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Jay Bullock is a high school English teacher in Milwaukee, columnist for the Bay View Compass, singer-songwriter and occasional improv comedian.


Recent Articles
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - August 24, 2015
 Walkercare proves Scott Walker is unfit to lead on domestic policy, too
 Last week, we covered how Walker clearly isn't qualified to lead American foreign policy. In the past week - with his comments about birthright citizenship and his Walkercare health care plan - he's shown that he is no better at domestic policy.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - August 18, 2015
 Walker proves unfit to lead on foreign policy with Iran deal comments
 Before he officially announced he was running for president, for example, Walker's clearest statement about foreign policy was that he was perfectly capable of taking on the militant Islamic group ISIS after he stood up to Wisconsin's teachers. Crazy. But now that he's in the race for real, he's getting more outlandish with his foreign policy pronouncements. And, if possible, crazier.
 
 Living - August 11, 2015
 Pro-life or pro-choice, we should all be pro-truth
 I believe all of us, whatever side of the debate we're on, might have a respect for facts and honesty in the debate about abortion and Planned Parenthood's impact on the health of women in Wisconsin. As such, Robin Vos and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel should be ashamed at the blatant falsehoods they ran in Sunday's paper.
 
 Kids & Family - August 4, 2015
 Bullock for Opportunity Schools Commissioner
 Dear County Executive Abele, I am writing today to add my name to the list of candidates interested in the position of Commissioner of Milwaukee's Opportunity Schools Partnership program. You've been vested with the authority to choose that commissioner, and I say it should be me.
 
 Living - July 28, 2015
 Why don't we treat guns the same way we treat cars?
 America doesn't have a gun problem, the argument goes; it has a car problem! This is perhaps my favorite of all the pro-gun defenses - favorite being in this case a relative term. But I need to be clear about this: I would give just about anything if guns could be licensed, regulated and policed the way automobiles are in this country.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 20, 2015
 Scott Walker does not answer questions, does not speak the truth
 Since Scott Walker's announcement that he's running for president, he and the national media have been getting to know each other. Last week, a Washington Post reporter on the Walker beat tweeted out, "In NH, Scott Walker says Wisconsin reporters weren't used to a gov who would 'actually answer questions and speak the truth.'" The reporter cheekily added "Fact check?" after the quote, but those in Wisconsin can tell you the answer to that: pants on fire.
 
 Kids & Family - July 14, 2015
 Remedial college classes: A view from the high school side
 A new state law directs UW system schools to report a new set of data to the legislature and the state Department of Public Instruction. This is about remedial college classes, how many students are taking them and what high schools these students graduated from. But remedial classes at UW are not a new phenomenon, nor the result of some recent dumbing-down of high school curricula or the inevitable decline of academic quality in public schools.
 
 Festival Guide - July 9, 2015
 Milwaukee music doesn't begin and end at Summerfest
 It's true. I hate Summerfest. Now that it's over for the year, I feel I can say that, and I can try to explain why.
 
 Kids & Family - June 30, 2015
 GOP's MPS takeover plan looks like a rerun of '90s school board elections
 The takeover plan, Jay Bullock has realized, amounts to a rerun of the Milwaukee school board elections of the 1990s, when humdrum local off-year elections suddenly drew the spotlight of national media and the checkbooks of major conservative organizations around the country.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - June 16, 2015
 Cheap-labor conservatism drives changes in Wisconsin
 On "The Sopranos," Edie Falco's Carmela stresses about a house she helped build with cheap insufficient lumber. This happens on a fictional TV show, sure. But there's a lesson in there: Don't do things on the cheap just because you think you know better and can get away with it. That lesson is lost on Wisconsin's Republican leadership and legislators, unfortunately, as they pursue an explicit policy of doing just that: trying to do things on the cheap.
 


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