Democratic California state senator indicted on corruption, gun trafficking charges

This is absolutely apalling. A prominent Democratic California state senator and gun-control advocate was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in firearms, according to court documents released on Friday.

The indictment adds to the troubles facing state Senator Leland Yee, who was arrested last week and [...]

Hillary Clinton in 2016? Meh.

“Hillary will be a great president.” – Markos Moulitsas of

Perhaps Hillary Clinton is Markos’ cup of tea, but I’d love to see a more progressive Democratic presidential candidate, because the last thing I want is another centrist Democrat in the White House.

MSNBC host makes fun of Mitt Romney’s African-American grandson

I can’t believe anyone thought this would be a good idea… MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry concluded the “What’s So Funny About 2013?” segment of her Sunday show with a chorus of laughter at the black grandson pictured in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s family Christmas photo. The chuckles were directed at baby Kieran – who [...]

Scott Walker, J.B. Van Hollen, and pardons in Wisconsin

Over at Cognitive Dissidence, Jeff Simpson thinks Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is to blame for falsely or needlessly imprisoning “thousands” of Wisconsinites. According to Walker, under the supervision of JB Van Hollen, the Wisconsin Justice Department has falsely or needlessly imprisoned “thousands” of Wisconsinites unnecessarily.

The only problem with Simpson’s statement is that [...]

Why’s Peggy Romo West taking thousands of dollars from Republican donors?

I’d like to take a few minutes to discuss Gary and Sally Sprenger and Peggy Romo West.

No doubt if you live in Milwaukee County and pay attention to politics, you’ve heard of County Supervisor Peggy Romo West, but you’re probably wondering, “Well yeah, but who the heck are Gary and Sally Sprenger?” That’s an [...]

Progressives on County Board budget committee vote to give David Clarke the budget he wants

Whomever said politics makes for strange bedfellows certainly wasn’t kidding.

Case in point is news today that the County Board’s budget panel, which includes at least four progressives, voted to give conservative Sheriff David Clarke a budget much, much closer to the budget he requested than the scaled-down budget the Sheriff would have gotten under [...]

BREAKING: State Senator Bob Jauch calls on Solidarity Singers to get a permit

This article is two weeks old, but given some of the back and forth here on Blogging Blue about this topic it seemed like breaking news to me.

Jauch has been a stalwart progressive legislator from the north woods for 30 years. He took Tim Cullen and Dale Schultz up to visit the La Courte [...]

Bizarre Brett Hulsey is no fan of Mary Burke

“Democratic” State Rep. Brett Hulsey is off his rocker (emphasis added). With embattled Rep. Brett Hulsey, you never know what to expect.

This started out being a post on Hulsey’s unusual use of campaign funds to buy an old convertible and register for a triathlon. But by the end of two chats on Monday, the [...]

Anthony Weiner’s campaign has jumped the sharknado

“This has to be one of the best introductory lines I’ve ever read in an article…

“Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland.”

The line in question refers to an article penned by former Weiner campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner’s mayoral [...]

Best laugh of the week

Melissa Harris-Perry is upset with Edward Snowden. Again.

This time she blames him for MSNBC’s failure to discuss the content of what he leaked, focusing instead on his whereabouts and where he’ll be granted asylum. It’s Snowden’s fault that Harris-Perry can’t talk about anything other than how he’s no Nelson Mandela, MLK or Wendy Davis. [...]

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