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Articles tagged with 'obama'


Walker doesn't know when to quit

Published Sept. 15, 2015

A couple of months ago, I wrote in these pages that (alleged) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker does not tell the truth, and he does not answer questions. I would like to add a third thing to that list: Scott Walker does not know when to quit. And I'm not just talking about quitting the race for the Republican presidential nomination. When it comes to dodging questions and attacking Obama on police violence issues, he just doesn't know when to quit.


2004 has lessons for Democrats in 2016

Published Sept. 1, 2015

My fear today, as I write this, is that 2016 is looking more like 2004 than like 2008. It's not just the coincidence of another crazy white guy from Vermont running in the Democratic primary. It's that Hillary Clinton is now being treated by Democrats like John Kerry, like she is an elitist pseudo-liberal eager to make war with both Iran and the American middle class. Which is just not true.


Dr. Driver meets with Obama at the White House today

Published March 16, 2015

Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver is one of nearly a dozen leaders of urban school districts headed to the White House this morning to meet with President Barack Obama as part of the Council of the Great City Schools' three-day annual legislative/policy conference in Washington.


Obamacare vs. right to work

Published March 10, 2015

The right to work law, like Act 10, doesn't hold up to the scrutiny conservatives would apply were it a Democratic bill. Health-care reform was a major campaign item, something promised by Obama. Walker denied interest in right to work and called it a distraction, and it was never a statewide issue during the 2014 election.


President Scott Walker? Get used to it

Published Nov. 24, 2014

Can Scott Walker be president someday? Sure. The world has become a really scary place. In times like that - think ISIS, think Ebola, think the still sputtering economy - people want a leader of certainty. They want someone strong and resolute.


The horror! Bucks owners back Dems?

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Who cares if one of the new gazillionaire owners of the Milwaukee Bucks supports Democrats and welcomed President Obama to Milwaukee? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? (sorry for the cliché. It seems apt).


Erasing and redrawing the lines of bigotry

Published Aug. 6, 2013

The media has spent the last few years doing a great job of redrawing the lines of bigotry. It used to be that action predicated bigotry. Today, simply having a religious belief that opposes gay marriage will brand you as a bigot. This subtle change is no mistake and has been effective in turning the conversation of bigotry from actions to beliefs.


Social Circle: Were you surprised by the election results?

Published Nov. 11, 2012

Whether you are pleased or displeased with the results of the elections, they are over and it's time to move forward. For closure, had to ask the Social Circle one last question: were you surprised by the outcome of any of the elections.


Dress like the Obama girls

Published Nov. 8, 2012

Tuesday's presidential election may have split the country down the middle, but thankfully there's one thing upon which both red and blue states can agree: the Obama girls have got some serious style. Here's how Milwaukee fashionistas can replicate their look.


The election is over - welcome back, commercials

Published Nov. 8, 2012

A big welcome back to the Lenz Trucks guys, attorney David Gruber and Steinhafels. I'm sure some of us will miss the abundance of campaign advertisements - OK, only the bean counters at the local TV and radio stations will.


Grading the candidates' websites

Published Nov. 5, 2012

Every major election, Publisher Andy Tarnoff makes a point to take a nonpartisan look (yes, he says he can do that) at the major candidates' websites and evaluate them based on usability, design, clarity and messaging, mobile and overall trustworthiness. Here's a topical look at the Web efforts of the men and women looking for your vote on Nov. 6.


Candidates display only nodding acquaintance with the truth

Published Nov. 1, 2012

I can hardly imagine anybody who has behaved like these candidates actually being either a president or a vice president or a senator. All of them, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Tommy Thompson, Paul Ryan, Joe Biden and Tammy Baldwin have demonstrated that they have, at best, a nodding acquaintance with the truth.


Election exhaustion

Published Oct. 8, 2012

The lead item on the news this weekend was about how much money the two campaigns had raised. I was stunned, but it gave me an idea.