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Tommy Thompson is the former Governor of the State of Wisconsin.

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Civic Groups Fight MPS “Takeover” Plan

Civic Groups Fight MPS “Takeover” Plan

Coalition of 22 groups assails state plan giving county exec power over struggling schools.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage

The number of education majors and teaching candidates is drastically declining. Why?

Plenty of Horne: Scott Walker Peddles Bull
Plenty of Horne

Scott Walker Peddles Bull

No stranger to peddling bull, governor hosts Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at State Fair

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

How Republicans Worked to End Public Records

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

The State of Politics: Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?
The State of Politics

Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?

If Walkers wins the presidency or gets a federal appointment, Kleefisch must be ready to serve.

Van Gogh Live
Press Release

Van Gogh Live

Written and Performed by Terrence James Coffman at the Charles Allis Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Murphy’s Law: Who is Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Who is Scott Walker?

The real, profusely documented story of the man who would be president.

Data Wonk: Why is Wisconsin Last in Startup Businesses?
Data Wonk

Why is Wisconsin Last in Startup Businesses?

The state’s backward-looking business culture may be to blame.

Murphy’s Law: Was Act 10 Necessary?
Murphy’s Law

Was Act 10 Necessary?

New analysis by bipartisan expert on good government explodes the myths about Walker’s signature achievement.

Cuts In DNR Scientists Could Hurt Walleye Fishing

Cuts In DNR Scientists Could Hurt Walleye Fishing

Longterm DNR efforts to reverse Walleye decline in state lakes could be hurt by Walker's proposed cuts.

Murphy’s Law: Lady MacBeth of the Supreme Court
Murphy’s Law

Lady MacBeth of the Supreme Court

Pat Roggensack has shamed herself and the high court in the ugly way she’s handled her elevation to chief justice.

Plenty of Horne: We Want a New Arena!
Plenty of Horne

We Want a New Arena!

Bradley Center rally organized by MMAC featured five speakers touting the benefits of building a taxpayer-subsidized NBA arena.

Murphy’s Law: Shirley Abrahamson Against the World
Murphy’s Law

Shirley Abrahamson Against the World

Chief Justice’s fight against a constitutional change to demote her is a minor issue. So why such a juicy battle involving so many conservatives?

Did Judge Violate Disclosure Law?

Did Judge Violate Disclosure Law?

Circuit Court judge rules on case involving city police he was paid to give training sessions, yet he didn't disclose this.

Murphy’s Law: The Secret Tax Subsidy Society
Murphy’s Law

The Secret Tax Subsidy Society

Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?

Murphy’s Law: John Doe Supported by Many Republicans
Murphy’s Law

John Doe Supported by Many Republicans

Supreme Court candidate James Daley was among many GOP judges and prosecutors involved in alleged "partisan witch hunt."

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Shrinking Middle Class
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Shrinking Middle Class

No state has seen a bigger decline in the percent of middle class households than Wisconsin, new data shows.

Murphy’s Law: Can Daley Beat Bradley for Supreme Court?
Murphy’s Law

Can Daley Beat Bradley for Supreme Court?

Challenger could get lots of right-wing money, but that may not be enough in this case.

Who Is Running The Ship?

Who Is Running The Ship?

While Walker campaigns for president, it's not clear who is running state government.

Marquette elects two new members to Board of Trustees
Press Release

Marquette elects two new members to Board of Trustees

Todd A. Adams and Hon. Janine P. Geske.

Lobbyists Spent $57.5 Million on 2013-’14 Legislative Session

Lobbyists Spent $57.5 Million on 2013-’14 Legislative Session

That's about $150,000 for each of the 380 bills that became law.

The State of Politics: Walker Not Most Polarizing Pol
The State of Politics

Walker Not Most Polarizing Pol

Polls show he is fourth most polarizing among state voters.

The State of Politics: Swing Voters Leave Hope for Democrats
The State of Politics

Swing Voters Leave Hope for Democrats

They voted for Walker yet support accepting federal Medicaid increase and raising minimum wage.

Our message to WISDOT: No expansion, we need transit options!
Press Release

Our message to WISDOT: No expansion, we need transit options!

WISDOT has refused to consider a third option

Public hearing set to address future of I-94 EW Corridor in Milwaukee County
Press Release

Public hearing set to address future of I-94 EW Corridor in Milwaukee County

WisDOT is holding a public hearing to discuss the location, design and environmental aspects of proposed improvements on I-94 between 16th and 70th streets.

Murphy’s Law: The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams
Murphy’s Law

The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams

The author of school choice later became its opponent. Williams was controversial -- and misunderstood -- right to the end.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Hate Kevin Kennedy
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Hate Kevin Kennedy

The GAB director is an “embarrassment,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says. Embarrassing to who?

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of ALEC
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of ALEC

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, long a big influence on state legislatures and Wisconsin, is bleeding business support.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds ties in Wisconsin races for both governor and attorney general
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds ties in Wisconsin races for both governor and attorney general

New Marquette Law School Poll shows Wisconsin governor, attorney general races both tied

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Curious Debate Strategy
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Curious Debate Strategy

His strategy was to “largely ignore” Burke. That may have been a mistake.

The State of Politics: Remembering Neil Shively
The State of Politics

Remembering Neil Shively

The longtime Milwaukee Sentinel Capitol bureau chief was a true character, and an inspiration to other journalists.

Murphy’s Law: The Massive Gender Gap in Gov’s Race
Murphy’s Law

The Massive Gender Gap in Gov’s Race

Walker does terrible with women. But Burke does far worse with men. Why?

Derailed High-Speed Rail Costs Wisconsin Jobs and Economic Growth
Press Release

Derailed High-Speed Rail Costs Wisconsin Jobs and Economic Growth

Get Wisconsin to Get Back on Track

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?

It can’t get done without GOP legislators, but they have deeply felt reasons for opposing any deal.

Plenty of Horne: Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night
Plenty of Horne

Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night

Sheriff Clarke wins democratic primary. Plus: The rest of election night's winners and losers.

Black Men Face Unequal Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

Black Men Face Unequal Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

While the nation moves towards legalization, Wisconsin fills its jails with black men arrested for marijuana possession.

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

Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board

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

Murphy’s Law: The Cheap Schools Solution
Murphy’s Law

The Cheap Schools Solution

Wisconsin’s spending on education has dropped drastically. Long-term, that could be a big problem.

Murphy’s Law: Walker, Sykes and Belling
Murphy’s Law

Walker, Sykes and Belling

The New Republic feature story on Scott Walker and talk radio is juicy stuff. But is it true?

Data Wonk: The Democratic Disadvantage
Data Wonk

The Democratic Disadvantage

Republicans can continue to control the legislature with 46% of the statewide vote. How can Democrats overcome this edge?

House Confidential: Power Broker Bill Drew’s Home Office
House Confidential

Power Broker Bill Drew’s Home Office

Drew and his wife, consultant Mary Cannon, made a lot of money working from their lovely West Side colonial home. It's on the Spaces and Traces tour tomorrow.

Back in the News: More Evidence John Doe is Bipartisan
Back in the News

More Evidence John Doe is Bipartisan

Court filings release more information showing investigation of Walker and conservative groups is not partisan.

Murphy’s Law: Why Moderates Are Extinct
Murphy’s Law

Why Moderates Are Extinct

The retirement of Petri, Ellis and Cullen suggests neither party has room for moderates.

Plenty of Horne: Get Your Vote On
Plenty of Horne

Get Your Vote On

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

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

Who Is Mary Burke?

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

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Voter Suppression Bill
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Voter Suppression Bill

Cities already have less turnout and lower percent of early voters than rest of state, but bill will cut that even more.

The State of Politics: How Rogue Aides Can Ruin Politicians
The State of Politics

How Rogue Aides Can Ruin Politicians

Gov. Chris Christie’s problems are a lesson to every politician in Wisconsin.

The State of Politics: How to End the Income Tax
The State of Politics

How to End the Income Tax

Tax pros offer suggestions to Gov. Walker.

How Walker Worries About Polls

How Walker Worries About Polls

His book shows he frequently adjusts strategy based on poll results.

Murphy’s Law: Can Burke Beat Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Can Burke Beat Walker?

The 2014 campaign may depend on which candidate has the best story to tell.

Who Threw Deininger Off the GAB?

Who Threw Deininger Off the GAB?

The rumor is that Walker or Republican legislators are punishing him for his decisions on recall elections.

Back in the News: Talgo Files Claim Against State
Back in the News

Talgo Files Claim Against State

State would have to pay $136 million for canceling train contract.

Murphy’s Law: The Nuclear Option
Murphy’s Law

The Nuclear Option

Supervisors nuke Chris Abele’s staff salaries. Will this hurt the county?

Plenty of Horne: Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General
Plenty of Horne

Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General

Like Abe Lincoln, Richards has been practicing law all across the state in preparation for his run.

How Legislators Grab Big Pensions

How Legislators Grab Big Pensions

A move into higher-paying state jobs greatly increases their pensions.

Mr. Fixit Puts Down His Tool Kit

Mr. Fixit Puts Down His Tool Kit

Moderate Mark Bugher steps down as head of UW Research Park after holding many key jobs in state government.

Murphy’s Law: Capitol Sex Scandal Confirmed
Murphy’s Law

Capitol Sex Scandal Confirmed

Judge confirms affair between state DHS secretary and his legal counsel, and jealously abusive husband gets off with a misdemeanor.

No Compromise is Possible

No Compromise is Possible

State Sen Tim Cullen retires, saying the Capitol is run by the moneyed and powerful.

Plenty of Horne: What Sue Ann Says
Plenty of Horne

What Sue Ann Says

The busy life of ex-first lady Sue Ann Thompson, who runs a foundation and writes a magazine column.

Governor Walker Shapes State Labor Board

Governor Walker Shapes State Labor Board

All three appointees on little known, powerful labor board now appointed by Republican Governor

Murphy’s Law: The Truth About State Taxes
Murphy’s Law

The Truth About State Taxes

They were never lower than under Jim Doyle, as new data shows.

Murphy’s Law: Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?
Murphy’s Law

Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?

Analyzing this city’s key strengths and weaknesses.

Plenty Of Horne: Clark Rockefeller’s Bag Job
Plenty Of Horne

Clark Rockefeller’s Bag Job

UWM bag with severed head leads to murder rap for ex-Milwaukeean with phony name.

Plenty of Horne: GOP Bill Gives Landlords Sweeping Rights
Plenty of Horne

GOP Bill Gives Landlords Sweeping Rights

Landlord-tenant rights will be rewritten by this bill, and not to the benefit of tenants.

Huh? Lobbying Spending Drops In Wisconsin

Huh? Lobbying Spending Drops In Wisconsin

After rising steadily for 10 years, dollars spent lobbying the legislature declined in 2011-2012. Why?

Murphy’s Law: Myths About a New NBA Arena
Murphy’s Law

Myths About a New NBA Arena

In their zeal to build new, publicly-funded arena, proponents are misleading the community.

The Fight Against Wisconsin’s Iron Mine

The Fight Against Wisconsin’s Iron Mine

Tribal leaders, environmentalists and local officials have united to fight a massive mine which could be toxic to a water-rich area known as “Wisconsin’s Everglades.”

House Confidential: Sue Black’s Cape Cod Cutie
House Confidential

Sue Black’s Cape Cod Cutie

The Milwaukee Wave owner and former parks director lives modestly near the Waukesha county line.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Are Wrong About Recalls
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Are Wrong About Recalls

The bill to restrict recalls is a naked attempt by political officials to protect their jobs.

Rent-To-Own Industry Wants Less Disclosure

Rent-To-Own Industry Wants Less Disclosure

Seeks to overturn law making it disclose interests rates. Industry supported Gov. Walker, who backs the change.

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

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

Norquist: How to Regulate Guns
Norquist

How to Regulate Guns

Liberals need to better understand firearms if they have any hope of passing regulations.

A conversation about changing local government: A response to state lawmakers’ plan to restructure the Milwaukee County Board
Press Release

A conversation about changing local government: A response to state lawmakers’ plan to restructure the Milwaukee County Board

Alderman Jim Bohl of the Milwaukee Common Council and Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander meet regularly to discuss issues of mutual concern to their overlapping districts.

What’s Stopping Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

What’s Stopping Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

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

Murphy’s Law: Robin Hood in Reverse
Murphy’s Law

Robin Hood in Reverse

Republicans’ tax plan assures that Wisconsin follows other states in the race to the bottom.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Rising Wealth Gap
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Rising Wealth Gap

In the last decade all $4.8 billion in income gains went to the wealthiest 20 percent. All boats aren’t rising.

Back in the News: Sue Black
Back in the News

Sue Black

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

Murphy’s Law: 25 Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

25 Winners and Losers

The list is long (and fun). This was a campaign with real consequences.

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

Murphy’s Law

Will Art Museum Dump Stephen Einhorn?


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

The Man From ALEC

The Man From ALEC

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

Murphy’s Law: Stealth Conservatives
Murphy’s Law

Stealth Conservatives

Bradley-funded think tank changes its polls and subsidizes Journal Sentinel’s right-wing columnist.

Hundreds to Rally to Support Homeownership
Press Release

Hundreds to Rally to Support Homeownership

To highlight the importance of homeownership in America and generate awareness of vital housing issues for the upcoming November 6 elections, the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA), Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are sponsoring a special Rally for Homeownership.

Murphy’s Law: Can Tammy Beat Tommy?
Murphy’s Law

Can Tammy Beat Tommy?

She wouldn’t have a chance against the old Tommy, but the newer edition could be beat.

Murphy’s Law: Are Republicans More Generous?
Murphy’s Law

Are Republicans More Generous?

A new study shows blue states give far less to charity than red states.

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

Election’s Winners and Losers

An insider's look at who's up -- and who's down -- as a result of the August primary.

Why Was Sue Black Fired?

Why Was Sue Black Fired?

The development is a shocker as Abele was a friend and supporter of the highly regarded parks director.

The Chatter: Fitzgerald’s Strangely Sleepy Campaign
The Chatter

Fitzgerald’s Strangely Sleepy Campaign

Is Jeff Fitzgerald running for U.S. Senator or top lobbyist?

The Chatter: The Chicago Challenge
The Chatter

The Chicago Challenge

Economic cooperation with our massive neighbor could help Milwaukee. But Gov.Scott Walker stands in the way.

Murphy’s Law: Tommy the Taxer
Murphy’s Law

Tommy the Taxer

The old tax-and-spend governor Republican may be far too moderate to win the Republican Senate primary.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Won’t Compromise
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Won’t Compromise

He now says he will bring us together. But don’t bet on it.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Won
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Won

Democrats blame money, but might examine their muddled message.

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.”

A New Era For Urban Milwaukee: Bruce Murphy signs on as Editor
A New Era For Urban Milwaukee

Bruce Murphy signs on as Editor

Urban Milwaukee is happy to announce that Bruce Murphy has come aboard as our new editor and columnist, where he will revive his well-known column Murphy’s Law. Among the state’s best-known journalists, Murphy is most celebrated for his stories exposing the Milwaukee County pension scandal, which led to the resignation of County Executive F. Thomas Ament and the recall of seven county supervisors. No scandal in Milwaukee history resulted in more politicians being thrown out of office.

John Norquist Milwaukee Tour – Congress for the New Urbanism

John Norquist Milwaukee Tour – Congress for the New Urbanism

One day before the start of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) 19th annual conference in Madison, former Mayor and current CNU President & CEO John Norquist returned to Milwaukee with a number of his former deputies to offer a tour of many of the urban projects started during his tenure as mayor.

History and Walker’s Jobs Claim

History and Walker’s Jobs Claim

On election night, Governor-elect Scott Walker promised Wisconsin 250,000 news jobs by the end of 2014. Critics claim the goal is unrealistic and his jobs plan as lacking and juvenile.

Milwaukee Streetcar Round-Up

Milwaukee Streetcar Round-Up

The Milwaukee circulator streetcar is moving forward, but there is still confusion in the mind of many. We've covered the issue in the past, but this article attempts to bring everything together in one place, the history, the frequently asked questions, and the proposed route.

The Roundup: State Elections Board Responds to Complaint Against Walker
The Roundup

State Elections Board Responds to Complaint Against Walker

John Weishan and Gerry Broderick filed an official complaint today with the Wisconsin State Elections Board against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

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: Riemer: “Ready to Run”
The Roundup

Riemer

This terse note from Riemer almost sounds like a Bill Christofferson soundbite, which means it's a good one.

The Roundup: More OIC – George Connections
The Roundup

More OIC – George Connections

Although the Gary George – OIC-GM connections are well documented, particularly those that have led to the convictions of George, Mark Sostarich and Carl Gee, recently-released audit information and other source documents indicate that perhaps the OIC-George connection needs to be further investigated. Nobody is accusing anybody of wrongdoing, but perhaps investigators should dig a […]

The Roundup: Plale Recall Drive Begins
The Roundup

Plale Recall Drive Begins

Can a group of south side political activists pull themselves together enough to acquire 13,212 signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Jeff Plale? Rep. Jon Richards said he doubts it. “This thing is going nowhere,” says Rep. Josh Zepnick. “These people are so lazy! They’ve taken out a newspaper ad asking people to […]

The Roundup: Primary Feud
The Roundup

Primary Feud

Kohlenberg & Kennedy Stir it Up

The Roundup: Shepherd Figure to Run Madison Paper
The Roundup

Shepherd Figure to Run Madison Paper

Capital Papers Puts up the Capital

The Roundup: Selig Take A Hit
The Roundup

Selig Take A Hit

Washington Post Trashes Commissioner and Journal Communications. Plus: The Mea Culpa of Charles J. Sykes and Thompson’s Boycott of Miller Park.

The Roundup: Lame Duck Ruffles Feathers
The Roundup

Lame Duck Ruffles Feathers

Breier stuck on thorny hotel plan.

The Roundup: No Challenge to Hill Papers
The Roundup

No Challenge to Hill Papers

But Halbrooks says Election Commission’s Extended Hours Helped Opponent

Murphy’s Law: Karen Ordinans’ Role in Shaping the Pension Plan
Murphy’s Law

Karen Ordinans’ Role in Shaping the Pension Plan

One of the remarkable stories in local government is the continuing survival of County Board chair Karen Ordinans.

Murphy’s Law: Has the Teacher’s Union Taken Over the GOP?
Murphy’s Law

Has the Teacher’s Union Taken Over the GOP?

It was not long ago that the state teacher's union was the designated villain for Republicans.

Murphy’s Law: Why Gov. McCallum’s Spending Priorities Were Wrong
Murphy’s Law

Why Gov. McCallum’s Spending Priorities Were Wrong

As the legislature wrestles with the state budget deficit, there has been talk of cutting every level of government except the schools.

Murphy’s Law: How Scott McCallum Plans to Raise Your Taxes
Murphy’s Law

How Scott McCallum Plans to Raise Your Taxes

Sometime in the coming week, Gov. Scott McCallum will be meeting secretly with lobbyists in Minocqua, of all places, to discuss a plan to cut school spending and force property tax increases as a way to balance the state budget.

Murphy’s Law: Could The Brewers Benefit If Minnesota Loses Its Team?
Murphy’s Law

Could The Brewers Benefit If Minnesota Loses Its Team?

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has scoffed at complaints from Twin Cities newspapers that eliminating a baseball team there would benefit the Milwaukee Brewers.

Murphy’s Law: How Mayor Norquist’s Salary Cut Lowers Property Taxes
Murphy’s Law

How Mayor Norquist’s Salary Cut Lowers Property Taxes

John Norquist styles himself as a budget cutter, but few are aware of how personally he has taken that mission.

Murphy’s Law: Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?
Murphy’s Law

Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?

It's a wacky idea, but Ed Thompson may turn out to be a real spoiler in the race for governor.

Murphy’s Law: Is Ald. Herron Leaving Town?
Murphy’s Law

Is Ald. Herron Leaving Town?

City Hall has been rife with rumors that Ald. Terrance Herron is leaving Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: Scott Jensen’s Big Shakedown
Murphy’s Law

Scott Jensen’s Big Shakedown

Rep. Jon Richards was feeling a little lonely.

Murphy’s Law: Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around
Murphy’s Law

Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around

My, how times have changed.

Murphy’s Law: Will Taxes Be the Key Issue in the Governor’s Race?
Murphy’s Law

Will Taxes Be the Key Issue in the Governor’s Race?

In the wake of the tragedy in New York and Washington, the Democratic candidates for governor have slowed down their campaigning, but they have been strategizing as to what the major issues will be in next fall's election.

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

Why The Mayor is Not Dead

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

Murphy’s Law: Why the State Doesn’t Hate Tom Ament Any More
Murphy’s Law

Why the State Doesn’t Hate Tom Ament Any More

Time was when Milwaukee County was a favorite whipping boy of the state.

Murphy’s Law: Is Wisconsin Short-Changed By Its Top Foundation?
Murphy’s Law

Is Wisconsin Short-Changed By Its Top Foundation?

With the resignation of Michael Joyce, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is looking for a new president.

Murphy’s Law: Can the New State Superintendent Succeed?
Murphy’s Law

Can the New State Superintendent Succeed?

Herbert Grover is not impressed with the credentials of Elizabeth Burmaster, the new State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Murphy’s Law: The Rise and Fall of Polly Williams
Murphy’s Law

The Rise and Fall of Polly Williams

Time was when Rep. Annette Polly Williams (D-Milwaukee) was the star of the conservative talk circuit.

Murphy’s Law: How Michael Joyce Sold Himself to George W. Bush
Murphy’s Law

How Michael Joyce Sold Himself to George W. Bush

The way Michael Joyce recalls it; he was watching his old friend William Bennett, the former secretary of education, on the Evans and Novak TV show one fine day.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee Goes Crazy for Research Parks
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee Goes Crazy for Research Parks

Wisconsin is supposed to be suffering from a brain drain, and southeast Wisconsin is said to lack the kind of high technology industries you find in a research park.

Murphy’s Law: The Raging Bull of MATC
Murphy’s Law

The Raging Bull of MATC

For eight years, Milwaukee Area Technical College President John Birkholz has terrorized his staff and even the board members who hired him, while alienating members of the business community.

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

Personal Foul – Norquist Loses Points With the Business Community

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