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The Oligarchy of the Wisconsin Fourteen

For almost a month now, the Wisconsin legislature has been kept from carrying on the people’s business because of the fourteen fugitive Democratic senators residing in Illinois. For weeks, the excuse from the fugitive fourteen was that the people needed more time to understand what exactly was in the Budget Repair Bill. But in the […]

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Three Local Communities, Three Different Approaches to Union Contracts

  Last week, Media Trackers explained how many local communities across the state were imprudently rushing through labor contracts and failed to utilize the tools provided by the yet-to-be-passed Budget Repair Bill. In the case of Madison, Mayor Dave Ciezlewicz and the Madison Common Council rammed through twelve labor contracts in one night in order […]

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Guess Who Spent the Most on the 2010 Legislative Races…Teachers!

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Report shows that candidates and special interest groups spent more than $19 million on the 2010 state legislative election.  According to the report The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) the state’s teacher union, led all donors with contributions of nearly $1.6 million.   In 2010, WEAC donated to the campaigns of the […]

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Where is the Integrity in the Democratic Party?

Where is the honor in the Democratic party in Wisconsin? For weeks 14 Wisconsin Democrat Senators have absconded their duty to represent their districts and fled to Illinois to avoid voting on the controversial budget repair bill. Failing to represent their constitutes and walking off the job is a pretty big indication of character, but […]

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JoAnne Kloppenburg’s Facebook Campaign a Direct Tie to Anti-Walker and Recall Efforts

JoAnne Kloppenburg’s official Facebook campaign page is being used by her supporters to organize protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, as well as recalls against Walker, Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and a Republican state legislator who supports the governor. Furthermore, the site is filled with weeks of rants against Gov. Scott Walker, especially […]

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Not Surprisingly, Marla Stephens backs JoAnne Kloppenburg for Supreme Court

JoAnne Kloppenburg highlights one prominent endorsement on the top of her website- that of failed primary candidate and long-time public defender, Marla Stephens. In her endorsement, Stephens criticizes the impartiality of Justice David Prosser, and argues for a “truly nonpartisan and independent Supreme Court.” Of course, it’s not surprising that Stephens would endorse Kloppenburg. Both […]

Policy

Madison Held Emergency Sessions to Pass All Union Contracts on Feb. 17

On February 17, Madison Mayor Dave Ciezlewicz and the Madison Common Council voted to approve the extension of twelve labor contracts through 2012 in an emergency session. The process of approving labor contracts often takes days or weeks, but both Mayor Ceizlewicz and the Common Council agreed on the importance ensuring that “all employees can […]

Policy

Is Wisconsin Broke?

PolitiFact recently concluded that Governor Scott Walker’s statement that Wisconsin is broke is false. The state is $3.6 billion dollars in debt, but is it broke?

Policy

Twenty Percent of State on Medicaid

By now anyone paying attention knows that Wisconsin is 3.6 billion dollars in the hole. What the average person may not know is that 20 percent of the state’s budget goes to fund Medicaid. That’s a huge chunk of change and a huge contributor to the state’s fiscal nightmare. And right now the funding for […]