Scott Walker won a close race for governor largely on a promise to create 250,000 new jobs by 2015. Now, only 10 months into his tenure, Walker's own administration has acknowledged that he's going to miss that mark by a long shot.
The Department of Revenue released a report on Oct. 28 that predicted the state would add only 136,000 jobs in the private sector between 2010 and 2014.
It’s becoming difficult for voters of good conscience to identify with the Republican brand. If the GOP presidential debates continue in the spirit they’ve begun, by the time November 2012 creeps around there will be few decent people left willing to identify publicly as party members.
At a California debate last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry bragged that he had lost no sleep over signing off on 234 executions – more than any other governor in modern history. The crowd erupted into cheers. It was like a scene from "Gladiator."
The following is an open letter to Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.
You’ve dedicated your life to promoting heterosexual marriage as the crowning pinnacle of civilization. Yet you have remained single.
Justice David Prosser is too emotionally troubled to remain on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. His behavior on the job would have resulted in dismissal from any ordinary workplace, and the state’s highest court demands a higher – not lower – standard of conduct.
He must resign.
The Christian right often points to the health disparities faced by LGBT people as evidence there's something inherently unhealthy about them. The disparities are indeed alarming: higher rates of psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, smoking and suicide.
But the Christian right’s oppression of LGBT people is the self-fulfilling prophecy behind the grim statistics. A growing body of research shows the unhealthy choices made by LGBT people result from social stigmatization, discrimination and denial of rights – all of which are promulgated by religious extremists.
Last year, a spate of LGBT youth suicides sent shock waves throughout America.
Despite repeated polls showing young people are ahead of their elders in supporting same-sex marriage, it became evident last September that a shocking backlash of hate was poisoning the hallways, dormitories and locker rooms of the nation’s schools and colleges.
If there was any doubt that the corporate right and the anti-gay right are colluding, Wisconsin Family Action chief Julaine Appling erased it.
In a taped phone call with a concerned citizen, Appling acknowledged her group is part of a political coalition that includes Americans for Prosperity, one of the political front groups for billionaires Charles and David Koch. The caller had confronted Appling because a return address owned by her group was printed on fraudulent ballot applications that AFP sent to voters before the Aug. 9 recall elections. The ballots listed a return date after the election was over.
Of all the absurdities hatched by Gov. Scott Walker and his right-wing henchmen, none is more confounding than their elimination of funding for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin clinics.
The GOP has fomented animus toward PP by spreading the lie that it does nothing but perform abortions on the taxpayer dime. In fact, terminating dangerous or unwanted pregnancies represents only about 3 percent of PP’s services in Wisconsin. None of the clinics that provide this service receive government funding.
The Christian right often points to the health disparities faced by LGBT people as evidence there’s something inherently unhealthy about them. The disparities are indeed alarming: higher rates of psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, smoking and suicide.
But the Christian right’s oppression of LGBT people is the self-fulfilling prophecy behind the grim statistics. A growing body of research shows the unhealthy choices made by LGBT people result from social stigmatization, discrimination, and denial of rights – all of which are promulgated by religious extremists.
Two recent events reminded us that Wisconsin has moved from the forefront of the nation’s progress to the vanguard of its decline.
The celebration of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26 was a bittersweet occasion for Wisconsin. U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug of New York established the observance in 1971 to commemorate the date in 1920 when the nation adopted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
What’s more important – your tax rate or your sexual orientation? Would you give up love and/or sex forever for a smaller government?
These questions should be no-brainers. No emotionally healthy person would trade something as humanly essential as physical love and affection for a discredited chance at personal economic gain.
When a Republican legislator in Alabama switches parties to protest the GOP’s attacks on teachers, you know there’s a progressive backlash a-coming.
As legislatures across the country adjourn, it’s clear that voters are not pleased with the right-wing genie they let out of the bottle last fall. Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s approval rating dipped to 29 percent after only four months in office. A recent Ohio poll showed that Tea Party Gov. John Kasich would lose by 25 points if he faced his November 2010 opponent today.