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Representing various faith groups, MICAH’s annual meeting focused on mass incarceration, immigration, education, voting rights and lead poisoning. Read more

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Eight insurance providers answered questions and educated over 100 citizens during a free event Wednesday. Read more

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Get personally involved in local politics and social justice causes; find out how by reading Saving Our Democracy. Read more

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin hosts its annual fundraiser, and Reggie Jackson talks about the devaluation of black lives. Read more

Saving Our Democracy


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A bill to drastically increase Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s power and decrease the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors’ jurisdiction drew much opposition and limited support at a recent state legislative hearing. Read more

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The Republicans have begun an all-out assault on Medicaid and health care for the poor. Read more

Taking Liberties 6 Comments

We strongly urge Shepherd readers to vote for Mandela Barnes in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary for Senate District 4. Read more


Here’s a roundup of candidates you’ll find on the Aug. 9 and Nov. 8 ballots. Read more

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“If I’m a Senate Republican on the committee up for re-election or an Assembly Republican, I don’t want to touch this,” said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach of the Walker administration’s plan to privatize Family Care and IRIS, the state’s long... Read more

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Abele’s bad debt collection scheme is back—with a vengeance. Read more

Issue of the Week 2 Comments

Unfortunately, the public didn’t get to participate in Monday’s meeting of the Joint Finance Committee, and only got to hear testimony from hand-selected participants who support the current deal to build a Bucks arena with $377 million of ... Read more

Issue of the Week 1 Comments

 Filmmaker PaulMcComas is more than just a man with a camera—you might call him a renaissanceperson for his resume as a musician and novelist as well as his work as alow-budget director and film lecturer at Northwestern and .. Read more

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Despite major successes, gun-rights advocates are insisting on chipping away at the few restrictions on gun ownership and use the state does have. We aren’t sure Read more

Issue of the Week

A bill to allow adult victims of child sex crimes sue their abuser has been introduced in the state Legislature yet again. Although it is championed by four Democratic Read more

Issue of the Week

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 Read more

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The indefatigable Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC) fileda complaint with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) claiming that thenational voucher group American Federation for Children didn’t disclose all ofthe money it spent on Wisconsin .. Read more

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As it is wont to do on a Monday, The Pabst Theater Organization announced a pair of high-anticipation indie-rock shows this morning. Forlorn Brooklyn rockers The National will return to the Riverside Theater on Monday, Aug. 5 as part of their tour.. Read more

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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 Read more

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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 Read more

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The story of Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who walked on a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974, has been told on film in the excellent 2008 documentary Man on Wire. Petit's amazing feat also became a Caldecott Award-wining children's story b.. Read more

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