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Jay Bullock's Articles
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Milwaukee Buzz - Oct. 21, 2014
Dear Sen. Johnson: here's my last will and testament
Dear Ron Johnson, senior U.S. Sen. from the great state of Wisconsin...
Milwaukee Buzz - Oct. 14, 2014
I didn't need to watch the Walker/Burke debate
I didn't watch the Walker-Burke debate last week. I'd like to say it's because I have an active social life and was out partying on a Friday night; in reality, I just didn't want to -- I didn't need to.
Kids & Family - Oct. 8, 2014
There be Dragons: Why Dr. Driver's sailing may not be so smooth
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver told OnMilwaukee that "now, a month in, we're smooth sailing," and if Jau Bullock were a coffee drinker he would have choked on it because that's just not what he's seeing here on the ground, to slightly mix metaphors.
Tagged with: MPS, Darienne Driver
Milwaukee Buzz - Sept. 30, 2014
Copy that: Burke plagiarism is a non-scandal
Is this plagiarism "scandal" evidence that Mary Burke is unqualified to be governor of Wisconsin? Hardly. It seems much more like evidence that the opposition has nothing of actual substance on which to campaign.
Milwaukee Buzz - Sept. 16, 2014
Deficit attention disorder
Walker, who claimed budget management skills as his primary qualification to be your governor, has run up a deficit more than double what Jim Doyle did during the Great Recession.
Living - Sept. 9, 2014
The iCloud hack and the kids these days
I was very excited the other day when I heard that celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Jill Scott, and Kate Upton had their iCloud accounts hacked and nude photographs of them were being posted all over the internet -- but not for the reason you might think.
Milwaukee Buzz - Sept. 2, 2014
Poll position: Somehow, Walker is more popular than his policies
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "Oh, look, it's a day that ends in Y, so Bullock is slamming Scott Walker again." You bet! But this day, I have new results from the Marquette University Law School poll to talk about, and since the poll has been eerily accurate - nailing Gov. Walker's recall win in 2012, for example - the results are worth paying attention to.
Milwaukee Buzz - Aug. 26, 2014
Lessons in crowd control from Ferguson, Europe and the classroom
I was doing some errands the other day, catching up on podcasts in the car between them, when I heard this: "The behavior of crowds tends to be determined by what's happening outside the crowd." I could not help but draw the connection between what was being said about crowds and what is happening now in Ferguson and around the country.
Living - Aug. 19, 2014
We the living make deaths "senseless"
"Senseless death"-- and its companion, "senseless tragedy"-- is one of the tritest, emptiest phrases you hear. And, sadly, you're hearing it a lot these days, although it's hard to say that anyone's death is in any way sensible, other than perhaps the lucky few who die of very old age on their own terms with friends and family around all their affairs fully settled.
Milwaukee Buzz - Aug. 12, 2014
Jay Bullock heads to the mailbox
From time to time, I like to check under the bridge to see what my trolls are up to. Wait, did I just say that out loud? I mean, I like to dig into the comments to my columns, as well as the emails they precipitate, and share my responses with those correspondents and world.
Milwaukee Buzz - Aug. 5, 2014
Why Ron Johnson's lawsuit really hurts my brain
Good news, everybody! Wisconsin's senior Sen. (and man, is that a tough phrase to type) Ron Johnson, Republican, is appealing the dismissal of his lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, so the hilarity can continue for the foreseeable future.
Milwaukee Buzz - July 30, 2014
100 things (give or take) Paul Ryan could have proposed to help end poverty but
Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) set forth another in his continuing series (like Harry Potter, but with more magical thinking) of budget committee plans designed to "help" the poor. I'd like to offer 100 things Paul Ryan could have proposed in this most recent version but didn't that might actually help the poor.
Kids & Family - July 21, 2014
Common Core is not the problem: testing, paranoia, and pandering are
Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finally got off the fence and called for the state's lawmakers to "repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin." Clearly an attempt to motivate his base, Walker's statement -- like most anti-Common Core sentiments -- missed the mark on what the real problems are and opened up an ugly can of worms.
Milwaukee Buzz - July 15, 2014
Tort-happy Republicans vs. the Affordable Care Act
For a party that has long claimed to oppose frivolous lawsuits, the Republicans last week sure seemed pretty tort-happy.
Living - July 8, 2014
Supreme Court is trolling America
The Supreme Court is, pretty often, going to make decisions any of us can disagree with. The court as it is now has managed to anger people on the left and the right -- the left more often, thank you Ralph Nader -- but last week's decisions on birth control have raised the Roberts court's penchant for disagreeability to a new level, one that is undeniably trolling.
Milwaukee Buzz - July 1, 2014
The real IRS scandal
For more than a year now, the conservative outrage machine has had its sights squarely on the Internal Revenue Service. I mean, among other things; the conservative outrage machine is an accomplished multi-tasker, so the IRS has had to compete with Benghazi and Fast and Furious and the machine's continuing surprise that a U.S. president enjoys golf.
Milwaukee Buzz - June 24, 2014
Another week proves Walker's way is not Wisconsin's way
Wisconsin simply must not abide a governor whose allies, associates, and employees see the law as something to be circumvented, rather than followed.
Kids & Family - June 17, 2014
Students lose in ongoing battle against teacher tenure
Teacher tenure is not the cause of poor student achievement, and trying to "reform" it will do nothing to improve educational outcomes for the students who most need our help. Indeed, they will suffer as any last protections or incentives for good teachers to stay are "reformed" right out of existence.
Kids & Family - June 10, 2014
Grading MPS superintendent Thornton
Now that Dr. Gregory Thornton has nearly finished his tenure at the helm of Wisconsin's largest school district, it's time to look back on his performance. According to Jay Bullock, Thornton's four years here have been a bit of a mixed bag, but overall, he was more successful than his last few predecessors at the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Milwaukee Buzz - June 3, 2014
"The Case for Reparations" makes persuasive argument
Even though more than 800 people were injured, up to 300 people were killed, 35 blocks of a city were destroyed, and 10,000 people were left homeless by the Tulsa Race Riot -- making it the biggest race riot of the 20th century -- Jay Bullock had never encountered the story until last month, when he read "The Case for Reparations," a massive and thorough argument by The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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