Unlimited: The story of financing political campaigns in the post-Citizens United universe

Written by Bill Lueders. Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:56

Once upon a time in America, there were limits on how much people or groups could spend to influence an election. Now those limits are gone, as shown by the big-money apparatus forming to back Republican presidential aspirant Gov. Scott Walker.

Lessons of Lincoln’s death unlearned

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:09

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, a stunning series of events altered the course of American history.

Stop playing politics with women’s health

Written by Dr. Doug Laube Saturday, 28 March 2015 13:43

As a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist for 40 years, I have dedicated my life to making women and families healthier. This commitment makes it all the more disheartening and disturbing to see Gov. Scott Walker commit to signing a ban on abortion that will put women’s health and safety at risk.

Abortion bans are opposed by the medical community, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, because they interfere with patient/physician trust and they prohibit women from making private, personal medical decision — even women facing medically complex pregnancies or those whose pregnancy will not survive.

Iron mine is halted, but battle scars remain

Written by Bill Lueders,
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:25

Gogebic Taconite hired armed mercenaries to protect the area around its proposed open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin from environmental activists.

In late 2011, Bill Williams stood on a ridge in the Penokee Hills, overlooking his company’s proposed site for a $1.5 billion iron ore mine. A reporter asked him about the environmental challenges posed by such a project.

Remaking politics by the seat of our pants

Written by Mike McCabe,
Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:39

American democracy is caught on the horns of a dilemma. Most Americans are feeling fed up with the Republicans and let down by the Democrats — with good reason. Both major parties are failing the country. Yet a third party isn’t the answer. Like it or not, America has a two-party system.

So how do we get regular people back in the driver’s seat of our government when both major parties are catering to a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.

Strengthen the link between MAM and O’Donnell

Written by Virginia Small,
Special to Wig
Friday, 10 April 2015 14:14

O'Donnell Park and bridge to Milwaukee Art Museum. - PHOTO: Eddee Daniel

Ever since The Milwaukee Art Museum’s winged architectural masterwork transformed the lakefront in 2001, residents have adopted it as an icon. We take pride in “The Calatrava,” the first U.S. building by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Something besides beer has made Milwaukee famous. 

‘Fairness Doctrine’ a thing of the past

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:54

My mother asked me recently why “bullies” are allowed to broadcast on radio and TV. “Why are they allowed to badmouth people and shout down people who don’t agree with them? Isn’t there a law?”

Walker dismantles care systems

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 13 March 2015 08:35

While Gov. Scott Walker struts around the country campaigning for president, bombshells from his proposed state budget continue to shred the lives and hopes of millions of Wisconsinites.

The latest example of reckless overreach by Walker is his proposal to overhaul the state’s long-term care system for people with disabilities and the elderly. It had the usual elements of “shock and awe.” It forecloses public input, regional control and transparency. It rewards campaign contributors and destroys an effective public service that was decades in the making.

Fight against Walker budget cuts

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 24 April 2015 10:36

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is vetting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts to the UW System, environmental protections and services for the elderly and disabled.

Barrett condemns Indiana law, Walker ducks

Written by James Rowen,
The Political Environment
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:00

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

In a blog post today, James Rowen writes that he's proud of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his solid public statement against the Indiana 'free-to-discriminate' law roiling the nation.

ACLU to Milwaukee Common Council
Regarding fire and police commission nominees

Written by Christopher Ahmuty Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:50

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin seeks to defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.  Advocating for police accountability has been a priority of our organization for many years.  The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that the City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has important duties including oversight of the departments to ensure adherence to the rule of law and the provision of unbiased professional public safety service in every neighborhood. 

Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated Dr. Fred Crouther to the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.  If confirmed, he would replace Commissioner Paoi Lor bringing the total number of sitting commissioners to seven until July, 2015 when Commissioner Morgan’s term expires.  State law allows the Mayor to appoint an additional two commissioners, which his office has indicated he will do after the hiring of an executive director. 

Coalition fights for cycling, against cuts

Written by Dave Cieslewicz Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:38

The Bike Fed has been hard at work trying to restore what would be lost if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget passes unchanged.

With your help, we’re making progress. So keep up the pressure. If you haven’t contacted your state senator and representative yet, please do that soon, as we go through public hearings.