Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pardon Our Dust

Check back for new stories added to my, for now, limited portfolio.

Find my latest features, seen in publications like The Progressive, Milwaukee Magazine and Isthmus, below.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Progressive: The Little School District That Could

The Little School District That Could, March 2017

Photo by Victor Bjorkund.

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 . . .

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Isthmus: Judicial Oversight

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 . . .

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Progressive: How David Clarke Became American Right's Sheriff

How David Clarke Became American Right's Sheriff, December 2016

Photo by Gage Skidmore

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. . . .

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Milwaukee Magazine: Trial Separation

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 . . .

Monday, February 13, 2017

Politico: How Milwaukee Went Soft on Crime

How Milwaukee went soft on crime, November 2014

Photo by Vincent Desjardins.

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? . . .

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Isthmus: Theologian Brian McLaren in Madison

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 . . .