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Robert Donovan

Alderman Bob Donovan has served District 8 since 2000, is known as an outspoken critic of the mayor and the city’s streetcar project, and a frequent proponent of more spending on public safety.

Born and raised on Milwaukee’s South Side, Donovan, 55, is a graduate of Thomas More High School and has attended both St. Francis De Sales College and UW-Milwaukee and has taken additional courses at Marquette University. Prior to his election, his official biography notes, Donovan held leadership positions with the Southside Organizing Committee, the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood Association and the Near Southside Catholic School Association.

Donovan has been reelected three times and is currently the Vice Chair of the Public Works committee and a member of the Judiciary & Legislation and Anti-Graffiti Policy committees. In 2012, he was removed from the Public Safety Committee by Common Council President Willie Hines.

Donovan has made many headlines over the years, most recently for his “debate” with Alderman Bob Bauman over streetcars. He was also in the news complaining about a parody of him on Twitter.

Donovan disagreed with the nine of 15 Common Council members who criticized the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for how it reported errors in the
Milwaukee Police Department’s crime statistics. Donovan defended the newspaper and called for an outside audit of the department.

In 2012, the alderman made headlines because he sat next to a 75-year old gunman at breakfast less than an hour before the shooter killed his 13-year old neighbor.

In 2010, Donovan made headlines for requesting more summer patrol units due to safety and vandalism concerns.

In 2005, Donovan was charged with fraud and the felony count was dismissed, but Donovan paid a fine under a settlement that U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic described as a “middle ground” agreement akin to a misdemeanor charge, while Donovan insisted it proved his innocence.

In 1992, Donovan was cited for disorderly conduct for an incident at UW-Milwaukee, where the arresting officer said Donovan was peeking through a partition hole in the men’s restroom to view other men.

Information in this story compiled by Molly Kessler.

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Thirteen Council members demand action from MPD, FPC

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Gun-toting ‘scary and prolific’ auto thief kept in broken juvenile justice system

Disturbing video raises many questions about judge’s decision

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Won’t Delay Streetcar for County
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City Won’t Delay Streetcar for County

Ald Zielinski's attempt to delay streetcar for county only gets his own vote.

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Clarke Square Gets Wantable, Sendiks?

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Surveillance cameras, alley lighting to continue with Potawatomi grant

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Donovan, Borkowski invite President-Elect Trump to Milwaukee

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Eyes on Milwaukee

Unique Apartments for Clarke Square

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The Council’s Battle Over Police

Donovan and several aldermen demand more, Hamilton slaps them down. Who’s right?

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The Problem of Prostitution

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Council members call on Chief to boost South Side officer staffing
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Council members call on Chief to boost South Side officer staffing

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Protests and Play-Doh therapy? Enough already!
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Protests and Play-Doh therapy? Enough already!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 11, 2016

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Muni Court Indigents Will Get Lawyers

Common Council votes 9-6 to approve funding for new program.

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Joint letter to DA John Chisholm

Joint letter from members of the Common Council to District Attorney Chisholm

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Public Safety Plan Ignores the Community

Aldermen should work harder to consult residents and target underlying causes of crime.

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City hearings on public safety issues to be held throughout October

News release from Alds. Ashanti Hamilton & Bob Donovan

Ald. Donovan urges seven community meetings on public safety action plan
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Ald. Donovan urges seven community meetings on public safety action plan

Mayor, police chief, Fire and Police Commission members and Council members would be invited to attend

Mayor: Strongly urging owners, residents to install water filters for lead
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Mayor: Strongly urging owners, residents to install water filters for lead

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan---September 7, 2016

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Abele’s “asinine” comment regarding Public Safety Action Plan way off base

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 6, 2016

Rahm Emanuel and Chicago get it—How about Milwaukee?
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Rahm Emanuel and Chicago get it—How about Milwaukee?

Chicago to hire hundreds of new officers to address deadly violence

School Would Cost $40,000 Per Kid Per Year

School Would Cost $40,000 Per Kid Per Year

Proposed boarding school is part of Common Council’s “Public Safety Action Plan.”

Twenty Milwaukee Organizations Express Serious Misgivings with Proposed Public Safety Action Plan
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Twenty Milwaukee Organizations Express Serious Misgivings with Proposed Public Safety Action Plan

We are writing on behalf of an array of community groups to express our serious misgivings regarding the recently released draft “Public Safety Action Plan.”

Mayor Barrett, I respectfully disagree
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Mayor Barrett, I respectfully disagree

Alderman Donovan calls for all-out curfew

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Common Ground and Common Council Leaders Commit to For Neighborhoods & Youth in 2017 City Budget

Leaders asked elected officials to commit to up to $7 million in capital investment for the funding of an indoor sports complex on the South side for youth sports as well as other recreational, educational and cultural activities.

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

19 Election Winners and Losers

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

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

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Rocky Marcoux Keeps His Job

In a dramatic turnabout, the once-dead DCD head gains 11 of 15 council member votes.

Final session in series of special Public Safety Committee meetings set for Monday
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Final session in series of special Public Safety Committee meetings set for Monday

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Outrage at ambush of MPD officer & other police shootings
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Outrage at ambush of MPD officer & other police shootings

Joint Statement from All Members of the Common Council

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Murphy’s Law

Why Rocky Marcoux Is In Trouble

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Eyes on Milwaukee: City Panel Approves Bus Rapid Transit
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Panel Approves Bus Rapid Transit

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Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Okays Streetcar to Bucks Arena
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Okays Streetcar to Bucks Arena

$40 million extension would add .75 miles to route, also connect convention center.

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Eyes on Milwaukee

Rocky Marcoux’s Job in Jeopardy

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Taking “Home” out of Home Rule

Joint Statement from All Members of the Common Council

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

The Bizarre War Against John Chisholm

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Aldermen Unveil Anti-Violence Initiative

Aldermen Unveil Anti-Violence Initiative

Hamilton and 11 other aldermen call for “holistic approach” to gun violence.

Common Council leading the way on multi-pronged public safety effort
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Common Council leading the way on multi-pronged public safety effort

Council president and members issue “All Hands Call” for peace

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Plenty of Horne

Mayor’s Design Awards

The 2016 Mayor's Design Awards recognized projects from every corner of the city.

Time to reopen Ethan Allen
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Time to reopen Ethan Allen

Alderman Donovan: “Why it was closed in the first place is beyond me”

Let’s get to the root of the problem
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Let’s get to the root of the problem

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 20, 2016

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Hall’s Game of Thrones
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Hall’s Game of Thrones

Hail Ashanti! Ald. Hamilton's route to the Iron Throne laid bare.

Ald. Donovan to help dedicate memorial tree for late MPD officer
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Ald. Donovan to help dedicate memorial tree for late MPD officer

“As the longtime community liaison officer in District Six, Mark knew everyone and was well loved by businesses and residents in the community he served.”

Diverse coalition voices support for Alderman Hamilton as Council President
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Diverse coalition voices support for Alderman Hamilton as Council President

A diverse group of newly-elected and newly re-elected members of the Milwaukee Common Council today voiced their support for Alderman Ashanti Hamilton to serve as the next Common Council President.

What I Learned Running for Alderman

What I Learned Running for Alderman

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Murphy’s Law: Will Murphy Lose Council Presidency?
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Will Murphy Lose Council Presidency?

Race could be wide open and Ashanti Hamilton might have surprising supporters.

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Who Will Win the Elections?

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

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Black Leaders Talk About Barrett

How has the mayor succeeded -- and failed -- in serving African American neighborhoods.

Point-Counterpoint for Three Council Races

Point-Counterpoint for Three Council Races

The views (or non-views) of aldermen Bauman, Donovan and Perez — and their opponents.

House Confidential: Shannan Hayden’s Nifty Newberry Tudor
House Confidential

Shannan Hayden’s Nifty Newberry Tudor

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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”?

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Department of Justice listening sessions here suggest Milwaukee has problems.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Donovan the Demolisher
Eyes on Milwaukee

Donovan the Demolisher

Ald. Bob Donovan claims he's pushing city to demolish dilapidated homes. True or false?

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $6.5 Million in Streetcar Savings
Eyes on Milwaukee

$6.5 Million in Streetcar Savings

Agreement with We Energies reduces utility relocation costs.

Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan

Contribution to Robert Donovan of $6,000

Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan
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Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan

Instead of actually helping to make Milwaukee a safer place to live, Donovan has voted against increasing law enforcement officers four times in recent years.

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

Murphy’s Law: Where City’s Crime is Rising
Murphy’s Law

Where City’s Crime is Rising

The biggest hike is in Ald. Donovan’s district. No wonder that’s his major issue.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Donovan Lies About Streetcar Suit
Eyes on Milwaukee

Donovan Lies About Streetcar Suit

City loses challenge to state law making it pay for utilities, Donovan lies about impact.

Ald. Joe Davis posed with gangbangers in Facebook post
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Ald. Joe Davis posed with gangbangers in Facebook post

Murphy’s Law: Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett

He would easily win the April election. But could he take third in Tuesday’s primary?

Milwaukee auto theft epidemic out of control, sparking “street justice”
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Milwaukee auto theft epidemic out of control, sparking “street justice”

Ald. Donovan to hold Thursday news conference on near south side

James Methu’s Statement on Economic Development in Milwaukee
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James Methu’s Statement on Economic Development in Milwaukee

“The current regime has diverted community development block grants funds and mismanaged them, not using them properly.”

Murphy’s Law: The Lonely Journey of Mark Borkowski
Murphy’s Law

The Lonely Journey of Mark Borkowski

New alderman’s crazed comments leave him only (and barely) the police union's support.

Back in the News: Barrett Vulnerable, Says Governing Mag
Back in the News

Barrett Vulnerable, Says Governing Mag

At least the headline says so. But the story is, well, a different story.

Payday Stores Charge Average Interest of 574%!

Payday Stores Charge Average Interest of 574%!

State is a leader in payday stores per capita, creates vicious cycle for low income people.

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.

Bob Donovan promoting aldermanic, mayoral races in same mailer
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Bob Donovan promoting aldermanic, mayoral races in same mailer

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term

Welcome to the New Layton Boulevard

Welcome to the New Layton Boulevard

A just-completed streetscaping and lighting project has enhanced Layton Boulevard.

Citation

Taking the Pulse of the 2016 Milwaukee Elections

Skyrocketing auto thefts a symptom of larger issues
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Skyrocketing auto thefts a symptom of larger issues

Ald. Donovan blames officer shortage, no pursuit policy and lenient courts

State Rep. Josh Zepnick arrested for drunken driving
Citation

State Rep. Josh Zepnick arrested for drunken driving

Barrett’s Chief of Staff misses mark (and has a short memory!)
Press Release

Barrett’s Chief of Staff misses mark (and has a short memory!)

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 29, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Donovan Wants Fewer Police “Chiefs”
Plenty of Horne

Donovan Wants Fewer Police “Chiefs”

And "more Indians." Alderman and mayoral candidate proposes to redo police staffing to cut higher-ups.

Barrett Administration misleading public on fire department staffing
Press Release

Barrett Administration misleading public on fire department staffing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 26, 2015

MFD brownouts diminish Milwaukee’s fire safety
Press Release

MFD brownouts diminish Milwaukee’s fire safety

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 22, 2015

Weekly Happy Hour: $1 Beers Every Weekday at McKiernan’s
Weekly Happy Hour

$1 Beers Every Weekday at McKiernan’s

A classic South Side bar with cheap macro-brews, yet with Guinness and Smithwick’s.

The Return of Gloria’s Bakery

The Return of Gloria’s Bakery

Her old shop was robbed and vandalized several times. She's reopening in new location.

The “Donut Effect” and Milwaukee’s suffocating poverty
Press Release

The “Donut Effect” and Milwaukee’s suffocating poverty

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 17, 2015

Let’s give real credit where credit is due
Press Release

Let’s give real credit where credit is due

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 14, 2015

Police officers deserve our support always, and especially during these difficult days
Press Release

Police officers deserve our support always, and especially during these difficult days

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 8, 2015

Body cameras = more politics than policing
Press Release

Body cameras = more politics than policing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 31, 2015

Back in the News: Anti-Streetcar Petition Dies
Back in the News

Anti-Streetcar Petition Dies

Paging General Bob Donovan, what happened?

Chief Flynn’s gun violence comments disappointing
Press Release

Chief Flynn’s gun violence comments disappointing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 28, 2015

Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis
Press Release

Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis

243% increase in 8th Aldermanic District in five years

Milwaukee’s public safety crisis increasing fear, frustration of residents
Press Release

Milwaukee’s public safety crisis increasing fear, frustration of residents

Administration’s own policies fueling more crime, violence and mayhem

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Man Behind Bob Donovan
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Man Behind Bob Donovan

Steve Schumacher handles all social media for mayoral hopeful. He also has a criminal record.

Rash of morning street robberies on city’s near south side
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Rash of morning street robberies on city’s near south side

Joint statement from Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman José G. Pérez July 22, 2015

Chief Flynn defends pursuit policy in wake of rolling crime crew
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Chief Flynn defends pursuit policy in wake of rolling crime crew

Disturbing car theft trend on south side – motorists beware
Press Release

Disturbing car theft trend on south side – motorists beware

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 15, 2015

Citizen victimized twice – first by bad guys, and then by the city
Press Release

Citizen victimized twice – first by bad guys, and then by the city

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 10, 2015

To stop the violence, honesty and hard choices are needed
Press Release

To stop the violence, honesty and hard choices are needed

Perhaps my opponent is right, but perhaps he's not.

Alderman Donovan calls on mayor to mediate transit dispute
Press Release

Alderman Donovan calls on mayor to mediate transit dispute

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2015

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?

Milwaukee a safe city? Utter nonsense
Press Release

Milwaukee a safe city? Utter nonsense

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 26, 2015

Murphy’s Law: The Strange Politics of Anti-Streetcar-ites
Murphy’s Law

The Strange Politics of Anti-Streetcar-ites

So when is that referendum coming, and where are those aldermanic opponents?

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?

Students create intersection mural for their neighborhood and learn civic engagement
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Students create intersection mural for their neighborhood and learn civic engagement

A.W.E., LBWN partner with MPS Doerfler Elementary students to create intersection mural, teach civics

The loss of a dedicated public servant, south-sider and family man
Press Release

The loss of a dedicated public servant, south-sider and family man

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 22, 2015

Alderman Donovan asks for answers about secret MPD email system
Press Release

Alderman Donovan asks for answers about secret MPD email system

Alderman Donovan requested answers to specific questions about the purported secret e-mail system.

Alderman Donovan calls for DOJ audit of Milwaukee Police Department IT
Press Release

Alderman Donovan calls for DOJ audit of Milwaukee Police Department IT

Alderman says video data snafu part of a “pattern” of issues

For mayor, ignorance is bliss on MPD video snafu
Press Release

For mayor, ignorance is bliss on MPD video snafu

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 12, 2015

No new taxes!
Press Release

No new taxes!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 1, 2015

Council colleague cooking up absurdity over closing of Mama’s Italian Cuisine
Press Release

Council colleague cooking up absurdity over closing of Mama’s Italian Cuisine

Statement of Alderman Jim Bohl April 22, 2015

Crime and disorder forcing businesses to close
Press Release

Crime and disorder forcing businesses to close

The real story behind the closing of Mama Mia’s

Where does the buck stop in Milwaukee?
Press Release

Where does the buck stop in Milwaukee?

Milwaukee on target for 200 homicides in 2015

Officer injured in yet another car theft incident
Press Release

Officer injured in yet another car theft incident

Milwaukee’s auto theft rate 12 times higher than that of New York City

Milwaukee’s murder rate six times that of New York City
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Milwaukee’s murder rate six times that of New York City

“I’m asking the mayor where the buck stops, because to me it sure doesn’t look like it stops at his desk.”

Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy
Press Release

Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy

Current ‘no chase’ policy is emboldening criminals, Alderman Donovan says

One more streetcar route change threatens Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park
Press Release

One more streetcar route change threatens Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan March 30, 2015

Ald. Donovan calls news conference to address panhandling
Press Release

Ald. Donovan calls news conference to address panhandling

South side alderman also to address concerns about diminishing public safety

Public Safety in Milwaukee approaching free-fall
Press Release

Public Safety in Milwaukee approaching free-fall

Continued deadly violence and other challenges affecting quality of life

Anti-streetcar petition will be revived this summer: Donovan
Press Release

Anti-streetcar petition will be revived this summer: Donovan

"Make no mistake, this is not a retreat but a strategic withdrawal. We will regroup, and we will live to fight another day," says alderman

Across the nation, a bad week for streetcars
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Across the nation, a bad week for streetcars

Cost overruns, low ridership, and a fire – is this where Milwaukee’s headed?

We’ve been lulled into complacency – where is the outrage?
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We’ve been lulled into complacency – where is the outrage?

As violence skyrockets, Milwaukee now second poorest large U.S. city

House Confidential: John Shannon’s Marvelous Marietta Mansion
House Confidential

John Shannon’s Marvelous Marietta Mansion

One of the great East Side homes, its history includes a remarkable cast of characters, almost a mini-history of Milwaukee elites.

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Justin Bielinski for 8th District Alderman
Press Release

Justin Bielinski for 8th District Alderman

Justin Bielinski of Burnham Park announced his candidacy for Alderman in Milwaukee’s 8th District.

Mayor Barrett Responds to Alderman Donovan’s Transit Option
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Responds to Alderman Donovan’s Transit Option

Mayor Barrett released the following statement in regard to Alderman Donovan’s transit option press release today

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Announces Support for Streetcar Alternative
Press Release

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Announces Support for Streetcar Alternative

Calls Ald. Donovan’s Alternative Transit Plan a “Logical Option”

<i>Moving Milwaukee Forward</i> is a smarter, greener, faster and cheaper transit option for our future
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Moving Milwaukee Forward is a smarter, greener, faster and cheaper transit option for our future

“Similar on-demand transit operations are used in Europe, and I believe they are the cutting-edge way of the future.”

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

Proposal to create inner city opportunities deserves a close look

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 29, 2015

The Streetcar not desired
Press Release

The Streetcar not desired

Portland’s streetcar numbers inflated, so what can we expect in Milwaukee?

Rep. Zepnick Says Ald. Donovan Owes Milwaukee an Apology
Press Release

Rep. Zepnick Says Ald. Donovan Owes Milwaukee an Apology

"I I hope Bob Donovan does the right thing and stands with the rest of Milwaukee who do not want a public infrastructure debate going into the toilet of racial and fear-mongering tactics."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support

Eleven out of 15 aldermanic districts, and 76 percent of all respondents support the proposed streetcar starter system.

Representative Zepnick’s comments about local business way off base
Press Release

Representative Zepnick’s comments about local business way off base

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 21, 2015

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Approved, but Held
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Approved, but Held

Large majority votes to approve streetcar, but parliamentary maneuver puts issue on hold until February 10th meeting.

Murphy’s Law: Koch-Funded Group Backs Anti-Streetcar Drive
Murphy’s Law

Koch-Funded Group Backs Anti-Streetcar Drive

Americans for Prosperity has provided paid staff for petition drive, its state director says.

Johnson Controls considering new downtown development
Citation

Johnson Controls considering new downtown development

It’s really hard to take JS, Mayor Barrett seriously these days
Press Release

It’s really hard to take JS, Mayor Barrett seriously these days

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Alderman Donovan to announce ‘full-court press’ on petition drive
Press Release

Alderman Donovan to announce ‘full-court press’ on petition drive

Alderman will hold Thursday morning news conference at grocery store

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

Conservatives from outside Milwaukee hope to join forces with black city residents to oppose the streetcar.

Aldermen join forces to launch streetcar referendum petition drive
Press Release

Aldermen join forces to launch streetcar referendum petition drive

News conference set for 1 p.m. TODAY at City Hall

Architects Develop Plans for Near South Side

Architects Develop Plans for Near South Side

Charette creates architectural plans for underdeveloped parts of Clarke Square and Silver City neighborhoods.

Back in the News: Chisholm Decision Triggers Controversy
Back in the News

Chisholm Decision Triggers Controversy

DA decides not to charge officer who killed mentally ill man, leaving community divided over issue.

City of Milwaukee: Government by elitists and the people don’t count
Press Release

City of Milwaukee: Government by elitists and the people don’t count

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 17, 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Streetcar Until January
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Delays Streetcar Until January

Minority of aldermen were able to use city charter provision to delay project for one month, but a majority seems poised to approve it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar

Mayor offers historic address to council committee on streetcar and it gains their approval. Only one person speaks in opposition.

Mayor looking to shut down public vote on downtown streetcar
Press Release

Mayor looking to shut down public vote on downtown streetcar

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 8, 2014

Plenty of Horne: How to Sell the Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

How to Sell the Streetcar

Ald. Bob Bauman says mayor’s sales pitch lacks vision.

Time to let the public decide on the streetcar
Press Release

Time to let the public decide on the streetcar

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 26, 2014

Alderman Donovan will seek petition drive for streetcar referendum
Press Release

Alderman Donovan will seek petition drive for streetcar referendum

Alderman Bob Donovan to launch a citywide petition drive to trigger a binding referendum on the borrowing for the downtown streetcar project.

Article: MPD chief of staff now moonlighting in Pittsburgh
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Article: MPD chief of staff now moonlighting in Pittsburgh

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 21, 2014

Mayor’s doubling down on streetcar more about ego than good policy, leadership
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Mayor’s doubling down on streetcar more about ego than good policy, leadership

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 19, 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar

If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.

Operation Alley Cat initiative pays off with arrest
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Operation Alley Cat initiative pays off with arrest

News conference TODAY in alley where video footage captured suspect

House Confidential: The Modest Ranch Home of Ald. Joe Davis
House Confidential

The Modest Ranch Home of Ald. Joe Davis

The mayoral candidate lives in the Hampton Heights neighborhood where assessments have declined and crime has risen. Small wonder he's concerned about that issue.

Photo Gallery: 51st Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

51st Veterans Day Parade

Every branch of the service was represented, along with politicians, ROTC students, debutantes, Hmong police officers and military canines.

Dear Mr. Mayor: Stop playing poli-tricks with city residents
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Dear Mr. Mayor: Stop playing poli-tricks with city residents

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 5, 2014

Barrett administration public safety in disarray
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Barrett administration public safety in disarray

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 3, 2014

Cutting corners in police hiring may come back to bite us
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Cutting corners in police hiring may come back to bite us

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 23, 2014

Firing of officer involved in Red Arrow Park shooting reeks of politics
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Firing of officer involved in Red Arrow Park shooting reeks of politics

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 15, 2014

Malcolm X fiasco could have been avoided
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Malcolm X fiasco could have been avoided

Barrett administration drops the ball once again

Politics and Policing Just Don’t Mix
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Politics and Policing Just Don’t Mix

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 25, 2014

Facebook can’t solve our infant mortality problem
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Facebook can’t solve our infant mortality problem

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 16, 2014

Juvenile justice system in shambles
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Juvenile justice system in shambles

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Again, the justice system fails Milwaukee
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Again, the justice system fails Milwaukee

Joint Statement from Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Bob Donovan September 4, 2014

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: The Unbearable Loudness of Harley Hogs
Murphy’s Law

The Unbearable Loudness of Harley Hogs

Why are they allowed to violate noise ordinances? No one seems to know.

Alderman Donovan issues statement on passing of Tom Nardelli
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Alderman Donovan issues statement on passing of Tom Nardelli

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Donovan accepts icy challenge from Chief Flynn
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Donovan accepts icy challenge from Chief Flynn

Alderman vows ice bucket challenge will create big splash but ‘won’t budge a single hair’

Murphy’s Law: Why Bob Donovan Can’t Beat Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Why Bob Donovan Can’t Beat Barrett

No alderman will back him. Why he’s so disliked -- and so certain to lose.

Donovan to Mayor Barrett: Quit deceiving the public – there are no extra patrols!
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Donovan to Mayor Barrett: Quit deceiving the public – there are no extra patrols!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Taverns: McKiernan’s, the Home Base of Bob Donovan
Taverns

McKiernan’s, the Home Base of Bob Donovan

The alderman and mayoral candidate loves hanging out here, safe from those wine-sipping streetcar fans.

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money
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Sheriff Clarke is right on the money

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 5, 2014

Back In The News: Media Thrilled, Donovan Will Run for Mayor!
Back In The News

Media Thrilled, Donovan Will Run for Mayor!

Colorful, combative foe of Mayor Barrett will oppose him in 2016, which means far more fun for reporters covering the race.

Community JOBS Resource Fair is Monday, July 21
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Community JOBS Resource Fair is Monday, July 21

Event will showcase opportunities available during $450M NML HQ project

Juvenile crime problems go up, and curfew enforcement goes down
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Juvenile crime problems go up, and curfew enforcement goes down

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2014

Why we can no longer wait to remedy “The Wait”
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Why we can no longer wait to remedy “The Wait”

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan June 26, 2014

Mayor Barrett grasping at straws
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Mayor Barrett grasping at straws

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 17, 2014

Where’s the Plan?
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Where’s the Plan?

Another weekend of violence leaves two more innocent children wounded

Operation Alley Cat initiative launches Wednesday
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Operation Alley Cat initiative launches Wednesday

Pilot project will outfit selected alleys with surveillance cameras

Five shootings in two hours – and it’s only April
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Five shootings in two hours – and it’s only April

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan April 9, 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!
Eyes on Milwaukee

We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!

Common Council members all complain about the TIF for Boston Store, then pass it 11-3.

Cesar Chavez city worker holiday proposal to be heard by Finance and Personnel Committee
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Cesar Chavez city worker holiday proposal to be heard by Finance and Personnel Committee

City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31 annually as a holiday observing the birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar E. Chavez.

Supervisor Alexander, Borkowski Urge Streetcar Opponents Not To Give Up
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Supervisor Alexander, Borkowski Urge Streetcar Opponents Not To Give Up

Board Members Say to Change the Plan or Return the Funds

Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors
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Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors

Launch news conference set for Friday on city’s near south side

Help Me Fight Crime, Says Bob Donovan

Help Me Fight Crime, Says Bob Donovan

Alderman asks his district's residents and students to sign pledges to help fight crime.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads
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Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads

Supervisor Deanna Alexander said today that she supported efforts by Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan to reallocate funding for a downtown Milwaukee streetcar.

Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are
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Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are

I see that our mayor has his hands out, asking Governor Walker to hand over some of the state surplus to fix Milwaukee’s crumbling roads.

Plenty of Horne: Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments
Plenty of Horne

Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments

The changes aren't radical but big winner is Ald. Kovac, who becomes chair of Finance and vice-chair of Steering and Rules.

Plenty of Horne: We Need Better Transit!
Plenty of Horne

We Need Better Transit!

Suburban officials and business leaders at Downtown conference on transit call for better connections to the city.

Emergency personnel will soon be visible for miles
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Emergency personnel will soon be visible for miles

Donation of wearable emergency lighting to be announced Wednesday

Eyes on Milwaukee: Betting on the Common Council
Eyes on Milwaukee

Betting on the Common Council

Haven't got your fix with the Super Bowl? Gamble with friends on who will be the next council president.

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority
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Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Alderman Donovan to honor transit worker fired after helping woman
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Alderman Donovan to honor transit worker fired after helping woman

Alderman Donovan to honor transit worker fired after helping woman

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.

Anonymous donor pledges $10,000 in matching funds to help orphans
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Anonymous donor pledges $10,000 in matching funds to help orphans

An anonymous member of the Milwaukee-area community will give up to $10,000 to match funds that are being collected to benefit the children orphaned by a tragic murder-suicide that took place earlier this month.

Happy Holidays: Fired transit worker gets Scrooged
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Happy Holidays: Fired transit worker gets Scrooged

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 27, 2013

Fund for orphans left in wake of murder-suicide to be announced today
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Fund for orphans left in wake of murder-suicide to be announced today

Alderman Bob Donovan will help announce a special fund that has been established for three young children who lost both parents in a murder-suicide.

City employees and retirees deserve the truth
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City employees and retirees deserve the truth

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 12, 2013

Attack gives Milwaukee a bloody, broken nose
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Attack gives Milwaukee a bloody, broken nose

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan December 5, 2013

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Share Launching in 2014
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Share Launching in 2014

Phase I of bike share program will have at least 28 stations and 250 bikes, thanks to a federal grant.

Alderman Donovan to Mayor Barrett: “What is happening with the streetcar project?”
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Alderman Donovan to Mayor Barrett: “What is happening with the streetcar project?”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 3, 2013

Murder milestone signals a tipping point
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Murder milestone signals a tipping point

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 19, 2013

Priorities and services maintained in Council-approved 2014 budget
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Priorities and services maintained in Council-approved 2014 budget

The 2014 amended city budget approved today by the Milwaukee Common Council addresses key priorities and maintains quality city services at current levels.

New anti-prostitution initiative meeting with success on South Side
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New anti-prostitution initiative meeting with success on South Side

News release from Alds. Bob Donovan and Jose G. Perez

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

Alderman Donovan seeks public process involving RFPs

Alderman Donovan to Host Town Hall Meetings
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Alderman Donovan to Host Town Hall Meetings

Alderman Bob Donovan will hold three separate town hall meetings for the 8th District next week.

Mayor urges Alderman Donovan to run for DA
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Mayor urges Alderman Donovan to run for DA

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan October 10, 2013

Twelve infants die in co-sleeping deaths in 10 months in Milwaukee – where is the outrage?!
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Twelve infants die in co-sleeping deaths in 10 months in Milwaukee – where is the outrage?!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 8, 2013

Barrett’s 100 cops just won’t cut it
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Barrett’s 100 cops just won’t cut it

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 30, 2013

Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?

Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?

Federal bill could yield more than $70 million in annual sales tax for Wisconsin. Walker says he would use for income tax relief.

Time for County Executive to urge reallocation of streetcar funds
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Time for County Executive to urge reallocation of streetcar funds

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 11, 2013

Nothing substantive has changed, and nothing substantive will change
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Nothing substantive has changed, and nothing substantive will change

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 9, 2013

Op-Ed: Send in the Cops?
Op-Ed

Send in the Cops?

Ald. Donovan wants more cops in MPS, Chief Flynn wants a different approach. Who’s right?

Donovan urges merger of MPS public safety with MPD
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Donovan urges merger of MPS public safety with MPD

Alderman says move could put hundreds of additional officers on city streets during summer months

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

Republican Dog & Pony Show

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

Community violence concerning, proposed solutions lacking
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Community violence concerning, proposed solutions lacking

Ald. Hamilton offers alternative to Mayor’s plan

Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up
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Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan August 12, 2013

Where’s the Outrage? Wake Up Milwaukee!
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Where’s the Outrage? Wake Up Milwaukee!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 29, 2013

Common Council members call on state to house sex offenders elsewhere
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Common Council members call on state to house sex offenders elsewhere

Members of the Milwaukee Common Council sharply criticized a state program that houses dangerous sex offenders in residential neighborhoods this week, calling it “disruptive to neighborhoods” and a “foolish waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Governor Ignores South Side on Residency Requirement

Governor Ignores South Side on Residency Requirement

Walker signs law, never responds to letters from South Side politicians and organizations.

Barrett & Council to Walker and Legislature: “Give me my ball, I’m going home”
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Barrett & Council to Walker and Legislature: “Give me my ball, I’m going home”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2013

Operation Harden the Target aims to help cut crime in near south side area
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Operation Harden the Target aims to help cut crime in near south side area

News conference set for Monday, July 1st at the Burnham Park Pavilion

House Confidential: Blustery Bob Donovan’s Bungalow
House Confidential

Blustery Bob Donovan’s Bungalow

The cranky South Side alderman has a modest, pleasant little home.

Hypocrisy alive and well in the 8th District
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Hypocrisy alive and well in the 8th District

Statement of Alderman Joe Dudzik May 31. 2013

Business moving from Milwaukee = wake up call
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Business moving from Milwaukee = wake up call

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan May 31, 2013

Proposal deserves a closer look…and perspective
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Proposal deserves a closer look…and perspective

Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton May 9, 2013

Common sense prevails on downtown streetcar project
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Common sense prevails on downtown streetcar project

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 9, 2013

Alderman Donovan calls for increasing police overtime funding, adding 20 new officers
Blaming and criticizing job creating businesses is a dumb thing to do
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Blaming and criticizing job creating businesses is a dumb thing to do

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

How a Cop Can Win Over Residents

How a Cop Can Win Over Residents

Jesus Gloria, a bilingual, award-winning police officer, has forged connections in his south side district.

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

Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?

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

News conference will announce Sunday rally at Serb Hall
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News conference will announce Sunday rally at Serb Hall

10 a.m. Friday, March 22

Friday Photos: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday Photos

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown Milwaukee was filled with green this past weekend, from politicians to the hoi polloi.

Alderman Donovan calls for hiring 300-400 new police officers; points to New York City’s example
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Alderman Donovan calls for hiring 300-400 new police officers; points to New York City’s example

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan March 11, 2013

In Derek Williams case, “justice” is in the eye of the beholder
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In Derek Williams case, “justice” is in the eye of the beholder

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan February 22, 2013

If residency requirement is lifted, Mayor Barrett needs to look in the mirror to see who’s to blame
Ald. Dudzik: Streetcar utility concerns are nothing new
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Ald. Dudzik: Streetcar utility concerns are nothing new

I am absolutely sure this same information, and even maps of potentially problematic utilities, were available to Alderman Donovan.

Two more reasons to say “NO!” to the downtown streetcar
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Two more reasons to say “NO!” to the downtown streetcar

Alderman Donovan outlines potential huge cost overruns

Downtown Milwaukee: “Old World Charm, New World Class”
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Downtown Milwaukee: “Old World Charm, New World Class”

A Plan to Revitalize and Grow Milwaukee’s Downtown: Minus the Downtown Streetcar

Instead of lifting residency requirement, let’s expand school choice and fix the “funding flaw”
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Instead of lifting residency requirement, let’s expand school choice and fix the “funding flaw”

As a city leader, I recognize how critically important it is that we have a city that is not only attractive, but that is also a place where people truly want to live.

Innocent until proven guilty
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Innocent until proven guilty

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 16, 2013

Enough is enough with co-sleeping deaths
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Enough is enough with co-sleeping deaths

Alderman Donovan calls for charges in recent infant death

Eyes on Milwaukee: Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia
Eyes on Milwaukee

Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia

The former alderman is an obsessive marathon runner. And the city gets 2000 more trees.

FPC’s change of heart in Schoen case sets dangerous precedent
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FPC’s change of heart in Schoen case sets dangerous precedent

Today’s reversal by the Fire and Police Commission on the reinstatement of Officer Richard Schoen should be very troubling to Milwaukee residents.

Commission’s decision to reconsider should not be based on pressure
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Commission’s decision to reconsider should not be based on pressure

I am very disappointed that a mob of angry citizens has apparently persuaded the Fire and Police Commission to reconsider its decision to reinstate Police Officer Richard Schoen.

Be careful calling the MPD – you could be the one getting the ticket
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Be careful calling the MPD – you could be the one getting the ticket

My grandfather was a proud Milwaukee police officer for 43 years, serving with the department from 1922 until his retirement in 1965.

A Neighborhood On the Rise

A Neighborhood On the Rise

Efforts to improve the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood are bearing fruit.

Home Contest is a Big Winner

Home Contest is a Big Winner

Most Improved Home Contest offers $7,000 in prize money, generates $164,000 in home improvements.

Alderman Donovan to recognize heroic efforts of police aide, citizens
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Alderman Donovan to recognize heroic efforts of police aide, citizens

Alderman Bob Donovan to present citations to citizens who helped pull victims from a wrecked vehicle following a hit-and-run crash

Alderman Donovan backs MPD, Chief Flynn on Williams case
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Alderman Donovan backs MPD, Chief Flynn on Williams case

While it appears to now be open season on the Milwaukee Police Department and its leader, I, for one, am standing squarely behind the dedicated and hard working men and women of the MPD and Chief Flynn with regard to the Derek Williams case.

Whoops, We Changed Our Mind

Whoops, We Changed Our Mind

The Public Service Commission changes course and delays decision on who must pay utility costs for Milwaukee Streetcar.

How will Milwaukee Police Department handle extra work?
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How will Milwaukee Police Department handle extra work?

I’m disappointed the Mayor didn’t find it necessary to brief more Council members on his plans.

Thanks to rally attendees, and Mayor Zeidler’s position on streetcars
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Thanks to rally attendees, and Mayor Zeidler’s position on streetcars

I firmly believe the big turnout is indicative of how strong the public opposition is to the massive boondoggle and waste of public money that is the proposed downtown streetcar.

The Saga Continues

The Saga Continues

Once again, a city committee approved -- after disagreeing -- the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux.

Referendum push will be key focus at tonight’s anti-streetcar project rally at Serb Hall
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Referendum push will be key focus at tonight’s anti-streetcar project rally at Serb Hall

Alderman Bob Donovan will introduce an item for immediate adoption at Tuesday’s full Common Council meeting that (if approved) would require city employees to cease and desist from performing any tasks related to the downtown streetcar project until a majority of Milwaukee voters approve a referendum question asking whether they support construction of the massive public project.

DCD’s Rocky Marcoux is cleared by DA’s Office
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DCD’s Rocky Marcoux is cleared by DA’s Office

Today I received correspondence from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, notifying me that the investigation of my inquiry into possible criminal wrongdoing on the part of Commissioner Rocky Marcoux of the Department of City Development had been completed.

Protests at Palermo’s not good for business
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Protests at Palermo’s not good for business

Future business grand openings in Milwaukee could depend on it.

Silver City Neighborhood Hosting InterNational Food & Art Walk This Weekend
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Silver City Neighborhood Hosting InterNational Food & Art Walk This Weekend

The activities run from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, and will be taking place all along National Ave. between S. 34th St. and S. 39th St.

Alderman Donovan to announce two crime prevention efforts on city’s near south side
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Alderman Donovan to announce two crime prevention efforts on city’s near south side

The news conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 5.

Murphy’s Law: City Defies Journal Sentinel
Murphy’s Law

City Defies Journal Sentinel

Fire & Police Commission will hire consultant the newspaper repeatedly claims is biased.

Murphy’s Law: The Journal Sentinel’s Attack Dog
Murphy’s Law

The Journal Sentinel’s Attack Dog

Two stories this week continue its relentlessly biased coverage of Chief Flynn and the police department.

Where my loyalties rest
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Where my loyalties rest

I feel compelled to respond today to the comments about me that came from Jeff Fleming on behalf of the Barrett administration.

Donovan’s New Anti-Streetcar Allies

Donovan’s New Anti-Streetcar Allies

After three press releases in three days, the alderman holds a news conference with new right-wing allies.

Alderman Donovan to announce new efforts in fight against streetcar
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Alderman Donovan to announce new efforts in fight against streetcar

Alderman Bob Donovan will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, August 16) to announce new efforts in his bid to derail the proposed downtown streetcar project.

We need a real public safety strategy, not another street roll call
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We need a real public safety strategy, not another street roll call

We need to fill the MPD officer vacancies and create a real public safety strategy for Milwaukee.

Alderman Donovan to Mayor: Start paying attention to Milwaukee
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Alderman Donovan to Mayor: Start paying attention to Milwaukee

How did the first moments of my first day of vacation begin (today)?

Tragedy in Oak Creek
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Tragedy in Oak Creek

Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

WeTip has made a difference in Milwaukee
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WeTip has made a difference in Milwaukee

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with WeTip’s chief executive officer, Susan Aguilar, and Sue Mandell, WeTip’s national director. Very simply, I want to take this opportunity to give credit where credit is due.

FREE art activities for kids in the 8th District!
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FREE art activities for kids in the 8th District!

Join A.W.E. artists to create paintings, masks, sculptures and many other imaginative projects to take home!

Rent-to-own initiative expanding on city’s near south side
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Rent-to-own initiative expanding on city’s near south side

A scattered-site project on the near south side of Milwaukee to renovate and transform vacant foreclosed homes into rent-to-own single-family homes is expanding, said Alderman José G. Pérez.

West Allis votes to oppose the Downtown Streetcar
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West Allis votes to oppose the Downtown Streetcar

On Tuesday, July 3, the Common Council of the City of West Allis voted unanimously to oppose Milwaukee’s downtown streetcar project.

Extreme dry conditions, fireworks bad combination
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Extreme dry conditions, fireworks bad combination

Possession of fireworks is against the law in Milwaukee and can result in fines ranging from $500 to $1,000.

Neighborhood Ambassadors to again tend  to near south side neighborhoods (news conference tomorrow a.m.)
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Neighborhood Ambassadors to again tend to near south side neighborhoods (news conference tomorrow a.m.)

Neighborhood Ambassadors – W-2 participants who gain job training and work experience while tidying up neighborhoods and business strip areas on the near south side – will be introduced during a news conference Thursday morning, Alderman Bob Donovan said. The news conference will be at 10 a.m. Thursday (June 28) at the intersection of S. […]

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

Statement on hearing regarding MPD crime statistics
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Statement on hearing regarding MPD crime statistics

To his credit, Chief Flynn put together an impressive presentation yesterday. The police department apparently reviewed more than 34,000 crime reports.

Operation Impact 2012 ready for launch
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Operation Impact 2012 ready for launch

Now in its fifth year, Operation Impact will install additional surveillance cameras and will allocate up to $85,000 in 2012 to help put additional patrol officers on the street in an effort to reduce crime on Milwaukee’s near south side, Alderman Bob Donovan said.

Letter to the Mayor
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Letter to the Mayor

I am persistent and believe in getting to the bottom of important matters and to the residents of Milwaukee.

Alderman Donovan will hold streetcar project rally, petition drive Saturday
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Alderman Donovan will hold streetcar project rally, petition drive Saturday

Alderman Bob Donovan will hold a rally and news conference at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16.

Common Council to Mull Audit of MPD Crime-Reporting Practices
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Common Council to Mull Audit of MPD Crime-Reporting Practices

According to the resolution, a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found more than 500 cases in which serious assaults were misclassified by the MPD as lesser offenses.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih

Sydney Hih could be saved, a witch hunt on North Ave, UWM has a baseball team (?), and Alderman Jose Perez wins a game for the Brewers.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants?

Another week, another Ald. Donovan anti-streetcar press conference. Plus: will the Bucks get a new owner and new arena? And: East Side zoning changes and the return of the Downtown Trolley loop.

Bob vs Bob (Almost)

Bob vs Bob (Almost)

We reached out to Aldermen Bob Bauman and Bob Donovan to get their perspective on the Milwaukee Streetcar project following the press conference "debate"

Battle of the Bobs: Donovan vs Bauman Streetcar Press Conference
Battle of the Bobs

Donovan vs Bauman Streetcar Press Conference

Leave it to Ald. Bob Bauman to upstage Ald. Bob Donovan at his own press conference.

Murphy’s Law: Bob Donovan’s Shadowy Charity
Murphy’s Law

Bob Donovan’s Shadowy Charity

Operation Impact raises money to combat crime. But where are its records?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More

Eyes on Milwaukee this week focuses on the committee appointments by Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, Supervisor Haas' efforts for a Milwaukee County attraction pass, the restaurant coming to The Moderne, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics

Welcome to the seventh installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week the focus is all on City of Milwaukee elected officials following yesterday's election. I explore the likelihood that Willie Hines runs for Mayor, how the new Common Council will resemble the old Common Council, the wide disparity in vote totals between districts, Bob Donovan winning the war, the shocking number of votes Johnny Thomas got, and Spencer Coggs' new job.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Historic Preservation, Miller Park Sales Tax, The War on Bob Donovan, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Historic Preservation, Miller Park Sales Tax, The War on Bob Donovan, and More

Welcome to the sixth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week I take an initial look at Alderman Witkowski's attempt to redefine Milwaukee's historic preservation ordinance, the Miller Park sales tax's sunset, the ugly turn Juarez versus Donovan has taken, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Eyes on the Street, a new column running down what's happening in urban Milwaukee. This week features taxi cabs, election news, a list of openings and closings, and the photo of the week.

Alderman Donovan Proposes Delaying the Streetcar Project

Alderman Donovan Proposes Delaying the Streetcar Project

Yesterday, Alderman Donovan called for a referendum to be held before moving forward with the Milwaukee Streetcar project. A referendum that wouldn't be held until the Spring primaries on February 21st, 2012. Making a proposal such as this reminds us that there wasn't a referendum for the Hoan Bridge reconstruction, the I-94 expansion, or the $810 million, not including utilities cost, Marquette Interchange project.

MPD, MPS, and Open Data

MPD, MPS, and Open Data

Bradley Tech, a fight, gangs, guns, and more squad cars than you can count. And no news. Why? What happened?

What Would Alderman Donovan Do?

What Would Alderman Donovan Do?

The 2010 City of Milwaukee budget faces a series of hurdles. There is the $50 million pension fund contribution, brought on because of the stock market crash. There is also the $33 million decline in property tax levy due to declining home values.

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.

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

The proposed snow and ice fee increase, the furloughs, the possible use of eminent domain for economic development, and the formation of a streetcar committee were topics of interest at this Common Council meeting.

Would Neon Colored Ashtrays Have Been Acceptable?

Would Neon Colored Ashtrays Have Been Acceptable?

In case you missed it, at yesterday's Public Works Committee meeting a previously contracted public art project was halted, because some of our Alderman didn't find the art to their liking.

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

This committee meeting had numerous items of significance relating to the built environment that were up for debate.  A couple highlights (or lowlights) included the holding of a file over budget concerns, a heated discussion over Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (“CMAQ”) grants, and a most intriguing debate on public art. The approval of the […]

M.O.R.E. – Common Council March 25th, 2009 Meeting Notes

M.O.R.E. – Common Council March 25th, 2009 Meeting Notes

The M.O.R.E ordinance was the most widely debated action taken at this Common Council meeting.

Green Initiatives Stalled by City Committee

Green Initiatives Stalled by City Committee

In the name of cost savings two green efforts were stalled during today’s meeting of the Public Works Committee. The first item to run into issues with the committee was the Central Library’s resolution that would of allowed them to apply for a $250,000 Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Stormwater Best Management Practices Partnership grant.  This grant […]

Committee Plans to Lobby UWM to Expand Downtown

Committee Plans to Lobby UWM to Expand Downtown

In April 2008 Alderman D'Amato, as one of his last acts in office, brought forward a resolution that stated the City of Milwaukee's position that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee should locate its College of Engineering and Applied Science, as well asUWM's other satellite campuses, within the City of Milwaukee.

Committee Requests Federal Government Not Re-certify SEWRPC

Committee Requests Federal Government Not Re-certify SEWRPC

Alderman Bauman lead the efforts to bring forward a resolution that would have the City of Milwaukee request that Milwaukee County withdraw from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission ("SEWRPC").

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

The hot topic of this committee meeting was a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article accusing the Department of Public Works (“DPW“) of having a racial bias in their handling of pothole filling.  Jeff Mantes and Jeff Polenske laid out DPW’s process in regards to pothole repair.  Explaining that they prioritize arterial roads higher than neighborhood streets […]

Common Council Approves New Berlin Water Deal

Common Council Approves New Berlin Water Deal

This meeting included three highly debated resolutions, the “Wheel Tax”, the 9to5 direct legislation regarding sick pay, the water sale to New Berlin and the retirement of one of the most highly respected government officials.  Marty Collins the outgoing Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood Services gave a heartfelt farewell speech stating “I’m proud to […]

Public Works Committee Holds Up Appointments

Public Works Committee Holds Up Appointments

The reappointment of Jeff Mantes to the position of Commission of the Department of Public Works and the reappointment of Jeff Polenske to the position of City Engineer were held to the call of the chair to start off this meeting. As numerous reappointments have flown through as of late it appears this may be […]

Public Works Committee Considers Vehicle Registration Feed

Public Works Committee Considers Vehicle Registration Feed

This special committee meeting was scheduled to discuss resolution 080034. It was brought forward by Alderman Robert Bauman, Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Wille Wade and, Alderman Willie Hines Jr. and proposed replacing large assessments on property owners to pay for road repaid projects with a $20 vehicular registration fee. Alderman Bauman laid out the three […]

Plenty of Horne: Donovan Plays to His Base
Plenty of Horne

Donovan Plays to His Base

"They said he should be governor."

The Roundup: When the Wealthy Serve
The Roundup

When the Wealthy Serve

A Look at the Commerce Secretary’s Statement of Economic Interests

The Roundup: Dem Challenge for Panzer Seat
The Roundup

Dem Challenge for Panzer Seat

The disarray of the Republican 20th Senate District has convinced the Democratic Party to field a write-in candidate for primary.

The Roundup: Lame Duck Ruffles Feathers
The Roundup

Lame Duck Ruffles Feathers

Breier stuck on thorny hotel plan.

The Roundup: On the Fundraiser Trail
The Roundup

On the Fundraiser Trail

David Riemer held a fundraiser and art auction to advance his bid for County Executive. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design was the place, and over a hundred people showed up to look at the art (a Guido Brink retrospective) and to meet with the candidate March 8th. Wine was served, and the food was […]

The Roundup: Krug Scores Joint Finance Seat
The Roundup

Krug Scores Joint Finance Seat

Rep. Shirley Krug was chosen Monday to take a seat on the influential Joint Committee on Finance