What do you get without a union? 12 hour shifts!

No matter how glowing the remarks in this article about the success of 12 hour shifts, I can say from first hand experience that they pretty much suck…back in the late 1970′s when I thought being a machinist was cool and the road to big blue collar money I worked in a non-union contract manufacturer…and [...]

Wisconsin elections board upholds ban on observers’ use of cameras

Ripped from the headlines with the latest in election news:

There will be no selfies — or any other photos taken by observers — at the polls this August.

The state elections board decided Monday to support a rule banning election observers from taking photos and videotaping what happens at the polls, including [...]

SCOTUS Turn Their Own Decisions Into A Moving Target

Just days after opening a second front on the war on women, the Supreme Court of the United States back tracks on one of the alternatives they delineated in their Hobby Lobby decision. No really!

Birth Control Order Deepens Divide Among Justices

WASHINGTON — In a decision that drew an unusually fierce dissent from the [...]

Hobby Lobby Ruling Should Move Us Toward Single Payer Health Coverage

Any number of GOP pundits have condemned the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as the start of the slippery slope to single payer health care in the United States. To that I can add, I only hope!

But as part of yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom (I hope the [...]

State Senator Grothman Suffering From Raging Myopia

In an article about the egregious Supreme Court ruling in favor of ‘freedom of religion’ for Hobby Lobby in the second front on the war against woman, State Senator Glenn Grothman celebrated his deep sense of provincialism:

“The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a big win for Christians in [...]

I Am Not Surprised: Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby

“Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations“:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, the dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.”

The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to [...]

When Is It OK to Know Who Is Influencing Public Policy?

This week State Senator Jon Erpenbach agreed to drop any appeal of the open records case filed against him. The very conservative John K MacIver Institute for Public Policy had requested Sen. Erpenbach’s emails surrounding the protests in Madison in 2011 around the passage of Act 10. Originally the Senator turned over 26,000 emails with [...]

GOP Apologist Actually Admits Why Gerrymandering Is Crucial

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s resident conservative op ed writer and GOP apologist held forth on why unlimited money in campaigns isn’t really an issue. I am not going to do into that right now…but his most telling reason why the money isn’t that important is? Well, we’ll let Christian Schneider tell us himself:

Campaigns [...]

Another Point On the True Cost of Labor:

Late last year I wrote a bit about the true cost of labor and how maintaining an undervalued minimum wage structure subsidizes employers and skews the cost/value of some products and services. For those who didn’t have time to read through to the conclusion, here is a graphic from AFSCME that illustrates my point:

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The Party of Lincoln?

I imagine some of you caught Bill Lueders’ article about the retirement of State Senator Dale Schultz (R – Richland Center) that was published yesterday at Urban Milwaukee titled ‘Say Goodbye to the Party of Lincoln’. Part of the article relates the story about the resolution passed at the Wisconsin Republican Party’s 6th Congressional District [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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