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Alberta Darling

Alberta Darling (Rep.), 8th Senate District

Born Hammond, IN, April 28; married; 2 children, 3 grandchildren. Graduate UW-Madison 1966; grad. work UW-Milwaukee 1972-74. Former teacher and marketing director. Member: North Shore Rotary; College Savings Program Bd. (EdVest); Junior League of Milwaukee (former pres.); Tempo Professional Women’s Organization; Blood Center of Wis. Bd. Former member: Next Door Foundation; Public Policy Forum; Wis. Strategic Planning Council for Economic Development; Greater Milwaukee Com.; Goals for Greater Milwaukee 2000 Project (exec. com.); United Way Bd. (chp., allocations com.); Future Milwaukee (pres.); Milwaukee Forum; Children’s Service Soc. of Wis. (bd. of dir.); American Red Cross of Wis. (exec. com., bd. of dir.); League of Women Voters; Today’s Girls/Tomorrow’s Women/Boys Girls Club (founder); NCSL Education Com. (chp.); YMCA (bd. mbr.). Recipient: Shining Star of Education Reform 2011; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Government Advocates Award; Greater Milwaukee Committee Leadership Award 2011; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Legislative Leadership Award 2011, Friend of Housing Legislator of the Year 2012, 2006-2011, 2002, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Working for Wisconsin 2012, 2002; American Conservative Union Foundation Defender of Liberty Award 2012; Friend of Grocers 2014; 2011 Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Tommy G. Thompson Award for Service; Wis. Stem Cell Now Courage Award; Right Wis. Iron Lady Award 2013; Wis. Charter Champion Award 2014; 2006 Inductee into the National MS Hall of Fame; Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce 100% Pro-Business Legislator 2006; Wis. Builders Assn. Friend of Housing 2008; Amer. Cancer Soc. Legislative Champion 2014, 2006; Fair Air Coalition Friend of Education; Metropolitan Milwaukee Assn. of Commerce Champion of Commerce; Wis. Head Start Directors Assn. Award of Excellence; National Assn. of Community Leadership Leadership Award; United Way Gwen Jackson Leadership Award; St. Francis Children’s Center Children Service Award.

Elected to Assembly in May 1990 special election; reelected November 1990; elected to Senate 1992; reelected since 1996. Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Jt. Com. on Finance (co-chp. since 2011, also 2003, mbr. since 1999, eff. 2/7/00); Economic Development and Commerce; Education (since 2011, also 2005, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1993); Jt. Legis. Audit (since 2011, also 2003); Jt. Com. on Employment Relations (since 2011, also 2003); Jt. Legislative Council (since 2001). 2013 — Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue (vice chp.); Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council (since 1995); Wis. Center District Board of Dir. (also 2011, 2005, 2003); UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Bd. (also 2003). 2011 — Economic Development, Veterans and Military Affairs. 2009 — Economic Development; Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue. 2007 — Economic Development, Job Creation, Family Prosperity and Housing. 2005 — Health, Children, Families, Aging and Long-Term Care. 1999 — Jt. Com. for Review of Administrative Rules (since 1993); Jt. Com. on Information Policy (also 1995); Judiciary and Consumer Affairs; Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Bd. (since 1993). 1997 — Education and Financial Institutions (chp., eff. 4/21/98, also 1995); Business, Economic Development and Urban Affairs (eff. 4/21/98, also 1995); Judiciary (eff. 4/21/98, also 1995); Labor, Transportation and Financial Institutions; Education Comn. of the States (eff. 4/30/98, also 1995).

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-5830; E-mail: Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: River Hills 53217.
Mailing address: Office: Room 317 East, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success
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Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success

The Act will encourage and expand industry clusters in our state.

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Leah Vukmir Unveils Finance Committee for U.S. Senate

Long-time Wisconsin GOP Donors Back Leah for Senate

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Committee Holds Hearing Today on Regulatory “Sunset” Bill

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin today called on lawmakers to approve AB 384, a measure that would require the re-adoption of government rules every seven years under a rigorous review process.

Campaign Cash: Bill Has $10 Million Giveaway to Fiserv
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Bill Has $10 Million Giveaway to Fiserv

Included in Foxconn bill. Fiserv employees donated $15,400 to state politicians.

The Contrarian: The News That Wasn’t
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The News That Wasn’t

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The State of Politics: We Hate DOT, But Here’s $712 Million
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We Hate DOT, But Here’s $712 Million

GOP senators would borrow big for Department of Transportation they distrust.

The Contrarian: Senate and Assembly Flip on Highway Debt
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Senate and Assembly Flip on Highway Debt

Senate now likes big increase in debt, Assembly no longer does.

H.O.P.E. for Wisconsin: Governor Walker Signs Four Special Session Bills into Law at Medical College of Wisconsin – Green Bay
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H.O.P.E. for Wisconsin: Governor Walker Signs Four Special Session Bills into Law at Medical College of Wisconsin – Green Bay

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Op Ed: Walker, Darling Flip Flop on Vouchers
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Walker, Darling Flip Flop on Vouchers

Their new message to school choice supporters: Drop dead.

State Park Fees Keep Rising

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Campaign Cash: Koch-Funded Group Backs Tax Cut
Campaign Cash

Koch-Funded Group Backs Tax Cut

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Campaign Cash: How MMAC Peddles Influence
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How MMAC Peddles Influence

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Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today
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Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today

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Campaign Cash: Bill Buries State Regulations
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Bill Buries State Regulations

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Drunk Driving Bill Costs $15 Million Per Year

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Department of Corrections estimates minimum cost of get-tough bill.

Campaign Cash: Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550
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Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550

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Republican Extremists Eye Fetal Tissue Bill for the Second Straight Legislative Session
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Republican Extremists Eye Fetal Tissue Bill for the Second Straight Legislative Session

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Campaign Cash: Heavy Trucks Cause Most Road Damage
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Heavy Trucks Cause Most Road Damage

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2017 State of the City
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2017 State of the City

As Delivered by Mayor Tom Barrett

Governor Walker Appoints Jay Risch to Serve as Department of Financial Institutions Secretary
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Governor Walker Appoints Jay Risch to Serve as Department of Financial Institutions Secretary

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The State of Politics: Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget
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Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget

Does governor expect them to throw out his bag of goodies?

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Tavern League Favors Drunk Driving Bill

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The Top 10 Stories of 2016

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The State of Politics: Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate
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Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate

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Murphy’s Law: Why State’s MPS Takeover Plan Died
Murphy’s Law

Why State’s MPS Takeover Plan Died

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MPS Sets Sights on Increased State Funding

MPS Sets Sights on Increased State Funding

Buoyed by victory on OSSP takeover law, union and parents call for funding equity.

Wisconsin GOP Plan?  Tax Giveaways For Not Creating Jobs?
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Wisconsin GOP Plan? Tax Giveaways For Not Creating Jobs?

It’s time to stop picking working taxpayers’ pockets for this entitlement for the already entitled.

Support the Blue Day rally to feature President Hamilton, Aldermen Donovan and Borkowski
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Support the Blue Day rally to feature President Hamilton, Aldermen Donovan and Borkowski

“I urge citizens to come out and show their support for our brave officers,” said Alderman Bob Donovan.

Opponents Agree New Education Funding Model Needed

Opponents Agree New Education Funding Model Needed

Union leader, key Republican and DPI all want a student centered approach to state funding.

MPS Teachers Oppose State Partnership Plan

MPS Teachers Oppose State Partnership Plan

They demand specifics; Demond Means denies he will “takeover” failing schools.

Governor Walker Signs Bill to Crack Down on Repeat Drunk Drivers
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Governor Walker Signs Bill to Crack Down on Repeat Drunk Drivers

Legislation signed on the anniversary of the tragic loss of three young lives

Governor Scott Walker Signs Legislation Into Law to Expand Teacher Loan Program
Near West Side Partners Join Gov. Walker As He Signs AB628 into Law
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Near West Side Partners Join Gov. Walker As He Signs AB628 into Law

Legislation will save taxpayer resources, reduce crime and promote economic development

Is the Republican Party of Wisconsin running Judge Michelle Havas and Justice Rebecca Bradley’s campaigns from Madison?
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Is the Republican Party of Wisconsin running Judge Michelle Havas and Justice Rebecca Bradley’s campaigns from Madison?

This highly orchestrated coordination is very new and newsworthy.

Another Abele Election Year Conversion: Won’t Follow MPS Takeover Law
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Another Abele Election Year Conversion: Won’t Follow MPS Takeover Law

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Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law

Acts 154 - 199.

Judge Joe Donald slams Rebecca Bradley’s hyper-partisan campaign tactics
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Judge Joe Donald slams Rebecca Bradley’s hyper-partisan campaign tactics

Asks other candidates to join in new pledge to forgo special interest money & partisan help

The State of Politics: Getting Tough On Drunk Driving
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Getting Tough On Drunk Driving

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Near West Side Partners Testifies in Support of SB528
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Near West Side Partners Testifies in Support of SB528

Legislation will save taxpayer resources, reduce crime and promote economic development

House Confidential: Dr. Sheldon Wasserman’s Lesser Manse
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Dr. Sheldon Wasserman’s Lesser Manse

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The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

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Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law

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The State of Politics: 21% of Gas Tax Will Go to Repay Debt
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21% of Gas Tax Will Go to Repay Debt

Debt level has doubled in a decade, yet legislators approve plan.

Op-Ed: WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency
Op-Ed

WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency

Top brass of jobs agency miss opportunity to apologize and fix problems.

Op-Ed: Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”
Op-Ed

Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”

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Your Right to Know: How Republicans Worked to End Public Records
Your Right to Know

How Republicans Worked to End Public Records

Planning began last September and would have ended open records for all local governments as well.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes

Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative staff changes today.

Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea
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Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea

Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency
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Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency

Governor Scott Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs, Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren, released the following statement

Walker Still Mum On Role Curbing Public Records

Walker Still Mum On Role Curbing Public Records

Legislature's proposal used language previously crafted by Walker administration, but governor and Vos won't discuss governor's involvement. Update of story published on July 3rd.

Your Right to Know: Legislators’ Shocking Attack on Open Government
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Legislators’ Shocking Attack on Open Government

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Sen. Darling: Arena deal may go to separate vote
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Sen. Darling: Arena deal may go to separate vote

The State of Politics: Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal
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Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

Joint Finance Committee needs nine of 16 members to approve it. That could be tough.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program Proposal
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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program Proposal

Providing the best K-12 education system for the community should be a priority for everyone who lives in Milwaukee

Statement from Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver regarding the Kooyenga/Darling proposal
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Statement from Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver regarding the Kooyenga/Darling proposal

Both Bonds and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver expressed skepticism that the so-called "turnaround district" will do anything to improve outcomes for students.

The State of Politics: No Christmas In May For Republicans
The State of Politics

No Christmas In May For Republicans

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The State of Politics: Republicans Target Utility Fighter CUB
The State of Politics

Republicans Target Utility Fighter CUB

Proposal would kill funding for Citizen’s Utility Board, which advocates for consumers.

The State of Politics: Legislators Hope Tax Windfall Rescues Them
The State of Politics

Legislators Hope Tax Windfall Rescues Them

If state tax collections don’t go up -- soon -- lawmakers must swallow Walker’s unappetizing budget cuts.

Charter School Leaders Say Oversight Needed

Charter School Leaders Say Oversight Needed

Republican plan for Milwaukee would allow high-performing charter schools to replicate without any approving authority.

Rep. Barca Responds to GOP Finance Co-Chairs’ Attacks
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Rep. Barca Responds to GOP Finance Co-Chairs’ Attacks

"It almost appears as if Republicans are putting together a Nixon-style enemies list for anyone who dares to disagree with their agenda."

Republican Plan for MPS Attacked

Republican Plan for MPS Attacked

Bonds says plan would be devastating financially and lay off hundreds of staff.

Plats and Parcels: New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns
Plats and Parcels

New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns

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Exploring state lawmakers’ “New Opportunities for Milwaukee”
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Exploring state lawmakers’ “New Opportunities for Milwaukee”

Statement of Alderman Ashanti Hamilton January 30, 2015

Proposal to create inner city opportunities deserves a close look
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Proposal to create inner city opportunities deserves a close look

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 29, 2015

Op-Ed: “Jock Tax” Will Actually Increase Your Taxes
Op-Ed

“Jock Tax” Will Actually Increase Your Taxes

Proposal to fund NBA arena is really a Republican Tax Increase to help billionaire owners pay for the facility.

Under the Influence: Why Wisconsin Has Weak Laws on Drunken Driving
Under the Influence

Why Wisconsin Has Weak Laws on Drunken Driving

Legislators reject tougher penalties, even for repeat offenders. First of a series.

Historical record shows high-performing school was always part of Malcolm X redevelopment plan
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Historical record shows high-performing school was always part of Malcolm X redevelopment plan

Legislators' comments show lack of awareness of facts

Malcolm X to house high-performing school
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Malcolm X to house high-performing school

Legislative leaders misstate facts, ignore MPS efforts to place internationally recognized program in school

Murphy’s Law: Is David Clarke “Sheriff Spends a Lot”?
Murphy’s Law

Is David Clarke “Sheriff Spends a Lot”?

Attack ads blast Clarke. Another targets “dysfunctional” Marina Dimitrijevic. Who’s buying all these nasty ads?

Plenty of Horne: Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board
Plenty of Horne

Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board

Will continue after 3 decades as board chair! Did mayor and governor swap appointments to make this happen?

Murphy’s Law: How Republicans Cause Voter Fraud
Murphy’s Law

How Republicans Cause Voter Fraud

False claims of rampant voter fraud by GOP and talk radio prompt their followers to vote illegally.

Eyes on Milwaukee: State Freezes Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Eyes on Milwaukee

State Freezes Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Worried about the cost, Gov. Walker and WEDC have halted program with big benefits for Milwaukee.

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Despite overwhelming support for bill toughening penalties for felony firearms offenses, Alberta Darling and Republicans give up on it.

Gun Bills Fail, Shots Fly

Gun Bills Fail, Shots Fly

Chief Flynn implores legislature to pass bill targeting illegal gun possession. Will Republicans respond?

Murphy’s Law: Attorneys Rush to Chisholm’s Defense
Murphy’s Law

Attorneys Rush to Chisholm’s Defense

Worried about possible recall, they plan fundraiser for the DA. But will it help him?

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?
Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?

Many of the board's seats are either vacant or held by legally unqualified individuals.

Plenty of Horne: Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz
Plenty of Horne

Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz

Speaking at St. John's on the Lake, she talks about her conversation with Cruz, earmarks and voter ID.

Walker’s Book is Very Revealing

Walker’s Book is Very Revealing

There are fascinating sections, including Walker giving staff a top ten list ridiculing public workers.

Plenty of Horne: Brookfield Square Welcomes County Buses
Plenty of Horne

Brookfield Square Welcomes County Buses

Unlike Southridge and other suburban malls, Brookfield Square actually runs ads to attract bus-riding city residents.

Public deserves open process on Malcolm X sale and sales of other public buildings
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Public deserves open process on Malcolm X sale and sales of other public buildings

Alderman Donovan seeks public process involving RFPs

Murphy’s Law: How Republicans Will Hurt City Real Estate
Murphy’s Law

How Republicans Will Hurt City Real Estate

Reacting to a smelly deal involving one school building, legislators are pushing a badly-flawed bill that worsens the problem.

Op-Ed: Don’t Take Away Our School Buildings
Op-Ed

Don’t Take Away Our School Buildings

Republican bill would force MPS to sell buildings used to expand successful schools like Golda Meir.

Milwaukee residents deserve a Milwaukee hearing on MPS buildings bill
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Milwaukee residents deserve a Milwaukee hearing on MPS buildings bill

Statement of Alderman Ashanti Hamilton October 9, 2013

Schools Want Earlier Start Date

Schools Want Earlier Start Date

MPS and other districts say it would improve student achievement, but tourism industry opposes change.

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Almost every Republican -- and Democratic -- leader is from a small part of the state.

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Republicans join Koch Brothers, opposing actions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Mandatory three-year term for illegal gun possession has support of Flynn and Barrett. But will it pass?

Murphy’s Law: Republican Dog & Pony Show
Murphy’s Law

Republican Dog & Pony Show

Legislators Vos and Darling tour city but offer no solutions. So why did they come?

Alberta Darling Stonewalls on Venture Capital Bill’s Economic Basis
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Alberta Darling Stonewalls on Venture Capital Bill’s Economic Basis

Denies clear and reasonable open records request just ahead of Senate vote, denying public and legislator information needed for informed judgement.

Venture Capital Bill Should Be Delayed Until Evidence of Job Creation Produced
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Venture Capital Bill Should Be Delayed Until Evidence of Job Creation Produced

Under the guise of job creation, the State Senate is poised to pass Venture Capital Legislation (SB 169) on Tuesday. The companion bill (AB 181) has already passed the Assembly.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Opposes Obamacare
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Opposes Obamacare

His opposition to more federal dollars for Medicaid will hurt Wisconsin, but help his campaign for president.

Rep. Taylor statement on voucher petition drive
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Rep. Taylor statement on voucher petition drive

Democratic lawmakers delivered 16,809 petitions to Governor Scott Walker and state budget committee co-chairs.

Plenty of Horne: Transit Outrage
Plenty of Horne

Transit Outrage

Alberta Darling says my way or the highway. Plus: the return of Jerry Kleczka!

Republicans Move to Kill Milwaukee Streetcar

Republicans Move to Kill Milwaukee Streetcar

If the streetcar is killed and federal money for it is lost, it will mean the total amount of federal transit money for Wisconsin rejected by Scott Walker will exceed $1 billion.

Murphy’s Law: Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

Winners and Losers

It was a good election for Scott Walker and conservatives but there were some bright spots for liberals.

Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy
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Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl
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Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik

Dear residents, The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that’s of critical importance to our future. Since 1938, Milwaukee has required all city employees to live within its municipal boundaries. The residency requirement has helped maintain a strong middle class in our neighborhoods, bolstered property values and ensured that municipal employees live […]

Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade
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Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?

The race between Rebecca Bradley and Janet Protasiewicz is hard to call.

County Supervisor Supports New Reform Bill
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County Supervisor Supports New Reform Bill

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander is pleased to announce support for changes made in the drafting process of state legislation aimed at reforming governance in Milwaukee County.

The Money Behind the Mining Bill

The Money Behind the Mining Bill

Is it $15 million in campaign contributions? The tally is inexact, but it's way more than environmentalists donate.

What’s Stopping Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

What’s Stopping Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

The cost of enforcement has been estimated at $200 million annually, but some scoff at this figure.

Community Coalition Announces Support for Legislation to Reform Milwaukee County Governance
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Community Coalition Announces Support for Legislation to Reform Milwaukee County Governance

Reform would protect critical quality of life services, empower citizen legislators and give voters a direct voice in how they wish to be represented.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Sneaking Bill on Same Day Registration?
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Sneaking Bill on Same Day Registration?

Voters would probably oppose it, so GOP needs to pass the legislation very, very quietly.

Murphy’s Law: The Eternal Stadium Tax
Murphy’s Law

The Eternal Stadium Tax

It was originally supposed to end two years ago, but the Miller Park sales tax just goes on and on.

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

The City of Milwaukee is working on state legislation to allow the City to profit from the sale of additional taxi cab permits (to be called medallions) and address the perceived shortage of taxi cabs in the city. Currently under Wisconsin law, permit and license fees can not exceed the cost to issue said permits. This gives the Common Council and Mayor little incentive to raise the cap on the number of permits (currently capped at the seemingly random number of 321 since 1992), despite the fact that the permits are changing hands in the private market for between $80,000 to $150,000.

MPS isn’t Coke or Pepsi, it’s Walmart

MPS isn’t Coke or Pepsi, it’s Walmart

America's suburban landscape has become littered with empty blight inducing big-box stores. As Walmart uses up a market, the company shutters stores and moves on to the next neighborhood, leaving hulking vacant boxes and thousands of empty, litter-filled parking spots in its wake.

Make a Difference, Help the RTA

Make a Difference, Help the RTA

The Regional Transit Authority, a solution to Milwaukee’s transit woes that we’ve advocated before, is coming down to the wire in the halls of the state capitol.  For the plan to move forward it needs to be included in the state budget, and for that to happen it needs to be approved by the Joint […]

Plenty of Horne: Seven Up
Plenty of Horne

Seven Up

Business group holds gala; Website launched

The Roundup: Broadband Quote of the Week
The Roundup

Broadband Quote of the Week

"Well, if I was a consumer I would say, "Why in the hell is the United States No. 13 and heading south in broadband deployment?"

The Roundup: Jim Glynn Dead at 64
The Roundup

Jim Glynn Dead at 64

I had no idea it would be this soon.

The Roundup: Burke Gets Break
The Roundup

Burke Gets Break

The Supreme Court granted a stay Friday, and Burke’s trial is postponed.

The Roundup: ABC and the Gay Governor
The Roundup

ABC and the Gay Governor

The catch, is that McGreevey announced he was gay, while the lover says he, himself, is straight.

The Roundup: Morales V Darling Race Set
The Roundup

Morales V Darling Race Set

Milwaukee School Board member Jennifer Morales has decided to challenge Alberta Darling and her hold on the 8th Senate District Seat.

The Roundup: Art Dealer in Jail
The Roundup

Art Dealer in Jail

Don’t bother calling Kennedy Fine Arts in Northbrook, Illinois. Don’t even try to leave a message, because the voice mailbox is full. Of course, it is easy to see why – James F. Kennedy, the art dealer, has been sitting in the Milwaukee County jail without bail since May 7th, and it looks like he’ll […]

The Roundup: Carpenter to Run For Congress
The Roundup

Carpenter to Run For Congress

Rep. Jerry Kleczka is the son of a machinist. A Carpenter wants to replace him.

The Roundup: Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year
The Roundup

Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year

Two other Mayoral candidates eligible soon

The Roundup: Who’s on Fifth?
The Roundup

Who’s on Fifth?

An $89 billion bank is muscling its way into the Milwaukee market, and you read about it here first.

Murphy’s Law: Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?
Murphy’s Law

Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?

It was the gunfight at the Capitol corral and only men were invited.

Murphy’s Law: Is Mayor Norquist Sleeping on School Choice?
Murphy’s Law

Is Mayor Norquist Sleeping on School Choice?

In the London Times, Mayor John Norquist is prominently quoted in a story on Milwaukee's school choice program.