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Vice President of the United States Mike Pence speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

A stark and scary vision for America 

BY: - August 27, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video Wednesday in which he condemned the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, and related the condolence call he made to the Blake family. Once again, a Black man — Jacob Blake — was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick. […]

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President Donald Trump shrugging and making a face looking skeptical disbelieving

The RNC hatefest and Kenosha on fire

BY: - August 26, 2020

White fear is a central theme of the Republican National Convention this week. Take Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers charged with felonies for waving loaded guns at unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters who were walking past their house.  “What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to […]

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Joe Biden Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a town hall hosted by the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 33 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Joe Biden’s radical compassion

BY: - August 21, 2020

On the closing night of the Democratic convention, the whole four-day, stations-of-the-cross march through COVID, climate catastrophe, family separation, gun violence, hatred, bigotry and injustice finally made sense. This was not  “a normal convention,” as President Obama put it, but then, “It’s not a normal time.”  There was very little levity, and a whole lot […]

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Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

The battle for Wisconsin

BY: - August 20, 2020

“I did hear the Democrats were supposed to have their national convention in Wisconsin — but they couldn’t make it,” Vice President Mike Pence said tauntingly Wednesday at a rally outside a manufacturing plant in Darien. Pence was the third member of the Trump campaign to show up this week to rub salt in the […]

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DNC on Sunday, August 16. Photo courtesy of the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee (“DNCC”).

The curtain rises on the Democratic convention

BY: - August 18, 2020

Since Milwaukee had the very bad luck to be chosen to host the Coronavirus Democratic Convention, which has been moved almost entirely online, hometown press and politicians are boosting the idea that maybe Wisconsin will get a second chance in another four years. But it seems just as likely that there won’t be any more […]

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Kids with Black Lives Matter masks at Fight for 15 BLM rally against MicDonalds

School vouchers, Black Lives Matter and democracy

BY: - August 17, 2020

When a Milwaukee voucher school recently posted its opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement’s support of LGBTQ rights, the ensuing controversy lifted the curtain — albeit ever-so-slightly— on a long-standing problem. Under Wisconsin’s voucher programs, billions of taxpayer dollars have been funneled into private schools that do not have to abide by basic antidiscrimination […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine issues involving race and policing practices in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

The Kamala Harris choice

BY: - August 12, 2020

Joe Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate is not exactly shocking, but it did accomplish what the vice presidential pick is supposed to do: It gave a shot in the arm to a campaign becalmed during the dog days of August, especially needed as the coronavirus pandemic put the kibosh on the […]

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A detail of the Undocumented Migration Project’s Hostile Terrain 94 installation. (Undocumented Migration Project)

Why I wrote 500 toe tags during a pandemic

BY: - August 10, 2020

This column first appeared in the Kansas Reflector, our sister news outlet in Kansas. Huascar Medina is the current  Poet Laureate of Kansas.  The Undocumented Migration Project’s Hostile Terrain 94 art exhibit will be on display in Milwaukee on Sept. 24 at the UW-Milwaukee.    I recently completed the task of filling out more than […]

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U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

What Trump’s collapse means for America

BY: - August 3, 2020

Reality is finally catching up with our reality TV star president. Faced with an unprecedented economic collapse triggered by his own clear failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic (something other industrialized nations have managed to pull off) the Donald tweeted hopefully last week that the November election might need to be rescheduled.  No one really […]

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Trump’s troops in Portland and the march to martial law

BY: - July 24, 2020

President Trump’s use of federal officers to conduct law enforcement operations in Portland —and his threat to bring them to other U.S. cities, including Milwaukee — is just a taste of things to come. As he showed in Lafayette Square, Trump has no compunction about calling on federal forces to further his political ends. And […]

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Woman in a U.S. flag mask on her face

The coronavirus crisis shows now is the time to demand more from our government

BY: - July 22, 2020

America has blown past every country in the coronavirus pandemic, with almost 4 million cases and more than 140,000 deaths. If you want to know why the most medically advanced country in the world ended up here, look no further than the malfeasance and conspiracy-mongering of President Donald Trump. The New York Times this weekend ran a devastating tick-tock […]

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Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald have continually lied about partisan gerrymandering

BY: - July 22, 2020

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald have long opposed any and all attempts to bring even an iota of fairness and impartiality to the redistricting process of state legislative and congressional districts in Wisconsin. Indeed, their fear of a fair system that would provide Wisconsin voters with legitimate competitive […]