The Little School District That Could, March 2017
Now, after stripping public employees of their union rights, squeezing the ability of public schools to raise revenues, and throwing open the doors for private schools around the state to get public money by expanding Milwaukee’s controversial school voucher program, the state’s Republican lawmakers had come back for more. In a measure aimed exclusively at Racine, the state legislature wiped out the Racine Unified School district’s long-standing tradition . . .
Marquette law professor takes a bite out of crime myth, February 2017
|Photo by Matthew Muller.
Despite widespread belief that stiff mandatory sentences are to blame for Wisconsin’s high incarceration rate, Marquette University law professor Michael O’Hear argues that it’s a lot more complicated . . .
How Milwaukee went soft on crime, November 2014
What makes Milwaukee stand out is not just that crime has fallen … but that it has done so in a town where 28 percent of the population falls below the poverty level, far, far above the national average, and where conventional wisdom has it that the entrenched problems that go along with such long lasting economic deprivation make it much harder to do anything about crime. The secret? . . .
How David Clarke Became American Right’s Sheriff, December 2016
Just two days after Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory on Election Day, the short lists of prospective Cabinet members for the new administration began turning up in the press. Amid familiar and predictable national GOP figures and business leaders, two men whose highest office to date were in county government stood out—both as prospects to head the Department of Homeland Security. One was the just-ousted former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio. The other was the still-sitting sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, David Clarke. . . .
Why is Children’s Court so far away from Downtown Milwaukee?, July 2015
|Photo by Beth Cortez-Neavel.
The Children’s Court’s comparatively remote location might once have been a considered a feature, not a bug. Now, though, the distance has become part of a quiet but intense conversation among professionals who work in and around the juvenile court. An emerging consensus holds that the time is approaching — has arrived, even — to move Children’s Court back Downtown from the county’s western rim, returning it to the area around the Milwaukee County Courthouse that was once its home . . .
Theologian Brian McLaren takes on the future of Christianity at First Baptist Church of Madison, March 2014
|Photo by Daniel Tseng.
What is the future of Christianity? Few have thought harder about that question than Brian McLaren — a former Evangelical pastor and a prolific and popular author on the topic of Christianity’s past, present and future . . .
Battle for the Hills, April 2013
Deeper than the vein of iron ore in the wooded hills of Northern Wisconsin are the divisions over mining that run through the hearts of the people who live, work, and play in the Penokee region . . .
Busting Wisconsin’s unions, March 2013
Was Act 10 the precursor to a full-fledged assault on organized labor? Or was it just another round in a long-running brawl?
Invisible No More, February 2013
Operating under the radar locally, District Attorney John Chisholm has quietly become a national example of a new kind of prosecutor. With a series of high-profile cases, he’s been more scrutinized than ever before — but not necessarily understood.
Wisconsin health care groups work with the feds on Obamacare, December 2012
While Gov. Scott Walker’s administration continues to give Obamacare the cold shoulder, groups outside of state government are stepping in to work with federal officials implementing the law in Wisconsin.