. Scott Walker no longer even pretends to support public education. His budget is now an open assault on public schools, which educate most Wisconsin children
03.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the editors: In response to your article, �Connecting the Dots,� which appeared in the March 4, 2009, issue of the Shepherd Express, I think some clarifications should be made. It seems that one person in particular has needlessly drawn journalistic fire�Eric Hogensen. I think that fire is misplaced. Instead of talking about the issues that plague Milwaukee�s schools, you inadvertent...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the Editor: We are dismayed by the Shepherd’s biased reporting of the MPS school board contest between ReDonna Rodgers and Peter Blewett, and deeply offended by the mischaracterization of Ms. Rodgers. For more than 20 years, ReDonna Rodgers has been a widely respected member of the Milwaukee civic community and an opinion leader in the city’s African-American community. She has ...
03.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I’m having a hard time believing that Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) is, as they claim, simply a “good government group” interested in fielding quality candidates for the MPS board and not a pro-voucher, pro-privatization front group that's trying to swing the election. Take, for example, support for the three candidates ASA recruited...
04.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
One of the more fascinating e-mails among the 300-plus e-mails on ASA’s Yahoo Group is the one sent by ASA member Anne Curley on Feb. 17, to ReDonna Rodgers. Rodgers was recruited by ASA-er member Kevin Ronnie to run against MPS Board President Peter Blewett. Ronnie lost to Blewett in 2005, so I and many others have been considering the Blewett-Rodgers match-up as a proxy war w...
04.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I�m just taking a look at MPS candidate ReDonna Rodgers� campaign finance forms�unfortunately, I don�t have them in digital form�and a couple of things are jumping out at me: While Rodgers is campaigning as the voice of her district, a quick calculation of donations from individuals shows that Rodgers has heavy support from people outside of Milwaukee. Not just people outside of...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
ASA candidate Annie Woodward may want to proofread her campaign finance forms, because it appears that some information is missing. The latest form, dated March 29 and signed by Feisal J. Salahadyn, shows that she took in $3,140 during this period, $2,540 of which came from individuals. Woodward reports that a $600 in-kind contribution came from the Concerned Realtors Committee on Feb....
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 ...
07.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
All I can say is wow. Talk about an activist judge! In his latest decision, State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who had defended his right to lie in campaign ads, has ordained a first grade teacher. The ethically challenged justice is now defending the right of religious institutions to discriminate against their employees. And to get to that result,...

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