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The Death of a Local Newspapernew

The 1995 merger of the liberal afternoon Milwaukee Journal with the morning Milwaukee Sentinel was painful for journalism, but the latest drastic turn by Journal Communications could be worse.
Shepherd Express  |  Joel McNally  |  08-08-2014  |  Media

Right-Wing ALEC Playbook Is Crippling Wisconsin’s Economynew

Small-government proposals are killing jobs, not creating them.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  02-21-2013  |  Economy

The Choice for Congressnew

Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban on the issues.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  10-10-2012  |  Elections

The Real Paul Ryannew

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got booed at the AARP meeting last week while he tried to explain that his plan for Medicare—and his desire to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA)—would actually help seniors.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  09-27-2012  |  Politics

Not Such a Bright Lightnew

Only in the narrow, dimly lighted minds of those in control of today's Republican Party would Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan be considered some kind of shining intellectual.
Shepherd Express  |  Joel McNally  |  08-14-2012  |  Elections

Healing Wisconsinnew

For those of us who love Wisconsin, this has been a gut-wrenching 16 months. We have seen family members become bitter enemies as they feel forced to choose sides while the state goes through extreme political changes.
Shepherd Express  |  Louis Fortis  |  06-04-2012  |  Commentary

Wisc. Republicans Change Recall Rules in the Middle of the Gamenew

Judge Mac Davis, a former Republican legislator, orders the Government Accountability Board to check all of the signatures for duplicates or other anomalies, shifting responsibility from Gov. Scott Walker to the state.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  01-18-2012  |  Politics

Swooning for the Richnew

The cruelest irony would be for Sen. Russ Feingold, a progressive populist in the mold of Wisconsin icon Robert La Follette, to be defeated by a millionaire businessman.
Shepherd Express  |  Joel McNally  |  10-26-2010  |  Elections

Farm Aid’s Changing Crusadenew

The benefit concert celebrates its 25th anniversary in Milwaukee.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  10-01-2010  |  Music

To Sharon Jones, It’s Not Retronew

You can call Sharon Jones the hardest-working woman in show business. You can call her a stage sensation. Just don’t call her “retro.”
Shepherd Express  |  L. Kent Wolgamott  |  05-19-2010  |  Concerts

The Problem With Independent Hip-Hopnew

I’m reluctant to admit it, but I don’t listen to much independent or alternative hip-hop these days, or at least not nearly as much as I did in college, when Rhymesayers, Def Jux and Stones Throw records were as much a part of my diet as ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  03-12-2010  |  Music

New Day Care Background Check Law May Not Be Constitutionalnew

Legislators and the state Department of Children and Families may have gotten positive headlines when creating a law that allows the state to permanently revoke child care provider licenses based on a wide range of offenses.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  03-12-2010  |  Children & Families

'How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamites,' Reviewednew

When the financial tailspin of 2008 forced Alan Greenspan to confess that he was mistaken about the unshakable rationality and self-correcting nature of the economy, it was as if a Roman Catholic cardinal publicly doubted the divinity of Christ.
Shepherd Express  |  David Luhrssen  |  02-26-2010  |  Nonfiction

Hayward Williams' Songs From a Long Winternew

Milwaukee’s harsh winters take a well-documented toll on us physically, numbing our limbs, wearing out our backs and testing our immune systems. They can be just as rough on us psychologically. Singer-songwriter Hayward Williams’ latest album was born of this annual seclusion.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  02-26-2010  |  Reviews

‘The Poisoner’s Handbook’: Tracking Murder Through Forensic Sciencenew

The storytelling skills of Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, show no diminishment in The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Penguin Press).
Shepherd Express  |  Roger K. Miller  |  02-12-2010  |  Nonfiction

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