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Back in the News: 9 Reasons Why Barrett Recall Failed
Back in the News

9 Reasons Why Barrett Recall Failed

Recall effort falls far short of number of signatures needed. Why?

Murphy’s Law: Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker
Murphy’s Law

Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker

Should one billionaire dictate the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate?

Murphy’s Law: The Fire Fighters’ Selfish Agenda
Murphy’s Law

The Fire Fighters’ Selfish Agenda

The union’s backing of Barrett recall is all about driving up their wages and benefits.

Murphy’s Law: Bradley Foundation Breaking the Law?
Murphy’s Law

Bradley Foundation Breaking the Law?

Hacked files show foundation may violate ban on political activity.

Murphy’s Law: The Remarkable Clout of We Energies
Murphy’s Law

The Remarkable Clout of We Energies

Year after year the company jacks up prices with bipartisan approval. Why?

Plenty of Horne: Wales and Yang Spar at Forum
Plenty of Horne

Wales and Yang Spar at Forum

Plus: Judicial race fuels nasty dispute over Yang's endorsements.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Shrinks Further
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Shrinks Further

Plummeting circulation, shrinking news coverage, closing government pressrooms.

Plenty of Horne: Siefert Unfit For Sheriff, Clarke Declares
Plenty of Horne

Siefert Unfit For Sheriff, Clarke Declares

Clarke derides Siefert's physical fitness. And: Badger sports bring huge returns to UW.

Murphy’s Law: 13 Lessons The Guardian Taught Us
Murphy’s Law

13 Lessons The Guardian Taught Us

Or how Scott Walker corrupted Wisconsin, as the leaked Doe documents reveal.

Open Records Request Further Reveals Sen. Luther Olsen’s Negligence of Wisconsin Veterans
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Open Records Request Further Reveals Sen. Luther Olsen’s Negligence of Wisconsin Veterans

Sen. Olsen skipped a meeting at the King Veterans home to attend another very "important obligation" - judging a baking contest.

Leaked documents show waste of millions just to stir GOP voters
Press Release

Leaked documents show waste of millions just to stir GOP voters

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy---September 16, 2016

Plenty of Horne: Security Tight for Sykes Book Talk
Plenty of Horne

Security Tight for Sykes Book Talk

Boswell hires security guards, but book talk was dull affair, it turns out.

Murphy’s Law: Can Chisholm Be Beaten?
Murphy’s Law

Can Chisholm Be Beaten?

The DA pleads for help as dark money from outside the county blasts him.

Back in the News: Radio Ad Blasts John Chisholm
Back in the News

Radio Ad Blasts John Chisholm

Secretive group blames DA for carjackings, lauds his opponent Verona Swanigan.

Back in the News: Chisholm Challenger Skips Debate
Back in the News

Chisholm Challenger Skips Debate

Verona Swanigan objects to moderator and drops out of debate with DA John Chisholm.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel’s Bias Against Feingold
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel’s Bias Against Feingold

The coverage of Russ Feingold suggests they’ve truly become a Republican newspaper.

Murphy’s Law: The Bizarre War Against John Chisholm
Murphy’s Law

The Bizarre War Against John Chisholm

What’s more peculiar, his opponent, or the complicated plot to defeat him?

Murphy’s Law: The Plot to Defeat Bob Bauman
Murphy’s Law

The Plot to Defeat Bob Bauman

His opponent has two names, lives outside the district, and is part of anti-streetcar clique.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Bias In Mayor’s Race?
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Bias In Mayor’s Race?

And was its story on Rebecca Bradley’s affair “offensive garbage”?

Duel Over the Domes

Duel Over the Domes

Abele and county board creating dueling committees to address damaged domes.

Tough-on-crime Donovan had own run-ins with the law
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Tough-on-crime Donovan had own run-ins with the law

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.

Shot/Chaser: Tomah Rep: “I feel used by Sen. Johnson”
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Shot/Chaser: Tomah Rep: “I feel used by Sen. Johnson”

In an attempt to cover up for Ron Johnson’s documented failures for Tomah veterans, the senator’s allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to their phony, politicized, and misleading attacks.

House Confidential: Chris Abele’s High-Rise Double Condo
House Confidential

Chris Abele’s High-Rise Double Condo

Now separated from his wife, he has a luxurious, 8,132-square-foot suite near the top of the Moderne.

Murphy’s Law: The Walker Campaign “Scandal”
Murphy’s Law

The Walker Campaign “Scandal”

Something went wrong. And everyone’s blaming campaign manager Rick Wiley. Why?

Profile: Port Director Paul Vornholt’s Surprising Success
Profile

Port Director Paul Vornholt’s Surprising Success

Criticized as "unqualified" and a "patronage appointment," Vornholt has pleased even his critics.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s To Blame for Bus Strike?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s To Blame for Bus Strike?

The union? Chris Abele? John Weishan? Scott Walker? A frank assessment.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)
Eyes on Milwaukee

15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)

Bus service continuing, but union president references more potential work stoppages. What else did he say?

Murphy’s Law: How Abele Bailed Out Walker
Murphy’s Law

How Abele Bailed Out Walker

Governor made fatal error on Bucks arena, but Abele volunteered county taxpayers to solve the problem.

Plenty of Horne: Race for Dudzik’s Seat Could Get Heated
Plenty of Horne

Race for Dudzik’s Seat Could Get Heated

Will anti-streetcar group get involved? And did Journal Sentinel exaggerate the number of candidates?

Back in the News: Bucks Bailout Gets Even Bigger
Back in the News

Bucks Bailout Gets Even Bigger

And the proportion paid by local taxpayers keeps rising, which the Journal Sentinel still doesn't report.

Murphy’s Law: The Disappearance of Dan Bice
Murphy’s Law

The Disappearance of Dan Bice

 The state’s top political reporter has disappeared. Is the Journal Sentinel killing his column?

Murphy’s Law: Who is “Lobbying” For the Streetcar?
Murphy’s Law

Who is “Lobbying” For the Streetcar?

Money is being spent and wild rumors are flying. So what’s the truth?

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.

Murphy’s Law: Walker Won Second Debate
Murphy’s Law

Walker Won Second Debate

But neither candidate can close the sale in election. Why?

Expert panel goes “On the Issues” to discuss freedom of information and role of the media in the age of Snowden and WikiLeaks
Murphy’s Law: Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?
Murphy’s Law

Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?

He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?

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?

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.

House Confidential: Gary George’s Grafton Mansion
House Confidential

Gary George’s Grafton Mansion

He lives far outside Gwen Moore's congressional district, but is running for the seat anyway.

Murphy’s Law: Why UWM Matters
Murphy’s Law

Why UWM Matters

It could be the key to transforming Wisconsin’s economy, but state leaders don’t seem to realize it.

Murphy’s Law: Dan Bice’s Role in the John Doe
Murphy’s Law

Dan Bice’s Role in the John Doe

What did he know, when did he know it, and how has he affected the probe of Scott Walker?

Murphy’s Law: Who Is Mary Burke?
Murphy’s Law

Who Is Mary Burke?

After meeting and interviewing her, I still find Burke something of an enigma.

How Walker Handled Open Records Request

How Walker Handled Open Records Request

Emails show his staff irked by requests and responding slowly, except when it benefits Walker.

Murphy’s Law: Crystal Ball for 2014
Murphy’s Law

Crystal Ball for 2014

25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.

Plenty of Horne: The Governor as Grinch
Plenty of Horne

The Governor as Grinch

Walker's crass campaign pitch, a weird art thief and the Santa Rampage.

Murphy’s Law: New Probe is Big Trouble for Walker
Murphy’s Law

New Probe is Big Trouble for Walker

Both the first and second John Doe have focused on his campaigns, suggesting a disturbing pattern.

Murphy’s Law: Police Scam Artists
Murphy’s Law

Police Scam Artists

Why does the cop’s union protect officers who rip off taxpayers?

Murphy’s Law: The New Right-Wing Media
Murphy’s Law

The New Right-Wing Media

The state is a national leader in creating new conservative publications.

Will Mary Burke Spend Big?

Will Mary Burke Spend Big?

Democrats hope she'll spend plenty of her personal wealth in the race against Scott Walker, but she's giving mixed signals.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Sheriff Clarke

The weirder and crankier he gets, the more unlikely his reelection.

Murphy’s Law: In Defense of Goo Goos
Murphy’s Law

In Defense of Goo Goos

Why we need the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance.

Op-Ed: Why Dan Bice Should Resign
Op-Ed

Why Dan Bice Should Resign

The Journal Sentinel columnist’s coverage of John Doe probe is a case study in journalistic malfeasance.

Back in the News: Don Smiley’s Ever-Higher Salary
Back in the News

Don Smiley’s Ever-Higher Salary

His salary rose by $114,000, to more than $886,000, and the explanations keep getting thinner.

Murphy’s Law: The Voucher Lobby
Murphy’s Law

The Voucher Lobby

Lobbying for school choice provides big money for Republicans.

Back in the News: The Arrogance of Summerfest
Back in the News

The Arrogance of Summerfest

Mayor Barrett met with Summerfest board members, who agreed to share more information about its finances and director’s compensation.

Murphy’s Law: The War Between Steve Schultze and Chris Abele
Murphy’s Law

The War Between Steve Schultze and Chris Abele

County exec tries to undermine county reporter because of his slanted stories.

Murphy’s Law: The Arrogance of Summerfest
Murphy’s Law

The Arrogance of Summerfest

Why the tax-exempt, city-supported non-profit should be transparent about its director’s salary.

Murphy’s Law: Sheriff Clarke’s New Buddies
Murphy’s Law

Sheriff Clarke’s New Buddies

The conservative lawman and liberal county board have suddenly gotten very friendly. Why?

Murphy’s Law: The Not-So-Straight Story
Murphy’s Law

The Not-So-Straight Story

Journal Sentinel coverage of county board downsizing misleads folks on both sides of issue.

Murphy’s Law: County Lobbyists Asleep on the Job?
Murphy’s Law

County Lobbyists Asleep on the Job?

They should be working to get more state funding. But they’re too busy protecting the county board.

Plenty of Horne: Every Politician in Town
Plenty of Horne

Every Politician in Town

Well, not quite, but the City's Birthday Party had a big turnout of politicians and insiders.

Murphy’s Law: Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely
Murphy’s Law

Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely

Despite Republican delays and opposition by the board, the bill has a good chance of passage.

Back in the News: Sue Black
Back in the News

Sue Black

She was wrongly fired, she insists to Milwaukee Magazine, whose cover story has many community leaders praising her.

Murphy’s Law: Will Art Museum Dump Stephen Einhorn?

Murphy’s Law

Will Art Museum Dump Stephen Einhorn?


The wealthy funder of voter fraud billboards creates negative publicity for Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Man From ALEC

The Man From ALEC

Was Tommy Thompson a key figure in the rise of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council?

Murphy’s Law: The Latest Journal Sentinel Purge
Murphy’s Law

The Latest Journal Sentinel Purge

Some big names could be leaving the ever-shrinking newspaper.

The Chatter: Abele vs County Board — Again
The Chatter

Abele vs County Board — Again

Someone leaked the info on Abele's plan for a 44 story lakefront tower, leaving him apologizing to the board.

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

“Spirit – The Seventh Fire” has been put on hiatus.

The Roundup: Race For Governor is On!
The Roundup

Race For Governor is On!

Well, it is official

The Roundup: Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money
The Roundup

Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money

Acting Mayor Pockets $7,500 with no explanation

Murphy’s Law: Why Chief Jones Won’t Go Away
Murphy’s Law

Why Chief Jones Won’t Go Away

Tom Everson has seen everything in the many years he's compiled crime statistics for the state's Office of Justice Assistance, but he is struck by the data he's getting from the City of Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: Why The Mayor is Not Dead
Murphy’s Law

Why The Mayor is Not Dead

Back in the early 1980s, Milwaukee Magazine ran a scathing caricature of Mayor Henry Maier with the title "What Does This Man Do All Day?"

Murphy’s Law: Personal Foul – Norquist Loses Points With the Business Community
Murphy’s Law

Personal Foul – Norquist Loses Points With the Business Community

The Greater Milwaukee Committee thinks it's found a way to get more revenue for the Milwaukee Bucks.