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Gov. Walker Targets Wisconsin’s Craft Breweries

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget includes yet another (previously overlooked) way in which he’s willing to serve big business at the expense of the little guy: He’s taking aim at craft breweries by making it more difficult for them to distribute their products. (more)

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Recount a Mess

Brad Friedman has taken an exhaustive look at Wisconsin’s Supreme Court recount—a race that held national interest before dropping off the radar—and determined that officials are working without transparency, using flawed techniques and posting false information.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE


Something Fishy in Wisconsin

Election integrity journalist Brad Friedman takes issue with the results from Wisconsin and the idea that we should trust “secret, proprietary systems” and election officials. “I don’t think we should have to trust anybody in an election. Our system wasn’t built on trust, it was built on checks and balances.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Wisconsin’s Supreme Showdown

Angry Wisconsin liberals are using the state’s Supreme Court election as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker and taking aim at expletive-flinging Justice David Prosser. Will this justice be served?

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Wis. Top Court Race in Dead Heat

Any significant political activity that takes place within the borders of Wisconsin these days is bound to take on a certain intense charge, given Gov. Scott Walker’s recent machinations, and the current battle over a state Supreme Court seat is no exception.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Who Says It’s Not About Destroying Unions?

The centennial commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire in New York City, with the loss of 146 young women trapped in a factory that had blatantly ignored the meager safety legislation of the time, paradoxically raises the question of whether we are doomed to forget the past.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Wis. Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law

It ain’t over yet in Wisconsin. On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi took aim to temporarily thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s highly contested law, passed last week, that stripped state employees of their collective bargaining power.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



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100,000 March in Madison

Upwards of 100,000 people turned out at a protest in the Wisconsin capital after Republican lawmakers and the Republican governor pushed through a new anti-union law eliminating most collective-bargaining rights for public employees.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Wis. Police Clear Protesters From Capitol

The scene at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday reflected the larger state of affairs in Wisconsin, with Democratic senators pounding on locked chamber doors as protesters were escorted out of the building by police. Meanwhile, the Republican ...

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Protesters Push Back in Wisconsin

On Wednesday night, protesters turned up en masse in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to register their collective discontent over the passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill. The Associated Press compiled this montage of footage from the scene that evening.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

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GOP Senators Find a Workaround, Win Wis. Bill Battle

On Wednesday, the standoff between Republican and Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate came to an abrupt end, due to some GOP ingenuity that made the absence of 14 senators moot for the purpose of passing Gov. Scott Walkers’ infamous union-busting bill.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Budget Showdowns, Libya, Newt in 2012?

This week on Capitol Hill, lawmakers passed a continuing budget resolution and prevented a government shutdown—for now. Also on this edition of “Left, Right & Center,” we have speculation about Newt Gingrich’s bid for White House glory ...

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



Anonymous Returns

Hacker group Anonymous takes down a Koch-backed website, two GOP groups plan to spend $120 million on the 2012 campaign, and sex in a Northwestern University classroom. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin’s Walker Readies the Pink Slips

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, voicing his frustration with AWOL Democrats, was preparing to send layoff notices to 1,500 state workers as the stalemate over his union-busting budget bill continued.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Believe the (Union-Busting) Hype

You need not be a devotee of Fox News Channel or Rush Limbaugh to believe that Americans despise the unions that represent cops, teachers and firefighters. But that view is profoundly wrong.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker: Layoffs Loom for Wis. Workers

Things got a little lively in Wisconsin on Thursday, as news hit the wires that the state Senate had voted to allow the arrest of more than a dozen Democratic senators who had fled the state in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious union-busting bill ...

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



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First Wisconsin, Now Ohio

All that talk about Wisconsin being a potential test case for the rest of the country might be right, as now Ohio’s Senate is preparing for a vote this week that could end collective bargaining for public-sector workers in the name of—you guessed it—austerity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Wisconsin Fight Matters

This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



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No Other Way Out

We will not stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will not end this slaughter of innocents, unless we are willing to rise up as have state workers in Wisconsin and citizens on the streets of Arab capitals.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Fla. Governor Catches Anti-Union Fever

The Wisconsin syndrome? Just days after declaring that he favored collective bargaining for public employees, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, changed his tune and said he now wishes it were not allowed in the Sunshine State.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill Stalled

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the infamous anti-union budget bill on Friday, but Republicans still lack a quorum to bring it to a vote in the state Senate.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Libyan Defectors

This week we recognize those who would lay down their arms and refuse to assist Moammar Gadhafi’s crimes against his people.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Yes, America Still Needs Unions

Even in its terribly weakened condition, the labor movement remains a bulwark against the kind of corporate tyranny that would swiftly make serfs of the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



Gov. Walker, Check Your Caller ID

This is one for the annals of political pranks: On Wednesday, divisive Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said a lot of things he no doubt wishes he hadn’t while on what turned out to be a prank call with the editor of The Buffalo Beast, posing as conservative billionaire David Koch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Revenge of the Curds

Let’s get a couple of things straight about this situation going down in Wisconsin: First, yes, the clash between thousands of union-friendly employees and Gov. Scott Walker is a big deal, but no, this conflict is not at all like the one that just occurred in Egypt. Or Tunisia.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Gov. Walker Threatens Wis. Workers With Pink Slips

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to TV on Tuesday night in a quasi-“fireside chat” that included the not-so-cozy warning that if the highly contested bill he’s pushing doesn’t make it through the legislative process with certain clauses intact, layoffs could loom for some state workers.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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The Madison-Washington Connection

The demonstrators in Madison, Wis., are fighting to preserve American hopes for opportunity and security that conservative Republicans are trying to destroy. 

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Starving Wisconsin’s Unions

Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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No Compromise in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday rejected a compromise on a budget repair bill under which Democrats offered to accept cuts in health and pension benefits for public employees in exchange for retaining their right to bargain collectively.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Wisconsin Showdown, Mideast Crackdown, Budget Throwdown

In Wisconsin, in the midst of a deep state budget crisis, thousands of public sector employees have been protesting a bill that would slash their collective bargaining rights. Is this a preview of budget fights to come in other states?

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Protests Continue in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers fled their state to avoid voting on a controversial anti-union bill that would boost public workers’ pension and medical contributions and deny them the right to collectively bargain. In Madison, meantime, thousands of protesters milled around the state Capitol building Friday in a fourth day of demonstrations.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist Judges Strike Again

The Constitution is rooted and understood in terms of its history; without that, it is merely an isolated document, portraying a moment in 1787. We can do without the arriviste Michele Bachmann to tell us exactly what its words mean.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Governor Moves to Gut Public Sector Unions

Gov. Scott Walker in cash-strapped Wisconsin is pretty sure he’s doing the right thing in trying to ram through a bill ending collective bargaining rights for most public employees. But, just in case, he’s putting the National Guard on alert.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Ryan to Respond to State of the Union

Responding to the State of the Union is an odd honor. You become the face of the opposition for 10 minutes but you have to immediately follow extraordinary rhetoricians at their chosen sport. House Budget Committee Chairperson Paul Ryan gets the job this year.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Changing of the Guard at RNC

There’s a new sheriff in town for the Republican Party. Ousted Chairman Michael Steele has been replaced by Reince Priebus, former party chief in Wisconsin and a friend of the irascible tea party movement.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Tea Party Test Case

The only way to objectively define the tea party is to find a test case. And thanks to Wisconsin’s Senate race, we have exactly that.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Deaf Defendant Includes Pope in Sex-Abuse Suit

By virtue of his past and present vaunted positions in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has certainly had to deal with the ramifications of the wide-ranging sex abuse scandal that’s still rocking the Vatican. But now the pontiff has actually been named ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Bone Tired’ Rep. Obey to Hang It Up

Can you blame Wisconsin Congressman David Obey for being “bone tired,” as he claims to be? Even if you can, this will not impact Rep. Obey’s newly announced decision not to run for re-election this November.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Hitchens on Vatican Sex Scandals: ‘Enough of Forgiveness ... We Need Justice’

It’s no secret that Christopher Hitchens isn’t big on religion, but above and beyond his disdain of deity worship, he’s got some serious issues with the Catholic Church’s handling of both the child abuse claims made against clergy members ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



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The Best Justice That Money Can Buy

It is somewhat late in the day to lament the politicization of the judiciary, a condition that has always existed, but extravagant campaign contributions have now perilously altered the landscape.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Wis. Same-Sex Couples Make Domestic Partnership Official

Given that the Wisconsin Constitution explicitly bars same-sex couples from marrying, the state’s newly instituted domestic partnership registry may seem cold comfort, but it does offer some rights, like hospital visitation and property-related benefits. Some couples are ready to sign up although bigger battles remain to be won.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE


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