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Now that we are at the end of Police Chief Ed Flynn’s tenure, we should ask our next chief to continue his data-driven deployment philosophy and to keep holding our police employees accountable when they violate the civil rights of our neighbors. Read more

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Bay View alt-rock club changes hands and expands its mission, seeking inclusivity in programming. Read more

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The ordinance, adopted last fall, establishes a license allowing venues with stages with less than 1,200 square feet of space to sell alcohol at shows with underage people in the audience. Read more

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“This revised ordinance will empower youth from across the city to organize, perform and attend concerts and multimedia arts events,” Kelsey Kaufmann said about the changes. Read more

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Since the Wisconsin Arts Board's budget was cut in 2011, city and county leaders stepped forward to financially support the arts. Read more

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Additionally, the city is proposing a $25 million “developer-financed cash grant” for the company if they employ more than 1,300 employees at the site at a future date. Read more

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The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday to override all of Mayor Tom Barrett’s five vetoes of the council’s amendments to the 2019 city budget. Read more

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After almost five hours of debate, the 2019 proposed City of Milwaukee budget was passed by the Common Council Tuesday. Read more

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Under this policy, bicyclists and pedestrians will be considered equally to motorists in all future city-funded roadway reconstruction projects. Read more

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Milwaukee is embarking on one of the largest public-works projects in the city’s history: The replacement of the more than 76,000 lead water lines running to residences and businesses throughout the metropolitan area. Read more

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The East North Avenue neighborhood is undergoing a transformation. Read more

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Paul Masterson discusses the openly LGBT members of Wisconsin’s state and federal political representation, as well as the curious lack thereof at the level of the city of Milwaukee. Read more


For the first time in its history, City of Milwaukee leaders must consider the financial impact of new charter schools on the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) when deciding whether to issue a charter to a new school. Read more

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We are asking Shepherd readers to support some very accomplished candidates for Milwaukee Common Council in the April 5 general election. Read more

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The effort to lower fines for small-scale possession of marijuana in Milwaukee, led by Ald. Nik Kovac, is one of the first rational political steps in the state toward reducing the widespread human damage that is caused not by pot, but by l... Read more

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The Milwaukee Common Council voted to delay a measure that would vastly reduce the fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Alderman Nik Kovac cited the ordinance’s enforcement as contributing to the city’s racial disparities. At the... Read more

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Two Milwaukee aldermen, Ashanti Hamilton and Nik Kovac, propose to decriminalize small-scale marijuana possession as a way to reduce Milwaukee’s racial disparities. Read more

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This week on The Disclaimer, a near-weekly half hour of debate and chit-chat between WMSE's Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee's Matt Wild and I, we discuss Journal Sentinel art critic Mary Louise Schumacher's recent column about the ceremony su.. Read more

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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 Read more

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Good for the UWM Education Rights Campaign. Tonight, because of their sustained protest, UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago will participate in a forum to answer questions about the March 4 protest and arrests, the Master Plan and other hot t.. Read more

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Milwaukee-areanative Joe Holland is one busy in,Off the Cuff Read more

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