Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Dec
2012
11

HYPOCALYPSE NOW: Scott Walker Helped His Son Use Same-Day Voter Registration but He Still Might Sign a Bill Making it Illegal

This Fall, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker decried same-day voter registration and lent his support to a bill being pushed by state Republicans to end the practice. But this weekend, The Huffington Post reported that Scott Walker’s son, a freshmen at Marquette University, used the convenience of same-day registration to be eligible to vote in…
Dec
2012
7

NOT SO FRESH START: Pair of Wisconsin Republicans Kick off New Session by Trying to Cut Same-Day Voter Registration

NOT SO FRESH START: Pair of Wisconsin Republicans Kick off New Session by Trying to Cut Same-Day Voter Registration
To start off the new legislative session, Wisconsin Republican State Senator Alberta Darling and State Representative Joel Kleefisch are drafting throwback legislation that recalls the good old days of yore: Summer 2012. The two forward-thinker’s worst nightmares are putting together a bill to end same-day voter registration and courting…
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Dec
2012
5

In Wisconsin, Activists Fight for Fair Airwaves, Aim to Hold Stations Accountable for Biased Air Time During Recall Election

In Wisconsin, Activists Fight for Fair Airwaves, Aim to Hold Stations Accountable for Biased Air Time During Recall Election
An interesting scenario is playing out in Milwaukee as local residents, rallying around the efforts of the Media Action Center (MAC), are fighting the renewal of FCC licenses for 620 WTMJ and News/Talk 1130 WISN due to their biased political leanings. The fight started in May during the lead up to the Wisconsin Recall election. …
Nov
2012
30

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years
A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Tim Russell, has reached a plea deal on charges he stole money from a veterans charity. The deal is the latest news in Wisconsin’s ongoing John Doe Investigation into the misdeeds of staffers in the Milwaukee County Executives office during the Scott Walker years that is now …
Oct
2012
8

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election
With the election quickly approaching, all eyes on are the Obamney campaigns, but organized labor is looking to regain its voice in Midwest swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin through a host of other races and issues. The rise and fall of the middle class is contingent upon the rise and fall of workers’ …
Oct
2012
8

Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Former Scott Walker Aide

This week, jury selection begins in the trial of former Scott Walker aide Kevin Kavanaugh. Double-K is accused of stealing $42,000 from a charitable event that was supposed to aid the families of deceased Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The charges came out of the still-ongoing-John-Doe-Investigation by Milwaukee County District Attorney John…
Sep
2012
18

The Implications of Wisconsin’s Act 10 Being Ruled Unconstitutional

Last week, Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas struck down sections of Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation, known as Act 10, which restricts the power of workers and unions in the state. Passage of Act 10 lead to the Wisconsin uprising of 2011. The decision reopens the topic for debate just weeks before the election and will …
Aug
2012
16

Few Surprises in Wisconsin’s Tuesday Primary Which Was Marred by Low Turnout

Few Surprises in Wisconsin's Tuesday Primary Which Was Marred by Low Turnout
On Tuesday, the voters of Wisconsin — well, a tiny percentage of them — took their now-familiar routes to local polling stations to vote in primary elections. Turnout was low compared to the recall election on June 5th, something that may have been a factor in 13 legislative incumbents keeping their seats. The biggest race …
Aug
2012
13

TOMORROW: Ironworker Randy Bryce Makes a Run at Wisconsin’s 62nd District Assembly Seat

TOMORROW: Ironworker Randy Bryce Makes a Run at Wisconsin's 62nd District Assembly Seat
If you’re active in the labor community online, chances are you’ve seen the name Randy Bryce. But that’s not just because he has been pounding the electronic (and real world!) pavement in pursuit of Wisconsin’s 62nd District Assembly seat for the past few months. In fact, it’s just the opposite. His long-standing…
Aug
2012
7

Emails Reveal Wisconsin GOP’s Gerrymandering Intended to “Waste” Opposition’s Votes

Merriam-Webster defines gerrymandering as the following: “to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible.” With the dawn of each decade, the new census allows…
Jun
2012
6

Dems Win Control of Wisconsin Senate, But Will It Matter?

Dems Win Control of Wisconsin Senate, But Will It Matter?
Last night in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker survived the recall election. In exchange, Democrats gained control of the State Senate providing some symbolic balance in the legislature. But this wasn’t the victory progressives hoped for. Turnout and peer-to-peer mobilization were through the roof but what remains indefensible in the…
May
2012
30

We Are Wisconsin’s Political Version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” Is a Winner

As Democrats and Republicans try to mobilize a broad voter base in the lead up to next week’s Wisconsin Recall Election, We Are Wisconsin has dropped a solid political take on the Jay-Z smash, “99 Problems,” that ostensibly aims to get out the urban youth vote. [Jay-Z’s original at the bottom of this post] Political …