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Alderman Bob Donovan seeks to criminalize being poor

If it’s a day of the week ending in “y” then it’s certainly time for a press release from Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan. Yesterday’s press release from Ald. Donovan focused on what he sees as a need to combat panhandling in the City of Milwaukee by criminalizing poverty. Panhandling in the public right-of-way is now […]

Where Is The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce On The New Bucks Arena?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been updating their article on the budget hearing at Alverno University today…so the snippet I saw this morning about Tim Sheehy’s, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, testimony in favor of the state’s $220 million bond issue to pay for part of a new arena for the Milwaukee […]

Wisconsin Democrats Go Stone Cold Tone Deaf

The Wisconsin State Assembly passed the Right to Work bill on Friday by a straight party line vote of 62 to 35. Since the bill already passed the state senate last week, Governor Walker has announced that he will sign the bill on Monday at Badger Meter in Brown Deer.

We all knew this bill […]

Wisconsin Progressives Need To Make Up Their Mind

After Mary Burke announced her candidacy for governor in 2013, the pundits and progressives across the blogosphere and social media were heard weeping, whining and gnashing their teeth about the hand picked candidate of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Everyone wanted anyone but the anointed Ms. Burke.

Some of us suggested that those unhappy […]

Are New Bucks Owners Actually Putting Up Their Own Money

Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about financing arrangements that are available through the National Basketball Association. And although the Bucks were quoted in the article saying they might use the credit facility to expand business opportunities around the new arena…some of the writing seemed to indicate that the $150 million that they’ve […]

State Rejects Double Deck I-94 Plan But:

Today the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said they were rejecting their totally unpopular proposal to expand I-94 from 16th Street to 70th Street by creating a double decker freeway:

The proposed expansion of the I-94 east-west freeway between 16th and 70th streets in Milwaukee will be accomplished in the traditional way by adding a lane […]

Where Are Barrett and Abele on the UWM Budget Cuts?

If you are reading this blog I highly doubt that you are unfamiliar with Governor Walker’s intention to cut state support to the University of Wisconsin System by $300 million over the next biennial budget.

Most of the articles talking about the ‘trickle down’ to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee expect the local university to […]

Short Take on 15th County Supervisory District

I don’t have a horse in this race and really haven’t paid that much attention to it. But there is a primary on Tuesday to thin the field for the race to replace David Cullen as the County Supervisor in the 15th Supervisory District. Mr. Cullen was elected County Treasurer in November 2014.

The three […]

Interested in building a stronger progressive voice in Milwaukee?

From my email:

Hello friend,

Governor Walker’s recent attacks on public education and environmental conservation in Wisconsin have confirmed what we already know – our state needs a stronger Democratic voice. To be successful in winning elections and moving progressive issues forward, we need to have a well-trained, well-connected network of activists, staff, and […]

Bruce Murphy: Will County Pass Another Pension Giveaway?

I’m going to post this without comment for you all to read, digest, and discuss, because it seems like something worth discussing. Few county officials were more adroit at milking the taxpayers than Tom Zablocki. Zablocki served as county clerk for 20 years, from 1968 to 1988. During his last term, two investigations by the […]