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The recent decision by the Democratic National Committee to hold the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee confirms what Milwaukeeans already know: We live in a great city. Read more

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We Energies is asking the Public Service Commission to approve an increase in our utility bills over the next two years. Read more

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Why is Gov. Tony Evers’ budget getting so much push back from the state legislature? He defeated an incumbent by proposing a new direction for the state, including proposals the voters definitely embraced. Read more

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Gov. Tony Evers announced he wants to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize recreational pot, call your representative to help the reform pass. Read more

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Last fall, the voters of Wisconsin overwhelmingly supported the legalization of marijuana. Sign this petition from the Wisconsin Justice Initiative to urge Gov. Tony Evers to lead Wisconsin forward on this important issue. Read more



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If you have a Republican state representative or state senator, contact them, and ask them why they oppose Medicaid expansion and why they continue to ignore the will of Wisconsin voters. Read more

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If Wisconsin wants to keep pace with neighboring states and Canada and secure the full fiscal benefit from an initial surge in sales to fund top state priorities, it cannot wait. Read more

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While most states, including our nearest neighbors, move quickly toward cannabis reform, Wisconsin is lagging far behind. Read more

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The Shepherd Express has always been a strong supporter of LGBTQ struggles throughout our 36-year publishing history. Read more


The Shepherd Express goes Off the Cuff with Daniel R. Stalder, professor of psychology at UW-Whitewater, about his new book, The Power of Context. Read more

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The Shepherd Express interviews Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin about her accomplishments in the Senate as well as her plans for the upcoming election. Read more

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Impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate will happen if and only if there is a very clear smoking gun showing anyone other than Trump’s committed base that the president crossed serious criminal lines. Read more

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We dedicate the 2018 edition of our annual City Guide to our readers, the people of greater Milwaukee. Read more

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When Wisconsin voters head to the polls on Tuesday, April 3, they will have the final say in the debate over whether or not the office of state treasurer should be abolished. Read more

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The Shepherd Express interviews Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Judge Rebecca Dallet and strongly encourages readers to get out and make their voices heard. Read more

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The Shepherd Express congratulates the winners and nominees of this year's awards program. Thanks for helping make Milwaukee a great place to live! Read more

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It has been a tough year for patriotic Americans as we watched our president try to desecrate the values that actually make America great. We need to stay active, engaged, organize and fight back to save and enhance our great country. Read more

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What the recently passed GOP tax plan could have (and probably should have) been was a cut in the corporate income tax to make our corporations more competitive in the world economy and try to keep more jobs in the U.S. Read more

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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. Read more

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Despite political upsets during the last year, progress on all LGBTQ issues continues. For the third year, the Shepherd Express honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of the city’s gay, lesbian and trans residents ... Read more

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