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OPINION

Wisconsin Senate recall results show the need for bipartisanship

Another round of recall elections has come and gone, and the results are a mixed bag for people on either side of the big political debate in Wisconsin. All three Democrats who faced the challenge held onto their seats with comfortable margins, and two Republicans found themselves without a job, narrowing that party's majority in the state Senate to a razor-thin 17 to 16. >More
 Divided we continue

"The people have spoken." That's what both sides are saying about the recall elections. Democrats and Republicans will both claim vindication, with Dems pointing to the unprecedented nature of flipping two state Senate seats in one year and Republicans pointing to their retention of the chamber as evidence that the people of the state are on their side. >More
 Recall elections once again show Wisconsin's purple pedigree

"The people have spoken." That's what both sides are saying about the recall elections. Democrats and Republicans will both claim vindication, with Dems pointing to the unprecedented nature of flipping two state Senate seats in one year and Republicans pointing to their retention of the chamber as evidence that the people of the state are on their side. Neither is correct. >More
 Conservatives don't care if Tammy Baldwin is gay

Hey, have you heard that Tammy Baldwin is a lesbian? It's true! She does all sorts of lesbian things. She writes lesbian laws and wears lesbian red blazers and has a lesbian middle name and bakes lesbian cookies. >More
 Not my Madison

Jerel Alexander had had enough. He was tired of the protesters -- sick of their stupid rallies with their stupid chants and their stupid faces. Couldn't he even bike to church downtown without seeing them? Did they have to be everywhere, surrounding the Capitol and bellowing their hateful ideas? >More
 Can unions reboot for the 21st century?

One can only marvel at how masterfully Gov. Scott Walker gutted Wisconsin's public employee unions. This was deft work, surgically precise in its neutering of 50 years of collective bargaining rights. Walker tightly limited bargainable items, made union dues voluntary, ended the lifeblood of payroll deductions for dues collection and mandated yearly certification votes for unions trying to represent public workers. >More
 Center for Media and Democracy exposes a legislative takeover with ALEC Exposed

Sometimes it only takes a handful of brave people to stand up to the most powerful forces and change society. Think of the young Ralph Nader taking on General Motors, remaking consumer protection laws and inspiring a generation of activists. Think of Daniel Ellsberg leaking the Pentagon Papers, provoking the wrath of the U.S. military and eventually helping bring down the Nixon administration. >More
 Democrats drop the collective bargaining issue in the recall campaigns

I thought it was all about collective bargaining. Wasn't that the idea when activists began circulating recall petitions for eight Republican senators in the days following Gov. Scott Walker's introduction of the infamous budget repair bill, which stripped most public employee unions of most of their collective bargaining rights? >More
 Let's end Supreme Court elections in Wisconsin

You know there's serious trouble when your state's Supreme Court resembles a trashy daytime talk show. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley has accused Justice David Prosser of putting her in a "chokehold" during an argument in her chambers. >More
 Wisconsin's war on the poor

Walk into any Wisconsin convenience store during the day, and you're likely to come across a familiar scene. A thick, tattooed woman with a child in each arm plunks down $10 on Powerball tickets. A skeletal old man reeking of fortified wine spreads change out on the counter to try his luck at Megabucks millions. It is the Wisconsin state lottery, and it is state government's way of robbing the poor without having to use a gun. >More
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