The "fast track" train went off the rails. The U.S. Senate vote was supposed to generate momentum for fast track in the U.S. House of Representatives, where it’s in deep trouble, with almost every House Democrat and a significant bloc of GOP opposing it.
The only reason to upend the required procedures for a “revenue bill” and bring up fast track in the Senate first was to get a huge victory to build momentum in the House.
Conservatives have turned middle and lower classes against themselves.
The right wing is on a roll in this country and most certainly in Wisconsin, where divide-and-conquer tactics are working effectively to alienate citizens from each other.
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.
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.
In the aftermath of Paul Heenan’s shooting on Nov. 9, 2012, a group of residents from the Madison community, former and current law enforcement officers, representatives from social service agencies, mental health experts and academics formed a group that called itself the Community Response Team.
We were deeply shaken by the police culture, policy and training that led to the actions taken that night and that continued throughout the year. We worked tirelessly to examine the culture, motives, policies, management, and incentives that led, not only to Paul Heenan’s fatal shooting, but to the damaging and dysfunctional communication from the Madison Police Department to the community after his death.
“Something came over me emotionally, and I said ‘Well, I owe you an apology.’ I’ve never in a million years apologized for anything I’ve said. F**k anyone else who is offended. I don’t give a shit.”
— LOUIS C.K. telling Howard Stern that he apologized to Sarah Palin at February’s Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special for his nasty tweets about her.
Veterans For Peace would like to extend our condolences to the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Black man who died in police custody from a fatal spinal cord injury. The loss of a child under any circumstance is tragic. However, losing a child to violence adds a deeper pain.
Veterans For Peace stands with the family and the people of Baltimore in their call for peace and non-violent change. As veterans who know war and the horror it brings, we know that violence only serves to cause more violence. Those who are most vulnerable are caught in the crossfire of violence, disrupting lives and destroying families. Violence is like a virus that escalates and spreads. It can easily spiral out of control into a dark morass of death. Knowing this, because we have participated in it, we call on all parties to take a step back and search for non-violent means to address the tensions in Baltimore and around the nation.
Lives wasted. Billions spent. The decriminalization of marijuana isn't merely right-minded social policy. It's the fiscally conservative thing to do.
Legislation to make possession of up to 15 grams on par with a traffic ticket breezed through the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee earlier this month, on its way to the floor. Urban Democrats propelled it through the House this past week. But Republicans, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, and rural Democrats, are doing all they can to stall the march toward reasonable permissiveness.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is officially in the 2016 race for the GOP presidential nomination. The inevitable campaign book has also hit the market.
My copy of Rubio’s "American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone" arrived a few weeks ago. Rubio, in his first term in the U.S. Senate, is also author of The New York Times bestseller "An American Son."
As religious leaders from bountiful and diverse faith communities, we are concerned with the recent flood of state-level religious refusal bills that have potentially harmful and unintended consequences for the people we serve.
As people of faith who have embraced God’s free will as a gift to us all, we have great respect for the religious freedom of all Americans.