Milwaukee County Board approves placing marijuana referendum on November ballot


The Milwaukee County Board approved a resolution with a 15-1 vote Thursday to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters to take a position on the personal use, commercial regulation and taxation of marijuana. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Can Milwaukee solve its voter turnout problem?

In the age of Scott Walker, Wisconsin Democrats have no chance in statewide elections without a big turnout in Milwaukee and Madison. And the turnout has been far better in Madison and Dane County in recent years. In fact, though Dane County has 55 percent of Milwaukee County’s population, more of voters turned out there. > Urban Milwaukee

Walker: Evers ‘failed’ to take over Milwaukee schools


As Gov. Scott Walker floated the idea Sunday of breaking up Milwaukee Public Schools into smaller districts, he’s blaming state Superintendent Tony Evers for not taking over the schools. Evers, in turn, released a statement saying “Textbook Scott Walker — blaming others for his own mismanagement.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Marijuana legalization question unanimously advanced to Milwaukee County Board


As the result of a judiciary committee’s public hearing this week on legalizing marijuana, Milwaukee County Supervisors will vote later this month on whether to let voters weigh in on legalization on the November ballot.  > Wisconsin Public Radio

Sen. Lena Taylor against the world

With state Sen. Lena Taylor on the defensive this week, Urban Milwaukee‘s Bruce Murphy takes a look at the various press coverage the Milwaukee Democrat has garnered the last several years, and breaks down her Thursday press conference, in which she appeared to declare war against almost everybody.

Sen. Lena Taylor says she’s the victim of ‘political lynching,’ won’t quit


At a press conference Wednesday (full video here), State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) says race and gender have played into the scrutiny she’s faced over her behavior the last few weeks, and that she plans to remain in office. Taylor was stripped of her position on the state Senate’s powerful budget committee Tuesday. > Wisconsin Public Radio