In Leaked Video, Walker Tells Donor of Plan to “Divide and Conquer” Unions

By: Friday May 11, 2012 6:54 am

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, facing a recall election in a little over three weeks, was caught on tape telling a top donor that he has a strategy to turn Wisconsin into a right to work state: A filmmaker released a video Thursday that shows Gov. Scott Walker saying he would use “divide and conquer” as [...]

“Civil War” in Wisconsin Could Also Be Among Democrats

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 10:20 am

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s first ad of the gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin begins by asking the question, “isn’t it time to end the civil war in Wisconsin?” He was referring to Scott Walker and the war on public employees, but he could be referring to the battle among Democrats over the next month. Though [...]

As Judge Strikes Down Part of Scott Walker’s Anti-Union Law, Recall Takes Shape

By: Saturday March 31, 2012 8:50 am

As Swopa pointed out, a US district court judge overturned two provisions of Act 10, Scott Walker’s anti-union law in Wisconsin. The judge, Obama appointee William M. Conley, did not touch the provision most associated with the law, which removes all collective bargaining rights except circumscribed increases in pay for most public employees. However, Conley [...]

Jobs Picture in Wisconsin Still Threatening Walker in Recall

By: Monday March 12, 2012 9:35 am

The Government Accountability Board in Wisconsin received guidance from local election officials on when to hold the recall elections, and it looks like the consensus is for primaries on May 15 and the general election on June 12. Barring any last-minute challenges to signatures, that’s probably the date for the recall elections of Governor Scott [...]

Arizona Anti-Union Laws Failing to Attract Required Votes

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 12:55 pm

When I first heard about the proposed anti-union laws moving through the Arizona legislature, I was fairly resigned to their passage. Arizona has huge Republican majorities in its legislature, and they already passed a major anti-immigration bill, though they obviously weren’t shy about courting controversy. But then a funny thing happened. The Republicans couldn’t find [...]

Arizona’s Proposed Anti-Union Laws Worse than Wisconsin’s

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 8:15 am

Many observers would look at the Wisconsin uprising and think that the Republicans made a catastrophic mistake. They re-energized the opposition in the state, created a powerful grassroots machine, lost two state Senators through recall, and now their Governor faces a recall election. But that’s short-term thinking. After fits and starts, and backed by a [...]

Wisconsin Prosecutor Formally Requests Re-Opening of Lawsuit Against Anti-Union Law

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 12:36 pm

Last week we heard that Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne was considering asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to re-hear a case against violations of the open meeting requirements in the state’s anti-union law. The case, which the state Supreme Court threw out in a 4-3 ruling, included the participation of Michael Gableman, the Supreme [...]

Wisconsin DA May Ask State Supreme Court to Re-Hear Union Law Case, After Gableman Revelations

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 11:36 am

On Tuesday, I brought you the story of Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, who ruled on several cases in recent years where one of the parties was represented by a law firm that provided him with thousands of dollars free legal services. Gableman never recused himself in the cases, and he now is under [...]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ruled on Cases Prosecuted By Law Firm that Gave Him Free Legal Services

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 6:55 am

When Democrats in Wisconsin launched a recall campaign against Scott Walker, they also began gathering signatures for recalls of four state Senators, hoping to flip one seat and capture a majority in the upper house of the legislature. Organizers in one of those four districts announced that they have obtained enough signatures to force a [...]

Walker Recall Nearing Completion Just Halfway Through Signature Gathering Phase

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 11:36 am

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that they have almost completed the signature gathering phase of the recall of Scott Walker. At the halfway mark of their 60-day window to gather signatures, they have 507,000 of them – almost the total needed to trigger a recall, which is around 540,000. This 507,000 number takes into [...]

Two Million Public Sector Workers Strike Against Austerity in Britain

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 10:15 am

As many as two million public sector workers are on strike in Britain today, a number which accounts for 1 out of every 30 citizens in the country (that would be the equivalent of 10 million people going on strike in America). This is the biggest strike in Britain in 30 years, when the protests [...]

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