Louis Fortis

Louis Fortis is the Editor/Publisher of the Shepherd Express. Click here for articles written by Louis Fortis.

Though teaching has long been associated with women, higher education—specifically administration—remains dominated by men. Three recently installed female college presidents share their thoughts on the future of higher education leadership. more

Dec 5, 2017 5:16 PM , News Features


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Most Americans realize billionaires, millionaires and wealthy corporations get enormous, permanent tax cuts in the GOP’s new tax bill, while working people get crumbs for a few years before their taxes start going up again. more

Dec 5, 2017 5:10 PM Taking Liberties 4 Comments

In perhaps most the outrageous Republican attempt to consolidate all political power in the hands of Governor Scott Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, echoing French king Louis XIV, has effectively declared “l’état, c’est moi”. more

Dec 5, 2017 5:09 PM Issue of the Week 1 Comments

Want to get involved in the fight for social justice? View the “Saving Our Democracy” list of events in this week’s Shepherd Express. more

Dec 5, 2017 5:01 PM Saving Our Democracy 1 Comments

Milwaukee Area Technical College represented an innovative approach to education when it opened a century ago and remains vital for training workers in the metro area today. more

Nov 28, 2017 4:20 PM News Features 4 Comments

Can Wisconsin’s political leaders muster the will to work together to reform the state’s expensive and ineffective prison system? more

Nov 28, 2017 4:20 PM Issue of the Week 5 Comments


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Ordinary taxpayers are hoping a few Republican heroes have the courage to stand up against a brazenly unfair tax plan that will eventually raise taxes on most Americans to pay for massive tax cuts for multimillion-dollar corporations and the ... more

Nov 28, 2017 4:18 PM Taking Liberties 5 Comments

The Shepherd Express’ list of activities in the Greater Milwaukee Area that peacefully push back against discriminatory, reactionary or authoritarian actions and policies of the Trump administration, as well as other activities by all ... more

Nov 21, 2017 4:51 PM Saving Our Democracy


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State Republicans have revised a law about young hunters so as to completely eliminate all minimum age limits. Now even toddlers can experience the joy of killing stuff as long they can lift a fully loaded weapon and squeeze the trigger. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:50 PM Taking Liberties 5 Comments


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Milwaukee County plans to install parking meters in many of its landmark parks, raising questions about public access as well as the need to raise revenue to maintain the park system. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:49 PM News Features 3 Comments

The countdown to the greatest day in Paul Ryan’s life has begun. If all goes as planned, by Christmas, he’ll end both Medicare and Medicaid as we have known them. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:44 PM Issue of the Week 4 Comments


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Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled legislature have done everything possible to diminish the standing of the state’s great public educational institutions. more

Nov 14, 2017 5:08 PM , News Features 3 Comments

Democratic wins in the recent Virginia elections and elsewhere in the U.S. are good news for Wisconsin. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:53 PM Taking Liberties 5 Comments

Elena Santi of Our Next Generation discusses what we as a community can do to call out (and prevent) domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:51 PM Issue of the Week 1 Comments


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For years, Wisconsin’s Republicans have won elections by constructing districts in ways that insure their dominance. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in a case brought by Wisconsin activists against the party’s scheme just might change the picture. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:48 PM News Features 3 Comments

Paul Ryan has abandoned the biggest lie of his career about the urgency of reducing the nightmare of U.S. budget deficits, but his new lies about Republican tax cuts benefitting the middle class will create a brand-new American nightmare. more

Nov 7, 2017 5:04 PM Taking Liberties 6 Comments


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Want to get involved in political and social justice causes in and around Milwaukee? check out the Shepherd Express’ “Saving Our Democracy” column for events covering the period Nov. 9-15. more

Nov 7, 2017 4:59 PM Saving Our Democracy 1 Comments

The largest pension fund in the U.S., the Central States Pension Fund, is headed toward insolvency. Several Wisconsin activists are leading the fight to save workers’ pensions. Find out how. more

Nov 7, 2017 4:54 PM News Features 1 Comments

While Minnesota residents can expect lower health insurance premiums in 2018, many Wisconsinites will endure insurance prices that continue to rise dramatically. What can we do? more

Nov 7, 2017 4:44 PM Issue of the Week 3 Comments

Badly designed plans to demolish much of an urban treasure—Milwaukee’s Lakefront—were once blocked by bi-partisan efforts from politicians and UW-Milwaukee faculty members. Find out how and why. more

Nov 7, 2017 4:38 PM , News Features 3 Comments