Government

Politics & Government
10:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee Magazine Feature on "A Different Kind of Democrat"

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will face Governor Scott Walker in the upcoming November election.
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The start of July means we are roughly four months away from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November.  Wisconsin’s race for Governor will be among the most closely watched in the country, with Scott Walker facing his second challenge since he was elected four years ago.

Walker, who dispatched a recall challenge in defeating Tom Barrett two years ago, will likely face businesswoman and former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

South African Apartheid Survivor Helps Shapes Her Country's Future

Vuyiswa Tulelo is the General Consul for South Africa in the Midwest.
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Twenty years ago this weekend, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president of South Africa.  It was pinnacle of a period of remarkable change in that country – that included Mandela’s freedom from prison after 27 years, and the end of the Apartheid era in which blacks and other non-white South Africans were denied the rights and freedoms that whites had.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Is Big Brother the Government or Private Companies? Analyst Says Both

American actor Edmund O'Brien is pictured in a scene from the film "1984", based on the book by George Orwell (Stepney, London, England. 1955).
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Jay Stanley.

In a more innocent time, most of us in the United States assumed that unless we were breaking the law, our communications were private.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Wisconsin Group Advocates for Higher Minimum Wage

Many Wisconsinites agree with raising the minimum wage, but don't want to raise it to $10 an hour.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of the Milwaukee-based organization, Wisconsin Jobs Now.

As was expected, President Obama unveiled his plan to hike the minimum wage for people hired on federal contracts, during the State of the Union address last night. 

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Politics & Government
10:15 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Local Governments Consider Consolidation Options

The operations room at Waukesha County Communications
Credit Mark Felix / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley explores why some municipalities are considering consolidating their services.

Across the country, cities and counties are running out places to turn for cash. Residents complain that taxes are too high but then wince at cuts to services. In southeast Wisconsin and elsewhere, leaders are turning to a third option: consolidation of services or of whole communities. While it can save millions, some critics say autonomy is more important.

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Politics & Government
1:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Esparanza Unida to Explore Immigration Reform with Sen. Johnson

Manny Perez, General Manager of Esperanza Unida, will meet with Senator Ron Johnson tonight to discuss immigration reform.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Esparanza Unida's General Manager Manny Perez.

The future of immigration reform efforts in Congress remains in question two days after House Speaker John Boehner held a closed door meeting with leading Republicans.

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