By comparing protests to terrorism, Walker affirms his perpetual victim status

Zach posted the video earlier of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker answering a question about how to deal with ISIS–without question, the single most dangerous regime on the face of the planet right now–by saying he managed to face down 100,000 protestors in Madison when he and the WisGOP pushed through…

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A Question for Christian Schneider on “Right to Work”

by Jay Bullock Hi, Christian. Thanks for stopping by to address my question. I appreciate it. You and I obviously disagree on the “Right to Work” bill–I call it the “Right to Freeload” bill–and I’m really hoping you can help me understand where you’re coming from. I give you credit….

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Lady McBride Doth Protest Too Much

When I was blogging back in the day, I used to joke that I had brevity issues. I put the word “rambles” in the name of my blog as fair warning. I would never be able to tweet, I used to say, because I couldn’t say “good morning” in 140…

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Wisconsin Club for Growth engages in express advocacy in email against Happ

As I’ve mentioned here before, a number of years ago some anonymous hater, whose soul must be a pit of dark matter as dense as a collapsed star, signed me up for weekly emails from the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Most of the time, I just ignore them, as their…

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What do you want to know? Ask questions of AD19 candidates

The Bay View Compass, with the League of Women Voters and the Bay View Neighborhood Association, is hosting a forum for candidates in the race to replace Jon Richards in the 19th assembly district on Monday, August 4th. The full details are here. You should go. All five candidates, including the…

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Sen. Carpenter should sue Wisconsin Club for Growth for Libel

A couple of years ago, some wiseacre signed me up for the Wisconsin Club for Growth mailing list, and every Wednesday, WCfG drops a turd in my inbox. Today’s top story? Last Tuesday night State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) soiled a state senate debate by saying in plain English that…

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Thursday Music: Cold Satellite

Where am I gonna be tonight? Shank Hall in Milwaukee, for Cold Satellite: Wisconsin native Jeffrey Foucault has teamed up (for a second time) with poet Lisa Olstein for a set of Americana-inflected tunes that are also damned smart. Openers tonight are fellow midwesterners The Pines, led by the son…

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Walker, in book and possible run for presidency, perfectly embodies modern GOP ethos

I have never said that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is stupid.  I have often complained that he makes bad decisions that have tremendous negative effects on the people he is supposed to represent (we’re number 42!), but he is doing it the smart way.  That is, he has become the…

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Wisconsin’s most folktastic music tradition

The venerable Cafe Carpe in Ft. Atkinson hosts Milwaukeean Peter Mulvey and a folking ton of his friends every December for what they call “Lamplighter Sessions.”  Mulvey and gang take over the joint and offer, in the case of 2012, twelve nights of music over three weeks at the Carpe, with…

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A post-election reflection from a bruise-colored Wisconsin

Hello, America. Remember me? Yes, I still have something to say. When I call Wisconsin bruise-colored, I exaggerate a little bit. After the last couple of years, it certainly feels like Wisconsin has been bruised electorally: I have lost count of the number of times we have just voted, let alone…

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