Unlimited: The story of financing political campaigns in the post-Citizens United universe

Written by Bill Lueders. Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:56

Once upon a time in America, there were limits on how much people or groups could spend to influence an election. Now those limits are gone, as shown by the big-money apparatus forming to back Republican presidential aspirant Gov. Scott Walker.

Cruz candidacy exposes racist hypocrisy of ‘birthers’

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 April 2015 03:32

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.

Lessons of Lincoln’s death unlearned

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:09

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, a stunning series of events altered the course of American history.

Vote for Bradley and against changing rules of selecting chief justice

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 29 March 2015 12:32

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.

Remaking politics by the seat of our pants

Written by Mike McCabe,
Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:39

American democracy is caught on the horns of a dilemma. Most Americans are feeling fed up with the Republicans and let down by the Democrats — with good reason. Both major parties are failing the country. Yet a third party isn’t the answer. Like it or not, America has a two-party system.

So how do we get regular people back in the driver’s seat of our government when both major parties are catering to a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.

Cruz candidacy exposes birthers’ racist hypocrisy

Written by WiG Saturday, 18 April 2015 08:22

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.

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.”

Stop playing politics with women’s health

Written by Dr. Doug Laube Saturday, 28 March 2015 13:43

As a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist for 40 years, I have dedicated my life to making women and families healthier. This commitment makes it all the more disheartening and disturbing to see Gov. Scott Walker commit to signing a ban on abortion that will put women’s health and safety at risk.

Abortion bans are opposed by the medical community, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, because they interfere with patient/physician trust and they prohibit women from making private, personal medical decision — even women facing medically complex pregnancies or those whose pregnancy will not survive.

Fight against Walker budget cuts

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 24 April 2015 10:36

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is vetting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts to the UW System, environmental protections and services for the elderly and disabled.

Strengthen the link between MAM and O’Donnell

Written by Virginia Small,
Special to Wig
Friday, 10 April 2015 14:14

O'Donnell Park and bridge to Milwaukee Art Museum. - PHOTO: Eddee Daniel

Ever since The Milwaukee Art Museum’s winged architectural masterwork transformed the lakefront in 2001, residents have adopted it as an icon. We take pride in “The Calatrava,” the first U.S. building by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Something besides beer has made Milwaukee famous. 

Barrett condemns Indiana law, Walker ducks

Written by James Rowen,
The Political Environment
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:00

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

In a blog post today, James Rowen writes that he's proud of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his solid public statement against the Indiana 'free-to-discriminate' law roiling the nation.

‘Fairness Doctrine’ a thing of the past

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:54

My mother asked me recently why “bullies” are allowed to broadcast on radio and TV. “Why are they allowed to badmouth people and shout down people who don’t agree with them? Isn’t there a law?”