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Morning Links for May 15, 2013
Fast food, John Axford and that dreaded I-word.
Did you celebrate your morning workout with a very slow trip through a McDonald’s drive-thru? Then you won’t want to miss today’s batch of links. Ditto for those who missed on either count.
  • If it took a bit longer to get your Egg McMuffin this morning, perhaps this is why. The Nation reported how hundreds of Milwaukee’s fast food and retail workers planned a one-day work stoppage today, part of an effort aimed at securing higher wages and better job security. The Milwaukee workers are following the leads of others in St. Louis, Detroit, New York and Chicago, who recently staged similar protests.

  • The ballad of John Axford remains a sad song. The once-dominant Brewers relief pitcher has struggled all season, and he gave up the game-tying run in the eighth inning Tuesday night, raising his earned run average to 9.20. Pittsburgh finally beat Milwaukee, 4-3, on a 12th-inning home run, leaving the Brewers with 10 losses in their last 12 games.

  • Whether you consider it proof that “Milwaukee County is being picked on,” as state Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) put it, or positive reform for a county that, in the words of state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) ,“is out of control,” legislation targeting the Milwaukee County Board moved forward Tuesday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has those quotes and more details on how the state Senate passed the bill, which is aimed at trimming both the county’s budget and scope of influence, 19-14. Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign it, setting up a public referendum in 2014.

  • Somebody in the U.S. House of Representatives is talking about the I-word. Utah Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that, when it comes to the Benghazi situation, impeaching President Barack Obama “is within the realm of possibilities.” Following up similar statements made to the Salt Lake Tribune, Chaffetz told Blitzer, “I’m not willing to take that off the table. But that’s certainly not what we’re striving for.”

  • Get your workout in today? Then chances are you did more than the good folks of St. Louis, Philadelphia and Jackson, Miss. Milwaukee ranked ahead of all those places when Men’s Health magazine ranked America’s best cities for exercise. We were 39th, well behind top-ranked Portland, Ore., but far better than those folks taking it easy in last-place Jackson.

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