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Republicans show true colors on health care

It was a blow to Republicans and tea party members all over the country when the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Mitt Romney immediately denounced the decision and vowed to fight "the liberal agenda," making it a top priority to get rid of health care reform as soon as he is elected president. (Never mind that so-called Obamacare is modeled on the policy Romney enacted when he was governor of Massachusetts.) >More
 Waiting for a new public unionism

Okay, it's over. What next? That's the key question for public employee unions after their recall bubble was popped on June 5. The old liberal regime has been conclusively turned out. The Walker conquest won't be rolled back. But that doesn't mean the unions can't revive even in a hostile environment. This will require a new, improved unionism suitable for the 21st century. >More
 Liberals must see light on smaller government

Now that the recalls are over, some Madisonians believe our most urgent task is mending a body politic that's been bruised and battered by the electoral combat of the last 16 months. Confrontation, demonstrations and petitions are out. Respect, tolerance and dialogue are in. >More
 A new approach for Democrats

I was standing in the back of the room at the Majestic Theatre. It was an exciting moment in the recall election. Just days before the vote, Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold were appearing together before a jazzed crowd. Feingold gave a fiery speech and so, to the astonishment of so many people who underestimated him, did Tom Barrett. >More
 Him again... Madison reacts to Scott Walker's recall victory

So it's come to this. Sixteen months after protesters rose up against Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill, seven months after activists kicked off the recall, one month after Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett began his campaign as the Democratic challenger, Walker prevailed in the June 5 recall election. While Republicans do a victory dance, Democrats are taking solace in the recall win that flipped the Senate to their side and, of course, doing a lot of soul-searching. >More
 Why the voters rejected the Walker recall

In the bitter aftermath of the failed recall, there will be many blaming a vast right-wing conspiracy, out-of-state billionaires like the Koch brothers, and Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing, take-no-prisoners style. But Democrats and unions might want to take a look in the mirror. For it was their willingness to abuse government benefits -- with sweetheart deals benefiting only a minority of workers -- that led directly to defeat. >More
 Winners and losers in Wisconsin's 2012 recall elections

As the dust settles on Wisconsin's tumultuous recall elections, let's acknowledge some of the winners and losers with appropriate commendations. >More
 How the Wisconsin solidarity movement failed in imagination and nerve

Spare me the spin. This was a whupping. After 16 months of the most historic and exciting citizens' uprising that I've ever been a part of in my 35 years of progressive activism and journalism, we're left with this disaster. Scott Walker is governor for another two and a half years. >More
 A brutal night in Wisconsin as Scott Walker wins the recall election

Tuesday night was a brutal, brutal night for progressives in Wisconsin. I was stuck in a local TV studio watching the dismal returns roll in, and it felt like someone was kicking me in the teeth over and over again. After a historic uprising in February and March of 2011, after months and months of organizing for this recall, when all is said and done, Scott Walker remains governor of Wisconsin. >More
 Shame on Obama for abandoning Wisconsin during the recall

Shame on Barack Obama for forsaking progressive forces in Wisconsin in their hour of need. It was bad enough that Obama or Joe Biden never showed up during the historic protests in February and March of last year. But it is unforgivable that they've failed to show up during the last weeks of this crucial recall campaign. >More
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