Records Tie Governor Scott Walker To Secret Email System

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 5:18 am

One of the great progressive reforms of the last century was the passage of open public records laws, both on the state level and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Unfortunately it seems that some state officials aren’t willing to follow the rules. First it was the Christie Administration using private email accounts to avoid [...]

Report: Governors Engaging In Crony Capitalism Disguised As Economic Development

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:41 am

America’s economy is awful. Unemployment is high, young people can’t find decent work, and according to a Wells Fargo survey 37% of middle-income Americans expect to work until they die. It’s not a wonderful life – unless, you happen to have some friends in state government. In a new report, Good Jobs First details the [...]

Corruption Probe Into Wisconsin Recall Elections Involves Aides Of Scott Walker

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:59 am

A secret investigation into corruption in Wisconsin has reportedly expanded into the 2011 and 2012 recall elections and involves aides to Governor Scott Walker according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Sentinel also reports that former assistant US Attorney Francis Schmitz was recently appointed as special prosecutor. The investigation includes a focus on possible campaign [...]

Rahm Emanuel Is Losing Control Of Chicago

By: Monday June 17, 2013 7:47 am

Chicago has experienced one of its bloodiest weekends yet under “Murder Mayor” Rahm Emanuel with 46 people shot and at least 7 dead. Questions are now being raised as to whether Emanuel can govern the city. At least 34 people were shot — seven of them fatally — Saturday afternoon through Father’s Day Sunday, stretching [...]

Public Television Cowers Before Koch Brothers

By: Monday May 20, 2013 8:14 am

Watch Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream on PBS. See more from Why Poverty?. Not even a week after Buzzfeed’s relationship with the Koch Brothers is exposed do we learn that a near civil war erupted in public television over documentaries that focused on Charles and David Koch. In an expose written by [...]

Wisconsin Loses State Senate Majority in a Mixed Night for Democrats in State Legislatures

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 10:00 am

Here’s a sad postscript that shows once again the power of dark money in off-the-radar races. The silver lining amidst the clouds of the recall election in Wisconsin was that Democrats at least “took over” the state Senate. “Took over” was a bit of a strong word, because they won a majority in the chamber [...]

NFL Referees Lockout: Fans Must Tune Out for Labor to Succeed

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 7:03 am

TBogg gives you the latest in the NFL referees strike lockout. Last night, a Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game was ruled as a touchdownfor Seattle, when the Green Bay player clearly caught the ball (and Seattle’s Golden Tate pushed off, for good measure). The play could only be reviewed for [...]

Ruling Overturning Parts of Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Likely to Be Short-Lived

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 7:49 am

Don’t expect yesterday’s Dane County court ruling overturning sections of Wisconsin’s anti-union law to remain operative for long. The ruling by Judge Juan Colas voids the law for city, county and school workers on the grounds that it violated the workers’ constitutional right to free speech, free assembly and equal representation. It singles out public [...]

Day 1, RNC: Random Thoughts

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:21 am

Some of these you may have picked up from my Twitter feed, which is where I’m likely to be camped for every day of this affair, but just in case you missed it: • I’m not totally certain, but I believe the theme for the night was “We Built It,” which is half a quote [...]

More on Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday June 29, 2012 2:03 pm

Just to update the Republican governors and the Medicaid expansion issue, which I think will be the big fight in the states through 2014 and potentially beyond: • Keep in mind that under the law, any state could start their Medicaid expansion right now if they choose. And this would still be free for the [...]

After Wisconsin, Questions of Whether to Recall Walker Narrow the Possibilities

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Obviously, the Wisconsin recalls cast a pall over the Netroots Nation event. I didn’t have to go to the recall recap panel (it was at the same time as my foreclosure panel) to get a wide variety of opinions on what happened, including perhaps the most perceptive comments from former Sha Na Na frontman John [...]

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