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At a time when politics seems intensely partisan, more reasoned and rational political discussion prevails in high school civic competition We the People.
At a time when politics seems intensely partisan, more reasoned and rational political discussion prevails in high school civic competition We the People.

Milwaukee-area students show their bright side in political debate

As parents, it's pretty nice when our kids teach us a lesson or "show us how it's done."

At a time when much political debate in Wisconsin and nationally seems intensely partisan, personal and petty, more reasoned and rational political discussion comes from a local group of high school students who annually take part in a national civic education program and competition known as We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.

The nationwide program is designed to promote civic competence and responsibility among students. More than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in We the People since it was founded in 1987.

Here in Milwaukee, five teams recently participated in the We the People state finals competition at Marquette University Law School. Previous competitions were held at the State Capitol, but the higher educational venue at Marquette seems more appropriate than the legislative one in Madison these days.

Wauwatosa West High School won this year's competition, followed by Wauwatosa East and other schools such as South Milwaukee and Hartford. It's the fifth straight State win for Tosa West, while Tosa East and Heritage Christian of Brookfield have each won numerous state titles in the last 25 years. The state winners and possible alternates are eligible to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. in late April, but must also raise significant funds for the trip.

I am fortunate enough to be following and closely watching this year's competition since my son is currently studying and competing with about 25 other juniors from Tosa West.

Each school in We the People divides their team into groups of four or five students. The groups work to prepare four-minute opening statements to three different questions, which they read to a panel of expert judges. The panel includes lawyers, teachers or college professors. The panel grills the students for six minutes on their statements or any other area o…

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JJ Grey & Mofro perform live at Turner Hall Thursday night.
JJ Grey & Mofro perform live at Turner Hall Thursday night.

JJ Grey and Mofro bring an out-of-this-world show to Turner Hall Thursday night

JJ Grey and Mofro delivered a solid performance to a nearly sold-out crowd Thursday, Jan. 19 at Turner Hall Ballroom. 

Check out a sample of their show below, courtesy of The Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall:

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound got the crowd going with an opening set that included a cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart."

Matt Flynn: NFC's Offensive Player of the Week.
Matt Flynn: NFC's Offensive Player of the Week.

Inside the Huddle: Talking with Matt Flynn

Packers quarterback Matt Flynn was been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week this week.  Playing for Aaron Rodgers, who sat out the final regular season game and called plays in the first half, the 26 year-old completed 31 of 44 passes with one interception. In addition, he set team single-game franchise records for both passing yards (480) and touchdowns (six).

Today, Flynn talks to OnMilwaukee.com about his game and offers other insights in this next edition of the exclusive video series presented in partnership with insidethehuddle.tv.

For this NFL season, OnMilwaukee.com has showcased various Green Bay Packers players and asked them questions about not only the games on the field, but about their lives off the field including their hobbies, what's on their iPods and more.  It's insider access and an entertaining look into the lives of America's Team.

The Packers next game will be at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Lambeau Field. They'll play one of three teams  (#6 Detroit, #5 Atlanta, or #4 New York Giants).