Editorial

In his 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker pledged to create 250,000 jobs. At the center of his pledge was the creation of a new public-private agency called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which replaced the state Commerce Department. Right-wing media were overjoyed to bring in private business people to grow the state’s economy instead of relying on wonky government types.

During Barack Obama’s first presidential run, right-wing zealots insisted he was ineligible for the position because he was not “natural born” — that is, born in America.

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission, which is dominated by his appointees, study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

It's time to unite again, Wisconsin!

Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:35

For more than a century, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate-right groups have been trying to eliminate labor unions. Corporate chieftains fear that by negotiating fair wages, safe workplace conditions and benefits for workers, unions reduce their profits. They fail to consider that unions might increase their profits by providing them with better-trained and more committed workers.

We often use this space to criticize the Republican Party of Wisconsin for putting the interests of its wealthy supporters above those of voters. So it’s with pleasure that we acknowledge the integrity a number of GOP lawmakers have shown in standing up to Gov. Scott Walker’s wrecking-ball of a budget.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Of all the headlines about Indiana’s discriminatory anti-gay law, The Onion had the best: “Indiana Governor Insists New Law Has Nothing To Do With Thing It Explicitly Intended To Do.”

Hancock County Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa. The wind farm has been in operation since 2002 without any reported adverse health consequences.

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on Wisconsin’s development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks, and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

GOP uses poor to push Koch agenda

Friday, 13 February 2015 00:41

State Sen. Alberta Darling.

State Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, has never been a champion of the poor — quite the opposite. She’s one of the most reliable foot soldiers that the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has in Wisconsin. The Koch’s darling, she’s been on board, if not at the helm of, nearly all the major laws enacted in Wisconsin over the past four years to benefit the Koch’s agenda at the expense of the middle class, the poor and the environment. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Fox.

During Barack Obama’s first presidential run, right-wing zealots insisted he was ineligible for the position because he was not “natural born” — by which they meant born in America. At tea party rallies, on Fox News broadcasts and on right-wing websites, the so-called “birthers” demonized Obama as a foreigner backed by un-American forces in a nefarious scheme to wrest control of the country away from its people. There were months on end when you couldn’t go a day without encountering this bizarre, paranoid rhetoric, which was picked up by the mainstream media.

WiG endorses Justice Ann Walsh Bradley for retention and urges voters to reject the referendum that calls for changing the way that the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s chief justice is selected.

Bradley’s experience and principled stands in many controversial cases, including recusing herself from cases in which there’s any hint of conflict of interest, should earn her a third term.

Selling names of state parks is obscene

Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:31

Wisconsin's state parks. Is Scott Walker putting names up for sale?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker created a $2.2 billion deficit by reducing taxes on his wealthy cronies, and now he's scrambling to mend the gap as he gears up for a presidential run. A spreadsheet awash in red ink is an albatross around the neck of a tea party leader, but so is raising taxes. That leaves him with few options.

Survey: MPD is failing at public relations

Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:17

Successful community policing is built on positive relationships between law-enforcement officials and the public. So the results of a recent ACLU of Wisconsin survey about attitudes among Milwaukeeans toward the police are concerning.

Milwaukeeans who live in heavily patrolled black and Latino neighborhoods and who have had contact with the police are less likely to trust law enforcement than people who haven’t had contact with officers. The survey’s subjects were primarily 14 to 24 years old.