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Monday, March 2, 2009

Obama won over the public and won the debate

With President Barack Obama’s signature affixed to the economic stimulus bill, his landmark victory can be put in proper...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
Because of the strong connections between Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and the job market, unions have always exerted a powerful influence on how the premier job training institution in the state is run. Every one of those unions strongly represented on MATC’s board has a clause in its contract to prevent...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Did conservatives lie to the voters?

Three years ago, before the majority of the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibited same-sex marriage and civil unions, supporters argued that the ban only affected the legal status of those two relationships. In contrast, domestic partnerships and the benefits granted by them...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
The time to green your resume is now. The federal Green Jobs Act got a $500 million boost from the economic stimulus package and is expected to train 70,000 workers in renewable-energy and energy-efficiency jobs. Plus, a floundering economy is nudging companies to hire employees to design and...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Fueling the local economy with ‘green jobs’ and new ideas

Green jobs have been a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan since the early days of his campaign. It’s a concept that’s gotten people roaring with energy, ideas and an appetite for progress. But what, exactly, does this term mean? “Green jobs” seems to be so vague that it can be applied to...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Plus Jerks and Letters of the Week

North Shore residents elected Democrat Sandra Pasch in November because they felt her long career in health care and sensitivity to providers and patients would result in sensible legislation. Pasch has just delivered on that promise by introducing a bill in the state Assembly that protects women who breast-feed. If approved...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
One of the most shocking revelations of recent weeks was that two judges in Pennsylvania potentially destroyed the lives and futures of thousands of juveniles by incarcerating them for minor offenses in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from a private prison company. Even more shocking...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Don’t let your critics frame the debate

Having allowed his Republican opponents to dominate the economic debate for two weeks as his stimulus proposal languished, President Obama used his first news conference to rebut them—coolly and civilly, yet without leaving any doubt that he can strike back harder if necessary. He drew the lines that had...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Driver’s certificates would lead to safer roads

The clock is ticking on the implementation of the Real ID Act in Wisconsin. The state has until Dec. 31, 2009, to “materially comply” with the federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to meet new standards and also develop a database that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to share data...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

About 70,000 jobs will be saved or created in Wisconsin

With the approval of the $789 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Barack Obama delivered on his promise to stabilize the sagging economy he inherited from ex-President George Bush through increased investment in domestic projects and programs. The White House estimates that the...

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