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Parsing the 2014 elections

Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:43

A race is lost, and so is a rising star.

It’s up to us to fight sexual assault

Friday, 03 October 2014 10:03

Just weeks into the fall semester and the headlines hint at the violence women continue to face on college campuses:

Mining the bottom of the political pits

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:46

The latest court documents released from the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s political activities provide an unsurprising but depressing look at how low American politics has sunk.

A streetcar named desired

Friday, 12 December 2014 06:09
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Urban areas today are once again thriving engines of economic activity where Americans want to live, work and play. Large numbers of people, especially young people, don’t want to waste time and money on automobile commutes in exchange for a few more square feet of living space in isolated suburbs with strip malls and big-box stores. They prefer to live near where they work and enjoy the amenities that cities offer, including live entertainment, unique restaurants and shops, and a vibrant atmosphere.

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When Chris Abele took over as Milwaukee County Executive after Scott Walker resigned prematurely to become governor, he found the office in a shambles. Walker had accumulated so much deferred debt that the county was paying more to service it than to provide county services. At a recent political forum, Abele said that no one in county government had even received a performance review when Walker was in charge.

Don’t let voter suppression win

Friday, 03 October 2014 04:57

Please don’t sit out the election because the state has erected barriers to you exercising your right to vote. Clear the hurdles. Cast your ballot in the Nov. 4 election and support civil rights advocates fighting to overturn voter suppression laws.

Michael Brown and the politics of racism

Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:15
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When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, progressives were overcome with optimism. Finally it seemed as if America was entering a post-racial era. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of an America where people are not judged by the color of their skin felt within reach. 

We must overcome voter apathy

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:07

The midterm elections and their aftermath show the extent to which our democracy is failing. In the primary races leading up to Nov. 4, a record low of only 7 percent of Americans said they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Yet nearly all incumbents survived their primary challenges.

Walker’s costly political stunt

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:36

Gov. Scott Walker, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the state’s other GOP leaders claim that fiscal responsibility and small government are the top goals of their public agenda.

But Walker and Van Hollen’s prolonged, costly and doomed legal battle to deny same-sex couples in Wisconsin the right to marry defies both goals. It’s yet another entry on the long, long list of politically motivated decisions made by Walker that have cost Wisconsin taxpayers money and jobs.

Sustainable energy is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries — and it’s the best medicine available for our dying planet. But thanks to the state’s current leadership, most of whom owe fealty to the fossil-fuel industry, Wisconsin is losing out on the jobs as well as the environmental rewards of having proactive sustainable energy policies. 

Raise the minimum wage now

Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:34

The minimum wage reached its peak value in 1968 and has been falling ever since. If it had kept pace with inflation, the minimum wage would now stand at $10.74 per hour instead of $7.25.