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Lena Taylor serves in the Wisconsin State Senate.

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The State of Politics: Barrett Sells Milwaukee to GOP
The State of Politics

Barrett Sells Milwaukee to GOP

City has reinvented itself, deserves greater investment from state, he argues.

Mandatory reporting bill small step in a long journey
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Mandatory reporting bill small step in a long journey

"We must stop the abuse before it begins."

Sen. Taylor to host criminal justice events for Black History Month
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Sen. Taylor to host criminal justice events for Black History Month

The events seek to highlight the continued disparities in the criminal justice system as well as obstacles to successful re-entry.

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

Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget

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

Governor Walker sends irresponsible budget to legislature
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Governor Walker sends irresponsible budget to legislature

"This budget is based on fake math."

Senator Taylor repeats call for special session on Lincoln Hills
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Senator Taylor repeats call for special session on Lincoln Hills

Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake have been under federal investigation for child abuse and neglect for two years.

Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat
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Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat

Time for Elected Officials to Put Patriotism Before Party and Demand Answers for American People Before Trump Allowed to Influence Nation’s High Court for Decades

The State of Politics: Walker Will Crack Down On Welfare
The State of Politics

Walker Will Crack Down On Welfare

Food stamps will be much harder to get. Democrats ask, will kids be affected?

Sen. Taylor’s statement on Governor Walker’s welfare reform
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Sen. Taylor’s statement on Governor Walker’s welfare reform

"While I appreciate what he says about his reforms, the plan lacks details, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see the full proposal."

Sen. Taylor blasts MOU targeting Sherman Park funding
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Sen. Taylor blasts MOU targeting Sherman Park funding

“It is fiscally irresponsible to squander state taxpayer dollars.”

Sen. Taylor statement on State of the State Address
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Sen. Taylor statement on State of the State Address

"Wisconsin doesn’t need a cheerleader, we need a trailblazer to solve our state’s problems."

Sen. Taylor to offer three free movie screenings of <em>The Best Democracy Money Can Buy</em>
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Sen. Taylor to offer three free movie screenings of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Sen. Taylor invites her guests to stay after the movie to talk about the impact money has on politics in America.

Muni Court “Warrant Withdrawal” Draws Thousands

Muni Court “Warrant Withdrawal” Draws Thousands

Special one-day clemency program a success, but treatment of indigent questioned.

Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee
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Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee

“Sen. Taylor and Sen. Erpenbach have been outspoken advocates for working families in Wisconsin and understand the importance of investing in our future.”

Sen. Taylor statement on federal court ruling against Republican gerrymandering
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Sen. Taylor statement on federal court ruling against Republican gerrymandering

“Republicans got away with rigging three elections under illegal redistricting.”

Offering a Clean Slate

Offering a Clean Slate

Community Re-Entry & Expungement Summit offers to help non-violent felons finds work, housing and opportunity.

Milwaukee radio host Eric Von dies Thursday
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Milwaukee radio host Eric Von dies Thursday

Statement from Senator Lena Taylor.

Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied, Solutions Delayed
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Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied, Solutions Delayed

GOP inaction once again jeopardizes vulnerable residents at state facility

Murphy’s Law: The Battle Over Charter Schools
Murphy’s Law

The Battle Over Charter Schools

NAACP declares opposition and is criticized by charter supporters like Howard Fuller.

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?

Mistruths dominate Mandela Barnes’ campaign
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Mistruths dominate Mandela Barnes’ campaign

“To the undecided voters out there at this late hour, I ask you to vote for me, because I’m the candidate who won’t lie to you,” said Lena Taylor.

Lena Taylor to receive Lifetime Service Award
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Lena Taylor to receive Lifetime Service Award

Taylor’s legislative accomplishments include improving public safety, education, and health.

County Executive Chris Abele endorses Senator Lena Taylor
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County Executive Chris Abele endorses Senator Lena Taylor

“I'm proud to endorse Senator Lena Taylor’s reelection on August 9,” said County Executive Chris Abele.

Sen. Lena Taylor applauds election law ruling
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Sen. Lena Taylor applauds election law ruling

Three separate federal courts issued significant election law rulings.

Sen. Lena Taylor named 2016 Sierra Club Environmental Champion
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Sen. Lena Taylor named 2016 Sierra Club Environmental Champion

This title is awarded to legislators who voted 100% pro-environment in the latest legislative session

Workers back Senator Lena Taylor
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Workers back Senator Lena Taylor

Taylor was one of 14 Senators to go to Illinois to deny quorum in the vote on Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10, which busted public employee unions.

Statement on Wisconsin’s Compliance with the   Prison Rape Elimination Act
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Statement on Wisconsin’s Compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act

“Our goal should be full compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.”

Sen. Taylor appointed to recidivism reduction committee
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Sen. Taylor appointed to recidivism reduction committee

There are currently over 22,000 inmates incarcerated in Wisconsin prisons and over 66,000 individuals on probation or parole.

Sen. Lena Taylor named Conservation Champion
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Sen. Lena Taylor named Conservation Champion

“I am proud to be named a Conservation Champion.”

Sen. Taylor proposes slavery ban
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Sen. Taylor proposes slavery ban

Bill would remove slavery from state constitution

Sen. Taylor proposes funds to help with Lincoln Hills crisis
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Sen. Taylor proposes funds to help with Lincoln Hills crisis

“What’s going on in juvenile corrections is more than just a scandal, it’s a crisis.”

Sen. Taylor’s Statement on the Withdrawal of Planned Changes to Family Care and IRIS.
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Sen. Taylor’s Statement on the Withdrawal of Planned Changes to Family Care and IRIS.

All four Democrats on the Joint Committee on Finance opposed the changes since day one.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cues Up Race Politics
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cues Up Race Politics

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. responds to article published in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ‘Lawmaker blames Tom Barrett for crime spilling into suburbs’

Sen. Taylor questions Milwaukee’s lead testing practice
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Sen. Taylor questions Milwaukee’s lead testing practice

“Lead poisoning is a community health crisis and it will take the alignment of all levels of government to solve this issue.”

Sen. Taylor responds to violent rhetoric from colleague
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Sen. Taylor responds to violent rhetoric from colleague

“If Rep. Brandtjen wants to stop the violence, she should spend her time authoring legislation to end violence, not writing press releases to incite it.”

The State of Politics: Democratic Family Feuds
The State of Politics

Democratic Family Feuds

Eight Democratic legislators face primary challengers, but not one GOP legislator does.

Op-Ed: Walker Gets Sued Yet Again
Op-Ed

Walker Gets Sued Yet Again

For most partisan gerrymandering in history. Senate Bill 163 would reform the process.

Republicans Continue to Sell Wisconsin Long-Term Care to the Highest Bidder
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Republicans Continue to Sell Wisconsin Long-Term Care to the Highest Bidder

No evidence to demonstrate the need to overhaul Family Care and upend the lives of 60,000

Sen. Taylor applauds Milwaukee Bucks labor agreement
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Sen. Taylor applauds Milwaukee Bucks labor agreement

The deal includes a $15 per hour wage indexed to inflation, prioritizes hiring from Milwaukee’s poorest zip codes and ensures workers the right to collective bargaining.

Sen. Taylor attends Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial
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Sen. Taylor attends Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial

After attending the Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial today, Taylor released the following statement

Sen. Taylor calls for special session on juvenile corrections and more funding
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Sen. Taylor calls for special session on juvenile corrections and more funding

In a letter dated today, Senator Taylor urged Governor Walker to call a special session of the Legislature to take up Senate Bills 803 and 804.

Sen. Taylor releases statement about abuse of Milwaukee student
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Sen. Taylor releases statement about abuse of Milwaukee student

"Based on the video I saw, I am deeply concerned about what happened at Bay View High School."

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."

Can Violence Reduction Program Work?

Can Violence Reduction Program Work?

Milwaukee one of 10 cities chosen for federal program, but may not address root causes, critics say.

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Department of Justice listening sessions here suggest Milwaukee has problems.

Obama Touts ACA Success, Slams Walker

Obama Touts ACA Success, Slams Walker

President's visit here hails Obamacare's success, bashes Walker for obstructing increased coverage.

Mobile black history museum to make 3-day tour of Wisconsin this weekend
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Mobile black history museum to make 3-day tour of Wisconsin this weekend

American Legacy's "Know Your History" Mobile Truck Exhibit will have a three day three stop tour throughout Wisconsin.

African American leaders stand against supporting Alderman Bob Donavan for Mayor of Milwaukee
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African American leaders stand against supporting Alderman Bob Donavan for Mayor of Milwaukee

This press conference will be followed up with a private meeting with current Mayor Tom Barrett.

Sen. Taylor calls Litscher “secretary of cruel and unusual punishment”
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Sen. Taylor calls Litscher “secretary of cruel and unusual punishment”

Will the leopard will change its spots?

In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker “bans the box”
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In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker “bans the box”

“As the author of the state’s ban the box legislation for multiple sessions, I am glad that the issue is beginning to gain bipartisan support.”

The Real State of the State
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The Real State of the State

New Budget Numbers Show $158 Million Drop in Revenue

Additional Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller
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Additional Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller

“Johnny Thomas is a leader the people of Milwaukee need,” said Senator Lena Taylor.

Sen. Taylor to hold listening session at Lincoln Hills
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Sen. Taylor to hold listening session at Lincoln Hills

Earlier this month, allegations of abuse, sexual assault, neglect, physical abuse, strangulation and suffocation among others led to a Department of Justice raid of the facilities.

What will it take to get Republican leaders to intervene?
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What will it take to get Republican leaders to intervene?

Reports of child abuse, sexual assault not enough to spur GOP investigation

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats call for hearing about correctional facility safety
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Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats call for hearing about correctional facility safety

"We were alarmed to learn of very serious allegations of abuse at Lincoln Hills through the media," the letter reads.

Where Can Former Sex Offenders Go?

Where Can Former Sex Offenders Go?

Restrictive city law often leaves them nowhere to live, many are becoming homeless.

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

Estimated annual cost in Wisconsin is $2.9 billion, or $508 per person.

MPS schools celebrate reading as American Education Week comes to a close
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MPS schools celebrate reading as American Education Week comes to a close

Community members help students celebrate reading; share their professional experiences

Abele made right choice in Demond Means
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Abele made right choice in Demond Means

“I believe Mr. Means has what it takes to get the job done.”

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

21% of Gas Tax Will Go to Repay Debt

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

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Taking the Pulse of the 2016 Milwaukee Elections

Obama right on ban the box
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Obama right on ban the box

Yesterday at a visit to a halfway house, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation currently pending in Congress to ban the box on job applications

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs

“I look forward to working with Rep. Young and my state legislative colleagues to create a vehicle that will help to reverse Wisconsin’s dismal records of being the worst place in nation to raise a black child.”

Sen. Lena Taylor to hold Thursday Town Hall Forum
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Sen. Lena Taylor to hold Thursday Town Hall Forum

State Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) will hold a Town Hall Forum tomorrow night to engage constituents on community issues as well as legislation

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.

A Shelter For Women Caught in Sex Trade

A Shelter For Women Caught in Sex Trade

Grateful Girls Safe Haven helps prostitutes and those targeted by human trafficking.

Sen. Lena Taylor announces “Ban the Box” legislation
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Sen. Lena Taylor announces “Ban the Box” legislation

“As legislators we should work to remove barriers to employment for those seeking to re-enter the workforce.”

Campaign adviser to Joe Davis charged in elaborate check-kiting scheme
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Campaign adviser to Joe Davis charged in elaborate check-kiting scheme

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension

“The citizens of Wisconsin said loud and clear that Governor Walker’s divide and conquer philosophy is not how we should do business in America.”

Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain
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Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain

“Today’s column proves that Scott Walker will say anything to get elected.”

Julian Bond, influential civil rights leader, passes away
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Julian Bond, influential civil rights leader, passes away

“We’ve truly lost one of the great champions of my lifetime.”

Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law
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Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law

“The Milwaukee Bucks mean big bucks not just for Milwaukee, but for our entire state.”

Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement
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Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement

“Despite frequently speaking the words, it’s almost like Governor Walker is allergic to economic growth and prosperity.”

Sen. Taylor announces Senate District 4 National Night Out
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Sen. Taylor announces Senate District 4 National Night Out

National Night Out is an effort to promote involvement in police-community partnerships, improved neighborhood unity and crime prevention..

Black City Residents Not Sold on NBA Arena

Black City Residents Not Sold on NBA Arena

African American leaders who support it face skepticism from constituents.

Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal
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Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal

“Today is a great day for Wisconsin’s economy.”

State Sen. Taylor’s statement about US Sen. Johnson’s “idiot inner city kids” remark
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State Sen. Taylor’s statement about US Sen. Johnson’s “idiot inner city kids” remark

“As a product of the Milwaukee Public School System, I find Senator Ron Johnson’s comments unfitting of the office of a United States Senator.”

Sen. Taylor to host State Budget and Bucks arena listening session
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Sen. Taylor to host State Budget and Bucks arena listening session

The $73 billion state budget and the $500,000 Bucks Arena proposal will have a tremendous impact on the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Bucks arena deal
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Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Bucks arena deal

"This is about more than basketball"

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

Sen. Fitzgerald: Bucks arena vote may come next week, ticket fee could be added
Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Walker budget
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Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Walker budget

(MADISON) – Today, the State Senate approved the controversial Walker budget with bipartisan opposition. Following her vote against the budget, ranking Senate Democrat on the state budget committee, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement: “I wish I could say this long budget nightmare is over. Except, it’s only just beginning. The negative ramifications […]

Wisconsin Center District excluded from arena hearing
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Wisconsin Center District excluded from arena hearing

The district was the only financial partner of the deal excluded from speaking at today’s hearing.

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?

Sen. Taylor statement on committee passage of state budget
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Sen. Taylor statement on committee passage of state budget

“From the day Governor Walker introduced his budget, it was clear he was more focused on Republican primary voters than the people of Wisconsin.”

Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS same sex-marriage ruling
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Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS same sex-marriage ruling

“Today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that our rights aren’t based on who we love, but rather on the principals of freedom, fairness and justice for all Americans.”

Corridor of Dreams: How to Design a Public Space
Corridor of Dreams

How to Design a Public Space

Officials meet with residents about proposed greenway, and the citizens’ suggestions are a surprise.

Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS upholding Obamacare
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Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS upholding Obamacare

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the more than 6 million people currently covered under the Affordable Care Act and a blow to Scott Walker.”

Sen. Taylor statement on Walker signing gun bills in Milwaukee
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Sen. Taylor statement on Walker signing gun bills in Milwaukee

"Governor Scott Walker should add Sheriff David Clarke’s spurs and big hat to his campaign wardrobe, because they are both trying to turn Wisconsin into the Wild West."

Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag
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Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag

Walker’s flexible position on racism includes signing a bill that makes it easier for public schools to depict offensive mascots.

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

Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

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

Sen. Taylor statement on passage of 20-week abortion ban
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Sen. Taylor statement on passage of 20-week abortion ban

"Politicians should get out of the doctor’s office and stop distracting people from their failures to pass a responsible budget."

Sen. Taylor statement on passage of Juneteenth resolution
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Sen. Taylor statement on passage of Juneteenth resolution

Today, the State Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 41, which proclaims June 19, 2015 as “Juneteenth Day.”

Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds
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Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds

“Today, Republicans created a pipeline to prison rather than a pathway to the American Dream for our school children.”

Officer-involved shootings could be reduced with better police training on mental illness
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Officer-involved shootings could be reduced with better police training on mental illness

“Training for law enforcement on how to properly interact with people with mental health challenges is not just the fiscally responsible thing to do, it’s the humane thing to do.”

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

No Christmas In May For Republicans

Tax collections haven’t risen so GOP lawmakers may have to swallow Walker budget cuts they opposed.

The State of Politics: Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?
The State of Politics

Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?

Five candidates seek the difficult job of trying to revive the minority party in Wisconsin.

New Park Impacts Neighborhood

New Park Impacts Neighborhood

Gillespie Park, at 14th and Wright, is outgrowth of neighborhood anti-crime effort.

MPS to ‘ring in’ traditional calendar year Tuesday at one of the district’s 14 Commitment Schools
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MPS to ‘ring in’ traditional calendar year Tuesday at one of the district’s 14 Commitment Schools

Local and state leaders to join MPS Board members, Acting Supt. Driver at MPS' Thurston Woods Campus

Cruel and Unusual: Waupun Prison Guards Accused of Abusing Dozens of Inmates
Cruel and Unusual

Waupun Prison Guards Accused of Abusing Dozens of Inmates

Many of prisoners are from Milwaukee; critics call for an investigation. Part 1 of a series.

Alderwoman Coggs to be honored at inaugural Harambee Community Banquet
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Alderwoman Coggs to be honored at inaugural Harambee Community Banquet

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs will be the recipient of the first-ever Dr. James G. White Human Service Award

Murphy’s Law: John Chisholm Crushes Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

John Chisholm Crushes Sheriff Clarke

The sheriff takes some pot shots at DA, only to get mowed down, in an entertaining -- and very revealing -- exchange.

Running For Good Food

Running For Good Food

Growing Power's 5K run supports organization and combats urban food deserts.

County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care
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County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing a bill today that will create an independent board of experts to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Hospital.

The State of Politics: Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?
The State of Politics

Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?

Legislature votes 132-1 to expand Milwaukee program monitoring gunshots.

Murphy’s Law: Why Didn’t Chisholm Go After Democrats?
Murphy’s Law

Why Didn’t Chisholm Go After Democrats?

Republicans say the John Doe probe proves bias. So does the federal suit against DA. Are they right?

Plenty of Horne: Campaign Season Kicks Off
Plenty of Horne

Campaign Season Kicks Off

Politicos flock to Jon Richards fundraiser, and judicial candidate Janet C. Protasiewicz's event.

Will Walker Veto Bill on Schools Using Indian Names?

Will Walker Veto Bill on Schools Using Indian Names?

He offers sympathy to both sides while reiterating his goal for job growth.

20 Years of Urban Farming

20 Years of Urban Farming

Will Allen and Growing Power celebrate two decades an an international leader in the field.

WNOV Expands Talk Radio Show

WNOV Expands Talk Radio Show

The city's only talk radio station serving a largely-black audience provides an alternative to Charlie Sykes.

Taylor Names Thomas Harris New Chief of Staff
Press Release

Taylor Names Thomas Harris New Chief of Staff

For Immediate Release

Plenty of Horne: Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse
Plenty of Horne

Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse

Court Commissioner Barry Slagle electrocuted in scary, unreported incident at courthouse.

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.

Murphy’s Law: No Country for Black Men
Murphy’s Law

No Country for Black Men

New study shows Wisconsin leads the nation in black incarceration, with a shockingly high rate. 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.

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Pizza and the Park East
Eyes on Milwaukee

Pizza and the Park East

Pizza Man and The Couture win approvals and a Park East hotel is also likely to be okayed.

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?

Murphy’s Law: Will State Screw Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Will State Screw Milwaukee?

Expert condemns state for switching Milwaukee’s foster care funding to help other counties.

Murphy’s Law: Did the State Screw Talgo?
Murphy’s Law

Did the State Screw Talgo?

The train company's stunned CEO blasts Wisconsin for breaching its contract “like a Third World country.”

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.

South Shore Listening Session Recap

South Shore Listening Session Recap

Following the veto of Milwaukee County transit sales tax by Governor Doyle, Representative Christine Sinicki, Senate Jeff Plale, and Representative Jon Richards held a listening session at the South Shore Park Pavilion.

Governor Doyle Vetoes Milwaukee County Sales Tax for Transit

Governor Doyle Vetoes Milwaukee County Sales Tax for Transit

When the budget finally made it to his desk, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle used his extensive veto powers in a lot of ways. The most significant of which was arguably the line-item veto of the Milwaukee Transit Authority and the proposed 0.65% sales tax increase for Milwaukee County. Doyle did not veto SERTA, the authority which is to run the KRM commuter rail line, and the $18 rental car tax. This veto puts back on the drawing board Doyle's proposal for a three-county sales tax to fund the KRM and bus service in Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee Counties, while at the same time not delaying the KRM development process.

KRM and RTA Update

KRM and RTA Update

The Wisconsin state budget is now at a point where it will go to a conference committee after the Senate approved their version of the budget yesterday. The conference committee will reconcile the difference between the Assembly and Senate versions, and send the budget off to Governor Doyle. Doyle will then use his line-item veto power on certain language he doesn't like, and Wisconsin have a budget.

Breaking News: RTA Passes Joint Finance Committee
Breaking News

RTA Passes Joint Finance Committee

The Regional Transit Authority passed the Joint Finance Committee this morning at 2:17 a.m., but not in a very regional way.

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 […]

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

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

The Roundup: Crisses Averted
The Roundup

Crisses Averted

Barrett and Walker Announce Plan for Ballots in Milwaukee

The Roundup: Drink for Free
The Roundup

Drink for Free

One of the joys of electoral politics is that the polls eventually close on election day and then it is up to us to flock to the parties.

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: The Governor and the Empire Builder
The Roundup

The Governor and the Empire Builder

Governor Jim Doyle made a brief appearance at Milwaukee’s Amtrak station Friday, 11 June on the 75th anniversary of the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s service from Chicago to the Northwest coast. Before boarding the train, Doyle mixed the romance of the rails with the Great American Novel. “In the final passage of the Great Gatsby, the […]

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager exploits a legal loophole.