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Josh Zepnick

Josh Zepnick serves in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Born Milwaukee, March 21, 1968; married. Graduate Rufus King H.S. (Milwaukee); B.A. UW-Madison 1990; M.A. Univ. of Minnesota 1998. Full-time legislator. Former project consultant, Milwaukee Jobs Initiative, Milwaukee Community Service Corps, and Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin; research associate, Center for Democracy and Citizenship; aide to State Senator Bob Jauch and Congressman David R. Obey. Member: Jackson Park Neighborhood Assn.; Jackson Park Business Assn.; South Side Business Club. Former member: UFCW Local 1444.
Elected to Assembly since 2002. Minority Caucus Sergeant at Arms 2013, 2011. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Energy and Utilities (since 2005, vice chp. 2009); Financial Institutions (since 2003); State and Federal Relations;

State and Local Finance. 2011 —Tourism, Recreation and State Properties; Leg. Coun. Spec. Com. on Local Service Consolidation (chp.). 2009 — Jt. Com. for Review of Administrative Rules (co-chp.); Ways and Means; Workforce Development (also 2007, 2003). 2007 — Gov.’s Council on Workforce Investment (also 2005). 2005 — Government Operations and Spending Limitations (also 2003); Southeast Wisconsin Freeways; State-Federal Relations; Jt. Select Com. on Road to the Future. 2003 — Transportation.

Campaign Finance Reports

2016 - Pre-Election - $1,371 - 7 contributions

2016 - Pre-Primary - $2,330 - 17 contributions

2015 - July Continuing - $4,825 - 46 contributions

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All the Election Data You Want

All the Election Data You Want

It was one for the history books, with many surprising results and newcomers.

Murphy’s Law: 23 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

23 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the vote totals, who were the other winners and losers in yesterday’s election?

Vote Tuesday: Candidates for Common Council
Vote Tuesday

Candidates for Common Council

Six candidates for 5th District in only primary contest.

Vote Tuesday: Democratic Candidate Guide
Vote Tuesday

Democratic Candidate Guide

Packed Democratic gubernatorial race and county sheriff contest are top items on Tuesday's ballot.

WI Working Families Party endorses Milwaukee County slate for state legislature
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WI Working Families Party endorses Milwaukee County slate for state legislature

Working families champions to build progressive power for county; state residents

Rep. Zepnick – Rejects Call for Milwaukee Police Chief Election
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Rep. Zepnick – Rejects Call for Milwaukee Police Chief Election

"The suggestion that another political campaign is what Milwaukee needs to hire a Police Chief is beyond absurd and totally unworkable."

No Choice in 36% of Legislative Races

No Choice in 36% of Legislative Races

Gerrymandering and decline in number of candidates leaves 2.5 million residents with no choice.

New Federal Program Could Help City

New Federal Program Could Help City

Opportunity Zones law allows tax incentives for distressed areas.

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

Republican assembly districts are up to 96% white, senate districts as high as 95% white.

The State of Politics: Top 10 State News Stories of 2017
The State of Politics

Top 10 State News Stories of 2017

Another historic year in Wisconsin politics created some big headlines.

The State of Politics: Sex Can Be Issue in the Capitol
The State of Politics

Sex Can Be Issue in the Capitol

When it becomes harassment how should it be handled?

Statement from State Representative Josh Zepnick
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Statement from State Representative Josh Zepnick

"I apologize to both women for my actions and for any distress that I may have caused."

Dana Wachs calls on Rep. Josh Zepnick to resign following news that he assaulted female staffers
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Dana Wachs calls on Rep. Josh Zepnick to resign following news that he assaulted female staffers

"Frankly, I’m disgusted by the accounts of Rep. Zepnick assaulting two young women at work-related events."

Rep. Zepnick Should Resign
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Rep. Zepnick Should Resign

"In light of the two incidences reported on today, I believe Rep. Josh Zepnick should resign."

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
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With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Judge Rebecca Dallet clear choice of Milwaukee County leaders
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Judge Rebecca Dallet clear choice of Milwaukee County leaders

“I am honored and humbled to have earned the support of these officials, who work every day to make our communities stronger.”

The State of Politics: A Tale of Two Millennials
The State of Politics

A Tale of Two Millennials

Two young Assembly reps in each party, two very different tales.

Representative Zepnick Supports Marcy’s Law for Wisconsin
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Representative Zepnick Supports Marcy’s Law for Wisconsin

“Protecting victim’s rights is of the utmost importance to ensuring justice.”

Drunk Driving Bill Costs $15 Million Per Year

Drunk Driving Bill Costs $15 Million Per Year

Department of Corrections estimates minimum cost of get-tough bill.

Representative Zepnick Concerned About Legislation Authorizing Constitutional Convention
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Representative Zepnick Concerned About Legislation Authorizing Constitutional Convention

There is probably not a worse time to have a constitutional convention in our nation

Op Ed: Rebuild The Domes
Op Ed

Rebuild The Domes

Joint city-county-state effort should rebuild domes and maximize its tourism potential.

Rep. Zepnick Speaks at Milwaukee Domes Grand Re-Opening, Calls for Community Engagement on Domes’ Next Steps
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Rep. Zepnick Speaks at Milwaukee Domes Grand Re-Opening, Calls for Community Engagement on Domes’ Next Steps

The grand re-opening event held today was a daylong celebration that included live Christmas music and a holiday floral show.

The State of Politics: Final Notes From The Campaign-Trail
The State of Politics

Final Notes From The Campaign-Trail

After 210 interviews with candidates, some observations on a crazy election.

State Representative Josh Zepnick Applauds Milwaukee County Transportation Budget Proposal
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State Representative Josh Zepnick Applauds Milwaukee County Transportation Budget Proposal

“My colleagues at the state level should recognize the burden being placed on cities and counties across the state and provide a sustainable transportation fix.”

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

19 Election Winners and Losers

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

Shepherd Express Endorses Marisabel Cabrera for State Assembly
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Shepherd Express Endorses Marisabel Cabrera for State Assembly

Major Milwaukee publication believes 9th district needs a strong, smart and active leader

Zepnick Supports Consumer Protection Policies That Lessen Predatory Lending
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Zepnick Supports Consumer Protection Policies That Lessen Predatory Lending

There are currently no restrictions in Wisconsin preventing payday and car title lenders from gouging customers with high interest rates

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses ReElection of State Representative Josh Zepnick, cites leadership on workforce development
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Mayor Tom Barrett endorses ReElection of State Representative Josh Zepnick, cites leadership on workforce development

Representative Zepnick is a former Chair of the Milwaukee Delegation and has served two Governors on the Council on Workforce Investment.

Representative Zepnick Attends UMOS Candidate Forum
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Representative Zepnick Attends UMOS Candidate Forum

Opponent Cabrera is a NoShow, Holds Campaign Fundraiser Instead

WEAC recommends Representative Josh Zepnick in 9th Assembly District
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WEAC recommends Representative Josh Zepnick in 9th Assembly District

Wisconsin students need legislators who stand up for their public schools, teachers say

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

Democratic Family Feuds

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

South Side State Representative Josh Zepnick Calls on Leon’s Owner to Rescind Policy Requiring English-Only Communications
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South Side State Representative Josh Zepnick Calls on Leon’s Owner to Rescind Policy Requiring English-Only Communications

Zepnick wants owner Ron Schneider to immediately rescind the policy and establish a reasonable set of expectations that addresses both customer service efficiency and treating everyone with respect regardless of their ethnic background.

Marisabel Cabrera Calls Out Josh Zepnick’s Double-Speak
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Marisabel Cabrera Calls Out Josh Zepnick’s Double-Speak

Zepnick claims to be against water privatization, legislative record says otherwise

Wisconsin Budget Project: Bipartisan Way to Reduce Inequality
Wisconsin Budget Project

Bipartisan Way to Reduce Inequality

Increased Earned Income Tax Credit is simple measure that most state residents would favor.

Back in the News: 8 Problems With Privatizing Water Utilities
Back in the News

8 Problems With Privatizing Water Utilities

Media has now jumped on the issue, adding more info on why proposed bill is a mistake.

Murphy’s Law: Will Bill Privatize Water Utilities?

Contribution to Josh Zepnick of $500

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

Will Bill Privatize Water Utilities?

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

Rep. Zepnick Calls for Legislative Action on I-94 Corridor Construction
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Rep. Zepnick Calls for Legislative Action on I-94 Corridor Construction

The overall goals of construction must be: reduced speeding, safer pedestrian and biking routes, and examination of transit only lanes to calm fast-moving traffic that is entering/exiting the Interstate system.

Welcome to the New Layton Boulevard

Welcome to the New Layton Boulevard

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

Rep. Zepnick joins Mayor Barrett and neighborhood leaders to celebrate improved roads near National Ave., Layton Blvd., and S. 27th St.
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Rep. Zepnick joins Mayor Barrett and neighborhood leaders to celebrate improved roads near National Ave., Layton Blvd., and S. 27th St.

Two projects possible through nearly $4 million secured by State Rep. Zepnick

State Rep. Josh Zepnick pleads guilty to drunken driving
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State Rep. Josh Zepnick pleads guilty to drunken driving

Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388
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Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388

Bills Will Have a Devastating Impact on Wisconsin’s Tradition of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

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Taking the Pulse of the 2016 Milwaukee Elections

State Rep. Josh Zepnick arrested for drunken driving
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State Rep. Josh Zepnick arrested for drunken driving

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.

Gwen Connolly campaign showing huge momentum

Contribution to Terry Witkowski of $50

Gwen Connolly campaign showing huge momentum

Contribution to Jose G. Perez of $50

Gwen Connolly campaign showing huge momentum
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Gwen Connolly campaign showing huge momentum

After her opponent this week jumped to the Branch 31 race, Connolly is widely seen as the prohibitive favorite to be the next judge in Branch 44.

Transportation borrowing in Wisconsin is out of control
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Transportation borrowing in Wisconsin is out of control

New revenue is needed now while gas prices are at an all-time low

Op-Ed: Family Leave is Necessary for Wisconsin
Op-Ed

Family Leave is Necessary for Wisconsin

It helps families and doesn't cost more for companies. Legislation requiring would be a win win.

Transportation Funding too Important to Wait
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Transportation Funding too Important to Wait

“Unfortunately, Republicans in Madison aren’t interested in making decisions. Wisconsin deserves answers, and solutions.”

Rep. Zepnick: Calls for Federal Investigation of BP’s Oil Refinery
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Rep. Zepnick: Calls for Federal Investigation of BP’s Oil Refinery

Calls on Department of Energy to aid in getting refinery up and running

Zepnick’s leadership shines through
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Zepnick’s leadership shines through

Rep. Zepnick Statement on Milwaukee Bucks Arena Signing

Transportation Funding is Critical to State’s Economy
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Transportation Funding is Critical to State’s Economy

More Borrowing is Fiscally Irresponsible

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

Contribution to Josh Zepnick of $200

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?

Ald. Dudzik Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Contribution to Josh Zepnick of $250

Ald. Dudzik Killed in Motorcycle Crash
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Ald. Dudzik Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Rep. Zepnick Proposes Transportation Funding for Wisconsin Communities
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Rep. Zepnick Proposes Transportation Funding for Wisconsin Communities

Zepnick’s plan allows cities or counties to tax gasoline at the pump with Wisconsin’s sales tax, and all revenue be placed in a local infrastructure fund

Walker’s Comments on Immigration out of Line
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Walker’s Comments on Immigration out of Line

"To hear the Governor saying that these hardworking folks aren’t worthy of being Americans because they came here from somewhere else is deeply troubling."

Zepnick lauds Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Wisconsin businesses
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Zepnick lauds Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Wisconsin businesses

“Wisconsin citizens should not be worried about being gouged.”

Representative Zepnick responds to attempts to undermine city regulation of Uber and Lyft
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Representative Zepnick responds to attempts to undermine city regulation of Uber and Lyft

"Uber is a success story in Milwaukee and I think one of the reasons is due to reasonable and responsible oversight by local government to ensure public safety."

Zepnick Announces Run for Milwaukee City Council
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Zepnick Announces Run for Milwaukee City Council

South Side Democratic Legislator remains focused on improving workforce development with good paying jobs, safe and sound neighborhoods, rebuilding Milwaukee’s public infrastructure, and maintaining a strong education system.

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

Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?

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

Rep. Zepnick Says Ald. Donovan Owes Milwaukee an Apology
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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."

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

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 21, 2015

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

Rep. Zepnick Proposes Middle Class Tax Cuts and a Fair and Responsible Transportation Funding
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Rep. Zepnick Proposes Middle Class Tax Cuts and a Fair and Responsible Transportation Funding

State Representative Josh Zepnick announced a plan today that would offer middle class tax cuts along with a fair and responsible transportation funding plan.

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Had led group 22 years, board members vague on reasons for dumping him.

South 27th Street Construction Delayed Until Spring

South 27th Street Construction Delayed Until Spring

State DOT blames bad weather and a regional shortage of concrete for the delay.

Rep. Zepnick calls for cap on Telco late fees
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Rep. Zepnick calls for cap on Telco late fees

Rep. Josh Zepnick today called to restore the cap on late charges that may be charged to retail consumers of telecommunication services.

Under the Influence: Why Wisconsin Has Weak Laws on Drunken Driving
Under the Influence

Why Wisconsin Has Weak Laws on Drunken Driving

Legislators reject tougher penalties, even for repeat offenders. First of a series.

Zepnick blasts latest MMAC proposal to hit Milwaukee taxpayers
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Zepnick blasts latest MMAC proposal to hit Milwaukee taxpayers

Rep. Josh Zepnick said the latest MMAC proposal to force referendums to raise taxes in Milwaukee is a disaster waiting to happen.

Representative Zepnick: Again Proposes Ideas and Invites Discussion on New Milwaukee Bucks Arena
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Representative Zepnick: Again Proposes Ideas and Invites Discussion on New Milwaukee Bucks Arena

Rep Zepnick Says No to Old Boys Club Deciding New Arena Plan

Op-Ed: Build NBA Arena Next to Potawatomi Casino
Op-Ed

Build NBA Arena Next to Potawatomi Casino

City could create TIF district in valley on little-used land, state assemblyman proposes.

Op-Ed: In Defense of Milwaukee
Op-Ed

In Defense of Milwaukee

City is making progress on foreclosures and the report claiming 40% of mortgages are underwater is hogwash.

Three Milwaukee-area projects win top engineering honors
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Three Milwaukee-area projects win top engineering honors

Work on Three Bridges Park, two major road projects, honored; Rep. Zepnick praises Three Bridges Park as splendid public space

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

Mary Nohl vs. NIMBY

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

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.

Photo Gallery: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail
Photo Gallery

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail

Despite rainy weather, Mayor Barrett and a host of politicians celebrated the new bike trail.

Plenty of Horne: Why We Lost the Marsupial Bridge Swings
Plenty of Horne

Why We Lost the Marsupial Bridge Swings

The city hasn't allocated money to maintain them. Should the nearby Business Improvement District adopt them?

Plenty of Horne: Brewing as a Conceptual Art
Plenty of Horne

Brewing as a Conceptual Art

Brenner Brewing has a ways to go before it functions as a working brewery. Plus: a fundraiser for the anti-Clarke candidate.

Plenty of Horne: Bradley Prizes Go to Millionaires
Plenty of Horne

Bradley Prizes Go to Millionaires

Roger Ailes and Mitch Daniels were among four men awarded $250,000 each by the Milwaukee foundation for "unflinching" conservatism.

South Siders Concerned about I-94 Changes

South Siders Concerned about I-94 Changes

DOT proposals for exits and entrances at 26th and 35th streets worry area residents.

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session
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Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced the Assembly Democratic members of the standing and joint committees for the 2013-2014 legislative session.

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

Will State Screw Milwaukee?

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

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

The City of Milwaukee is working on state legislation to allow the City to profit from the sale of additional taxi cab permits (to be called medallions) and address the perceived shortage of taxi cabs in the city. Currently under Wisconsin law, permit and license fees can not exceed the cost to issue said permits. This gives the Common Council and Mayor little incentive to raise the cap on the number of permits (currently capped at the seemingly random number of 321 since 1992), despite the fact that the permits are changing hands in the private market for between $80,000 to $150,000.

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: Voting With The Mayor
The Roundup

Voting With The Mayor

Mayor Barrett’s office announced Monday that he would vote at City Hall at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Roundup: Let My People Shop!
The Roundup

Let My People Shop!

Ald. Zielinski is upset, because Jewel Osco has taken steps to prevent a new grocery store in his district.

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: Who’s on Fifth?
The Roundup

Who’s on Fifth?

An $89 billion bank is muscling its way into the Milwaukee market, and you read about it here first.

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