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Bradley Appointment Solidifies Unprecedented GOP Power in Wisconsin

The GOP continues to exercise total control over Wisconsin government. And, Republican leaders are using their majority to advance party priorities.
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Local roads across Wisconsin are in need of repair. Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Shilling recently called on GOP lawmakers to help fix the problem.

“The potholes on the streets that I drive on every week keep getting worse, and my city council says we don’t have any resources from the state to fix these roads for the next 18 years,” Shilling says.

City of Milwaukee leaders have found a temporary way to improve roads, though those leaders insist that ultimately, the state and federal governments will have to kick in more money.


A prominent Democratic lawmaker wants to shake up the Milwaukee County Executive’s office.

State Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee announced Monday that he will challenge Incumbent Chris Abele in April.

The election promises to be competitive.

Larson announced his bid outside his childhood home in Greenfield. Flanked by his parents, wife and two small children, Larson said he’s been mulling his decision for months.

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Until this year, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University had only had two directors in its 30-plus year history.

After Wally Mason left the museum to take a similar job in Nebraska, the university hired Susan Longhenry. She was director of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico.

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It’s been 38 years since the Mary Tyler Moore Show left the airwaves, but it’s still regarded by many TV critics as both one of the funniest and most innovative sitcoms of all time. That’s partly because of the great writers and producers, but especially because of the show’s namesake.

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The generation known as millennials now makes up the largest portion of Wisconsin's workforce, according to U.S. Census Current Population Surveys data. 

Many large cities across the country saw dramatic spikes in homicides this summer, and Milwaukee has experienced among the most dramatic year-to-year spikes in violence.

But if you visit some Milwaukee neighborhoods, you're likely to find people who have been working for decades to keep their community safe.

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If a movie passes the Bechdel test, it features at least two women talking to each other about a subject besides a man. There are more of those films than there used to be, but they’re still not a given in Hollywood.

However there are signs of a significant shift of sorts to more older women playing key roles. It’s a trend that our film contributor Dave Luhrssen has taken note of.

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On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker announced appellate Judge Rebecca Bradley will take the place of the late Justice N. Patrick Crooks on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Crooks passed away last month.

Gov. Walker said, "(she has) truly lived up to her promise to be a judge that demonstrates unwavering commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law in every case that comes before her."

After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. He'd written a letter to Vice President Joe Biden shortly after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., saying gun control was not the answer. In the letter, Hanlin pledged not to enforce gun regulations he believed to be unconstitutional.

What wasn't widely reported was how common views like Hanlin's have become in law enforcement.

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Every year the Catholic, liberal arts college for women on Milwaukee’s south side hosts a community conference. Alverno psychology professor Joyce Tang Boyland was part of the team who put together this year’s A Tapestry of Sustainability event.

The conference takes place all day Friday on the Alverno College campus and folds in speakers, including former Milwaukee mayor John Norquist.


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Kinnickinnic River Neighbors Part of Environmental Solutions

In the 1960s, lining urban rivers with cement was considered to be state-of-the-art storm water management. But the practice proved otherwise, in places like Milwaukee's south side where the Kinnickinnic River flows.
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