Chris Christie And Scott Walker Facing Criminal Investigations

By: Friday June 20, 2014 10:14 am

The field for the 2016 Republican presidential primary is hemorrhaging moderates. Both New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker are facing criminal investigations that could knock them out of the presidential race or even end their careers. According to the Associated Press, Governor Scott Walker is being investigated by prosecutors [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Republicans Devise Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:15 am

The asymmetry in the ways Democrats and Republicans use power can be seen in their responses to Electoral College disadvantages. When Democrats are faced with an Electoral College gap such that their Presidential candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election, they do pretty much nothing. Joe Lieberman even remarked in an exit [...]

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 [...]

Red-State Governors Offer Partial Expansion of Medicaid

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports today on the biggest non-Washington policy fight of the next few years, the bid to get states to accept the expansion of Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare gave states an opt-out for the Medicaid expansion, designed to provide 1/2 of the total coverage expansion in the law. So [...]

The Impact of Foreclosures: 3/5 of Milwaukee’s African-American Voters Cannot Be Located

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:54 pm

Periodically, I take notice of the impact of the foreclosure crisis on elections. When your former voters get forced out of their homes and scatter, it becomes that much harder to find them and motivate them to vote. Furthermore, the cost of sending out canvassers in high-foreclosure areas to walk precincts filled with vacant homes [...]

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 [...]

The Hype on the Obama Ground Game, and Why It May Not Be As Giant a Factor

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 11:47 am

In a briefing in Charlotte today, Jim Messina expanded on a theme I’ve seen quite a bit of recently, that the Democratic ground game will provide the edge in the 2012 election. “On the ground we continue to see just incredible enthusiasm,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said at the ABC News/Yahoo News Newsmaker forum [...]

Republican Calvinball Watch: WI State Supreme Court Republicans Dissolve Ethics Case By Recusal

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s an ingenious example of using a system to your advantage. You may remember David Prosser. He’s the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who won a re-election campaign when a clerk in Waukesha County “found” a bag of ballots at the last minute. He also made headlines for grabbing his fellow state Supreme Court justice by [...]

Gunman in Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting Suspected as a White Supremacist

By: Monday August 6, 2012 6:15 am

The nation witnessed another incident of right-wing domestic terrorism yesterday, when a suspected white supremacist killed 7 people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. This is only the latest in the suffering of the Sikh-American community in the United States, which has endured discrimination for over 10 years since 9-11. Sikhs are continuously [...]

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