Bruce Murphy


Bruce Murphy writes the Murphy's Law column for, where he serves as editor. Murphy has won more than 30 national and state journalism awards, served as editor of Milwaukee Magazine and as an enterprise reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Before that, he edited, where he broke the pension scandal story that resulted in the county executive and seven county supervisors losing their jobs.

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Tuition and other college costs have risen astronomically and grants and other forms of non-debt aid haven’t kept pace. It’s not uncommon for students across the country today to graduate with crushing balances owed to the federal government and to private lenders – the latter often at high interest rates.

Wisconsin hasn’t escaped the trend. According to Bruce Murphy, editor at Urban Milwaukee, the percentage of debt incurred by Wisconsin’s students rose sharply in the past decade – faster than all but 6 other states.

Urban Milwaukee

While we’re still more than a year away from the presidential election, we’re a little closer to another race that is shaping up to be an interesting one. The election for Milwaukee County Executive happens in April, and thus far pits incumbent Chris Abele against State Senator Chris Larson.

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Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and County Executive Chris Abele held a joint press conference yesterday to announce a deal reached that would allow for the construction of a new basketball arena in downtown Milwaukee.  

In case you'd forgotten, tomorrow is election day in Wisconsin.  There are several items on ballots across the state, all of them involving the judiciary.

There are also a handful of local races in municipalities around Wisconsin.

But you'd be forgiven if you hadn't noticed the biggest race - that for Supreme Court justice. That's because the race between incumbent Ann Walsh Bradley, and Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley has been much lower-key than other such campaigns in past years.

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Not far from downtown Milwaukee, a high-rise hotel project is underway at the casino operated by the Potowatomi tribe, in the Menomonee Valley. It’s the only such casino in southeastern Wisconsin.  But that could change – if a plan by the Menomonee tribe to build a new casino in Kenosha moves forward.

Urban Milwaukee

News of suspended Brewer Ryan Braun’s apology dominated much of the local news this week.

Each week, our news analyst Bruce Murphy brings us the top headlines of the past seven days. This week's top stories include: