Mayor Tom Barrett

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Lake Effect's Joy Powers talks with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett about protests, policing, COVID-19 response and the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

We’re only halfway into 2020, and already Milwaukee has faced so many surprising and extraordinary challenges. A global pandemic shut down businesses, kept our communities in isolation, and brought the economy to a screeching halt. 

LaToya Dennis

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running for reelection. He announced that he was seeking his fifth term on Wednesday at the Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

Standing in front of a chalk board mural of a phoenix with the words "Still, I Rise" written above it and flanked by supporters — mainly black and brown people — Barrett made it clear he's more optimistic about the future of Milwaukee than he's ever been.

Marti Mikkelson

The field of candidates for Milwaukee Mayor got a little more crowded Tuesday, as Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor threw her hat into the ring. That brings the number of declared candidates to three. Taylor’s bid sets up a potential challenge against long-time Mayor Tom Barrett.


Milwaukee officials are keeping  a close eye on the census case being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Mayor Tom Barrett says if the Trump administration gets its way, it'll be tougher to get an accurate count when the census begins next year. 

The census case is about whether the Census Bureau can ask people if they are U.S. citizens. President Donald Trump says his administration wants more citizenship data to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Milwaukee Magazine

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially threw his hat into the ring this week, announcing he’s again running for president. That brings the number of people who have announced their candidacies to 12, with several more people reportedly close to making an announcement — and that’s just people seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.

Marti Mikkelson

Hundreds of people on Monday packed into a room at the Northwestern Mutual tower downtown to hear Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s annual State of the City address. The Mayor touted potential areas for growth in housing – yet voiced concerns about future budgets.

Mayor Barrett highlighted some of the city’s building developments in the past year - including helping businesses invest in Park Place on the northwest side and advancing a new residential development in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

Milwaukee Sells Foreclosed Homes for a Dollar

Oct 29, 2013

Milwaukee is trying a new tactic to put foreclosed homes back in use.

The past couple months have been violent ones in Milwaukee. Shootings have plagued parts of the city.