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Chris Larson

Chris Larson (Dem.), 7th Senate District

Born Milwaukee County, November 12, 1980; married; 1 child. Graduate Thomas More H.S. 1999; degree in finance, UW-Milwaukee 2007. Full-time legislator. Former business manager. Member: Coalition to Save the Hoan Bridge (co-founder); League of Conservation Voters; Airport Area Economic Development Group; Bay View Neighborhood Assn.; Coalition for Advancing Transit (steering com.); Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wis.; Sierra Club; Humboldt Park Watch; South Side Business Club of Milw.; Bay View Historical Soc.; Arbor Day Foundation; Tri-Wisconsin; Badgerland Striders; Young Elected Officials; South Shore Park Watch; Bay View Lions Club; Lake Park Friends; Thomas More Alumni Club; MPTV Friends. Former member: WISPIRG (campus intern). Milwaukee Co. Bd. supervisor 2008-10.

Elected to Senate in 2010. Minority Leader 2013. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Senate Organization; Jt. Com. on Employment Relations; Jt. Com. on Legislative Organization. 2011 — Jt. Com. on Review of Admin. Rules (co-chp., eff. 7/24/12); Education; Education and Corrections; Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism; Insurance and Housing; Natural Resources and Environment; Jt. Com. on Audit (eff. 7/24/12); Jt. Com. on Finance (eff. 7/24/12); Jt. Com. on Information Policy and Technology; Gov.’s Comn. on Waste, Fraud and Abuse; Spec. Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-7505; (800) 361-5487 (toll free).
E-mail: Sen.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: 3261 South Herman Street, Milwaukee 53207.
Mailing address: Office: Room 206 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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Murphy’s Law: 19 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

19 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the candidates, behind the scenes. who won, who lost?

Darrol Gibson Announces Impressive Slate of Endorsements Including Congresswoman Gwen Moore
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Darrol Gibson Announces Impressive Slate of Endorsements Including Congresswoman Gwen Moore

Darrol is the only candidate running for a seat in the Wisconsin State Legislature this fall to receive a primary endorsement from Congresswoman Moore.

State Senator Chris Larson Endorses David Crowley for State Assembly
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State Senator Chris Larson Endorses David Crowley for State Assembly

“He'll be a champion for reforming our broken criminal justice system, expanding affordable health care, and restoring funding to our public schools," said Senator Chris Larson.

Bar Exam: Pourman’s Used To Be Sausage Factory
Bar Exam

Pourman’s Used To Be Sausage Factory

Yet it's been a tavern for more than a century. This is truly old Milwaukee.

Plenty of Horne: The John Chisholm Road Show
Plenty of Horne

The John Chisholm Road Show

He discusses his handling of crime, staff turnover and that "partisan witch hunt."

UWM Alumni Assocation to Honor More Than 20 Indivduals, Businesses
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UWM Alumni Assocation to Honor More Than 20 Indivduals, Businesses

The 22 individual recipients and one corporate partner were chosen for awards based on their outstanding professional achievements, civic involvement and partnerships with the university.

State Senator Chris Larson Endorsees Marisabel Cabrera for State Assembly
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State Senator Chris Larson Endorsees Marisabel Cabrera for State Assembly

Larson believes in standing up for communities, public education

The State of Politics: Lawmakers Battle Over High Capacity Wells
The State of Politics

Lawmakers Battle Over High Capacity Wells

Are they drawing down streams and lakes? Republican and Democratic lawmakers disagree.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Women and Families
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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Women and Families

“The Supreme Court has powerfully reaffirmed a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions about her health, family, and future, no matter her zip code.”

Statement on Milwaukee Residency Requirement Ruling
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Statement on Milwaukee Residency Requirement Ruling

“Decisions regarding residency requirements should be left to local communities to make.”

Thanks Congresswoman Moore for her Leadership
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Thanks Congresswoman Moore for her Leadership

“I applaud Congresswoman Moore and others who are willing to do whatever it takes to end the epidemic of gun violence in America.”

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Attendees demand accountability, action, in wake of Lincoln Hills scandal.

It’s Time to Take Action to Prevent Senseless Acts of Violence
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It’s Time to Take Action to Prevent Senseless Acts of Violence

"We must stand up to the gun lobby that refuses to change and we must reject excuses from politicians who refuse to make an effort to prevent future tragedies."

Gun Violence Rally Calls for Change

Gun Violence Rally Calls for Change

Politicians, citizens decry problem in Milwaukee, which saw spike in gun violence last year.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day
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National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Turning Wisconsin Orange to Help End Gun Violence

Statement on Milwaukee Bucks Labor Agreement
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Statement on Milwaukee Bucks Labor Agreement

“Permanent, living wage jobs to our neighbors who need them the most and the ability to unionize freely without interference or intimidation were paramount in getting support for the Bucks arena deal.”

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Wisconsin Loses Under GOP Failed Leadership
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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Wisconsin Loses Under GOP Failed Leadership

“With a losing streak this bad, it is clear our state needs a new playbook.”

Statement from Senator Larson on “Right to Work” Court Ruling
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Statement from Senator Larson on “Right to Work” Court Ruling

"Today is a huge victory for Wisconsin workers."

Plenty of Horne: Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!
Plenty of Horne

Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!

Chris Matthews and company are broadcasting to the world from Lakefront Brewery.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win the Elections?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Win the Elections?

The turnout will be massive. And could result in upsets.

Chris Larson to Honor Federal Consent Decree Upon Taking Office
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Chris Larson to Honor Federal Consent Decree Upon Taking Office

More than 140 current County employees are affected by the 1980 Johnnie Jones Federal Consent Decree.

“Chris Abele seeks to divide the black community”
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“Chris Abele seeks to divide the black community”

Chris Abele’s new campaign strategy is to drive a wedge in the black community in order to score a win on April 5th.

Abele Admits to Secret Ongoing Land Sale Negotiations
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Abele Admits to Secret Ongoing Land Sale Negotiations

Senator Larson calls on Abele to come clean about all land sales, saying public has right to know

Larson Announces First Appointment as Milwaukee County Executive
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Larson Announces First Appointment as Milwaukee County Executive

Says he will appoint Jonette Arms Director of Department on Aging

Chris vs. Chris: What My Opponent is Most Wrong About
Chris vs. Chris

What My Opponent is Most Wrong About

Parting shots and closing arguments in the race for county executive.

Young Ex-Con Champions Criminal Justice Reform

Young Ex-Con Champions Criminal Justice Reform

Leader of UWM student group, Community Uprise, advocates for felons convicted of nonviolent offenses.

Senator Larson calls on Chris Abele to Pull TV Ad
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Senator Larson calls on Chris Abele to Pull TV Ad

Urges media to stop airing unethical and false attack

Murphy’s Law: Chris Abele Is In Deep Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Chris Abele Is In Deep Trouble

A year ago he was a shoo-in for reelection. Now he's in the fight of his life.

State Senator Chris Larson Issues Statement on Last Week’s Exchange with Senator Taylor
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State Senator Chris Larson Issues Statement on Last Week’s Exchange with Senator Taylor

"Last Tuesday, as I was approaching the Senate chambers in the Capitol, I ran into Senator Taylor. She began yelling at me, which was followed by some heated words from both sides."

Chris vs. Chris: Who Works Better with Other Governments?
Chris vs. Chris

Who Works Better with Other Governments?

Including the city and other local governments? The responses are revealing.

Resolving Estabrook Dam Issue Requires Leadership
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Resolving Estabrook Dam Issue Requires Leadership

"The lack of leadership from the county executive and his inability to work with local officials in a constructive manner has caused needless confusion about the future of the Estabrook Dam and a lack of action."

UWM Hosts Milwaukee County Execuitve Candidate Debate
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UWM Hosts Milwaukee County Execuitve Candidate Debate

Candidates in the hotly contested Milwaukee County Executive race meet only days before the April 5 election in one of their final debates.

Senator Larson Asks: Who Pays to Clean Up Abele’s Mess?
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Senator Larson Asks: Who Pays to Clean Up Abele’s Mess?

“Despite the pageantry, there are problems.”

Abele’s Living Wage Veto: Still Wrong After Two Years
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Abele’s Living Wage Veto: Still Wrong After Two Years

Abele vetoed the Living Wage Ordinance, condemned it with misinformation, and went so far as to go to Madison to try and get Republicans to step in and subvert local control again.

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

The law explicitly requires the commissioner to target a public school for transfer into the separate district and then initiate a request-for-proposal to determine who should run the school.

Chris Vs Chris: How to Handle Mentally Ill and Homeless
Chris Vs Chris

How to Handle Mentally Ill and Homeless

Surprise, the candidates for count exec disagree on both issues.

Senator Larson Demands County Executive Abele Pull False and Misleading TV Attack Ad
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Senator Larson Demands County Executive Abele Pull False and Misleading TV Attack Ad

Calls for Abele to Apologize to Community Leader and Milwaukee County Voters

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Department of Justice listening sessions here suggest Milwaukee has problems.

Chris vs. Chris: Who’s Best on Budget and Taxes?
Chris vs. Chris

Who’s Best on Budget and Taxes?

Did Abele clean up mess left by Larson? Or did he use budget tricks, as Larson contends?

State Senator Chris Larson Contrasts Abele’s Domes “Steering Committee” with Rush to Build the New Bucks Arena
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State Senator Chris Larson Contrasts Abele’s Domes “Steering Committee” with Rush to Build the New Bucks Arena

“Abele was happy to have County taxpayers pick up the $80 million tab for a couple of billionaires, but he doesn’t want to spend any public money on our Domes...”

State Senator Chris Larson Blasts Abele for Flawed Bucks Deal
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State Senator Chris Larson Blasts Abele for Flawed Bucks Deal

“To be clear, before he walked in the room, County taxpayers were on the hook for zero extra dollars."

Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs Endorse Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive
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Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs Endorse Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive

"I’m proud to accept their endorsement."

Domes Are An International Star

Domes Are An International Star

They are a tourist and architectural attraction. Yet there’s talk of tearing them down.

Wisconsin Working Families Party Continues Political Revolution With New Endorsements
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Wisconsin Working Families Party Continues Political Revolution With New Endorsements

After propelling State Sen. Chris Larson to a surprise win against County Exec. Abele, Wisconsin WFP works to establish progressive voting bloc in Milwaukee

Chris vs Chris: We Love the Parks
Chris vs Chris

We Love the Parks

Both candidates say they love county parks. Which has best approach to maintain them?

Eyes On Milwaukee: Is Free Pass Bleeding County Transit?
Eyes On Milwaukee

Is Free Pass Bleeding County Transit?

Controversial free GO Pass for seniors and disabled costs millions, awaits new report.

State Senator Chris Larson Proposes Property Tax Cuts for Milwaukee County Homeowners
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State Senator Chris Larson Proposes Property Tax Cuts for Milwaukee County Homeowners

Calls for shifting tax burden to protect parks, cultural assets, improve transit, and public safety.

The State of Politics: Can Larson Beat Abele?
The State of Politics

Can Larson Beat Abele?

Democratic insiders handicap the race, which may come down to turnout.

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Domes

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Domes

Larson says it must be saved; reconstruction cost estimated at $60-$71 million.

State Senator Chris Larson Calls for Action to Preserve Mitchell Park Domes for Future Generations
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State Senator Chris Larson Calls for Action to Preserve Mitchell Park Domes for Future Generations

“If elected leaders can afford to spend millions on an arena for out-of-state billionaires, we can afford to preserve and protect cultural institutions important to our community.”

Plenty of Horne: Moore Backs Barrett, Brostoff Slams Abele
Plenty of Horne

Moore Backs Barrett, Brostoff Slams Abele

And One Wisconsin Now celebrates 10 years of bashing Republicans.

Chris vs Chris: County Exec Candidates Debate Transit
Chris vs Chris

County Exec Candidates Debate Transit

Is the county bus system on the upswing or declining?

Plenty of Horne: Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski
Plenty of Horne

Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski

Should challenger win, would be only military veteran on Common Council.

State Senator Chris Larson Draws Sharp Contrasts with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in Public Policy Forum Debate
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State Senator Chris Larson Draws Sharp Contrasts with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in Public Policy Forum Debate

The two candidates sparred over issues such as the County's structural deficit, mass transit funding, the future of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, County infrastructure, stewardship of County-owned parks, as well as the Sheriff's budget.

Plenty of Horne: Lipscomb Runs Larson’s Celebration
Plenty of Horne

Lipscomb Runs Larson’s Celebration

Chris Larson wasn't there for victory celebration, so county board chair takes charge.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 9 Election Takeaways
Eyes on Milwaukee

9 Election Takeaways

Tom Barrett might be in trouble, Chris Abele definitely is. So is Puente.

Wisconsin WFP’s Marina Dimitrijevic Statement on Tonight’s Election Results
Larson Wins Big in Milwaukee County Executive Primary
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Larson Wins Big in Milwaukee County Executive Primary

“Our incredible showing in the primary is a clear statement from the voters that they are ready for new leadership in Milwaukee County government.”

Where Are Tonight’s Candidate Parties?

Where Are Tonight’s Candidate Parties?

Win or lose, today's primary candidates will be partying. But where? Here's the details.

The Other Candidate for County Executive

The Other Candidate for County Executive

Joe Klein believes citizens should have access to government records on a 24/7 basis.

Politifact Publishes Partisan Hit Piece Against Chris Larson
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Politifact Publishes Partisan Hit Piece Against Chris Larson

Larson is factually correct that Abele has vetoed this funding in the past and has generally opposed it.

Deferred Maintenance Threatens Future of Mitchell Park Domes
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Deferred Maintenance Threatens Future of Mitchell Park Domes

“I call on Chris Abele and regional leaders to join me in committing to do whatever it takes to keep our Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee for the next generation.”

Representatives Stuck and Brostoff Introduce Legislation to Prevent Privatization of Wisconsin’s Water Utilities
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Representatives Stuck and Brostoff Introduce Legislation to Prevent Privatization of Wisconsin’s Water Utilities

Representatives Stuck and Brostoff are introducing LRB 4602/1 along with Senator Chris Larson in order to keep Wisconsin’s drinking water under local control .

Top campaign aide to Chris Larson resigns amid criminal probe
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Top campaign aide to Chris Larson resigns amid criminal probe

Statement by Josh Kilroy, Chris Larson’s Campaign Manager
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Statement by Josh Kilroy, Chris Larson’s Campaign Manager

“We are shocked and saddened by this development. Our fervent hope is for justice and healing for all involved,” said Josh Kilroy.

Murphy’s Law: Will Bill Privatize Water Utilities?
Murphy’s Law

Will Bill Privatize Water Utilities?

Proposed law opens door to companies like Aqua America running local water utilities.

New Poll Shows County Executive Race Close
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New Poll Shows County Executive Race Close

Poll Shows Abele Highly Unpopular, Larson within Striking Distance

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive
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Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has 12,812 members in Milwaukee County.

Quotations from the campaign trail
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Quotations from the campaign trail

1/17/16 - 1/24/16

Chris Abele Sends Campaign Dollars Out-Of-State
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Chris Abele Sends Campaign Dollars Out-Of-State

According to his campaign finance reports, Abele paid a Chicago-based direct mail firm, The Strategy Group, almost $300,000.

House Confidential: Ald. Kovac’s “Adult” Home Is Very Modest
House Confidential

Ald. Kovac’s “Adult” Home Is Very Modest

The 1893 Riverwest home has just 1.5 stories and one bathroom with 10% ventilation.

Civil Service Protections Need to be Restored
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Civil Service Protections Need to be Restored

The weakening of civil service protections can lead to cronyism and corruption.

Chris Larson Congratulates Deputy Graduating Class of 2016

Contribution to Ashanti Hamilton of $10

Chris Larson Congratulates Deputy Graduating Class of 2016
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Chris Larson Congratulates Deputy Graduating Class of 2016

“Under Abele, we continue to fall short of our public safety goals.”

As Concerns Over Homelessness in Milwaukee Increase, Chris Larson Addresses County Executive Abele’s Insufficient Emergency Shelter Funding
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As Concerns Over Homelessness in Milwaukee Increase, Chris Larson Addresses County Executive Abele’s Insufficient Emergency Shelter Funding

“County Executive Abele has actually lectured homeless shelters on searching for other sources of funding while simultaneously requesting $100,000 taxpayer money to fund his private armed bodyguards.”

Wisconsin Working Families Party Endorses Larson for Milwaukee County Exec, Progressive Board & Council Slate
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Wisconsin Working Families Party Endorses Larson for Milwaukee County Exec, Progressive Board & Council Slate

New progressive coalition releases first wave of Milwaukee county endorsements, pledges to aggressively support slate in run-up to Election Day

Chris Larson’s Statement on Corporate Interest Loophole in New Campaign Finance Law
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Chris Larson’s Statement on Corporate Interest Loophole in New Campaign Finance Law

"Wisconsin should follow our long tradition of open, transparent government. The latest changing of the rules by Republicans currently in power shuts the public out of what their government is up to and why."

Grassroots North Shore Endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee Country Executive
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Grassroots North Shore Endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee Country Executive

Chris has been a proven fighter for progressive causes and has shown the ability to promote ideas that are beneficial to our economy, especially raising the minimum wage.

Chris Larson Submits Maximum Amount of Signatures for Milwaukee County Executive Race
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Chris Larson Submits Maximum Amount of Signatures for Milwaukee County Executive Race

“Our grassroots movement is taking on incredible momentum.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ten Predictions for 2016
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ten Predictions for 2016

A new downtown strip club, less crime, more Sheriff Clarke. It's all coming… we think.

Chris Abele’s requests for legislators’ email lists spark criticism

Contribution to Milele A. Coggs of $10

Chris Abele’s requests for legislators’ email lists spark criticism
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Chris Abele’s requests for legislators’ email lists spark criticism

Taylor Proposes Reforming County Redistricting

Taylor Proposes Reforming County Redistricting

Aim is to "take politics out of it" and restore confidence in county board.

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Drunk Driving Prevention Act
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Drunk Driving Prevention Act

This proposed legislation would require ignition interlock devices for all first-time OWI offenders.

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Governor Walker’s Attempt to Reject Syrian Refugees
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Governor Walker’s Attempt to Reject Syrian Refugees

“I am proud to stand with President Obama in welcoming refugees fleeing a vicious civil war.”

Data Wonk: How Liberals Imitate Right Wing
Data Wonk

How Liberals Imitate Right Wing

Their stance on Abele and charter schools is just as close-minded as right wingers.

Abele vs. Clarke, Once Again

Abele vs. Clarke, Once Again

Abele cuts sheriff's budget and blasts him as rascist; Clarke and Weishan beat up on Abele.

Chris Abele is spending early and often in re-election bid
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Chris Abele is spending early and often in re-election bid

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Ensuring Wisconsin Workers Receive Fair Wages
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Ensuring Wisconsin Workers Receive Fair Wages

“Under Walker’s Wisconsin we are seeing stagnant wages, a shrinking middle class, and businesses fleeing our state.”

GOP Leaders Open the Floodgates for Corruption, Collusion, and Corporate Cash
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GOP Leaders Open the Floodgates for Corruption, Collusion, and Corporate Cash

“It is unconscionable that Republicans would want to further suppress the voice of Wisconsinites by allowing the wealthiest 1% and special interest influences to poison our political system.”

Murphy’s Law: Abele Faces Attack on Free Bus Rides
Murphy’s Law

Abele Faces Attack on Free Bus Rides

Though his challenger for county exec, Chris Larson, is undecided on issue, it could still impact the race.

Plenty of Horne: Conservation Voters Convene
Plenty of Horne

Conservation Voters Convene

Former congressmen Obey and Petri make a League of Conservation Voters fundraiser a stop on their bipartisan road trip.

A Democracy with out Debate is a Farce
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A Democracy with out Debate is a Farce

I am dedicated to the dream of transforming our society into a just society, where social and civil rights are upheld for all citizens, including the powerless.

Plenty of Horne: Will Public Market Expand?
Plenty of Horne

Will Public Market Expand?

The fish market wants to expand outdoor cafe. And Chevy Johnson kicks off campaign for alderman.

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the MPS Takeover Information Released by DPI
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the MPS Takeover Information Released by DPI

“One thing is clear after yesterday’s update, the misguided architects of this power grab have failed at their own game.”

Wisconsin Only State Not to Release Actual 2016 Health Insurance Rates
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Wisconsin Only State Not to Release Actual 2016 Health Insurance Rates

For the 3rd year in a row, Citizen Action calls on the Walker Administration to stop hiding Healthcare.gov insurance rates from consumers.

Murphy’s Law: Chris Larson’s War Against Abele
Murphy’s Law

Chris Larson’s War Against Abele

State senator running for county executive blasts Abele with personal attacks, will divide Democrats.

Statement from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
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Statement from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

Statement from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on State Sentator Larson’s announcement of candidacy for County Executive.

Wisconsinites Aren’t Fooled by Walker
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Wisconsinites Aren’t Fooled by Walker

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Public Hearing to Gut Civil Service Protections

Wisconsin Loses Relentless Advocate for Wisconsin’s Middle Class
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Wisconsin Loses Relentless Advocate for Wisconsin’s Middle Class

The following is a statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the tragic loss of Marty Beil.

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Caterpillar Announcement to Cut Jobs
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Caterpillar Announcement to Cut Jobs

“Walker’s Wisconsin already has the fastest shrinking middle class in the U.S., is last in the nation for new business startups, and lags in job creation.”

Sen. Chris Larson considering a challenge to Chris Abele
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Sen. Chris Larson considering a challenge to Chris Abele

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education Address
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education Address

"The most-recent voucher school to close its doors did so just nine days into the school year"

Legislators Introduce Bill to Challenge Excessive Health Insurance Rates
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Legislators Introduce Bill to Challenge Excessive Health Insurance Rates

Walker Administration’s Insurance Commissioner has refused to police health insurance rate increases. Legislation would require state action to protect consumers.

Marina Dimitrijevic to lead new Wisconsin Working Families Party
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Marina Dimitrijevic to lead new Wisconsin Working Families Party

Senate Approves Bucks Arena Deal
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Senate Approves Bucks Arena Deal

Statement from Senator Chris Larson On Passage of Arena Deal For Milwaukee

Democrats push for changes on Bucks arena deal
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Democrats push for changes on Bucks arena deal

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

Arena talks heat up in state Senate; decision will be made on whether to vote Wednesday
Republicans betray Wisconsinites by passing a state budget that fails to invest in our traditional, shared values
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Republicans betray Wisconsinites by passing a state budget that fails to invest in our traditional, shared values

Statement from Senator Larson on Passage of Republican’s Backwards Budget

Statement from Senator Larson on Budget Secrecy
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Statement from Senator Larson on Budget Secrecy

Republicans attempt to outrun public scrutiny

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support

But which Democrats are likely to back it?

Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the Assembly Republicans’ Arena Proposal
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Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the Assembly Republicans’ Arena Proposal

“Democrats remain willing to work with Republicans on the arena deal, however, it is disappointing that our continuous calls for inclusion have been ignored.”

Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on Affirmation of Marriage Equality For All
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Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on Affirmation of Marriage Equality For All

“Today, love wins once again nationwide for all Americans. ”

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

Republicans put ideology before the lives of women yet again
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Republicans put ideology before the lives of women yet again

Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP’s Abortion Ban

Republicans Continue Pattern of Underfunding, Undermining, and Devaluing Our Children’s Education
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Republicans Continue Pattern of Underfunding, Undermining, and Devaluing Our Children’s Education

Sen. Harris Dodd and Sen. Larson Statement on Joint Finance Action on K12 Education

Plenty of Horne: Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?
Plenty of Horne

Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?

Third Ward review board defers decision on Historic Designation. And Milwaukee now has a Croatian sister city.

Republicans attempted power grab crumbles under a poorly built foundation
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Republicans attempted power grab crumbles under a poorly built foundation

Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP’s Failed Attempt to Repeal Prevailing Wage in Wisconsin

Republicans need to look past ideology and work with Democrats to fix Wisconsin’s budget crisis
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Republicans need to look past ideology and work with Democrats to fix Wisconsin’s budget crisis

Statement from Sen. Larson on No New Revenue for State Budget

Plenty of Horne: De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee
Plenty of Horne

De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee

New York's mayor and crew of handlers and security came for his speech to state Democrats. Later he partied with local pols and local brews at Nick's House.

Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP Repealing 48-hour Cooling-off Period for Gun Purchases
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Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP Repealing 48-hour Cooling-off Period for Gun Purchases

Republicans choose to ignore public safety need, side with special interest groups

Military Spending Not BadgerCare Real Threat  to Wisconsin Budget
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Military Spending Not BadgerCare Real Threat to Wisconsin Budget

Over 25% of Walker’s budget proposal comes from the federal government.

Plenty of Horne: Are Abrahamson’s Days as Chief Justice Numbered?
Plenty of Horne

Are Abrahamson’s Days as Chief Justice Numbered?

Constitutional amendment on April referendum would result in her being replaced as chief justice. Even if it fails, her salary will be reduced.

Plenty of Horne: Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar

His claim on streetcar turns out to be false. Meanwhile, new city assessor appointed with little fanfare.

Walker Budget Targets Downer Woods

Walker Budget Targets Downer Woods

Provisions buried in budget bill eliminate protected status of conserved forest, the sole natural area on UWM campus.

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job

Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.

Refugees Lobbying For Increased College Aid

Refugees Lobbying For Increased College Aid

Immigrants from Southeast Asia and Africa will push legislature to increase college aid program for minorities.

Plenty of Horne: Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party

Politicians, PR people and other notables schmoozed away. The best rumor was that Chief Flynn might be retiring.

Rep. Barca Welcomes New Members to Legislature
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Rep. Barca Welcomes New Members to Legislature

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) welcomed seven new Democratic representatives to the Wisconsin State Legislatur

Data Wonk: Do Democrats Have a Future?
Data Wonk

Do Democrats Have a Future?

They need to get 55 percent of the vote to get back the legislature. Will any strategy work?

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
Brostoff Supports Minimum Wage Increase
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Brostoff Supports Minimum Wage Increase

Candidate for State Assembly Calls for $15 per Hour Living Wage in Wisconsin

Brostoff Denounces Appeals Court’s Voter ID Ruling
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Brostoff Denounces Appeals Court’s Voter ID Ruling

Candidate for State Assembly Calls for Open and Fair Voting Laws in Wisconsin

ID… Not Just for Beer Anymore
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ID… Not Just for Beer Anymore

Chris Larson calls voter ID restrictive.

Milwaukee Small Group Insurance Cost Over 33% Higher Than Minneapolis
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Milwaukee Small Group Insurance Cost Over 33% Higher Than Minneapolis

Report finds Wisconsin small businesses paying more for health coverage than Minnesota on average because of failure to use available tools.

Brostoff Applauds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Urges Continued Efforts on LGBT Issues
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Brostoff Applauds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Urges Continued Efforts on LGBT Issues

Jonathan Brostoff candidate for State Assembly in District 19, released the following statement.

On Labor Day, Brostoff Urges Continued Fight for Future of Wisconsin’s Workers
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On Labor Day, Brostoff Urges Continued Fight for Future of Wisconsin’s Workers

Brostoff honors labor achievements and calls for the protection of workers’ rights

Eyes on Milwaukee: MIAD Opens New Residence Hall, Celebrates 40 Years
Eyes on Milwaukee

MIAD Opens New Residence Hall, Celebrates 40 Years

Half-birthday bash, half-ribbon cutting, the ceremony unveiled MIAD's new six-story, Third Ward building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.

The State of Politics: Low-Turnout Election Had Big Results
The State of Politics

Low-Turnout Election Had Big Results

For first time, voters could elect two female candidates to top state-wide offices.

With Grassroots Win for State Assembly, Brostoff Thanks District for Support
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With Grassroots Win for State Assembly, Brostoff Thanks District for Support

As Democratic nominee for District 19, Brostoff stresses unity, positive dialogue

Murphy’s Law: Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General
Murphy’s Law

Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General

Jon Richards is the favorite. But is he the best choice?

As Out-of-District PAC Money Floods Into Race, Brostoff Proud of Strong Grassroots Campaign
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As Out-of-District PAC Money Floods Into Race, Brostoff Proud of Strong Grassroots Campaign

Brostoff emphasizes local support and calls on other candidates to keep race positive

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?

New Endorsements from Organized Labor and Social Work Professionals Show Growing Momentum for Brostoff in Assembly Race
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New Endorsements from Organized Labor and Social Work Professionals Show Growing Momentum for Brostoff in Assembly Race

Brostoff’s work in state capitol and Milwaukee will make him a champion for improved workers’ rights and social services, say AFSCME Local 82 and NASW-WI

Murphy’s Law: The Sheer Ambition of Marina Dimitrijevic
Murphy’s Law

The Sheer Ambition of Marina Dimitrijevic

She’s running for assembly but wanted to continue as county supervisor and collect two full-time salaries.

Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd Says Brostoff is Right Candidate for District 19
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Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd Says Brostoff is Right Candidate for District 19

As race nears final stretch, Harris Dodd expresses support for Brostoff’s work ethic and progressive values

Jonathan Brostoff Committed to Being a Full-Time Representative
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Jonathan Brostoff Committed to Being a Full-Time Representative

Community needs are not part-time; district deserves problem-solver completely dedicated to district, says Brostoff

State Representative Mandela Barnes Endorses Jonathan Brostoff
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State Representative Mandela Barnes Endorses Jonathan Brostoff

Brostoff campaign continues to earn support from Milwaukee’s state delegation

Jonathan Brostoff Earns Endorsement of Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch
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Jonathan Brostoff Earns Endorsement of Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch

Endorsement for State Assembly reflects astounding community support for Brostoff as race nears final stretch

Momentum Builds for Brostoff as Campaign Demonstrates Strong Fundraising Performance
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Momentum Builds for Brostoff as Campaign Demonstrates Strong Fundraising Performance

End of finance reporting period shows wide community support for Brostoff

Brostoff Discusses Vision for New, Effective Leadership with WisconsinEye
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Brostoff Discusses Vision for New, Effective Leadership with WisconsinEye

Extended interview sheds light on Brostoff’s stances on green jobs, public education

Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

Join State Senator Chris Larson and Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac for a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 13

Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

Join State Senator Chris Larson and Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac for a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at the Riverside University High School Auditorium, 1615 E. Locust Street, from 5pm to 6:30pm

Brostoff declared winner of first debate for Assembly District 19
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Brostoff declared winner of first debate for Assembly District 19

Jonathan Brostoff last week won the straw poll at the first debate between candidates for Assembly District 19.

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

Join us for a town hall meeting sponsored by Senator Chris Larson, Senator Nikiya Harris, Representative Leon Young, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6) at theGordon Park Pavilion (SE corner of E. Locust and N. Humboldt) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hear how legislation that passed during session this year will affect the community, and share your thoughts with your representatives.

More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens
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More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens

By Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca

County Supervisor is a full time job; Vote NO on the referendum
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County Supervisor is a full time job; Vote NO on the referendum

Tomorrow, April 1, spring elections will take place, and the results will have long-standing effects on our community.

Plenty of Horne: Get Your Vote On
Plenty of Horne

Get Your Vote On

Early voting already underway for spring election, and memorials planned for Debra Usinger and Donna Schlieman.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

Plenty of Horne: The Transit Agenda
Plenty of Horne

The Transit Agenda

Supporters headed to the State Capitol for "Public Transportation Day," meeting with legislators, promoting their agenda, and handing out awards.

WEDC Data Shows Partisan Correlation to Job Creation
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WEDC Data Shows Partisan Correlation to Job Creation

Report finds WEDC job creation/retention figures much higher in Republican districts, large geographic variation

House Confidential: Chris Larson’s Simple Colonial Home
House Confidential

Chris Larson’s Simple Colonial Home

The state senator has less than 1,000 square feet of space to call home. But he does have good bus service.

Plenty of Horne: Goodbye Faye McBeath Foundation
Plenty of Horne

Goodbye Faye McBeath Foundation

The foundation created by a Milwaukee Journal heir gave untold millions to local causes since 1960s, but will spend its final assets this year.

Murphy’s Law: Telephone Company Rip-Off
Murphy’s Law

Telephone Company Rip-Off

Now that the telecom industry is deregulated, AT&T can gouge customers with late fees.

Jonathan Brostoff announces candidacy for Wisconsin State Assembly
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Jonathan Brostoff announces candidacy for Wisconsin State Assembly

New Leadership for a New Milwaukee

Plenty of Horne: Larson Aide May Run for Richards Seat
Plenty of Horne

Larson Aide May Run for Richards Seat

Plus: problems for the Bucks' Larry Sanders and redevelopment at Reed Street Yards.

City People: Jonathan Brostoff
City People

Jonathan Brostoff

An aide to state Sen. Larson, he discovered politics -- and love -- while a student at UWM.

Plenty of Horne: 5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat
Plenty of Horne

5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat

Four Republicans and one Democrat seek to win this heavily Republican suburban district.

Plenty of Horne: Mary Nohl vs. NIMBY
Plenty of Horne

Mary Nohl vs. NIMBY

Proposal to open artist Mary Nohl's home to the public leaves Fox Point residents crying "not in my back yard!"

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

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

Seven Issues That Could Decide 2014 Election

Seven Issues That Could Decide 2014 Election

Wisconsin's choice for governor will depend on where voters stand on these issues.

Plenty of Horne: World’s Straightest Parade?
Plenty of Horne

World’s Straightest Parade?

No parade has a straighter route, or a gayer crowd, than the annual Pride Parade, coming Sunday.

Plenty of Horne: Transit Outrage
Plenty of Horne

Transit Outrage

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

Plenty of Horne: Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights
Plenty of Horne

Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights

Gay activist Daniel Choi comes to Milwaukee three days before his trial for protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

Democrats continue to underestimate Walker, even as he radically transforms the state.

JOBS NOW!
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JOBS NOW!

Democrats debut jobs package as exciting first step this session toward rebuilding Wisconsin’s middle class

Murphy’s Law: Rep. Sanfelippo Says Full-Speed Ahead
Murphy’s Law

Rep. Sanfelippo Says Full-Speed Ahead

His bill to downsize county government will be introduced next week and he predicts it will pass.

Democratic legislative leaders to deliver official response to Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address
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Democratic legislative leaders to deliver official response to Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address

Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) will deliver the official response to Gov. Walker's State of the State Address tomorrow night following the governor's speech.

Event Invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Event Invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

Alderman Nik Kovac, along with State Senator Chris Larson and State Representative Jon Richards, invites residents to a Community Town Hall meeting:

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of Chris Larson
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of Chris Larson

Is he a young liberal heavyweight? Or a punching bag for Republicans?

Ribbon cutting Saturday for Garden District Farmers Market
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Ribbon cutting Saturday for Garden District Farmers Market

The grand opening of the farmers market sponsored by the Garden District Neighborhood Association will take place on Saturday, July 7 at S. 6th and W. Norwich (near Howard Ave.).

Dimitrijevic, Buresh duke it out in 4th Supervisory District

Dimitrijevic, Buresh duke it out in 4th Supervisory District

Newcomer Bill Buresh vs. Sup. Marina Dimitrijevic. “He’s a fake Democrat,” she says. She’s in the “pocket of some special interest groups,” Buresh responds.

Steven Kraeger, Jason Haas seek vacant County Board seat
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Steven Kraeger, Jason Haas seek vacant County Board seat

Kraeger, Haas advance to general election in Milwaukee County Board’s 14th District
Doyle’s Decision Could Send Ripples Through Milwaukee’s Political Landscape

Doyle’s Decision Could Send Ripples Through Milwaukee’s Political Landscape

Governor Doyle's announcement that he will not be seeking a third term could send ripples through Milwaukee's political landscape. The most commonly mentioned named Democratic Party members that may run for Governor include, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

“Today I’m a little disappointed in my alma mater”

“Today I’m a little disappointed in my alma mater”

"Today I'm a little disappointed in my alma mater," said Supervisor Lipscomb at the Thursday, May 21st Milwaukee County Board Meeting.

County Board Votes for Task Force Recommendations

County Board Votes for Task Force Recommendations

The proposed Regional Transit Authority recommendations were on the agenda after being delayed at a previous meeting of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.  At the previous meeting a task force was created and charged with putting together a positive message from the county supporting regional transportation. Supervisor Pat Jursik explained that despite the task […]

Walker Administration Defends Vote Against RTA

Walker Administration Defends Vote Against RTA

The Milwaukee County Board Task Force on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority Recommendations, chaired by Supervisor Patricia Jursik, met for the first time on Monday December 29th, 2008. Other members of the task force present at the meeting included Supervisor Chris Larson, Supervisor John Thomas (who arrived late), Thomas Kujawa (formerly of MCTS), and Lloyd Grant (attending on behalf of Ms. Anita Gulotta-Connelly). The goal of the task force is to present recommendations to the Transportation Committee, which will then be presented to the full Milwaukee County Board on February 5th, 2009.

Board of Supervisors Lay Over RTA Resolution

Board of Supervisors Lay Over RTA Resolution

This meeting of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors featured the much debated resolution regarding the proposed Regional Transit Authority.

Milwaukee County Committee Fails to Reconsider RTA Vote

Milwaukee County Committee Fails to Reconsider RTA Vote

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting of the Committee on Transportation, Public Works and Transit to further discuss the proposed RTA. Supervisors Larson and Jursik hoped to put forward a positive response to the proposed RTA in place of the committee's overtly negative response that came out of the last committee meeting.

RTA Meets the Milwaukee County Board – Meeting Recap

RTA Meets the Milwaukee County Board – Meeting Recap

The Milwaukee County Board's Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee, chaired by Supervisor Michael Mayo, held a meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the recommendations approved by the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority. Julia Taylor, the Governor's Appointee on the RTA, was on hand to answer questions along with Carl Mueller, the RTA's PR consultant, and Ken Yunker, who has worked closely with the RTA in his role at SEWRPC.

Candidate’s old shoplifting bust surfaces
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Candidate’s old shoplifting bust surfaces