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Wisconsin’s Odd Couple

Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin hold the record for the two senators from the same state who have voted in opposition most frequently.

Rachel Maddow covers the weird scandal brewing in Chris Christie’s administration. 

Rob Ford Files For Re-Election


Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.

The shrill brigade of his critics say Mr. Snowden has done profound damage to intelligence operations of the United States, but none has presented the slightest proof that his disclosures really hurt the nation’s security. Many of the mass-collection programs Mr. Snowden exposed would work just as well if they were reduced in scope and brought under strict outside oversight, as the presidential panel recommended.

When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government.


--The New York Times, Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

Wisconsin Ranks 37th in Private-Sector Job Growth


 

Watchdog Wednesdays: Open Government Resources


Transparency in government is vital to a healthy democracy. Wisconsin has a long tradition of openness with regard to public meetings and records, including what may be the nation’s first state records law, enacted in 1849.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has put together a great resource guide for understanding the state’s open meetings and public records laws.

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We wanted to post a video of this hilarious CNN story featuring current high-ranking Senators living in squalor, but then we found this even better clip of Bill Murray cursing while brushing his teeth and shaving during his “Alpha House” cameo, so we said screw it and ran with it.

Another aide to Scott Walker sends racist tweets

For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.

Read more here.
Also note that these tweets were made before Taylor Palmisano was hired for Walker’s campaign, meaning Walker and his campaign staff either knew about these tweets at the time of hiring or were too lazy to even bother checking.

Another aide to Scott Walker sends racist tweets

For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.

Read more here.

Also note that these tweets were made before Taylor Palmisano was hired for Walker’s campaign, meaning Walker and his campaign staff either knew about these tweets at the time of hiring or were too lazy to even bother checking.

Watchdog Toolkit | WisconsinWatch.org


The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has launched this project to help residents track the actions of people in power. 

Follow the link above for concise tips on how to gather information on:

  • Campaign finance
  • Lobbying
  • State legislation
  • Corporations and nonprofits

And more!  

The Googlization of the Far Right: Why Is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC? | TruthOut


(Source: america-wakiewakie)

Right vs. Left in the Midwest

Minnesota and Wisconsin share much more than bone-chilling winters: German and Northern European roots; farming; and, until recently, a populist progressive tradition stretching back a century to Wisconsin’s Fighting Bob La Follette and the birth of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
But in 2010 these cousin states diverged. By doing so they began a natural experiment that compares the agendas of modern progressivism and the new right. Wisconsin elected Republicans to majorities in the Legislature and selected a bold and vigorous Republican governor, Scott Walker. Minnesotans elected one of the most progressive candidates for governor in the country, Mark Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

Read more here.

Right vs. Left in the Midwest

Minnesota and Wisconsin share much more than bone-chilling winters: German and Northern European roots; farming; and, until recently, a populist progressive tradition stretching back a century to Wisconsin’s Fighting Bob La Follette and the birth of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

But in 2010 these cousin states diverged. By doing so they began a natural experiment that compares the agendas of modern progressivism and the new right. Wisconsin elected Republicans to majorities in the Legislature and selected a bold and vigorous Republican governor, Scott Walker. Minnesotans elected one of the most progressive candidates for governor in the country, Mark Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

Read more here.

President Johnson turns to Jackie moments after taking the oath.
The Flight from Dallas

From noon to dusk on November 22, 1963, history went dark, locked inside the closed and crowded cabin of Air Force One. Fifty years later, what happened after JFK died has fully come to light.

President Johnson turns to Jackie moments after taking the oath.

The Flight from Dallas

From noon to dusk on November 22, 1963, history went dark, locked inside the closed and crowded cabin of Air Force One. Fifty years later, what happened after JFK died has fully come to light.

Joe Biden’s birthday is on Wednesday.  Sign the card.

Joe Biden’s birthday is on Wednesday.  Sign the card.