Shepherd Express - News Features http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-378-1-news-features.html Fri, 18 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Heroes of the Week: Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump Members http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30246-heroes-of-the-week-milwaukee-coalition-against-trump-members.html   ]]> Milwaukee Taps Water Technology's Growing Potential - Global Water Center turning our city into the 'Water Capital of the World' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30240-milwaukee-taps-water-technologys-growing-potential-global-water-center-turning-our-city-into-the-water-capital-of-the-world.html   ]]> ACLU of Wisconsin's Chris Ott on the Threat to America's Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30244-aclu-of-wisconsins-chris-ott-on-the-threat-to-americas-democracy.html   ]]> What Students Need to Know to Vote in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30213-what-students-need-to-know-to-vote-in-wisconsin.html   ]]> For Asian Carp, Next Stop Will be Lake Michigan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30204-for-asian-carp-next-stop-will-be-lake-michigan.html   ]]> Changing the Constitution? - Convention to pass balanced budget amendment poses dangers to civil liberties http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30206-changing-the-constitution-convention-to-pass-balanced-budget-amendment-poses-dangers-to-civil-liberties.html
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New Strides in the Fight Against AIDS http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30168-new-strides-in-the-fight-against-aids.html
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LGBTQ Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30169-lgbtq-milwaukee.html
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'Heal the Hood' One Community at a Time - Ongoing series of block parties focuses on the kids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30136-heal-the-hood-one-community-at-a-time-ongoing-series-of-block-parties-focuses-on-the-kids.html
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Chardhi Kala, Relentless Optimism - The Sikh community five years after Oak Creek shooting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30137-chardhi-kala-relentless-optimism-the-sikh-community-five-years-after-oak-creek-shooting.html
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ReciproCITY Builds Community in Milwaukee - 'Mobile collective' collaborates with other groups to curb violence, promote culture and increase awareness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30103-reciprocity-builds-community-in-milwaukee-mobile-collective-collaborates-with-other-groups-to-curb-violence-promote-culture-and-increase-awareness.html
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Has Milwaukee Fallen Behind in High-Tech Startups? - A close look at the data behind jobs numbers and investment dollars http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30104-has-milwaukee-fallen-behind-in-high-tech-startups-a-close-look-at-the-data-behind-jobs-numbers-and-investment-dollars.html
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Meeting Wisconsin's Workforce Needs - STEM Forward engages children and teens in education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30065-meeting-wisconsins-workforce-needs-stem-forward-engages-children-and-teens-in-education.html
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War Against Transgender People: The Wisconsin Front - The move by Badger State GOP to roll back trans rights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30067-war-against-transgender-people-the-wisconsin-front-the-move-by-badger-state-gop-to-roll-back-trans-rights.html   ]]> What's on Tap at the App Brewery? - A New Smartphone App Saves Young Lives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30002-whats-on-tap-at-the-app-brewery-a-new-smartphone-app-saves-young-lives.html
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Scott Walker's Gift to the One Percent http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30003-scott-walkers-gift-to-the-one-percent.html
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More Money for Prisons than Colleges? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29980-more-money-for-prisons-than-colleges.html
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Millennials Face Daunting Challenges in the Workforce http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29985-millennials-face-daunting-challenges-in-the-workforce.html
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Looking Back at 50 Years of Summerfest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29948-looking-back-at-50-years-of-summerfest.html
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Getting the Lead Out http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29950-getting-the-lead-out.html ]]> Community-Driven Urban Design - Lawrence Witzling and the changing face of Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29910-community-driven-urban-design-lawrence-witzling-and-the-changing-face-of-milwaukee.html
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The Legacy of Milwaukee County Parks - How forward-thinking public policy and good design beautified our community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29911-the-legacy-of-milwaukee-county-parks-how-forward-thinking-public-policy-and-good-design-beautified-our-community.html   ]]> What Do MPS Students Want? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29876-what-do-mps-students-want.html
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Milwaukee Responds to the Opioid Epidemic - With rising death rates, physicians and clinics struggle to keep up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29877-milwaukee-responds-to-the-opioid-epidemic-with-rising-death-rates-physicians-and-clinics-struggle-to-keep-up.html   ]]> The March for Science Continues - Milwaukee activists form advocacy group to press the case for 'evidence-based policy' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29836-the-march-for-science-continues-milwaukee-activists-form-advocacy-group-to-press-the-case-for-evidence-based-policy.html
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Cream City Goes Green http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29837-cream-city-goes-green.html
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A New Era For East North Avenue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29776-a-new-era-for-east-north-avenue.html   ]]> Milwaukee Restaurants Work to Reduce Food Waste - Local businesses find alternatives to dumpsters and landfills http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29805-milwaukee-restaurants-work-to-reduce-food-waste-local-businesses-find-alternatives-to-dumpsters-and-landfills.html   ]]> Turning Milwaukee into a Garden - How urban farmers are transforming the city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29767-turning-milwaukee-into-a-garden-how-urban-farmers-are-transforming-the-city.html   ]]> Preserving the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative - Will Congress continue to block Trump’s plans to endanger our environment? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29770-preserving-the-great-lakes-restoration-initiative-will-congress-continue-to-block-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-plans-to-endanger-our-environment.html   ]]> Is Paul Ryan Really a Moderate? - The Speaker’s radical agenda is bad for our health http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29735-is-paul-ryan-really-a-moderate-the-speaker%25E2%2580%2599s-radical-agenda-is-bad-for-our-health.html   ]]> Milwaukee County Pension Déjà Vu - Fake crisis and real chaos threatens the livelihood of retirees http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29737-milwaukee-county-pension-dej%25C3%25A0-vu-fake-crisis-and-real-chaos-threatens-the-livelihood-of-retirees.html   ]]> Milwaukee PBS Responds to Changing Times and Threatened Budgets - General Manager Bohdan Zachary on public TV’s enduring mission http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29703-milwaukee-pbs-responds-to-changing-times-and-threatened-budgets-general-manager-bohdan-zachary-on-public-tv%25E2%2580%2599s-enduring-mission.html   ]]> Rescuing Neighborhoods from Foreclosure - How ACTS Housing, a local nonprofit, turns Milwaukeeans into homeowners http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29704-rescuing-neighborhoods-from-foreclosure-how-acts-housing-a-local-nonprofit-turns-milwaukeeans-into-homeowners.html ]]> The Cost of Mental Health in Wisconsin Schools - Legislature takes small steps to address growing problems of trauma, bullying, broken homes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29666-the-cost-of-mental-health-in-wisconsin-schools-legislature-takes-small-steps-to-address-growing-problems-of-trauma-bullying-broken-homes.html ]]> Driving is Safer Than Ever - Fewer deaths, fewer collisions thanks to new automobile technology http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29667-driving-is-safer-than-ever-fewer-deaths-fewer-collisions-thanks-to-new-automobile-technology.html   ]]> ‘Holocaust by Bullets’ at Jewish Museum Milwaukee - Exhibit tells stories by eyewitnesses to mass murder http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29633-%25E2%2580%2598holocaust-by-bullets%25E2%2580%2599-at-jewish-museum-milwaukee-exhibit-tells-stories-by-eyewitnesses-to-mass-murder.html   ]]> Non-Prophets: Harvard Elites Look to Analytics to Come to Grips with Historic Upset http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29589-non-prophets-harvard-elites-look-to-analytics-to-come-to-grips-with-historic-upset.html ]]> Saving Our Earth - The many ways Milwaukeeans can pitch in http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29619-saving-our-earth-the-many-ways-milwaukeeans-can-pitch-in.html ]]> Wisconsin's Environment Under Threat http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29621-wisconsins-environment-under-threat.html ]]> Plaintiffs in I-94 Suit Say Highway Project is 'Racist in its Consequences' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29577-plaintiffs-in-i-94-suit-say-highway-project-is-racist-in-its-consequences.html   ]]> UWM Astrophysicists Open New Windows on the Universe http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29578-uwm-astrophysicists-open-new-windows-on-the-universe.html In the wild and violent world of outer space, it is nothing unusual for black holes to collide, supernovae to collapse or for two neutron stars to coalesce. When these catastrophic events occur, vast ]]> Who is Leading Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter Movement? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29535-who-is-leading-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-black-lives-matter-movement.html   ]]> Wauwatosa Residents Resist Development of Sanctuary Woods - Chris Abele's land sale power threatens owls, flying squirrels http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29537-wauwatosa-residents-resist-development-of-sanctuary-woods-chris-abeles-land-sale-power-threatens-owls-flying-squirrels.html ]]> Four School Board Seats Up for Election on April 4 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29480-four-school-board-seats-up-for-election-on-april-4.html ]]> William Crowley for Milwaukee Municipal Judge-Branch 1 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29484-william-crowley-for-milwaukee-municipal-judge-branch-1.html ]]> We Endorse Tony Evers for State Superintendent of Public Instruction http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29487-we-endorse-tony-evers-for-state-superintendent-of-public-instruction.html ]]> Two Very Good Candidates for Circuit Court Branch 47: A Dual Endorsement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29489-two-very-good-candidates-for-circuit-court-branch-47-a-dual-endorsement.html The voters in Milwaukee County are fortunate to have two very good judicial candidates for Circuit Court Branch 47 to choose from on Tuesday, April 4: in alphabetical order, Scott Wales and Kashoua ��]]> Talking with Thomas Frank - Author of ‘Listen Liberal’ will speak of culture wars, fake alternatives and the rise of Trump at UWM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29493-talking-with-thomas-frank-author-of-%25E2%2580%2598listen-liberal%25E2%2580%2599-will-speak-of-culture-wars-fake-alternatives-and-the-rise-of-trump-at-uwm.html ]]> Milwaukee County Pension Madness - Hidden IRS Report Uncovers Abele’s Plan to Fund Bucks’ Arena http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29466-milwaukee-county-pension-madness-hidden-irs-report-uncovers-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-plan-to-fund-bucks%25E2%2580%2599-arena.html   ]]> Milwaukee Responds to the Rising Tide of Hatred - Jewish and Muslim groups continue their work despite threats http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29426-milwaukee-responds-to-the-rising-tide-of-hatred-jewish-and-muslim-groups-continue-their-work-despite-threats.html ]]> Democratic Socialists Capitalize on Trump Presidency http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29428-democratic-socialists-capitalize-on-trump-presidency.html   ]]> Revitalizing Milwaukee's Inner Harbor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29388-revitalizing-milwaukees-inner-harbor.html   ]]> Reimagining the Black Holocaust Museum - Organizers plan to open a new building in 2018 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29389-reimagining-the-black-holocaust-museum-organizers-plan-to-open-a-new-building-in-2018.html ]]> ACLU Sues Over MPD’s Racially Biased Traffic Stop Policy - Blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be stopped than whites http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29342-aclu-sues-over-mpd%25E2%2580%2599s-racially-biased-traffic-stop-policy-blacks-and-latinos-are-far-more-likely-to-be-stopped-than-whites.html   ]]> Open Milwaukee County Judicial Seat Draws Two Challengers - Wales and Yang will be on the April 4 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29343-open-milwaukee-county-judicial-seat-draws-two-challengers-wales-and-yang-will-be-on-the-april-4-ballot.html   ]]> Ed Garvey: A True Wisconsin Hero http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29344-ed-garvey-a-true-wisconsin-hero.html   ]]> New Help for Those Threatened with Eviction http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29304-new-help-for-those-threatened-with-eviction.html ]]> Reggie Jackson on Milwaukee’s Racial Segregation - America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s head griot explains why we’re No. 1 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29305-reggie-jackson-on-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-racial-segregation-america%25E2%2580%2599s-black-holocaust-museum%25E2%2580%2599s-head-griot-explains-why-we%25E2%2580%2599re-no-1.html   ]]> Vote for Change on Branch 1 of Milwaukee Municipal Court http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29245-vote-for-change-on-branch-1-of-milwaukee-municipal-court.html   ]]> Is Walker’s K-12 Promise Too Good To Be True? - $648 million increase has some downsides http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29246-is-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-k-12-promise-too-good-to-be-true-%2524648-million-increase-has-some-downsides.html   ]]> Four-Way Race for Municipal Court Judge - Primary to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29175-four-way-race-for-municipal-court-judge-primary-to-be-held-on-tuesday-feb-21.html   ]]> Debunking the Myths that Feed Islamophobia - If you understand Islam, you should have no fears http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29209-debunking-the-myths-that-feed-islamophobia-if-you-understand-islam-you-should-have-no-fears.html   ]]> Federal Judges Order Republicans to Draw a New Legislative Map - Unless the US Supreme Court objects, new districts will be in place for 2018 elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29149-federal-judges-order-republicans-to-draw-a-new-legislative-map-unless-the-us-supreme-court-objects-new-districts-will-be-in-place-for-2018-elections.html   ]]> Local Veterans Find Hope and Healing through the Arts - Upcoming arts competition allows veterans to share their talents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29151-local-veterans-find-hope-and-healing-through-the-arts-upcoming-arts-competition-allows-veterans-to-share-their-talents.html   ]]> Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Holding Trump Accountable - 'The mission doesn't change' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29121-democratic-sen-tammy-baldwin-on-holding-trump-accountable-the-mission-doesnt-change.html ]]> The Secret Life of the Mitchell Park Domes - An insider's view of the $3.2 million plant collection http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29123-the-secret-life-of-the-mitchell-park-domes-an-insiders-view-of-the-%252432-million-plant-collection.html ]]> Milwaukee’s Trump Resistance Forms - Rallies for health care and immigrants draw crowds, more to come http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29082-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-trump-resistance-forms-rallies-for-health-care-and-immigrants-draw-crowds-more-to-come.html   ]]> What’s Next for the Mitchell Park Domes? - Reinventing the landmark conservatory for the 21st century http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29030-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next-for-the-mitchell-park-domes-reinventing-the-landmark-conservatory-for-the-21st-century.html   ]]> Are Judges Responsible for Wisconsin’s Mass Incarceration Crisis? - New book explores how judicial power contributed to state’s high prison population http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29031-are-judges-responsible-for-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-mass-incarceration-crisis-new-book-explores-how-judicial-power-contributed-to-state%25E2%2580%2599s-high-prison-population.html   ]]> Work Begins on MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary - Building on Center Street will provide food, shelter and community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29001-work-begins-on-maccanon-brown-homeless-sanctuary-building-on-center-street-will-provide-food-shelter-and-community.html   ]]> An Activist's Guide for the Trump Years - A 10-point plan for politicians, the press and everyday citizens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29003-an-activists-guide-for-the-trump-years-a-10-point-plan-for-politicians-the-press-and-everyday-citizens.html   ]]> Great Lakes Restoration Could Survive Trump Era - Strong bipartisan support for cleaning up the region http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28975-great-lakes-restoration-could-survive-trump-era-strong-bipartisan-support-for-cleaning-up-the-region.html ]]> State Audit Finds Serious Problems with Milwaukee County’s Mental Health Services - Questions contracts, standards, use of its and wait lists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28976-state-audit-finds-serious-problems-with-milwaukee-county%25E2%2580%2599s-mental-health-services-questions-contracts-standards-use-of-its-and-wait-lists.html ]]> Peacemaking Through Service - Learning an effective way to have faith and heal after hate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28953-peacemaking-through-service-learning-an-effective-way-to-have-faith-and-heal-after-hate.html ]]> Questions Surround Release of Police Officer-Involved Death Videos - Sylville Smith recording hasn’t been made public http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28913-questions-surround-release-of-police-officer-involved-death-videos-sylville-smith-recording-hasn%25E2%2580%2599t-been-made-public.html   ]]> Trump Picks School Privatizer for Education Secretary - Betsy DeVos funded voucher movement in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28914-trump-picks-school-privatizer-for-education-secretary-betsy-devos-funded-voucher-movement-in-wisconsin.html
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Protecting Civil Liberties in the Age of Trump - Chris Ahmuty, retiring executive director of the ACLU, speaks out http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28871-protecting-civil-liberties-in-the-age-of-trump-chris-ahmuty-retiring-executive-director-of-the-aclu-speaks-out.html   ]]> What's the Real Value of the Mitchell Park Domes? - ‘Priceless’ plant collection housed in iconic Milwaukee structure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28872-whats-the-real-value-of-the-mitchell-park-domes-%25E2%2580%2598priceless%25E2%2580%2599-plant-collection-housed-in-iconic-milwaukee-structure.html What is the real value of the Mitchell Park Domes? What are the Domes worth to Milwaukee? Those are two of the questions Milwaukee County residents will be grappling with as we determine whether o]]> Is the Wisconsin Legislature Legitimate? - Was much of Gov. Walker’s legislation passed by an unconstitutional legislature? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28840-is-the-wisconsin-legislature-legitimate-was-much-of-gov-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-legislation-passed-by-an-unconstitutional-legislature.html   ]]> Is It Time to Reform the Milwaukee Police? - A roundtable discussion with Community Coalition for Quality Policing members http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28841-is-it-time-to-reform-the-milwaukee-police-a-roundtable-discussion-with-community-coalition-for-quality-policing-members.html  ]]> Immigrants Brace for Trump Administration Threats - Can he follow through on campaign promise to deport millions? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28808-immigrants-brace-for-trump-administration-threats-can-he-follow-through-on-campaign-promise-to-deport-millions.html   ]]> Can Milwaukee Learn from Cincinnati’s Police Reform? - Advocates call for a shift to problem-solving policing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28809-can-milwaukee-learn-from-cincinnati%25E2%2580%2599s-police-reform-advocates-call-for-a-shift-to-problem-solving-policing.html   ]]> Did Voter ID Hand Wisconsin to Trump? - Voting plummets in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28766-did-voter-id-hand-wisconsin-to-trump-voting-plummets-in-milwaukee.html  ]]> We Will Survive a Trump Administration http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28768-we-will-survive-a-trump-administration.html   ]]> Are High Rents a Major Cause of Poverty in Milwaukee? - ‘Evicted’ author Matthew Desmond makes the connection http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28731-are-high-rents-a-major-cause-of-poverty-in-milwaukee-%25E2%2580%2598evicted%25E2%2580%2599-author-matthew-desmond-makes-the-connection.html   ]]> Some Relief for Those with Milwaukee Municipal Court Warrants - Three ‘Warrant Withdrawal Wednesdays’ scheduled for November http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28732-some-relief-for-those-with-milwaukee-municipal-court-warrants-three-%25E2%2580%2598warrant-withdrawal-wednesdays%25E2%2580%2599-scheduled-for-november.html   ]]> Do You Know How to Vote? - You need a photo ID on Nov. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28696-do-you-know-how-to-vote-you-need-a-photo-id-on-nov-8.html   ]]> Russ Feingold on His Campaign to be Your Next Senator - Democrat wants to raise the minimum wage, help students and overturn Citizens United http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28635-russ-feingold-on-his-campaign-to-be-your-next-senator-democrat-wants-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-help-students-and-overturn-citizens-united.html   ]]> What’s on Your Ballot? - Few competitive state races on Nov. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28657-what%25E2%2580%2599s-on-your-ballot-few-competitive-state-races-on-nov-8.html  ]]> Gloria Steinem Celebrates Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s 80th Anniversary - An affirmation of women’s rights as human rights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28623-gloria-steinem-celebrates-planned-parenthood-of-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-80th-anniversary-an-affirmation-of-women%25E2%2580%2599s-rights-as-human-rights.html   ]]> It’s Ryan v. Ryan in Congressional District 1 - Democrat Ryan Solen takes on Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28622-it%25E2%2580%2599s-ryan-v-ryan-in-congressional-district-1-democrat-ryan-solen-takes-on-republican-house-speaker-paul-ryan.html    ]]> Top Ten Censored Stories of 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28586-top-ten-censored-stories-of-2016.html Throughout its 40-year history, Project Censored has covered a lot of ground that the corporate mainstream media has missed. Begun by Carl Jensen, a sociology professor at California’s Sonoma Sta]]> Project Censored Turns 40 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28588-project-censored-turns-40.html   ]]> Community Asks for Different Policing Strategies, Not More Cops - Public finally allowed to weigh in on public safety plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28550-community-asks-for-different-policing-strategies-not-more-cops-public-finally-allowed-to-weigh-in-on-public-safety-plan.html   ]]> Push for Local Roads and Buses in Next Budgets - But paying for them is still a tough sell http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28551-push-for-local-roads-and-buses-in-next-budgets-but-paying-for-them-is-still-a-tough-sell.html   ]]> Why Are Small-Town Wisconsinites So Angry? - Rural residents feel left out and frustrated http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28515-why-are-small-town-wisconsinites-so-angry-rural-residents-feel-left-out-and-frustrated.html   ]]> Kicking the Habit - Patrick Kennedy offers hope to those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28517-kicking-the-habit-patrick-kennedy-offers-hope-to-those-with-mental-illness-and-substance-abuse-disorders.html   ]]> Leaked John Doe Documents Shed Light on Scott Walker’s ‘Karl Rove’ - Shadowy operative worked for Walker campaign and Wisconsin Club for Growth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28475-leaked-john-doe-documents-shed-light-on-scott-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598karl-rove%25E2%2580%2599-shadowy-operative-worked-for-walker-campaign-and-wisconsin-club-for-growth.html   ]]> Mental Health Crisis Training for Police Officers Questioned - Trainer injured when an officer did the wrong thing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28477-mental-health-crisis-training-for-police-officers-questioned-trainer-injured-when-an-officer-did-the-wrong-thing.html   ]]> Remembering Eric Von http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28443-remembering-eric-von.html   ]]> Will the Go Pass Survive? - Advocates lobby Abele to save free rides for seniors and the disabled http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28445-will-the-go-pass-survive-advocates-lobby-abele-to-save-free-rides-for-seniors-and-the-disabled.html   ]]> Who Will Pay to Replace Milwaukee’s Lead Pipes? - 70,000 homes need new pipes but inexpensive water filters could help for now http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28446-who-will-pay-to-replace-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-lead-pipes-70000-homes-need-new-pipes-but-inexpensive-water-filters-could-help-for-now.html    ]]> Abele’s Missed Opportunity on Parks - Issue of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28385-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-missed-opportunity-on-parks-issue-of-the-week.html   ]]> Is Wisconsin’s Hate Crimes Law Working? - Victim advocates say crimes go underreported and unseen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28406-is-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-hate-crimes-law-working-victim-advocates-say-crimes-go-underreported-and-unseen.html   ]]> Opposition Grows to City’s Public Safety Action Plan - Narrow law enforcement proposal faces blowback and calls for public hearings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28407-opposition-grows-to-city%25E2%2580%2599s-public-safety-action-plan-narrow-law-enforcement-proposal-faces-blowback-and-calls-for-public-hearings.html  ]]> Nursing Home Staffers Want a Raise - The fight for $15 continues at long-term care facilities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28364-nursing-home-staffers-want-a-raise-the-fight-for-%252415-continues-at-long-term-care-facilities.html   ]]> Will More Cops Make Milwaukee Safer? - The Common Council’s public safety plan calls for 280 more officers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28365-will-more-cops-make-milwaukee-safer-the-common-council%25E2%2580%2599s-public-safety-plan-calls-for-280-more-officers.html   ]]> Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore on the Sherman Park Uprising - ‘We can’t ignore the root causes of someone’s pain’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28325-office-of-violence-prevention-director-reggie-moore-on-the-sherman-park-uprising-%25E2%2580%2598we-can%25E2%2580%2599t-ignore-the-root-causes-of-someone%25E2%2580%2599s-pain%25E2%2580%2599.html   ]]> Sherman Park Uprising: What Happened? And What’s Next? - Local leaders weigh in on the neighborhood’s future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28326-sherman-park-uprising-what-happened-and-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next-local-leaders-weigh-in-on-the-neighborhood%25E2%2580%2599s-future.html   ]]> Is the Walker Administration Using Audits to Harass Family Planning Clinics? - Inspector says clinics were overpaid for Medicaid services http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28295-is-the-walker-administration-using-audits-to-harass-family-planning-clinics-inspector-says-clinics-were-overpaid-for-medicaid-services.html   ]]> Faith Groups Try to Send Bottled Water to Prisoners - Troubling levels of lead and copper reported at Waupun and Fox Lake prisons http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28296-faith-groups-try-to-send-bottled-water-to-prisoners-troubling-levels-of-lead-and-copper-reported-at-waupun-and-fox-lake-prisons.html    ]]> Shepherd Express’ Response to the Sherman Park Uprising - Be part of the solution to Milwaukee’s problems http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28297-shepherd-express%25E2%2580%2599-response-to-the-sherman-park-uprising-be-part-of-the-solution-to-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-problems.html   ]]> Will Wisconsin Payday Lenders Finally Face Meaningful Regulation? - A proposed federal rule could prompt more responsible lending http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28264-will-wisconsin-payday-lenders-finally-face-meaningful-regulation-a-proposed-federal-rule-could-prompt-more-responsible-lending.html    ]]> Are We Close to Ending the Estabrook Dam Stalemate? - Deadlines and court hearings could force a resolution http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28266-are-we-close-to-ending-the-estabrook-dam-stalemate-deadlines-and-court-hearings-could-force-a-resolution.html   ]]> How to Vote in the Primary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28229-how-to-vote-in-the-primary.html   ]]> Walker’s Right-Wing Judicial Pick http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28184-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-right-wing-judicial-pick.html   ]]> Sinicki Challenged by Meyer on South Shore - Assembly District 20 on the Aug. 9 Democratic primary ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28190-sinicki-challenged-by-meyer-on-south-shore-assembly-district-20-on-the-aug-9-democratic-primary-ballot.html     ]]> High Profile Senate Race Pits Taylor against Barnes - Democratic primary to be held on Aug. 9 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28189-high-profile-senate-race-pits-taylor-against-barnes-democratic-primary-to-be-held-on-aug-9.html Ever since the Republicans gerrymandered the state Legislature in 2011, there are very few true swing districts in which a Democrat and Republican can actually compete. As a result, the real competi]]> Bonds, Harris and Johnson Running for Senate District 6 - Candidates will be on the Aug. 9 Democratic primary ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28153-bonds-harris-and-johnson-running-for-senate-district-6-candidates-will-be-on-the-aug-9-democratic-primary-ballot.html     ]]> Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm Speaks Out - Transforming the Criminal Justice System, Addressing Juvenile Crime and Explaining the John Doe Investigation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28155-milwaukee-county-district-attorney-john-chisholm-speaks-out-transforming-the-criminal-justice-system-addressing-juvenile-crime-and-explaining-the-john-doe-investigation.html     ]]> It Is Time to Step Up and Do Something http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28114-it-is-time-to-step-up-and-do-something.html     ]]> Old and New Faces in Assembly District 11 Race - Gibson and Fields will be on the Aug. 9 Democratic primary ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28117-old-and-new-faces-in-assembly-district-11-race-gibson-and-fields-will-be-on-the-aug-9-democratic-primary-ballot.html State Rep. Mandela Barnes is giving up his Assembly District 11 seat to challenge Sen. Lena Taylor for a place in the state Senate. Two Democrats are vying for this open Assembly seat: community or]]> Milwaukee’s Mental Health Hospital Privatization Still Underway - Missed summer deadline but looking at more options http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28118-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-mental-health-hospital-privatization-still-underway-missed-summer-deadline-but-looking-at-more-options.html     ]]> Don’t Blame MPS for OSPP Failure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28068-don%25E2%2580%2599t-blame-mps-for-ospp-failure.html   ]]> Attorney Cabrera Challenges Incumbent Zepnick in Democratic Primary - South Side Assembly district is on the Aug. 9 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28075-attorney-cabrera-challenges-incumbent-zepnick-in-democratic-primary-south-side-assembly-district-is-on-the-aug-9-ballot.html    ]]> Death of GAB Raises Questions about Clean Government - GOP killed off nonpartisan ethics and elections board http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28076-death-of-gab-raises-questions-about-clean-government-gop-killed-off-nonpartisan-ethics-and-elections-board.html   ]]> A Big Win for Women’s Health http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28023-a-big-win-for-women%25E2%2580%2599s-health.html   ]]> Waukesha Will Get Lake Michigan Water—Now What? - Critics promise to watch the water flow carefully http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28046-waukesha-will-get-lake-michigan-water%25E2%2580%2594now-what-critics-promise-to-watch-the-water-flow-carefully.html    ]]> Leon Young Draws Three Challengers in Democratic Primary - Voters will select their representative on Aug. 9 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28047-leon-young-draws-three-challengers-in-democratic-primary-voters-will-select-their-representative-on-aug-9.html ]]> Drug Testing the 1% http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27996-drug-testing-the-1.html   ]]> Milwaukee Seeks to Support, Not Jail, Those with Mental Illnesses - A $2 million grant will spur criminal justice transformation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27999-milwaukee-seeks-to-support-not-jail-those-with-mental-illnesses-a-%25242-million-grant-will-spur-criminal-justice-transformation.html   ]]> MPS Takeover Plan Faces Thursday Deadline - MPS wants early childhood program added to existing school http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28000-mps-takeover-plan-faces-thursday-deadline-mps-wants-early-childhood-program-added-to-existing-school.html   ]]> We Stand in Solidarity with Our LGBT Family and Friends http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27954-we-stand-in-solidarity-with-our-lgbt-family-and-friends.html   ]]> Who Will Earn Your Vote? - Primary election to be held on Aug. 9, and general election on Nov. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27977-who-will-earn-your-vote-primary-election-to-be-held-on-aug-9-and-general-election-on-nov-8.html   ]]> Sparks Fly at Abele-Means Hearing on MPS Takeover Plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27978-sparks-fly-at-abele-means-hearing-on-mps-takeover-plan.html    ]]> Poor Paul Ryan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27914-poor-paul-ryan.html   ]]> Federal Judge Tosses John Doe Warrant Complaint Case - Says investigators had cause to search Walker aide Cindy Archer’s home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27937-federal-judge-tosses-john-doe-warrant-complaint-case-says-investigators-had-cause-to-search-walker-aide-cindy-archer%25E2%2580%2599s-home.html   ]]> Mental Health Board Grapples with Tight 2017 Budget - Members speak out about frustrations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27938-mental-health-board-grapples-with-tight-2017-budget-members-speak-out-about-frustrations.html When the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board was formed by state legislation in 2014, it was spun as a way to put appointed behavioral health professionals in charge of the county’s mental healt]]> The Truth about Walker’s ‘Wisconsin Idea’ Finally Revealed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27895-the-truth-about-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598wisconsin-idea%25E2%2580%2599-finally-revealed.html   ]]> GOP’s Voting Changes Are Unfair Burden on Minority Voters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27855-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-voting-changes-are-unfair-burden-on-minority-voters.html   ]]> Walker’s Family Care Overhaul Might Be Hitting a Snag - Budget committee hasn’t scheduled a vote on long-term care ‘reform’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27872-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-family-care-overhaul-might-be-hitting-a-snag-budget-committee-hasn%25E2%2580%2599t-scheduled-a-vote-on-long-term-care-%25E2%2580%2598reform%25E2%2580%2599.html   ]]> Sparring Over Opportunity Schools Plan Continues - Commissioner Means: ‘This is not a takeover’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27834-sparring-over-opportunity-schools-plan-continues-commissioner-means-%25E2%2580%2598this-is-not-a-takeover%25E2%2580%2599.html    ]]> Will Wisconsin Redraw Its Legislative Boundary Map? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27838-will-wisconsin-redraw-its-legislative-boundary-map.html    ]]> Crafting a Sane Marijuana Policy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27784-crafting-a-sane-marijuana-policy.html   ]]> A Grand New Vision - Grand Avenue’s new owners have revived hopes for the beleaguered mall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27792-a-grand-new-vision-grand-avenue%25E2%2580%2599s-new-owners-have-revived-hopes-for-the-beleaguered-mall.html    ]]> Russ Feingold Blasts Outsourcing-Friendly Trade Agreements - Calls TPP a “corporate handshake” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27796-russ-feingold-blasts-outsourcing-friendly-trade-agreements-calls-tpp-a-%25E2%2580%259Ccorporate-handshake%25E2%2580%259D.html    ]]> The Historic Comeback of Milwaukee’s Third Ward - How businesses and residents turned a blighted district into a showcase for our city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27738-the-historic-comeback-of-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-third-ward-how-businesses-and-residents-turned-a-blighted-district-into-a-showcase-for-our-city.html   ]]> Nancy O’Keefe: Guiding the Third Ward to Success http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27754-nancy-o%25E2%2580%2599keefe-guiding-the-third-ward-to-success.html   ]]> Rooftop Solar Finally Cost Competitive with Grid in U.S. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27705-rooftop-solar-finally-cost-competitive-with-grid-in-us.html Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that home rooftop solar only makes sense in certain parts of the U.S. with proper incentives as opposed to where the sun shines the most? EarthTalk: The short answer is]]> Can We Save Our Education System? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27722-can-we-save-our-education-system.html    ]]> Retired County Board Parks Committee Chair Gerry Broderick Speaks Out - Longtime parks advocate calls it the way he sees it http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27723-retired-county-board-parks-committee-chair-gerry-broderick-speaks-out-longtime-parks-advocate-calls-it-the-way-he-sees-it.html   ]]> A Letter to the Community from ‘Shepherd Express’ Editor/Publisher Louis Fortis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27670-a-letter-to-the-community-from-%25E2%2580%2598shepherd-express%25E2%2580%2599-editor_publisher-louis-fortis.html Does Milwaukee County Need Bus Rapid Transit? - Realistically weighing the pluses and minuses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27675-does-milwaukee-county-need-bus-rapid-transit-realistically-weighing-the-pluses-and-minuses.html   ]]> City Must Consider Financial Impact of Charter Schools on MPS http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27676-city-must-consider-financial-impact-of-charter-schools-on-mps.html    ]]> Wisconsin Gerrymander Lawsuit Will Go to Trial http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27631-wisconsin-gerrymander-lawsuit-will-go-to-trial.html   ]]> What is the County Behavioral Health Division Trying to Hide? - County Refuses to Release Patient and Staff Safety Data to Auditor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27645-what-is-the-county-behavioral-health-division-trying-to-hide-county-refuses-to-release-patient-and-staff-safety-data-to-auditor.html   ]]> Big Spending Skews Spring Elections - Winners outspent their rivals, but grassroots had victories, too http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27646-big-spending-skews-spring-elections-winners-outspent-their-rivals-but-grassroots-had-victories-too.html    ]]> Where Are the Republicans on Abortion? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27597-where-are-the-republicans-on-abortion.html   ]]> Weigh In on Proposed $1.1 Billion Expansion of I-94 - Stadium Interchange project will add lanes to west side freeway http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27602-weigh-in-on-proposed-%252411-billion-expansion-of-i-94-stadium-interchange-project-will-add-lanes-to-west-side-freeway.html   ]]> Charter School Begins Shutting Down—Students are Pushed Out - North Point Lighthouse Charter School shut down three grades in February but will keep taxpayer funds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27603-charter-school-begins-shutting-down%25E2%2580%2594students-are-pushed-out-north-point-lighthouse-charter-school-shut-down-three-grades-in-february-but-will-keep-taxpayer-funds.html   ]]> Chris Abele Smears Chris Larson’s Tax Plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27570-chris-abele-smears-chris-larson%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-plan.html  ]]> Students: What’s Your Plan to Vote? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27513-students-what%25E2%2580%2599s-your-plan-to-vote.html   ]]> Dark-Money Ads Attack Supreme Court Candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27532-dark-money-ads-attack-supreme-court-candidate-joanne-kloppenburg.html   ]]> Two Milwaukee County Circuit Court Benches on the April 5 Ballot - Scott Walker appointees will face challengers in spring election http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27535-two-milwaukee-county-circuit-court-benches-on-the-april-5-ballot-scott-walker-appointees-will-face-challengers-in-spring-election.html  ]]> Chris Abele Must Repudiate Rebecca Bradley http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27468-chris-abele-must-repudiate-rebecca-bradley.html   ]]> Muslims in Milwaukee: Their Voices http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27477-muslims-in-milwaukee-their-voices.html A Closer Look at Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley’s Record http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27492-a-closer-look-at-wisconsin-supreme-court-justice-rebecca-bradley%25E2%2580%2599s-record.html    ]]> What Could Milwaukee County Do with $4 Million a Year? Part Two http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27493-what-could-milwaukee-county-do-with-%25244-million-a-year-part-two.html   ]]> Chris Abele Must Pull His False Attack Ad http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27494-chris-abele-must-pull-his-false-attack-ad.html   ]]> Martha Collins-De La Rosa Seeks to Unseat Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander on Northwest Side - Plus: Game-changing April 5 elections for Milwaukee County officials http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27495-martha-collins-de-la-rosa-seeks-to-unseat-milwaukee-county-supervisor-deanna-alexander-on-northwest-side-plus-game-changing-april-5-elections-for-milwaukee-county-officials.html   ]]> Mythicist Milwaukee Buzzed Belief Debate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27496-mythicist-milwaukee-buzzed-belief-debate.html    ]]> Rebecca Bradley Doesn’t Deserve to Sit on the Supreme Court http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27432-rebecca-bradley-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-deserve-to-sit-on-the-supreme-court.html   ]]> What Could Milwaukee County Do with $4 Million a Year? Part One http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27444-what-could-milwaukee-county-do-with-%25244-million-a-year-part-one.html   ]]> Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Crime, Jobs and Neighborhood Development - Fighting for a fourth term on April 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27448-milwaukee-mayor-tom-barrett-on-crime-jobs-and-neighborhood-development-fighting-for-a-fourth-term-on-april-5.html   ]]> Justin Bielinski Takes on Bob Donovan for Alderman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27450-justin-bielinski-takes-on-bob-donovan-for-alderman.html   ]]> Abele's Ridiculous Attack on Larson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27451-abeles-ridiculous-attack-on-larson.html    ]]> Abele Administration Asks for More Domes Funding but Offers Few Details about Plans - County executive vetoed $500,000 for repairs last summer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27452-abele-administration-asks-for-more-domes-funding-but-offers-few-details-about-plans-county-executive-vetoed-%2524500000-for-repairs-last-summer.html   ]]> Rebecca Bradley is a Very Special Justice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27398-rebecca-bradley-is-a-very-special-justice.html   ]]> Chris Abele a No-Show at Listening Session on the Domes’ Future - County exec says landmark will cost $75 million to upgrade but shuns county taxpayers who will foot the bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27402-chris-abele-a-no-show-at-listening-session-on-the-domes%25E2%2580%2599-future-county-exec-says-landmark-will-cost-%252475-million-to-upgrade-but-shuns-county-taxpayers-who-will-foot-the-bill.html   ]]> Matson and Thomas Vie for City Comptroller - Milwaukee race is on April 5 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27403-matson-and-thomas-vie-for-city-comptroller-milwaukee-race-is-on-april-5-ballot.html   ]]> The Sad Last Days of the Wisconsin Legislature http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27348-the-sad-last-days-of-the-wisconsin-legislature.html    ]]> Two City Charter Schools Will End their Contracts at the End of the Academic Year - Struggling schools face accountability http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27352-two-city-charter-schools-will-end-their-contracts-at-the-end-of-the-academic-year-struggling-schools-face-accountability.html    ]]> Exclusive: Another African American Worker Accuses Abele of Racial Discrimination http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27354-exclusive-another-african-american-worker-accuses-abele-of-racial-discrimination.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has been promoting his work with African American Milwaukeeans as he campaigns for re-election. But his record in office seems to have a troubling pattern whe]]> Abele Ignores Federal Order on African American Workers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27301-abele-ignores-federal-order-on-african-american-workers.html   ]]> Mental Health Professionals Given a Gag Order http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27274-mental-health-professionals-given-a-gag-order.html   ]]> Abele Cut Milwaukee County and Minority Representation on MATC Board - Setting the Record Straight http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27229-abele-cut-milwaukee-county-and-minority-representation-on-matc-board-setting-the-record-straight.html   ]]> Five Candidates on the Feb. 16 Ballot to Succeed Alderman Willie Wade http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27209-five-candidates-on-the-feb-16-ballot-to-succeed-alderman-willie-wade.html   ]]> Four-Way Primary for County Executive Is on the Feb. 16 Ballot - Most powerful county executive position in the state is up for grabs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27208-four-way-primary-for-county-executive-is-on-the-feb-16-ballot-most-powerful-county-executive-position-in-the-state-is-up-for-grabs.html ]]> Is Chris Abele Ending Homelessness? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27138-is-chris-abele-ending-homelessness.html    ]]> New Airport Director Spurs Talk of Privatization - Lipscomb invites Abele to explain his plans in public http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27113-new-airport-director-spurs-talk-of-privatization-lipscomb-invites-abele-to-explain-his-plans-in-public.html    ]]> Ready, Set, Vote! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27125-ready-set-vote_.html    ]]> Students Deserve a Better Deal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27128-students-deserve-a-better-deal.html    ]]> Abele Did Not Clean Up the Pension Mess http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27129-abele-did-not-clean-up-the-pension-mess.html As he seeks re-election and, if the rumors are true, a bid for governor in 2018, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is trying to portray himself as a careful steward of taxpayers’ money. For e]]> Milwaukee’s Story, One Neighborhood at a Time - John Gurda explores our city in ‘Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27089-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-story-one-neighborhood-at-a-time-john-gurda-explores-our-city-in-%25E2%2580%2598milwaukee-city-of-neighborhoods%25E2%2580%2599.html For much of its history, Milwaukee was an anomaly among U.S. cities. An outpost of Central Europe in the American Midwest, Milwaukee spoke German and Polish, had a political heritage of democratic socialism and a cultural legacy left ]]> Setting the Record Straight: Who’s In Charge of Mental Health? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27090-setting-the-record-straight-who%25E2%2580%2599s-in-charge-of-mental-health.html In his high-priced bid for re-election, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is claiming that he’s put “health professionals” in charge of the county’s mental health services, and removed the ]]> State Supreme Court Cracks Down on Whistleblowers - Gives green light to retaliate against state workers who speak up about corruption http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27091-state-supreme-court-cracks-down-on-whistleblowers-gives-green-light-to-retaliate-against-state-workers-who-speak-up-about-corruption.html Last week’s state Supreme Court decision on a Department of Justice whistleblower case is likely to strip many protections for those who report corruption or misconduct in state government]]> Censored! Big stories the corporate news media ignored http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27062-censored_-big-stories-the-corporate-news-media-ignored.html When Sonoma State University professor Carl Jensen started looking into the news media’s practice of self-censorship in 1976, the Internet was only a dream and most computers were still ]]> Setting the Record Straight: Is It Time for Journal Sentinel’s Politifact To Try To Be Fair? - And yes, Milwaukee’s bus fares are among the highest in the country http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27063-setting-the-record-straight-is-it-time-for-journal-sentinel%25E2%2580%2599s-politifact-to-try-to-be-fair-and-yes-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-bus-fares-are-among-the-highest-in-the-country.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is making his stewardship of the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) a centerpiece of his re-election campaign. It’s an interesting strategy]]> Abele Makes One More Power Grab - Setting the Record Straight http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27032-abele-makes-one-more-power-grab-setting-the-record-straight.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is trying to portray himself as the outsider who’s gotten rid of the insiders in county government. As we’ve explained in a previous Setting the Record Straight feature, contrary to Abele’s campaign ]]> Appeal to Save the John Doe Moves Forward - Three DAs ask to take over after court fires the Republican special prosecutor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27033-appeal-to-save-the-john-doe-moves-forward-three-das-ask-to-take-over-after-court-fires-the-republican-special-prosecutor.html It seems that the years-long John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s alleged “criminal scheme” committed with right-wing special interest groups may not be dead after all]]> Abele’s Mental Health Board Continues Sex Offender Cover-Up - Public meeting results in an arrest for speaking peacefully and publicly http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27034-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-mental-health-board-continues-sex-offender-cover-up-public-meeting-results-in-an-arrest-for-speaking-peacefully-and-publicly.html Last week, the public found out just how far Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s administration will go to silence the public on the administration’s plans to place two long-term ]]> Should Publicly Funded City Charter Schools’ Files be Opened to Taxpayer Scrutiny? - Activists sought more transparency for years—and finally got it http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26997-should-publicly-funded-city-charter-schools%25E2%2580%2599-files-be-opened-to-taxpayer-scrutiny-activists-sought-more-transparency-for-years%25E2%2580%2594and-finally-got-it.html

   

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Abele Administration’s $5 Million No-Bid Contract for Residential Facility Stirs Controversy - Elected officials and neighbors upset about possible sex offender placements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26998-abele-administration%25E2%2580%2599s-%25245-million-no-bid-contract-for-residential-facility-stirs-controversy-elected-officials-and-neighbors-upset-about-possible-sex-offender-placements.html    ]]> Setting the Record Straight: Chris Abele’s Counterproductive Backroom Deal to Keep the Bucks in Town http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26999-setting-the-record-straight-chris-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-counterproductive-backroom-deal-to-keep-the-bucks-in-town.html In his campaign ads, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele takes credit for keeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the city. In one TV ad, a supporter actually says, “Thanks to Chris Abele, the ]]> Walker’s Work-for-Food Program Is Struggling - Rep. Barnes calls for a halt to kicking low-income Milwaukeeans off of Food Share http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26958-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-work-for-food-program-is-struggling-rep-barnes-calls-for-a-halt-to-kicking-low-income-milwaukeeans-off-of-food-share.html Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his workforce development and entitlement reforms in 2013, saying that he wanted low-income Wisconsinites to reduce their dependence on government programs. The state’s 2013-2015 biennial budget]]> The Corrupt State Supreme Court Majority Fires John Doe Prosecutor - When they don’t like the message, they just kill the messenger http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26959-the-corrupt-state-supreme-court-majority-fires-john-doe-prosecutor-when-they-don%25E2%2580%2599t-like-the-message-they-just-kill-the-messenger.html Not content to merely kill off the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s potentially criminal connections to special interest groups, last week the conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to twist the knife ]]> Setting the Record Straight - Yes, Chris Abele Did Increase Bus Fares Paid by Disabled Milwaukeeans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26960-setting-the-record-straight-yes-chris-abele-did-increase-bus-fares-paid-by-disabled-milwaukeeans.html In his slick mailers and TV ads, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele boasts over and over that he hasn’t raised bus fares or cut bus routes since taking office]]> Senator Tammy Baldwin on Wisconsin’s Issues - The first-term Democrat speaks out on refugees, rail safety and education policy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26925-senator-tammy-baldwin-on-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-issues-the-first-term-democrat-speaks-out-on-refugees-rail-safety-and-education-policy.html After serving seven terms in the House of Representatives, Democrat Tammy Baldwin is in the middle of her first term in the Senate, where she’s taken a hands-on approach to tackling some ]]> Setting the Record Straight: Chris Abele Is the Ultimate Insider http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26927-setting-the-record-straight-chris-abele-is-the-ultimate-insider.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s rather expensive re-election campaign has one recurring theme: Abele got rid of the insiders in county government and is now working for you, the voters. Abele’s pricey]]> Setting the Record Straight - Abele’s Not Telling the Truth about His Jobs Record http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26885-setting-the-record-straight-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-not-telling-the-truth-about-his-jobs-record.html Another week, another flurry of expensive flyers flooding the county with the mission of improving Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s image ahead of his re-election campaign.]]> Surprise! Here’s Your Giant Medical Bill - Beyond Obamacare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26886-surprise_-here%25E2%2580%2599s-your-giant-medical-bill-beyond-obamacare.html

Problem: People are seeing hospital bills far higher than they expected.

Solution: Hold insurance companies accountable for covering expenses fairly

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A Conservative Case for Campaign Finance Reform - Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner on why Republicans should care about dark money in elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26887-a-conservative-case-for-campaign-finance-reform-take-back-our-republic%25E2%2580%2599s-john-pudner-on-why-republicans-should-care-about-dark-money-in-elections.html Typically, calls for campaign finance reform come from Democrats and progressives, who argue that more disclosure about campaign donors—especially mega-donors and faceless issue-advocacy groups that sponsor hit jobs on ]]> Milwaukee’s Super Volunteers - Donating their time and talents to make our community a better place http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26888-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-super-volunteers-donating-their-time-and-talents-to-make-our-community-a-better-place.html If volunteerism is the practice of doing unpaid formal or informal volunteer work with the desire to better circumstances or create positive change, then we are all volunteers in one way or another. Whether it’s helping a neighbor shovel a]]> Wanted: More Help with Substance Abuse - Beyond Obamacare Pt. 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26828-wanted-more-help-with-substance-abuse-beyond-obamacare-pt-5.html

   

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Setting the Record Straight - The Truth about Milwaukee County Transit under Chris Abele http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26829-setting-the-record-straight-the-truth-about-milwaukee-county-transit-under-chris-abele.html When you have a well-funded campaign, you poll test to see how the candidate is viewed on every possible issue. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s re-election campaign is doing just that and according to people close to him]]> Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca: State Should Repeal and Replace WEDC - Troubled jobs agency needs more than just rebranding http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26830-assembly-minority-leader-peter-barca-state-should-repeal-and-replace-wedc-troubled-jobs-agency-needs-more-than-just-rebranding.html Shortly after taking office in 2011, Gov. Scott Walker scrapped the Department of Commerce to set up the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a public-private agency that is supposed to ]]> Wisconsin's Legislature: The Best That Money Can Buy? - Republicans destroy clean election laws in the middle of the night http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26798-wisconsins-legislature-the-best-that-money-can-buy-republicans-destroy-clean-election-laws-in-the-middle-of-the-night.html    ]]> Let's Close the Medicare Part D Donut Hole - Beyond Obamacare Part 4 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26774-lets-close-the-medicare-part-d-donut-hole-beyond-obamacare-part-4.html    ]]> Will Milwaukee Issue Community ID Cards? - City and county will look at municipal photo IDs for those who lack them http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26782-will-milwaukee-issue-community-id-cards-city-and-county-will-look-at-municipal-photo-ids-for-those-who-lack-them.html    ]]> Setting the Record Straight - County Executive Campaign Starts with Deceptive Advertising http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26788-setting-the-record-straight-county-executive-campaign-starts-with-deceptive-advertising.html ]]> Good News for Wisconsin’s Solar Industry - Judge says We Energies can’t impose ‘tax’ on rooftop solar owners http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26753-good-news-for-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-solar-industry-judge-says-we-energies-can%25E2%2580%2599t-impose-%25E2%2580%2598tax%25E2%2580%2599-on-rooftop-solar-owners.html In a carefully watched case with national implications for the solar power industry, a Dane County district judge ordered Friday that We Energies can’t impose an extra tax on its residential ]]> Chris Larson on Why He’s Running for Milwaukee County Executive - ‘The torch is in our hands now’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26754-chris-larson-on-why-he%25E2%2580%2599s-running-for-milwaukee-county-executive-%25E2%2580%2598the-torch-is-in-our-hands-now%25E2%2580%2599.html It’s hard to imagine that a smart, popular state Senate leader could be seen as an underdog in a local election, but when the incumbent is the son of a billionaire who can spend millions of his father’s money on his campaign without hesitation]]> Beyond Obamacare: Reining in Prescription Drug Costs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26755-beyond-obamacare-reining-in-prescription-drug-costs.html

Problem: Prescription drug costs are becoming a larger burden.

Solution: Set rules for pharmaceutical companies just as the Affordable Care Act did with 

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Abele Fails to Defend His County Budget in Public - Supervisors weigh legal action to force him to explain his budget http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26712-abele-fails-to-defend-his-county-budget-in-public-supervisors-weigh-legal-action-to-force-him-to-explain-his-budget.html In a departure from his predecessors’ examples, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has not appeared before the Milwaukee County Board’s Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee to ]]> No-Bid Contract to Privatize County’s Mental Health Hospital Not Guaranteed - Board votes to look at public-private partnership in addition to single private vendor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26713-no-bid-contract-to-privatize-county%25E2%2580%2599s-mental-health-hospital-not-guaranteed-board-votes-to-look-at-public-private-partnership-in-addition-to-single-private-vendor.html Milwaukee County’s effort to privatize its mental health hospital via a no-bid contract has run into opposition from its appointed Mental Health Board, which governs the county’s behavioral health]]> Wisconsin Could Create a Totally New Health Care Model - Beyond Obamacare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26714-wisconsin-could-create-a-totally-new-health-care-model-beyond-obamacare.html Many people accept the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—or Obamacare—as the best deal that could have been struck in Congress even though it didn’t create a totally new model for delivering cost]]> Got Corruption? - Republicans’ rushed-through bills would kill off the watchdogs and increase campaign donations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26662-got-corruption-republicans%25E2%2580%2599-rushed-through-bills-would-kill-off-the-watchdogs-and-increase-campaign-donations.html Looks like the final weeks of the Legislature’s last floor period of 2015 will be dominated by bills that boost the Republicans’ hold on power and money—and open the door to more corruption in ]]> Is Abele’s MPS Takeover Ready for Prime Time? - Changes in school report cards call into question schools’ eligibility http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26663-is-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-mps-takeover-ready-for-prime-time-changes-in-school-report-cards-call-into-question-schools%25E2%2580%2599-eligibility.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has until mid-November to appoint a commissioner for the Opportunity Schools Partnership Program (OSPP) and begin taking over public schools to ]]> Beyond Obamacare: Negotiating for a Better Deal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26664-beyond-obamacare-negotiating-for-a-better-deal.html

Problem: Consumers can’t negotiate fairly with big health care companies.

Solution: Health care consumers must negotiate together to get the best deal possible

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Home Care Workers Fight for Their Rights - Union membership an issue in contract negotiations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26621-home-care-workers-fight-for-their-rights-union-membership-an-issue-in-contract-negotiations.html
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Abele Administration Considers a No-Bid Contract to Privatize County’s Mental Health Hospital - Administration rejected two bids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26622-abele-administration-considers-a-no-bid-contract-to-privatize-county%25E2%2580%2599s-mental-health-hospital-administration-rejected-two-bids.html

It’s back to the drawing board for those who want to privatize Milwaukee County’s mental health hospital.

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Chris Larson Announces Candidacy for County Executive - The senator will challenge Chris Abele http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26623-chris-larson-announces-candidacy-for-county-executive-the-senator-will-challenge-chris-abele.html On Monday, in front of his childhood home in Greenfield, state Sen. Chris Larson announced that he is running against Chris Abele for Milwaukee County executive in the spring 2016 election]]> Beyond Obamacare - Wisconsin Could Get Tough on Rising Costs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26625-beyond-obamacare-wisconsin-could-get-tough-on-rising-costs.html

Problem: Insurance costs are still going up, not down.

Solution: We all know that the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare or the ACA

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Abele Goes Off-Script, Insults African Americans - Two budget speeches—one private, one public—from the county executive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26581-abele-goes-off-script-insults-african-americans-two-budget-speeches%25E2%2580%2594one-private-one-public%25E2%2580%2594from-the-county-executive.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele rarely takes questions from the public—and even more rarely takes questions from county supervisors in a public hearing]]> Proposal Could Reduce Gun-Involved Suicides and Homicides http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26582-proposal-could-reduce-gun-involved-suicides-and-homicides.html Gun homicides grab headlines, especially the kind of headlines generated by the latest mass murder at a community college in Oregon]]> Working Families Party Seeks to Reshape Wisconsin Politics - Will support progressive candidates to oust corporate Democrats and conservatives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26539-working-families-party-seeks-to-reshape-wisconsin-politics-will-support-progressive-candidates-to-oust-corporate-democrats-and-conservatives.html All too often progressive voters have been disappointed in their choice of candidates on the ballot. Corporate Democrats try to say the right things to them on the campaign trail but once elected ]]> Waukesha’s Water Request Could Violate Civil Rights Law - Federal funds can’t go to projects that discriminate against minorities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26540-waukesha%25E2%2580%2599s-water-request-could-violate-civil-rights-law-federal-funds-can%25E2%2580%2599t-go-to-projects-that-discriminate-against-minorities.html Is the City of Waukesha violating the Civil Rights Act by seeking federal funding to pipe in Lake Michigan water under the Great Lakes Compact?]]> Public Opposition Mounts to Abele’s MPS Takeover Plan - State legislation trumps local control to privatize public schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26489-public-opposition-mounts-to-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-mps-takeover-plan-state-legislation-trumps-local-control-to-privatize-public-schools.html

There’s little that can be done at the local level to undo state legislation.

But critics of the Republican-crafted state law authorizing Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to take over and 

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Transit Workers Hold a No Confidence Vote on Abele’s Leadership - Abele’s MCTS hasn’t resolved contract dispute http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26490-transit-workers-hold-a-no-confidence-vote-on-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-leadership-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-mcts-hasn%25E2%2580%2599t-resolved-contract-dispute.html Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 held a no confidence vote Monday and Tuesday on Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s leadership. According to the preliminary results collected as the Shepherd ]]> Caring for Milwaukee County’s Most Vulnerable Patients - Behavioral health nurses say they are struggling during transition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26455-caring-for-milwaukee-county%25E2%2580%2599s-most-vulnerable-patients-behavioral-health-nurses-say-they-are-struggling-during-transition.html They have some of the most difficult jobs imaginable, but the public never hears from Milwaukee County’s Mental Health Complex employees, the unsung heroes who care for individuals who are hospitalized because of their serious mental ]]> Milwaukee County Supervisors Question Abele’s Power - Potential legal fight over top appointees’ pay http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26456-milwaukee-county-supervisors-question-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-power-potential-legal-fight-over-top-appointees%25E2%2580%2599-pay.html Republicans in the state Legislature gave Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele unprecedented power when they enacted Act 14 in 2013, which stripped away much of the board’s power and concentrated it in the hands of Abele]]> Common Ground’s $30 Million Winning Strategy - Advocacy campaign for struggling Milwaukee homeowners took on Nationstar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26400-common-ground%25E2%2580%2599s-%252430-million-winning-strategy-advocacy-campaign-for-struggling-milwaukee-homeowners-took-on-nationstar.html In our era of political polarization and highly negative partisan attacks, it’s rare to see community advocates who cheerfully—even gleefully—describe their years-long campaign to help struggling Milwaukeeans.]]> The Pope and the President Agree: It’s Time to Address Climate Change - But Scott Walker’s Wisconsin is in denial http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26401-the-pope-and-the-president-agree-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-to-address-climate-change-but-scott-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-wisconsin-is-in-denial.html Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are addressing climate change in serious ways, yet Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to deny that it’s a problem, according to members of the grassroots group Organizing for Action (OFA) ]]> New State Law Will Lead to the Privatization of Some MPS Schools - Milwaukee parents and taxpayers will lose total control of these schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26377-new-state-law-will-lead-to-the-privatization-of-some-mps-schools-milwaukee-parents-and-taxpayers-will-lose-total-control-of-these-schools.html Thanks to the just-passed state budget, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will assume new powers shared by none of his peers in the state. He’ll be in charge of a new school district that is totally unaccountable to the voters but will ]]> The New County Mental Health Board is Beginning to Assert Itself - Board votes for additional public hearings and more public input http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26378-the-new-county-mental-health-board-is-beginning-to-assert-itself-board-votes-for-additional-public-hearings-and-more-public-input.html The state legislation creating an appointed Mental Health Board to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division (BHD) set a low bar for public transparency and involvement. But that]]> Is the New Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Listening to the Public? - Little access for community members during a major transition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26341-is-the-new-milwaukee-county-mental-health-board-listening-to-the-public-little-access-for-community-members-during-a-major-transition.html When the state Legislature created the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board last year, it did so to remove politics from policy as the county transitions to a more community-based, person-centered model of behavioral health care]]> Board Chair Theo Lipscomb on the Future of Milwaukee County Government - The county executive won’t have the final say http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26342-board-chair-theo-lipscomb-on-the-future-of-milwaukee-county-government-the-county-executive-won%25E2%2580%2599t-have-the-final-say.html Milwaukee County Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb was elected chair of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in July and comes into power at a unique time in Milwaukee County history. As a result of the]]> Privatization of Milwaukee County Mental Health Hospital in the Works - Out-of-state, for-profit hospital could take over acute care services http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26264-privatization-of-milwaukee-county-mental-health-hospital-in-the-works-out-of-state-for-profit-hospital-could-take-over-acute-care-services.html The hospital serving some of Milwaukee County’s neediest psychiatric patients could be run by a for-profit, out-of-state health care company.

The county’s Behavioral Health Division 
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Endorsement: Vote Tim Carpenter for Alderman on Tuesday, Aug. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26265-endorsement-vote-tim-carpenter-for-alderman-on-tuesday-aug-18.html On Tuesday, Aug. 18, voters in the 11th Aldermanic District will head to the polls to select a successor to the late Joe Dudzikwho was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in May. Dudzik had served his constituents well and his passing ]]> State and Federal Republicans Launch New Attacks on Planned Parenthood - Federal government could shut down over organization’s funding http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26231-state-and-federal-republicans-launch-new-attacks-on-planned-parenthood-federal-government-could-shut-down-over-organization%25E2%2580%2599s-funding.html A batch of undercover and highly misleading videos shot by anti-abortion activists seems to have breathed new life into the ongoing Republican war against women in general and Planned Parenthood specifically]]> Is the Appointed ‘Independent’ Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Truly Independent? - Abele administration is trying to keep the professional board weak and irrelevant http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26232-is-the-appointed-%25E2%2580%2598independent%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-county-mental-health-board-truly-independent-abele-administration-is-trying-to-keep-the-professional-board-weak-and-irrelevant.html In spring 2014, state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis) and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) proposed to strip the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors of its oversight of the county’s mental health ]]> State Budget and Bucks Bill Could Radically Alter Milwaukee County - No public input allowed on land sales, school takeover or arena financing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26196-state-budget-and-bucks-bill-could-radically-alter-milwaukee-county-no-public-input-allowed-on-land-sales-school-takeover-or-arena-financing.html Once again, the Republican-dominated Legislature singled out Milwaukee County for radical reforms without public input. In years past, the GOP legislators have curtailed the power of the Milwaukee County ]]> Pro-Republican Gerrymandered Legislative Map Challenged in the Courts - New data show that Wisconsin’s map could be too partisan to be constitutional http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26154-pro-republican-gerrymandered-legislative-map-challenged-in-the-courts-new-data-show-that-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-map-could-be-too-partisan-to-be-constitutional.html When one party earns 53.5% of the vote statewide but just 39% of seats in the Assembly, you know that something is wrong with how the election was conducted]]> Environmental Coalition Says Waukesha Doesn’t Need Lake Michigan Water - First big test of Great Lakes Water Compact underway http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26109-environmental-coalition-says-waukesha-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-need-lake-michigan-water-first-big-test-of-great-lakes-water-compact-underway.html Environmental groups are pushing back on the City of Waukesha’s claims that it must pipe in Lake Michigan water to solve its long-simmering radium problem]]> Going Once, Going Twice, Sold - Abele can sell off county-owned airport, land and museums without a public bid or vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26110-going-once-going-twice-sold-abele-can-sell-off-county-owned-airport-land-and-museums-without-a-public-bid-or-vote.html Last week, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele won the ability to sell off county-owned property without a public hearing or a vote by the county board]]> GOP Legislators Offered to Make Abele Emperor of Milwaukee County - Sweeping power grab added in a holiday weekend budget amendment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26076-gop-legislators-offered-to-make-abele-emperor-of-milwaukee-county-sweeping-power-grab-added-in-a-holiday-weekend-budget-amendment.html Over the holiday weekend, as the public was preoccupied with the Fourth of July festivities and an all-out Republican attack on the state’s open records law, few realized that Milwaukee County]]> Russ Feingold Looks Ahead to 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26044-russ-feingold-looks-ahead-to-2016.html Progressive Wisconsinites cheered when Russ Feingold announced in May that he was running for U.S. Senate against Ron Johnson, the Republican who defeated him in the 2010 tea party wave election. The two men couldn’t be more ]]> Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Pauses Privatization Plan - Asks for public input on outsourcing acute care services http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26045-milwaukee-county-mental-health-board-pauses-privatization-plan-asks-for-public-input-on-outsourcing-acute-care-services.html Members of the new Milwaukee County Mental Health Board seemed a bit confused at their June 25 meeting about their plan to privatize acute care for those with mental health issues]]> Arena Plan Includes State Takeover of County-Owned Marcus Center - County taxpayers would lose their investment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25997-arena-plan-includes-state-takeover-of-county-owned-marcus-center-county-taxpayers-would-lose-their-investment.html An overlooked detail in the pending Bucks arena deal is the state takeover of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, which is owned by Milwaukee County, a plan pushed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and facing skepticism ]]> Significant Arena Funds Would Come from Delinquent Suburban Property Taxpayers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25998-significant-arena-funds-would-come-from-delinquent-suburban-property-taxpayers.html If the devil is in the details, then the Milwaukee County supervisors are digging into the hellish parts of the county’s role in the financing of the proposed Bucks arena and development of the Park East land nearby]]> County’s Behavioral Health Services’ Redesign Moves Forward - New appointed board will hold rare meetings for public input on budget http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25975-county%25E2%2580%2599s-behavioral-health-services%25E2%2580%2599-redesign-moves-forward-new-appointed-board-will-hold-rare-meetings-for-public-input-on-budget.html The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, created by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2014, is moving ahead on its strategic plan to reorganize and downsize the county’s mental health services]]> Help and Hope for the Politically Homeless - ‘Blue Jeans in High Places’ author Mike McCabe on creating a new era of politics for all of us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25976-help-and-hope-for-the-politically-homeless-%25E2%2580%2598blue-jeans-in-high-places%25E2%2580%2599-author-mike-mccabe-on-creating-a-new-era-of-politics-for-all-of-us.html As the longtime executive director of the watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Mike McCabe witnessed the growing influence of money in politics, which he says forces both parties to chase campaign]]> Disruptive Technology at Work - What will the future electric company look like? A Shepherd Q&A with Carl Siegrist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25935-disruptive-technology-at-work-what-will-the-future-electric-company-look-like-a-shepherd-qa-with-carl-siegrist.html Like it or not, utilities that rely on coal-fired power plants are facing a perfect storm. The cost of harnessing renewable energy sources is dropping while coal is becoming more expensive at the same time customers and the international ]]> Don’t Cut Long-Term Care, Save It - The elderly and disabled deserve better http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25936-don%25E2%2580%2599t-cut-long-term-care-save-it-the-elderly-and-disabled-deserve-better.html Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposes to privatize the long-term care system, which would have dire consequences for people with disabilities and the elderly]]> Solar Advocates Head to Court to Stop We Energies’ Solar Tariff - Groups allege utility doesn’t have data showing solar customers hurt its business http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25820-solar-advocates-head-to-court-to-stop-we-energies%25E2%2580%2599-solar-tariff-groups-allege-utility-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-have-data-showing-solar-customers-hurt-its-business.html Last fall, regulators allowed Wisconsin to join Arizona as the only states in the nation that force owners of solar-generating systems to pay an extra fee to their utility simply for investing in and producing their own ]]> Milwaukee Marijuana Ordinance Still in Play - Part of a growing movement to reduce penalties for possession of pot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25774-milwaukee-marijuana-ordinance-still-in-play-part-of-a-growing-movement-to-reduce-penalties-for-possession-of-pot.html The full Milwaukee Common Council voted on May 12 to delay a final vote on a proposal to lower the fine for possessing a small amount of marijuana to no more than $50]]> Suburban Republican Legislative Plan to Take Over MPS Schools - Milwaukee County Executive Abele would control and privatize public schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25729-suburban-republican-legislative-plan-to-take-over-mps-schools-milwaukee-county-executive-abele-would-control-and-privatize-public-schools.html Under a plan developed by suburban Republicans, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele would be empowered to appoint a commissioner who’d take over Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) that fail to meet ]]> Is It Time To End Mass Incarceration? - An issue on which both conservatives and liberals agree http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25730-is-it-time-to-end-mass-incarceration-an-issue-on-which-both-conservatives-and-liberals-agree.html

In this time of deep political polarization, progressives and conservatives seem to agree on at least one important issue: It’s time to end mass incarceration.

The United States currently locks up 2.2 million people

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Exclusive: Another State Whistleblower Alleges Retaliation for Speaking Out - Found fraud, got transferred out of her job http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25666-exclusive-another-state-whistleblower-alleges-retaliation-for-speaking-out-found-fraud-got-transferred-out-of-her-job.html

An award-winning human resources director working for a state agency found what she believed to be evidence of fraud and tried to get her bosses to fix the problem.

But instead of being rewarded for blowing

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Zoo Services Privatization Goes Back to the Drawing Board - New plan an apparent victory for local caterers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25620-zoo-services-privatization-goes-back-to-the-drawing-board-new-plan-an-apparent-victory-for-local-caterers.html Perhaps realizing that it was doomed before the full Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, the proposed contract to privatize the Milwaukee County Zoo’s food, catering and concessions services was sent back to committee for further ]]> Is Being Poor a Crime? - New study shows how common it is to be jailed for failure to pay municipal fines in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25621-is-being-poor-a-crime-new-study-shows-how-common-it-is-to-be-jailed-for-failure-to-pay-municipal-fines-in-milwaukee.html

We aren’t supposed to put people in jail simply for spitting in public, littering or disorderly conduct.

But each year thousands of Milwaukeeans spend time in jail—and potentially lose their driver’s licenses—for violating

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What ‘SEX(ED): The Movie’ Shows - The uncertain state of sex education in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25629-what-%25E2%2580%2598sex%2528ed%2529-the-movie%25E2%2580%2599-shows-the-uncertain-state-of-sex-education-in-wisconsin.html There are those rare moments when an audience has a palpable group response. This occurred in March during a screening of SEX(ED): The Movie (sexedmovie.com). The new documentary explores the history and current status of ]]> Is the County Executive Simply Ignoring the County Board? - Supervisors question Abele’s commitment to county budget http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25510-is-the-county-executive-simply-ignoring-the-county-board-supervisors-question-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-commitment-to-county-budget.html Is Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele committed to implementing the 2015 budget? That question cropped up last Thursday as members of the county board’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee heard testimony on]]> Milwaukee Lost a True Statesman and Champion in Marc Marotta http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25512-milwaukee-lost-a-true-statesman-and-champion-in-marc-marotta.html Last week we were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of attorney Marc Marotta, a friend of the Shepherd. Marotta, just 52, had been a fixture in state and local politics for decades, serving, among his many contributions, as secretary of the state Department of Administration ]]> Lake Michigan Shoreline Winds Up in Court - Dispute puts Transit Center development on hold http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25477-lake-michigan-shoreline-winds-up-in-court-dispute-puts-transit-center-development-on-hold.html The city and Milwaukee County decided to strike first by suing the watchdog group Preserve Our Parks for questioning the shoreline of Lake Michigan and seeming to hold up the sale of the county-owned Transit Center site to developer Rick Barrett]]> Abele Diminishes Milwaukee County’s Representation on MATC Board - Appoints Mequon manufacturer instead of Milwaukee nominees http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25478-abele-diminishes-milwaukee-county%25E2%2580%2599s-representation-on-matc-board-appoints-men-manufacturer-instead-of-milwaukee-nominees.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele once again sided with suburban conservatives, this time when making appointments to the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) board of directors. In March, Abele passed over his fellow Milwaukee Democrat Sandy Pasch and other Milwaukeeans and appointed]]> PLEASE VOTE: Shepherd Express Endorsements - Vote on April 7 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25352-please-vote-shepherd-express-endorsements-vote-on-april-7.html We are urging Shepherd Express readers to vote on Tuesday, April 7, no matter who you vote for. Although this has been a quiet campaign season and probably just a small minority of Wisconsin voters will cast a ballot in this election, it’s vitally important that voters make their voices]]> Public School Teachers Become Conscientious Objectors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25320-public-school-teachers-become-conscientious-objectors.html ]]> Will New State Legislation Give MPS Schools to National Charter School Companies? - New Orleans Recovery School District provides warnings for Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25308-will-new-state-legislation-give-mps-schools-to-national-charter-school-companies-new-orleans-recovery-school-district-provides-warnings-for-milwaukee.html Wisconsin Republicans have the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) in their sights.

That’s nothing new. Conservative Republicans have attacked public schools, and MPS and its unions in particular, for years.

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Disability Advocates Oppose Budget Threat to Their Independence - Walker paves the way for big insurance companies to take over regional services http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25309-disability-advocates-oppose-budget-threat-to-their-independence-walker-paves-the-way-for-big-insurance-companies-to-take-over-regional-services.html It’s unfortunate that Gov. Scott Walker spent the weekend campaigning for the presidency, this time posing as a “regular Joe” in South Carolina. Because on Friday he missed the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) hearing at Alverno College in Milwaukee of his proposed two-year budget]]> Will Right-Wing Big Money Buy Another Seat on the State Supreme Court? - Justice Ann Walsh Bradley faces Judge James Daley on the April 7 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25268-will-right-wing-big-money-buy-another-seat-on-the-state-supreme-court-justice-ann-walsh-bradley-faces-judge-james-daley-on-the-april-7-ballot.html ]]> MPS District 2 Election on the April 7 Ballot - Spence v. Harris on leading MPS when public schools are under attack http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25269-mps-district-2-election-on-the-april-7-ballot-spence-v-harris-on-leading-mps-when-public-schools-are-under-attack.html ]]> Will Customers Benefit from We Energies’ Purchase of Integrys? - Regulated monopoly utility provides no evidence that rates will go down http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25183-will-customers-benefit-from-we-energies%25E2%2580%2599-purchase-of-integrys-regulated-monopoly-utility-provides-no-evidence-that-rates-will-go-down.html We Energies’ business and residential customers likely won’t benefit from the utility’s proposed $9.1 billion purchase of Chicago-based utility Integrys Energy Services, according to testimony presented by consumer groups to the state Public Service Commission (PSC)
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Republican Constitutional Amendment Targets Supreme Court - Partisan referendum to demote Chief Justice Abrahamson will go to the voters on April 7 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25156-republican-constitutional-amendment-targets-supreme-court-partisan-referendum-to-demote-chief-justice-abrahamson-will-go-to-the-voters-on-april-7.html On Tuesday, April 7, Wisconsin voters will be asked to amend the state constitution again, this time to change the way the state Supreme Court selects its chief justice]]> John Daniels on Milwaukee: ‘Everybody’s Got to Feel Part of the Rising Tide’ - Attorney and civic leader on moving Milwaukee forward http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25064-john-daniels-on-milwaukee-%25E2%2580%2598everybody%25E2%2580%2599s-got-to-feel-part-of-the-rising-tide%25E2%2580%2599-attorney-and-civic-leader-on-moving-milwaukee-forward.html ]]> Kooyenga and Darling’s ‘New Opportunities’ Plan for Milwaukee Slammed - Common Council members aren’t impressed with ALEC-influenced free market zones http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25021-kooyenga-and-darling%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598new-opportunities%25E2%2580%2599-plan-for-milwaukee-slammed-common-council-members-aren%25E2%2580%2599t-impressed-with-alec-influenced-free-market-zones.html
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Privatization of County Assets Is Still in the Works - Sale of O’Donnell Park and contract for zoo catering and concessions are very much alive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24899-privatization-of-county-assets-is-still-in-the-works-sale-of-o%25E2%2580%2599donnell-park-and-contract-for-zoo-catering-and-concessions-are-very-much-alive.html
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Milwaukee Streetcar Can Move Ahead Even If Opponents Collect Signatures for a Referendum - Vote approving streetcar scheduled for Feb. 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24799-milwaukee-streetcar-can-move-ahead-even-if-opponents-collect-signatures-for-a-referendum-vote-approving-streetcar-scheduled-for-feb-10.html
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Milwaukee’s Charter Schools Don’t Make the Grade - 4 of 10 schools are providing a substandard education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24760-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-charter-schools-don%25E2%2580%2599t-make-the-grade-4-of-10-schools-are-providing-a-substandard-education.html
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Abele Still Demands the County Renege on Its Contracts with Retirees - Proposed fix would penalize pensioners who took county advice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24761-abele-still-demands-the-county-renege-on-its-contracts-with-retirees-proposed-fix-would-penalize-pensioners-who-took-county-advice.html
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Mayor Tom Barrett on the Streetcar: ‘I’m Betting on the Future of This City’ - Milwaukee Common Council will vote on Jan. 21 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24722-mayor-tom-barrett-on-the-streetcar-%25E2%2580%2598i%25E2%2580%2599m-betting-on-the-future-of-this-city%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-common-council-will-vote-on-jan-21.html
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UWM Civil Rights Lawsuit Heads to Federal Court - Students say administration has taken control of student fees http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24723-uwm-civil-rights-lawsuit-heads-to-federal-court-students-say-administration-has-taken-control-of-student-fees.html ]]> Top Censored Stories of the Year - Project Censored identifies the most important news you didn’t find in the corporate media http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24682-top-censored-stories-of-the-year-project-censored-identifies-the-most-important-news-you-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-find-in-the-corporate-media.html ]]> ‘We Are a Stand-up Family’ - Dontre Hamilton’s family reacts to DA’s decision, says they’ll continue their peaceful quest for justice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24657-%25E2%2580%2598we-are-a-stand-up-family%25E2%2580%2599-dontre-hamilton%25E2%2580%2599s-family-reacts-to-da%25E2%2580%2599s-decision-says-they%25E2%2580%2599ll-continue-their-peaceful-quest-for-justice.html ]]> Milwaukee County Reasserts Control Over Lakefront Properties - O’Donnell sale rejected while Transit Center goes to court http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24623-milwaukee-county-reasserts-control-over-lakefront-properties-o%25E2%2580%2599donnell-sale-rejected-while-transit-center-goes-to-court.html ]]> Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm on the Investigation into the Dontre Hamilton Shooting - ‘There is no more difficult case to prove than police misconduct’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24565-milwaukee-county-district-attorney-john-chisholm-on-the-investigation-into-the-dontre-hamilton-shooting-%25E2%2580%2598there-is-no-more-difficult-case-to-prove-than-police-misconduct%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Milwaukee Considers Decriminalizing Marijuana - Black residents are far more likely to pay the price for violations than whites http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24519-milwaukee-considers-decriminalizing-marijuana-black-residents-are-far-more-likely-to-pay-the-price-for-violations-than-whites.html
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EarthTalk - Is it true that global warming is causing our crops to be less nutritious? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24520-earthtalk-is-it-true-that-global-warming-is-causing-our-crops-to-be-less-nutritious.html ]]> Understanding Obamacare - Open Enrolment 2014-15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24484-understanding-obamacare-open-enrolment-2014-15.html
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Supervisor Jursik on the O’Donnell Park Sale: ‘It’s a Bad Deal’ - Vote on $14 million sale goes to county board on Dec. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24485-supervisor-jursik-on-the-o%25E2%2580%2599donnell-park-sale-%25E2%2580%2598it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-bad-deal%25E2%2580%2599-vote-on-%252414-million-sale-goes-to-county-board-on-dec-18.html ]]> What’s Chris Abele Hiding? - First full year of expanded authority leaves Milwaukee County residents in the dark on major contracts and budget items http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24448-what%25E2%2580%2599s-chris-abele-hiding-first-full-year-of-expanded-authority-leaves-milwaukee-county-residents-in-the-dark-on-major-contracts-and-budget-items.html
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Clean Energy Group Says It Will Sue to Block We Energies’ Solar Rate Hikes - No justification for new ‘solar tax’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24399-clean-energy-group-says-it-will-sue-to-block-we-energies%25E2%2580%2599-solar-rate-hikes-no-justification-for-new-%25E2%2580%2598solar-tax%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Marriage Equality Is Good for Business - Same-sex weddings will add $34 million to Wisconsin’s economy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24400-marriage-equality-is-good-for-business-same-sex-weddings-will-add-%252434-million-to-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-economy.html
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InBiz Celebrates Community Spirit - ‘Shepherd Express’ honors Milwaukee businesses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24320-inbiz-celebrates-community-spirit-%25E2%2580%2598shepherd-express%25E2%2580%2599-honors-milwaukee-businesses.html ]]> Mary Burke Must Be Our Next Governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24272-mary-burke-must-be-our-next-governor.html We enthusiastically support Democrat Mary Burke for governor]]> Send Democrats to Congress http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24273-send-democrats-to-congress.html Thanks to gerrymandering, it doesn’t look like Democrats will be in power in the House of Representatives anytime soon. But we believe that it’s important to elect ]]> Vote for Susan Happ for Attorney General http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24274-vote-for-susan-happ-for-attorney-general.html Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ is an impressive candidate for state attorney general and she deserves your vote. Happ is a Democrat who has won ]]> Vote ‘Yes’ on Milwaukee County Referendum Questions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24276-vote-%25E2%2580%2598yes%25E2%2580%2599-on-milwaukee-county-referendum-questions.html Re-elect Dan Riemer in Assembly District 7 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24277-re-elect-dan-riemer-in-assembly-district-7.html Democrat Dan Riemer has certainly earned the vote of the residents in Assembly District 7 on the southwestern side of Milwaukee, as well as parts of West Milwaukee and West Allis. Riemer is ]]> Re-elect Secretary of State Doug La Follette http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24278-re-elect-secretary-of-state-doug-la-follette.html We believe that Democrat Doug La Follette is the best candidate for secretary of state. Although the Republican Legislature has diminished the stature of the office over time, La Follette has always]]> Support Charlie Fox for Milwaukee County Supervisor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24279-support-charlie-fox-for-milwaukee-county-supervisor.html Milwaukee County government is in a state of upheaval right now, thanks to the Chris Abele-backed Act 14, which greatly diminished the role of the Milwaukee County ]]> Dave Sartori for State Treasurer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24280-dave-sartori-for-state-treasurer.html We encourage Shepherd readers to cast a ballot for Dave Sartori for state treasurer. Sartori, a Cudahy resident, is a Vietnam veteran, former probation/parole agent and a very active ]]> Support John Weishan in Assembly District 15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24281-support-john-weishan-in-assembly-district-15.html John Weishan is a longtime Milwaukee County supervisor who is seeking to utilize that experience in the state Assembly. District 15 encompasses the western suburbs of Milwaukee ]]> Zamarripa Has Earned Another Term in Office http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24282-zamarripa-has-earned-another-term-in-office.html On the city’s Near South Side, we are recommending JoCasta Zamarripa in Assembly District 8 for re-election. She represents her district very well. Zamarripa has been a strong advocate for women]]> Vote ‘No’ on Transportation Referendum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24283-vote-%25E2%2580%2598no%25E2%2580%2599-on-transportation-referendum.html Shepherd readers to vote “no” on a binding referendum that would amend the state constitution to protect the Transportation Fund. More accurately, the amendment would protect the highway lobby, which is why we call this the road-builder job-protection amendment]]> Please Vote on Nov. 4 - ‘Shepherd Express’ Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24264-please-vote-on-nov-4-%25E2%2580%2598shepherd-express%25E2%2580%2599-endorsements.html Election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, is less than a week away and like all major elections, our votes count. In the 1990s, I had the opportunity
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Who Will Be Wisconsin’s Next Attorney General? - Democrat Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel would be very different ‘top cops’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24226-who-will-be-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-next-attorney-general-democrat-susan-happ-and-republican-brad-schimel-would-be-very-different-%25E2%2580%2598top-cops%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Five Referendum Questions on County Ballot - Weigh in on one constitutional amendment and four advisory matters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24227-five-referendum-questions-on-county-ballot-weigh-in-on-one-constitutional-amendment-and-four-advisory-matters.html
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County Board Seat on the Nov. 4 Ballot - Fox and Weddle vie to fill vacant District 5 seat http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24174-county-board-seat-on-the-nov-4-ballot-fox-and-weddle-vie-to-fill-vacant-district-5-seat.html
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Can Democrats Win on GOP Turf? - Redistricting favors Republicans, but Democrats are fighting for every vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24143-can-democrats-win-on-gop-turf-redistricting-favors-republicans-but-democrats-are-fighting-for-every-vote.html
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Retail Symposium Supports Local Businesses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24144-retail-symposium-supports-local-businesses.html
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We Energies-Funded Study Says Solar Actually Helps—Not Harms—Ratepayers - Report contradicts its own claims about ‘fairness’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24145-we-energies-funded-study-says-solar-actually-helps%25E2%2580%2594not-harms%25E2%2580%2594ratepayers-report-contradicts-its-own-claims-about-%25E2%2580%2598fairness%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Does Mary Burke ‘Unequivocally’ Support Obamacare? - You Be the Judge http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24093-does-mary-burke-%25E2%2580%2598unequivocally%25E2%2580%2599-support-obamacare-you-be-the-judge.html
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‘The New Jim Crow’ Author Michelle Alexander on the Crisis Facing Milwaukee’s Black Men - Our criminal justice system isn’t colorblind—or just http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24096-%25E2%2580%2598the-new-jim-crow%25E2%2580%2599-author-michelle-alexander-on-the-crisis-facing-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-black-men-our-criminal-justice-system-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-colorblind%25E2%2580%2594or-just.html
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What You Need to Know About the Voter ID Law - Court fight continues amid chaos http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24074-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-voter-id-law-court-fight-continues-amid-chaos.html
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After Five Months of Silence, Dontre Hamilton’s Family Names MPD Officer in Red Arrow Park Shooting - Also call for Flynn resignation and cameras on cops http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24075-after-five-months-of-silence-dontre-hamilton%25E2%2580%2599s-family-names-mpd-officer-in-red-arrow-park-shooting-also-call-for-flynn-resignation-and-cameras-on-cops.html
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Is Chris Abele’s Plan to do a Private Sale of O’Donnell Park a Done Deal? - Parks advocates raise some very serious questions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24017-is-chris-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-plan-to-do-a-private-sale-of-o%25E2%2580%2599donnell-park-a-done-deal-parks-advocates-raise-some-very-serious-questions.html
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Wisconsin Same-Sex Marriage Case Could Go to the U.S. Supreme Court - Unanimous decision declares ban is unconstitutional—again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23956-wisconsin-same-sex-marriage-case-could-go-to-the-us-supreme-court-unanimous-decision-declares-ban-is-unconstitutional%25E2%2580%2594again.html Last week’s unanimous decision by a three-judge federal appeals court declaring Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional was so strong that it could be one of the cases that makes it up to the U.S. ]]> County Pensioners Still in Limbo - Abele still has no answers after scaring retirees with letters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23957-county-pensioners-still-in-limbo-abele-still-has-no-answers-after-scaring-retirees-with-letters.html Five months after being warned that their pension]]> Student Leader Sues UWM Over His Activism - Judge orders a halt to discipline case http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23958-student-leader-sues-uwm-over-his-activism-judge-orders-a-halt-to-discipline-case.html UW-Milwaukee is playing hardball with a student leader—so hard that the student, M. Samir Siddique, sought a temporary restraining order in]]> The Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23925-the-pros-and-cons-of-e-cigarettes.html Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) took the bold step of asking for new regulations on e-cigarettes, tobacco-free electronic devices that have become wildly]]> We Energies’ War on Its Solar Customers - ‘Unprecedented’ attempt to destroy solar industry and penalize clean energy users in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23870-we-energies%25E2%2580%2599-war-on-its-solar-customers-%25E2%2580%2598unprecedented%25E2%2580%2599-attempt-to-destroy-solar-industry-and-penalize-clean-energy-users-in-wisconsin.html At the very moment solar energy is becoming an affordable, realistic option for homeowners and businesses, the state’s largest utility, We Energies, is attempting to strike a fatal]]> A Positive Vision of Schools Emerges - Community schools can provide urban students with the resources they need http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23838-a-positive-vision-of-schools-emerges-community-schools-can-provide-urban-students-with-the-resources-they-need.html Seeking to change the conversation from one driven by high-stakes testing and privatization, a group of educators, parents and their allies came together last Thursday to learn more about community schools, an increasingly popular educational model]]> Exclusive: Milwaukee County Zoo Food, Catering and Retail Concessions May Be Privatized - No public warning on fast-tracked bid requests http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23839-exclusive-milwaukee-county-zoo-food-catering-and-retail-concessions-may-be-privatized-no-public-warning-on-fast-tracked-bid-requests.html With no public discussion, the Milwaukee County Zoo offered a request for proposals (RFP) to operate and manage its lucrative food service, catering and retail operations]]> Shepherd Express Endorsements: Vote Tuesday, Aug. 12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23762-shepherd-express-endorsements-vote-tuesday-aug-12.html

 We encourage Shepherd readers to head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 12, for the partisan primaries. Candidates from both major parties are on the ballot that day so

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Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman Speaks Out on the City’s Future - We Energies, the Bucks and transportation top his list of priorities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23730-milwaukee-alderman-bob-bauman-speaks-out-on-the-city%25E2%2580%2599s-future-we-energies-the-bucks-and-transportation-top-his-list-of-priorities.html

 One of the most outspoken and effective members of the Milwaukee Common Council, Robert Bauman, has also emerged as one of the city’s most forward thinking

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Four East Side Democrats Sprint to the Aug. 12 Primary - Assembly District 19 will have a new representative http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23731-four-east-side-democrats-sprint-to-the-aug-12-primary-assembly-district-19-will-have-a-new-representative.html

 When Democratic

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Is It Time For a New Sheriff in Town? - David Clarke and Chris Moews are vying for your vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23685-is-it-time-for-a-new-sheriff-in-town-david-clarke-and-chris-moews-are-vying-for-your-vote.html

 It’s pretty safe to say that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke didn’t want to talk about his record in office during last Friday’s interview

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Democrats Vie for Pasch’s Former Assembly Seat - Bowen, Grant, Johann and Torhorst are on the Aug. 12 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23693-democrats-vie-for-pasch%25E2%2580%2599s-former-assembly-seat-bowen-grant-johann-and-torhorst-are-on-the-aug-12-ballot.html

 Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch announced earlier this year that she would not seek another term in office, which presents a huge opportunity for up-and-coming leaders. Four Democrats will

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Democratic Candidates for Attorney General Make Their Case - Winner of the Aug. 12 primary will be on the November ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23647-democratic-candidates-for-attorney-general-make-their-case-winner-of-the-aug-12-primary-will-be-on-the-november-ballot.html

 On Tuesday, Aug. 12, voters in the statewide Democratic primary will have a chance to select their candidate for attorney general, either Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, Dane

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Democratic Candidates for Congress Kaleka and Zerban on the Issues - Aug. 12 primary winner will face Paul Ryan in November election http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23648-democratic-candidates-for-congress-kaleka-and-zerban-on-the-issues-aug-12-primary-winner-will-face-paul-ryan-in-november-election.html


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Inside the City’s Taxicab Wars - A big court case and new technology force industry changes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23615-inside-the-city%25E2%2580%2599s-taxicab-wars-a-big-court-case-and-new-technology-force-industry-changes.html

 On July 22, the city’s existing taxicab industry could be completely upended if the Milwaukee Common Council votes to eliminate

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Walker’s Version of Health Care Reform Is Expensive - His actions cause rates on the insurance exchanges to be $251 higher annually http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23616-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-version-of-health-care-reform-is-expensive-his-actions-cause-rates-on-the-insurance-exchanges-to-be-%2524251-higher-annually.html ]]> Primary Races to Watch on August 12 - Mid-summer election will have some drama http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23576-primary-races-to-watch-on-august-12-mid-summer-election-will-have-some-drama.html

 All eyes—and the media—will be focused on the gubernatorial race this fall. But before voters determine whether Gov. Scott Walker deserves a second term on Nov.

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St. Marcus Makes an Aggressive Push for MPS Building - Voucher school plans to enroll an additional 850 students in Lindsay Heights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23499-st-marcus-makes-an-aggressive-push-for-mps-building-voucher-school-plans-to-enroll-an-additional-850-students-in-lindsay-heights.html

The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) board will be taking up a fast-tracked offer by St. Marcus Lutheran School to purchase the shuttered Lee Elementary School in the 

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Milwaukee Leaders Force Walker To Address Sex Offender Placement Policy - City has 89% of Milwaukee County’s sex offenders but few resources http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23500-milwaukee-leaders-force-walker-to-address-sex-offender-placement-policy-city-has-89-of-milwaukee-county%25E2%2580%2599s-sex-offenders-but-few-resources.html

  A very public scolding by Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy has resulted in a letter from Gov. Scott Walker stating that the state Department of Corrections (DOC) would work with local leaders on concerns about the city’s disproportionate share of registered sex

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Milwaukee Is Indian Country - Local Native Americans keep their traditions alive in the city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23437-milwaukee-is-indian-country-local-native-americans-keep-their-traditions-alive-in-the-city.html ]]> Top New York Prosecutor Sheds Light on What Milwaukee Can Expect in the Growing Heroin and Painkiller Crisis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23438-top-new-york-prosecutor-sheds-light-on-what-milwaukee-can-expect-in-the-growing-heroin-and-painkiller-crisis.html

 “America’s got a big taste for painkillers,” New York Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan told the crowd assembled at last week’s regional

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Board President Michael Bonds on MPS in Transition - The ‘hidden miracle’ happening in Milwaukee’s public schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23400-board-president-michael-bonds-on-mps-in-transition-the-%25E2%2580%2598hidden-miracle%25E2%2580%2599-happening-in-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-public-schools.html ]]> County Mental Health Hospital Nurses Ask Abele for New Hires - Forced overtime and staff shortages are compromising safety http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23355-county-mental-health-hospital-nurses-ask-abele-for-new-hires-forced-overtime-and-staff-shortages-are-compromising-safety.html

 Nurses who work at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Department (BHD) say deficient staffing levels are causing safety problems for workers and patients

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Lawsuit Prompts Funding of City Buses Out to Suburbs - Money is tied to $1.7 billion Zoo Interchange upgrade settlement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23356-lawsuit-prompts-funding-of-city-buses-out-to-suburbs-money-is-tied-to-%252417-billion-zoo-interchange-upgrade-settlement.html

 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to provide $13.5 million for buses originating

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Grassroots Group is Fighting Highway 164/J Redesign in Waukesha and Washington Counties - Wisconsin DOT wants to charge $10,000 for agency records on highway expansion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23323-grassroots-group-is-fighting-highway-164_j-redesign-in-waukesha-and-washington-counties-wisconsin-dot-wants-to-charge-%252410000-for-agency-records-on-highway-expansion.html

 A grassroots group critical of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s planned reconstruction of Highway 164/J in Waukesha and Washington counties alleges the

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Sheldon Lubar’s Next Target: The Democratically Elected MPS Board - Businessman behind Abele and Sanfelippo’s destruction of the Milwaukee County board gets candid about his plans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23324-sheldon-lubar%25E2%2580%2599s-next-target-the-democratically-elected-mps-board-businessman-behind-abele-and-sanfelippo%25E2%2580%2599s-destruction-of-the-milwaukee-county-board-gets-candid-about-his-plans.html

 Last Thursday, in a discussion devoted to Milwaukee County government “reforms,” businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Lubar casually dropped a bomb: His next

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Still Separate, Still Unequal - 60 years after the ‘Brown v. Board of Education’ decision, Milwaukee struggles with racial divisions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23283-still-separate-still-unequal-60-years-after-the-%25E2%2580%2598brown-v-board-of-education%25E2%2580%2599-decision-milwaukee-struggles-with-racial-divisions.html ]]> Milwaukee’s Spot Abuse Project Targets Domestic and Animal Violence - Abuse of family members and animals are linked http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23244-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-spot-abuse-project-targets-domestic-and-animal-violence-abuse-of-family-members-and-animals-are-linked.html

 An astounding 76% of animal abusers also abuse a family member, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

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The Voter ID Decision Is Bigger Than You Think - Federal judge refutes right-wing allegations of ‘widespread voter fraud’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23245-the-voter-id-decision-is-bigger-than-you-think-federal-judge-refutes-right-wing-allegations-of-%25E2%2580%2598widespread-voter-fraud%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Last week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down Wisconsin’s Republican-backed voter ID law, a landmark judicial decision in the hard-fought battle over

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Charter School Advocates Pushing Policies That Won’t Help Kids - New report slams school privatization based on ‘no evidence’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23208-charter-school-advocates-pushing-policies-that-won%25E2%2580%2599t-help-kids-new-report-slams-school-privatization-based-on-%25E2%2580%2598no-evidence%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Bigger class sizes, high teacher turnover, computer-based learning and “turnaround

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Democratic Candidate for Governor Mary Burke Makes Her Case - Addresses her jobs plan, Trek outsourcing and Act 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23209-democratic-candidate-for-governor-mary-burke-makes-her-case-addresses-her-jobs-plan-trek-outsourcing-and-act-10.html

 With a little more than six months left in the race for Wisconsin governor, Democratic candidate Mary Burke has been crisscrossing the state to introduce herself and her plan to turn around

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Southridge Boots Bus Stop Protesters from Site - Seniors and disabled bus riders unhappy with long walk to the mall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23172-southridge-boots-bus-stop-protesters-from-site-seniors-and-disabled-bus-riders-unhappy-with-long-walk-to-the-mall.html

 Private security guards asked an estimated 100 protesters—and the media—to leave Greendale’s Southridge Mall property on Saturday afternoon as they protested the

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Endorsement: Eyon Biddle for Milwaukee Common Council District 15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23173-endorsement-eyon-biddle-for-milwaukee-common-council-district-15.html

 The residents of the near North Side of Milwaukee have the opportunity to support an energetic, progressive candidate to the Milwaukee Common Council—Eyon Biddle. This special election will

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Right-wing Voucher Supporters Train Potential Political Candidates - American Federation for Children, MMAC and Democrats for Education Reform provide candidate training http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23174-right-wing-voucher-supporters-train-potential-political-candidates-american-federation-for-children-mmac-and-democrats-for-education-reform-provide-candidate-training.html “Almost always, the answer is: Take the money.” That’s what former Republican Assembly speaker turned voucher school lobbyist Scott]]> Milwaukee County Residents Lose Control of Mental Health Services - New board to be appointed by governor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23128-milwaukee-county-residents-lose-control-of-mental-health-services-new-board-to-be-appointed-by-governor.html

 With little fanfare, Milwaukee County’s mental health system was transferred to state control last week. Soon, the Milwaukee County executive and board of supervisors will send to Gov. Scott Walker their

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Common Council Candidates Biddle and Stamper on the Issues Facing 15th District Residents - Special election will be held on Tuesday, April 29 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23129-common-council-candidates-biddle-and-stamper-on-the-issues-facing-15th-district-residents-special-election-will-be-held-on-tuesday-april-29.html ]]> 15 Things You Can Do To Protect Milwaukee's Environment - Celebrate Earth Day every day by getting involved http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23090-15-things-you-can-do-to-protect-milwaukees-environment-celebrate-earth-day-every-day-by-getting-involved.html

 Earth Day 2014 arrives on the heels of a very grim United Nations report that found climate change is affecting all continents and oceans, causing noticeable disruptions in our food and

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Democrats Slam Walker’s Voter Suppression Bill - Part of GOP’s national strategy to shrink the electorate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23027-democrats-slam-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-voter-suppression-bill-part-of-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-national-strategy-to-shrink-the-electorate.html

 Local and national Democrats are trying to strike back at new restrictions on voting in Wisconsin and elsewhere, charging that Republicans are suppressing the vote to

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Who Was Wisconsin Club for Growth’s $1 Million Donor? - Tax form sheds more light on Scott Walker ally’s finances and what John Doe 2 prosecutors may be investigating http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23028-who-was-wisconsin-club-for-growth%25E2%2580%2599s-%25241-million-donor-tax-form-sheds-more-light-on-scott-walker-ally%25E2%2580%2599s-finances-and-what-john-doe-2-prosecutors-may-be-investigating.html

 Newly obtained tax forms from the Wisconsin Club for Growth show that the controversial group received a $1 million donation as part of its $8 million of revenues

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Understanding Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act Is Landmark Legislation That Will Benefit Everyone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23010-understanding-obamacare-the-affordable-care-act-is-landmark-legislation-that-will-benefit-everyone.html

  Question: What does Obamacare mean for the future of this country?

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April 1 Election Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22968-april-1-election-endorsements.html

 Both candidates for this seat on the bench are highly qualified. We went beyond our endorsement committee and discussed this election and the candidates with a sampling of legal professionals

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City of Milwaukee Explores Energy Independence - Could it pull the plug on We Energies? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22969-city-of-milwaukee-explores-energy-independence-could-it-pull-the-plug-on-we-energies.html ]]> Understanding Obamacare: Open Enrollment Period Ends March 31 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22937-understanding-obamacare-open-enrollment-period-ends-march-31.html

 Question: Do I have to be concerned about the end of the open enrollment period on March 31 if I don’t buy an individual policy?

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Lessons from a Pot-Friendly Colorado - Tips on availability, prices, edibles and more http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22864-lessons-from-a-pot-friendly-colorado-tips-on-availability-prices-edibles-and-more.html

 In line near midday on a Friday are a guy with a backpack, a suit on a cell phone, three chatty coeds

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Understanding Obamacare: Latinos Will Benefit from Better Access to Health Care http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22849-understanding-obamacare-latinos-will-benefit-from-better-access-to-health-care.html

 Question: What does Obamacare mean for the Latino community? Answer: For members of all ethnic groups, the Affordable Care Act helps expand opportunity

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Republicans Push Voter Suppression and Lobbyist-Friendly Bills Ahead of Tough Fall Election - GOP split on ALEC-debated education bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22791-republicans-push-voter-suppression-and-lobbyist-friendly-bills-ahead-of-tough-fall-election-gop-split-on-alec-debated-education-bill.html

 In the final days of the legislative session, the Republican-dominated state Senate is focusing its agenda on bills that don’t necessarily have the votes to pass. Bills that would suppress voter

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Understanding Obamacare: Some Options If Your Employer Provides Insurance Coverage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22799-understanding-obamacare-some-options-if-your-employer-provides-insurance-coverage.html

 Question: What can I do if I don’t like the insurance I get through my employer?

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Two Court Commissioners Vie for Circuit Court Seat in April 1 Election - Milwaukee County judge candidates Cedric Cornwall and Laura Gramling Perez talk about their toughest decisions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22785-two-court-commissioners-vie-for-circuit-court-seat-in-april-1-election-milwaukee-county-judge-candidates-cedric-cornwall-and-laura-gramling-perez-talk-about-their-toughest-decisions.html On April 1, Milwaukee County voters will cast a ballot for two highly qualified candidates for Circuit Court Judge Branch 32—Cedric Cornwall and Laura Gramling Perez.]]> New Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy Shares His Agenda - Fair wages, Century City development, a regional heroin summit and arts support top his to-do list http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22749-new-milwaukee-common-council-president-michael-murphy-shares-his-agenda-fair-wages-century-city-development-a-regional-heroin-summit-and-arts-support-top-his-to-do-list.html In a surprise move at the end of January, Willie Hines announced that he was stepping down as president of the Milwaukee Common Council to work for the Housing]]> Walker and His Aides Shared Confidential County Business on Private Emails - Former county employee says secret email system started in 2002 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22750-walker-and-his-aides-shared-confidential-county-business-on-private-emails-former-county-employee-says-secret-email-system-started-in-2002.html

 Gov. Scott Walker’s aides in his Milwaukee County executive’s office used their private emails to share information protected by attorney-client privilege, confidential contract bidding details, and

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Understanding Obamacare: You Can Change Your Insurance Plan During Open Enrollment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22743-understanding-obamacare-you-can-change-your-insurance-plan-during-open-enrollment.html Question: Is it too late to change my plan on healthcare.gov? Answer: Did you purchase an insurance plan before realizing you didn’t like some aspect of it? Perhaps you realized you prefer a different network or deductible? That’s OK! During...]]> Understanding Obamacare: Older Americans Get Help http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22708-understanding-obamacare-older-americans-get-help.html

 What does Obamacare mean for older Americans?

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Understanding Obamacare: How to Avoid Insurance Scams http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22679-understanding-obamacare-how-to-avoid-insurance-scams.html

 Question: Do I need to be worried about my personal information under Obamacare?

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Saving Lives: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin’s Ultimate Mission - Anti-heroin overdose program gets the seal of approval http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22683-saving-lives-aids-resource-center-of-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-ultimate-mission-anti-heroin-overdose-program-gets-the-seal-of-approval.html

A package of bills meant to combat the heroin epidemic in Wisconsin is poised to pass the Senate as we go to press—with not one vote against it in the State Assembly.

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Mental Health Takeover Bill Lacks Accountability - Appointed board members wouldn’t have to live in Milwaukee County or represent community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22684-mental-health-takeover-bill-lacks-accountability-appointed-board-members-wouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-have-to-live-in-milwaukee-county-or-represent-community.html

 A bill fast-tracked through the Legislature would remove Milwaukee County supervisors’ responsibility for mental health services, putting an unelected Milwaukee County Mental Health Board selected by Gov. Scott Walker in charge of those services instead

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Understanding Obamacare: At Least 10 Million Have New Insurance Coverage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22622-understanding-obamacare-at-least-10-million-have-new-insurance-coverage.html Question: How many people have already signed up for Obamacare? Answer: Figures show that at least 10 million Americans have new health insurance thanks to]]> Medical Marijuana Helps Sick Kids—But Not in Wisconsin - Cannabis oil bill gains bipartisan support in Assembly, but is stifled by Leah Vukmir in the Senate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22604-medical-marijuana-helps-sick-kids%25E2%2580%2594but-not-in-wisconsin-cannabis-oil-bill-gains-bipartisan-support-in-assembly-but-is-stifled-by-leah-vukmir-in-the-senate.html

 Sally Schaeffer’s daughter, Lydia, suffers from two rare seizure disorders that prevent her from sleeping, thriving and living the life

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Understanding Obamacare: Health Care Reform Reduces Income Inequality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22590-understanding-obamacare-health-care-reform-reduces-income-inequality.html Question: Does Obamacare help prevent inequality? Answer: Yes. The Affordable Care Act helps reduce a massive transfer of wealth]]> Abele Administration Defends Controversial Transit Contract - Critics say MV low-balled its bid to win $492 million deal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22569-abele-administration-defends-controversial-transit-contract-critics-say-mv-low-balled-its-bid-to-win-%2524492-million-deal.html In new legal documents, the Chris Abele]]> County Supervisors Push Back on Abele’s Couture Bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22570-county-supervisors-push-back-on-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-couture-bill.html

 On Monday, a Milwaukee County board committee heard testimony from aides to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on a new bill that the administration says would provide more clarity on which portions of Milwaukee’s lakefront can be developed by a private entity. The bill, authored

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Understanding Obamacare: Young Adults Should Sign Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22549-understanding-obamacare-young-adults-should-sign-up.html

 Question: Will Obamacare fail if young people don’t sign up?

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Yes, The War on Poverty Has Helped Women and Their Kids - But our 21st-century economy still doesn't fairly reward women’s work http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22537-yes-the-war-on-poverty-has-helped-women-and-their-kids-but-our-21st-century-economy-still-doesnt-fairly-reward-women%25E2%2580%2599s-work.html

 Women are bearing the brunt of the failure to win the War on Poverty. Although poverty in general has shrunk since the 1960s, women are more likely to be impoverished than men, and women

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Understanding Obamacare: People With Disabilities Can Get Coverage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22516-understanding-obamacare-people-with-disabilities-can-get-coverage.html Question: How does Obamacare help people with disabilities? Answer: Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance options were scarce for Wisconsinites]]> Documents Show Possible Flaws in Abele Administration’s Bus Contract Bidding Process - Company with the worst service score won the $492 million contract http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22491-documents-show-possible-flaws-in-abele-administration%25E2%2580%2599s-bus-contract-bidding-process-company-with-the-worst-service-score-won-the-%2524492-million-contract.html

 The Abele administration was set to award a multiyear transit contract worth between $492 million and $820 million to an out-of-state company that received the poorest scores for bus service but

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Jonathan Brostoff Running for East Side Assembly Seat http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22494-jonathan-brostoff-running-for-east-side-assembly-seat.html  Jonathan Brostoff recently announced his candidacy for the East Side Assembly seat being vacated by Democrat Jon Richards, who is running for Wisconsin attorney general. The Assembly district includes the

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Understanding Obamacare: Cracking Down on Fraud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22470-understanding-obamacare-cracking-down-on-fraud.html

 Question: How does Obamacare combat fraud? Answer: With health care representing 17% of our entire economy, we must be vigilant to ensure our money is being spent

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Questions Surround Courthouse Fire and Possible Coverup - Abele administration faulted for withholding and destroying information http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22457-questions-surround-courthouse-fire-and-possible-coverup-abele-administration-faulted-for-withholding-and-destroying-information.html ]]> Understanding Obamacare: You Still Have Time to Enroll http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22439-understanding-obamacare-you-still-have-time-to-enroll.html

 Question: Do I still have time to sign up for Obamacare? Answer: Yes, the Affordable Care Act gives people ample opportunity to sign up for quality and affordable health care

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Project Censored - Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps and the notion of journalistic objectivity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22429-project-censored-annual-media-watchdog-list-critiques-coverage-of-whistleblowers-and-wealth-gaps-and-the-notion-of-journalistic-objectivity.html

 This year’s annual Project Censored list of the most underreported news stories includes the widening wealth gap, the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking classified documents and

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Milwaukee's Insurance Rates Are High, And Policies Are Low Quality - New report shows insurance costs have tripled since 2000 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22401-milwaukees-insurance-rates-are-high-and-policies-are-low-quality-new-report-shows-insurance-costs-have-tripled-since-2000.html Residents of Milwaukee and Racine are paying 23% more or an extra $1,810 annually for large-group health insurance than Madison-area residents, according to a new analysis by]]> Pope Francis Understands Economics Better than Most Politicians http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22357-pope-francis-understands-economics-better-than-most-politicians.html Pope Francis is a pontiff who has constructively broken all the rules of popery—so far to widespread acclaim. He’s faulted the Catholic Church for its negative obsession ]]> Bus Management Contract Still in Question - If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22358-bus-management-contract-still-in-question-if-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-broken-don%25E2%2580%2599t-try-to-fix-it.html

 The Dallas-based bus company MV Transportation wants to win the contract to operate the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) so that it can gain a toehold in the Midwest, a

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Understanding Obamacare: States Have Flexibility to Deliver Health Care http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22341-understanding-obamacare-states-have-flexibility-to-deliver-health-care.html

 Question: Can states improve upon the Obamacare? Answer: Yes. From the beginning, advocates had pushed to allow states the option of going above and beyond the requirements

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Speaking Out: Supreme Court Justice Smeared by the U.S. Chamber - Story Inspires John Grisham’s Bestseller http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22323-speaking-out-supreme-court-justice-smeared-by-the-us-chamber-story-inspires-john-grisham%25E2%2580%2599s-bestseller.html

 Few jurists have inspired a best-selling book by John Grisham, appeared in an acclaimed documentary, been the subject of congressional hearings and will see their life story play out in a

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ALEC Struggles in the Spotlight - Private documents show the right-wing ‘corporate bill mill’ is suffering under scrutiny http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22324-alec-struggles-in-the-spotlight-private-documents-show-the-right-wing-%25E2%2580%2598corporate-bill-mill%25E2%2580%2599-is-suffering-under-scrutiny.html

 The fallout from the Trayvon Martin shooting death and increased scrutiny from a Wisconsin-based watchdog group

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Endorsement: Vote for John Hermes on Dec. 17 - The Greendale village president has earned your vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22325-endorsement-vote-for-john-hermes-on-dec-17-the-greendale-village-president-has-earned-your-vote.html

 On Tuesday, Dec. 17, voters in Assembly District 82 have the opportunity to cast a ballot for a highly qualified and effective candidate—Greendale Village President John Hermes—in a special

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Understanding Obamacare: Preventive Medicine Is Key http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22297-understanding-obamacare-preventive-medicine-is-key.html Question: How does the Affordable Care Act help keep us healthy? Answer: The Affordable Care Act includes the Prevention Fund, which is intended to prevent]]> Appeal of Abele’s Bus Contract Moves Ahead - Judge orders administration to release documents, panel will review contract process http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22283-appeal-of-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-bus-contract-moves-ahead-judge-orders-administration-to-release-documents-panel-will-review-contract-process.html ]]> Understanding Obamacare: Stronger Out-of-Network Emergency Room Protections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22267-understanding-obamacare-stronger-out-of-network-emergency-room-protections.html

 Question: What does “in-network” mean and does health reform change that? Answer: Before the Affordable Care Act became law, insurance companies often had a network

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Understanding Obamacare: What Are The Major Differences Between Plans On Healthcare.gov? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22236-understanding-obamacare-what-are-the-major-differences-between-plans-on-healthcaregov.html

 What are the major differences between plans on healthcare.gov?

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Masters of Manipulation - Right-wing billionaires, corporations and the Bradley Foundation pay for junk studies that prop up their agenda http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22239-masters-of-manipulation-right-wing-billionaires-corporations-and-the-bradley-foundation-pay-for-junk-studies-that-prop-up-their-agenda.html

 A clearer picture is emerging of a well-funded network of right-wing experts and think tanks that promote corporate interests

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County Board Restores Accountability to Abele’s Budget - All but one veto is overridden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22240-county-board-restores-accountability-to-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-all-but-one-veto-is-overridden.html ]]> Why Paul Ryan Is Rebranding That Old ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22208-why-paul-ryan-is-rebranding-that-old-%25E2%2580%2598compassionate-conservatism%25E2%2580%2599.html Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession. Perhaps that is why]]> Heroes of the Week: Common Ground’s Collective of Volunteers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22210-heroes-of-the-week-common-ground%25E2%2580%2599s-collective-of-volunteers.html

 An affiliate of the national network Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), Common Ground is a locally led, volunteer-run nonprofit that teaches regular people how to be nonpartisan leaders and create

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The Kennedy Assassination http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22195-the-kennedy-assassination.html

 “The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was a cruel and shocking act of violence directed against a man, a family, a nation, and against all mankind

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Understanding Obamacare: You Can Keep Your Insurance Plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22201-understanding-obamacare-you-can-keep-your-insurance-plan.html Question: Can I keep my current plan under Obamacare? Answer: Despite quite a bit of attention on the matter recently, the vast majority of Americans will]]> Marina Dimitrijevic Will Run for Assembly - County board chair will focus on green jobs and education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22202-marina-dimitrijevic-will-run-for-assembly-county-board-chair-will-focus-on-green-jobs-and-education.html

 Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic will run for the East Side state Assembly seat being vacated by longtime Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards as he runs for state attorney

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Why Republicans Suddenly Care About Canceled Health Policies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22169-why-republicans-suddenly-care-about-canceled-health-policies.html Amid the current national uproar over the troubles of the Affordable Care Act, it is almost uplifting]]> Endorsement: Vote for Local Public Schools Supporter Elizabeth Coppola on Nov. 19 Residents of southern suburbs have a clear choice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22131-endorsement-vote-for-local-public-schools-supporter-elizabeth-coppola-on-nov-19-residents-of-southern-suburbs-have-a-clear-choice.html Residents of Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a portion of Franklin have a clear choice in the Tuesday, Nov. 19, special election for Assembly District 21. Elizabeth Coppola has earned your]]> Understanding Obamacare: Navigators Will Help You Enroll http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22113-understanding-obamacare-navigators-will-help-you-enroll.html

 Question: Can I speak to someone about signing up for Obamacare? Or must I sign up through the website? Answer: Thanks to Obamacare, tens of millions of Americans

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Are Politicians who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22114-are-politicians-who-cut-food-stamps-and-deny-health-access-truly-%25E2%2580%2598pro-life%25E2%2580%2599.html

 When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media

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Honoring the Milwaukee International Film Festival - Mayor Barrett presents founders with a proclamation on its 10th anniversary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22098-honoring-the-milwaukee-international-film-festival-mayor-barrett-presents-founders-with-a-proclamation-on-its-10th-anniversary.html

 Mayor Tom Barrett presented a proclamation to the Shepherd Express’ publisher/editor Louis Fortis and Arts and Entertainment editor David Luhrssen on the 10th anniversary of their founding the Milwaukee International Film Festival, which ran Nov. 6 through Nov. 16, 2003

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School Voucher Money Pours Into South Side Election to Replace Honadel - Democrat Coppola will face voucher activist Rodriguez on Nov. 19 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22100-school-voucher-money-pours-into-south-side-election-to-replace-honadel-democrat-coppola-will-face-voucher-activist-rodriguez-on-nov-19.html ]]> Understanding Obamacare: New Insurance Options Will Drive Down Costs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22073-understanding-obamacare-new-insurance-options-will-drive-down-costs.html

 Question: How will Obamacare help promote competition in health care? Answer: Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, helps make a number of paradigm shifts in the

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Obamacare in Wisconsin: Can We Make the Affordable Care Act Work? - Scott Walker missed opportunities to expand coverage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22062-obamacare-in-wisconsin-can-we-make-the-affordable-care-act-work-scott-walker-missed-opportunities-to-expand-coverage.html

 It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Obamacare. Yes, the Affordable Care Act survived a defunding attempt that crippled Washington

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Parks Group Threatens Lawsuit Over Couture Site - Abele and Republican Legislature created a ‘fictitious lakebed’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22066-parks-group-threatens-lawsuit-over-couture-site-abele-and-republican-legislature-created-a-%25E2%2580%2598fictitious-lakebed%25E2%2580%2599.html

 A parks group warned Milwaukee County supervisors it would head to court if the county

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Understanding Obamacare: Mental Health Services Must Be Covered http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22039-understanding-obamacare-mental-health-services-must-be-covered.html

 Question: How will mental health coverage improve under Obamacare? Answer: For many years, our health system failed to adequately...

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The Peacemakers - Expert mediators explain how to end stalemates and resolve conflicts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22024-the-peacemakers-expert-mediators-explain-how-to-end-stalemates-and-resolve-conflicts.html

 Members of Congress partially shut down the federal government for 16 days, wasted an estimated $24 billion and pushed the United States

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Low Wages in Fast Food Cost Taxpayers $166 Million in Wisconsin - Workers are forced to utilize safety-net programs to supplement small paychecks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22025-low-wages-in-fast-food-cost-taxpayers-%2524166-million-in-wisconsin-workers-are-forced-to-utilize-safety-net-programs-to-supplement-small-paychecks.html

 More than half of all front-line fast food workers earn so little that they are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs such as Medicaid, food assistance or the

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Understanding Obamacare: Medicare Will Be Strengthened http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22028-understanding-obamacare-medicare-will-be-strengthened.html

Question: How is Medicare impacted by Obamacare? Answer: As open enrollment for Medicare is upon us, it’s important to look at what...

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Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions of Jobs, Risks Millions More http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21999-peterson-study-tea-party-extremism-cost-millions-of-jobs-risks-millions-more.html If Americans learn anything from this month’s shutdown-and-debt-ceiling debacle, they ought to realize that political extremism]]> Understanding Obamacare: The Freedom to Start Your Own Business http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21988-understanding-obamacare-the-freedom-to-start-your-own-business.html

 Question: How does Obamacare give me more freedom to control my life? Answer: The new options provided by the Affordable Care Act will help Americans

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Supervisors Examine Abele’s County Budget - Mistakes, policy decisions and more employee cuts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21989-supervisors-examine-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-county-budget-mistakes-policy-decisions-and-more-employee-cuts.html

 Like his predecessor, Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele touted his no-tax...

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Campaign Contribution Limits Challenged - U.S. Supreme Court case could embolden big donors in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21990-campaign-contribution-limits-challenged-us-supreme-court-case-could-embolden-big-donors-in-wisconsin.html

 Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a high-rolling Alabama donor’s challenge to the federal limits on campaign donations to federal candidates

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Risky Business - Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their Own Donations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21954-risky-business-corporate-leaders-bemoan-tea-party-default-crisis-created-by-their-own-donations.html

 America’s great minds of business and finance have reached a consensus on the government shutdown and worse, the prospect of a debt default: While the latter is worse, both are bad

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Who Is Mary Burke? - And is she Wisconsin’s next governor? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21926-who-is-mary-burke-and-is-she-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-next-governor.html

 With just a year to go before the 2014 gubernatorial election, one Democrat, Mary Burke, a Dane County businesswoman and former head of the Department of Commerce, has just publicly

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Understanding Obamacare: Insurance Companies Can’t Discriminate Against Women http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21927-understanding-obamacare-insurance-companies-can%25E2%2580%2599t-discriminate-against-women.html

 Question: How does Obamacare help women’s health? Answer: Obamacare has important benefits for women and finally addresses persistent inequities in our health system. Before the Affordable

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Alberta Darling Wants to Rig the Real Estate Market - Would force the city to sell MPS buildings to competitors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21928-alberta-darling-wants-to-rig-the-real-estate-market-would-force-the-city-to-sell-mps-buildings-to-competitors.html

 A Milwaukee Common Council committee voted Monday to oppose a bill authored

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Drunk and Disorderly - How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21914-drunk-and-disorderly-how-republican-extremists-are-shredding-every-principle-the-gop-claims-to-uphold.html By Washington standards, the current government]]> Milwaukee County Moves to Regulate Taxicabs - City’s permitting system is unconstitutional http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21882-milwaukee-county-moves-to-regulate-taxicabs-city%25E2%2580%2599s-permitting-system-is-unconstitutional.html ]]> Gov. Walker: Where Are the Jobs? - Wisconsin can’t even keep up with weak national growth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21895-gov-walker-where-are-the-jobs-wisconsin-can%25E2%2580%2599t-even-keep-up-with-weak-national-growth.html

 Last week, the new data showed that Wisconsin’s private sector added just 24,305 new jobs between March 2012 and March 2013, growing 1.1%, well below the 2% national job growth

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Understanding Obamacare: How To Sign Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21875-understanding-obamacare-how-to-sign-up.html

 Question: When can I access Obamacare and where do I go? Answer: Open enrollment is here! Oct. 1 marked the start of open enrollment for health

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In Media Coverage of Clintons, Anonymous Gossip and Fact-Free Cynicism Still Rule http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21871-in-media-coverage-of-clintons-anonymous-gossip-and-fact-free-cynicism-still-rule.html

 For the American media—and especially for “the liberal media”—even the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidential nomination, however distant, seems to invite a reversion to bad old habits

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A Tree Sanctuary Grows in Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum opens to the public http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21853-a-tree-sanctuary-grows-in-milwaukee-the-milwaukee-rotary-centennial-arboretum-opens-to-the-public.html

 It can be called an outdoor classroom, a children’s forest or 40 acres of natural sanctuary just a mile from Downtown. But the new Milwaukee Rotary Centennial

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Big Donors, Little Scrutiny - State law forbids public investigations of political donors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21861-big-donors-little-scrutiny-state-law-forbids-public-investigations-of-political-donors.html

 Last week, the nonpartisan watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign announced that it had identified 14 donors who had made campaign contributions over the legal $10,000 limit this

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Understanding Obamacare: Insurance Companies Must Cut Overhead Costs and Profits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21833-understanding-obamacare-insurance-companies-must-cut-overhead-costs-and-profits.html

 Question: How does Obamacare require more accountability from insurance companies? Answer: One the major ways that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) requires more

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Learning From a Thousand-Year Flood http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21829-learning-from-a-thousand-year-flood.html  Two months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state's chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about the ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing and unbridled drilling. During his speech, Lepore insinuated that

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Republican Leaders Won’t Allow a Hearing on Redistricting Reform - Opponents of nonpartisan redistricting prove why we need it http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21814-republican-leaders-won%25E2%2580%2599t-allow-a-hearing-on-redistricting-reform-opponents-of-nonpartisan-redistricting-prove-why-we-need-it.html

 State Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and state Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva), both Republicans, are refusing to schedule a public hearing on a bipartisan bill that would take politics

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Milwaukee’s Historic Lakefront Opportunities - A once-in-a-generation building spree will change the skyline and lakefront access http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21807-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-historic-lakefront-opportunities-a-once-in-a-generation-building-spree-will-change-the-skyline-and-lakefront-access.html

 Beginning this fall, Milwaukee leaders will be seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to add high-rises to the city’s skyline, improve access to the lakefront and develop under...

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Understanding Obamacare: Insurance You Can Afford http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21808-understanding-obamacare-insurance-you-can-afford.html

 The Affordable Care Act has a variety of ways to make sure that everyone has access to affordable coverage. First, the law prohibits insurance companies from price gouging people

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Striking Syria: Is Obama Too Much Like Bush—Or Not Enough? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21792-striking-syria-is-obama-too-much-like-bush%25E2%2580%2594or-not-enough.html

 For a president who distinguished himself from his predecessor by promising to extricate the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama suddenly appears determined to maroon

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Understanding Obamacare: Young Adults Win Big http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21772-understanding-obamacare-young-adults-win-big.html

I’ve heard that Obamacare has some benefits for young people like me. What are they?

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GOP Tries to Inject More Politics Into Election Day - Fixing a Problem that Doesn’t Exist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21775-gop-tries-to-inject-more-politics-into-election-day-fixing-a-problem-that-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-exist.html

 In a Senate committee last week, state Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) argued that Wisconsin’s elections could be run better if more poll workers were affiliated

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What Happened to the Anti-War Movement? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21747-what-happened-to-the-anti-war-movement.html

 A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his

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City Cable Channel Isn’t So Basic - State law could leave viewers in the dark http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21740-city-cable-channel-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-so-basic-state-law-could-leave-viewers-in-the-dark.html

 WTMJ-4 is the current casualty in the dust-up between Journal Broadcast Group and Time Warner Cable. But Milwaukee’s City Channel could

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Will the Zoo Interchange Reconstruction Threaten the DNR Forest? - Heavy equipment staging and concrete crushing might go ahead on the county grounds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21739-will-the-zoo-interchange-reconstruction-threaten-the-dnr-forest-heavy-equipment-staging-and-concrete-crushing-might-go-ahead-on-the-county-grounds.html ]]> Understanding Obamacare - The End of Discrimination http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21717-understanding-obamacare-the-end-of-discrimination.html

 What will Obamacare do for someone who hasn’t had health insurance because of a pre-existing condition

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Discovering Milwaukee’s surprising passion for rugby http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21695-discovering-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-surprising-passion-for-rugby.html

 Wisconsin’s high-profile professional sports teams may get the most attention from fans and the media. But the city’s amateur

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Conflicts? Deficits? Why Reporters Ignore the Real Story of the Clinton Foundation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21679-conflicts-deficits-why-reporters-ignore-the-real-story-of-the-clinton-foundation.html

 The mere prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton running for president again is evidently provoking outrage among old adversaries—from Rush

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Applauding A Former Drug Warrior's Contrition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21671-applauding-a-former-drug-warriors-contrition.html Whether it is the impeached Bill Clinton leaving office with solid approval ratings or the once-disgraced Eliot Spitzer now surging in New York City electoral polls, there is ample evidence that America forgives public figures for their transgressions. And yet, contrition is not exactly common]]> A Who’s-Who of Walker’s Campaign Aides Who Were Calling the Shots - New John Doe emails reveal political operation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21644-a-who%25E2%2580%2599s-who-of-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-campaign-aides-who-were-calling-the-shots-new-john-doe-emails-reveal-political-operation.html

 New emails released from the long-running John Doe investigation into Scott Walker’s inner circle of campaign and county aides have shed more light on how tightly Walker’s political and official

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March on Washington Remembered - King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech is just one watershed moment among many http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21645-march-on-washington-remembered-king%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598i-have-a-dream%25E2%2580%2599-speech-is-just-one-watershed-moment-among-many.html ]]> What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (But Not for Public Office) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21640-what-really-makes-chelsea-clinton-run-%2528but-not-for-public-office%2529.html

 To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist

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Abele’s Administration Refuses to Comply with State Policy - Transit contract shrouded in secrecy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21628-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-administration-refuses-to-comply-with-state-policy-transit-contract-shrouded-in-secrecy.html

 Milwaukee Transport Services Inc. (MTS), the nonprofit operator of the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) for 38 years, has gone to court to obtain records the administration of Milwaukee

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To Repair The Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21601-to-repair-the-damage-done-in-nsa-blowup-start-with-clapper.html

 With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their

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Voter Suppression Bills Target Early Voters, Seniors and the Disabled - Grothman continues Republicans’ voter suppression strategy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21586-voter-suppression-bills-target-early-voters-seniors-and-the-disabled-grothman-continues-republicans%25E2%2580%2599-voter-suppression-strategy.html ]]> Wisconsin Counties Ask to Implement Health Care Reform Directly - Milwaukee is among the 20 counties seeking federal Medicaid funds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21587-wisconsin-counties-ask-to-implement-health-care-reform-directly-milwaukee-is-among-the-20-counties-seeking-federal-medicaid-funds.html

 Unwilling to accept Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to fully expand Medicaid programs at the state level with federal dollars, representatives of 20 Wisconsin counties

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Measuring GOP Extremism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21571-measuring-gop-extremism.html

 It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist

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Golf Resorts, Private Planes and Luxury Hotels - How Scott Walker burned through $2 million to raise $3.5 million http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21555-golf-resorts-private-planes-and-luxury-hotels-how-scott-walker-burned-through-%25242-million-to-raise-%252435-million.html

 As governor, Scott Walker attempts to portray himself as a no-frills man of the people, a “brown bag” kind of guy who was raised by a minister and drove a Saturn

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Judge Says Walker Administration’s 130,000-Person BadgerCare Waiting List May Not Be Legal - Milwaukee women’s federal lawsuit can proceed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21556-judge-says-walker-administration%25E2%2580%2599s-130000-person-badgercare-waiting-list-may-not-be-legal-milwaukee-women%25E2%2580%2599s-federal-lawsuit-can-proceed.html

 The Walker administration is likely breaking federal law by accepting federal Medicaid funds at the same time it’s refusing to enroll BadgerCare Core participants and

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If Republicans Love Competition, Why Do They Still Hate Obamacare? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21530-if-republicans-love-competition-why-do-they-still-hate-obamacare.html When asked what makes the world work, any self-respecting right-wing Republican knows the politically correct answer: competition! (With at least one exclamation]]> There’s Gold in That Garbage - Milwaukee could create jobs by boosting recycling http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21514-there%25E2%2580%2599s-gold-in-that-garbage-milwaukee-could-create-jobs-by-boosting-recycling.html

 Milwaukee could create jobs and help the environment by viewing the city’s trash as a valuable resource and a new recycling facility as a way to spur economic

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Transit Bids Stir Transparency Fears - Abele could select a for-profit bus operator without board input http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21515-transit-bids-stir-transparency-fears-abele-could-select-a-for-profit-bus-operator-without-board-input.html

 The bidding process on a three-year contract to operate the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is less transparent than it has been in the past, said Milwaukee

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Not Listening: What Republicans Could Learn From George W. Bush http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21483-not-listening-what-republicans-could-learn-from-george-w-bush.html During most of the Obama presidency, George W. Bush has maintained a decorous silence. Keeping quiet may not always have been easy for Bush, watching his]]> Should Fertilized Eggs Be Given Constitutional Rights? - Extreme pro-life movement jeopardizes abortion, IVF treatments, contraceptives and stem cell research http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21471-should-fertilized-eggs-be-given-constitutional-rights-extreme-pro-life-movement-jeopardizes-abortion-ivf-treatments-contraceptives-and-stem-cell-research.html

 Bills bubbling up in the state Legislature would grant new legal rights to fertilized eggs that would trump the health and well-being of Wisconsin women and turn

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Taxicab Drivers Not Happy with City’s Study of New Regulations - Old, monopoly-style permit system is unconstitutional http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21472-taxicab-drivers-not-happy-with-city%25E2%2580%2599s-study-of-new-regulations-old-monopoly-style-permit-system-is-unconstitutional.html

 Now that the city’s strict cap on taxicab permits has been declared unconstitutional

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Wisconsin Considers Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills - Part of a national wave to chip away at women’s reproductive freedom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21422-wisconsin-considers-extreme-anti-abortion-bills-part-of-a-national-wave-to-chip-away-at-women%25E2%2580%2599s-reproductive-freedom.html

 Like Texas and North Carolina, the Republican-dominated Wisconsin Legislature is in the midst of passing highly restrictive anti-abortion laws, including one that forces

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EarthTalk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21423-earthtalk.html

 Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution

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For July 4th: Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21415-for-july-4th-remembering-why-the-right-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-own-the-stars-and-stripes.html

 Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father

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Investigate Issa! Or How to Apply the Chairman’s Own Methods and Style to Him http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21408-investigate-issa_-or-how-to-apply-the-chairman%25E2%2580%2599s-own-methods-and-style-to-him.html

 Among the many reasons that Americans hold the House of Representatives

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Low-Wage Workers Tell MMAC: ‘We Need a Raise’ - 100,000 city workers earn poverty-level wages http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21402-low-wage-workers-tell-mmac-%25E2%2580%2598we-need-a-raise%25E2%2580%2599-100000-city-workers-earn-poverty-level-wages.html

 About 50 low-wage and displaced workers took over the offices of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) last Thursday to ask the city’s business

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Supervisor Lipscomb Defends Kimberly Walker Dismissal - County attorney didn’t serve the board well, Lipscomb says http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21403-supervisor-lipscomb-defends-kimberly-walker-dismissal-county-attorney-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-serve-the-board-well-lipscomb-says.html

Drama has only increased in the weeks since the Milwaukee County board’s 13-5 vote to terminate the county’s top attorney, Kimberly Walker, hand-picked by County

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Prominent Democratic Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch Speaks Out - Republicans ‘Lied to Their Constituents’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21361-prominent-democratic-assemblywoman-sandy-pasch-speaks-out-republicans-%25E2%2580%2598lied-to-their-constituents%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Arguing that the Republican-authored state budget was so bad it could not be fixed and that the Republican majority would not allow any of their amendments to get a

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Reform the Border Patrol, Too http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21354-reform-the-border-patrol-too.html

 Immigration reform now seems certain to pass the U.S. Senate within days, in an amended

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New Berlin Neighbors Sue to Stop Walmart Supercenter - Rezoning for a 24-7 big box store isn’t legal, they say http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21359-new-berlin-neighbors-sue-to-stop-walmart-supercenter-rezoning-for-a-24-7-big-box-store-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-legal-they-say.html ]]> Humanity's Oldest Story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21342-humanitys-oldest-story.html This is a tale of two presidents—the one we hope we have and the one we actually have. It is also a tale of two kinds of violence—the surgical]]> State Skills Gap Myth Gets Shot Down Again - Researchers say Wisconsin has more educated workers than jobs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21326-state-skills-gap-myth-gets-shot-down-again-researchers-say-wisconsin-has-more-educated-workers-than-jobs.html

 A second economic study shows that Wisconsin’s sluggish economy isn’t being plagued by a skills gap between job openings and job seekers

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Change Coming to Bay View - Kinnickinnic Avenue will get a makeover http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21327-change-coming-to-bay-view-kinnickinnic-avenue-will-get-a-makeover.html

 Tensions rose last week as the Kinnickinnic Avenue Business Improvement

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Permanent Washington's Backlash to Edward Snowden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21307-permanent-washingtons-backlash-to-edward-snowden.html Whether in celebrity culture or in our Facebook-mediated interactions, we live in the age of the human being as a public brand. So there's nothing]]> On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21311-on-civil-liberties-comparing-obama-with-bush-is-easy%25E2%2580%2594and-mostly-wrong.html

 Nearly a dozen years after the passage of the Patriot Act—rushed through Congress in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation—informed debate over the balance between

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Charges of Nepotism and Favoritism at Milwaukee DHS Office - Employees question bonuses and promotions under Act 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21263-charges-of-nepotism-and-favoritism-at-milwaukee-dhs-office-employees-question-bonuses-and-promotions-under-act-10.html

 State employees are speaking out about promotions and bonuses given to relatives of managers within the State Department of Health Services (DHS) Milwaukee

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Sex Trafficking in the Spotlight - Actress Brook Bello and local experts will share their concerns in discussion series http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21264-sex-trafficking-in-the-spotlight-actress-brook-bello-and-local-experts-will-share-their-concerns-in-discussion-series.html

 “Human trafficking” conjures up images of international sex rings and slave labor in other countries. But human traffickers and their victims are a constant presence

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Democrats Shut Out of Fast-Tracked Budget and Bills - GOP backroom deals on vouchers, health care and taxes denounced http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21186-democrats-shut-out-of-fast-tracked-budget-and-bills-gop-backroom-deals-on-vouchers-health-care-and-taxes-denounced.html

 Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Scott Walker met this past week to craft handshake deals on income tax cuts, voucher school expansion and Medicaid

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Obama Supporters Are Now ‘Organizing for Action’ - Advocates are focused on issues, not elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21187-obama-supporters-are-now-%25E2%2580%2598organizing-for-action%25E2%2580%2599-advocates-are-focused-on-issues-not-elections.html President Barack Obama won two national elections thanks, in large part, to his campaign’s ability to link his deep and wide grassroots support with the latest social]]> Watergate Amnesia, the ‘Nixonian’ Slur and Other Big Lies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21166-watergate-amnesia-the-%25E2%2580%2598nixonian%25E2%2580%2599-slur-and-other-big-lies.html Let's state this very simply, so everybody will understand. The notion that Barack Obama is "Nixonian"—or that his administration's recent troubles bear any]]> 20 Years After Fatal Outbreak, Milwaukee Leads on Water Testing - Utilities target—and sometimes find—unregulated chemicals that can interfere with hormones http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21141-20-years-after-fatal-outbreak-milwaukee-leads-on-water-testing-utilities-target%25E2%2580%2594and-sometimes-find%25E2%2580%2594unregulated-chemicals-that-can-interfere-with-hormones.html ]]> Benghazi Interview: Pickering Dissects Congressional Follies, Media Coverage and 'Cover-Up' Charges http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21133-benghazi-interview-pickering-dissects-congressional-follies-media-coverage-and-cover-up-charges.html

 No doubt the degraded quality of congressional oversight astonishes Thomas Pickering, the distinguished American diplomat who oversaw the State Department's

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After Oklahoma Disaster, Give Thanks to Government http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21134-after-oklahoma-disaster-give-thanks-to-government.html

 Within hours of this week's tornado disaster in Oklahoma, I (like many others) received emails from the President of the United States and my U.S. Senator. With impassioned language, they both claimed to care deeply

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Court Order May Force Wisconsin DOT To Improve Public Transit - Freeway upgrades without a transit commitment could violate federal law http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21115-court-order-may-force-wisconsin-dot-to-improve-public-transit-freeway-upgrades-without-a-transit-commitment-could-violate-federal-law.html

 Last week, a federal judge delivered what could be a huge victory for Milwaukee’s public transit users when he ruled that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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The Newsmaker Memo: An Interview with Ron Wyden, the Senate's Powerful Policy Wonk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21087-the-newsmaker-memo-an-interview-with-ron-wyden-the-senates-powerful-policy-wonk.html Meanwhile, Wyden has also accumulated considerable seniority, despite his youthful demeanor (and a new baby]]> Few Bright Spots for Women in Walker’s Budget - Cuts to BadgerCare, child support enforcement and W-2 will harm women and girls http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21078-few-bright-spots-for-women-in-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-cuts-to-badgercare-child-support-enforcement-and-w-2-will-harm-women-and-girls.html

 Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-2015 state budget doesn’t include the drastic funding cuts and collective bargaining changes he imposed in his previous budget. But its mixed bag of income tax cuts, Medicaid

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Sen. Nikiya Harris: ‘It’s Time for New Voices’ - Milwaukee’s newest state senator on state politics, the county power grab and local control http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21062-sen-nikiya-harris-%25E2%2580%2598it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-for-new-voices%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-newest-state-senator-on-state-politics-the-county-power-grab-and-local-control.html

 The first few months in office are never easy for a young, energetic, idealistic state legislator who’s a member of the minority party and shut out of the majority party’s decision-making process. But despite a “reality check” or

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Watergate Revenge: Republicans Yearning to Impeach Obama Over Benghazi 'Cover-Up' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21046-watergate-revenge-republicans-yearning-to-impeach-obama-over-benghazi-cover-up.html

 Less than four months after Barack Obama's inauguration, the right-wing propaganda machine is already promoting the only imaginable conclusion to a Democratic administration

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How Tobacco Companies Are Hooking Kids - Cheap cigars taste like candy and fruit, but they’re dangerous http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21017-how-tobacco-companies-are-hooking-kids-cheap-cigars-taste-like-candy-and-fruit-but-they%25E2%2580%2599re-dangerous.html The good news is that teen smoking in Wisconsin has fallen to an all-time low. Just 13.1% of Wisconsin high school students reported smoking in 2012, down from 17.7% in 2010 and 32.9% in 2000. Just 2.5% of middle]]> Walker’s Budget Weakens Programs for the Poor - Money will go to tax cuts for the wealthy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21024-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-weakens-programs-for-the-poor-money-will-go-to-tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy.html


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Overdue Questions: What Might Be Missing From Bush's Presidential Library http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21007-overdue-questions-what-might-be-missing-from-bushs-presidential-library.html Like all such monuments that former presidents construct to edify the public, the George W. Bush Presidential Center—opened with great ceremony in Texas last week—is mounted from its subject's point of view]]> The Real Obstacle to Halting Climate Change http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21006-the-real-obstacle-to-halting-climate-change.html In case you missed the news, humanity just spent the Earth Day week reaching another sad milestone in the history of catastrophic climate change: For the first time, measurements]]> Judge Strikes a Blow to Sanfelippo Taxi Empire - The city’s permit cap is unconstitutional http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20985-judge-strikes-a-blow-to-sanfelippo-taxi-empire-the-city%25E2%2580%2599s-permit-cap-is-unconstitutional.html

 The Sanfelippo family’s control of Milwaukee’s taxicab cartel may be over.

In an oral decision delivered April 16, Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Jane Carroll found that the city’s strict cap on taxicab permits is unconstitutional

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Green Infrastructure Boosts Property Values - New UWM study indicates that stormwater management features have economic benefits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20986-green-infrastructure-boosts-property-values-new-uwm-study-indicates-that-stormwater-management-features-have-economic-benefits.html

 Preliminary results conducted by a UW-Milwaukee researcher show that “green infrastructure” has boosted property values in Milwaukee. According to researcher Kate Madison

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The Newsmaker Memo - An Interview with Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20971-the-newsmaker-memo-an-interview-with-pioneering-climate-scientist-james-hansen.html

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during

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Dueling County Reform Proposals Vie for Support - Supervisors move ahead before state Senate vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20949-dueling-county-reform-proposals-vie-for-support-supervisors-move-ahead-before-state-senate-vote.html

 On Monday afternoon, a Milwaukee County Board committee voted 6 to 1 to streamline county government and reduce supervisors’ salaries and budget. The full board is set to vote on the

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The Fight for Marriage Equality Continues - Fair-minded Wisconsinites can legalize same-sex marriage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20942-the-fight-for-marriage-equality-continues-fair-minded-wisconsinites-can-legalize-same-sex-marriage.html Optimists believe that the United States Supreme Court’s impending rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affirm legal marriage rights for same-sex couples]]> Soft on Crime: Protecting the 'Second Amendment Rights' of Thugs and Terrorists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20936-soft-on-crime-protecting-the-second-amendment-rights-of-thugs-and-terrorists.html


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The Value of Silence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20924-the-value-of-silence.html Can you hear yourself think? Can you manage more than bursts of confusion and anger? Can you feel your own humanity anymore? I'll admit it—I've had trouble this week, too. After an explosion like the one in Boston]]> Earth Day 2013 Activities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20913-earth-day-2013-activities.html   Celebrate Earth Day Early with Midwest Environmental Advocates Join the Midwest Environmental Advocates on Thursday, April 18, for a meeting at the Clock Shadow Creamery at 5:00 p.m.]]> Earth Day 2013 - Wisconsin’s climate is changing before our eyes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20904-earth-day-2013-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-climate-is-changing-before-our-eyes.html Milwaukeeans have been shivering and wet this past week, so it’s easy to believe that our soggy, cold April means that global warming or climate change isn’t a serious threat. But unfortunately it is]]> Long Before Hillary Decides for 2016, Scandal Trolls Are Coming Back http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20881-long-before-hillary-decides-for-2016-scandal-trolls-are-coming-back.html By all accounts, Hillary Rodham Clinton has not yet decided whether to seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. But the prospect of her candidacy, combined with her undeniable popularity, is agitating certain]]> Her Tea Party: What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20871-her-tea-party-what-margaret-thatcher-really-meant-to-england-and-the-world.html

 Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating

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Veterans Are Collateral Damage In Walker’s War on Medicaid - Low-income vets won’t be eligible for BadgerCare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20873-veterans-are-collateral-damage-in-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-war-on-medicaid-low-income-vets-won%25E2%2580%2599t-be-eligible-for-badgercare.html An estimated 1,200 low-income and uninsured military veterans won’t be eligible for BadgerCare coverage, thanks to Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA)]]> Residency Rules Stir Up Controversy at Greendale Budget Hearing - City officials and ‘Cops for Walker’ butt heads http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20870-residency-rules-stir-up-controversy-at-greendale-budget-hearing-city-officials-and-%25E2%2580%2598cops-for-walker%25E2%2580%2599-butt-heads.html Among the most heated exchanges in the eight hours of public testimony on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget last Thursday was over the item removing residency requirements for public employees statewide]]> Out-State Legislators Will Determine the Future of Milwaukee County at Committee Hearing on April 10 in Madison - Legislature could grant sweeping powers to Milwaukee County executive, opening the way to sweetheart contracts and other corruption http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20836-out-state-legislators-will-determine-the-future-of-milwaukee-county-at-committee-hearing-on-april-10-in-madison-legislature-could-grant-sweeping-powers-to-milwaukee-county-executive-opening-the-way-to-sweetheart-contracts-and-other-corruption.html Republican lawmakers have not scheduled a public hearing in Milwaukee County on the controversial bill to grant the Milwaukee County executive sweeping powers over local]]> Obama Official Hears Low-Wage Milwaukee Workers’ Struggles - Administration wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20839-obama-official-hears-low-wage-milwaukee-workers%25E2%2580%2599-struggles-administration-wants-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-to-%25249.html

 As part of the Obama administration’s push to raise the minimum wage to $9 by the end of 2015, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris stopped in Milwaukee last week to hear the stories of low-wage workers who, despite

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Without Fear or Favor: the Heresies and Vindications of Anthony Lewis, 1927 to 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20821-without-fear-or-favor-the-heresies-and-vindications-of-anthony-lewis-1927-to-2013.html Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times reporter and columnist who died Monday, March 25, at the age of 85, shaped the American conscience on a broad range of issues, from civil liberties and civi]]> The Supreme Court's Radical New Precedent http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20818-the-supreme-courts-radical-new-precedent.html Out of all the newsworthy comments during this week's Supreme Court debate over the legality of same-sex marriage bans, none was more revealing—or troubling—than that which came from Justice Sonya Sotomayor. ]]> Vote April 2 - Shepherd Express Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20806-vote-april-2-shepherd-express-endorsements.html  We urge Shepherd readers to end the dysfunction on the state Supreme Court by casting a vote for Edward Fallone on April 2. Adding Fallone to the state’s highest court would begin to address the many]]> An Interview With AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20785-an-interview-with-afl-cio-president-richard-trumka.html

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Community Meetings Reveal Opposition to County Board Downsizing - The public finally gets to comment on Sanfelippo-Abele proposal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20774-community-meetings-reveal-opposition-to-county-board-downsizing-the-public-finally-gets-to-comment-on-sanfelippo-abele-proposal.html

 In its first two listening sessions, the new OUR Milwaukee County initiative drew more than 160 people speaking out about the proposed downsizing and reform of Milwaukee County government

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Call It What It Is: A Class War http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20783-call-it-what-it-is-a-class-war.html

 When it comes to the Republican budget proposal that passed the U.S. House this week, I agree with those who find it strange that anyone sees the initiative as a serious attempt to "grow the economy," as Rep. Paul Ryan

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You Be the Judge - State Supreme Court candidates Fallone and Roggensack face the voters on April 2 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20765-you-be-the-judge-state-supreme-court-candidates-fallone-and-roggensack-face-the-voters-on-april-2.html

 After more than two years of highly visible, highly polarized and highly acrimonious political campaigns, it’s almost a relief to have a relatively subdued race for state Supreme Court. But don’t discount its importance

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Ryan's Blurred Vision: What the 'New' Republican Budget Reveals (and Conceals) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20751-ryans-blurred-vision-what-the-new-republican-budget-reveals-%2528and-conceals%2529.html Someone needs to tell Paul Ryan that his party—and the economic platform of austerity and plutocracy he crafted for it—lost a national election last year. Someone also needs to tell the Wisconsin Republican that he...]]> The UN Needs to Sober Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20749-the-un-needs-to-sober-up.html

 The notion of alcohol consumers piously demanding that others stop using pot probably makes you think of the beer-swilling World War II generation berating weed-smoking hippies during the 1960s. Now, thanks to the United

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Must John Doe Evidence Remain Secret? - Witnesses are free to speak out about what they know http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20727-must-john-doe-evidence-remain-secret-witnesses-are-free-to-speak-out-about-what-they-know.html

 When Judge Neal Nettesheim signed an order closing the three-year John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s Milwaukee County executive office, he required that the secrecy

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Evers v. Pridemore for State Superintendent - Choice between public and private schools on April 2 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20719-evers-v-pridemore-for-state-superintendent-choice-between-public-and-private-schools-on-april-2.html

 On April 2, in one of only two statewide races on the ballot, Wisconsin voters will have a rare chance to weigh in on the state’s support for public and private schools

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Eventually Sequester Will Cause Real Pain—And Among the First to Suffer Will Be Hungry Children http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20709-eventually-sequester-will-cause-real-pain%25E2%2580%2594and-among-the-first-to-suffer-will-be-hungry-children.html


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An Unrepresentative Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20700-an-unrepresentative-democracy.html

 Why are ideas widely supported in most of the country so often portrayed as controversial, polarizing and divisive once they are taken up by legislatures? Why does the professional political class seem like a wholly separate

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Rainey and Sinclair Face Off in Election for County Board April 2 - Seat was vacated by state Sen. Nikiya Harris http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20689-rainey-and-sinclair-face-off-in-election-for-county-board-april-2-seat-was-vacated-by-state-sen-nikiya-harris.html Since most conversations about the Milwaukee County Board are now focused on attempts to reduce supervisors’ positions to part-time ones, it’s easy to overlook two races—in districts 2 and 17—that will be decided by the]]> Is Scott Walker Killing Off Public Transit? - Transit’s funding is uncertain but road builders win big http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20690-is-scott-walker-killing-off-public-transit-transit%25E2%2580%2599s-funding-is-uncertain-but-road-builders-win-big.html

 Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget could provide the death knell for public transit systems across the state

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While Republicans Warn Against 'Greece,' That Is Exactly Where Austerity Budgeting Will Lead U.S. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20667-while-republicans-warn-against-greece-that-is-exactly-where-austerity-budgeting-will-lead-us.html

 Indebted America is in danger of turning into destitute Greece, or so congressional Republicans and conservative commentators have been warning us for years now. For many reasons, this is an absurd comparison—but it may

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Is the Skills Gap a Myth? - New research shows Milwaukee needs jobs, not different workers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20657-is-the-skills-gap-a-myth-new-research-shows-milwaukee-needs-jobs-not-different-workers.html

 Milwaukee’s alleged skills gap problem has been discussed

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The High Cost and Low Benefits of School Vouchers - Walker wants to expand a low-performing, unaccountable program http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20658-the-high-cost-and-low-benefits-of-school-vouchers-walker-wants-to-expand-a-low-performing-unaccountable-program.html

 It was no surprise that Gov. Scott Walker yet again expanded the state’s voucher school program, under the guise of providing more choice for families. Walker proposes to implement vouchers in nine additional districts, as well

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Staying Stupid: Why the 'Hip' Young Republicans Can't Change Their Party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20630-staying-stupid-why-the-hip-young-republicans-cant-change-their-party.html Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP—frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as "the stupid party"—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential]]> Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats' Identity Crisis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20631-two-2016-prospects-spotlight-democrats-identity-crisis.html

 Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic

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Right-Wing ALEC Playbook Is Crippling Wisconsin’s Economy - Small-government proposals killing jobs, not creating them http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20616-right-wing-alec-playbook-is-crippling-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-economy-small-government-proposals-killing-jobs-not-creating-them.html

 It’s no secret that Gov. Scott Walker is not making good on his promise to create 250,000 new jobs in his first four-year term. Thus far, Walker has only added 37,511

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Walker’s Lose-Lose Medicaid Decision - Fewer people covered, but higher taxes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20618-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-lose-lose-medicaid-decision-fewer-people-covered-but-higher-taxes.html

 “Governor Walker really blew it this time,” state Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) said on Monday. Richards, along with independent health care experts and members of the health care industry, are

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Dismal Indeed: Why Dick Cheney Disdains The 'Second-Rate' Obama Team http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20602-dismal-indeed-why-dick-cheney-disdains-the-second-rate-obama-team.html No doubt President Obama was deeply stung over the
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Supreme Court Candidates Spar Over Justice Prosser’s Ethics Complaint - Fallone, Megna and Roggensack will be on the Feb. 19 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20584-supreme-court-candidates-spar-over-justice-prosser%25E2%2580%2599s-ethics-complaint-fallone-megna-and-roggensack-will-be-on-the-feb-19-ballot.html Although he isn’t on the Feb. 19 primary ballot for state Supreme Court, Justice David Prosser’s actions on the court seem to be a focal point of the race]]> The Entrepreneur Next Door - Milwaukee’s startups thrive despite struggling job numbers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20587-the-entrepreneur-next-door-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-startups-thrive-despite-struggling-job-numbers.html Despite the very slow economic recovery, Milwaukee’s startups are thriving. A possible explanation is that they are simply flourishing under the radar and using nontraditional means to find investors and like-minded entrepreneurs. ]]> After 20 Years, Success of Family and Medical Leave Act Should Humble the Far Right - The popular policy was used 100 million times http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20573-after-20-years-success-of-family-and-medical-leave-act-should-humble-the-far-right-the-popular-policy-was-used-100-million-times.html

 When Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act on Feb. 5, 1993, almost exactly 20 years ago as the first legislative act of his presidency, its establishment as law marked a

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Attorneys Challenge Walker Appointee for Milwaukee County Judge - Bradley, Protasiewicz and Urfer face the voters in Feb. 19 primary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20561-attorneys-challenge-walker-appointee-for-milwaukee-county-judge-bradley-protasiewicz-and-urfer-face-the-voters-in-feb-19-primary.html On Tuesday, Feb. 19, three candidates will vie in the nonpartisan primary for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 45, currently held by Judge Rebecca Bradley. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Bradley to that position in]]> Violence Against Women Act On the Brink - GOP won’t agree to protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native victims of abuse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20562-violence-against-women-act-on-the-brink-gop-won%25E2%2580%2599t-agree-to-protections-for-lgbt-immigrant-and-native-victims-of-abuse.html

 Earlier this year, the unthinkable happened.

For the first time in almost two decades, the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was allowed to expire.

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Benghazi Hearings Reveal GOP Ignorance - Capitol Hill's angry little men keep making Hillary bigger http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20530-benghazi-hearings-reveal-gop-ignorance-capitol-hills-angry-little-men-keep-making-hillary-bigger.html Anyone truly concerned about the safety of U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad—and that should include every American—has fresh reason for fury over last September's disaster in Benghazi and its aftermath. But the target of public anger should not be then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton]]> Does Wisconsin Really Need More Roadways? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20523-does-wisconsin-really-need-more-roadways.html

 Is Wisconsin is planning to expand too much roadway in the coming years, given the state’s slow population growth and transportation trends? A report by the public interest WISPIRG Foundation answers an emphatic “yes” and contends that the money saved could be better utilized

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Aldermen Call for More Public Input on Fire and Police Commission Nominees - Is the current system obsolete? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20518-aldermen-call-for-more-public-input-on-fire-and-police-commission-nominees-is-the-current-system-obsolete.html


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Echoes of FDR - Obama's Inspiring Address Links Freedom with Security and Dignity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20496-echoes-of-fdr-obamas-inspiring-address-links-freedom-with-security-and-dignity.html
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The President of Perpetual War http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20495-the-president-of-perpetual-war.html Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama's political formula should be obvious. He gives fabulous speeches teeming with popular liberal ideas, often refuses to take the actions necessary to realize those ideas and then]]> Milwaukee’s Leading Anti-gun Violence Advocate Invited to White House to Advise Vice President Biden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20480-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-leading-anti-gun-violence-advocate-invited-to-white-house-to-advise-vice-president-biden.html Jeri Bonavia, founder of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE), wasn’t sure why she, along with 14 others, was selected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss gun violence]]> MPD Chief Flynn: Stop the Slow-Motion Mass Murder in the City http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20482-mpd-chief-flynn-stop-the-slow-motion-mass-murder-in-the-city.html

 Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn doesn’t mince words about the current debate on gun violence, whether it relates to the high-profile mass shootings or “the daily violence in our streets,” which he terms “a slow-motion mass

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Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20484-keep-guns-out-of-the-hands-of-domestic-abusers.html

 Milwaukeeans were shocked and saddened by two high-profile shootings of domestic abuse victims last year. In October, three women were fatally shot at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, and on Christmas Eve

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Before Default, Let Republicans Bump Up Hard Against The Debt Ceiling - Red states would have a difficult time living with less federal money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20467-before-default-let-republicans-bump-up-hard-against-the-debt-ceiling-red-states-would-have-a-difficult-time-living-with-less-federal-money.html A prolonged confrontation over the nation's debt ceiling—unlike the "fiscal cliff," which provoked many scary headlines—could truly be grave for both America and the world. While press coverage often mentions the]]> The Second Amendment vs. The First Amendment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20457-the-second-amendment-vs-the-first-amendment.html

 After more than a week of residual buzz from radio host Alex Jones' now-famous meltdown during a CNN discussion of gun control, it is worth taking a deep breath and considering the spectacle's two big lessons

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EarthTalk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20440-earthtalk.html Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that asthma cases in children often correlate to living close to roads and all the associated pollution-spewing traffic?—Jake Locklear]]> Is the County Board Downsizing a Done Deal? - Bill is unveiled but Milwaukeeans begin pushing back http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20443-is-the-county-board-downsizing-a-done-deal-bill-is-unveiled-but-milwaukeeans-begin-pushing-back.html

 Long rumored to be in the works, the draft of a bill to cut the pay and budget of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors was unveiled on Friday at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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'Most Antagonistic' Toward Israel? - That would be Ronald Reagan's defense secretary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20434-most-antagonistic-toward-israel-that-would-be-ronald-reagans-defense-secretary.html


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How to Reach the Last 20% http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20430-how-to-reach-the-last-20.html There's a big reason climate change differs from so many public policy challenges: unlike other crises, addressing the planet's major environmental crisis truly requires mass consensus. Indeed, because fixing the problem]]> Outside Audit Finds MPD Did Not Manipulate Crime Data - But it found many problems with the Journal Sentinel’s misleading articles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20421-outside-audit-finds-mpd-did-not-manipulate-crime-data-but-it-found-many-problems-with-the-journal-sentinel%25E2%2580%2599s-misleading-articles.html

  An independent audit of the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) crime data showed that, contrary to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reporting, the department did not manipulate statistics to paint a rosier picture

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Is there Trouble with Wind Power? - PSC’s wind turbine study provides no negative evidence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20410-is-there-trouble-with-wind-power-psc%25E2%2580%2599s-wind-turbine-study-provides-no-negative-evidence.html

 Last week, state Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) called on the state to suspend the permitting process for wind projects, saying that the noise created by wind turbines is a danger to the public’s health

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Fiscal Deal Passes as House GOP Clown Car Crashes, Again - Republicans in disarray http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20405-fiscal-deal-passes-as-house-gop-clown-car-crashes-again-republicans-in-disarray.html Observing the Congressional Republicans repeatedly stumble in and out of their caucus clown car, blowing loud kazoos and muttering angry threats, should be painful, embarrassing and highly instructive to any American voter]]> The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff's Reality TV Show http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20403-the-truth-behind-the-fiscal-cliffs-reality-tv-show.html

 During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses. Now, though, in a hilariously non-ironic flail for ratings, news outlets have taken Nigel

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Top Under-Reported Stories of the Year - What you needed to know but didn’t find in the corporate-owned media http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20397-top-under-reported-stories-of-the-year-what-you-needed-to-know-but-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-find-in-the-corporate-owned-media.html

 If you only rely on mainstream, corporate-owned media for your news, you’re missing out on a wealth of information that’s vital to understanding our world and creating a healthy society. According to the researchers

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Veterans Denounce Neoconservative 'Swiftboating' of Chuck Hagel - The right wing wants more war and waste http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20392-veterans-denounce-neoconservative-swiftboating-of-chuck-hagel-the-right-wing-wants-more-war-and-waste.html

 If Chuck Hagel is nominated by President Obama to serve as secretary of defense, there will be at least three compelling arguments in his favor. He served with distinction in the military and would—like secretary of state

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Tamara Grigsby: ‘Light Always Prevails’ - The outgoing legislator on her personal and political battles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20378-tamara-grigsby-%25E2%2580%2598light-always-prevails%25E2%2580%2599-the-outgoing-legislator-on-her-personal-and-political-battles.html The good news is that after giving everyone a big scare this past year, state Rep. Tamara Grigsby is in good health and “feeling wonderful.” The bad news is that Grigsby]]> A River Runs Through It - Menomonee River communities embrace cooperation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20379-a-river-runs-through-it-menomonee-river-communities-embrace-cooperation.html

 Rivers don’t respect political boundaries.

So why should clean water advocates be divided by those artificial divisions?

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Coaches Over the Common Good http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20362-coaches-over-the-common-good.html  Selective outrage speaks volumes in this country. For instance, deficit-focused anger about Medicare spending but not about Pentagon profligacy tells the story of a political establishment that too often prioritizes militarism

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The Top Stories of 2012 - Wisconsin has another wild year http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20344-the-top-stories-of-2012-wisconsin-has-another-wild-year.html

 It seemed preposterous that 2012 could match the high drama of 2011 in Wisconsin. But we were proved wrong. This year had as many sudden developments, twists and turns, conspiracies and surprise endings as last year

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Raising Medicare Age Won't Save Money But Will Cost Lives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20331-raising-medicare-age-wont-save-money-but-will-cost-lives.html

 Raising taxes on the rich alone won't close the deficit or erase the national debt, as Republicans superciliously inform us over and over again. But in their negotiations with the White House to avert the so-called fiscal cliff

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City Officials Limit Public Comment on Charter Schools - So what are they trying to hide? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20315-city-officials-limit-public-comment-on-charter-schools-so-what-are-they-trying-to-hide.html

 In the accelerating privatization of public schools, taxpayer-funded charter schools seem to have a better reputation than voucher schools because they are linked to a public entity—typically the city, a school board

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Homeownership Support Shouldn't Be a Mansion Subsidy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20325-homeownership-support-shouldnt-be-a-mansion-subsidy.html

 With Congress finally starting to have a serious conversation about our revenue crisis, there are obvious reasons to limit the amount of mortgage interest that Americans can deduct from their taxable income

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Former Walker Campaign Manager Denies John Doe Evidence - When confronted, Keith Gilkes spins the campaign’s role in Milwaukee County affairs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20308-former-walker-campaign-manager-denies-john-doe-evidence-when-confronted-keith-gilkes-spins-the-campaign%25E2%2580%2599s-role-in-milwaukee-county-affairs.html

 When Scott Walker’s former deputy chief of staff at the county, Kelly Rindfleisch, was sentenced to six months in jail last month, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf presented damning evidence of Walker’s gubernatorial

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Arithmetic For Republicans - Why Boehner's 'Offer' Just Doesn't Add Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20297-arithmetic-for-republicans-why-boehners-offer-just-doesnt-add-up.html

 If President Obama honestly wants to negotiate an agreement with Republicans before the year-end fiscal deadline, he must be deeply frustrated. And if he doesn't really want to negotiate with them

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A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20295-a-picture-worth-far-more-than-1000-words.html

 To publish or not to publish? That was the debate in media circles this week

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Reforms, What Reforms? - Walker’s big agenda fails in the courts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20286-reforms-what-reforms-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-big-agenda-fails-in-the-courts.html

 It’s not unusual for big policy reforms, such as the ones backed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated state Legislature

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Will the Palermo Villa Pizza Impasse End Soon? - Pizza maker and union may be settling some of their differences http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20287-will-the-palermo-villa-pizza-impasse-end-soon-pizza-maker-and-union-may-be-settling-some-of-their-differences.html

 The long-simmering stalemate between pizza maker Palermo Villa and its disaffected workers may be coming to an end—or not. Last month, an investigation led by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board

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In Baseless Persecution of Susan Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink - Obama shouldn’t let GOP criticisms weaken his support http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20266-in-baseless-persecution-of-susan-rice-republican-reputations-will-sink-obama-shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-let-gop-criticisms-weaken-his-support.html With the Republican right persisting in baseless persecution of Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador who may replace departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination. If he backs away from Rice, in the face of what he has called false accusations against...]]> The Dangers of a Data-Driven World http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20257-the-dangers-of-a-data-driven-world.html

 If the recent political era has taught us anything, it has reiterated the enduring truth of George Santayana's aphorism about memory and duplication. Whether once again watching tax

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Should Our Public Airwaves Be Fair and Balanced? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20238-should-our-public-airwaves-be-fair-and-balanced.html

 For years, fair-minded radio listeners have complained about right-wing talkers’ near monopoly on Milwaukee’s airwaves. Listeners were frustrated that their calls weren’t taken; that candidates

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Change? Learn? Compromise? Grow? Not These Republicans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20228-change-learn-compromise-grow-not-these-republicans.html
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County Property Tax Bill Will Drop Next Year - County Board Repairs Abele’s Flawed Budget http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20218-county-property-tax-bill-will-drop-next-year-county-board-repairs-abele%25E2%2580%2599s-flawed-budget.html

 After all of the hearings, amendments and rancor between Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the 18-member Board of Supervisors, a unified board put its stamp of approval on a 2013 county budget that

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Mitt Romney’s Sneering Farewell to the ‘47%’ - He can’t tell the truth about his rejected policies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20197-mitt-romney%25E2%2580%2599s-sneering-farewell-to-the-%25E2%2580%259847%25E2%2580%2599-he-can%25E2%2580%2599t-tell-the-truth-about-his-rejected-policies.html Trying to explain away his decisive, sweeping and very expensive rout to his disappointed supporters—those 1% Republicans—Mitt Romney offered a new version of the discredited "47%" argument that was so ruinous]]> Is State Government Going To Be Toxic for Another Two Years? - Despite earning more votes, Democrats are in the minority http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20209-is-state-government-going-to-be-toxic-for-another-two-years-despite-earning-more-votes-democrats-are-in-the-minority.html

 On Nov. 6, Democratic candidates for Assembly offices in Wisconsin earned almost 200,000 more votes than their Republican counterparts, yet they’ll be in the minority in that chamber and in the state Senate for the next two

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Ending the Drug War: The Next Serious Step Through the Haze of Comedy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20190-ending-the-drug-war-the-next-serious-step-through-the-haze-of-comedy.html What's next? Amid all the munchie-themed jokes from reporters, political elites and late-night comedians, this remains the overarching question after Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana]]> When Obama Won, So Did America's Future - The public must be involved http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20147-when-obama-won-so-did-americas-future-the-public-must-be-involved.html What Barack Obama tried to tell America in the hour of his remarkable victory is that the nation's future won on Election Day. Seeking to inspire and to heal, the re-elected president offered an open hand to partisan]]> The Post-Election Politics of the Revolving Door http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20145-the-post-election-politics-of-the-revolving-door.html There are two types of money that corrupt our politics. After a national election that cost more than $2 billion, most of us know about the blatant kind that floods into politicians' campaigns, typically with quid pro quo strings]]> The $6 Billion Question: Did Corporations Buy Our Democracy? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20132-the-%25246-billion-question-did-corporations-buy-our-democracy.html

 Was it worth it?

The first general election in which unlimited, undisclosed corporate money could be used in campaigns is winding down as the Shepherd goes to press

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The Milwaukee County Budget and You - What did the board decide? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20133-the-milwaukee-county-budget-and-you-what-did-the-board-decide.html

 When Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele presented his 2013 budget, it reminded many of those presented by former County Executive Scott Walker. Both men offered budgets that didn’t include a tax increase, privatized

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Citizens Discounted http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20120-citizens-discounted.html As this is being written, no one knows exactly how Election Day will go in the state or nation. But it’s already clear what horrendous ugliness was unleashed on our election process by the Citizens United decision by a one-vote]]> Superstorm Blows Away Political Pretense and Ideological Nonsense - Government is necessary during crises http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20112-superstorm-blows-away-political-pretense-and-ideological-nonsense-government-is-necessary-during-crises.html

 The ruin and hardship inflicted by a natural disaster can reveal truths that political propaganda tends to obscure. When Hurricane Sandy destroyed swaths of the Northeast, darkened our largest city and plunged

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Election 2012: Your Vote Matters - Make your voice heard in the Nov. 6 elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20080-election-2012-your-vote-matters-make-your-voice-heard-in-the-nov-6-elections.html

 Wisconsin is blessed and cursed to be a swing state.

The campaigns and outside groups have been spending millions of dollars

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Election 2012: Two Visions—The Economy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20081-election-2012-two-visions%25E2%2580%2594the-economy.html

 Although both presidential candidates are talking about creating jobs and growing the economy, their means to achieve this growth displays some of the starkest differences in economic policy in any presidential election in the...

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Election 2012: Two Visions—Women’s Rights Are at Stake http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20082-election-2012-two-visions%25E2%2580%2594women%25E2%2580%2599s-rights-are-at-stake.html

 One of the most striking differences between Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on one hand, and Mitt Romney and the Republicans on the other, is the amount of respect they have for women...

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Election 2012: Two Visions—Health Care Reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20083-election-2012-two-visions%25E2%2580%2594health-care-reform.html

 President Barack Obama proudly embraces “Obamacare,” the label right-wingers have given to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Election 2012: Send Democrats to the State Legislature http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20084-election-2012-send-democrats-to-the-state-legislature.html

 Although the presidential and congressional races have generated the most media attention, it’s important to note that important legislative seats will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. In all of these races, the Shepherd endorses

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Election 2012: Vote for Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20085-election-2012-vote-for-tammy-baldwin-for-us-senate.html We strongly urge Shepherd readers to vote for Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate. There are vast differences between Baldwin and her Republican opponent, former Gov. Tommy Thompson...]]> Election 2012: Vote for Rob Zerban for U.S. Congress http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20086-election-2012-vote-for-rob-zerban-for-us-congress.html It’s nearly impossible not to like and respect Democrat Rob Zerban, who we are endorsing for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin’s First District. Zerban earned his success. Nothing was handed to him. Zerban grew up in a single-parent]]> Election 2012: Vote for Gwen Moore for U.S. Congress http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20087-election-2012-vote-for-gwen-moore-for-us-congress.html

 We are endorsing Congresswoman Gwen Moore for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Moore has a thorough knowledge of her constituents’ needs and, even better, delivers for them. Moore had a vital role

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No Denial - ‘Son of Detroit’ Romney profited from bailout—and jobs shipped to China http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20072-no-denial-%25E2%2580%2598son-of-detroit%25E2%2580%2599-romney-profited-from-bailout%25E2%2580%2594and-jobs-shipped-to-china.html

 "I'm a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars," said Mitt Romney when he met with President Obama to discuss...

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MPD Chief Ed Flynn on Derek Williams’ Death - Improved training, but questions remain about officers’ actions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20050-mpd-chief-ed-flynn-on-derek-williams%25E2%2580%2599-death-improved-training-but-questions-remain-about-officers%25E2%2580%2599-actions.html It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. He’s had to defend his officers’ conduct in the in-custody death of Derek Williams, the U.S. Attorney’s office has begun investigating...]]> The Real Paul Ryan - Food stamps are on the chopping block http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20051-the-real-paul-ryan-food-stamps-are-on-the-chopping-block.html

 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...

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Romney’s Bad Arithmetic - Top economic adviser admits ‘12 million jobs’ promise doesn’t add up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20033-romney%25E2%2580%2599s-bad-arithmetic-top-economic-adviser-admits-%25E2%2580%259812-million-jobs%25E2%2580%2599-promise-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-add-up.html

 When innocent citizens asked about unemployment last week at the town hall presidential debate on Long Island, would Mitt Romney...

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Two Old Names, One Lesson About Money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20029-two-old-names-one-lesson-about-money.html

 The two names that best explain money's unprecedented political influence in America are not Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but Montgomery Brewster and Ross Perot. The former duo, who will each raise nearly $1 billion for their presidential campaigns, are mere symbol...

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Tammy vs. Tommy - The race for U.S. Senate gets serious http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20022-tammy-vs-tommy-the-race-for-us-senate-gets-serious.html You won’t find two candidates more diametrically opposed, former Gov. Tommy Thompson told a Milwaukee Press Club gathering earlier this month]]> The Real Paul Ryan - He fails to answer the $5 trillion question on taxes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20023-the-real-paul-ryan-he-fails-to-answer-the-%25245-trillion-question-on-taxes.html
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Why Is America ‘Sole Bright Spot’ in World Economy? - Austerity is not the answer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20001-why-is-america-%25E2%2580%2598sole-bright-spot%25E2%2580%2599-in-world-economy-austerity-is-not-the-answer.html

 Unemployment is still too high, income is still too low and the recovery is still much too slow—but the United States is faring

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A GOP Shift On Taxes? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19993-a-gop-shift-on-taxes.html When it comes to tax policy, Mitt Romney is not merely a spinner, an equivocator or a run-of-the-mill dissembler. He's a liar. Hyperbolic and overwrought as that label seems, it is, alas, the only accurate...]]> The Choice for Congress - Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban on the Issues http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19979-the-choice-for-congress-paul-ryan-and-rob-zerban-on-the-issues.html

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Newcomer Kelley Albrecht Challenges Robin Vos in Racine - Vos’ estranged wife cleared of voter fraud allegations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19983-newcomer-kelley-albrecht-challenges-robin-vos-in-racine-vos%25E2%2580%2599-estranged-wife-cleared-of-voter-fraud-allegations.html

 State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) is poised to become one of the most powerful men in the state Legislature if he wins re-election on Nov. 6...

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Romney’s Highly Debatable Performance - The big liar's biggest lies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19968-romney%25E2%2580%2599s-highly-debatable-performance-the-big-liars-biggest-lies.html
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On Social Security, If Not Now, When? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19951-on-social-security-if-not-now-when.html
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The Real Paul Ryan - How well does he serve Janesville? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19934-the-real-paul-ryan-how-well-does-he-serve-janesville.html

 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan lit up the Republican National Convention (RNC) when he blamed President Barack Obama for failing to save the General Motors (GM) plant in Janesville, Wis., Ryan’s hometown...

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Ryan Braun Discusses AIDS Walk, Reflects on the Season - The MVP hosts Saturday’s fundraiser at the Summerfest grounds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19927-ryan-braun-discusses-aids-walk-reflects-on-the-season-the-mvp-hosts-saturday%25E2%2580%2599s-fundraiser-at-the-summerfest-grounds.html In the fight against AIDS, Wisconsin has an advantage over other states. The AIDS Resource Center...]]> Five Reasons Why Rich Americans Grow Richer as the Middle Class Declines http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19931-five-reasons-why-rich-americans-grow-richer-as-the-middle-class-declines.html
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How to Vote on Nov. 6 - Wisconsin registration and voting rules have changed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19932-how-to-vote-on-nov-6-wisconsin-registration-and-voting-rules-have-changed.html

  The state Supreme Court did the right thing last week when it declined to hear cases that could allow Wisconsin’s restrictive new voter ID rules to be in place for the general election on Nov. 6...

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The Tawdry Tycoon Who Hosted That ‘47%’ Party - Romney fundraiser Marc Leder is under investigation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19922-the-tawdry-tycoon-who-hosted-that-%25E2%2580%259847%25E2%2580%2599-party-romney-fundraiser-marc-leder-is-under-investigation.html


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The Choice Between Automatons and Leaders http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19906-the-choice-between-automatons-and-leaders.html


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Who Will the Zoo Interchange Benefit ? - $1.7 billion for freeway expansion, reduced funding for transit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19895-who-will-the-zoo-interchange-benefit-%252417-billion-for-freeway-expansion-reduced-funding-for-transit.html
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The Real Paul Ryan - Seniors booed him and his plans to voucherize Medicare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19896-the-real-paul-ryan-seniors-booed-him-and-his-plans-to-voucherize-medicare.html Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got booed at the AARP meeting last week while he tried to explain that his plan for Medicare—and his desire to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act...]]> Looking for that ‘47%,’ Mitt? - Check Southern red states and elderly Republicans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19894-looking-for-that-%25E2%2580%259847%25E2%2580%2599-mitt-check-southern-red-states-and-elderly-republicans.html


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Walker’s Collective Bargaining Law Struck Down - Judge says it violates workers’ constitutional protections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19845-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-collective-bargaining-law-struck-down-judge-says-it-violates-workers%25E2%2580%2599-constitutional-protections.html


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The Real Paul Ryan - His budget promotes exorbitant defense spending and cuts programs for the poor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19846-the-real-paul-ryan-his-budget-promotes-exorbitant-defense-spending-and-cuts-programs-for-the-poor.html


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Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings of Terrorist Attack - Failed national security team now advising Romney http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19834-bush-ignored-repeated-warnings-of-terrorist-attack-failed-national-security-team-now-advising-romney.html
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Sustainable Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19822-sustainable-milwaukee.html


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The Real Paul Ryan - His Medicaid cuts would hurt seniors and the disabled http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19823-the-real-paul-ryan-his-medicaid-cuts-would-hurt-seniors-and-the-disabled.html


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Clinton Rebuts Republican Claims - Former president delivers masterful convention speech http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19805-clinton-rebuts-republican-claims-former-president-delivers-masterful-convention-speech.html
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Big Brother in Your Car http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19786-big-brother-in-your-car.html Your chipper TV friend Flo, otherwise known as Progressive Insurance's ubiquitous shill...]]> Johnny Thomas: After the Acquittal - 'My family and I were dragged through the mud' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19768-johnny-thomas-after-the-acquittal-my-family-and-i-were-dragged-through-the-mud.html “I did nothing wrong,” former Milwaukee County Supervisor Johnny Thomas said days after a 12-member...]]> The Real Paul Ryan - He voted to add $6.8 trillion to the national debt http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19769-the-real-paul-ryan-he-voted-to-add-%252468-trillion-to-the-national-debt.html Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is taking a beating from fact-checkers, who have had to work overtime to try to verify the claims he made last week when accepting the nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention...]]> How Romney's Millions Went Tax-Free Overseas - New documents show dubious tax shelters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19739-how-romneys-millions-went-tax-free-overseas-new-documents-show-dubious-tax-shelters.html On the same day that Mitt Romney cracked his birther "joke," new evidence indicated that he and his partners...]]> The Climate Bites Back http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19724-the-climate-bites-back.html As a wildfire/flash flood cycle ravages the American heartland, "the climate bites back" may be...]]> The Real Paul Ryan - The public rejects the Republicans' attack on abortion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19711-the-real-paul-ryan-the-public-rejects-the-republicans-attack-on-abortion.html Lost in the uproar over Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's ignorant comments...]]> Paul Ryan's Foreign Policy 'Experience' - Tea Party favorite believed Bush's lies about Iraq http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19697-paul-ryans-foreign-policy-experience-tea-party-favorite-believed-bushs-lies-about-iraq.html Defending himself against the perception that he has no significant...]]> Jury Exonerates Former Supervisor Johnny Thomas - Prosecution's case falls apart under questioning http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19709-jury-exonerates-former-supervisor-johnny-thomas-prosecutions-case-falls-apart-under-questioning.html Paul Ryan's Foreign Policy 'Experience' - Tea Party favorite believed Bush's lies about Iraq http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19672-paul-ryans-foreign-policy-experience-tea-party-favorite-believed-bushs-lies-about-iraq.html Defending himself against the perception that he has no significant foreign policy experience...]]> Rob Zerban: Paul Ryan's Other Opponent - Kenosha businessman takes on tea party favorite in Wisconsin's First Congressional District http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19639-rob-zerban-paul-ryans-other-opponent-kenosha-businessman-takes-on-tea-party-favorite-in-wisconsins-first-congressional-district.html Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has become a household name since his selection as Mitt...]]> The Real Paul Ryan - His federal budget is terrible for Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19640-the-real-paul-ryan-his-federal-budget-is-terrible-for-wisconsin.html The congressional budget written by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's presumptive vice presidential candidate, would cut $4.2 trillion...]]> Voodoo Economics Still Isn't a Plan - Paul Ryan's tax cuts won't match spending http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19609-voodoo-economics-still-isnt-a-plan-paul-ryans-tax-cuts-wont-match-spending.html By naming Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has endorsed...]]> Who Is Paul Ryan? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19596-who-is-paul-ryan.html Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party...]]> The Menomonee Valley Comes to Life - The new Urban Ecology Center and passageway reclaim the city's industrial center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19576-the-menomonee-valley-comes-to-life-the-new-urban-ecology-center-and-passageway-reclaim-the-citys-industrial-center.html It's just a typical day in the Menomonee Valley. Just a few steps from Canal Street...]]> Johnny Thomas Trial to Begin Next Week - Defense questions role of county administration chief Patrick Farley http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19577-johnny-thomas-trial-to-begin-next-week-defense-questions-role-of-county-administration-chief-patrick-farley.html The 'Missing Evidence' in Romney's Tax Records - Releasing the returns would solve the mystery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19552-the-missing-evidence-in-romneys-tax-records-releasing-the-returns-would-solve-the-mystery.html Harry Reid has provoked outrage among liberals as well as conservatives, who seem to believe...]]> Endorsements - Vote on Tuesday, Aug. 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19516-endorsements-vote-on-tuesday-aug-14.html In the hotly contested race to represent Senate District 6, the Shepherd's endorsement goes...]]> From the 'Shepherd Express' Publisher: We Are All Sikhs Today http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19517-from-the-shepherd-express-publisher-we-are-all-sikhs-today.html Like the rest of the good people in the world, the Shepherd Express community extends its condolences to the Milwaukee Sikh community and the 27 million Sikhs throughout the world for the tragic events that occurred at the Oak Creek temple on...]]> 'Kiss My Ass': Fear and Loathing in the Romney Campaign - The GOP candidate's disastrous foreign tour reveals his arrogance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19487-kiss-my-ass-fear-and-loathing-in-the-romney-campaign-the-gop-candidates-disastrous-foreign-tour-reveals-his-arrogance.html If Mitt Romney's purpose in traveling abroad this summer was to prove his credentials as a potential...]]> In Face Of Emergency, We're Still Asking, 'Where's the Beef?' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19465-in-face-of-emergency-were-still-asking-wheres-the-beef.html To understand how utterly broken our society is, how hostile to sacrifice we are and how...]]> Five Democrats Vie for Open Senate Seat - Forum reveals their plans for first 90 days in office http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19438-five-democrats-vie-for-open-senate-seat-forum-reveals-their-plans-for-first-90-days-in-office.html Wisconsinites tend to have long-term relationships with their elected officials...]]> Assembly District 18 Candidates Face Questions - Voters look to find Rep. Grigsby's successor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19446-assembly-district-18-candidates-face-questions-voters-look-to-find-rep-grigsbys-successor.html State Rep. Tamara Grigsby is stepping down from the Assembly, allowing a new representative to be elected to serve the 18th District. Eight candidates will vie for the position in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary; the winner will face Libertarian...]]> Wounded and Pregnant, an Aurora Family Without Health Coverage - 'Obamacare' was designed to help workers without insurance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19419-wounded-and-pregnant-an-aurora-family-without-health-coverage-obamacare-was-designed-to-help-workers-without-insurance.html In the wake of yet another well-armed madman killing and maiming innocent Americans...]]> Gold Medalists in Fake Outrage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19404-gold-medalists-in-fake-outrage.html Fake outrage is a little like pornography—hard to narrowly define, but you know it when you see it...]]> Republicans on the Attack Against One Another - Negative ads blanket the airwaves before U.S. Senate primary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19383-republicans-on-the-attack-against-one-another-negative-ads-blanket-the-airwaves-before-us-senate-primary.html As state Republicans decide which candidate to select in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being...]]> EarthTalk: Air Conditioning Alternatives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19384-earthtalk-air-conditioning-alternatives.html Dear EarthTalk: Has an alternative to air conditioning to keep rooms cool been invented that...]]> Again With the Birthers, Neo-birthers and Right-wing Sleaze? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19358-again-with-the-birthers-neo-birthers-and-right-wing-sleaze.html As the Obama years unfold, observers who lived through the Clinton era sometimes have the...]]> Obscuring A Debate Over Butlers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19345-obscuring-a-debate-over-butlers.html For all the superheated rhetoric of yet another election cycle, it's as clear as ever that the Republican...]]> Why Is Abele Afraid of Transparency in Sale of Valuable Milwaukee County Real Estate? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19329-why-is-abele-afraid-of-transparency-in-sale-of-valuable-milwaukee-county-real-estate.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele unveiled his favorite proposal for the publicly owned...]]> Four Democrats Vie for Assembly District 17 - Open seat will be decided Aug. 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19330-four-democrats-vie-for-assembly-district-17-open-seat-will-be-decided-aug-14.html The departure of state Rep. Barbara Toles from the state Legislature provides an opportunity for new leadership for Assembly District 17, which encompasses the west side of Milwaukee...]]> If We're Headed Toward Greece, GOP Is Driving Us There - Tax-dodgers like Romney are the problem http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19295-if-were-headed-toward-greece-gop-is-driving-us-there-tax-dodgers-like-romney-are-the-problem.html When Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters that Mitt Romney's foreign investment accounts...]]> Democratic Candidates for Assembly District 10's Open Seat - Four candidates file for Aug. 14 primary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19266-democratic-candidates-for-assembly-district-10s-open-seat-four-candidates-file-for-aug-14-primary.html Residents of Milwaukee's North Side, Riverwest and Shorewood will elect a new representative in the state Assembly...]]> Will Any Milwaukee Child Be Left Behind? - Reforms allowed for Wisconsin schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19267-will-any-milwaukee-child-be-left-behind-reforms-allowed-for-wisconsin-schools.html Last week, Wisconsin received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements...]]> Defining American Exceptionalism - Don't confuse propaganda for patriotism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19233-defining-american-exceptionalism-dont-confuse-propaganda-for-patriotism.html The Fourth of July is the birthday of American exceptionalism—originally, the idea cherished...]]> Fox News' Brazen Star - Karl Rove's hypocritical claim on executive privilege http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19164-fox-news-brazen-star-karl-roves-hypocritical-claim-on-executive-privilege.html Forever incapable of embarrassment, let alone sober reflection, Karl Rove is very well suited to his current roles as Fox News commentator and Crossroads Super PAC smear sponsor...]]> The August Partisan Primaries - New districts and new date could baffle voters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19186-the-august-partisan-primaries-new-districts-and-new-date-could-baffle-voters.html Although most Wisconsinites are still recovering from the June 5 recalls, another election cycle...]]> Health Care Decision Is Huge Win for Women - Consumer protections will be preserved http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19187-health-care-decision-is-huge-win-for-women-consumer-protections-will-be-preserved.html A New Standard for Oxymoronic Newspeak http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19128-a-new-standard-for-oxymoronic-newspeak.html If there was an ongoing contest in the art of self-contradicting newspeak, a quote from a U.S. military official during the Vietnam War would be the reigning victor for most of the modern era...]]> Waukesha-Milwaukee Water Talks Break Down - Will Lake Michigan water come from Racine or Oak Creek? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19114-waukesha-milwaukee-water-talks-break-down-will-lake-michigan-water-come-from-racine-or-oak-creek.html Last Wednesday, a Milwaukee Common Council committee voted to pursue negotiations to sell...]]> MPD Chief Flynn and Aldermen Strike Back at 'Journal Sentinel' - Violent crime dropped 2.4% last year, contradicting reporting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19115-mpd-chief-flynn-and-aldermen-strike-back-at-journal-sentinel-violent-crime-dropped-24-last-year-contradicting-reporting.html “We have been reporting our crime data honorably...]]> Republicans Swoon Over 'Partisan' Probers - GOP conveniently forgets Ken Starr's political ties http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19076-republicans-swoon-over-partisan-probers-gop-conveniently-forgets-ken-starrs-political-ties.html This week, Republicans on Capitol Hill opened yet another front in their continuous sniping...]]> The Potential Upside of Captivity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19065-the-potential-upside-of-captivity.html With states looking to raise taxes on oil and gas production and better regulate the most controversial drilling practices, we can expect industry to soon trot out its tried and true argument against such moves. As they did here in Colorado...]]> Estabrook Dam Decision to Be Revealed - Judge orders Milwaukee County to deliver plan for repair or removal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19039-estabrook-dam-decision-to-be-revealed-judge-orders-milwaukee-county-to-deliver-plan-for-repair-or-removal.html The deadline for a decision on Milwaukee County's crumbling Estabrook Dam is June 24, according...]]> State Senate in Limbo With Recount - Lehman predicts his 834-vote lead will give Democrats the majority http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19040-state-senate-in-limbo-with-recount-lehman-predicts-his-834-vote-lead-will-give-democrats-the-majority.html The epic partisan battle for the Wisconsin Legislature is now coming down to an 834-vote difference in the 72,000 votes cast in the 21st Senate District in Racine County. Although a canvass confirmed...]]> Thou Shalt Not Murder People http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19014-thou-shalt-not-murder-people.html It is not OK to murder people. That may seem to be such a self-evident moral truth that it should...]]> Did Young Romney Impersonate a Police Officer? - Another witness steps forward http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19005-did-young-romney-impersonate-a-police-officer-another-witness-steps-forward.html When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University...]]> The Revolutionaries Feeding the Obesity Crisis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19003-the-revolutionaries-feeding-the-obesity-crisis.html Major food corporations face a quandary. They are under Wall Street's constant profit-growth pressure, but they can't substantially raise product prices because the food market is so cost...]]> Can Mediation Bridge Wisconsin's Divisions? - Experts explain how the state can heal and move on http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18972-can-mediation-bridge-wisconsins-divisions-experts-explain-how-the-state-can-heal-and-move-on.html Now that Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall attempt, will the people and elected officials...]]> Palermo's Pizza Workers Strike - Pizza-maker and workers clash over immigration checks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18973-palermos-pizza-workers-strike-pizza-maker-and-workers-clash-over-immigration-checks.html Palermo's Pizza, located on Canal Street...]]> Silent Running - The burgeoning Wisconsin scandal that major media ignored http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18938-silent-running-the-burgeoning-wisconsin-scandal-that-major-media-ignored.html If the Wisconsin recall is truly second in importance only to the presidential race, as many media...]]> The War on Whistleblowers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18923-the-war-on-whistleblowers.html When a democracy functions properly, media revelations of executive branch misconduct...]]> The Other John Doe - How solid is the case against former Supervisor Johnny Thomas? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18905-the-other-john-doe-how-solid-is-the-case-against-former-supervisor-johnny-thomas.html While the state has been watching every twist and turn in the John Doe investigation into Scott...]]> State Sued for Not Enrolling BadgerCare Participants - More than 130,000 childless adults waiting for coverage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18906-state-sued-for-not-enrolling-badgercare-participants-more-than-130000-childless-adults-waiting-for-coverage.html Two Milwaukee women and Legal Action of Wisconsin are suing the state Department of Health Services (DHS) for failing to enroll the women in the BadgerCare Plus Core program. The Plus Core program, which...]]> Why Cory Booker Got Bain Capital So Wrong - Wall Street has invested heavily in his career http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18873-why-cory-booker-got-bain-capital-so-wrong-wall-street-has-invested-heavily-in-his-career.html Newark Mayor Cory Booker's emotional televised plea to "stop attacking private equity...]]> Where's the 'Beef'? - Romney pushes falsehood about Clinton-Obama feud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18820-wheres-the-beef-romney-pushes-falsehood-about-clinton-obama-feud.html For Mitt Romney, the president's greatest vulnerability seems to be that he is no Bill Clinton...]]> 'Shepherd Express' Publisher On Healing Our State http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18835-shepherd-express-publisher-on-healing-our-state.html Twenty years ago, I had the honor...]]> A Rare Admission That Money Trumps Everything Else http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18786-a-rare-admission-that-money-trumps-everything-else.html Headlines transmit information in its rawest form—and the best of headlines crystallize indelible...]]> Will Scott Walker Beat John Doe? - Voters may go to the polls with incomplete information about his role in alleged misconduct http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18764-will-scott-walker-beat-john-doe-voters-may-go-to-the-polls-with-incomplete-information-about-his-role-in-alleged-misconduct.html With just two weeks before the June 5 recall election facing Republican Gov. Scott Walker...]]> Why Recall Scott Walker? - His job-creation claims are not credible http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18765-why-recall-scott-walker-his-job-creation-claims-are-not-credible.html Last week, Gov. Scott Walker rushed out new...]]> The True Way to Save Marriage - Republicans with multiple divorces are destroying the institution http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18740-the-true-way-to-save-marriage-republicans-with-multiple-divorces-are-destroying-the-institution.html For honoring his conscience on the issue of marriage equality, President Obama earned angry...]]> Yes, We Can Walk and Chew Gum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18737-yes-we-can-walk-and-chew-gum.html One of the most overused metaphors in a writer's arsenal is the one about "walking and chewing gum...]]> How Do You Solve a Problem Like Justice Prosser? - His ethics complaint stalls http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18693-how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-justice-prosser-his-ethics-complaint-stalls.html Precisely two months ago, the Wisconsin Judicial Commission filed an ethics complaint against state...]]> Why Recall Scott Walker? - From kindergarten to post grad, education needs support http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18694-why-recall-scott-walker-from-kindergarten-to-post-grad-education-needs-support.html Although Wisconsin is a national leader in high-school graduation rates, college placement scores and commitment to public education, the state's educational system is now threatened by Gov. Scott Walker's historic cuts to schools at all levels...]]> Disposable Arenas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18672-disposable-arenas.html So, has everyone caught “Let's Tear Down the Bradley Center and Build a New One” fever yet?]]> Mitt's Revealing China and Gay Crises - Romney is 'foolish' and can be pushed around http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18670-mitts-revealing-china-and-gay-crises-romney-is-foolish-and-can-be-pushed-around.html Just as aspiring judges ought to possess the quality known as "judicial temperament...]]> Our Guns and Butter Economy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18644-our-guns-and-butter-economy.html With the economy still struggling and the debates over how to fix the problem more intense...]]> So How Does Fair Trade Benefit Us All? - Fifth annual Fair Trade Crawl supports families and artisans, the environment and local businesses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18628-so-how-does-fair-trade-benefit-us-all-fifth-annual-fair-trade-crawl-supports-families-and-artisans-the-environment-and-local-businesses.html When is a cup of coffee more than just a cup of coffee? When it's produced according to fair trade...]]> Why Recall Scott Walker? - Wisconsin's wonderful environment would become much healthier http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18629-why-recall-scott-walker-wisconsins-wonderful-environment-would-become-much-healthier.html When campaigning for governor in 2010, Scott Walker promised that he would create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Each act of his administration would serve that goal—including his stewardship of the environment...]]> Why the President's bin Laden Ad Drives Republicans Crazy - It speaks the truth about Bush and Romney http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18601-why-the-presidents-bin-laden-ad-drives-republicans-crazy-it-speaks-the-truth-about-bush-and-romney.html Nothing aggravates Republicans...]]> Property Rights In the Cloud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18588-property-rights-in-the-cloud.html When you hear the phrase "property rights," you probably think of farmers fighting environmental regulators and homeowners arguing with oil drillers. But in the Information Age, you should also be thinking about your computer—and asking, how much...]]> Vote: Democratic Gubernatorial Primary May 8 - Questions of the week for Democratic hopefuls http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18563-vote-democratic-gubernatorial-primary-may-8-questions-of-the-week-for-democratic-hopefuls.html On Tuesday, May 8, Wisconsin voters will be able to select the Democratic candidate for governor...]]> Walker's Budget Deficit Enables Deep BadgerCare Cuts - Premiums up, 17,000 priced out, waiting list remains http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18564-walkers-budget-deficit-enables-deep-badgercare-cuts-premiums-up-17000-priced-out-waiting-list-remains.html Although Gov. Scott Walker is boasting on the campaign trail that he has balanced the state...]]> GOP's Feeble Attempts to Exploit Scandals - GSA, Secret Service issues separate from White House http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18528-gops-feeble-attempts-to-exploit-scandals-gsa-secret-service-issues-separate-from-white-house.html Colombian prostitutes and lavish partying in Vegas inspire hot headlines and understandably...]]> The Politics of Sight http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18511-the-politics-of-sight.html Would Americans eat less meat, and would animals be treated more humanely if slaughterhouses...]]> Question of the Week for Democratic Candidates - How would you save public education? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18490-question-of-the-week-for-democratic-candidates-how-would-you-save-public-education.html In the final weeks leading up to the May 8 Democratic primary for governor, the Shepherd will ask the candidates questions about tough issues facing the state, then print their answers for our readers' review. This is the second installment in our...]]> How the Wisconsin Legislature Was Bought - Right-wing group ALEC gets its way http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18491-how-the-wisconsin-legislature-was-bought-right-wing-group-alec-gets-its-way.html In the weeks since the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, the public has learned more about...]]> What Romney Seems to Believe (and Why He's So Disliked) - Bitter primary damaged the Republican front-runner http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18459-what-romney-seems-to-believe-%2528and-why-hes-so-disliked%2529-bitter-primary-damaged-the-republican-front-runner.html With the Republican primary contest all but over and the focus now on the general election...]]> Contradiction Where Religion and American Politics Meet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18443-contradiction-where-religion-and-american-politics-meet.html Here's a newspaper headline that might induce a disbelieving double take: "Christians 'More Likely to Be Leftwing And Have Liberal Views on Immigration and Equality." Sounds too hard to believe, right? ]]> Have 'Independent News Service' Groups Crossed the Line? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18420-have-independent-news-service-groups-crossed-the-line.html How accurate is the news you're getting from a nonprofit “independent news service” such...]]> Question of the Week for Democratic Hopefuls http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18421-question-of-the-week-for-democratic-hopefuls.html In the final weeks leading up to the May 8 Democratic primary for governor, the Shepherd will ask the candidates questions about tough issues facing the state, then print their answers for our readers' review. This is the first installment in our...]]> Republicans for Choice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18394-republicans-for-choice.html It was only a matter of time before Republicans in Wisconsin and across the nation made some...]]> What's in a Name? - George W. Bush regrets the title of 'Bush tax cuts' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18389-whats-in-a-name-george-w-bush-regrets-the-title-of-bush-tax-cuts.html When George W. Bush made his first public appearance in many months to discuss economic policy...]]> The End of "Shut Up and Play" http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18369-the-end-of-shut-up-and-play.html As high-profile events periodically prove, politics and athletics have long had a love-hate relationship, the affinity ebbing and flowing with the cultural tides. In the tumultuous 1960s, for instance, stars like Muhammed Ali, Arthur Ashe and John Carlos...]]> Save Money, Save the Environment: Go Green - Energy-efficient homes, solar power and alt-fuel vehicles are part of the mix http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18353-save-money-save-the-environment-go-green-energy-efficient-homes-solar-power-and-alt-fuel-vehicles-are-part-of-the-mix.html With gas prices soaring again and energy costs slated to grow in the long term, it's a great time...]]> The Chairman Leaves the Building - Lee Holloway on his 20 years in Milwaukee County government http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18354-the-chairman-leaves-the-building-lee-holloway-on-his-20-years-in-milwaukee-county-government.html The High Court's Supremely Unethical Activists - Scalia, Alito and Thomas favor their right-wing friends http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18317-the-high-courts-supremely-unethical-activists-scalia-alito-and-thomas-favor-their-right-wing-friends.html How the Supreme Court majority will rule on President Obama's Affordable Care Act may well...]]> Where We're Going, We Don't Need New Roads http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18308-where-were-going-we-dont-need-new-roads.html Interstate 70 in Colorado, one of the nation's best-known arteries, is the latest thoroughfare to incite...]]> The Race Is On - Which Democrat can beat Gov. Scott Walker in a recall? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18281-the-race-is-on-which-democrat-can-beat-gov-scott-walker-in-a-recall.html With Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett now entering the fray, it appears that there will be a four-way...]]> Did Milwaukee County Blow Its Furlough Case? - Walker's Act 10 likely prevents the union from negotiating a settlement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18283-did-milwaukee-county-blow-its-furlough-case-walkers-act-10-likely-prevents-the-union-from-negotiating-a-settlement.html More than a year after Gov. Scott Walker stepped down as Milwaukee County...]]> If Obamacare Goes, Will America 'Let Him Die'? - The tragic consequences of the health care debate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18201-if-obamacare-goes-will-america-let-him-die-the-tragic-consequences-of-the-health-care-debate.html Despite significant negative signals, the final outcome of this week's arguments over the...]]> Shepherd Express Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18163-shepherd-express-endorsements.html The Shepherd Express endorses Mayor Tom Barrett for another term as mayor of Milwaukee...]]> How Corporations Are Controlling Wisconsin Legislators - ALEC's 'Scholarships' raise questions about corporate lobbying http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18164-how-corporations-are-controlling-wisconsin-legislators-alecs-scholarships-raise-questions-about-corporate-lobbying.html The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an ultraconservative corporate-sponsored policy group, has been known to legislators for years, but it has just recently come under public...]]> Paul Ryan's Plan for American Decline - Wisconsin Republican's disappearing government http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18135-paul-ryans-plan-for-american-decline-wisconsin-republicans-disappearing-government.html If the foreign adversaries and competitors of the United States imagined a future that would fulfill...]]> Charter Schools Are Not the Silver Bullet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18118-charter-schools-are-not-the-silver-bullet.html Talk K-12 education for more than five minutes, and inevitably, the conversation turns to charter...]]> A State Divided - How one legislative session changed Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18101-a-state-divided-how-one-legislative-session-changed-wisconsin.html Wisconsin historically has been a purple state with very close elections. Sometimes Democrats...]]> Development Is Central to South Side Race - Prez challenges Witkowiak in District 12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18102-development-is-central-to-south-side-race-p%25E9rez-challenges-witkowiak-in-district-12.html On Tuesday, April 3, Walker's Point and near South Side voters can cast a ballot for longtime Milwaukee Alderman James Witkowiak or José Pérez, a newcomer to politics. Both candidates are highlighting their efforts to redevelop the neighborhood...]]> What Are We Doing in Afghanistan? - Progress is an illusion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18071-what-are-we-doing-in-afghanistan-progress-is-an-illusion.html For everyone who originally supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban...]]> The Layer Ploy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18055-the-layer-ploy.html Community Groups Push for Milwaukee Jobs Act http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18034-community-groups-push-for-milwaukee-jobs-act.html “Willie: Do the Right Thing” read one sign held aloft at a “people's public hearing” convened...]]> Newcomers Vie to Replace Holloway on Milwaukee County Board - Coggs-Jones and Stamper II will appear on April 3 ballot http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18035-newcomers-vie-to-replace-holloway-on-milwaukee-county-board-coggs-jones-and-stamper-ii-will-appear-on-april-3-ballot.html Can Obama Muzzle the Dogs of War? - Iraq invasion advocates now want to bomb Iran http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17997-can-obama-muzzle-the-dogs-of-war-iraq-invasion-advocates-now-want-to-bomb-iran.html When President Obama disparaged "loose talk about war" against the theocratic regime in Tehran...]]> A Welcome Return to Basic Standards http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17972-a-welcome-return-to-basic-standards.html During his long career as the most famous talk radio host in modern history, Rush Limbaugh...]]> Is the End Near? - Wisconsin Legislature closes out final scheduled floor session http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17963-is-the-end-near-wisconsin-legislature-closes-out-final-scheduled-floor-session.html The legislative session that began with a bang is ending with a whimper...]]> Milwaukee County Judicial Candidates Face Off April 3 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17964-milwaukee-county-judicial-candidates-face-off-april-3.html On April 3, Milwaukee County voters...]]> Romney's Budget-Balancing for Dummies - His plan would increase the debt and cut taxes for the wealthy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17928-romneys-budget-balancing-for-dummies-his-plan-would-increase-the-debt-and-cut-taxes-for-the-wealthy.html Seeking applause from a right-wing audience in Michigan, Mitt Romney vowed: "I will cut spending...]]> The Opposite of Snobbery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17910-the-opposite-of-snobbery.html Say what you will about this era's Republican presidential candidates; they at least have chutzpah...]]> Legislative Redistricting Maps Hit the Courtroom - Federal judicial panel hears the case http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17863-legislative-redistricting-maps-hit-the-courtroom-federal-judicial-panel-hears-the-case.html On Friday, a three-judge panel concluded a swift but high-stakes two-day federal trial on the legality...]]> Cody and Cullen Vie for District 15 Voters on April 3 - De Bruin's departure creates opportunity on Milwaukee County board http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17866-cody-and-cullen-vie-for-district-15-voters-on-april-3-de-bruins-departure-creates-opportunity-on-milwaukee-county-board.html The two candidates vying to represent District 15 on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors have targeted parks and transit...]]> Desperate Fantasy: Can Jeb Bush Save the GOP? - The former Florida governor has a problematic past http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17835-desperate-fantasy-can-jeb-bush-save-the-gop-the-former-florida-governor-has-a-problematic-past.html Rumors and whispers of a late presidential bid by Jeb Bush are difficult to consider seriously...]]> Forgetting the Past, One Military Movie at a Time http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17812-forgetting-the-past-one-military-movie-at-a-time.html When philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned...]]> Marketing Candidates for the Wisconsin Recall Elections - A conversation with Milwaukee ad man Steve Eichenbaum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17791-marketing-candidates-for-the-wisconsin-recall-elections-a-conversation-with-milwaukee-ad-man-steve-eichenbaum.html Steve Eichenbaum put together the advertising campaign that propelled underdog state...]]> Common Council President Hines Faces Serious Challenge - Supervisor Biddle builds a strong case http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17792-common-council-president-hines-faces-serious-challenge-supervisor-biddle-builds-a-strong-case.html Will Catholic Bishops and Religious Right Save Obama? - U.S. voters support access to contraception http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17759-will-catholic-bishops-and-religious-right-save-obama-us-voters-support-access-to-contraception.html What is most striking about the showdown over contraceptive freedom is not the political victory...]]> Will We Choose a Chinese Future? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17742-will-we-choose-a-chinese-future.html For the last two decades, we've heard many myths purporting to explain the loss of American manufacturing jobs...]]> White Nationalists Share Spotlight With GOP at CPAC http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17690-white-nationalists-share-spotlight-with-gop-at-cpac.html If the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) can be expected to accomplish anything...]]> Embracing 'Enough' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17667-embracing-enough.html Of all the no-no's in contemporary America—and there are many—none has proven more taboo...]]> Wisconsin's Voter ID Law: Are You Ready? - New law's implementation still uncertain http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17651-wisconsins-voter-id-law-are-you-ready-new-laws-implementation-still-uncertain.html In two weeks, Wisconsin voters will be required to present a state-approved photo ID to cast...]]> Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Primary Set for Feb. 21 - The three candidates make their case http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17653-milwaukee-county-circuit-court-judge-primary-set-for-feb-21-the-three-candidates-make-their-case.html The High Cost of Romney's Scorching Victory - Gingrich exposed the front-runner's vulnerabilities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17621-the-high-cost-of-romneys-scorching-victory-gingrich-exposed-the-front-runners-vulnerabilities.html Mitt Romney's convincing victory in the Florida primary erased his earlier defeats and perhaps...]]> When It Comes to Education Technology, Trust, But Verify http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17602-when-it-comes-to-education-technology-trust-but-verify.html The release of Apple's computer-based textbooks last month had the usual technology triumphalists buzzing. "Apple And The Coming Education Revolution," blared the headline at Fast Company magazine. "Apple puts iPad at head of the class...]]> Three Candidates Will Challenge South Side Alderman Donovan - New district boundaries could impact the race http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17585-three-candidates-will-challenge-south-side-alderman-donovan-new-district-boundaries-could-impact-the-race.html In a reflection of Milwaukee's strengthening ethnic diversity, the South Side Common Council...]]> Scott Walker v. Reality - Governor's 'State of the State' speech fails the truth test http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17575-scott-walker-v-reality-governors-state-of-the-state-speech-fails-the-truth-test.html Gov. Scott Walker gave his “State of the State” speech in front of a full crowd in the state Assembly...]]> Mitch Daniels: Bombast From the Past - Bush's budget director helped to cause our problems http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17500-mitch-daniels-bombast-from-the-past-bushs-budget-director-helped-to-cause-our-problems.html Why the Republicans chose Mitch Daniels—the Indiana governor who once thrilled right-wing...]]> The Economic Normalcy Bias http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17472-the-economic-normalcy-bias.html In 1977, two Boeing 747s collided on an airstrip in the Canary Islands. According to accident...]]> The Walker Recall - What's next? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17457-the-walker-recall-whats-next.html Last week, opponents of Gov. Scott Walker and five of his Republican allies filed almost 2 million...]]> Walker Flip-Flops on Health Care Reform - Governor pulls the plug on his own office, forfeits $37 million http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17458-walker-flip-flops-on-health-care-reform-governor-pulls-the-plug-on-his-own-office-forfeits-%252437-million.html In January 2011, one of Scott Walker's first acts as governor was to kill off the Doyle administration's Office of Health Care Reform and replace it with the Office of Free Market Health Care, which was created to implement federal health care reform...]]> Tax Day: Will Romney Make April Fools of Republicans? - So many questions remain about the millionaire's tax returns http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17441-tax-day-will-romney-make-april-fools-of-republicans-so-many-questions-remain-about-the-millionaires-tax-returns.html Mitt Romney's latest flip-flop is almost complete. Having vowed a month ago not to release...]]> Our Selective Definition of Bigotry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17418-our-selective-definition-of-bigotry.html If they have any value at all anymore, presidential election campaigns at least remain larger-than-life...]]> Republicans Change Recall Rules in the Middle of the Game - Waukesha judge shifts responsibility from Walker to the state http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17387-republicans-change-recall-rules-in-the-middle-of-the-game-waukesha-judge-shifts-responsibility-from-walker-to-the-state.html On Tuesday, opponents of Gov. Scott Walker achieved a historic first when they delivered a million...]]> Contrary to Media Hype, Data Show Buses Are Safe http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17393-contrary-to-media-hype-data-show-buses-are-safe.html If you have been watching video footage of violence on the Milwaukee County Transit System...]]> Bitter Primary Reveals the Real Romney - Entitled and out of touch with average Americans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17370-bitter-primary-reveals-the-real-romney-entitled-and-out-of-touch-with-average-americans.html For Mitt Romney, the Jan. 10 triumph in the New Hampshire primary offered a tempting...]]> Who's on the Hook for Wisconsin Republicans' Legal Fees? - Taxpayers again could foot the bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17342-whos-on-the-hook-for-wisconsin-republicans-legal-fees-taxpayers-again-could-foot-the-bill.html In a strongly worded response chastising the attorneys defending the Republican-drawn...]]> Will Tammy Baldwin Become Wisconsin's Next U.S. Senator? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17337-will-tammy-baldwin-become-wisconsins-next-us-senator.html Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is starting to make headlines for her race for the U.S. Senate...]]> Did Reagan Raise Taxes? Let GOP Candidates Answer - Facts contradict Republican hero-worship http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17322-did-reagan-raise-taxes-let-gop-candidates-answer-facts-contradict-republican-hero-worship.html Politicians and their flacks lie every day, but it is unusual for someone prominent to utter...]]> Commemorating Our Soon-to-Be Lost Vernacular http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17317-commemorating-our-soon-to-be-lost-vernacular.html Scott Walker's Other Big Problem http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17283-scott-walkers-other-big-problem.html The recall of Gov. Scott Walker has grabbed the attention of almost every Wisconsinite...]]> SC Johnson Whistleblower Case Moves Forward - Former accountant says Racine company fired him for reporting tax fraud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17309-sc-johnson-whistleblower-case-moves-forward-former-accountant-says-racine-company-fired-him-for-reporting-tax-fraud.html To the general public, Racine-based SC Johnson...]]> Could Ron Paul Be the Next Ralph Nader? - Libertarian could attract disillusioned voters—at a cost http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17259-could-ron-paul-be-the-next-ralph-nader-libertarian-could-attract-disillusioned-votersmdashat-a-cost.html Even as Barack Obama gradually climbs in national polls, more than a handful of the president...]]> Top Underreported Stories of the Year - Corporate media didn't report on suicides, nuclear power risks, human trafficking and more http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17222-top-underreported-stories-of-the-year-corporate-media-didnt-report-on-suicides-nuclear-power-risks-human-trafficking-and-more.html As evidenced by the following examples, traditional media continue to ignore important...]]> The Lethal Fantasies of Dear Old Ron Paul - A favorite candidate of right-wing cranks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17192-the-lethal-fantasies-of-dear-old-ron-paul-a-favorite-candidate-of-right-wing-cranks.html The latest evidence of simmering racial resentment on the American political fringe...]]> The Republican Closet That Won't Stay Closed - GOP's gay-baiting strategy is convenient but risky http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17129-the-republican-closet-that-wont-stay-closed-gops-gay-baiting-strategy-is-convenient-but-risky.html If these are the last weeks of Rick Perry's ridiculous presidential campaign, his desperation...]]> Banana Republicans' Assault on Democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17116-banana-republicans-assault-on-democracy.html When the Senate minority leader of the United States calls something "a genuine threat to our country...]]> The Problem With PolitiFact Wisconsin - Truth is in the eyes of 'Journal Sentinel' editors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17095-the-problem-with-politifact-wisconsin-truth-is-in-the-eyes-of-journal-sentinel-editors.html Newspaper editors like to say that if you're being criticized by all sides, you must be doing something...]]> Rape Victim Program Under Assault - State budget and DOJ propose drastic cuts of over 42% http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17096-rape-victim-program-under-assault-state-budget-and-doj-propose-drastic-cuts-of-over-42.html Will Anyone Want to Teach in Wisconsin? - Walker's policies could damage public education for the next generation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17006-will-anyone-want-to-teach-in-wisconsin-walkers-policies-could-damage-public-education-for-the-next-generation.html Milwaukee-area teachers say they would not encourage anyone to pursue a career...]]> EPA Will Listen to Milwaukeeans' Health Concerns - Can the feds help us achieve environmental justice? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17008-epa-will-listen-to-milwaukeeans-health-concerns-can-the-feds-help-us-achieve-environmental-justice.html Trump? Republican Primary Now a Gong Show - Entrepreneur and reality show celebrity to host GOP debate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16983-trump-republican-primary-now-a-gong-show-entrepreneur-and-reality-show-celebrity-to-host-gop-debate.html Marketing genius is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Donald J. Trump's...]]> Celebrating the End of Kids' Wall Street Dreams http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16961-celebrating-the-end-of-kids-wall-street-dreams.html Amid fears of high youth unemployment creating a "lost generation," there is suddenly a bright spot...]]> A Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Democracy? - Activists strike at corporations' influence on elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16936-a-constitutional-amendment-to-preserve-democracy-activists-strike-at-corporations-influence-on-elections.html Is a constitutional amendment the only way to prevent our elections from being hijacked...]]> Gov. Walker's Plan Would Kick 29,000 Kids Off of BadgerCare - More hurtful to children than the Legislature's radical plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16937-gov-walkers-plan-would-kick-29000-kids-off-of-badgercare-more-hurtful-to-children-than-the-legislatures-radical-plan.html When Dennis Smith...]]> Realism, Compassion Unacceptable in Today's GOP - Humane policies quickly denounced by Republican base http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16909-realism-compassion-unacceptable-in-todays-gop-humane-policies-quickly-denounced-by-republican-base.html Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to "co-sponsor" a Republican presidential debate...]]> The Power of Small Contributions - Any donation will make a difference for Milwaukee organizations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16870-the-power-of-small-contributions-any-donation-will-make-a-difference-for-milwaukee-organizations.html Think that a small donation can't make a difference? Think again. Even if you only have $20 to spare...]]> Is Scott Walker Still County Executive? - Abele's budget and style show similarities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16871-is-scott-walker-still-county-executive-abeles-budget-and-style-show-similarities.html Did Milwaukee County voters give Scott Walker...]]> New 'Mature' Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich - He can't run from his Freddie and Fannie contracts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16843-new-mature-newt-is-just-same-old-gingrich-he-cant-run-from-his-freddie-and-fannie-contracts.html Very few politicians have provided as much villainous entertainment over the years...]]> Anger Sowing Seeds of a New Consumer Movement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16825-anger-sowing-seeds-of-a-new-consumer-movement.html As we all know, America is angry. Really angry. To put it in pop culture terms, we've moved...]]> Milwaukee County Comptroller Moves Ahead, Despite Dissension - Abele and GMC support it, board doesn't http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16812-milwaukee-county-comptroller-moves-ahead-despite-dissension-abele-and-gmc-support-it-board-doesnt.html Holidays at the Hunger Task Force - Filling a need, but more needs to be done http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16799-holidays-at-the-hunger-task-force-filling-a-need-but-more-needs-to-be-done.html “We're getting ready for the holidays so it's kind of crazy around here,” said Sherrie Tussler...]]> Mindless—But Always Talking Loud - Rick Perry isn't the only ignorant candidate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16775-mindless%25E2%2580%2594but-always-talking-loud-rick-perry-isnt-the-only-ignorant-candidate.html At a time when nations that tax, spend, regulate and invest more consistently...]]> Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16754-why-income-inequality-suddenly-matters.html A few weeks ago, as the Occupy Wall Street protests were first spreading, something amazing...]]> Call To Action Update: Thank You - The Shepherd Express Will Continue to Be Available at All Roundy's Stores in the Greater Milwaukee Area (including the five Brookfield stores where the Shepherd had been unavailable since April) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16752-call-to-action-update-thank-you-the-shepherd-express-will-continue-to-be-available-at-all-roundys-stores-in-the-greater-milwaukee-area-%2528including-the-five-brookfield-stores-where-the-shepherd-had-been-unavailable-since-april%2529.html I want to express my gratitude to the many thousands of Shepherd Express readers/Roundy's shoppers who took the time and made the effort to call Roundy's and let them know that they appreciate the opportunity to pick up their Shepherd Express...]]> Jobs Session Did Nothing for Struggling Workers or Employers - But gun owners have a lot to celebrate as regular session ends http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16721-jobs-session-did-nothing-for-struggling-workers-or-employers-but-gun-owners-have-a-lot-to-celebrate-as-regular-session-ends.html In September, Gov. Scott Walker called a special session of the state Legislature...]]> Bloomberg vs. Occupy Protesters - Wall Street and banks profited from subprime loans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16696-bloomberg-vs-occupy-protesters-wall-street-and-banks-profited-from-subprime-loans.html Americans listen when Michael Bloomberg speaks, not only because he is the mayor...]]> Call to Action Update: The Shepherd Express Will Be in All Roundy's Stores http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16637-call-to-action-update-the-shepherd-express-will-be-in-all-roundys-stores.html The Shepherd Express would like to thank the well over 1,000 readers who took the time to contact Roundy's and ask that the Shepherd Express continue...]]> Call to Action Update: Pick 'n Save/Metro Market Shoppers - Roundy's Response http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16616-call-to-action-update-pick-n-save_metro-market-shoppers-roundys-response.html First of all, we want to be very clear that we feel that we have always had a good relationship with Roundy's. We thoroughly...]]> Myths and Facts About the Economy - Don't believe the hype about taxes, job creators or the wealthy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16622-myths-and-facts-about-the-economy-dont-believe-the-hype-about-taxes-job-creators-or-the-wealthy.html Does a lie become true when it's repeated often enough?]]> Who Has the Right to Recall Officials? - Democrats say longtime constituents, GOP says new ones http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16623-who-has-the-right-to-recall-officials-democrats-say-longtime-constituents-gop-says-new-ones.html On Monday, a state Senate committee spent hours debating a proposal that would significantly...]]> Speaking Up for That '1%' - Paul Ryan wages class warfare on the rest of us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16585-speaking-up-for-that-1-paul-ryan-wages-class-warfare-on-the-rest-of-us.html Lauded by the Washington press corps for his "courage" and "honesty" in allegedly confronting...]]> TV That Finally Lifts Journalism Back 'Up' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16563-tv-that-finally-lifts-journalism-back-up.html Waking up at 4 a.m. is rarely enjoyable, and arising at that unspeakable...]]> Recalling Walker - Does Wisconsin have what it takes to make history? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16543-recalling-walker-does-wisconsin-have-what-it-takes-to-make-history.html Wisconsinites are poised to make history once again...]]> Milwaukee County Is in Walker's Crosshairs Again - Medicaid changes could hinder progress http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16544-milwaukee-county-is-in-walkers-crosshairs-again-medicaid-changes-could-hinder-progress.html Call to Action: Pick 'n Save/Metro Market Shoppers - We Need You to Speak Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16556-call-to-action-pick-n-save_metro-market-shoppers-we-need-you-to-speak-up.html More than 192,700 of our 260,000 Shepherd Express readers do some of their grocery shopping at a Roundy's Pick 'n Save or Metro Market...]]> What Romney's Religion Reveals About His Politics - Mormons hold a variety of political views http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16515-what-romneys-religion-reveals-about-his-politics-mormons-hold-a-variety-of-political-views.html Recent expressions of political and religious prejudice against Mormons...]]> The Choice Between Democracy and Autocracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16500-the-choice-between-democracy-and-autocracy.html Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that in this 10th month...]]> Concealed Carry and You - Law goes into effect Nov. 1, but questions remain http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16480-concealed-carry-and-you-law-goes-into-effect-nov-1-but-questions-remain.html On Nov. 1, Wisconsin's gun advocates will achieve their long-held dream of legally obtaining...]]> How Can We Create Jobs? - Milwaukeeans offer their solutions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16481-how-can-we-create-jobs-milwaukeeans-offer-their-solutions.html The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love - Paul Ryan and Herman Cain want to raise taxes on the middle class http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16440-the-tax-hikes-that-republicans-love-paul-ryan-and-herman-cain-want-to-raise-taxes-on-the-middle-class.html Be it the tea parties, corporate boardrooms or presidential debate platforms, we hear...]]> Republicans Could Ban Stem Cell Research in Wisconsin - Vaguely written bill would have 'catastrophic' impact on biotech industry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16405-republicans-could-ban-stem-cell-research-in-wisconsin-vaguely-written-bill-would-have-catastrophic-impact-on-biotech-industry.html More than 60 Republican legislators have signed on to a bill that would ban stem cell...]]> Scott Walker Recall Efforts to Launch Nov. 15 - Survey shows majority of Wisconsinites want governor out of office next year http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16406-scott-walker-recall-efforts-to-launch-nov-15-survey-shows-majority-of-wisconsinites-want-governor-out-of-office-next-year.html The clock is ticking on Gov. Scott Walker's first term in office. The grassroots group United Wisconsin announced on Tuesday that it will begin circulating petitions to recall Walker on Nov. 15...]]> How (and Why) to Co-opt Those Cops on Wall Street - Madison protests built a middle-class movement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16368-how-%2528and-why%2529-to-co-opt-those-cops-on-wall-street-madison-protests-built-a-middle-class-movement.html The young (and not-so-young) protesters who came to “Occupy Wall Street”—and have stayed...]]> Stopping the Insanity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16348-stopping-the-insanity.html Like most people living through this jarring age of economic turbulence...]]> The Milwaukee County Budget: How Will It Affect You? - Abele's cuts to health care and the sheriff go to county board http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16327-the-milwaukee-county-budget-how-will-it-affect-you-abeles-cuts-to-health-care-and-the-sheriff-go-to-county-board.html Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele took office with a $55 million deficit and had promised...]]> Walker's Medicaid Cuts Come to Light - Health Secretary Smith reveals plans to reduce BadgerCare benefits and eligibility http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16329-walkers-medicaid-cuts-come-to-light-health-secretary-smith-reveals-plans-to-reduce-badgercare-benefits-and-eligibility.html How Baseball Explains Modern Racism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16279-how-baseball-explains-modern-racism.html Despite recent odes to "post-racial" sensibilities, persistent racial wage and unemployment...]]> Walker Administration Thwarts Federal Health Care Reform - Democrats counter with insurance consumers' bill of rights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16255-walker-administration-thwarts-federal-health-care-reform-democrats-counter-with-insurance-consumers-bill-of-rights.html If you are hoping that Gov. Scott Walker's implementation of health care reform will put...]]> Walker's Cuts Hit Milwaukee County Transit - Access to suburban and city jobs will plummet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16256-walkers-cuts-hit-milwaukee-county-transit-access-to-suburban-and-city-jobs-will-plummet.html Two Heads of One Political Monster http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16208-two-heads-of-one-political-monster.html So What Are They Hiding? - Republicans pushing legislation to conceal corporate money http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16184-so-what-are-they-hiding-republicans-pushing-legislation-to-conceal-corporate-money.html Preserving Life (Except for the Uninsured) - GOP's health care plans are incoherent and cruel http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16147-preserving-life-%2528except-for-the-uninsured%2529-gops-health-care-plans-are-incoherent-and-cruel.html Watching the Republican presidential candidates and their agitated...]]> University of Hypocrisy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16130-university-of-hypocrisy.html In the firmament of celebrated Americana, there is Mom, apple pie, football and beer—but there most certainly...]]> 'They Are the Public Airwaves, Not the Republican Airwaves' - A 'Shepherd' Q&A with media reform activist Sue Wilson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16109-they-are-the-public-airwaves-not-the-republican-airwaves-a-shepherd-qa-with-media-reform-activist-sue-wilson.html Sick of politically unbalanced radio and TV programming that only offers a right-wing point of view?]]> Budget Games at the County—Again - Milwaukee supervisors are concerned that Abele is simply 'Walker-Lite' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16110-budget-games-at-the-county%25E2%2580%2594again-milwaukee-supervisors-are-concerned-that-abele-is-simply-walker-lite.html How Texas Medicaid Wasted Vast Sums, Lethally - Rick Perry's privatization scheme failed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16080-how-texas-medicaid-wasted-vast-sums-lethally-rick-perrys-privatization-scheme-failed.html Both as governor of Texas and as the leading Republican presidential candidate, Rick Perry has established...]]> Ten Years Later, It's Time to 'Broaden the Context' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16065-ten-years-later-its-time-to-broaden-the-context.html Ten years ago this week, I, like many living in Washington at the time, was fleeing my office building...]]> Breakthrough on Stalled Harley-Davidson Development? - Will city release Harley from its obligation to build offices? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16041-breakthrough-on-stalled-harley-davidson-development-will-city-release-harley-from-its-obligation-to-build-offices.html Looks like the city will let Harley-Davidson off the hook for its obligation to build 100,000...]]> Trouble on the Horizon? - Abele, Holloway spar over Milwaukee County transit insurance plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16042-trouble-on-the-horizon-abele-holloway-spar-over-milwaukee-county-transit-insurance-plan.html In perhaps what is a sign of a contentious budget season to come, both Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Board Chair Lee Holloway are taking credit for an insurance plan change that could save the county up to $2 million...]]> How to Honor the True Spirit of 9/11 - First, ignore Rush Limbaugh http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16016-how-to-honor-the-true-spirit-of-9_11-first-ignore-rush-limbaugh.html If volunteerism is suddenly unpatriotic and even "socialist," that will come as a nasty surprise...]]> The Lesson of the Chinese Invasion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15983-the-lesson-of-the-chinese-invasion.html Many economic Nostradamuses have long predicted that the epitaph...]]> An Out-of-Control Justice - Supreme Court members explain what really happened when Prosser grabbed Bradley's neck http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15966-an-out-of-control-justice-supreme-court-members-explain-what-really-happened-when-prosser-grabbed-bradleys-neck.html Although a special investigator announced that she would not seek charges against Justice David Prosser...]]> Nazis Set to Converge on West Allis - Counter-protest emphasizes peace and tolerance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15967-nazis-set-to-converge-on-west-allis-counter-protest-emphasizes-peace-and-tolerance.html Harriet Paletti is a wife and mom, runs a small business, tries to contribute to charitable organizations and is considering running for the New Berlin Common Council...]]> Why Rick Perry Hates Regulators - They're Bad for (His) Business http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15876-why-rick-perry-hates-regulators-theyre-bad-for-%2528his%2529-business.html Like so many Republican officials of the tea party persuasion, Rick Perry...]]> Race and the Church of Denialism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15862-race-and-the-church-of-denialism.html Republican guru Karl Rove recently appeared on Fox News to dispute the idea that America...]]> Voucher Study: Transfers to MPS Muddle Results - Test scores are the same after years of study http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15844-voucher-study-transfers-to-mps-muddle-results-test-scores-are-the-same-after-years-of-study.html What Obama Should Learn From Wisconsin - Defending Democratic principles is a must http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15815-what-obama-should-learn-from-wisconsin-defending-democratic-principles-is-a-must.html With Wisconsin's epic state Senate recall battle now over, the results carry a clear message...]]> After the Recalls: What's Next for Democrats http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15786-after-the-recalls-whats-next-for-democrats.html After the just-completed recall elections, the assumption had been that the next battle...]]> How to Avoid Paying Income Taxes—Legally - Loopholes and tax breaks favor big corporations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15787-how-to-avoid-paying-income-taxes%25E2%2580%2594legally-loopholes-and-tax-breaks-favor-big-corporations.html Franken Calls for Oversight of Ratings Agencies - They shouldn't be paid to give AAA ratings to junk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15752-franken-calls-for-oversight-of-ratings-agencies-they-shouldnt-be-paid-to-give-aaa-ratings-to-junk.html With world markets suddenly...]]> Collateral Damage in the War on Anonymity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15732-collateral-damage-in-the-war-on-anonymity.html From warrantless wiretapping to ever-present surveillance cameras, our world is right now...]]> What Are the Causes of Youth Violence? - And why are so many young people the victims of violence? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15704-what-are-the-causes-of-youth-violence-and-why-are-so-many-young-people-the-victims-of-violence.html Why have Milwaukee's young people been engaged in violence this summer? The specific causes of the fights at the Wisconsin State Fair last week and in Riverwest in July may never be fully known, even though they're being endlessly analyzed in local media...]]> DNR's Water Pollution Permits Come Under Scrutiny - EPA finds 75 problems in Clean Water Act implementation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15713-dnrs-water-pollution-permits-come-under-scrutiny-epa-finds-75-problems-in-clean-water-act-implementation.html The Bizarro FDR http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15660-the-bizarro-fdr.html Barack Obama is a lot of things—eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and above...]]> Vote for Sandy Pasch for State Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Endorsement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15638-vote-for-sandy-pasch-for-state-senate-on-tuesday-aug-9-endorsement.html The Shepherd Express is endorsing state Rep. Sandy Pasch, a Democrat, for the Eighth Senate District, which encompasses Milwaukee's North Shore suburbs, in the Aug. 9 recall election. Pasch...]]> Wisconsin's Regressive Voter ID Law - It's about suppressing the vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15649-wisconsins-regressive-voter-id-law-its-about-suppressing-the-vote.html Wisconsin's new Voter ID law is slowly being rolled out during this summer's recall...]]> Why China Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank - Higher interest payments would be made to the Chinese http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15616-why-china-is-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-higher-interest-payments-would-be-made-to-the-chinese.html The global impact of the American...]]> Walker's New Corporate Tax Loopholes - New tax breaks for businesses are not tied to job creation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15578-walkers-new-corporate-tax-loopholes-new-tax-breaks-for-businesses-are-not-tied-to-job-creation.html Remember when Republicans whined and wailed about the Democrats' implementation of combined reporting, which the GOP claimed was hurting Wisconsin's business climate by hiking taxes on corporations?]]> Walker's Job Creation Myth - Wisconsin falls behind our Midwestern neighbors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15579-walkers-job-creation-myth-wisconsin-falls-behind-our-midwestern-neighbors.html 'Dysfunctional' Too Polite to Describe Tea Party Congress - Foolish political games could cause serious damage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15547-dysfunctional-too-polite-to-describe-tea-party-congress-foolish-political-games-could-cause-serious-damage.html As America lurches toward new and unfamiliar status as a nation that defaults on its debts, commentators around the world are wondering how the democratic government that was once the most admired in the world...]]> The ALEC Attack - Corporation-written legislation pushed through Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15517-the-alec-attack-corporation-written-legislation-pushed-through-wisconsin.html Obama Losing Patience as Republicans Panic - The public supports tax increases for the wealthy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15484-obama-losing-patience-as-republicans-panic-the-public-supports-tax-increases-for-the-wealthy.html At long last, President Obama seems to have run out of patience with the truculent Republicans who have rejected all of his overtures for a budget deal—just as Moody's and other economic authorities again warned of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a debt default...]]> Toward a New Politics of Food http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15473-toward-a-new-politics-of-food.html The Most Political Redistricting Map in More Than 50 Years - Republican power grab diminishes your voting choices http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15452-the-most-political-redistricting-map-in-more-than-50-years-republican-power-grab-diminishes-your-voting-choices.html The Republican-drawn legislative redistricting map is a shocking assault on the voting rights of Wisconsin citizens. Instead of revising the current legislative map to retain the state's competitive swing districts...]]> UW Students Will Feel the Squeeze - Tuition hike plus frozen financial aid will hit this fall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15454-uw-students-will-feel-the-squeeze-tuition-hike-plus-frozen-financial-aid-will-hit-this-fall.html Obama's Raw Deal? - Tax cuts for the rich could come at a heavy price http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15419-obamas-raw-deal-tax-cuts-for-the-rich-could-come-at-a-heavy-price.html 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...]]> The Finland Phenomenon http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15404-the-finland-phenomenon.html When I heard the news last week that the Department of Education is aiming to subject 4-year-olds to high-stakes testing, all I could do is shake my head in disbelief and despondently mutter a slightly altered riff off "The Big Lebowski's" Walter Sobchak...]]> Change Is Coming to Milwaukee County - Collective bargaining bill continues to divide http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15378-change-is-coming-to-milwaukee-county-collective-bargaining-bill-continues-to-divide.html Four Trillion for War—And Rising - The full damage of war isn't yet known http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15348-four-trillion-for-war%25E2%2580%2594and-rising-the-full-damage-of-war-isnt-yet-known.html Anyone paying attention to the costs..]]> Shining the Spotlight on the Corporate Pay Gap http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15323-shining-the-spotlight-on-the-corporate-pay-gap.html We've long known that executive pay has skyrocketed during the last 40 years -- and especially during the last 20. As the Economic Policy Institute has reported, the average CEO makes roughly 300 times the average worker...]]> Walker's Budget Rewards His Top Campaign Donors - Road builders, voucher advocates and the wealthy get big perks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15288-walkers-budget-rewards-his-top-campaign-donors-road-builders-voucher-advocates-and-the-wealthy-get-big-perks.html It's inevitable that a state budget includes perks for campaign allies. Inevitable, but not ideal. But this year's biennial budget, a Republican creation signed by Gov. Scott Walker with about 50 vetoes on Sunday afternoon, includes a shocking number...]]> Milwaukee Today: NAACP's Report on the City's African Americans - Education and employment are keys to success http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15289-milwaukee-today-naacps-report-on-the-citys-african-americans-education-and-employment-are-keys-to-success.html The Ruinous Rant of John McCain - One-time immigration reformer now just panders to the base http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15266-the-ruinous-rant-of-john-mccain-one-time-immigration-reformer-now-just-panders-to-the-base.html The decline of the Grand Old Party...]]> Has the Wisconsin Supreme Court Become Hopelessly Partisan? - And is the Republican state Legislature now above the law? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15225-has-the-wisconsin-supreme-court-become-hopelessly-partisan-and-is-the-republican-state-legislature-now-above-the-law.html 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...]]> Republicans Expand Vouchers Statewide - Despite promises and denials, budget amendment applies beyond Racine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15226-republicans-expand-vouchers-statewide-despite-promises-and-denials-budget-amendment-applies-beyond-racine.html 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...]]> Washington's Deeper Immorality - Republicans cut funds for food for impoverished children http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15196-washingtons-deeper-immorality-republicans-cut-funds-for-food-for-impoverished-children.html While the well-deserved departure of Anthony Weiner...]]> Promoting Militarism While Hiding Bloodshed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15176-promoting-militarism-while-hiding-bloodshed.html Wisconsin Internet System Targeted in Budget - Schools would see diminished access, increased costs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15147-wisconsin-internet-system-targeted-in-budget-schools-would-see-diminished-access-increased-costs.html The Party of Righteous Indignation - Republicans fail to address their own scandals http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15112-the-party-of-righteous-indignation-republicans-fail-to-address-their-own-scandals.html Grossly distasteful may be the most dignified way to describe the behavior of Rep. Anthony Weiner, but it is impossible to discuss what he has confessed to doing without words...]]> America's Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15091-americas-energy-ethos-do-regardless-of-harm.html Laugh me off as the idealistic son of a physician (which I am), but I still thought the doctor's ethos of "first do no harm" was a notion we could all agree on. Even in this hyper-polarized Era of the Screaming Red-Faced Partisan, I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage...]]> Recalls Against Republican Senators Move Ahead - Democrats blast GOP use of paid petition circulators http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15066-recalls-against-republican-senators-move-ahead-democrats-blast-gop-use-of-paid-petition-circulators.html Republicans have lashed out at the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) for playing politics with the planned recall elections. Last week, the GAB asked a judge to certify recall elections for six Republicans while asking for more time to look into challenges of the recalls of three Democrats—Dave Hansen of Green Bay...]]> Robin Vos Sneaks 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Into the State Budget - For-profit bail bondsmen could become legal in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15067-robin-vos-sneaks-dog-the-bounty-hunter-into-the-state-budget-for-profit-bail-bondsmen-could-become-legal-in-wisconsin.html Playing With Default - An extraordinarily dangerous problem, Greenspan says http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15040-playing-with-default-an-extraordinarily-dangerous-problem-greenspan-says.html The current puppet play in Congress—where Republicans sponsored a bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling only because they wanted to vote it down—would be funny, if only they weren't risking economic...]]> Cutting Kids' Health Care Will Make Deficits Bigger http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15024-cutting-kids-health-care-will-make-deficits-bigger.html In the name of curtailing deficits, politicians across the country are hacking away at programs that aim to make children healthier. In Congress, for example, House Republicans are spearheading a budget that eviscerates funding for food assistance and effectively defunds the wildly successful Children's Health...]]> Myths and Facts About Judge Sumi's Decision - Did an “activist judge” really overreach? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15006-myths-and-facts-about-judge-sumis-decision-did-an-%25E2%2580%259Cactivist-judge%25E2%2580%259D-really-overreach.html From Wisconsin to Florida, Strong Winds of Political Remorse - Walker, Johnson and Ryan are hugely unpopular http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14974-from-wisconsin-to-florida-strong-winds-of-political-remorse-walker-johnson-and-ryan-are-hugely-unpopular.html Still spinning in the vortex of the May 24 tornado in New York's 26th Congressional District, Republican leaders insist that Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset victory on their party's turf was meaningless...]]> The Wisconsin Values Budget - Asking the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14937-the-wisconsin-values-budget-asking-the-wealthy-and-corporations-to-pay-their-fair-share.html “We're broke,” Gov. Scott Walker has told the state repeatedly as a way to justify his draconian budget, which guts public education and transit and raises taxes on the poor while cutting taxes for the wealthy and profitable businesses. But “we're broke” isn't totally true, since the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau found that Wisconsin will have an extra $636...]]> Wisconsin's Premier Conservation Program—The Stewardship Fund—Receives Cuts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14938-wisconsins-premier-conservation-program%25E2%2580%2594the-stewardship-fund%25E2%2580%2594receives-cuts.html The Gingrich Style - Hysteria, slurs, lies and reckless opportunism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14904-the-gingrich-style-hysteria-slurs-lies-and-reckless-opportunism.html It is hard to see why anyone was surprised by Newt Gingrich's self-ignited implosion in the earliest hours of his presidential candidacy. The career of the former House speaker...]]> Turning the Camera on the Police http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14898-turning-the-camera-on-the-police.html What's good for the police apparently isn't good for the people—or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance. That's a concise summary of a new trend reported by National Public Radio last week—the trend whereby law enforcement officials have been trying...]]> Walker Blasted for Losing Rail Money - Developer Grunau calls it a 'generational mistake' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14869-walker-blasted-for-losing-rail-money-developer-grunau-calls-it-a-generational-mistake.html Milwaukee business leaders ripped into Gov. Scott Walker after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected his bid for $210 million in Amtrak passenger rail upgrades last week. The DOT's rebuke of Walker comes six months...]]> The Return of the Real McCain - Arizona senator denounces torture and debunks Bin Laden myths http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14839-the-return-of-the-real-mccain-arizona-senator-denounces-torture-and-debunks-bin-laden-myths.html For the longest time, a certain admirable, independent senator from Arizona disappeared from public life, replaced by an irresponsible, opportunistic and occasionally demagogic figure who seemed to have...]]> Will Concealed Weapons Make Wisconsin Safer? - Two fast-tracked bills to get hearings this week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14805-will-concealed-weapons-make-wisconsin-safer-two-fast-tracked-bills-to-get-hearings-this-week.html Republicans are fast-tracking two...]]> Walker Lauded for Education Privatization in D.C. - But voucher proponent Howard Fuller criticizes Walker's expansion plans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14806-walker-lauded-for-education-privatization-in-dc-but-voucher-proponent-howard-fuller-criticizes-walkers-expansion-plans.html Democrats Display True Toughness - Bush's phony bravado couldn't produce Osama bin Laden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14771-democrats-display-true-toughness-bushs-phony-bravado-couldnt-produce-osama-bin-laden.html It is always a happy moment when...]]> Paul Ryan Takes His Budget Plan to the Public - But he doesn't tell the whole story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14733-paul-ryan-takes-his-budget-plan-to-the-public-but-he-doesnt-tell-the-whole-story.html Chairman Holloway on the Painful Cuts Ahead - 'All fat, muscle and bone will be cut' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14734-chairman-holloway-on-the-painful-cuts-ahead-all-fat-muscle-and-bone-will-be-cut.html A Generation of Termites - Paul Ryan's ruinous plan assumes the worst of older voters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14697-a-generation-of-termites-paul-ryans-ruinous-plan-assumes-the-worst-of-older-voters.html The aging of the baby boomer...]]> Destroying Government to Save It - What's the fuss about a Milwaukee County takeover? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14663-destroying-government-to-save-it-whats-the-fuss-about-a-milwaukee-county-takeover.html Rumors are still swirling that there's a secret plan that would allow the state to take over Milwaukee County and other local governments. First reported by prominent Madison attorney Ed Garvey on his FightingBob.com blog, the secret plan allegedly is similar to a new Michigan...]]> Let the Recount Begin - Waukesha County wasn't the only irregularity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14664-let-the-recount-begin-waukesha-county-wasnt-the-only-irregularity.html The Trouble With Trump - His past doesn't match the hype http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14627-the-trouble-with-trump-his-past-doesnt-match-the-hype.html Everything we really need to know about...]]> Mass Transit Takes a Hit in Walker's Budget - Funding is cut just as gas prices hit record highs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14581-mass-transit-takes-a-hit-in-walkers-budget-funding-is-cut-just-as-gas-prices-hit-record-highs.html As the price for a gallon of gas hovers around $4, Gov. Scott Walker is working to ensure that Wisconsin residents will rely on cars, not mass transit, to commute to work and travel around the state...]]> Four Republicans Face Recalls - Will Alberta Darling be next? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14582-four-republicans-face-recalls-will-alberta-darling-be-next.html Democrats Can Win the Budget Debate - Point out Republican gimmicks and unfair impacts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14531-democrats-can-win-the-budget-debate-point-out-republican-gimmicks-and-unfair-impacts.html Having hesitated to fully enter the fiscal fray, President Obama has at last delivered a plausible, principled response to the budgetary flimflam of the far right. But one speech, even a very good speech, won't fulfill his obligation in this fateful argument...]]> Paul Ryan's Plan Neither Serious Nor Courageous - His budget punishes the poor and elderly but doesn't reduce the debt or deficit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14464-paul-ryans-plan-neither-serious-nor-courageous-his-budget-punishes-the-poor-and-elderly-but-doesnt-reduce-the-debt-or-deficit.html What the meteoric career of Paul Ryan demonstrates is how easily impressed we are whenever a politician purports to restore solvency by punishing the poor and the elderly (while coddling the rich). The Wisconsin Republican congressman's fiscal plan has won rave reviews from both the usual right-wing suspects and some self-styled centrists, who have praised him and his...]]> Incompetence or Fraud? - Making sense of Waukesha County clerk's election story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14489-incompetence-or-fraud-making-sense-of-waukesha-county-clerks-election-story.html Is Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus incompetent or part of a vast right-wing conspiracy to secure state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's re-election? The official story is that Nickolaus caught a reporting error made on election night...]]> Earth Day Economics: A Green and Prosperous Future - The 'Good Boom' will benefit everyone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14490-earth-day-economics-a-green-and-prosperous-future-the-good-boom-will-benefit-everyone.html Walker's Budget Is Bad for Business and the Environment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14491-walkers-budget-is-bad-for-business-and-the-environment.html "This budget is good for Wisconsin's environment, because a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand," Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp testified before the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee last...]]> Why the Reckless Republicans Win - Ideologues want a shutdown, regardless of the damage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14382-why-the-reckless-republicans-win-ideologues-want-a-shutdown-regardless-of-the-damage.html Scarcely any news story induces sleep as swiftly and surely as congressional budget negotiations—a topic that features politicians bickering loudly over huge...]]> Walker's Bill Faces New Legal Challenges - Temporary restraining order is just the beginning http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14390-walkers-bill-faces-new-legal-challenges-temporary-restraining-order-is-just-the-beginning.html For fans of legal dramas, Madison is the place to be these days. Last week, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi reaffirmed her decision that a temporary restraining order (TRO) be placed...]]> Day Care Provider Wins Big in Court - Judge questions the state's prosecution of Wisconsin Shares providers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14400-day-care-provider-wins-big-in-court-judge-questions-the-states-prosecution-of-wisconsin-shares-providers.html April 5th Election Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14332-april-5th-election-endorsements.html The Shepherd Express is asking you to vote for Chris Abele for Milwaukee County executive. However, if you were pleased with Scott Walker as county executive, then you should vote for state Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), who has made it very clear that he will continue Walker's policies in county government...]]> Paradox and Principle in the New Mideast - The 'Arab Spring' challenges U.S. policymakers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14308-paradox-and-principle-in-the-new-mideast-the-arab-spring-challenges-us-policymakers.html Deciding whether to intervene in Libya, the United States and its allies confronted a terrible...]]> A New Red Dawn http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14285-a-new-red-dawn.html Meet Your Next Milwaukee County Executive - Abele and Stone vie for a one-year term on April 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14261-meet-your-next-milwaukee-county-executive-abele-and-stone-vie-for-a-one-year-term-on-april-5.html Election to Decide Citywide MPS Board Seat - Terry Falk will face Susan Schmidt on April 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14262-election-to-decide-citywide-mps-board-seat-terry-falk-will-face-susan-schmidt-on-april-5.html What's So Scary About NPR? - Latest GOP attack could wipe out competition for Limbaugh and Beck http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14230-whats-so-scary-about-npr-latest-gop-attack-could-wipe-out-competition-for-limbaugh-and-beck.html While there is much stupid behavior to be found among politicians on both sides of the...]]> A Brand-New Election Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14174-a-brand-new-election-day.html Lost in all the uproar over the vicious tactics of Gov. Scott Walker and legislative...]]> Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Heats Up - Justice David Prosser, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg face off April 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14190-wisconsin-supreme-court-race-heats-up-justice-david-prosser-assistant-attorney-general-joanne-kloppenburg-face-off-april-5.html How Not to Fight Terrorism - Bigotry and grandstanding won't do it http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14165-how-not-to-fight-terrorism-bigotry-and-grandstanding-wont-do-it.html Despite the dubious credentials of Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) as an opponent...]]> Is This the End of Milwaukee Public Schools? - Walker's budget cuts MPS funding while expanding taxpayer funding for private schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14120-is-this-the-end-of-milwaukee-public-schools-walkers-budget-cuts-mps-funding-while-expanding-taxpayer-funding-for-private-schools.html Vote in Our Inaugural Best of Milwaukee Web Awards http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14127-vote-in-our-inaugural-best-of-milwaukee-web-awards.html Don't Believe the (Union-Busting) Hype - Walker's extremist views aren't popular with the public http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14087-dont-believe-the-%2528union-busting%2529-hype-walkers-extremist-views-arent-popular-with-the-public.html If you are a normal, trusting consumer of American journalism..]]> Is Recalling Walker the Answer? - Governor could face voters' wrath next year http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14044-is-recalling-walker-the-answer-governor-could-face-voters-wrath-next-year.html Yes, America Still Needs Unions - Right-wing billionaires shouldn't control Gov. Scott Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14033-yes-america-still-needs-unions-right-wing-billionaires-shouldnt-control-gov-scott-walker.html "There was once a need for unions, but they've outlived their purpose...]]> Recall Sen. Alberta Darling? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13960-recall-sen-alberta-darling.html Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) was first elected to the state Assembly in May 1990 to replace Betty Jo Nelsen, who was appointed to a position in President George H.W. Bush’s administration. Darling was elected as the moderate candidate in a three-way Republican primary and faced no Democratic candidate in the general...]]> Why Do They Hate Social Security? - Pundits and politicians try to bamboozle the public http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13928-why-do-they-hate-social-security-pundits-and-politicians-try-to-bamboozle-the-public.html Among the mysteries of modern...]]> Photos from Madison - Feb. 18 & 19, 2011 @ the Capital http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13937-photos-from-madison-feb-18-19-2011-a-the-capital.html ]]> Walker’s Renewed War on Workers - Underpaid public employees will get the shaft http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13897-walkerrss-renewed-war-on-workers-underpaid-public-employees-will-get-the-shaft.html Just as he did as Milwaukee County...]]> ‘Erin Brockovich Carcinogen’ Found in Coal Plant Waste - EPA data points to hexavalent chromium in We Energies' Pleasant Prairie coal ash http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13899-lserin-brockovich-carcinogenrs-found-in-coal-plant-waste-epa-data-points-to-hexavalent-chromium-in-we-energies-pleasant-prairie-coal-ash.html How Clinton Balanced the Budget - The rich paid more taxes and the economy grew http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13874-how-clinton-balanced-the-budget-the-rich-paid-more-taxes-and-the-economy-grew.html As America approaches the deadline for increasing the statutory national debt—or risking a...]]> The Super Bowl of Socialism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13839-the-super-bowl-of-socialism.html Will the Candidates Save Milwaukee County Transit? - County executive hopefuls debate the bus system http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13824-will-the-candidates-save-milwaukee-county-transit-county-executive-hopefuls-debate-the-bus-system.html Is ElBaradei a Bad Guy? - Don't listen to the American right http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13798-is-elbaradei-a-bad-guy-dont-listen-to-the-american-right.html To his fellow Egyptians and to most observers across the world, Mohamed ElBaradei...]]> With Democracy or Against It—There's No In Between http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13768-with-democracy-or-against-itmdashtheres-no-in-between.html In America, politicians are rarely compelled to turn rhetoric into action.]]> Obama Changes the Narrative - The president provided an optimistic view of government power http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13726-obama-changes-the-narrative-the-president-provided-an-optimistic-view-of-government-power.html Complaints about President Obama's State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured...]]> Ethics Case Drives Supreme Court Race - Challengers blast Justice Prosser for his defense of colleague's lie http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13750-ethics-case-drives-supreme-court-race-challengers-blast-justice-prosser-for-his-defense-of-colleagues-lie.html Although four candidates are running for a spot on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a sitting justice not in the race played an influential role in last week’s candidate forum at the Milwaukee Bar Association...]]> How Tough on Crime Should a Judge Be? - Milwaukee County Circuit Court candidates explain how they balance justice and mercy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13751-how-tough-on-crime-should-a-judge-be-milwaukee-county-circuit-court-candidates-explain-how-they-balance-justice-and-mercy.html South Side to Elect New County Supervisor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13752-south-side-to-elect-new-county-supervisor.html From Quality to Quantity—And Maybe Back Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13706-from-quality-to-quantitymdashand-maybe-back-again.html Why Hasn’t Milwaukee County Sold Its Park East Land? - The county executive candidates explain how they'd develop it http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13671-why-hasnrst-milwaukee-county-sold-its-park-east-land-the-county-executive-candidates-explain-how-theyd-develop-it.html Near North Side Residents Will Elect a New County Supervisor - Top Two Winners of the Feb. 15 primary will meet Apr. 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13672-near-north-side-residents-will-elect-a-new-county-supervisor-top-two-winners-of-the-feb-15-primary-will-meet-apr-5.html Fudging the Facts on Health Care and Deficits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13651-fudging-the-facts-on-health-care-and-deficits.html Facts always matter, but never more so than when politicians deal with issues...]]> How to Take the Venom Out of Political Debates - Ask questions, find common ground to restore civility http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13604-how-to-take-the-venom-out-of-political-debates-ask-questions-find-common-ground-to-restore-civility.html How We Enable Crimes of Insanity - We weep over victims, but do nothing about guns http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13580-how-we-enable-crimes-of-insanity-we-weep-over-victims-but-do-nothing-about-guns.html The deranged expression on the face of Jared Lee Loughner in the mug shot released by the police—taken within hours after he allegedly killed six innocent people and wounded 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—suggests that we may never fully understand whatever illness afflicts him. The law requires us to assess his mental state and motivations...]]> The GOP Is Holding the Economy Hostage; It's Time to Call Its Bluff - Cutting domestic spending would stymie growth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13522-the-gop-is-holding-the-economy-hostage-its-time-to-call-its-bluff-cutting-domestic-spending-would-stymie-growth.html In their ideological zeal, the new Republicans on Capitol Hill seem eager to gamble everything—the financial reputation of the United States, the international status of the dollar, even the chance of a worldwide depression—on a showdown over the national debt ceiling. What has been mostly a routine if...]]> The Money Paradox http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13501-the-money-paradox.html A Snow-Filled Glimpse Of America's Future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13470-a-snow-filled-glimpse-of-americas-future.html "Welcome to the New Normal." Those words should be displayed at New York's airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast's latest "snowpocalypse." Why? Because the Big Apple's much-lamented paralysis this week is a critical cautionary tale for everyone. The episode warns us about the kind of thing that's likely coming to the rest of America as we now...]]> Exclusive: Lee Holloway Will Run for Milwaukee County Executive - Walker's officially out the door and candidates step in http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13431-exclusive-lee-holloway-will-run-for-milwaukee-county-executive-walkers-officially-out-the-door-and-candidates-step-in.html Sept. 11 Heroes Disdained on the Right - Republicans back away from 9/11 first responders http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13418-sept-11-heroes-disdained-on-the-right-republicans-back-away-from-9_11-first-responders.html To understand the depths of shame and cynicism in the partisan stalling of health legislation for 9/11 first responders, it is only necessary to recall how eagerly Republican politicians once rushed to identify themselves with New York City's finest and bravest. Nothing was easier, during the months and years that followed the terror attacks of September 2001, than to...]]> Faces of Economic Death http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13404-faces-of-economic-death.html Milwaukee County Executive Race Still Unsettled - Potential candidates are making their final decisions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13368-milwaukee-county-executive-race-still-unsettled-potential-candidates-are-making-their-final-decisions.html State’s New Ratings System for Child Care Already in Doubt http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13367-staterss-new-ratings-system-for-child-care-already-in-doubt.html Can They Really Do That? - Walker and the Republicans declare war on workers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13273-can-they-really-do-that-walker-and-the-republicans-declare-war-on-workers.html Health Care Law Implementation Moving Ahead in Wisconsin - Walker and Van Hollen vow to sue, but insurance exchanges are being studied and debated http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13201-health-care-law-implementation-moving-ahead-in-wisconsin-walker-and-van-hollen-vow-to-sue-but-insurance-exchanges-are-being-studied-and-debated.html Although Gov.-elect Scott Walker has promised to block federal health reform from being implemented in Wisconsin, he seems to be giving his blessing to it at the same time. As he promised during his campaign, Walker will allow Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to sue to prevent portions of the federal health care bill from being implemented in the state. Walker and Van Hollen both...]]> Internal MMAC Memo Details Education Policy Strategy - More privatization, less support for MPS http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13202-internal-mmac-memo-details-education-policy-strategy-more-privatization-less-support-for-mps.html Billboard Calls Attention to Israel’s Occupation of Palestine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13203-billboard-calls-attention-to-israelrss-occupation-of-palestine.html Can one billboard on Milwaukee’s North Side bring peace to the Middle East? Not likely, but that’s not the sponsors’ intention. Sister Virgine Lawinger, a Racine Dominican nun and the chair of Friends of Palestine, said the group hopes that the billboard will raise awareness of the ongoing crisis in Palestine and its ripple effect on the Middle East...]]> ‘Wisconsin Shouldn’t Be Left Out’ - A Shepherd Q&A with Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Stephanie Bloomingdale http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13108-lswisconsin-shouldnrst-be-left-outrs-a-shepherd-qa-with-wisconsin-state-afl-cio-secretary-treasurer-stephanie-bloomingdale.html Organized labor is in a process of rebirth, but it’s doing so in a very challenging economic and political environment that promotes corporate profits and the consolidation of wealth over workers’ ability to earn fair wages. Part of labor’s rebirth includes new...]]> Who Will Run for Milwaukee County Executive? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13109-who-will-run-for-milwaukee-county-executive.html Iran's Best Friends on Capitol Hill - Republicans look to block nuclear weapons treaty despite its benefits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13075-irans-best-friends-on-capitol-hill-republicans-look-to-block-nuclear-weapons-treaty-despite-its-benefits.html Nuclear weapons treaties are like currency exchange rates—always vitally important to the national interest, but often stunningly dull, not to say impenetrable. Yet Washington has suddenly been jolted awake by Republican threats to stall if not kill...]]> NAACP Elects James Hall President http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13032-naacp-elects-james-hall-president.html On Earmarks - War, tax cuts and the recession are the true causes of the deficit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13008-on-earmarks-war-tax-cuts-and-the-recession-are-the-true-causes-of-the-deficit.html It isn't the earmarks, stupid. Bullying Republican Senate leaders into a "voluntary" ban on earmarks may represent a political triumph for the tea party movement, but as a measure to reduce the federal deficit it is a meaningless substitute for real action. The facts about earmarks—and the deficit, for that matter—are so...]]> To Deter Crime, Get Tough on Wall Street http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12992-to-deter-crime-get-tough-on-wall-street.html NAACP Elections To Be Held on Saturday - National organization will administer the vote after suspending members for speaking out http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12962-naacp-elections-to-be-held-on-saturday-national-organization-will-administer-the-vote-after-suspending-members-for-speaking-out.html The highly contentious campaign for the leadership of the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP will end on Saturday, when the national organization will hold the election for the local branch. The election comes after months of controversy about current and potential leaders of the local NAACP. Anonymous e-mails about the leaders’ actions have circulated around town. Lawsuits were initiated...]]> Transition Time in County Government - A Shepherd Q&A with Milwaukee County Board Chair Lee Holloway http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12976-transition-time-in-county-government-a-shepherd-qa-with-milwaukee-county-board-chair-lee-holloway.html A Note on Health Care Reform - Republicans' promise to repeal the bill isn't popular or wise http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12935-a-note-on-health-care-reform-republicans-promise-to-repeal-the-bill-isnt-popular-or-wise.html Overstating the importance of a midterm election is understandably tempting for politicians and pundits, especially when the partisan turnover reaches historic proportions, as it indisputably did on Nov. 2. It is a temptation to which Republicans and conservatives seem particularly...]]> Republicans’ Redistricting Opportunity - The GOP will create legislative districts that guarantee their hold on power for 10 years http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12889-republicansrs-redistricting-opportunity-the-gop-will-create-legislative-districts-that-guarantee-their-hold-on-power-for-10-years.html Wisconsin Republicans won a big victory on Nov. 2 that gives them control of the state Legislature for the next two years, and potentially for the next decade because they will be able to draw electoral districts that favor their party. Because this is a census year, the state Legislature and governor are charged with drawing not only the...]]> Student Veterans - Education benefits help ease the transition to civilian life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12892-student-veterans-education-benefits-help-ease-the-transition-to-civilian-life.html Although they may not be the most easily identifiable group of students, a growing minority on campuses is made up of returned war veterans. At UW-Milwaukee alone, more than 1,200 students are veterans, their spouses or their children. That makes UWM the campus with the most student veterans in the state. “They’re an increasing segment of the student population...]]> The Tea Party and the Midterms - When change means more of the same http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12861-the-tea-party-and-the-midterms-when-change-means-more-of-the-same.html The urge to punish politicians is understandable no matter who is in power, because they inevitably disappoint the fond hopes...]]> The Rise of Sewer Money - Undisclosed, anonymous money flushed into the elections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12802-the-rise-of-sewer-money-undisclosed-anonymous-money-flushed-into-the-elections.html It's the Stupidity, Stupid http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12775-its-the-stupidity-stupid.html Elections Have Consequences: The Safety Net http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12738-elections-have-consequences-the-safety-net.html What’s the best response to those who are struggling during this recession? Or to those who rely on the social safety net even during good times? An auto accident or a business failure could put any of us in need of some short-term or long-term assistance. The two gubernatorial candidates—Democrat Tom Barrett and Republican Scott Walker—are polar opposites on how the government...]]> Shepherd Express Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12740-shepherd-express-endorsements.html This is a brutal election season for incumbents. But not all incumbents are created equal. That’s why we’re supporting Sen. Russ Feingold in his bid for re-election. Feingold has been a strong supporter of progressive causes, like civil liberties, as well as issues that often upset progressives, like gun rights. But Feingold’s take on the issues is a good fit for a moderate, independent state like Wisconsin...]]> Thugs on the Right - Tea partiers have no love for the free press http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12698-thugs-on-the-right-tea-partiers-have-no-love-for-the-free-press.html What do the tea party ideologues mean when they speak of liberty and freedom and the Constitution that they supposedly revere? Sometimes they are...]]> The Tea Party Test Case http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12677-the-tea-party-test-case.html Republican Hypocrisy on Health Care - GOP candidates bash health care reform on the stump but take advantage of it in private http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12638-republican-hypocrisy-on-health-care-gop-candidates-bash-health-care-reform-on-the-stump-but-take-advantage-of-it-in-private.html Republicans are making health care reform a huge issue in the Nov. 2 election, with candidates vowing to block national reform from being implemented in Wisconsin because the free market allegedly is superior to government...]]> Elections Have Consequences: Job Creation in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12656-elections-have-consequences-job-creation-in-wisconsin.html A Generation of Termites - How Paul Ryan and Republicans are killing our infrastructure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12613-a-generation-of-termites-how-paul-ryan-and-republicans-are-killing-our-infrastructure.html When American politicians talk about the legacy we are leaving to the next generation, their usual theme is financial deficits, as if there were no other kind. Figured on a per-capita basis, the real and imputed debt...]]> Republican Steven Duckhorn Takes on Sheriff David Clarke - MPD officer calls out Clarke for mismanagement of resources and lack of respect for county residents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12508-republican-steven-duckhorn-takes-on-sheriff-david-clarke-mpd-officer-calls-out-clarke-for-mismanagement-of-resources-and-lack-of-respect-for-county-residents.html Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke barely made it through the Democratic primary in September and now faces the Republican candidate for Milwaukee County sheriff, Steven Duckhorn, on the Nov. 2 ballot. Duckhorn is a 16-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police...]]> Elections Have Consequences: Holding Down Taxes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12514-elections-have-consequences-holding-down-taxes.html What’s Political? - Attorney general candidates spar over Van Hollen's tenure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12515-whatrss-political-attorney-general-candidates-spar-over-van-hollens-tenure.html The Ideologies Behind the Ideologues - Far-right Austrian thinkers guide the tea party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12472-the-ideologies-behind-the-ideologues-far-right-austrian-thinkers-guide-the-tea-party.html Let nobody accuse the tea party enthusiasts of lacking intellectual sophistication, no matter what their favorite candidates might say about evolution, civil rights...]]> State Senate Showdown in Racine - Lehman vs. Wanggaard Could Decide Control of the Wisconsin Senate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12435-state-senate-showdown-in-racine-lehman-vs-wanggaard-could-decide-control-of-the-wisconsin-senate.html More Bad Job Numbers for Milwaukee’s Black Men - UWM study confirms persistent racial gap, despite diplomas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12437-more-bad-job-numbers-for-milwaukeerss-black-men-uwm-study-confirms-persistent-racial-gap-despite-diplomas.html Lies of the Tea Party - Urban legends and anger cloud rational thinking on the economy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12407-lies-of-the-tea-party-urban-legends-and-anger-cloud-rational-thinking-on-the-economy.html For Americans still suffering from persistent unemployment, falling incomes and rising inequality, politicians of either party probably...]]> The Real Democratic Whiners http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12378-the-real-democratic-whiners.html Elections Have Consequences: Health Care for Low-Income Adults and Families http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12358-elections-have-consequences-health-care-for-low-income-adults-and-families.html Return of 'The Contract With America' - Expect more political theater than problem-solving if Republicans win back Congress http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12330-return-of-the-contract-with-america-expect-more-political-theater-than-problem-solving-if-republicans-win-back-congress.html The Republicans have announced the forthcoming release of the "Contract From America"—a set of legislative proposals presumably intended to replicate...]]> What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12307-what-the-pot-legalization-campaign-really-threatens.html Mapping Out the November Elections - Will voters choose ultraconservative Republicans instead of moderate Democrats? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12283-mapping-out-the-november-elections-will-voters-choose-ultraconservative-republicans-instead-of-moderate-democrats.html How much will Wisconsin’s government change as a result of the Nov. 2 general election? Will voters get swept up in the supposed national movement to knock out incumbents by electing political novices with extreme ideologies? Or will they support more moderate candidates who are offering more pragmatic solutions? Currently, Democrats hold every statewide office...]]> Tea Partiers and Republicans Plan Election Day Blitz - Discussions reveal plans to challenge voters at the polls and end Election Day registration http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12284-tea-partiers-and-republicans-plan-election-day-blitz-discussions-reveal-plans-to-challenge-voters-at-the-polls-and-end-election-day-registration.html Will Big Tobacco's Former Bagman Really Be the Next Speaker? - Rep. John Boehner favors banking and tobacco lobbyists over voters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12243-will-big-tobaccos-former-bagman-really-be-the-next-speaker-rep-john-boehner-favors-banking-and-tobacco-lobbyists-over-voters.html With their loud voices and antic style, the "tea party" activists may lead voters to expect something new and different if the Republican Party returns to power. But observing the man who would wield that power if his party wins a midterm majority should swiftly dispel that illusion. There is nothing fresh or surprising about Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the would-be speaker, a figure so closely associated with corporate...]]> Synthetic Novelty Is Not Reality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12228-synthetic-novelty-is-not-reality.html Out-of-State Corporations Can Pour Unlimited Amounts of Money into Wisconsin Elections - And voters won't know where the money is coming from http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12206-out-of-state-corporations-can-pour-unlimited-amounts-of-money-into-wisconsin-elections-and-voters-wont-know-where-the-money-is-coming-from.html Sick of campaign ads yet? Well, watch out—it’s going to get worse in the seven weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 general election. And the worst part is that Wisconsin voters won’t know precisely who is paying for ads promoting or slamming...]]> Emergency Rule Gives DCF Expanded Powers to Penalize Day Care Providers - Clerical errors could lead to big fines http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12207-emergency-rule-gives-dcf-expanded-powers-to-penalize-day-care-providers-clerical-errors-could-lead-to-big-fines.html Why Barack Is Behind - President Obama needs to fight back against Republican policies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12176-why-barack-is-behind-president-obama-needs-to-fight-back-against-republican-policies.html Among the very puzzling aspects of the midterm election—and the Democratic debacle that appears to be looming in November—is why voters would return the opposition to power only two years after the multiple disasters of the Bush administration. They know that the years of Republican dominance in Washington led to an extremely expensive war that was launched on false pretenses; enormous deficits...]]> Out-of-State Republican Voucher Money Supports Democrats Plale, Sanchez and Findley http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12149-out-of-state-republican-voucher-money-supports-democrats-plale-sanchez-and-findley.html Is Pollution From Coal Ash a Concern? - We Energies is supplying drinking water to homes near its coal ash landfill in Oak Creek-Caledonia area http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12072-is-pollution-from-coal-ash-a-concern-we-energies-is-supplying-drinking-water-to-homes-near-its-coal-ash-landfill-in-oak-creek-caledonia-area.html Fighting Bob Fest Is Back for Its Ninth Annual Event - The country's largest progressive gathering features Jesse Jackson and more http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12073-fighting-bob-fest-is-back-for-its-ninth-annual-event-the-countrys-largest-progressive-gathering-features-jesse-jackson-and-more.html Democratic Candidates for Lieutenant Governor - Coggs, Nelson, Sanders and Schneider in their own words http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12074-democratic-candidates-for-lieutenant-governor-coggs-nelson-sanders-and-schneider-in-their-own-words.html On Sept. 14, voters in the Democratic primary will select the running mate for the party’s nominee for governor, presumed to be Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The selection of the lieutenant governor will shape the strength and focus of the ticket. For some voters...]]> The Billionaire Right-Winger http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12044-the-billionaire-right-winger.html Despite the kaleidoscopic proliferation of political media over the past decade, most of what Americans hear and read about the workings of our democracy can be politely termed superficial. Only very rarely does journalism fully penetrate the glittering illusions created by partisans on every side to reveal the...]]> We Energies Coal Plant Permit Renewal in Question - Should it switch from coal to natural gas? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11987-we-energies-coal-plant-permit-renewal-in-question-should-it-switch-from-coal-to-natural-gas.html What’s worse than an aging coal plant that emitted more than 10 million pounds of sulfur dioxide, 3 million pounds of nitrogen oxide, 699 million pounds of particulates and 2.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide in one year? How about an aging coal plant that emitted all of those toxins but doesn’t have an up-to-date air permit?]]> Longtime Legislator Peggy Krusick Challenged in Democratic Primary - Scott Dettman draws a sharp contrast on rail and transit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11988-longtime-legislator-peggy-krusick-challenged-in-democratic-primary-scott-dettman-draws-a-sharp-contrast-on-rail-and-transit.html Courage and Lower Manhattan - The Cordoba House controversy requires moral leadership http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11965-courage-and-lower-manhattan-the-cordoba-house-controversy-requires-moral-leadership.html Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects. That is what Lyndon Baines Johnson did when he signed the civil rights acts he knew would forfeit the South to the Republicans for a generation or more. And that is what Barack Obama...]]> Insanity Is Deja Vu All Over Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11943-insanity-is-deja-vu-all-over-again.html The Racists Return - Conservatives refuse to denounce their followers' racism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11911-the-racists-return-conservatives-refuse-to-denounce-their-followers-racism.html Among the most revealing aspects of life during the Obama presidency is the panoply of responses to a black family in the White House. What made so many of us proud of our country on Jan. 20, 2009, has increasingly provoked expressions of hatred from the far right. That is troubling, but not nearly as troubling...]]> Three Democrats Vie for Open South Side Assembly Seat - Jobs, education and health care are big issues http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11919-three-democrats-vie-for-open-south-side-assembly-seat-jobs-education-and-health-care-are-big-issues.html Open Assembly Seat on Milwaukee’s North Side - Three Democrats vie to be Polly Williams' successor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11849-open-assembly-seat-on-milwaukeerss-north-side-three-democrats-vie-to-be-polly-williams-successor.html Defending the Mosque - Republicans want to deny Muslims their right to religious freedom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11822-defending-the-mosque-republicans-want-to-deny-muslims-their-right-to-religious-freedom.html No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. Arguments in opposition range from a professed concern for the sensitivities of the Sept. 11 victims...]]> The Stadium-Mob Mentality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11798-the-stadium-mob-mentality.html ‘I Want to Take the Politics Out of the Sheriff’s Department’ - A Q&A with Chris Moews, Democratic candidate for Milwaukee County sheriff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11776-lsi-want-to-take-the-politics-out-of-the-sheriffrss-departmentrs-a-qa-with-chris-moews-democratic-candidate-for-milwaukee-county-sheriff.html Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has played games with voters since being appointed to the position by former Republican Gov. Scott McCallum. While Clarke campaigns as a Democrat, he aligns himself with conservatives like President Bush, Charlie Sykes, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker...]]> Walker Eliminated Funding for Inspections of County Buildings in 2008 - Supervisors question his safety record and budgetary foresight http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11777-walker-eliminated-funding-for-inspections-of-county-buildings-in-2008-supervisors-question-his-safety-record-and-budgetary-foresight.html Leaking to Avert Disaster - WikiLeaks revelations should spur debate and decisions on Afghanistan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11746-leaking-to-avert-disaster-wikileaks-revelations-should-spur-debate-and-decisions-on-afghanistan.html The outpouring of tens of thousands of classified military documents by WikiLeaks is not precisely comparable to the publication of the Pentagon Papers—but in at least one crucial respect, it may be more valuable. While the Pentagon Papers revealed the duplicity of American policy-makers in the senseless Vietnam War, their release came too late to save many lives or change the course of that...]]> The Deception of Real-World Inception http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11732-the-deception-of-real-world-inception.html The Money Game - The candidates' spending says a lot about them http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11708-the-money-game-the-candidates-spending-says-a-lot-about-them.html The candidates have filed their campaign finance reports and trumpeted the good news about their fund-raising prowess during the second quarter of 2010. But behind the cheery press releases claiming that each...]]> Wisconsin Shares Day Care Providers Sound Off - DCF Secretary Bicha decides not to show up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11709-wisconsin-shares-day-care-providers-sound-off-dcf-secretary-bicha-decides-not-to-show-up.html Our Secret Leviathan - Billions spent on an uncontrollable national security state http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11683-our-secret-leviathan-billions-spent-on-an-uncontrollable-national-security-state.html Back in the bad old days of the Cold War—when mutual nuclear annihilation was a policy option—a culture of secrecy arose in Washington. What wise observers understood even then was that while governments tried to keep secrets from each other, their chief concern was to keep secrets from their own people. Considering what had been done in the name of the United States, from Mafia assassination...]]> And the Candidates Are… - A preview of the September primary matchups http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11642-and-the-candidates-arehellip-a-preview-of-the-september-primary-matchups.html Who Was Looking Out for O’Donnell Parking Structure? - Budget cuts leave county buildings lacking inspections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11643-who-was-looking-out-for-orsdonnell-parking-structure-budget-cuts-leave-county-buildings-lacking-inspections.html A Change Election—In the Wrong Direction - Republicans are disconnected from reality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11617-a-change-electionmdashin-the-wrong-direction-republicans-are-disconnected-from-reality.html The headline for the latest poll says that public confidence in President Obama has sunk to a new low, with a majority of Americans saying they don't trust him to make the best policy choices, especially on the ailing economy. These same voters, surveyed by The Washington Post and ABC News, are even more disdainful of Congress, split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans...]]> Is a Majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Corrupt? - The state Supreme Court's low ethical standards spur reform efforts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11571-is-a-majority-of-the-wisconsin-supreme-court-corrupt-the-state-supreme-courts-low-ethical-standards-spur-reform-efforts.html The latest moves of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have so troubled court watchers that a special legislative committee is being launched to focus on reforming the self-policing court. In the past week, the court has passed permissive rules on campaign contributions—rules that were written by the state’s biggest special interests—and deadlocked 3-3 on whether Justice Michael Gableman...]]> Show Us the Money - Cutting spending is bad economics and risks a longer recession http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11535-show-us-the-money-cutting-spending-is-bad-economics-and-risks-a-longer-recession.html So often are the certitudes and pronouncements of the chattering class simply mistaken that they must always be treated with deep skepticism. That is especially true when anything important is at stake—from the arguments for invading Iraq several years ago to today's economic stagnation...]]> Are Low Taxes Exacerbating the Recession? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11536-are-low-taxes-exacerbating-the-recession.html Will Gableman’s Right to Lie Survive? - Conservative Supreme Court justices protect their ally http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11502-will-gablemanrss-right-to-lie-survive-conservative-supreme-court-justices-protect-their-ally.html Is the Door Open for Concealed Carry in Wisconsin? - Challenges and opportunities in the wake of the Supreme Court decision on Chicago's handgun ban http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11429-is-the-door-open-for-concealed-carry-in-wisconsin-challenges-and-opportunities-in-the-wake-of-the-supreme-court-decision-on-chicagos-handgun-ban.html Searching for Solutions to Global Warming in Africa - A Green New Deal could help economies and the environment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11401-searching-for-solutions-to-global-warming-in-africa-a-green-new-deal-could-help-economies-and-the-environment.html DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania—What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation—the ruinous practice of clear-cutting for timber, charcoal and arable land that accounts for...]]> After 41 Years, A Belated Victory for Butter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11364-after-41-years-a-belated-victory-for-butter.html More Troubles at Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex - State finds inadequate patient treatment, record privacy, sanitary conditions and safety http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11341-more-troubles-at-milwaukee-county-mental-health-complex-state-finds-inadequate-patient-treatment-record-privacy-sanitary-conditions-and-safety.html The 100-plus-page Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance investigation of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Center reveals a systemwide failure to ensure the safety and well-being of patients in the county’s care. According to the state, which sent inspectors to Milwaukee in May, the county’s Behavioral Health Division (BHD) failed in the areas of patient rights, medical records, pharmacy, infection...]]> Details Needed on State Budget Cuts - Among gubernatorial candidates, only Barrett offers a specific plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11342-details-needed-on-state-budget-cuts-among-gubernatorial-candidates-only-barrett-offers-a-specific-plan.html The next governor of Wisconsin is going to face a tough financial situation and likely make more cuts in the next state budget. So why has only one candidate—Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat—offered a detailed plan of cuts and efficiencies? ]]> A Green New Deal Now - Get real about combating global warming http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11306-a-green-new-deal-now-get-real-about-combating-global-warming.html If the right-wing chorus insists that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "Obama's Katrina," then let us hope the president will make the most of that slogan. The comparison between the utter failure of the Bush administration and the missteps and errors of the Obama White House is fundamentally false. Yet there is nevertheless a crucial parallel...]]> ‘We Have To Be Accountable’ - A Shepherd Q&A with Incoming MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11259-lswe-have-to-be-accountablers-a-shepherd-qa-with-incoming-mps-superintendent-gregory-thornton.html Gregory Thornton’s contract with the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) doesn’t begin until July 1, but the incoming superintendent is already getting...]]> DNR Halts Waukesha’s Water Request - Rule out all other alternatives, DNR Secretary Frank says http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11260-dnr-halts-waukesharss-water-request-rule-out-all-other-alternatives-dnr-secretary-frank-says.html Why We Can't Just ‘Look Forward’ - Torture violated ethics and laws http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11242-why-we-cant-just-lslook-forwardrs-torture-violated-ethics-and-laws.html Torture is no longer a pressing concern for the American public, if it ever was. The country's attention has understandably turned to lost jobs, costly health care and spilled oil. Most Americans probably agree with President Obama that rather than dwell on the secret abuses of the Bush-Cheney regime, we ought to be looking forward...]]> Extra Protections Created for the Milwaukee River Corridor - Coalition finds common ground for future generations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11174-extra-protections-created-for-the-milwaukee-river-corridor-coalition-finds-common-ground-for-future-generations.html More Stimulus, Please - Leaders call on Congress to act and avoid a double-dip recession http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11175-more-stimulus-please-leaders-call-on-congress-to-act-and-avoid-a-double-dip-recession.html Israel From 10,000 Feet - The flotilla attack is the latest miscalculation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11152-israel-from-10000-feet-the-flotilla-attack-is-the-latest-miscalculation.html The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state's toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could. By treating a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as a military threat, killing nine civilians and imprisoning hundreds more, that government...]]> What Rand Paul Really Believes - The libertarian view of the government's safety net, worker and environmental protections and gun rights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11099-what-rand-paul-really-believes-the-libertarian-view-of-the-governments-safety-net-worker-and-environmental-protections-and-gun-rights.html Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding "overexposure." Senior Republican Party operatives, worried by the Kentucky Senate nominee's all-too-revealing remarks after his primary victory, have urged him not to grant any interviews for a while. So he flip-flopped on his criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, flaked out on a "Meet the Press" appearance and has scarcely been heard from...]]> Does Waukesha Really Need Lake Michigan Water? - And other big questions about the Great Lakes Water Compact http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11109-does-waukesha-really-need-lake-michigan-water-and-other-big-questions-about-the-great-lakes-water-compact.html EarthTalk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11110-earthtalk.html Health Care Reform Provisions Will Kick in Soon - Kids, small businesses and Medicare recipients will benefit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11040-health-care-reform-provisions-will-kick-in-soon-kids-small-businesses-and-medicare-recipients-will-benefit.html Last-Minute Changes Made to the State’s Clean Energy Goals - Environmentalists say new technologies and flat-lined goals weaken renewable energy standards http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11039-last-minute-changes-made-to-the-staterss-clean-energy-goals-environmentalists-say-new-technologies-and-flat-lined-goals-weaken-renewable-energy-standards.html Oil Rules - Ineffective regulations, reckless profiteering http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11003-oil-rules-ineffective-regulations-reckless-profiteering.html The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here. Like the explosion of the housing bubble that ruptured the world economy, this human and environmental tragedy resulted from a system that...]]> Patients Aren’t Safe at the County Mental Health Complex - Interim report finds inappropriate sexual contact, inadequate treatment in the Acute Care Unit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10968-patients-arenrst-safe-at-the-county-mental-health-complex-interim-report-finds-inappropriate-sexual-contact-inadequate-treatment-in-the-acute-care-unit.html Although the federal government is no longer threatening to pull roughly $60 million in funding from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex over patient safety concerns, that doesn’t mean that all of its problems have been solved by the Milwaukee County...]]> Obama's Feminist Touch - Elena Kagan's gender isn't an issue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10942-obamas-feminist-touch-elena-kagans-gender-isnt-an-issue.html Someday, when Americans have learned to live the true meaning of our creed, a Supreme Court nomination of a woman, a Latino, an African-American or any other variety of human being—including a gay man or woman—will provoke no comment or concern. Until then, we should applaud every step toward that future. The latest is President Barack Obama's choice...]]> The Predictable and Inevitable Blowback http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10911-the-predictable-and-inevitable-blowback.html Does the Milwaukee County Bus System Have a Long-Term Future? - Failure of RTA legislation also dooms commuter rail http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10887-does-the-milwaukee-county-bus-system-have-a-long-term-future-failure-of-rta-legislation-also-dooms-commuter-rail.html Marquette v. Jodi O’Brien - Will the Jesuit university support divergent views? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10888-marquette-v-jodi-orsbrien-will-the-jesuit-university-support-divergent-views.html What We Learned from Times Square - Smart police tactics can halt terrorist attacks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10867-what-we-learned-from-times-square-smart-police-tactics-can-halt-terrorist-attacks.html Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on FOX News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us. Evidently, the president and his...]]> The Motto of Mad Men http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10842-the-motto-of-mad-men.html For most of us, conjuring concise and cogent catchphrases is nearly impossible. In fact, the skill can seem like the black magic of mystical mad men. During the 1960s, the most...]]> Rebuilding Haiti With Help From Milwaukee - Q&A with Gigi Pomerantz, founder of Youthaiti http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10799-rebuilding-haiti-with-help-from-milwaukee-qa-with-gigi-pomerantz-founder-of-youthaiti.html Long before an earthquake devastated sections of Haiti in January, the island nation struggled to provide basic services to its citizens. That’s why Milwaukee nurse Gigi Pomerantz founded Youthaiti, an organization devoted to installing eco-friendly toilets, creating sustainable community gardens and planting much-needed trees in the flood-prone countryside...]]> It Takes Power to Control Power - The financial system must be reformed, not worshipped http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10764-it-takes-power-to-control-power-the-financial-system-must-be-reformed-not-worshipped.html With a furious majority of American voters demanding security from the depredations of Big Capital, all of the filibustering and bargaining in Congress will inevitably produce a bill described as "financial reform." Partisan sniping aside, neither Democrats nor Republicans so far have proposed a deep and thorough cleansing. Republicans like to pretend that they had nothing to do with the enormous bank and...]]> Past Statements Tell Present Truth About Immigration Law's Goals http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10748-past-statements-tell-present-truth-about-immigration-laws-goals.html And That’s All They Wrote - The Legislature ends its session without major reforms http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10723-and-thatrss-all-they-wrote-the-legislature-ends-its-session-without-major-reforms.html Progressives had high hopes for the end of the 2009-2010 legislative session. With both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s office in Democratic hands for the first time in 22 years, everyone expected that bills that have been crying out for attention—mass transit funding, election reform and clean energy, most notably—would become law this session...]]> Immigrant Community Calls on Federal Leaders for Reform - May 1 rally planned to support immigrant rights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10724-immigrant-community-calls-on-federal-leaders-for-reform-may-1-rally-planned-to-support-immigrant-rights.html The Value of the ‘Obama Effect’ - Favorable views around the world will boost American diplomacy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10684-the-value-of-the-lsobama-effectrs-favorable-views-around-the-world-will-boost-american-diplomacy.html As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship. A new international survey by the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) reveals that views of the United States around the world have "improved sharply" during the first year of the Obama presidency, with positive opinion outweighing negative for the first time since 2005, when...]]> EarthTalk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10651-earthtalk.html Before a New Justice Is Chosen - A full debate would reveal right-wing extremism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10601-before-a-new-justice-is-chosen-a-full-debate-would-reveal-right-wing-extremism.html Choosing a Supreme Court justice has become a deplorably dishonest process that hides ideological disputes behind petty and often personal matters. Nominees pretend to have no opinion about controversial issues such as abortion, when everyone listening knows they certainly do. Politicians pretend to worry about nothing except judicial qualifications, temperament and balance...]]> New MPS Reform Bill Introduced - Doyle's mayoral takeover plan is dead http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10567-new-mps-reform-bill-introduced-doyles-mayoral-takeover-plan-is-dead.html Rebuilding an American Legacy - Our crumbling infrastructure must be repaired http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10484-rebuilding-an-american-legacy-our-crumbling-infrastructure-must-be-repaired.html If there is any subject that enrages those who now call themselves conservatives, it is federal spending—and especially the stimulus program enacted by the Democratic administration and Congress last year. The government can do nothing right, they say. The stimulus was pure waste that created no jobs at all. The country would be better off without Washington...]]> Tick, Tick, Tick - Wisconsin lawmakers have little time left to pass worthwhile reforms http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10430-tick-tick-tick-wisconsin-lawmakers-have-little-time-left-to-pass-worthwhile-reforms.html Democracy and Domestic Violence - Right-wing ralliers will be armed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10406-democracy-and-domestic-violence-right-wing-ralliers-will-be-armed.html When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation. Clearly, that report—an innocuous nine-page document commissioned by the previous Republican administration—had been conjured...]]> Will Clean Energy Help Wisconsin’s Job Prospects? - A Q&A with wind power advocate Randall Swisher http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10342-will-clean-energy-help-wisconsinrss-job-prospects-a-qa-with-wind-power-advocate-randall-swisher.html One of the biggest questions posed by the state’s proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act is whether it will produce more jobs in the state or force manufacturers to cut...]]> Cudahy Mayoral Race: Day vs. McCue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10343-cudahy-mayoral-race-day-vs-mccue.html April 6 Election Endorsements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10344-april-6-election-endorsements.html The Right-Wingers Who Cried Wolf - False attacks against health care reform could hurt Republicans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10324-the-right-wingers-who-cried-wolf-false-attacks-against-health-care-reform-could-hurt-republicans.html Listening to right-wing talk radio on the day after Congress passed health care reform, Bill O'Reilly was stunned. To him, the hosts and the callers sounded "crazed" as they shrieked about "the end of the world, we're socialist now, we have to take the country back." Maybe the FOX News host hasn't been listening, but for many months there has been plenty of crazy going around...]]> The Difference Between Liberalism and Progressivism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10291-the-difference-between-liberalism-and-progressivism.html Right Wing Gone Wild - Social justice comes under attack http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10259-right-wing-gone-wild-social-justice-comes-under-attack.html Demagogues often prosper under the rules of democracy, intimidating the moderate and preying on the weak-minded. But in a healthy society, such figures cannot cross a final threshold of decency without jeopardizing their own status—and today's right-wing nihilists seem to be on the verge of doing just that. When Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president, questions...]]> Deadline Looms for Democrats to Deliver - Legislative session ends in April http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10270-deadline-looms-for-democrats-to-deliver-legislative-session-ends-in-april.html Democrats earned a hard-won victory when they took over the state Assembly in 2008, which allowed them to take control of both houses of the state Legislature as well as the governor’s mansion. But what have they done with that power? Have they enacted progressive policies to help close the disparities between the haves and the have-nots? ]]> Waukesha Mayoral Candidates Face Off - Incumbent Nelson stresses regional cooperation to create jobs; challenger Scrima wants direct subsidies to court businesses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10272-waukesha-mayoral-candidates-face-off-incumbent-nelson-stresses-regional-cooperation-to-create-jobs-challenger-scrima-wants-direct-subsidies-to-court-businesses.html What's the Matter with Democrats? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10205-whats-the-matter-with-democrats.html Ever since Thomas Frank published his book "What's the Matter With Kansas?" Democrats have sought a political strategy to match the GOP's...]]> The New McCarthyism - Liz Cheney invents, then smears the “Al Qaeda 7” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10157-the-new-mccarthyism-liz-cheney-invents-then-smears-the-ldal-qaeda-7rd.html The national madness known as "McCarthyism" began 60 years ago in Wheeling, W.V., when Joseph R. McCarthy held up a scrap of paper that supposedly listed the names of 57 State Department officials he said were actually Communists and traitors. Eventually, America learned that the Wisconsin Republican's famous list was a fabrication, that he was a liar and a demagogue as well as an alcoholic...]]> Three Businesses Team Up To Break New Ground in Milwaukee Landscapes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10132-three-businesses-team-up-to-break-new-ground-in-milwaukee-landscapes.html The economy has posed a challenge for many local businesses, but three young entrepreneurs have pooled their resources and talents, and the benefits have gone beyond the bottom line. Darrell Smith of Earthcare Natural Lawn...]]> New Day Care Background Check Law May Not Be Constitutional - Licenses are being revoked for nonviolent, decades-old misdemeanors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10112-new-day-care-background-check-law-may-not-be-constitutional-licenses-are-being-revoked-for-nonviolent-decades-old-misdemeanors.html Legislators and the state Department of Children and Families may have gotten positive headlines when creating a law that allows the state to permanently revoke child care provider licenses based on a wide range of offenses. But 2009 Wisconsin Act 76, which went into effect Feb. 1, may not be constitutional...]]> Fallout from UW-Milwaukee Protest - University and protesters provide different versions of events http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10113-fallout-from-uw-milwaukee-protest-university-and-protesters-provide-different-versions-of-events.html The Politics of Earthquakes - Government regulation could save your life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10090-the-politics-of-earthquakes-government-regulation-could-save-your-life.html If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday. For those of us unfamiliar with geological terminology, it may come as a shock that the Chilean quake, rated 8.8 on the Richter scale...]]> Can Day Care Providers Get a Fair Shake? - Department of Children and Families can overrule any decision it disagrees with http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10037-can-day-care-providers-get-a-fair-shake-department-of-children-and-families-can-overrule-any-decision-it-disagrees-with.html In a typical legal proceeding, there’s a plaintiff, a defendant and an independent judge who makes the final decision. But the appeals process for day care providers who have been suspended from the Wisconsin Shares program isn’t quite following that format. In these cases, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) issues the final decision, not the independent administrative law judge who hears all...]]> Scott Walker Sends 76 More People to the Unemployment Line - Savings from county layoffs questioned http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10038-scott-walker-sends-76-more-people-to-the-unemployment-line-savings-from-county-layoffs-questioned.html Zazi Case Vindicates Justice - Torture isn't necessary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10009-zazi-case-vindicates-justice-torture-isnt-necessary.html Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi-driver-turned-terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong. By convicting Zazi and pursuing the leads that his capture and interrogation have provided, the FBI has shown that traditional American methods—rather than the "enhanced...]]> It Is Happening Here http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9991-it-is-happening-here.html Will Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Jobs Bill Really Create Jobs, Lower Costs and Help Clean Up the Environment? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9966-will-wisconsinrss-clean-energy-jobs-bill-really-create-jobs-lower-costs-and-help-clean-up-the-environment.html Rogues Gone Wild http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9901-rogues-gone-wild.html "I am in control here in the White House."—Secretary of State Alexander Haig, 1981 Ah, the good old days when even a big shot like Gen. Al Haig could get in trouble for such mavericky declarations that defy basic constitutional precedents. In the 21st century, that's ancient history. We've so idealized cowboy-style rebellion in matters of war...]]> Wisconsin Payday Loan Bills Released - Interest cap removed, but other regulations intact http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9891-wisconsin-payday-loan-bills-released-interest-cap-removed-but-other-regulations-intact.html The GOP's Double Standard on Terror Trials - Bush and Republicans liked criminal prosecutions of terror suspects http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9856-the-gops-double-standard-on-terror-trials-bush-and-republicans-liked-criminal-prosecutions-of-terror-suspects.html Preparing for what they hope will be their return to power in Washington, Republican congressional leaders have revived the fear-mongering and flag-flapping used by Karl Rove to win the 2002 midterm elections. Like the former White House deputy, forever known to his boss as "turd blossom," the right-wing strategists on Capitol Hill feel no shame in arousing the basest of emotions among their base...]]> Time To Get Serious About the Budget http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9836-time-to-get-serious-about-the-budget.html Last month, President Obama proposed to freeze government spending on everything other than defense, veterans’ benefits, homeland security, Medicare and Social Security. The New York Times reported that administration officials depicted the initiative as proof of the president's "seriousness about cutting the budget deficit." Such spin may fly in Orwell’s Oceania or Washington...]]> Milwaukee Man’s ‘Life After Hate’ - A former white supremacist works to support peace http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9811-milwaukee-manrss-lslife-after-haters-a-former-white-supremacist-works-to-support-peace.html In the late 1980s and 1990s, not many people would have wanted to know Arno Michaels. At the time, Michaels was head of the white power punk/metal band Centurion, which sold more than 20,000 CDs of what Michaels calls “violent, hateful stuff, me bellowing about killing Jews and blacks.” He said his band still has a following in Europe. Back then, Michaels was also one of the leaders...]]> The GOP’s Dubious Populism - Republicans support bankers and corporations, not voters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9779-the-goprss-dubious-populism-republicans-support-bankers-and-corporations-not-voters.html The most revealing moments in President Obama's “State of the Union” address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle. When he proposed to recover a "financial responsibility fee"—in plain English, a bank tax—from the largest and most heavily leveraged Wall Street firms, the Republicans sat on their hands and scowled, while...]]> Hope in the Deep Freeze - Obama shouldn't cut spending to appease critics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9720-hope-in-the-deep-freeze-obama-shouldnt-cut-spending-to-appease-critics.html On the eve of his first “State of the Union” address, Barack Obama confided that he would "rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." But his proposal to freeze domestic spending is exactly the kind of policy that could result in four years of stagnation—rewarded by an election defeat at the hands of dispirited and disillusioned voters. If he continues to surrender his mandate, he just...]]> Administrative Law Judge Clears Day Care Provider Latasha Jackson of Fraud - The woman behind the headlines should not have lost her license, judge says http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9727-administrative-law-judge-clears-day-care-provider-latasha-jackson-of-fraud-the-woman-behind-the-headlines-should-not-have-lost-her-license-judge-says.html Early last year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel launched the “Cashing In On Kids” series detailing alleged fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program, which provides day care subsidies for low-income parents. Although the Journal Sentinel has highlighted...]]> Ezekiel Gillespie: Milwaukee’s Champion of African-American Voting Rights - Honoring Wisconsin's black history http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9736-ezekiel-gillespie-milwaukeerss-champion-of-african-american-voting-rights-honoring-wisconsins-black-history.html No Obama Obituaries, Please - Clinton turned early setbacks into success http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9652-no-obama-obituaries-please-clinton-turned-early-setbacks-into-success.html Got Credit Card Debt? You Still Have Rights - How consumers can protect themselves from debt buyers and collection agencies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9655-got-credit-card-debt-you-still-have-rights-how-consumers-can-protect-themselves-from-debt-buyers-and-collection-agencies.html Fact Check: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Radio Ad Uses Bogus Global Warming Data - Right-wing think tank supplied error-filled study http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9656-fact-check-wisconsin-manufacturers-commerce-radio-ad-uses-bogus-global-warming-data-right-wing-think-tank-supplied-error-filled-study.html For Harry Reid, Motive Does Matter - GOP's outrage on race is hypocritical http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9565-for-harry-reid-motive-does-matter-gops-outrage-on-race-is-hypocritical.html If Harry Reid's private remarks about the skin tone and speaking style of Barack Obama were offensive, the Republican crusade to oust him from his leadership position is worse. For Republicans to claim that he deserves the punishment inflicted on Trent Lott—the former Republican majority leader forced to resign because of a racial gaffe—shows their bad faith and their misunderstanding...]]> Is the Doyle Administration Destroying Inner-City Businesses? - Working parents need day care http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9567-is-the-doyle-administration-destroying-inner-city-businesses-working-parents-need-day-care.html Day care providers should expect up to 90 suspensions in the Wisconsin Shares program in the next few weeks, according to information presented at a meeting of day care providers on Saturday. The potential suspensions, in addition to the more than 100 day cares that had payments suspended last year...]]> The Stories Behind the MPS Takeover Story - It isn't about the kids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9568-the-stories-behind-the-mps-takeover-story-it-isnt-about-the-kids.html Seeking Social Visionaries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9569-seeking-social-visionaries.html Haiti Disaster Relief - Action of the Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9570-haiti-disaster-relief-action-of-the-week.html Who’s Pulling the MPS Takeover Strings? - Wall Street hedge fund managers find a toehold in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9494-whorss-pulling-the-mps-takeover-strings-wall-street-hedge-fund-managers-find-a-toehold-in-wisconsin.html National pro-privatization organizations led by former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel education reporter Joe Williams and backed by Wall Street hedge fund managers are emerging...]]> Should a For-Profit College Accused of Preying on Low-Income - Students Be Given a City Subsidy? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9495-should-a-for-profit-college-accused-of-preying-on-low-income-students-be-given-a-city-subsidy.html Partisan Hysteria Hypes (and Helps) Al Qaeda - Tabloid coverage and right-wing posturing pump up the threat http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9500-partisan-hysteria-hypes-%2528and-helps%2529-al-qaeda-tabloid-coverage-and-right-wing-posturing-pump-up-the-threat.html Missed Opportunities to Save Milwaukee County Parks - A new audit finds more than $200 million in repairs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9437-missed-opportunities-to-save-milwaukee-county-parks-a-new-audit-finds-more-than-%2524200-million-in-repairs.html What Happens When We Can't Trust the Verifiers? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9369-what-happens-when-we-cant-trust-the-verifiers.html This month, a British government report admitted that one of the major rationales for invading Iraq—the claim that Saddam could deploy WMDs in 45 minutes—probably came from a cab driver. Had the public originally been told about this sketchy sourcing, there may have been a more, ahem, forceful mass opposition to pre-emptive...]]> Health Care Reform and You - What's in the Senate bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9321-health-care-reform-and-you-whats-in-the-senate-bill.html Wisconsin Clean Energy Bill Moves Ahead - Will green technology save the state's economy and environment? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9322-wisconsin-clean-energy-bill-moves-ahead-will-green-technology-save-the-states-economy-and-environment.html Supporters of a proposed clean energy bill promise that not only will the new green energy standards help the environment, but that they will also help the state’s bottom line. If passed by the state Legislature, the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act would increase the amount of electricity to be generated by renewable energy, change building codes, implement new energy standards for appliances and cars sold in the state...]]> The Democrats Blinked - Lieberman doesn't act on principles, just wants chaos http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9324-the-democrats-blinked-lieberman-doesnt-act-on-principles-just-wants-chaos.html The "Candidate vs. President" Canard http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9254-the-tcandidate-vs-presidentt-canard.html Predictions About the Special Session for MPS - What's the rush? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9236-predictions-about-the-special-session-for-mps-whats-the-rush.html Fair and Balanced (and Phony) Science - Global warming is real, despite conservatives' spin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9211-fair-and-balanced-%2528and-phony%2529-science-global-warming-is-real-despite-conservatives-spin.html Evading the challenges of climate change—and the human responsibility to save the planet—is simple enough even for the laziest citizen. Pay attention only to the hypotheses that support the comforting skepticism of the oil industry. Focus on a set of purloined e-mails that prove nothing except that scientists can be as unpleasant to each other as any other group...]]> Political Moral Hazard http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9169-political-moral-hazard.html The Day Care Crackdown: An Overreaction? - State and county had tools to combat fraud before the headlines hit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9155-the-day-care-crackdown-an-overreaction-state-and-county-had-tools-to-combat-fraud-before-the-headlines-hit.html The crackdown on state-subsidized day care providers in the Wisconsin Shares program has been called a “perfect storm”—a combination of a sensationalized, headline-grabbing series in the daily newspaper, an unpopular, down-in-the-polls governor...]]> Many Young Catholics Say Follow Your Conscience on Contraception - But Archbishop-designate Listecki campaigned against emergency contraception for rape victims in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9156-many-young-catholics-say-follow-your-conscience-on-contraception-but-archbishop-designate-listecki-campaigned-against-emergency-contraception-for-rape-victims-in-wisconsin.html Young Catholics for Choice want Catholic women to know that they can be faithful and make their reproductive health decisions based on science, not doctrine. Two representatives from the Washington, D.C.-based YCFC—Jessica Nieblas and Marissa Valeri—were barnstorming Wisconsin last week with Lon Newman, executive director of Family Planning Health Services of Wausau, to let Catholic...]]> The Crushing Legacy of Bush and Cheney - Few good options for Afghanistan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9117-the-crushing-legacy-of-bush-and-cheney-few-good-options-for-afghanistan.html From now on, the headlines about Afghanistan will be slugged "Obama's War," and perhaps that is fair enough given the president's many endorsements of what he has called a war of necessity. It would be much less fair, however, to ignore the events that led us...]]> Understanding Our Hollow ‘Centrists’ - No money for health care, but plenty for war http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9034-understanding-our-hollow-lscentristsrs-no-money-for-health-care-but-plenty-for-war.html The puzzling thing about politicians of either party who claim to be "centrist" or "moderate" is how much they sometimes sound like party-line right-wing Republicans. Distinguishing among these species of politicians can be almost impossible during the current struggle over health care reform, especially when a senator like Blanche Lambert Lincoln of Arkansas...]]> Buy Local and Help Your Neighbors—And Yourself - Support Milwaukee retailers and win great prizes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9024-buy-local-and-help-your-neighborsmdashand-yourself-support-milwaukee-retailers-and-win-great-prizes.html Get the most bang for your buck this holiday season by shopping at locally owned retailers, restaurants and cafés. Not only will this support your neighbors...]]> Colbert Conservatism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9005-colbert-conservatism.html Pop quiz—name the political leader who said the following: "We must be willing to pull the plug before sinking more dollars into weapons that do not provide what our warriors need." Now name the leader who said this: "(W)e cannot track $2.3 trillion in (Pentagon spending) ... We maintain 20 to 25 percent more base infrastructure than we need to support our forces, at an annual waste to taxpayers of some $3 billion to $4 billion...]]> A Tale of Two Budgets in Milwaukee - The city's and county's budgets are a campaign issue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8986-a-tale-of-two-budgets-in-milwaukee-the-citys-and-countys-budgets-are-a-campaign-issue.html District Attorney Chisholm: Reform Our Gun Laws A strict concealed carry permitting system, plus background checks, would make Wisconsin safer, DA says http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8973-district-attorney-chisholm-reform-our-gun-laws-a-strict-concealed-carry-permitting-system-plus-background-checks-would-make-wisconsin-safer-da-says.html In addition to prosecuting those accused of committing crimes, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has taken a proactive approach to decreasing crime, an approach that has led to fewer violent crimes, increased treatment for those with drug or alcohol addiction or mental illness, and, thanks to his Community Prosecution Unit located throughout...]]> What Is So Patriotic About Fear-Mongering? - U.S. courts have successfully tried terrorists for years http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8956-what-is-so-patriotic-about-fear-mongering-us-courts-have-successfully-tried-terrorists-for-years.html The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots. They claim to be the deepest believers in our system, the strongest defenders of our Constitution, the most upbeat, bold and courageous Americans anywhere. But now that the government is finally prepared to put the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 terror attacks...]]> Wisconsin Day Care Centers: Fraud or Honest Mistakes? - The story behind the scandals http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8914-wisconsin-day-care-centers-fraud-or-honest-mistakes-the-story-behind-the-scandals.html Lawmakers Present Another MPS Reform Proposal - Resistance to mayoral takeover in the Legislature and Milwaukee community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8915-lawmakers-present-another-mps-reform-proposal-resistance-to-mayoral-takeover-in-the-legislature-and-milwaukee-community.html Compare the MPS Reform Bills http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8920-compare-the-mps-reform-bills.html Testing Next Year’s Lies Today - Republicans invent death panels, high deficits, immigrant coverage and more http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8872-testing-next-yearrss-lies-today-republicans-invent-death-panels-high-deficits-immigrant-coverage-and-more.html Within hours after the House of Representatives approved health care reform by a narrow margin, Republicans predicted retribution at the polls next fall. They promised to make every Democrat regret that historic...]]> Where Are the Real Deficit Hawks? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8698-where-are-the-real-deficit-hawks.html Let's say you're a congressperson or tea party leader looking to champion deficit reduction—a cause 38% of Americans tell pollsters they support. And let's say you're deciding whether to back two pieces of imminent legislation. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the first bill's spending provisions cost $100 billion annually and its tax and budget-cutting provisions...]]> The GOP's Toxic Tea Party - Why Newt Gingrich should be scared http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8650-the-gops-toxic-tea-party-why-newt-gingrich-should-be-scared.html When Newt Gingrich warned Republicans that they were making a grave "mistake" by driving out moderates and enforcing the angry orthodoxy of the far right, the sober tone of his remarks was stunning. This is a politician who is no stranger himself to the wilder shores of extremism, a populist and a purist who rose to great power against the GOP establishment, and a demagogue whose lexicon...]]> Milwaukee Residents Tell County Supervisors to Remember Needy, Public Good - Vehicle registration fee is proposed to stave off deep cuts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8594-milwaukee-residents-tell-county-supervisors-to-remember-needy-public-good-vehicle-registration-fee-is-proposed-to-stave-off-deep-cuts.html Veterans Day Parade Excludes Veterans for Peace http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8595-veterans-day-parade-excludes-veterans-for-peace.html Milwaukee County Zoo Faces Privatization Study - Decision-makers promise it's not a “done deal” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8597-milwaukee-county-zoo-faces-privatization-study-decision-makers-promise-its-not-a-lddone-dealrd.html A Winning Compromise for Health Care Reform? - Why the opt-out plan will work http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8557-a-winning-compromise-for-health-care-reform-why-the-opt-out-plan-will-work.html The Senate leadership's decision to include the "public option" in its health care reform legislation seemed at first almost miraculous, especially to anyone who believed the hundreds of obituaries recited in the media over the past several months. But by acting on their convictions rather than their fears, the Democrats could ultimately find that the politics of consumer...]]> TARP on Steroids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8538-tarp-on-steroids.html I recall that September day like it was yesterday—the explosion so stunning, so memorable. It wasn't 9/11/01, it was 9/29/08—a moment when a rare blast of populist democracy briefly singed the economic terrorists who hold the Capitol hostage. It had been a dark and stormy month of financial collapse, culminating in an attempted power grab. Pushed by his fellow Wall Street Ponzi schemers...]]> Gov. Doyle Greenlights MPS Takeover - But a legislative battle is in the works http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8509-gov-doyle-greenlights-mps-takeover-but-a-legislative-battle-is-in-the-works.html At long last, Gov. Jim Doyle announced the basic outlines of legislation that would allow the mayor of Milwaukee to take over the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and allow the democratically elected school board to exist in a weakened state, “with modified duties and structure.” According to Doyle’s outline—the legislation is still being drafted, even after months of discussion...]]> Playing Monopoly With America's Health - Insurers get bigger and squeeze out competitors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8469-playing-monopoly-with-americas-health-insurers-get-bigger-and-squeeze-out-competitors.html Popular disgust over the fat premiums that financial executives bestow upon themselves is burgeoning, and rightly so. Those Wall Street piggy banks are filling up with billions upon billions of government-subsidized dollars. But anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business...]]> A Tale of Two Supermen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8454-a-tale-of-two-supermen.html A Nobel for Defeating Cheneyism - Obama won for restoring America's prestige http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8383-a-nobel-for-defeating-cheneyism-obama-won-for-restoring-americas-prestige.html Outraged babble and sanctimonious tut-tutting over President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize will pour forth until the very evening he accepts the prize in Oslo, and then for years afterward. His critics are infuriated, they say, because he didn't earn the prestigious award, or because he didn't refuse it—or just because...]]> Good Health Care Policy Makes Good Politics—And Vice Versa http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8349-good-health-care-policy-makes-good-politicsmdashand-vice-versa.html I don’t get it. I know that’s the simplistic refrain of every 10-year-old, but I’m 33 and I mean it: I just don’t get it. Specifically, I don’t get why Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R)—or any Republican senator, for that matter—is attracting so much attention. In the last few months, Democratic senators eliminated the public option and substantially weakened their health care proposals in order to buy insurance industry acquiescence...]]> Wisconsin Warrior Summit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8328-wisconsin-warrior-summit.html Walker Turns to Workers for Budget Savings - But proposed concessions clash with labor agreements http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8329-walker-turns-to-workers-for-budget-savings-but-proposed-concessions-clash-with-labor-agreements.html Why Obama Must Spend More - Lost jobs and diminished investment can wreak havoc http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8313-why-obama-must-spend-more-lost-jobs-and-diminished-investment-can-wreak-havoc.html The Zombie Zeitgeist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8278-the-zombie-zeitgeist.html What's with all the zombies lately? That could be a question about one of the hippest retro fads that pop culture has going these days. Inspired by horror genres of past, zombies have lurched back to pre-eminence in books like "World War Z," video games like "Left 4 Dead" and blockbuster...]]> Doyle’s Dough to Boost Democrats? - Wisconsin governor's $2 million war chest could help his allies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8253-doylerss-dough-to-boost-democrats-wisconsin-governors-%25242-million-war-chest-could-help-his-allies.html MPS-Takeover Forum Takes It to the Public - Advocates and opponents hear from Milwaukee residents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8254-mps-takeover-forum-takes-it-to-the-public-advocates-and-opponents-hear-from-milwaukee-residents.html ‘Socialism’ and Sham in the Senate - Gang of Six spreading health care fears and misinformation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8218-lssocialismrs-and-sham-in-the-senate-gang-of-six-spreading-health-care-fears-and-misinformation.html Who Are "The Deciders"? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8193-who-are-tthe-deciderst.html The Racist Truth About Beck and Limbaugh - Right-wing media stars have long history of race baiting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8149-the-racist-truth-about-beck-and-limbaugh-right-wing-media-stars-have-long-history-of-race-baiting.html Country Club Etiquette Trumps Legislative Results http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8115-country-club-etiquette-trumps-legislative-results.html Judge Rules Against DOT’s Plans for Waukesha and Washington Counties - The Highway J/164 expansion may not be legal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8072-judge-rules-against-dotrss-plans-for-waukesha-and-washington-counties-the-highway-j_164-expansion-may-not-be-legal.html Residents of Waukesha and Washington counties won a big victory against state and federal agencies that started to pave paradise in southeastern Wisconsin. The case, filed in 2005 by the Highway J Citizens Group, U.A., and the Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL), made...]]> UW-Milwaukee’s Expansion Plans Move Forward - Engineering school will still move to Wauwatosa http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8073-uw-milwaukeerss-expansion-plans-move-forward-engineering-school-will-still-move-to-wauwatosa.html The Ingredients of Beer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8080-the-ingredients-of-beer.html Water: Water comprises more than 90% of beer, so its origin and characteristics— ground, surface, treatment process—have an impact on a beer’s flavor. Grains: A fermentable starch is one of the basic building blocks of beer and the primary determinant of its strength and flavor. ]]> GOP Continues to Embrace Neo-Confederates - Joe Wilson's Dixie partisans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8062-gop-continues-to-embrace-neo-confederates-joe-wilsons-dixie-partisans.html Selective Deficit Disorder http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8021-selective-deficit-disorder.html Open Book Cooperative to Debut in November http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8022-open-book-cooperative-to-debut-in-november.html Funding Milwaukee County Transit, Ignoring Parks - Governor's RTA fix focuses on buses and commuter rail http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7995-funding-milwaukee-county-transit-ignoring-parks-governors-rta-fix-focuses-on-buses-and-commuter-rail.html Does the governor’s fix for Milwaukee’s bus system truly reflect what Milwaukee voters want? In June, when Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed a half-cent sales tax increase that would rescue the cash-strapped Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), many Milwaukee decision-makers were baffled.]]> The Crash of the Housing Bubble - Economist Dean Baker on its destructive aftermath http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7996-the-crash-of-the-housing-bubble-economist-dean-baker-on-its-destructive-aftermath.html Back in 2002, Dean Baker, Ph.D., warned that the country was in the midst of a housing bubble that wasn’t going to end well. Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., says that the Federal Reserve could have prevented the bubble from...]]> We've Seen This Trigger Before - It's just a scheme to halt health care reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7935-weve-seen-this-trigger-before-its-just-a-scheme-to-halt-health-care-reform.html Both Sides of the MPS Mayoral Takeover - Pros and cons of changing school governance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7902-both-sides-of-the-mps-mayoral-takeover-pros-and-cons-of-changing-school-governance.html While everyone seems to agree that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) faces serious challenges, few education experts believe that a change in governance will solve those problems. Despite that fact, the city is beginning to split on how to turn around the district’s performance while...]]> Fighting Bob Fest Rallies Progressives on Sept. 12 - A Q&A with founder Ed Garvey on Wisconsin's one-of-a-kind political gathering http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7903-fighting-bob-fest-rallies-progressives-on-sept-12-a-qa-with-founder-ed-garvey-on-wisconsins-one-of-a-kind-political-gathering.html Now in its eighth year, Fighting Bob Fest draws more than 10,000 progressives and activists to Baraboo, Wis., to discuss politics and brainstorm solutions. In this Shepherd Q&A, founder Ed Garvey, an attorney and a former gubernatorial candidate, previewed this year’s fest and offered his thoughts...]]> A Party Is Not a Movement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7865-a-party-is-not-a-movement.html Former Health Insurance Executive Wendell Potter - He Explains How Insurance Companies Are Protecting Their Profits and Fighting Health Care Reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7829-former-health-insurance-executive-wendell-potter-he-explains-how-insurance-companies-are-protecting-their-profits-and-fighting-health-care-reform.html Hugely profitable insurance companies are behind the efforts to derail health care reform, argues Wendell Potter, a former public relations executive for insurers Humana and CIGNA. Once a crafter of spin and damage control for the insurance industry, Potter has had a change of heart and now is speaking out... ]]> Deep Cuts Could Hit Milwaukee’s Bus System - But could a sales tax rescue local transit? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7830-deep-cuts-could-hit-milwaukeerss-bus-system-but-could-a-sales-tax-rescue-local-transit.html Law, Not Torture, Protects National Security - Attorney General Eric Holder must investigate abuses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7808-law-not-torture-protects-national-security-attorney-general-eric-holder-must-investigate-abuses.html The Science Fiction of Military Marketing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7788-the-science-fiction-of-military-marketing.html The Future of the Hoan Bridge - Repair it or try something completely different? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7754-the-future-of-the-hoan-bridge-repair-it-or-try-something-completely-different.html The Hoan Bridge is seen as a lifeline to the South Shore communities, providing a quick and easy commute that connects Downtown businesses with workers and the airport. So why would the Department of Transportation (DOT) consider scrapping the bridge and replacing it with something else? The simple answer is age...]]> MPS Mayoral Takeover Opponents Say They’ll Fight On - Plus: Board President Bonds releases an accountability report http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7762-mps-mayoral-takeover-opponents-say-theyrsll-fight-on-plus-board-president-bonds-releases-an-accountability-report.html Obama's Enforcer: Not Really Tough Enough - Emanuel coddles the Blue Dogs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7743-obamas-enforcer-not-really-tough-enough-emanuel-coddles-the-blue-dogs.html Freedom from Fear http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7715-freedom-from-fear.html Could a Takeover of MPS Work? - Hurdles to overcome,and successes elsewhere are rare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7682-could-a-takeover-of-mps-work-hurdles-to-overcomeand-successes-elsewhere-are-rare.html The Real Death Panels - Insurance companies make life-and-death decisions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7671-the-real-death-panels-insurance-companies-make-life-and-death-decisions.html Don't You Forget About Him - What John Hughes taught us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7639-dont-you-forget-about-him-what-john-hughes-taught-us.html The Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7603-the-me-first-screw-everyone-else-crowd.html What Are the Birthers Really After? - A political victory without democracy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7617-what-are-the-birthers-really-after-a-political-victory-without-democracy.html The Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7551-the-me-first-screw-everyone-else-crowd.html A Landmark Setting for a World Water Leader? - Michael Cudahy and UWM move ahead with the Pieces of Eight site plans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7519-a-landmark-setting-for-a-world-water-leader-michael-cudahy-and-uwm-move-ahead-with-the-pieces-of-eight-site-plans.html If Milwaukee is to become a world-renowned leader in water-related industries, then, the thinking goes, the city needs a first-class landmark building that will attract visitors and investors from around the globe. To turn this vision into reality, business and community leaders, as well... ]]> Rethinking the Zoo Interchange Reconstruction - A commentary and analysis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7520-rethinking-the-zoo-interchange-reconstruction-a-commentary-and-analysis.html Promoting a Smarter Economic Development Strategy - Citizen Action joins forces with Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7521-promoting-a-smarter-economic-development-strategy-citizen-action-joins-forces-with-good-jobs-and-livable-neighborhoods.html A Time, Again, for Bill Clinton - Obama should make use of his political skills http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7500-a-time-again-for-bill-clinton-obama-should-make-use-of-his-political-skills.html Health Care Tyranny http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7476-health-care-tyranny.html The School Accountability Moment - Milwaukee's choice program gets guidelines http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7439-the-school-accountability-moment-milwaukees-choice-program-gets-guidelines.html Two decades after Milwaukee became Ground Zero in the experimental school voucher movement, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is having its accountability moment. Until now, the program has had scant oversight from the state, which funds the vouchers for the more than 20,000...]]> Health Care Reform Hits Home - Rally for Obama, counting votes and contributions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7440-health-care-reform-hits-home-rally-for-obama-counting-votes-and-contributions.html Milwaukee’s Central Library Goes Green - Green roof and energy cells will be added to the landmark http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7441-milwaukeerss-central-library-goes-green-green-roof-and-energy-cells-will-be-added-to-the-landmark.html The Central Library building, one of Milwaukee’s most beloved landmarks, is getting a 21st-century upgrade—a green roof and energy-generating photovoltaic cells. The plans call for replacing the leak-prone, 30,000-square-foot flat roof on the library’s annex with a green roof loaded...]]> Blue Dogs: The Special-Interest Pets - Protectors of insurance companies and defense contractors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7430-blue-dogs-the-special-interest-pets-protectors-of-insurance-companies-and-defense-contractors.html The Attack of the 1-Percenters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7395-the-attack-of-the-1-percenters.html WisDOT Ignores Transit Needs, Pushes Freeways - Common Council committee supports mass transit option with Zoo Interchange upgrade http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7356-wisdot-ignores-transit-needs-pushes-freeways-common-council-committee-supports-mass-transit-option-with-zoo-interchange-upgrade.html Representatives from the state Department of Transportation took some heat from a Milwaukee Common Council committee about the state’s plans to revamp the Zoo Interchange. The July 16 meeting of the city’s Steering and Rules Committee included testimony that was critical of the...]]> Did Voters Approve an Unconstitutional Amendment? - The legal challenge to the same-sex marriage ban continues http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7357-did-voters-approve-an-unconstitutional-amendment-the-legal-challenge-to-the-same-sex-marriage-ban-continues.html Did 59% of the state’s voters approve an unconstitutional amendment in 2006? That’s what UW-Oshkosh professor William McConkey argues in his case against the state, which will be heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court this fall. If McConkey prevails, Article 13 of the state Constitution... ]]> Nancy Pelosi’s Toothless “Commission” - We need a serious investigation of Wall Street's meltdown http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7348-nancy-pelosirss-toothless-ldcommissionrd-we-need-a-serious-investigation-of-wall-streets-meltdown.html China Is Here http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7314-china-is-here.html Battle Looms Over Relaxing Nuclear Regulations - The Global Warming Task Force recommends weakening the state's rules http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7292-battle-looms-over-relaxing-nuclear-regulations-the-global-warming-task-force-recommends-weakening-the-states-rules.html Water Problems, Water Opportunities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7285-water-problems-water-opportunities.html Party of Franken, Party of Palin - Who's ready for prime time? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7291-party-of-franken-party-of-palin-whos-ready-for-prime-time.html Death by a Thousand Cuts - How will the Milwaukee bus system survive Doyle's vetoes? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7204-death-by-a-thousand-cuts-how-will-the-milwaukee-bus-system-survive-doyles-vetoes.html With a few select vetoes in the state budget and an explanation many are still trying to understand, Gov. Jim Doyle may have signed the death certificate for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). Last Monday, in a move that shocked many who were involved in the push to secure...]]> Can Milwaukee’s Parks Be Saved? - Sales tax proposal doesn't make it to governor's desk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7205-can-milwaukeerss-parks-be-saved-sales-tax-proposal-doesnt-make-it-to-governors-desk.html Suddenly, A Trillion Dollars Is Too Expensive? - Put the price of health care reform in perspective http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7170-suddenly-a-trillion-dollars-is-too-expensive-put-the-price-of-health-care-reform-in-perspective.html Stimulus Funds Beginning to Appear in Wisconsin - Money is flowing in and more could be on the way http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7096-stimulus-funds-beginning-to-appear-in-wisconsin-money-is-flowing-in-and-more-could-be-on-the-way.html Four months after President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the billions of dollars slated for Wisconsin are beginning to appear. Of the $787 billion ARRA funds to be doled out nationwide, Wisconsin is earmarked to receive $3.7 billion. That may not...]]> “We’re Ready to Run On Our Record” - A Shepherd Q&A with Mike Tate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7097-ldwersre-ready-to-run-on-our-recordrd-a-shepherd-qa-with-mike-tate.html The Sickening Addiction That May Kill Health Care Reform - Corporate medicine fuels cowardice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7062-the-sickening-addiction-that-may-kill-health-care-reform-corporate-medicine-fuels-cowardice.html Getting Off the Grid http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7033-getting-off-the-grid.html State Budget Wrap-Up - What will make it into the final deal? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6997-state-budget-wrap-up-what-will-make-it-into-the-final-deal.html There’s nothing like a deadline to focus one’s attention. In the next week, negotiations will be under way to hammer out the final details on a state budget crafted during difficult economic times. While Democratic leaders in the state Assembly and Senate agree on the broad...]]> The Police Shooting in Walker’s Point - How did the suspect get the gun? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6998-the-police-shooting-in-walkerrss-point-how-did-the-suspect-get-the-gun.html The AMA's Unhealthy Obsession - Organization joined the far right to defeat universal care http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6972-the-amas-unhealthy-obsession-organization-joined-the-far-right-to-defeat-universal-care.html Daring to Dream http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6948-daring-to-dream.html The Future of Health Care - Obama and Congress seek to balance quality, choice, affordability and access http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6918-the-future-of-health-care-obama-and-congress-seek-to-balance-quality-choice-affordability-and-access.html Milwaukee’s Paid Sick Days Ordinance Struck Down - But the judge says most of MMAC's claims are bunk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6919-milwaukeerss-paid-sick-days-ordinance-struck-down-but-the-judge-says-most-of-mmacs-claims-are-bunk.html Why So Scared of a Public Health Insurance Plan? - It'll expose private insurers' profits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6891-why-so-scared-of-a-public-health-insurance-plan-itll-expose-private-insurers-profits.html All Politics, And Change, Is Still Local http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6875-all-politics-and-change-is-still-local.html Questions Surround Pro-Life Organization’s Rhetoric - WI Right to Life's ads are seen as reckless and inflammatory http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6845-questions-surround-pro-life-organizationrss-rhetoric-wi-right-to-lifes-ads-are-seen-as-reckless-and-inflammatory.html State Budget Closes $6.6 Billion Deficit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6846-state-budget-closes-%252466-billion-deficit.html “It’s Like the Emperor Has No Clothes” - A Shepherd Q&A with Les Leopold, author of “The Looting of America” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6847-lditrss-like-the-emperor-has-no-clothesrd-a-shepherd-qa-with-les-leopold-author-of-ldthe-looting-of-americard.html What was more horrifying about last year’s financial implosion: that it happened, or that the average person couldn’t make sense of it? Fortunately, author Les Leopold had already been investigating the complex financial instruments that nearly brought down the economy and...]]> Domestic Terrorism by Any Standard - Abortion doctor's murderer wasn't a lone nut http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6821-domestic-terrorism-by-any-standard-abortion-doctors-murderer-wasnt-a-lone-nut.html Whither the Sacred Campaign Promise? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6797-whither-the-sacred-campaign-promise.html Will the New MPS Advisory Council Have an Impact? - Mayor Barrett defends its role http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6767-will-the-new-mps-advisory-council-have-an-impact-mayor-barrett-defends-its-role.html Predatory Lenders, Beware - Legislation would limit interest charged... http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6768-predatory-lenders-beware-legislation-would-limit-interest-charged.html Supreme Court Pick Already a Winner - Obama outmaneuvers predictable right-wing attacks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6741-supreme-court-pick-already-a-winner-obama-outmaneuvers-predictable-right-wing-attacks.html Democracy Needs a Bailout http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6720-democracy-needs-a-bailout.html Is the Milwaukee Water Works a Cash Cow? - Questions arise over privatization discussions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6698-is-the-milwaukee-water-works-a-cash-cow-questions-arise-over-privatization-discussions.html Cheney and the Iraq-Torture Link - Emerging evidence of officials' criminality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6655-cheney-and-the-iraq-torture-link-emerging-evidence-of-officials-criminality.html Solar Housing in the Works in Bay View - Former Army Reserve site could become “Eco Bay” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6612-solar-housing-in-the-works-in-bay-view-former-army-reserve-site-could-become-ldeco-bayrd.html The city’s vision of turning a former Army Reserve site into a solar-powered village could come true if neighbors and the city can agree on a proposed $40 million development that would produce as much energy as it consumes, the first of its kind in Wisconsin.]]> Proposed Waukesha Water Rates Encourage Conservation - A possible precedent for water-strapped communities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6613-proposed-waukesha-water-rates-encourage-conservation-a-possible-precedent-for-water-strapped-communities.html Unions Protest Karl Rove and WMC - “Bush's brain” tells local businesses how to treat workers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6614-unions-protest-karl-rove-and-wmc-ldbushs-brainrd-tells-local-businesses-how-to-treat-workers.html Republicans Wonder How To Sell a Toxic Brand - Promise to “reform” while opposing reform http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6580-republicans-wonder-how-to-sell-a-toxic-brand-promise-to-ldreformrd-while-opposing-reform.html District Attorney Still Investigating Advocates for Student Achievement - Second subpoena issued for MPS “reform” group http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6535-district-attorney-still-investigating-advocates-for-student-achievement-second-subpoena-issued-for-mps-ldreformrd-group.html Those Brand-New Humble Republicans - They want to listen, but Rush Limbaugh wants to teach http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6509-those-brand-new-humble-republicans-they-want-to-listen-but-rush-limbaugh-wants-to-teach.html Combating Epidemic Ignorance - Embarrassing right-wing reactions to sound health policy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6442-combating-epidemic-ignorance-embarrassing-right-wing-reactions-to-sound-health-policy.html New MPS President Michael Bonds - We're Focused on the Kids, Not Distracting Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6446-new-mps-president-michael-bonds-were-focused-on-the-kids-not-distracting-politics.html Last week’s election of Michael Bonds as president of the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors comes at a crucial time for MPS. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gov. Jim Doyle are attempting to set up an advisory council to oversee MPS’s finances. An audit commissioned by the two men purported to show...]]> Saving Seminary Woods—And More - Cardinal Stritch walks away from Cousins Center purchase http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6451-saving-seminary-woodsmdashand-more-cardinal-stritch-walks-away-from-cousins-center-purchase.html Myths and Facts About MPS Reform - Misinformation doesn't help debate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6354-myths-and-facts-about-mps-reform-misinformation-doesnt-help-debate.html Scott Walker Hits the Trail Again - His old ideas won't suit his new campaign http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6355-scott-walker-hits-the-trail-again-his-old-ideas-wont-suit-his-new-campaign.html Reagan (and Nixon) Greeted Despots, Too - And Bush kissed the Saudi king http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6356-reagan-%2528and-nixon%2529-greeted-despots-too-and-bush-kissed-the-saudi-king.html Are Voucher Students Getting a Better Education? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6276-are-voucher-students-getting-a-better-education.html Vouchers Are a Windfall for Everyone - (Except Milwaukee Property Taxpayers) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6277-vouchers-are-a-windfall-for-everyone-%2528except-milwaukee-property-taxpayers%2529.html Legal Action of Wisconsin Turns 40 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6278-legal-action-of-wisconsin-turns-40.html Obama's Cup of Tea - Republicans still offer nothing new http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6250-obamas-cup-of-tea-republicans-still-offer-nothing-new.html Obama: The Extremists’ Nightmare - His diplomatic efforts revive faith in American values http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6201-obama-the-extremistsrs-nightmare-his-diplomatic-efforts-revive-faith-in-american-values.html DA Is Investigating ASA’s Campaign Contributions - Conservatives and new MPS board members caught up in possible illegal activity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6207-da-is-investigating-asarss-campaign-contributions-conservatives-and-new-mps-board-members-caught-up-in-possible-illegal-activity.html Barrett and Doyle’s MPS Plan Generates Questions and Backlash - Change unfair state funding, not MPS governance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6208-barrett-and-doylerss-mps-plan-generates-questions-and-backlash-change-unfair-state-funding-not-mps-governance.html MPS Board Could Shift —Or Maybe Not - Drama surrounded campaigns and allegations of illegal contributions from ASA http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6115-mps-board-could-shift-mdashor-maybe-not-drama-surrounded-campaigns-and-allegations-of-illegal-contributions-from-asa.html No More Refuge for Scoundrels - We can't lose $100 billion a year to offshore tax havens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6123-no-more-refuge-for-scoundrels-we-cant-lose-%2524100-billion-a-year-to-offshore-tax-havens.html Chief Justice Endorsement - Shirley Abrahamson Has Earned Another Term http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6033-chief-justice-endorsement-shirley-abrahamson-has-earned-another-term.html Perhaps the easiest and most satisfying vote on April 7 is the one cast for Supreme Court of Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. We could list all of her accomplishments here, starting with Abrahamson’s appointment to the state Supreme Court, a first for women in this state, all the way through her national...]]> State Superintendent Endorsement - Tony Evers for State Superintendent http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6034-state-superintendent-endorsement-tony-evers-for-state-superintendent.html Education must be one of our top priorities. Without a strong public education system, our next generation will fail—not just personally; they’ll also fail our state. We can’t let that happen. That’s why voters should choose Tony Evers, who is currently the deputy state superintendent. Evers isn’t running as a flashy...]]> Endorsements: Circuit Court - Ellen Brostrom and J.D. Watts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6035-endorsements-circuit-court-ellen-brostrom-and-jd-watts.html Voters have two qualified candidates to replace Kitty Brennan on Branch 6 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, attorney Ellen Brostrom and Glendale Municipal Court Judge Christopher Lipscomb. But we prefer Ellen Brostrom for position. Brostrom has impressed us with her genuine desire to serve Milwaukee County’s... ]]> Endorsements: Milwaukee Public Schools Board - Board President Peter Blewett and Michael Mathias http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6036-endorsements-milwaukee-public-schools-board-board-president-peter-blewett-and-michael-mathias.html 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... ]]> The Con Game of Blame - Obama inherited Bush's mess, period http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6039-the-con-game-of-blame-obama-inherited-bushs-mess-period.html Citizen Action of Wisconsin Files a Complaint - Against Advocates for Student Achievement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5952-citizen-action-of-wisconsin-files-a-complaint-against-advocates-for-student-achievement.html Insider vs. Outsider in State Superintendent Race - Candidates have very different views of public education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5957-insider-vs-outsider-in-state-superintendent-race-candidates-have-very-different-views-of-public-education.html Push Back Against AIG’s “Brightest” - They're grifters, not geniuses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5953-push-back-against-aigrss-ldbrightestrd-theyre-grifters-not-geniuses.html Your Choice: Judge Brostrom or Judge Lipscomb? - Voters will decide on April 7 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5958-your-choice-judge-brostrom-or-judge-lipscomb-voters-will-decide-on-april-7.html MPS Poll Raises More Questions Than It Answers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5881-mps-poll-raises-more-questions-than-it-answers.html From Frozen Minds, A “Spending Freeze” - Republicans root for a depression http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5885-from-frozen-minds-a-ldspending-freezerd-republicans-root-for-a-depression.html As Jobs Vanish, Demand for Training Jumps - Area colleges look to boost programs, facilities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5797-as-jobs-vanish-demand-for-training-jumps-area-colleges-look-to-boost-programs-facilities.html Mathias and Woodward Want Your Vote on April - Hardin's district will have a new MPS board representative http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5798-mathias-and-woodward-want-your-vote-on-april-hardins-district-will-have-a-new-mps-board-representative.html A Warning About Teen Sexting - It's prevalent, and it isn't private http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5799-a-warning-about-teen-sexting-its-prevalent-and-it-isnt-private.html Rushing Toward Irrelevance - Republicans openly shun new ideas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5800-rushing-toward-irrelevance-republicans-openly-shun-new-ideas.html Connecting the Dots - Voucher backers' behind-the-scenes support in school board races http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5715-connecting-the-dots-voucher-backers-behind-the-scenes-support-in-school-board-races.html Pushed To the Margins, Finally - “Fiscal responsibility” is lost on the Republicans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5716-pushed-to-the-margins-finally-ldfiscal-responsibilityrd-is-lost-on-the-republicans.html An Interview with Educator and Activist Jonathan Kozol - How racial and economic segregation damage our urban and rural school districts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5728-an-interview-with-educator-and-activist-jonathan-kozol-how-racial-and-economic-segregation-damage-our-urban-and-rural-school-districts.html There Was No GOP “Victory” - Obama won over the public and won the debate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5637-there-was-no-gop-ldvictoryrd-obama-won-over-the-public-and-won-the-debate.html Green-Job Training http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5635-green-job-training.html Doublespeak on Domestic Partnerships - Did conservatives lie to the voters? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5636-doublespeak-on-domestic-partnerships-did-conservatives-lie-to-the-voters.html How the Stimulus Funds Will Aid the State - About 70,000 jobs will be saved or created in Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5542-how-the-stimulus-funds-will-aid-the-state-about-70000-jobs-will-be-saved-or-created-in-wisconsin.html Coalition Re-Forms to Battle Real ID - Driver's certificates would lead to safer roads http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5543-coalition-re-forms-to-battle-real-id-drivers-certificates-would-lead-to-safer-roads.html Stronger, Please, Mr. President - Don't let your critics frame the debate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5544-stronger-please-mr-president-dont-let-your-critics-frame-the-debate.html State Superintendent Candidates’ Visions for MPS - State Superintendent Candidates' Visions for MPS Primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 17 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5463-state-superintendent-candidatesrs-visions-for-mps-state-superintendent-candidates-visions-for-mps-primary-election-is-tuesday-feb-17.html D.A. Chisholm Warns Supreme Court Candidate Koschnick on Campaign Allegations - District attorney says Supreme Court candidates shouldn't signal how they'd rule on cases http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5464-da-chisholm-warns-supreme-court-candidate-koschnick-on-campaign-allegations-district-attorney-says-supreme-court-candidates-shouldnt-signal-how-theyd-rule-on-cases.html Stimulus Skeptics Wrong (Again) - A basic lesson in economics for conservatives http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5471-stimulus-skeptics-wrong-%2528again%2529-a-basic-lesson-in-economics-for-conservatives.html Clearing Up Myths About the Stimulus Package - Obama critics advocate the same policies that created this disaster http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5394-clearing-up-myths-about-the-stimulus-package-obama-critics-advocate-the-same-policies-that-created-this-disaster.html Let the Limbaughs Whine - The right wing is guided by resentment, not reality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5395-let-the-limbaughs-whine-the-right-wing-is-guided-by-resentment-not-reality.html The New Meaning of Bipartisanship - Obama seeks to redefine the center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5325-the-new-meaning-of-bipartisanship-obama-seeks-to-redefine-the-center.html The Party of No Ideas - Republicans lack solutions, prefer status quo http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5251-the-party-of-no-ideas-republicans-lack-solutions-prefer-status.html What Causes Obesity? - Plus Weight-control Tips and Resources http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5156-what-causes-obesity-plus-weight-control-tips-and-resources.html Scott Walker Puts Milwaukee County Residents at Risk - His ultraconservative stance means the county will get stiffed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5157-scott-walker-puts-milwaukee-county-residents-at-risk-his-ultraconservative-stance-means-the-county-will-get-stiffed.html Timing Is Wrong for Phony Thrift - Republicans jeopardize our financial future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5158-timing-is-wrong-for-phony-thrift-republicans-jeopardize-our-financial-future.html Let's Do It - The Shepherd Sex Survey returns http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5160-lets-do-it-the-shepherd-sex-survey-returns.html Breaking News - Holloway Rebukes Walker Over Stimulus Package http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5110-breaking-news-holloway-rebukes-walker-over-stimulus-package.html The Frustrating Mission of Putting Inmates to Work - Advocating for the Felmers O. Chaney Correctional Center's programming http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5082-the-frustrating-mission-of-putting-inmates-to-work-advocating-for-the-felmers-o-chaney-correctional-centers-programming.html Even in a good job market, the most difficult to employ are those with a criminal record and a minimal employment history.And if you’re a black male in Wisconsin with a criminal record, you have only a 5% chance of getting a callback from an employer when searching for a job. So when the Felmers... ]]> New Leadership, New Priorities - State Rep. Barbara Toles talks about the new Legislature http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5083-new-leadership-new-priorities-state-rep-barbara-toles-talks-about-the-new-legislature.html What Nixon Admitted (and Cheney Won't) - Continued violations of the Constitution http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5013-what-nixon-admitted-%2528and-cheney-wont%2529-continued-violations-of-the-constitution.html What the Gun Industry and the NRA Don’t Want You To Know - A Shepherd Q&A with Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4966-what-the-gun-industry-and-the-nra-donrst-want-you-to-know-a-shepherd-qa-with-tom-diaz-of-the-violence-policy-center.html A Christmas Feast For Everyone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4967-a-christmas-feast-for-everyone.html Should She Be Senator Kennedy? - Looking beyond money, celebrity and tradition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4972-should-she-be-senator-kennedy-looking-beyond-money-celebrity-and-tradition.html Goodbye To All That - A brief catalog of Bush administration failures http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4880-goodbye-to-all-that-a-brief-catalog-of-bush-administration-failures.html A New Life for the Black Holocaust Museum? - The city offers financial aid http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4881-a-new-life-for-the-black-holocaust-museum-the-city-offers-financial-aid.html Milwaukee lost an important historical and community resource on July 31, when America’s Black Holocaust Museum closed its doors for good, citing financial difficulties. But the museum may get a lifeline from the city now that the Milwaukee Common Council has approved a committee’s recommendation to... ]]> Dangerous Bias Against Detroit - Clearing up misinformation about the auto industry's troubles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4882-dangerous-bias-against-detroit-clearing-up-misinformation-about-the-auto-industrys-troubles.html Dangerous Bias Against Detroit - Clearing up misinformation about the auto industry's troubles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4849-dangerous-bias-against-detroit-clearing-up-misinformation-about-the-auto-industrys-troubles.html Pledge to Buy Local This Holiday Season - Support local businesses and win great prizes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4620-pledge-to-buy-local-this-holiday-season-support-local-businesses-and-win-great-prizes.html "Milwaukee's unique character and local economy depend on vibrant locally owned businesses that set us apart from other cities. That's what makes Milwaukee great." ]]> Dueling Transit Tax Proposals Are in the Works - Trying to save the bus system and build a commuter rail line http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4793-dueling-transit-tax-proposals-are-in-the-works-trying-to-save-the-bus-system-and-build-a-commuter-rail-line.html Just a month after Milwaukee County voters approved an advisory referendum to allow a 1-cent sales tax increase for transit, the parks and property tax relief, a regional transit planning committee also has a sales tax proposal in the works. Both will try to make their case in Madison, where the governor and state Legislature... ]]> Teen Driving Privileges Are Key to Employment and Safety - Driver's education and legal assistance will help http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4794-teen-driving-privileges-are-key-to-employment-and-safety-drivers-education-and-legal-assistance-will-help.html Not a Team of Rivals At All - Obama and his advisers share the same worldview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4795-not-a-team-of-rivals-at-all-obama-and-his-advisers-share-the-same-worldview.html Are Marijuana Laws Changing to Keep Up with Public Opinion? - A Shepherd Q&A with High Times editor David Bienenstock http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4706-are-marijuana-laws-changing-to-keep-up-with-public-opinion-a-shepherd-qa-with-high-times-editor-david-bienenstock.html Could Wisconsin Be Next? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4707-could-wisconsin-be-next.html A Simple Solution to Unemployment - Driver's licenses are key to finding work http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4708-a-simple-solution-to-unemployment-drivers-licenses-are-key-to-finding-work.html Obama's Shrewd Choices - His economic advisers share his investment and regulation plans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4709-obamas-shrewd-choices-his-economic-advisers-share-his-investment-and-regulation-plans.html District Attorney Chisholm Fights for Successful Programs - Community prosecutors and domestic violence unit will see cuts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4621-district-attorney-chisholm-fights-for-successful-programs-community-prosecutors-and-domestic-violence-unit-will-see-cuts.html Milwaukee Teens Fight for Survival - “Sleeping teen” stickers raise awareness of the home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4622-milwaukee-teens-fight-for-survival-ldsleeping-teenrd-stickers-raise-awareness-of-the-home.html Why Obama Can Keep Gates - Gates has more in common with Obama than Bush http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4623-why-obama-can-keep-gates-gates-has-more-in-common-with-obama-than-bush.html Smashing the Voter Fraud Myth - District Attorney Chisholm says Milwaukee's election was c http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4543-smashing-the-voter-fraud-myth-district-attorney-chisholm-says-milwaukees-election-was-c.html Milwaukee Candidates Shut Out in Assembly Leadership - Secret ballot leads to secret drama http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4544-milwaukee-candidates-shut-out-in-assembly-leadership-secret-ballot-leads-to-secret-drama.html Filling the Budget Hole - Some revenue-raising options for the state http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4545-filling-the-budget-hole-some-revenue-raising-options-for-the-state.html Who's Afraid of a Filibuster? - Obstructing legislation won't be a popular tactic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4529-whos-afraid-of-a-filibuster-obstructing-legislation-wont-be-a-popular-tactic.html Paid Sick Leave Becomes Law - But MMAC wants it struck down http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4462-paid-sick-leave-becomes-law-but-mmac-wants-it-struck-down.html More Bark Than Bite from the NRA This Year - Candidates backed by the gun-rights group lose in Wisconsin and http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4463-more-bark-than-bite-from-the-nra-this-year-candidates-backed-by-the-gun-rights-group-lose-in-wisconsin-and.html America’s New Political Center - Voters reject three decades of conservatism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4464-americarss-new-political-center-voters-reject-three-decades-of-conservatism.html You predicted Obama would win Wisconsin and the presidency http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4376-you-predicted-obama-would-win-wisconsin-and-the-presidency.html Sarah the Scapegoat - McCain's handlers have failed the character test http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4378-sarah-the-scapegoat-mccains-handlers-have-failed-the-character-test.html McCain's Socialist Delusion - If Obama's a socialist, then Adam Smith and Ronald Reagan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4269-mccains-socialist-delusion-if-obamas-a-socialist-then-adam-smith-and-ronald-reagan.html Will the November Election Be a Fair Election? - Questions surround involvement of law enforcement and party poli http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4202-will-the-november-election-be-a-fair-election-questions-surround-involvement-of-law-enforcement-and-party-poli.html Taking the Low Road - McCain's outrageous robocalls reveal his desperation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4203-taking-the-low-road-mccains-outrageous-robocalls-reveal-his-desperation.html South Side Incumbent Gets a Challenge - Honadel and Brower vie for the 21st Assembly District http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4205-south-side-incumbent-gets-a-challenge-honadel-and-brower-vie-for-the-21st-assembly-district.html A Bush-Style Whitewash - Palin can't admit the truth about Troopergate report http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4206-a-bush-style-whitewash-palin-cant-admit-the-truth-about-troopergate-report.html Will the Democrats Take Control of the State Assembly? - They're just three seats short of a majority http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4117-will-the-democrats-take-control-of-the-state-assembly-theyre-just-three-seats-short-of-a-majority.html Front Groups Already Release Sleazy Ads - A new rule could require disclosing donors —but not yet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4118-front-groups-already-release-sleazy-ads-a-new-rule-could-require-disclosing-donors-mdashbut-not-yet.html Child Support Is Central to a Stable Family Life - But the feds put the squeeze on local agencies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4120-child-support-is-central-to-a-stable-family-life-but-the-feds-put-the-squeeze-on-local-agencies.html Honor Won and Lost - Who is the “real” John McCain? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4121-honor-won-and-lost-who-is-the-ldrealrd-john-mccain.html It's Already Election Day - Early absentee voting has begun http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4007-its-already-election-day-early-absentee-voting-has-begun.html State Senate Update: Who Is Going to Win? - Eight districts are in play http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4004-state-senate-update-who-is-going-to-win-eight-districts-are-in-play.html Wisconsin Voters Can Say Yes to Health Care Reform - Local referendums will advise the Legislature http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4005-wisconsin-voters-can-say-yes-to-health-care-reform-local-referendums-will-advise-the-legislature.html Making the Bailout Less Toxic - Act in the public interest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4008-making-the-bailout-less-toxic-act-in-the-public-interest.html Barack Obama’s Worldview - Top advisers offer glimpse into Obama presidency http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3916-barack-obamarss-worldview-top-advisers-offer-glimpse-into-obama-presidency.html Saving Seminary Woods - Local groups act to protect a historic natural area http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3917-saving-seminary-woods-local-groups-act-to-protect-a-historic-natural-area.html The tumult created by the financial crisis facing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has opened up an opportunity for those who seek to preserve natural, historic woodlands for future generations. While the archdiocese is in talks with Cardinal Stritch University regarding the sale of the Cousins Center, its headquarters in...]]> Activist Julie Enslow Earns a Lifetime Peacemaker Award http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3919-activist-julie-enslow-earns-a-lifetime-peacemaker-award.html Twenty-five years ago, back in the heyday of antinuclear power and weapons activism, I spent several years as director of a Madison-based organization called Nukewatch. My primary Milwaukee contact was Julie Byrnes Enslow, with an organization called Mobilization for Survival. ]]> A Special Prosecutor for Wall Street - Crack down on the fraud peddlers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3888-a-special-prosecutor-for-wall-street-crack-down-on-the-fraud-peddlers.html Debate over how to resolve the nation's financial emergency is taking a salutary direction for the moment, as politicians of both parties refuse to be herded by the Bush White House into a ridiculous $700-billion swindle. Before Congress approves such a stunning expenditure to save the undeserving hides of the super-rich, they may at least create provisions for independent oversight, new regulation, public equity and homeowner relief.]]> The “Reform” McCain Wants to Forget - Arizona senator consistently contradicts himself http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3833-the-ldreformrd-mccain-wants-to-forget-arizona-senator-consistently-contradicts-himself.html Partisan Taskmasters and an Election Task Force - The attorney general's voting shenanigans continue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3816-partisan-taskmasters-and-an-election-task-force-the-attorney-generals-voting-shenanigans-continue.html “What You Get Is Incredible Rip-Offs” - A Shepherd Q&A with best-selling author Thomas Frank http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3817-ldwhat-you-get-is-incredible-rip-offsrd-a-shepherd-qa-with-best-selling-author-thomas-frank.html Grandmothers Beyond Borders Offers Support - Milwaukee-based charity promotes social change in Uganda http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3818-grandmothers-beyond-borders-offers-support-milwaukee-based-charity-promotes-social-change-in-uganda.html Planned Chaos at the Polls - McCain campaign co-chair J.B. Van Hollen tries to disenfranchise http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3693-planned-chaos-at-the-polls-mccain-campaign-co-chair-jb-van-hollen-tries-to-disenfranchise.html 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? ]]> Million-Dollar Goll House Condos Get Preliminary Approval - But many neighbors oppose the plan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3694-million-dollar-goll-house-condos-get-preliminary-approval-but-many-neighbors-oppose-the-plan.html Think You Know John McCain? - His health care plan would penalize women http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3697-think-you-know-john-mccain-his-health-care-plan-would-penalize-women.html Paid Sick Days Will Save Money - Employers will save $15 million, workers will save $1 million a http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3699-paid-sick-days-will-save-money-employers-will-save-%252415-million-workers-will-save-%25241-million-a.html Two Bridges to Nowhere - Palin's scam is business as usual http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3700-two-bridges-to-nowhere-palins-scam-is-business-as-usual.html The Bush Administration Knows Full Well That There Is No Nuclear - A Shepherd Q&A with weapons inspector Scott Ritter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3610-the-bush-administration-knows-full-well-that-there-is-no-nuclear-a-shepherd-qa-with-weapons-inspector-scott-ritter.html North Side Neighbors Oppose New Chicken Restaurant - Community gardeners want more healthy options http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3611-north-side-neighbors-oppose-new-chicken-restaurant-community-gardeners-want-more-healthy-options.html Help Provide Health Care in Nicaragua http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3613-help-provide-health-care-in-nicaragua.html Grafton nurse Meg Boren sacrificed all the comforts of home in 2002 to build a health care clinic in a remote area of Nicaragua. With the help of donors and a steady stream of volunteers from Wisconsin, the clinic has offered health care to villagers who once had been too poor or too isolated to receive reliable, modern medical care.]]> EarthTalk - From the Editors of E/THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3615-earthtalk-from-the-editors-of-e_the-environmental-magazine.html Why Bristol’s Baby Matters - The failure of Republican-backed abstinence-only sex ed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3616-why-bristolrss-baby-matters-the-failure-of-republican-backed-abstinence-only-sex-ed.html Think You Know John McCain? - Republicans bring back the culture wars http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3512-think-you-know-john-mccain-republicans-bring-back-the-culture-wars.html Republican nominee Sen. John McCain must think that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over—and that Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice, and that the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf has led to calm in Pakistan, and that Russia isn’t feeling too bold now that the crisis in Georgia has passed. ]]> Questions for Hillary’s Zealots - Don't tarnish Clinton's legacy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3516-questions-for-hillaryrss-zealots-dont-tarnish-clintons-legacy.html Dylan’s Run Will Raise Autism Awareness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3517-dylanrss-run-will-raise-autism-awareness.html The eighth annual Dylan’s Run, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 7, will help raise funds for families who are affected by autism and researchers who are delving into it. The 2-mile walk/run to Indian Summer Festival, organized by the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (ASSEW), will support workshops for local families with an autistic member. ]]> “We Rise and Fall as One Nation” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3518-ldwe-rise-and-fall-as-one-nationrd.html "They Come Home Different" - A Shepherd Q&A with Fighting Bob Fest speaker Phil Donahue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3418-they-come-home-different-a-shepherd-qa-with-fighting-bob-fest-speaker-phil-donahue.html Phil Donahue is angry. Sure, Donahue is still the warm, witty and generous man who interviewed thousands of guests as the host of "Donahue," which revolutionized TV talk shows by including the audience in each discussion. But Donahue is angry, too. Angry at the Bush administration's lie-laden arguments for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Angry at the members of Congress who parroted the administration's talking points and obediently voted for war.]]> Democrats Challenge Ryan’s Congressional Seat http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3419-democrats-challenge-ryanrss-congressional-seat.html Is It Time for Sensenbrenner to Retire? - Burkee says the district needs new leadership http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3422-is-it-time-for-sensenbrenner-to-retire-burkee-says-the-district-needs-new-leadership.html Secret Plans for MPS http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3424-secret-plans-for-mps.html "There's a New Sense of Possibility Among Progressives" - A Shepherd Q&A with populist writer Jim Hightower http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3337-theres-a-new-sense-of-possibility-among-progressives-a-shepherd-qa-with-populist-writer-jim-hightower.html Leon Young Faces Three Challengers in the 16th District - Candidates seek job growth and better schools http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3338-leon-young-faces-three-challengers-in-the-16th-district-candidates-seek-job-growth-and-better-schools.html South Side Race Reveals Divisions - Colon stresses his experience while facing two challengers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3339-south-side-race-reveals-divisions-colon-stresses-his-experience-while-facing-two-challengers.html Think You Know John McCain? - Foresight and judgment aren't his strengths http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3340-think-you-know-john-mccain-foresight-and-judgment-arent-his-strengths.html A Cut-and-Paste Foreign Policy - Georgia brings out the ideologue in McCain http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3341-a-cut-and-paste-foreign-policy-georgia-brings-out-the-ideologue-in-mccain.html Four Democrats Vie for North Shore Assembly Seat - Wasserman's Senate run opens up an opportunity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3255-four-democrats-vie-for-north-shore-assembly-seat-wassermans-senate-run-opens-up-an-opportunity.html Nukes in Wisconsin Not Likely - Republicans distort nuclear power recommendations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3254-nukes-in-wisconsin-not-likely-republicans-distort-nuclear-power-recommendations.html Gov. Jim Doyle is following John McCain’s lead into a nuclear future, the Republican Party of Wisconsin crowed last week. Nuclear supporters claimed that Doyle, who’s seeking to become a green governor, wants to end the 25-year-old moratorium on building nuclear power plants in Wisconsin. ]]> Meet Your Gay Neighbors - Gay couples and families show their strength http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3256-meet-your-gay-neighbors-gay-couples-and-families-show-their-strength.html If you think you don’t have any gay neighbors, think again. Same-sex couples are registered in 98 of 100 southeastern Wisconsin Zip codes. And if you think that gay families are different than heterosexual families, you’re in for a surprise. The Cream City Foundation is launching a new “Gay Neighbor” public awareness... ]]> Milwaukee: Great for Corporations - But property taxpayers get squeezed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3173-milwaukee-great-for-corporations-but-property-taxpayers-get-squeezed.html Wisconsin’s Latinos Could Decide the Election - Lots of room for growth and influence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3172-wisconsinrss-latinos-could-decide-the-election-lots-of-room-for-growth-and-influence.html Sen. John Kerry barely squeaked out a victory in Wisconsin during the 2004 presidential election, with just 11,400 more votes than President George Bush. So it’s no wonder that community organizers are working to register the tens of thousands of Latino voters in Wisconsin who are eligible to vote but don’t show up... ]]> His Drilling Plan Full of Holes - McCain should face tough questions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3258-his-drilling-plan-full-of-holes-mccain-should-face-tough-questions.html McCain's Oil Drilling Hoax - Oil industry execs drive his campaign pledge http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3179-mccains-oil-drilling-hoax-oil-industry-execs-drive-his-campaign-pledge.html EarthTalk - From the Editors of E/THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3180-earthtalk-from-the-editors-of-e_the-environmental-magazine.html Dear EarthTalk: What are the major environmental issues that our next president, be it Barack Obama or John McCain, will have to confront? —Melinda Barnes ]]> Think You Know John McCain? - His evangelical supporters are scary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2044-think-you-know-john-mccain-his-evangelical-supporters-are-scary.html Sen. Barack Obama’s connection to Rev. Jeremiah Wright has dominated the political conversation in recent weeks. But that has blotted out information about Republican nominee John McCain’s support from religious leaders who also hold controversial views. ]]> The Greendale Blueprint - Celebrating 70 years of New Deal urban planning http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3086-the-greendale-blueprint-celebrating-70-years-of-new-deal-urban-planning.html The leafy suburb of Greendale is one of the most distinctive communities in the Milwaukee area. Even the most casual visitor will notice the differences between Greendale—with its mix of charming but affordable single- and multiple-family residences and well-thought-out village center—and the typical car-centric American suburb. ]]> Clean Sweep’s Fake Democrats Make the Ballot - Reynolds attempts to undermine the election http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3088-clean-sweeprss-fake-democrats-make-the-ballot-reynolds-attempts-to-undermine-the-election.html Washington’s Overrated ‘Old Hands’ - McCain rarely rejected Bush's inept foreign policy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3089-washingtonrss-overrated-lsold-handsrs-mccain-rarely-rejected-bushs-inept-foreign-policy.html Million-Dollar Condos Could Be Added to Prospect Avenue - Bauman signals it's OK to change zoning for wealthy reside http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2995-million-dollar-condos-could-be-added-to-prospect-avenue-bauman-signals-its-ok-to-change-zoning-for-wealthy-reside.html East Side Alderman Robert Bauman has indicated that he’d OK zoning changes to allow New Land Enterprises devel oper Boris Gokhman to build a 27-story luxury condo development on the site of the historic Goll mansion at 1550 N. Prospect Ave. A New Land representative argued that the zoning change merely represents a “reallocation” of square footage currently allowed on that site. ]]> Milwaukee-New Berlin Water Sale Could Be Near - Working out the details for an expanded service area http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2998-milwaukee-new-berlin-water-sale-could-be-near-working-out-the-details-for-an-expanded-service-area.html The request—technically an amendment to the agreement currently in place between New Berlin and Milwaukee—would allow New Berlin to bring in Lake Michigan water to an “expanded service area” or the “middle third” of the community. ]]> They Must Be Joking - The New Yorker's satirical Obama cartoon http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3001-they-must-be-joking-the-new-yorkers-satirical-obama-cartoon.html WMC Already Collecting Dividends from Buying the State Court - Ziegler, Van Hollen and WMC deliver huge tax bill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2902-wmc-already-collecting-dividends-from-buying-the-state-court-ziegler-van-hollen-and-wmc-deliver-huge-tax-bill.html The state Supreme Court,state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the big business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) handed Wisconsin residents a $350 million tax hike—and gave corpora tions a new tax break. Four justices on the state Supreme Court—Patrick Crooks, David Prosser, Patience Roggensack and Annette Ziegler... ]]> Milwaukee Unity Caucus Hits the Streets - Elected officials reach out to a fearful neighborhood http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2903-milwaukee-unity-caucus-hits-the-streets-elected-officials-reach-out-to-a-fearful-neighborhood.html EarthTalk - From the Editors of E/THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2918-earthtalk-from-the-editors-of-e_the-environmental-magazine.html Dear EarthTalk: Are sunscreens safe? Which ones do you recommend for protecting my skin from the sun without causing other health issues? —Bettina E. ]]> Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s Epic Blunder - State businesses reject its right-wing agenda http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2823-wisconsin-manufacturers-commercerss-epic-blunder-state-businesses-reject-its-right-wing-agenda.html 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. ]]> Bradford Beach Makes a Comeback http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2826-bradford-beach-makes-a-comeback.html Congressman Conyers Meets with Impeachment Advocates http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2824-congressman-conyers-meets-with-impeachment-advocates.html Milwaukee’s active advocates for impeachment were surprised last week when the one man who could move forward impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives —Michigan Congressman John Conyers, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee—agreed to meet with them for an hour the next day. ]]> Fake Outrage Over Clark Comments - Perot's war-hero running mate didn't get special tre http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2827-fake-outrage-over-clark-comments-perots-war-hero-running-mate-didnt-get-special-tre.html How Fair Is No Child Left Behind? - Large, urban schools are more likely to be cited http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2737-how-fair-is-no-child-left-behind-large-urban-schools-are-more-likely-to-be-cited.html 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...]]> “I Do?” Oh No You Don’t - Same-sex marriages performed in California could mean trouble http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2738-ldi-dord-oh-no-you-donrst-same-sex-marriages-performed-in-california-could-mean-trouble.html 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.” ]]> Inventing a Country-Club Muslim Marxist - The smear campaign against Obama continues http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2740-inventing-a-country-club-muslim-marxist-the-smear-campaign-against-obama-continues.html Dreams Become Legends - South Dakota's Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument and wi http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2741-dreams-become-legends-south-dakotas-mount-rushmore-crazy-horse-monument-and-wi.html Summertime road trips of 700-some miles into South Dakota, the Badlands and the Black Hills seem like a rite of passage. This is the most classic of vacations, especially for families, who follow typically flat and easy-to-drive I-90 for a glimpse of the Wild West. They encounter Shady Brady hats and jackalopes... ]]> Obama’s Grassroots Ground Game - Community organizing experience fuels his presidential campaign http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2638-obamarss-grassroots-ground-game-community-organizing-experience-fuels-his-presidential-campaign.html Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s path to the White House is being created out of his experience as a community organizer in Chicago, a nontraditional route to power that harnesses the grassroots, empowers individuals to find their strengths and builds communities around attainable goals. ]]> Health Care’s Racial Gap - African Americans face medical disparities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2639-health-carerss-racial-gap-african-americans-face-medical-disparities.html Juneteenth 2008 celebrated, as it always does, the day in 1865 on which slaves in Texas learned that they had been emancipated. But this year’s Juneteenth celebration also was a day of action for Milwaukee’s African-American residents and health care professionals who want the next president and elected officials...]]> Taxes, Integrity and Character - McCain panders to the wealthiest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2641-taxes-integrity-and-character-mccain-panders-to-the-wealthiest.html EarthTalk - From the Editors of E/THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2642-earthtalk-from-the-editors-of-e_the-environmental-magazine.html Dear EarthTalk: Summer’s going to be a scorcher this year, and I’d like to know how I can keep cool indoors without running my energy-hogging air conditioners all the time. Any tips? —John McGovern]]> Bush’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors - Kucinich introduces 35 articles of impeachment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2562-bushrss-high-crimes-and-misdemeanors-kucinich-introduces-35-articles-of-impeachment.html The country may be running out the clock on the Bush administration, but impeachment advocates are hoping that President George W. Bush leaves office sooner than Jan. 1, 2009. Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives last week, even though his party leader, Nancy Pelosi, had declared impeachment attempts to be “off the table.” ]]> Les Paul Live http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2571-les-paul-live.html The House of Sound http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2572-the-house-of-sound.html “All You Have To Do Is Go There” - Mark Weisbrot on the U.S. media's misleading reporting on http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2563-ldall-you-have-to-do-is-go-thererd-mark-weisbrot-on-the-us-medias-misleading-reporting-on.html Wisconsin Fails Health Insurance Protections - Insurers can deny coverage and hurt consumers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2565-wisconsin-fails-health-insurance-protections-insurers-can-deny-coverage-and-hurt-consumers.html A Challenge Obama Should Accept - He'd have advantage in town halls with McCain http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2566-a-challenge-obama-should-accept-hed-have-advantage-in-town-halls-with-mccain.html The Trashing of Michelle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2567-the-trashing-of-michelle.html If millions of people are truly outraged over sexism in politics following the defeat of Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, it’s obvious what the next target should be: the brazen denigration of another accomplished woman in public life—Michelle Obama. ]]> Congressman Ryan’s Road Map for America Is a Dead End - His extreme right-wing proposals will create more problems http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2455-congressman-ryanrss-road-map-for-america-is-a-dead-end-his-extreme-right-wing-proposals-will-create-more-problems.html Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has put together a “Roadmap for America’s Future” that addresses the pressing issues facing the United States. The Journal Sentinel applauded it and reported that Republican insiders say it “represents the kind of fresh thinking the party needs.” ]]> Study Suggests Additional Background Checks Deter Gun Deaths - Local and state checks can lead to fewer homicides and suicides http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2459-study-suggests-additional-background-checks-deter-gun-deaths-local-and-state-checks-can-lead-to-fewer-homicides-and-suicides.html The Running-Mate Dilemma - VP selection should be thoughtful yet bold http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2461-the-running-mate-dilemma-vp-selection-should-be-thoughtful-yet-bold.html He’s Back! - Tom Reynolds attempts to field primary candidates http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2366-herss-back_-tom-reynolds-attempts-to-field-primary-candidates.html THIS ANTI-INCUMBENT PAC IS ATTEMPTING TO RUN CANDIDATES IN BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES, ALTHOUGH ITS PLATFORM IS CLEARLY ULTRACONSERVATIVE.]]> Protesters Mock “McSame” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2367-protesters-mock-ldmcsamerd.html More than 70 people gathered in last Thursday’s drizzle to protest the visit by likely GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. While about 1,000 people fit into the gym of Greendale’s Martin Luther High School for a town hall meeting—and more were accommodated in an overflow room—]]> Calculate Your Water Footprint http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2378-calculate-your-water-footprint.html How much water do you use every day? In addition to the water you consume in the most obvious ways—showering, watering your lawn or vacationing at water parks—water also appears in everyday consumer goods and food. According to data collected by H2O Conserve, here’s how much water...]]> Should Nonprofit Hospitals Pay Property Taxes? - At least $117 million would be added to local governments yearly http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2286-should-nonprofit-hospitals-pay-property-taxes-at-least-%2524117-million-would-be-added-to-local-governments-yearly.html