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The Real Effect of Boycotts

Yesterday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a story about “pro-Walker” businesses that are targeted for boycott by opponents of the Budget Repair Bill. The over 125 companies and 26 PACs on the boycott list are those that contributed at least $5000 to Governor Walker’s election campaign in 2010. The Journal Sentinel article notes that this […]

Policy

URGENT: Non-Fiscal Provisions of Budget Repair Bill Pass The Senate

Tonight, the non-fiscal provisions of the Budget Repair Bill passed the Wisconsin State Senate 18-1. Most important among the non-fiscal provisions limited collective bargaining rights for non-wage issues for public employees. The bill was brought before a conference committee at 6 PM and passed with the lone objection of Assembly Minority Leader Democrat Peter Barca. […]

Policy

URGENT: Budget Repair Bill Moved to Conference Committee

Tonight, a conference committee was called by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald for 6 PM CST. It is now likely that the long overdue Budget Repair Bill will be broken up in to separate bills. The collective bargaining section will likely now be passed with a simple majority rather than the twenty needed for a […]

Policy

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 […]

Policy

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 […]

Campaigns

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 […]

Campaigns

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 […]

Campaigns

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 […]