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Selecting A Chief Justice In The State Of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Constitution provides for a state supreme court of seven justices, each elected for a term of ten years. The justice with the longest tenure on the court is the chief justice.

In a move that many suggest is aimed at removing Justice Shirley Abrahamson from her role as Chief Justice, the GOP legislature […]

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs historic voter registration legislation

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed a bill today that automatically registers Oregonians to vote via their Department of Motor Vehicles information. People wishing to opt out have a 21 day period to do so. Coupled with Oregon’s vote by mail system the legislation will likely place Oregon at the top of voter turnout […]

John McCain Goes Stone Cold Tone Deaf

Last week President Obama visited a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Phoenix AZ. A hospital that has been the focus of issues with VA hospitals and healthcare. A hospital that is a long way from being ‘fixed’.

Senator John McCain (R – Arizona) was one of the other elected officials present during the presidents visit. Senator […]

“And we’re just the guys to do it.”

When I heard that the Republican leadership of the WI Legislature was going to call a Special Session to push Right to Work through (despite all the other real problems we have), I was pissed. When it passed the Senate and this morning, the Assembly and was headed to Governor Walker’s desk for his signature, […]

Wisconsin Progressives Need To Make Up Their Mind

After Mary Burke announced her candidacy for governor in 2013, the pundits and progressives across the blogosphere and social media were heard weeping, whining and gnashing their teeth about the hand picked candidate of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Everyone wanted anyone but the anointed Ms. Burke.

Some of us suggested that those unhappy […]

Who says life doesn’t imitate art?

In that time of day when the sun isn’t quite up so it isn’t actually day, yet it isn’t exactly night–a pretty magical time I think, I realized that Scott Walker running for President is a lot like that Frank Sinatra movie, “The Manchurian Candidate”, a political thriller directed by John Frankenheimer. Briefly, the film […]

Interested in building a stronger progressive voice in Milwaukee?

From my email:

Hello friend,

Governor Walker’s recent attacks on public education and environmental conservation in Wisconsin have confirmed what we already know – our state needs a stronger Democratic voice. To be successful in winning elections and moving progressive issues forward, we need to have a well-trained, well-connected network of activists, staff, and […]

Is Sheriff Clarke In Uniform?

For some reason that seems completely unfathomable, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke testified at a confirmation hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch. You can see a short article HERE at JSOnline. There is certainly a story to be found in this but I don’t have time to work that out […]

Third time’s the charm?

After Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama in 2012 (47-51%), the head of the RNC, Wisconsin’s own Reince Priebus, ordered an “autopsy” to determine what the hell happened. The 2013 report concluded that while their ideology was sound, their messaging and outreach needed some work. The GOP needed to “open the tent” and appeal […]

Scott Walker, still not running for President?

Just a few days ago, our Governor was claiming that he might, sometime in the future, take a look at whether it made sense for “us” to run for President in 2016. As quoted in The Hill yesterday, when Governor Walker was asked about the possibility on “The Hugh Hewitt Show”, he said:

“I think […]