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Florida activists struggle in the shadow of RNC

Overkill is too mild a word to describe the contrast between the heavy security and the protests in Tampa, which have been peaceful, and somewhat muted by the weather. There is a shanty town called Romneyville at a local park, which was the starting point for a 500-person march demanding an end to foreclosures. There was a beautiful melting ice sculpture in the park that formed the words "middle class." >More
 A crazy first full day at the Republican National Convention in Tampa

The most dramatic event of the day was the near rebellion by the Ron Paul delegates, outraged over Mitt Romney's power grab in the rules committee. Henceforth, the party's nominee will decide which delegates are seated -- effectively disenfranchising future grassroots movement candidates like Paul. >More
 Newt Gingrich, Scott Walker plug supply side economics in Tampa

On day one of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Newt Gingrich hosted a special Newt University session in a Hyatt hotel near the convention center. As the wind picked up outside, and delegates milled around waiting for the weather delay to end, inside the hotel ballroom, Newt and his guests preached a return to supply-side economics as the answer to the current recession. >More
 Paul Ryan's deep anti-choice roots

Paul Ryan's views are just as extreme as Todd Akin's. Before he became famous for his budget plan, Ryan began his political career as a creature of Wisconsin's pro-life movement. >More
 Mitt Romney looks to Paul Ryan for ideas

There is one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on: Paul Ryan was a great choice to be Mitt Romney's running mate. For the GOP, Ryan has to be a breath of fresh air after their last two veep candidates. It has to be a relief to have somebody who won't confuse international flights going over his house on their way to O'Hare with an understanding of foreign policy and somebody who won't be at an undisclosed location watching Dr. Strangelove and not getting the jokes. >More
 He's baaaack: Tommy Thompson survives the right-wing purge

With his narrow victory on Tuesday, Tommy Thompson proved that neither the national tea party organization, nor a rich opponent, nor a year of relentless attacks by the Club for Growth associating him with ObamaCare could overcome old-style, hail-fellow-well-met politics in Wisconsin. "I want you to drink a beer tonight," the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate declared in his acceptance speech. >More
 Eric Hovde will win Senate GOP primary for Wisconsin

One of the nastiest primaries in Wisconsin's recent history is winding down, and the polls say it's a horse race. According to a recent survey from Public Policy Polling, Eric Hovde has a slight edge over Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann in the Aug. 14 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. >More
 Time to stand up to the gun nuts

Remember when Wisconsin's new concealed carry law passed and "no guns allowed" signs started going up all over town? I'll never forget the first morning I saw the picture of a gun with a line through it posted on the front door of my daughter's daycare center. Seeing those signs in the windows of restaurants, offices and the toy store across the street from the Capitol was a shock. But the more of them I saw, the more they seemed to mark little islands of sanity in a society that has been taken over by the gun nuts. >More
 Dane County should kick in for Overture

The recent report that the Overture Center has met its $2.3 million private fundraising goal for this year is cause for celebration, but it's not time for chest pounding. Mayor Paul Soglin said famously, soon after taking office, that he expected the arts center's new private management and fundraising structure to "crash and burn." You might expect me to be among those rubbing it in now that Overture has been so successful in its first full year of operation. >More
 Senate candidate Eric Hovde: Elect me because I'm wealthy

Back in the 1960s, the rich were different. Top CEOs then earned about 30 times more than the average worker. Today they earn about 300 times more, and the wealth gap between the rich and the rest of us is the biggest in history, comparable only to that of the Roaring Twenties. >More
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