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Festival Season: Four days at Bonnaroo
Festival Season

Four days at Bonnaroo

Patti Wenzel and her 18-year-old daughter spent four days in the Tennessee sun at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

TCD Bonnaroo: An adventure in the making
TCD Bonnaroo

An adventure in the making

Follow what happens when a 40-something mom and her 18-year old daughter hit the road for Bonnaroo.

It’s Barrett v. Walker

It’s Barrett v. Walker

Tom Barrett wins the Democratic nomination in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker; all five Republican "protest candidates" lose to real Democrats.

Recall 5Q: Tom Barrett
Recall 5Q

Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is making his third run for governor, and looking to end Wisconsin's "ideological civil war."

Senate candidate Eric Hovde makes his Milwaukee introduction

Senate candidate Eric Hovde makes his Milwaukee introduction

Millionaire banker and real estate developer Eric Hovde wants to be Wisconsin's next Senator. Is he the next Ron Johnson?

Recall 5Q: Kathleen Vinehout
Recall 5Q

Kathleen Vinehout

Nurse's aide, college professor, dairy farmer. Kathleen Vinehout wants to add Wisconsin Governor to her resume as she runs in the recall to unseat Scott Walker.

Recall 5Q: Kathleen Falk
Recall 5Q

Kathleen Falk

Kathleen Falk says she is the only Democrat candidate with a plan to create jobs and that will carry her to the governor's office during the recall.

Recall 5Q: Doug La Follette
Recall 5Q

Doug La Follette

TCD kicks off a series of 5Q's with Democratic candidates running to unseat Gov. Walker with nine-time Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette.

Plenty to vote for in Wisconsin’s Spring Election

Plenty to vote for in Wisconsin’s Spring Election

Patti Wenzel previews a presidential primary, elections for Milwaukee Mayor and Common Council, open seats on the County Board and more.

Election 2012: Jeff Fitzgerald stops at Milwaukee Press Club
Election 2012

Jeff Fitzgerald stops at Milwaukee Press Club

Senate candidate and State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald discussed Obamacare, collective bargaining, and Paul Ryan's budget plan at the Milwaukee Press Club.

Mark Neumann talks national debt, Obamacare at Press Club

Mark Neumann talks national debt, Obamacare at Press Club

Mark Neumann brought a pig to the Milwaukee Press Club, and said he is the "one true conservative" of the Republicans running for U.S. Senate.

Planned Parenthood rallies against GOP’s “war on women”

Planned Parenthood rallies against GOP’s “war on women”

Dubbed the "Mad as Hell" rally, Planned Parenthood organized a protest at the Capitol in Madison in opposition to three State Assembly bills.

Barrett questions Walker’s leadership, weighs recall run

Barrett questions Walker’s leadership, weighs recall run

Mayor Tom Barrett is yet to throw his hat into Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall ring, but at Wednesday's Wispolitics forum, he sounded like he's running.

MPS reacts to community violence in schools and streets

MPS reacts to community violence in schools and streets

Superintendent Gregory Thornton is voicing his concern over a grim statistic: four children dead in seven weeks. MPS holds a meeting in response to the violence.

Is Gov. Walker a drag on conservative candidates?

Is Gov. Walker a drag on conservative candidates?

Two of Gov. Walker's judicial appointees don't top the primary ballots. Is the controversial governor to blame or is it the myth of infallible incumbency?

Tammy Baldwin talks economy, health care in Milwaukee visit

Tammy Baldwin talks economy, health care in Milwaukee visit

In her visit to the Milwaukee Press Club, the only Democratic candidate vying for Sen. Herb Kohl's seat discussed fighting for the middle class.

Windfall’s “Wittenberg”: To believe or not to believe
Windfall’s “Wittenberg”

To believe or not to believe

Windfall Theatre puts Luther, Hamlet and Faust in a bar, for deep thoughts and belly laughs. Like Luther, Windfall nails it.

Vacant seats attract candidates for county’s 15th and 18th districts

Vacant seats attract candidates for county’s 15th and 18th districts

As long-time supervisors Lynn DeBruin and Johnny Thomas depart, new blood is ready to take a seat at the Milwaukee County Board

Hamlet, Faust and Martin Luther walk into a bar…

Hamlet, Faust and Martin Luther walk into a bar…

Windfall Theatre's "Wittenburg," philosophical comedy shows that great minds drink alike.

Independent candidate for governor makes Super Bowl splash

Independent candidate for governor makes Super Bowl splash

With ads on Super Bowl Sunday, Dr. Hari Trevidi of Brookfield is once again running as an independent candidate for governor of Wisconsin.

State Senators bring civility tour to Milwaukee

State Senators bring civility tour to Milwaukee

After last year's massive tear in Wisconsin's bipartisan tradition, two state senators are working to bring civility and camaraderie back to the state.

Milwaukee County’s south suburbs seek full-time supervisor

Milwaukee County’s south suburbs seek full-time supervisor

After a lack of representation by outgoing Supervisor Paul Cesarz, residents of Milwaukee County's 9th District have the chance for a full-time supervisor.

Seven vie for Milwaukee County’s 5th District seat

Seven vie for Milwaukee County’s 5th District seat

Lee Holloway is leaving the county board, but some familiar faces and new blood seek to fill his big shoes.

He’s back: Tommy Thompson whistle-stops Milwaukee in Senate bid
He’s back

Tommy Thompson whistle-stops Milwaukee in Senate bid

Thompson stopped at the Press Club Monday, campaigning for his Senate bid. It came down to one big idea: "Who better than me to be the candidate?"

One Million Recall Signatures in Wisconsin

One Million Recall Signatures in Wisconsin

Organizers hand in more than 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker. Now, the Government Accountability Board works to verify the names.

Election profile: City and County Comptroller
Election profile

City and County Comptroller

The comptroller isn't exactly a high profile elected position, but candidates are battling for the chief financial officer positions in the city and county.

Election 2012: Let the battles begin
Election 2012

Let the battles begin

It's a big political year, but before we get to the president and possible gubernatorial recall, let's focus on some local races.

Mining for compromise: Bill favors GTac, promises new jobs
Mining for compromise

Bill favors GTac, promises new jobs

Last week's public hearing in Milwaukee drew big crowds. What the law really means, and how it could impact the state.

Op-Ed: Have Wisconsin’s protests gone too far?
Op-Ed

Have Wisconsin’s protests gone too far?

Has the time come for the protesters to move on?

Norquist calls for ‘no more malls’

Norquist calls for ‘no more malls’

Former Milwaukee Mayor and New Urbanist John Norquist says there is hope for commercial revitalization in Brown Deer and the Northridge area.

Walker’s budget: How one local school district is surviving
Walker’s budget

How one local school district is surviving

The West Allis/West Milwaukee school district is quietly moving forward in the face of state school funding cuts

Citizens share their views of Milwaukee’s transit future

Citizens share their views of Milwaukee’s transit future

Transit cuts would alter trips and jeopardize job creation in suburban parts of Milwaukee County. Politicians pledge support and encourage citizen input.

Tammy Baldwin announces candidacy for Kohl’s senate seat

Tammy Baldwin announces candidacy for Kohl’s senate seat

Madison-area legislators begin to line up to keep her congressional seat in Democratic control.

Obama unveils his American Jobs Act

Obama unveils his American Jobs Act

President Obama's new plan bears a striking resemblance to the old. Can a jobs bill save us, or are we headed for a double dip recession?

Labor Day: Then, now and in the future
Labor Day

Then, now and in the future

Unions have been under attack as of late, but American labor still celebrates its successes -- and plans for more.

Sen. Ron Johnson has a message for the GOP candidate

Sen. Ron Johnson has a message for the GOP candidate

The junior senator addressed the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce last week to talk about the key issues in the 2012 presidential race.

Cyclists and pedestrians demand access to the Hoan Bridge

Cyclists and pedestrians demand access to the Hoan Bridge

The State DOT is studying the option of adding a bike/pedestrian lane to the bridge, and if public sentiment is any indicator, we very well may see it happen.

Op Ed: Who’s running for Senate in ’12?
Op Ed

Who’s running for Senate in ’12?

Kohl retires. Feingold is out. Patti looks at both sides of the U.S. Senate field from Wisconsin and makes her picks.

Wirch, Holperin hold on to Democratic senate seats

Wirch, Holperin hold on to Democratic senate seats

Both incumbents hold on to their seats in the final Wisconsin recall election. The campaign ads will stop for a while, but look for the movement to recall Gov. Walker to heat up in January

Recall election: Sen. Robert Wirch and Jonathan Steitz
Recall election

Sen. Robert Wirch and Jonathan Steitz

In the last round of recalls, it's the Democrats' turn at the ballot box. Here's your update on the race in Kenosha.

Round one done: 4-2 GOP for control of WI State Senate
Round one done

4-2 GOP for control of WI State Senate

Presidential-level turnout and mixed outcomes reflect voters' conflicting ideas about the future of Wisconsin.

Recall election 5Q: Alberta Darling
Recall election 5Q

Alberta Darling

Facing a recall after leading Scott Walker's budget repair bill and biennial budget through the legislature, Sen. Alberta Darling fights to keep her seat.

Recall election 5Q: Sandy Pasch
Recall election 5Q

Sandy Pasch

Democratic Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch tells voters she will listen to them, prioritize education and health care and be a check on Gov. Scott Walker's agenda. Now she wants your vote against Alberta Darling on Aug. 9

Op Ed: MTEA is missing an opportunity
Op Ed

MTEA is missing an opportunity

The MTEA could be the big man and make the pension concession. Would it be painful? Yes. Is it in the best interest of the students? Yes again.

Updating the educational beat

Updating the educational beat

Taking a page from Strini's playbook, Patti finds some interesting educational tidbits on her desk.

Recall 5Q: 22nd State Senate GOP primary
Recall 5Q

22nd State Senate GOP primary

Democratic Sen. Robert Wirch is the subject of a recall campaign. His GOP opponents square off to decide who will enter the ring.

Redistricting race: Who will finish first?
Redistricting race

Who will finish first?

As the state GOP races to approve legislative and congressional seat realignment, area citizens demand a do-over from the county board to maintain compact neighborhood supervisory districts.

Barrett says Streetcar is an investment in growing Milwaukee

Barrett says Streetcar is an investment in growing Milwaukee

Mayor Tom Barrett is ready to moved forward, but public hearings and a common council meeting are the next hurdles for the Milwaukee Streetcar project.

Op/Ed: Applying the law to the Legislature
Op/Ed

Applying the law to the Legislature

Following a Supreme Court decision that the Open Meetings Law doesn't apply to the Senate or Assembly, Democratic leaders offer an amendment to change the law.

Elected or appointed judges: Will it stop the fighting?
Elected or appointed judges

Will it stop the fighting?

An amendment to appoint Wisconsin Supreme Court justices may not end the rancor, but it could stop the influence of third-party money.

How well do you know the First Amendment?

How well do you know the First Amendment?

As you celebrate our country's independence today, take time to test your knowledge of some of our most important freedoms.

Milwaukee redistricting to increase minority representation

Milwaukee redistricting to increase minority representation

Milwaukee's growing Hispanic and Latino communities are changing the look of the city and its voice.

Walker trims budget with veto pen

Walker trims budget with veto pen

Gov. Walker cuts bounty hunters and Sheboygan's space station and levies weight taxes on chew. But the $800 million cut to public schools remains.

What’s next for Wisconsin Act 10?

What’s next for Wisconsin Act 10?

The Wisconsin Supreme Court may have ruled on Act 10, but now the Federal Courts are joining the fray.

Late night passage of Wisconsin budget offers no changes

Late night passage of Wisconsin budget offers no changes

Wisconsin's Assembly approves the 2011-13 Biennial Budget days after public employees lose the ability to collectively bargain.

John Preece shines as Fiddler’s Tevye

John Preece shines as Fiddler’s Tevye

Fiddler on the Roof is a tradition that will thrill at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

And the Presidential race begins

And the Presidential race begins

Seven Republican Presidential candidates show up in New Hampshire to debate. It's going to be a long 16 months.

Op/Ed: Have the Wisconsin protests gone too far?
Op/Ed

Have the Wisconsin protests gone too far?

Even zombies have the right to peaceably assemble to question the actions of our government. But this right needs to be tempered with discretion and respect.

Marcus Center’s “Fiddler” features local actor

Marcus Center’s “Fiddler” features local actor

Kevin Stangler's first "Fiddler on the Roof" was at Watertown High School. Now he has a featured role in a national tour.

Supreme Court debates Wisconsin’s open meetings law

Supreme Court debates Wisconsin’s open meetings law

Is the open meeting law tied to the constitution or is it a procedural rule for the Legislature to occasionally follow when conducting business?

Joint Finance Committee makes changes to Walker’s budget

Joint Finance Committee makes changes to Walker’s budget

The GOP-controlled committee restores some funds, adds new cuts and provisions and is met with protesters during the second step of budget process.

Junior Achievement ensures fiscal literacy for the future

Junior Achievement ensures fiscal literacy for the future

With a donation from Kohl's, Junior Achievement opens a new education center in Milwaukee, aimed and giving students the skills they need to succeed in a global economy.

BREAKING: Kloppenburg concedes Supreme Court race
BREAKING

Kloppenburg concedes Supreme Court race

"Justice David Prosser has won this election and I have congratulated him," Kloppenburg said at an 11 a.m. press conference in Madison.

Can you spare a nickel for open government?

Can you spare a nickel for open government?

WisconsinEye lets us view government in action, but it's not available on Milwaukee-area cable. Tell cable providers that you want access to your government now.

BREAKING: Judge Sumi voids Wisconsin Act 10
BREAKING

Judge Sumi voids Wisconsin Act 10

Ruling says Joint Committee of Conference meeting of March 9 was held in violation of Open Meetings Laws. Milwaukee Sen. Chris Larson responds.

Does Wisconsin need Constitutional Carry?

Does Wisconsin need Constitutional Carry?

The Senate introduced a bill that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit or background check. Is Constitutional Carry too extreme for Wisconsin?

Prosser wins; Kloppenburg has to make a decision

Prosser wins; Kloppenburg has to make a decision

After a 6-week recount, Justice David Prosser is declared the winner by a margin of over 7,000 votes. But once again, the ball is in Kloppenburg's court.

Education is the key to Milwaukee’s future

Education is the key to Milwaukee’s future

Five of Milwaukee's business, political and education leaders discuss the future of the city and how education plays a vital role in the growth and prosperity of the region.

Voter ID passes in Wisconsin: Here’s what’s in the bill
Voter ID passes in Wisconsin

Here’s what’s in the bill

Supporters say it will bring integrity to the voting process, while opponents fear it will disenfranchise voters. But there's more to AB7 than meets the eye.

Latino Arts serves up “The Cooking Show” for your dining pleasure

Latino Arts serves up “The Cooking Show” for your dining pleasure

A menu of unique dishes and talk about food, farming, politics and life is on the table Friday night at Latino Arts with Chef Karimi and Comrade Castro.

Women respond to Gov. Walker’s budget proposals

Women respond to Gov. Walker’s budget proposals

Forty percent of Walker's budget cuts target programs that primarily serve women and children. Elected officials, working mothers and women's advocates weigh in.

Senator Herb Kohl to retire after current term

Senator Herb Kohl to retire after current term

"I will not seek another term as your senator, but in the next 19 months I will see that the people of the state are well served." Who will take his place?

Business leaders discuss Walker’s budget impact

Business leaders discuss Walker’s budget impact

They may like the focus on business growth, but Milwaukee business leaders don't follow Gov. Walker's vision completely.

MPS budget will alter the path of public education

MPS budget will alter the path of public education

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton continues to stay focused on academic success despite the fiscal crisis at hand.

Walker’s expansion of school choice moves forward

Walker’s expansion of school choice moves forward

The Joint Finance Committee voted to lift enrollment limits and add new schools to the Milwaukee Parental School Choice program. Will it hurt or help education?

BREAKING: Legislative committee recommends cuts to WI Arts Board
BREAKING

Legislative committee recommends cuts to WI Arts Board

Joint Finance Committee makes smaller fiscal cuts but still moves Wisconsin Arts Board oversight to Tourism and reduces support

In Wisconsin, a recall of historic proportions

In Wisconsin, a recall of historic proportions

Since 1913, only 13 state office recalls have been successful nationwide. Will Wisconsin add another nine this summer?

BREAKING: Bin Laden dead; Justice has been done
BREAKING

Bin Laden dead; Justice has been done

President Obama announces Osama bin Laden has been killed and the US Military has custody of the body.

And the recount begins

And the recount begins

If you're expecting to see images reminiscent of Florida 2000, you're out of luck. Just canvassers making piles for Prosser and Kloppenburg, no hanging chads in sight.

Chris Abele starts his year of change and problem solving

Chris Abele starts his year of change and problem solving

Abele tells residents that there are no individual municipal, county or organizational problems - there are only "all of us problems."

Kloppenburg requests a recount

Kloppenburg requests a recount

The Supreme Court race continues with a recount and demand for an independent investigation of the process in Waukesha County.

BREAKING: Tosa Mayor vetoes ratification of union contracts
BREAKING

Tosa Mayor vetoes ratification of union contracts

Last night the Wauwatosa Common Council voted 8-7 to ratify contracts with three unions. Today, Mayor Didier vetoed the measure, citing the need to wait for Act 10.

Wauwatosa is ground zero in argument over union contracts

Wauwatosa is ground zero in argument over union contracts

Concessions that would save Tosa $1 million per year were stalled last month by Walker supporters. Tonight the Common Council will try again.

Women warriors fight, die and live with a Band of Sisters

Women warriors fight, die and live with a Band of Sisters

Make no mistake, our female soldiers are in the thick of combat. Author Kirsten Holmstedt starts the discussion about these women warriors.

UPDATED: Mr. Walker goes to Washington and gets bloodied
UPDATED

Mr. Walker goes to Washington and gets bloodied

Gov. Scott Walker appears before a House committee to discuss how he is balancing the budget in Wisconsin and faces tough questions

Milwaukee testimony heard, but meeting ends on a sour note

Milwaukee testimony heard, but meeting ends on a sour note

Wisconsin taxpayers speak out about Gov. Walker's budget proposal, but was the entire Joint Finance Committee listening?

Testimony being heard on Wisconsin budget in West Allis

Testimony being heard on Wisconsin budget in West Allis

Joint Finance Leadership intent on ending testimony at 6 p.m.; If you have something to say, you might want to leave work early.

Budget plans will restrict health care access across the state

Budget plans will restrict health care access across the state

Walker’s cuts to Medicaid programs could put many Wisconsinites in jeopardy. Share your concerns with the Joint Finance Committee on April 11 at State Fair Park.

Wisconsin school funding cuts create “accidental activists”

Wisconsin school funding cuts create “accidental activists”

Gov. Walker's cuts and changes to K12 education bring people out in support of schools. Share your story with the Joint Finance Committee on April 11 at State Fair Park.

BREAKING: Waukesha County discovers discrepancy which could put Prosser on top
BREAKING

Waukesha County discovers discrepancy which could put Prosser on top

14,000-plus votes from the City of Brookfield were not reported to the press on Tuesday, changing the totals and possibly the race.

UPDATED: Final precinct in, Kloppenburg maintains 204 vote lead; Abele wins Milwaukee County
UPDATED

Final precinct in, Kloppenburg maintains 204 vote lead; Abele wins Milwaukee County

JoAnne Kloppenburg is ahead; Prosser's campaign is assembling a legal team for the recount and Abele wins a one-year term as Milwaukee County's executive.

Spring ’11 Elections: Know your candidates
Spring ’11 Elections

Know your candidates

Today we vote for judges, supervisors, and a county executive. TCD offers a quick primer before you head to the polls.

Sumi upholds temporary restraining order through May 23

Sumi upholds temporary restraining order through May 23

Three options: Give proper notice and vote again; Republican defendants break immunity and testify or just remain under the TRO. What do you think will happen?

What is happening in Madison?

What is happening in Madison?

Testimony continues in the open meetings hearing concerning the passage of Wisconsin Act. 10. Lawyers promise their portion will end today. When the judge will rule is anybody's guess

In Madison, the case continues

In Madison, the case continues

The open meetings case against the Republican leadership continues in Dane County. Patti Wenzel is in Madison to keep you up-to-date.

Walker seeks federal stimulus funds for Hiawatha upgrades

Walker seeks federal stimulus funds for Hiawatha upgrades

Last year, Walker promised to turn down federal funds for high-speed rail. Now, he seeks those funds to improve Hiawatha service between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Back to court for Walker’s budget repair bill

Back to court for Walker’s budget repair bill

Wisconsin open meetings, separation of powers, Senate procedural rules - a quick update on what's happening in Madison today.

UPDATE: State agency publishes collective bargaining bill; is it now law?
UPDATE

State agency publishes collective bargaining bill; is it now law?

Legislative Reference Bureau publishes WI Act 10 according to state statute, but the Sect'y of State still has to publish it to become law.

Walker’s attack on the arts could stunt economic growth

Walker’s attack on the arts could stunt economic growth

Moving the Wisconsin Arts Board to Tourism and reducing its funding is counter-intuitive to the governor's plan for job and economic growth

Supreme Court election a referendum on Walker’s proposals

Supreme Court election a referendum on Walker’s proposals

Incumbent Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg continue to bicker over partisanship and impartiality.

Is residency a governmental rule or human right?

Is residency a governmental rule or human right?

Milwaukee police and firefighters want the freedom to move to the 'burbs, while their bosses say no. Now the State Senate wants to weigh in.

Stone says experience, integrity will help him lead Milwaukee

Stone says experience, integrity will help him lead Milwaukee

County Executive candidate Jeff Stone discusses jobs, transit and consolidation plans in a recent Press Club appearance.

1:30 PM UPDATE:DOJ seeks to block injunction in appellate court following restraining order
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30 PM UPDATE

Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi says there is no evidence that the conference committee couldn't have provided 24-hour notice.

Walker says his “tools” will actually save school districts money

Walker says his “tools” will actually save school districts money

The governor claims health and pension contributions and other "tools" will make up for most of the cuts in aid in the coming biennial budget.

Senate Republicans to rescind contempt charges

Senate Republicans to rescind contempt charges

All fines, restrictions and charges against the Democratic 14 will be lifted and they will be allowed to participate and vote.

Wisconsin wants to know: What happens next?
Wisconsin wants to know

What happens next?

Scott Walker and the Fitzgeralds have their budget repair law, but now comes a statewide election with vitriolic overtones and a historic recall push

Collective bargaining ends in Wisconsin; Senate Dems return

Collective bargaining ends in Wisconsin; Senate Dems return

Bill passes the Assembly amid protests as Gov. Walker draws fire from the White House and the Wisconsin 14 comes home

Madison ignites as GOP strips collective bargaining rights

Madison ignites as GOP strips collective bargaining rights

GOP Senators hastily pass a bill that strips union rights but doesn't address the budget. Unions call for a general strike as the idea of compromise recedes.

A possible compromise in Madison?

A possible compromise in Madison?

Assembly and Senate Democrats offer an alternative budget repair bill that keeps increased employee contributions but protects bargaining.

UPDATED: Larson says caucus is firmly behind Mark Miller
UPDATED

Larson says caucus is firmly behind Mark Miller

Governor Walker refused a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, saying that Miller "is standing in the way of progress."

Walker slipping in polls; split opinions on budget

Walker slipping in polls; split opinions on budget

Gov. Scott Walker's proposals aren't sitting well with voters and both sides lend their opinions to his budget solutions.

BREAKING: Wisconsin 14 face contempt of senate charges
BREAKING

Wisconsin 14 face contempt of senate charges

Wisconsin Senate Republicans go for a nuclear option to bring back the 14 wayward Democrats. Will this work?

Walker’s budget makes deep cuts

Walker’s budget makes deep cuts

Scott Walker describes his budget "as a return to frugality" which will lead to economic freedom for millions of Wisconsin residents. Or will it?

Gov. Walker holds to his message, almost

Gov. Walker holds to his message, almost

During appearances on national television and the local Sunday Insight, Walker stays consistent, defending the budget bill and telling the Wisconsin 14 to come home.

State budget fires rage across the Midwest

State budget fires rage across the Midwest

Protesters spread out across the upper Midwest against proposed budget cuts, union concessions, tuition increases and right to work laws.

UPDATED: Bill passes Assembly amid chaos; Wisconsin 14 will not return
UPDATED

Bill passes Assembly amid chaos; Wisconsin 14 will not return

In a lightning-fast vote early Friday, AB 11 passes 51-17, with 4 Republicans voting against. In Illinois, the senators are staying put.

Wisconsin Senator Chris Larson speaks

Wisconsin Senator Chris Larson speaks

The freshman senator has no regrets. Calling from somewhere in Illinois, Larson shared strategy, possible compromises and a constituent's care package with TCD.

Wisconsin Assembly budget bill “debate” no debate at all

Wisconsin Assembly budget bill “debate” no debate at all

Democrats offer amendments, but Assembly GOP are mum. Down the hall, Senate Republicans pass a strict Voter ID bill while 14 Democrats remain in Illinois.

Barrett looks for savings, partners and improvements

Barrett looks for savings, partners and improvements

Mayor Barrett's State of the City speech shows a grasp of Milwaukee's problems and provides some solutions to its woes.

The devil is in the details:What’s in the bill?
The devil is in the details

What’s in the bill?

Madison has been under siege for a week over the proposed weakening of employee unions. But what's in that bill that we're not talking about?

Madison protests: Unions and Tea Party march on the Capitol Saturday
Madison protests

Unions and Tea Party march on the Capitol Saturday

Lawmakers head home for the weekend, but protesters and supporters continue to make their voices heard.

Wisconsin Assembly GOP calls session early to block debate

Wisconsin Assembly GOP calls session early to block debate

Democrats told of 5:00 start: GOP calls order at 4:55 and tries to rush vote. Majority Leader Fitzgerald: "I didn't think you would come."

Jesse Jackson attends protests; Assembly Dems plan amendments

Jesse Jackson attends protests; Assembly Dems plan amendments

The siege on Madison continues as national unions, MPS teachers and Jesse Jackson come out to protest the loss of collective bargaining.

Senate Democrats don’t show, stall vote on Walker’s budget repair bill

Senate Democrats don’t show, stall vote on Walker’s budget repair bill

State Democratic Senators demand Walker remove language that ends collective bargaining before they will return to floor for a vote.

Walker to propose $1 billion cut to education: MPS would lose up to 25% of its funding
Walker to propose $1 billion cut to education

MPS would lose up to 25% of its funding

MPS School Board President Michael Bonds at Fratney Escuela meeting: school funding to be cut statewide, Federal Title 1 dollars on chopping block.

County Executive race: primary election results
County Executive race

primary election results

With little campaigning Jeff Stone comes out on top; Chris Abele narrowly wins second place in the County Executive showdown.

Election 5Q: County Exec Candidate Jeff Stone
Election 5Q

County Exec Candidate Jeff Stone

The key to Wisconsin's future is a vibrant and economically healthy Milwaukee County, and Rep. Jeff Stone says he's the candidate who can make that happen.

Election 5Q: County Executive candidate Lee Holloway
Election 5Q

County Executive candidate Lee Holloway

Lee Holloway speaks his mind, doesn't take guff and is fighting city hall, but he still wants to be County Executive.

Candidates focus on county issues

Candidates focus on county issues

In their last joint public debate, Milwaukee County Executive candidates talk about privatization, mental health care and parks

Ryan focuses on budget and spending

Ryan focuses on budget and spending

Rep. Paul Ryan approaches fixing the federal budget through spending cuts and old fashioned conservative principles.

Walker: “We are Wisconsin, we will lead the way”
Walker

“We are Wisconsin, we will lead the way”

In his first State of the State Address, Gov. Scott Walker was high on the state and free with his slogans, but short on specifics.

Election 5Q: County Executive candidate Chris Abele
Election 5Q

County Executive candidate Chris Abele

Chris Abele doesn't need the job, but he feels it's time for unbiased discussion and bipartisan cooperation to get Milwaukee County back on track.

Ghosts of previous election haunt Supreme Court choices

Ghosts of previous election haunt Supreme Court choices

The ethical problems with the 2008 race has opened the gates to candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Wisconsin Justice David Prosser.

Holloway: “The state of Milwaukee County is sound”
Holloway

“The state of Milwaukee County is sound”

Acting County Exec. Lee Holloway touts the county's successes and offers his plans to reinvent Milwaukee.

President Obama: “We do big things”
President Obama

“We do big things”

Barack Obama taps into the American dream to inspire the nation, but fails to put a price on all the "investment."

Election 5Q:Milwaukee County Executive candidate Jim Sullivan
Election 5Q

Milwaukee County Executive candidate Jim Sullivan

After years of neglect and mismanagement by Scott Walker, Jim Sullivan wants to make Milwaukee County work for the taxpayers

Common Council approves Marriott development

Common Council approves Marriott development

An super-majority vote eliminates remaining barriers to development of the new downtown hotel.

Election 5Q:Milwaukee County Executive candidate Ieshuh Griffin
Election 5Q

Milwaukee County Executive candidate Ieshuh Griffin

Ieshuh Griffin has made headlines with provocative slogans, but insists she knows what's ailing Milwaukee County -- and how to cure it.

Marriott setback lifted by council committee

Marriott setback lifted by council committee

Common council committee removes the 15 ft. setback requirement from hotel plans, but not without opposition from historical preservationists.

Commission OKs Marriott — on one condition

Commission OKs Marriott — on one condition

The Milwaukee Historical Preservation Commission attempts a compromise for the proposed downtown hotel, but developers refuse to budge.

In the wake of Arizona tragedy, political rhetoric heats up

In the wake of Arizona tragedy, political rhetoric heats up

After a tragic shooting in Tuscon, commentators seem more concerned with placing blame than with the victims themselves. It's time to take a step back, people.

Motivated buyer looking for vacant school buildings

Motivated buyer looking for vacant school buildings

The City of Milwaukee wants to sell vacant schools, but the MPS Board balks at buyers that take students and state dollars. Does the law need to be changed?

Walker rolls up his sleeves

Walker rolls up his sleeves

After taking the oath of office, Gov. Scott Walker reaffirms his priorities for Wisconsin -- jobs, jobs, jobs.

Can energy conservation spur economic growth?

Can energy conservation spur economic growth?

Conservation is critically important, but so is getting Wisconsin's unemployed back to work. If done right, energy conservation can be a win-win for everyone.

Roast the lame duck (session) this holiday season

Roast the lame duck (session) this holiday season

Roast duck is a holiday tradition in the Wenzel house. Let's take the tradition to government and roast up the lame duck session.

The train is gone, why does Talgo have to go with it?

The train is gone, why does Talgo have to go with it?

Talgo plans to leave in 2012, citing the loss of the high-speed train project. Following that logic, Bucyrus and Ladish should be leaving for China any day now.

Bradley Tech: MPS needs to remove the troublemakers
Bradley Tech

MPS needs to remove the troublemakers

Bradley Tech is a promising school plagued with violent fights. Alderman Bob Donovan is spitting mad that he wasn't told about it.

Obama running with the GOP?

Obama running with the GOP?

Obama and the Republicans agree to extend the Bush tax rates for two more years, but his new friendship is making the Dems see red.

State contracts benefit employees, not taxpayers

State contracts benefit employees, not taxpayers

Jim Doyle said nothing was going on in the contracts, but the devil is in the details.

Winter warmers: Chef Bill Baumann of Ward’s House of Prime
Winter warmers

Chef Bill Baumann of Ward’s House of Prime

Ward's House of Prime Exec. Chef Bill Baumann shares a family recipe for a decadent chocolate cake that will satisfy everyone at your holiday table.

The Giving Season: Bringing joy to veterans in need
The Giving Season

Bringing joy to veterans in need

Hospitalized veterans have paid a heavy price for our freedom. You can make their holidays brighter with a simple gift.

Doyle reflects on his tenure as Governor

Doyle reflects on his tenure as Governor

Before he passes the torch to Scott Walker, Jim Doyle reflects on his tenure as governor and offers a few words of advice to his successor.

The next Milwaukee County Executive is…

The next Milwaukee County Executive is…

As Scott Walker prepares to leave for Madison, the candidates to fill the county executive's chair are lining up.

Businesses + Schools = Successful Students

Businesses + Schools = Successful Students

Leaders in business and education recently met to discuss a partnership between schools and businesses - something this district desperately needs.

Thornton assesses his first 100 days at MPS

Thornton assesses his first 100 days at MPS

MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton looks to school choice, new literacy programs and parental engagement to improve education within the district.

Necessity vs. Luxury in the Milwaukee County budget

Necessity vs. Luxury in the Milwaukee County budget

County supervisors restore most of Walker’s vetoes, spending taxpayer money on luxuries we can't afford. Looks like the board may need some adult supervision.

Celebrating peace and harmony

Celebrating peace and harmony

In its 67th year, the 2010 Holiday Folk Fair focuses on a culture of peace and building an awareness of others and ourselves.

Holding the GOP accountable

Holding the GOP accountable

After a midterm sweep, GOP leaders have adopted "A Pledge to America" to reform government over the next two years. Let's hold them to their promises.

Remembering our veterans — every day

Remembering our veterans — every day

You probably work with a veteran, or perhaps have one in your family. Take a moment to say thank you to them today and every day. They deserve it.

Should Milwaukee gamble with Parks and Transit?

Should Milwaukee gamble with Parks and Transit?

As the county board proposes a 2.4% tax increase, one supervisor asks to close the pools and park the buses to stem the impending crisis.

High-speed rail stalls in Wisconsin

High-speed rail stalls in Wisconsin

The Republican mid-term sweep calls the future of national high speed rail into question. Patti Wenzel weighs in on (in her view) the good news.

Election 2010: Hang on, it’s a Republican tidal wave
Election 2010

Hang on, it’s a Republican tidal wave

In Wisconsin, the GOP are awash in victory. But will Walker and Johnson sink or swim? And what is Russ Feingold planning for 2012?

Vote.

Vote.

TCD won't tell you which candidates to choose - you're smart enough to make your own decisions. We just want you to vote, plain and simple.

Election 5Q: Russ Feingold
Election 5Q

Russ Feingold

Russ has been Wisconsin's maverick, but is that enough for voters in 2010?

Election 5Q: Senate candidate Ron Johnson
Election 5Q

Senate candidate Ron Johnson

Johnson continues to evade the press, but his comments at recent appearances lay out his main talking points: tax cuts, the free market and jobs, jobs, jobs.

Election 5Q: 4th Congressional candidate Gwen Moore
Election 5Q

4th Congressional candidate Gwen Moore

Moore says she focuses on assisting the poorest constituents in her district, no matter what the competition claims.

Feingold and Johnson’s final debate: it’s the economy, stupid
Feingold and Johnson’s final debate

it’s the economy, stupid

They never quoted Jame Carville, but the focus of both Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson is reducing debt and creating jobs. They just differ on how to get there.

Election 5Q: 4th Congressional candidate Dan Sebring
Election 5Q

4th Congressional candidate Dan Sebring

To dream the impossible dream - Dan Sebring seeks to be first GOP congressman from Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District.

Election 5Q: Scott Walker
Election 5Q

Scott Walker

Eliminating unfilled positions, state employee contributions and a return to the 80s - welcome to Scott Walker's Wisconsin

Election 5Q: Tom Barrett
Election 5Q

Tom Barrett

Barrett is finally showing the fighting spirit that has been lacking throughout his campaign and follows up on remaining questions.

State employees: Campaign on your own time
State employees

Campaign on your own time

We get it -- unions love Democratic candidates. But can the AFSCME Council 24 just stop using taxpayer time and state equipment to campaign for Tom Barrett?

Whom can we trust with Wisconsin : Walker or Barrett?
Whom can we trust with Wisconsin

Walker or Barrett?

Two weeks to go and the gubernatorial candidates are full of promises and accusations. Soon you'll get to decide who's best suited for Wisconsin's top job?

Election 5Q:Milwaukee County Sheriff candidate David Clarke
Election 5Q

Milwaukee County Sheriff candidate David Clarke

Incumbent David Clarke says his training, education and experience makes him the best and only choice for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

Election 5Q:7th State Senate candidate Chris Larson
Election 5Q

7th State Senate candidate Chris Larson

Chrisl Larson felled moderate incumbent Jeff Plale. Can he convince conservative southsiders that he's not just a pretty liberal face?

Election 5Q:5th State Senate candidates Leah Vukmir v. Jim Sullivan
Election 5Q

5th State Senate candidates Leah Vukmir v. Jim Sullivan

(R) Leah Vukmir and (D) Jim Sullivan face off in the moderate western Milwaukee suburbs.

Election 5Q: 7th State Senate candidate Jess Ripp
Election 5Q

7th State Senate candidate Jess Ripp

Ripp is a young,energetic attorney, and he's prepared for the election much in the same way he prepares for a case -- by doing his homework.

Could ‘Superman’ change Milwaukee’s education discussion?

Could ‘Superman’ change Milwaukee’s education discussion?

While Superman isn't real, "Waiting for Superman" is having a real effect on how Milwaukee teachers, leaders and public are discussing public education.

Election 5Q: Milwaukee County Sheriff candidate Steven Duckhorn
Election 5Q

Milwaukee County Sheriff candidate Steven Duckhorn

Milwaukee Police Officer Steven Duckhorn takes up the GOP flag against incumbent David Clarke.

Poverty numbers are a wake-up call for all of us

Poverty numbers are a wake-up call for all of us

Milwaukee has the fourth highest number of poor people in the nation. It is time we do something about it.

MFF’10 review: Good teachers are the ‘Supermen’
MFF’10 review

Good teachers are the ‘Supermen’

The idea that many kids have to gamble with a lottery for a slot in a decent school is both sad and un-American.

“Waiting for Superman” explores charter solutions for schools

“Waiting for Superman” explores charter solutions for schools

The problems with public education are easy to identify but the solutions are elusive. Are charter schools the "Superman" we are all waiting for?

Selling O’Donnell Park is the best idea yet

Selling O’Donnell Park is the best idea yet

The cost to repair or demolish O'Donnell Park is too high for county taxpayers. Bring on the private developers and new property tax collections!

Dryhootch: helping veterans cope with life after the war
Dryhootch

helping veterans cope with life after the war

A Brady St. cafe is helping veterans cope with life after war.

Residents have their say: Not in my backyard
Residents have their say

Not in my backyard

The public says no to strip clubs in downtown and Walker's Point - a victory for the morality police, and a defeat for new business development in Milwaukee.

Walker trounces Neumann; Barrett camp gets serious

Walker trounces Neumann; Barrett camp gets serious

It's a Kilbourn Avenue brawl for the governor's mansion with Mayor Tom Barrett vs. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Now the real fun begins.

America values free speech and faith – even if it’s misguided

America values free speech and faith – even if it’s misguided

Terry Jones has incited a firestorm towards America by planning to burn the Koran. He has the right to do it, but that doesn't mean it's right.

Walker and Neumann:The race to watch
Walker and Neumann

The race to watch

GOP rivals Scott Walker and Mark Neumann are neck and neck as the primary vote draws near. Tom Barrett can sit back and watch the fun.

Obama announces $50 billion economic recovery plan

Obama announces $50 billion economic recovery plan

Obama wants to invest this latest chunk of change into infrastructure to provide instant jobs and create long-term growth. But don't call it a stimulus.

This ain’t your father’s beach party

This ain’t your father’s beach party

In the waning days of summer, Off the Wall's "Psycho Beach Party" is a warm blast from the past with enough twists to make you ask “Annette who?”

Abandoned by FEMA, flood victims find a ray of hope

Abandoned by FEMA, flood victims find a ray of hope

Common Council President Willie Hines saw two problems -- people left homeless by the flood and a swath of foreclosed properties -- and found a solution for both.

GOP Senate race: Eeny, meeny, miny, mo
GOP Senate race

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo

Ron Johnson has the name recognition, but the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary is a not much of a battle. Pick and choose.

Doing right by our most vulnerable citizens

Doing right by our most vulnerable citizens

After disturbing information came to light, the County Board started cleaning up the Mental Health Complex. Now they need to remove the censure of Lynn DeBruin.

Primary Coverage: 4th District candidates in the D.C. fray
Primary Coverage

4th District candidates in the D.C. fray

Paul Morel challenges incumbent Gwen Moore, while Republicans decide between free-market conservative Dan Sebring and one-issue candidate Ken Lipinski.

Primary Coverage: Politicos clamor for a shot at the Number Two spot
Primary Coverage

Politicos clamor for a shot at the Number Two spot

A crowded field of Democrats and Republicans seek the voters attention in Wisconsin Lt. Governor's race but by and large, their platforms are the same. After wading through the rhetoric, I suggest throwing a dart.

Primary Coverage: Democrats duke it out in assembly and senate races
Primary Coverage

Democrats duke it out in assembly and senate races

Local assembly and senate primary races focus on Democratic credentials, job creation and MPS.

Boot camp discipline at heart of sheriff’s race

Boot camp discipline at heart of sheriff’s race

The jury is out on the effectiveness of jail-based boot camps. Attitudes may be adjusted, but is that enough?

Sewer wars: Underground and on the air
Sewer wars

Underground and on the air

MMSD dumps 2.1 billion gallons of combined sewage and storm water into Lake Michigan. But when we received 63 billion gallons of rain, was there any choice?

Clarke v. Moews should be November ballot

Clarke v. Moews should be November ballot

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke looks like a sure thing, but he has to face MPD Lt. Chris Moews in a race that pits the "Fox News Democrat" against a real Democrat.

Religious freedom for all

Religious freedom for all

Muslims wish to worship within blocks of Ground Zero. This is what America is about; to say otherwise is an affront to our Constitution and democratic values.

Brother, can you spare a penny?

Brother, can you spare a penny?

Wisconsin schools are on life support and the "Pennies for Kids" sales tax campaign is simply a shot of penicillin to keep schools alive.

Barrett’s budget briefing: Not pretty for 2011
Barrett’s budget briefing

Not pretty for 2011

Budget season is here and Tom Barrett still has some ideas for Milwaukee: maintain safety, fix the sewers, pay off debt and hold the tax levy flat. It won't be easy.

No Flyers, route reductions and fare increases in future

No Flyers, route reductions and fare increases in future

The Milwaukee County Transit Service proposes all of these measures to stay within the 2011 county budget constraints and goal to not raise the tax levy.

LaHood to next governor – “This train will not be stopped”

LaHood to next governor – “This train will not be stopped”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood brings $46. 5 million and a promise that Obama's high-speed vision to connect the nation by rail is a done deal for Wisconsin.

After the flood: resources for Milwaukee
After the flood

resources for Milwaukee

Following the Brew City Flood, residents and businesses that suffered damages are often filled with anxiety, stress and frustration. TCD compiled a list of resources for those in need.

Does Milwaukee need another art school?

Does Milwaukee need another art school?

Art Institute of Milwaukee -- a for-profit college -- is coming to town, but students and parents need to look at all the facts and benefits before picking a school.

Showing students on the pathway to college

Showing students on the pathway to college

Finney Library will soon be a center for first-generation college prospects to fulfill their dreams of an education.

Review: “Wicked”-ly good fun
Review

“Wicked”-ly good fun

Are we who we think we are or who others say we are? "Wicked" answers the question.

Let the youth games begin

Let the youth games begin

The U.S Youth Games showcase athletic and academic skills of 15 and under athletes. Welcome to Milwaukee!

DOT reverses course, Hoan Bridge will be repaired

DOT reverses course, Hoan Bridge will be repaired

The DOT decides to repair the Hoan for $12-$17 million. Sometimes public and political pressure builds up so much that even those in the bureaucratic snake pits change their minds.

$100 million already invested in high speed rail; public losing faith

$100 million already invested in high speed rail; public losing faith

Politicians and transportation wonks are giddy over the prospect of high-speed rail, though public interest is waning.

Delay is no longer an option

Delay is no longer an option

Something needs to be done with the Hoan Bridge before the concrete chunks become too big for the nets. Save this Milwaukee icon now.

An urban(e) voice returns

An urban(e) voice returns

Local urban radio gets a boost as Eric Von returns with "The Morning Show" to WMCS 1290-AM on July 19.

Downtown development plans seek connections

Downtown development plans seek connections

City planners want to restore the essence of grandeur to Wisconsin Avenue and connect the many boroughs of downtown, to create a sense of place and solidify Downtown Milwaukee as a statewide destination.

Why we celebrate

Why we celebrate

As you enjoy the three-day weekend, reflect on the rights and freedoms fought and won for 234 years ago.

Obama still campaigning after all these years

Obama still campaigning after all these years

President Barack Obama stops in Racine Wisconsin for kringle and to talk up the economic stimulus package, financial reform and education.

Time for a good old-fashioned bridge party

Time for a good old-fashioned bridge party

After 20 months of closures, detours and the loss of several businesses, the Humboldt Avenue bridge (officially) re-opens this Wednesday.

It’s time to go now!

It’s time to go now!

As Ronald Reagan once said, "Never attack a fellow party member." Not only has Mark Neumann alienated his allies in the GOP, he's run his campaign into the ground. It's time to go.

GOP senate hopefuls: apples to apples
GOP senate hopefuls

apples to apples

Except for money and style, Ron Johnson and David Westlake are the same Republican candidate. Will Feingold be worried?

Board needs to focus on MPS, not Arizona

Board needs to focus on MPS, not Arizona

How is it appropriate for MPS to waste time on a resolution to boycott Arizona when its own roof is falling in? Conscientious objection, or PR smoke screen?

Welcome new neighbors with new development

Welcome new neighbors with new development

Low-income housing is not a bad idea, it's just had a lot of bad press. The misconception that affordable housing automatically equates to crime is an assumption that is both unfair and uninformed.

Keeping teachers in the classroom: the struggle continues at MPS
Keeping teachers in the classroom

the struggle continues at MPS

Hundreds gathered in front of the MPS administration building to protest the lay-offs of hundreds of teachers. But are these layoffs the fault of the MPS board or the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association and its members?

Walker taking on two Democrats in race to Madison

Walker taking on two Democrats in race to Madison

Scott Walker will likely face off against Tom Barrett in November, but he is clearly running a campaign aimed straight at Jim Doyle.

Is this really the future of bus transit?

Is this really the future of bus transit?

Officials predict a $10.2 million budget shortage in 2011 which could lead to a 14 percent route reduction. It's time to save MCTS.

Why do these students get it?

Why do these students get it?

MPS students know that librarians and libraries are important. They even started a club to save them.

Photo Gallery:Miller Lite Ride for the Arts
Photo Gallery

Miller Lite Ride for the Arts

Cyclists roll out to support the arts. The day in pictures.

Board does little to save teaching positions

Board does little to save teaching positions

Kids, teachers sacrificed in MPS budget as board prepares for Dr. Gregory Thornton

Racism, really?

Racism, really?

When did a man with an afro become a sign of racism? When it is connected with a bar that burned Obama in effigy. Give me a break!

Reading and writing is found in the arts

Reading and writing is found in the arts

SHARP Literacy shows that the arts are fundamental to the literacy of our children. Why don't our school districts get this?

Selling girlfriendship

Selling girlfriendship

Through boyfriends, husbands, kids and parents, your girlfriends are always there and they're good for you too!

State Republicans surprised as Leinenkugel shuts off his tap

State Republicans surprised as Leinenkugel shuts off his tap

After a one-month campaign, Leinenkugel steps aside and endorses Ron Johnson for GOP senate ticket

Free speech isn’t always smart speech

Free speech isn’t always smart speech

The burning of Barack Obama's effigy at a West Allis bar is political speech, but not necessarily smart speech.

Barrett wants the job

Barrett wants the job

After months of campaigning under the radar, Barrett announces he wants to consolidate economic development, fix the fiscal mess and be the adult in Madison. Good Luck.

You can support arts education at MPS

You can support arts education at MPS

a.r.t. benefit concert features local bands to fund arts programs at Milwaukee Public Schools that are facing the chopping block

Gift of a library will keep on giving

Gift of a library will keep on giving

Target and the Heart of America Foundation put their money where kids need to be - in modern, updated libraries filled with books and opportunities

No need for streetcars – Ride the bus

No need for streetcars – Ride the bus

Even as Tom Barrett's downtown streetcar project moves forward, all the arguments in favor of it can be answered with one word - buses

MPS fiscal outlook is grim and not getting better

MPS fiscal outlook is grim and not getting better

Teachers, clerical staff and trades people are on the chopping block as the board wrestles balancing benefit costs with educating students

“Bone tired” Obey calls it quits

“Bone tired” Obey calls it quits

Democratic Congressman David Obey (WI 7th) won't run for re-election after 41 years in Washington, fulfilled after passing health care reform.

Walker wants to know what we want

Walker wants to know what we want

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker asked for input on the 2011 budget and the message was loud and clear – protect, improve and expand transit.

Milwaukee without Harley? A real possibility

Milwaukee without Harley? A real possibility

High union wages and benefits, increased business taxes and management mistakes flood Harley-Davidson's motor

The bikes on the bus go all around

The bikes on the bus go all around

MCTS has new ideas to attract riders: free rides, pass discounts and bike racks, Oh my!

Middle Class Joe takes on Wall Street

Middle Class Joe takes on Wall Street

Corraling Wall Street bulls is the goal of the Middle Class Task Force and financial reform

Slap on wrist proves lawmakers weak on drunk driving

Slap on wrist proves lawmakers weak on drunk driving

The Wisconsin Assembly's failure to expel Rep. Jeff Wood after 5 drunk/drugged driving arrests highlights hypocrisy

Neumann’s message: Cut taxes to encourage savings and capital investment
Neumann’s message

Cut taxes to encourage savings and capital investment

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mark Neumann pledges to run the state as he runs his business -- efficiently, with a strong team and by examining the costs and benefits.

Coulter’s schtick a hit with conservatives

Coulter’s schtick a hit with conservatives

The audience ate up her answers and as entertaining as she was for the choir, she offered little policy debate or insight on today’s important issues.

MPS students open doors for Gallery Night

MPS students open doors for Gallery Night

5th, 6th and 8th grade students display their photography skills at The Story School Gallery Night

Thompson finally decides

Thompson finally decides

There will be no run for Senate, but Thompson will still hit the campaign trail that he loves.

Thornton’s top job is to educate children

Thornton’s top job is to educate children

Incoming MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton promises to hold himself and staff accountable for the educational success of Milwaukee students.

In need of Transit(ion)

In need of Transit(ion)

We can't wait for RTAs, high-speed rail or streetcars. We need improved bus service now.

Art is like freedom

Art is like freedom

Art of the State highlights the artistic voice of inmates and ex-offenders, opening our eyes to their point of view

Walker defends his county record

Walker defends his county record

He may be running for governor, but Scott Walker is still the CEO of the state's largest county and he thinks he's doing a pretty good job.

Spring elections decided by a few

Spring elections decided by a few

April elections don't draw big numbers, but those who do vote have changed the look of some area communities.

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Downtown office workers and residents came out to enjoy spring and find some goodies in Cathedral Park

Pointing fingers in the interchange blame game

Pointing fingers in the interchange blame game

Walker, Barrett, Doyle, bureaucracy -- and Milwaukee county residents -- are all to blame for the inconvenience on our roadways.

Breaking News: US 45 Northbound at Zoo closed to traffic
Breaking News

US 45 Northbound at Zoo closed to traffic

Deterioration of the bridge leads DOT to immediately close it to all traffic until Memorial Day.

We Six bops it Monk-style

We Six bops it Monk-style

Thelonious Monk's modern jazz inspires the Conservatory's We Six final 2010 concert. [Thursday update: Concert is SOLD OUT.]

Summer internships bring MPS and art organizations together

Summer internships bring MPS and art organizations together

Arts organizations team with MPS to expose students to careers in arts administration, museums, photography and teaching

Thanks for your philanthropy and vision, Joe

Thanks for your philanthropy and vision, Joe

With Joseph Zilber's passing the entire community loses a benefactor, but his vision and contributions will live on with future generations of Milwaukeeans

So shut up and vote!

So shut up and vote!

When health care reform fails, it will be squarely on the shoulders of Democrats who can't agree - or buy off enough votes to get it passed.

Time for a hot cup of political joe

Time for a hot cup of political joe

The Coffee Party movement has civil discourse on the menu, but room for tea if wanted. Need a cup? Stop at Alterra Cafe on March 13.

Arts education is not a waste of time

Arts education is not a waste of time

A solid arts education at all levels leads to higher test scores and better socialization and problem solving skills. So why are we cutting arts funding?

‘Spray the love

‘Spray the love

Big, beautiful "Hairspray" celebrates love and acceptance with a doo wop beat

“This is the worst financial condition I’ve ever seen”

“This is the worst financial condition I’ve ever seen”

Dire budget conditions force cuts to arts, music, physical education and small class sizes at MPS for the coming school year.

We won’t get fooled again

We won’t get fooled again

While the Health Care Summit looks like bipartisanship, it's just more of Obama's business as usual where meaningful reform is concerned.

Don’t sweat it, Russ

Don’t sweat it, Russ

Feingold's best bet for re-election: Tommy Thompson entering - or not entering - the race.

Doyle’s green dream is our nightmare

Doyle’s green dream is our nightmare

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is more frightening than any Audi ad ever made.

Educational carrot and stick

Educational carrot and stick

Obama provides hope for MPS with NCLB reforms; state takes it back along with Title I money.

Another local voice goes silent

Another local voice goes silent

The loss of "Morning Magazine" on WMCS 1290-AM silences Milwaukee's urban talk radio.

Happy days are (sort of) here again

Happy days are (sort of) here again

Area business leaders see a slow, but real, recovery in 2010 and share strategies to in troubled times.

MPS hires new superintendent

MPS hires new superintendent

While Gov. Doyle, Mayor Barrett and the legislature argue over who should be responsible for MPS, the school board moves ahead with current structure.

Brown victory is a brake on health care reform

Brown victory is a brake on health care reform

Scott Brown's five-point victory for Massachusetts Senate seat is a referendum on health care reform. The Dems should listen.

MLK celebration spotlights cultural connections

MLK celebration spotlights cultural connections

Milwaukee students honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision and look to the future. Listen to the students' speeches only at TCD.

Pat Robertson, just shut up!

Pat Robertson, just shut up!

The people in Haiti deserve our love, not our judgment.

A compromise in the MPS mess

A compromise in the MPS mess

Barrett willing to give in on mayoral control; Grigsby and Coggs aren't so sure.

Literary graffiti

Literary graffiti

West Allis taggers express a love of literature.

Do not ignore us!

Do not ignore us!

During a public hearing, community members, parents and politicians have their say about MPS control. Also, listen to Sen. Taylor, Rep. Grigsby and Mayor Barrett's testimonies.

Listecki takes Shepherd’s staff to lead Milwaukee Catholics

Listecki takes Shepherd’s staff to lead Milwaukee Catholics

Archbishop promises to lead with love.

Top 5: Political stories of 2009
Top 5

Political stories of 2009

Actually, there are six, narrowed from the thousands of local, state, national and international events of the past year.

Book Review: Never Trust a Thin Cook whisks you to Modena
Book Review

Never Trust a Thin Cook whisks you to Modena

Travel to the Italian countryside with this tome that delivers more than food for thought.

Review: Nostalgic trip Home for the holidays
Review

Nostalgic trip Home for the holidays

McGivern's holiday show teaches us the true meaning of the season.

Holidays at a Parisian cafe

Holidays at a Parisian cafe

The sounds of French torch songs, holiday jazz and blues warmed up the stage at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music this weekend.

Karl Rove predictable, as are his detractors

Karl Rove predictable, as are his detractors

Rove slams most of the Democratic agenda, while protesters call for the former Bush advisor's arrest

Photo Gallery: Folk Fair a feast for the eyes
Photo Gallery

Folk Fair a feast for the eyes

The Holiday Folk Fair International was a feast for the eyes, ears and tastebuds.

Tour the world at Holiday Folk Fair International

Tour the world at Holiday Folk Fair International

Gain a unique global view via ethnic food, culture and shopping during the 66th year of this grand folk event.

Milwaukee County 2010 budget levy up 2.18% over 2009

Milwaukee County 2010 budget levy up 2.18% over 2009

No lakefront parking meters. Inmates to pay to stay, county farm remains open, housekeeping privatized, pools stay at 2009 levels. UPDATED 6:25 pm

Local pols announce cooperative plan for MPS

Local pols announce cooperative plan for MPS

RACE for Success allows mayoral input, but not control of MPS

Barrett announces run for governor

Barrett announces run for governor

Wisconsinites might have choice between two Milwaukeans for governor in 2010 Updated 11/16/2009 2:50 p.m.

Hope for the Dems: Jared Christiansen
Hope for the Dems

Jared Christiansen

Don't wait for Tom Barrett, throw your support behind Christiansen for Governor

Happy Birthday, Sesame Street

Happy Birthday, Sesame Street

The public television show continues to create sunny days for fans -- 40 years later.

What’s up with the City Hall clock?

What’s up with the City Hall clock?

The City of Milwaukee's iconic clock remains stuck in time until parts can be replaced.

Helmets as art at the Harley-Davidson Museum

Helmets as art at the Harley-Davidson Museum

MIAD students partner with the Harley-Davidson Museum to tell the fascinating story of the helmet -- now, then and into the future.

Review: ‘Bunk Bed Brothers’ equals nostalgia, fun
Review

‘Bunk Bed Brothers’ equals nostalgia, fun

What happens when two adult siblings return home and have to share their childhood room? A mix of humor, nostalgia and poignant memories.

Checkers & Chess: Next move in gubernatorial bid
Checkers & Chess

Next move in gubernatorial bid

Ron Kind's withdrawal launches the speculation game. This week: a gubernatorial race between Scott Walker(R) and Tom Barrett(D)? I'd predict a Walker win.

Bay View parties wrap up the summer

Bay View parties wrap up the summer

Great music, good food and beautiful people filled Bay View.

Russ listens while taxpayers speak their minds

Russ listens while taxpayers speak their minds

Sen. Russ Feingold kept his cool as he took in an earful about health care reform, the military, Cap and Trade and other issues at Vincent High School.

What Snarlin’ Marlin doesn’t want you to know

What Snarlin’ Marlin doesn’t want you to know

Representative looks to limit the public's access to government records.

Obama focuses his health care vision

Obama focuses his health care vision

President Obama endorses "public option" and vows to pay with savings found in Medicaid waste and fraud.

Much ado about nothing

Much ado about nothing

Despite the hand-wringing about President Obama's speech to schoolchildren, his message mirrored what parents tell their children all the time: work hard.

That’s how the interchange crumbles

That’s how the interchange crumbles

The crumbling Zoo Interchange forces truckers to take detours that disrupt commerce and commutes in western Milwaukee County.

Paul Ryan preaches to the choir

Paul Ryan preaches to the choir

More than 500 citizens listened, cheered and supported Rep. Paul Ryan’s take on Washington’s health care reform proposal.

A Study in Contrasts: The Popps vs. The Peters
A Study in Contrasts

The Popps vs. The Peters

Two brothers face the consequences of their actions head-on; two look for someone else to blame.

RIP Senator Kennedy

RIP Senator Kennedy

The Lion of the Senate's roar is silenced.