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Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Those Budget-Busting, Job-Killing GOP Governors

Even as Republicans boast of their chances to take over the United States Senate come November, their party’s governors across the country are facing dimmer prospects.

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‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Gov. Scott Walker Suspected in ‘Criminal’ Election Scheme

Court documents unsealed Thursday show that federal prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups in a nationwide “criminal scheme” to break election laws.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Scott Walker Doesn’t Want You to Vote

Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge.

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Walker’s Secret Weapon

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Don’t Want to Pay Child Support? Get a GOP Rep. to Change the Law After a Hefty Donation

Millionaire Michael Eisenga decided he was tired of giving his ex-wife and three kids $216,000 a year in child support but, unsurprisingly, the judicial system did not sympathize with his plight. So what was a poor rich Republican to do? Have a GOP puppet change the law apparently.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Drops Charges Against Protest Videographer

The local district attorney, after a lengthy delay, decided there was insufficient evidence that videographer Damon Terrell was doing anything illegal this summer as he filmed the noontime Solidarity Sing Along in the State Capitol in Madison. Justice delayed, yes, but still justice. Now, on to the civil suits ...

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Singing and Sidewalk Chalk Seen as New Threats to the Empire

Police continue their crackdown on protesters and photographers in Madison, Wis., including the videotaped violent arrest of a man taking pictures. Elsewhere, writing political protests in washable chalk is now a felony.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Singing and Photography Can Land You in Jail

While the NSA has been drawing international attention for its massive collection of personal data and its seemingly preternatural inability to follow its own shadowy protocols for handling the material, it’s useful to remember that our national eavesdroppers aren’t the only governmental entities running roughshod over the Bill of Rights.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Likely to Force Abortion Seekers to Meet the Fetus

Democrats in Wisconsin do not have the power to defeat a bill favored by the state’s legislature and governor that would require women to have an ultrasound before they can have an abortion.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Feingold Correctly Predicted Patriot Act Abuse in 2001 (Video)

When the Senate passed the Patriot Act after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, only one senator voted against it: Russ Feingold, a Democrat from Wisconsin. At the time, he expressed concern over where it could lead. And in the wake of revelations about the scope of NSA surveillance, it turns out the former senator’s fears were completely justified.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Republicans Push for State Access to Bank Accounts of Unemployed

The party of limited government is now pushing for legislation that would allow the government to sneak a peek at some people’s private bank accounts.

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‘Slow-Motion Mass Murders’

Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter. Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don’t want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE



Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

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Christie on Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment, Biden on ‘Parks & Recreation,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the “fiscal cliff” meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing something rational for a change.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


Wisconsin Elects First Openly Gay Senator

Rep. Tammy Baldwin made history Tuesday night when Wisconsin residents chose her over former Gov. Tommy Thompson for the U.S. Senate, making her the first openly gay senator in U.S. history at the end of the state’s most expensive Senate race yet.

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‘SNL’ Spoofs VP Debate, Fox News Questions Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Koch brothers’ attempt to get their employees to vote for Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate candidate’s son going birther at a fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



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NFL Replacement Ref Outrage Grows After Botched Call Leads to Seahawks Win

Finally, President Obama and union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have found an issue that they agree on: getting the regular union officials back into NFL games.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Struck Down

A Wisconsin judge Friday repealed the state law supported by Gov. Scott Walker that ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers for more than a year.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Ryan Backpedals on GM Plant Closure Remark (Video)

The VP nominee claims he wasn’t blaming President Obama during his Republican National Convention speech for a GM plant closure that happened while George W. Bush was still president.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Federal Money Helps Ryan’s Hometown Bounce Back

Thousands are still struggling in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis., after General Motors shut down its century-old plant there in 2008. What economic recovery has occurred there is due largely to the federal stimulus programs so loathed by Republicans.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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A Hard Look at Paul Ryan

The New Yorker has published an insightful, if unsurprising, profile of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, detailing how the young lawmaker became a champion of today’s form of arch-libertarianism and how he’s worked to push that ideology into the mainstream of the Republican Party.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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On Gun Laws, It’s Bipartisan Consensus, Not Gridlock, That’s the Problem

With an average of 32 people killed by guns in this country every day—the equivalent of five Wisconsin massacres per day—both major parties refuse to deal with gun control. It’s the consensus, not the gridlock, that’s the problem.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


Fear, Outrage and Explanation After 6 Killed at Sikh Temple

Authorities have identified a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist as the gunman in Sunday’s Sikh temple shooting, the latest in a string of post-9/11 attacks that has shaken Sikh Americans’ sense of security.

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Voter ID Laws Could Swing Election for Romney

President Mitt Romney? Although it might be unthinkable right now that the gaffe-prone GOP presidential candidate could win the election, Republicans have figured out a way to help make that a reality. Hint: It involves suppressing the rights of millions of Americans.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney Predicts Wisconsin Victory, GOP Birthers Mock Obama and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s latest campaign stop, Rick Santorum on whether he wants to serve in a Romney administration and a lawmaker performing in the “The Vagina Monologues.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Getting Rolled in Wisconsin

The results of last Tuesday’s elections are being heralded as the death of public-employee unions, if not the death of organized labor itself. They are also seen as the final chapter of the populist uprising that burst into life last year in the state capital of Madison—a “Cheddar Revolution” buried in a mountain of ballots. But a burial ceremony may prove premature.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin

Voters in Wisconsin bought the tea party line because the president and his party have not been able to provide a believable alternative.

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It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Country for Sale

The word "takeaway" was first used in 1961, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. And then it was about Chinese restaurants. Now it is about everything, including elections.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov. Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Taught Us

The left will make a big mistake if it ignores the lessons of the failed recall of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. The right will make an even bigger error if it allows the Wisconsin results to feed its inclination toward winner-take-all politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Exit Poll Surprise, Romney Email Hack and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Wisconsin exit polls, President Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the slap heard ’round the Badger State.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Mocks Scott Walker Recall Coverage

Leave it to Jon Stewart to point out the absurdity of the election coverage surrounding the attempt in Wisconsin to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “The Daily Show” host turned his acerbic wit on the cable news pundits for their assessment of what was at stake.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


John Nichols on the Failed Gov. Walker Recall

Reporter John Nichols of The Nation spoke from Wisconsin about Gov. Scott Walker’s survival of Tuesday’s attempt to recall him and what it says about how special-interest and corporate money has taken over politics since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Election Results: Scott Walker Survives

Multiple news outlets have called the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election for Scott Walker. By winning the election Tuesday night, the Republican became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt that reached the ballot.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Will Wisconsin Governor Survive Recall Election?

Scott Walker is looking to do what no other U.S. governor has ever done: keep his office after a recall election. Walker is just the third governor to face a recall ballot in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Stakes in the Walker Recall

Gov. Scott Walker is not being challenged because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Michigan May Be Next Battleground for Anti-Union Forces

As Wisconsin voters prepare to head to the polls next week for the recall election of GOP Gov. Scott Walker, anti-labor forces are already eyeing where they will take their union-busting battle to next.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Some Donations to Scott Walker Flagged as Potential Fraud

When MaryAnn Nellis tried to pay for groceries on April 14, her credit card was declined. She later found out why: Her credit card company, Capital One, had flagged an earlier purchase as potentially fraudulent. The problem? A $5 donation to Friends of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor’s campaign committee, which she claimed not to have made.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney, Romney, Romney Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all went for Mitt on Tuesday night, making Rick Santorum look even more like a party crasher.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


Former Sen. Feingold on the Loss of Liberties

After the release of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s new book, “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era,” Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald spoke with him about the deliberate curtailment of American civil liberties over the last 10 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Booted From Wisconsin Labor Day Parade

Labor leaders in Wisconsin’s Marathon County have announced that Republican politicians are not invited to participate in the annual Labor Day parade in Wausau. (more)

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