Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.
The study being led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the largest yet on the impact of the Music and Memory program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada, said program founder Dan Cohen. Similar studies will be conducted in Utah and Ohio.
UPDATED STORY: A source who was quoted this morning in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cover story claiming that Democrat Mary Burke was fired from Trek Bicycle has posted bizarre and offensive rants on his Facebook page, including accusations that Barack Obama is a “homo” and First Lady Michelle Obama is a man.
The 2008 elections provided the best openings in recent years for Democratic challengers in potential swing districts. Voters nationwide turned out in force for Barack Obama in an election that was largely a referendum on former Republican President George W. Bush. Democrats picked up a number of seats that year that usually go red.
Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin, has won an endorsement from Voces de la Frontera Action, the 501(c) 4 advocacy arm of Voces de la Frontera.
The organization, in its statement, said it strongly supports Mary Burke for governor because she is the candidate committed to working for all of Wisconsin’s working families.
Democratic candidate Mary Burke vows to restore funding to the Wisconsin Arts Board if elected governor.
Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, aid provided to the arts statewide dropped from $2.4 million to $759,000. The budget for WAB personnel and operations was cut more than 65 percent. Six staff positions were lost and the agency was placed under the Department of Tourism.
The environmental group Friends of the Earth Action on Oct. 30 endorsed Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke over incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.
The group, in its announcement, cited Walker’s "consistent favoring of corporate interests and exploitative interests to the detriment of Wisconsin’s citizens."
Immigrant rights activists will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 outside North Division High School, where Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle will call on President Barack Obama to keep immigrant families together by expanding his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect all immigrants from deportation.
The activists' gathering coincides with the president's visit to Milwaukee. They are protesting Obama's decision to delay taking executive action to stop deportations until after the Nov. 4 general elections. At events around the country in support of Democratic candidates, Obama has been met by immigrant rights advocates and families calling on him to stop deportations.
Does public art breed street crime?
More ads. More speeches. More press statements. More fundraising pleas. More PAC involvement. And some high-profile pitches followed the news that the Marquette University Law School Poll in early October showed Scott Walker and Mary Burke tied at 47-47 percent among likely voters in the Wisconsin governor’s race.
Rallying the party faithful, President Barack Obama cast Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Oct. 28 as an outdated Republican holding back Wisconsin's economy as he launched a final, weeklong campaign push for Democrats.
At a packed gymnasium, Obama held up Democrat Mary Burke as a skilled businesswoman who will fight for the type of middle-class opportunity that made his own success possible. Although Democrats hoped Obama's appearance with Burke would help put her over the top in next week's tight race, Republicans confidently predicted Obama would have just the opposite effect.
Wisconsin residents are receiving confusing messages by phone and in the mail about the election, according to the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.
The organization said that just last week some people received a Wisconsin voter registration form in the mail with their name and address already filled in. They were told to mail the form in to their municipal clerk, even though it was already too late for mailed registrations to be processed. Other people have reported receiving robocalls telling them to bring a photo ID to vote. This happened after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the voter ID law would not be implemented in this election.