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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The wealthiest corporations in Wisconsin now have the best state Supreme Court money can buy. How are you enjoying it so far? How do you like the Wisconsin Supreme Court giving a humongous $265 million tax refund to the richest companies in the state that you, as an ordinary taxpayer, are going to have to cover out...
Friday, July 11, 2008

State businesses reject its right-wing agenda

Late last month Epic Systems announced that it would try to avoid working with vendors that support the leadership of the state business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC). Epic Systems contractor J.P. Cullen & Sons promptly dropped its membership with WMC and the company’s CEO left his position on the WMC board. Earlier this year, another WMC board member, TDS Telecom CEO David A. Wittwer, stepped down from the position. Although Wittwer didn’t cite a specific reason for leaving, his resignation occurred on the cusp of WMC’s political attack on Wisconsin’s first African-American Supreme Court justice, Louis Butler.
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Plus Summerfest, Army try to put smiley face on war

Last week, in a split decision, the conservative activist wing of the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of a long-standing handgun ban in Washington, D.C. While it affirmed the right of individuals to possess guns, it also left intact some restrictions, including a local licensing law. The decision could have implications for...
Thursday, July 3, 2008
For a whole lot of people, the reaction to former Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Jr.’s federal conviction for extortion and bribery was simple. These are the people who see the world in black and white. They have been conditioned by movies and TV—and that allegedly nonfiction media cousin, journalism...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Harley Museum Honors Biker History

In 2006 Harley-Davidson delivered the kind of strapping spectacle only Milwaukee’s motor company could muster: It broke ground on the site of its new museum using a sportster motor bike mounted by a track-racing champion. That knack for flair culminates on July 12, when the finished museum opens its doors to the public in time for Harley’s 105th anniversary bash in August.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Same-sex marriages performed in California could mean trouble

Last month, the California Supreme Court struck down Proposition 22, a ballot referendum in which 61% of the state’s residents voted that the word “marriage” should only pertain to a union between a man and a woman. Since then, hundreds of same-sex couples from across the country have flocked to California to say “I do.”
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The smear campaign against Obama continues

Precisely on schedule, the usual assortment of right wing operatives is preparing its expected assault on the Democratic presidential nominee. While this unwholesome phase of the election cycle is known universally as“Swift boating”—named after the defamatory media blitz against John Kerry four years ago —the style and some of the personnel date back at least two decades...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Large, urban schools are more likely to be cited

Does the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law unfairly grade urban schools while giving smaller schools a pass? The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district has been a “district identified for improvement” for two years running, based on MPS students’ scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week

The rush to apply for food benefits this week shone a spotlight on the growing food crisis in Milwaukee. Troubled by flooding, high fuel costs and rising food prices that are stretching family budgets, an estimated 3,000 Milwaukeeans thought they had found relief at Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cascio Music, Shepherd Express Bring Local Music to Summerfest

Summerfest has long prided itself on being the world’s largest music festival, pulling in hundreds of performers from around the globe. But while local musicians have always had a place on the festival’s crowded lineup, it was only last year that the annual celebration created a stage reserved solely for music from around Milwaukee.

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