Editorial

Parsing the 2014 elections

Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:43

A race is lost, and so is a rising star.

It’s up to us to fight sexual assault

Friday, 03 October 2014 10:03

Just weeks into the fall semester and the headlines hint at the violence women continue to face on college campuses:

Mining the bottom of the political pits

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:46

The latest court documents released from the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s political activities provide an unsurprising but depressing look at how low American politics has sunk.

Determined to protect their fossil-fuel backers from the financial consequences of the environmental policies put forward under President Barack Obama’s green energy agenda, House Republicans on July 11 attached a bevy of amendments to the fiscal 2015 energy and water spending bill. 

-Photo: North Shore for Mary Burke

When Chris Abele took over as Milwaukee County Executive after Scott Walker resigned prematurely to become governor, he found the office in a shambles. Walker had accumulated so much deferred debt that the county was paying more to service it than to provide county services. At a recent political forum, Abele said that no one in county government had even received a performance review when Walker was in charge.

Don’t let voter suppression win

Friday, 03 October 2014 04:57

Please don’t sit out the election because the state has erected barriers to you exercising your right to vote. Clear the hurdles. Cast your ballot in the Nov. 4 election and support civil rights advocates fighting to overturn voter suppression laws.

Michael Brown and the politics of racism

Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:15
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When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, progressives were overcome with optimism. Finally it seemed as if America was entering a post-racial era. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of an America where people are not judged by the color of their skin felt within reach. 

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic. — PHOTO: Courtesy

On June 6, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced to a cheering crowd at PrideFest that he was keeping the courthouse open that evening for same-sex couples to get married. Abele didn’t want lesbian and gay couples who’d been waiting for years to have to wait any longer after a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban earlier that day.

Walker’s costly political stunt

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:36

Gov. Scott Walker, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the state’s other GOP leaders claim that fiscal responsibility and small government are the top goals of their public agenda.

But Walker and Van Hollen’s prolonged, costly and doomed legal battle to deny same-sex couples in Wisconsin the right to marry defies both goals. It’s yet another entry on the long, long list of politically motivated decisions made by Walker that have cost Wisconsin taxpayers money and jobs.

Sustainable energy is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries — and it’s the best medicine available for our dying planet. But thanks to the state’s current leadership, most of whom owe fealty to the fossil-fuel industry, Wisconsin is losing out on the jobs as well as the environmental rewards of having proactive sustainable energy policies. 

Raise the minimum wage now

Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:34

The minimum wage reached its peak value in 1968 and has been falling ever since. If it had kept pace with inflation, the minimum wage would now stand at $10.74 per hour instead of $7.25.

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Gov. Scott Walker and his tea party acolytes despise government (even though Walker’s worked in it nearly his entire career). They preach that government is inherently tyrannical, wasteful, inefficient and corrupt. Their overriding agenda is to eliminate as many government agencies and regulations as possible and turn public functions — from school systems to prison systems to sewage systems — over to for-profit corporations.