Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan got busted last week
when he and his family spent a few moments in an empty soup kitchen washing
clean pots and pans for a staged photo-op in Ohio—according to reports...
Present Music has
a bit of a history with Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, an
experimental work he wrote a few years after his famous Rite of Spring.
It was performed at Present Music’s very first concert, and Artistic Director
Kevin Stalheim has worked it into two programs since. This
Early Music Now presents the Orlando
Consort, one of Britain’s most revered vocal ensembles, in a performance of Guillaume de Machaut’s Le Voir Dit and 15th- and 16th-century
masterworks by Dufay, Josquin and Ockeghem as the ensemble graces Milwaukee on
its five-city U.S. tour
Suddenly Republican leaders in Congress, after months of staring down the Democrats over a potentially disastrous debt default, began blinking so fast that they might be signaling in Morse code. Although their message is muddled and illogical—with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) saying he can...
It was no secret that once Republicans took power they would expand taxpayer-funded voucher schools beyond the city of Milwaukee. After all, out-of-state voucher backers have poured millions into favored candidates' campaigns over the years; Gov. Scott Walker...
How stunning and strange was the state Supreme Court's decision to uphold the dubiously passed collective bargaining bill? So strange that even Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, writing in her dissent, argued that the four justices in the majority were engaging...
When a governor and a majority in the Legislature start destroying decades of individual rights and governmental responsibilities, the only real protection citizens have is the rule of law. In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court is the final authority on the law...
Perhaps no “rising star” has fallen so fast as Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, who's attempting to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and low-income folks while creating a windfall for Wall Street and the for-profit insurance industry...
With the top of the Nov. 4 ticket—Barack Obama vs. John McCain—currently leaning Obama’s way in Wisconsin and the Republicans at all levels suffering from the historically low approval ratings of their president, one of the big questions is what will happen to the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have an 18 to 15 majority.
Thomas Frank is one of America’s most astute and witty political observers, and his latest best seller, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, exposes the Republican hard-liners’ transformation of the federal government into both a fount of privatized plunder and a nest of truly spectacular incompetence.
In the last two presidential elections, we have been forced to watch from afar as public officials in closely contested states abuse their authority in clear attempts to sway the entire election. Who could forget Florida and the infamous Katherine Harris, who refused to count legitimate votes during the 2000 presidential election?
State Rep. Sheldon Wasserman’s decision to run for the state Senate seat currently held by Republican Alberta Darling created an opening for Democrats. Not only does Wasserman have a shot at turning a Republican district Democratic, but the Assembly seat he’s vacating allows an up-and-coming Democrat to serve in the...
Former state Sen. Tom Reynolds, an ultra-conservative religious Republican from West Allis who lost his seat in 2006, is trying to get back into politics by undermining the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. Reynolds formed a political action committee (PAC) called Clean Sweep Wisconsin, which is running "anti-incumbent..."
Iowans worked together after the recent floods to aid friends, neighbors and strangers. Surely they can work together—humanely and sanely—to pre vent businessmen from manipulating and exploiting uneducated immigrants.
This is not a partisan problem -- In fact, the situation is so dire that Republican Bruce Fein who served in President Reagan's Justice Department is pleading for it too. It is a tool that our founders mentioned six times in their Constitution if abuse of power was taking place.
As political buzzwords, “bipartisan,” “nonpartisan” and “independent” sound elevated and even virtuous, which must be why we so often hear them touted as remedies for our national ills. Every four years, the promoters of these miracle cures seek a vessel for their illusions, preferably someone whose fortune is as limitless as his ego. This year’s model seems to be Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and billionaire owner of the national business news service.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul is a Vietnam veteran, OB/GYN, Libertarian running as a Republican for the presidency, and Internet phenomenon who has consistently raised more funds from the Net than his rivals.
Should taxpayers foot the bill for a public school system that doesn’t require its teachers to hold a license, can accept students from other states and boosts the revenue of an out-of-state corporation?
NYT reports that Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul, is number three in wealth, behind Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. And, he isn't happy about it. Yes, he has $19 billion dollars but he wants to be #1. He gives generously to the Republican Party. Think he might have some influence? Think it's time for a return of progressive income taxe? If Mr Adelson paid, say a modest $5 billion to the common good, ...
Fred Thompson is no stranger to the spotlight. Born in Alabama, Thompson began his professional career as an assistant U.S. attorney, and by 1973 was earning TV time for his role as the minority counsel in the Watergate scandal hearings.