Politics


Ron Johnson’s Ads Are Ridiculous

I normally do not watch much television but will tune in to CBS Sunday Morning. Most of the time, I am blissfully spared the ridiculous political adverts that are known to cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and high blood pressure; all things I could do without. This last Sunday morning, I tuned in early to watch a bit of fluff known as local news coverage; basically, sports and weather. A lot of people running for office look to buy up time during local news programming, and none are taking up more air than Ron Johnson. It is laughable that he is trying to run as ...

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Supreme Politics

The recent big news story is the Supreme Court's leaked draft of the upcoming decision to overturn Roe vs Wade. This should be no surprise. It has long been expected. Obama was outrageously denied an appointment and Trump made three appointments to the Court. These three judges were deliberately chosen for their opposition to abortion and their extreme positions on other issues. The current Supreme Court is a glaring example of a “packed” court dominated by extreme right wing ideologues. These judges are not impartial arbiters of the law. Jim Hightower devoted ...

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Retirement Issues and WI Candidates: U.S. Senate and WI Treasurer

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2022 POWRS Steering Committee, Philip Anderson, powerswi@gmail.com Retirement Issues and WI Candidates: U.S. Senate and WI Treasurer To better inform Wisconsin voters, Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement Security (POWRS) surveyed the U.S. Senate candidates on retirement, Social Security and Medicare issues. We sent the survey to all the declared Democratic candidates and to the Republican incumbent. We only received replies from four Democratic candidates: Mandela Barnes, Sarah Godlewski, Alex Lasry, and Tom Nelson. POWRS ...

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Comparing the U.S. Senate Candidates on Retirement Issues

Wisconsin – and the nation – is facing a retirement security crisis. Many people will have inadequate income for a secure retirement. Many will only have Social Security to live on. Many will not be able to “retire” at all. Over 400,000 seniors in Wisconsin will be living in poverty by 2030. As a result, Wisconsin will need to spend an additional $3.5 billion on public assistance programs. These problems are not self-correcting and won't be fixed by free market “solutions.” Government must act to address the retirement crisis. This includes consolidating and ...

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Poor People’s Campaign rallies to Washington D.C.

We will have a full story in our next edition of Middle Wisconsin.  In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. organized low-income Americans of different backgrounds in a march on Washington known as the "Poor People's Campaign." Over fifty-years later, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday to deliver that same message at the Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. The rally urged low-income voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections and featured religious organizations, pro-democracy groups, labor ...

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Down Ballot Wisconsin Elections

Voters also need to pay attention to the “down ballot” statewide offices. In Wisconsin, the Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary or State are independently elected offices. The Attorney General is obviously an important office and gets some voter attention. But most people know nothing about the other two. This year ignoring these obscure offices could have serious ramifications. Republicans have spent years weakening and underfunding all three of the these elected offices. This has included trying to abolish both the Treasurer and Secretary of State ...

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The Fruits of Faulty Judgment

“I'm just a miner in the mother lode of misery, where the fruits of faulty judgment meet the spoils of bad luck.” From the song “King of Junk” by Eddy Lawrence This humorous song is about a junk yard owner who's good fortune is the result of others' faulty judgment and bad luck. He finds a “hidden trove of riches mid the mangled and the maimed” wreckage of cars. I like the poetry of the song. To me it speaks (out of context) to much of the current craziness in our society. Politics has always been ugly and partisan. But the angry divisions are getting ...

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True Patriots

My DNA tracks through generations of true PATRIOTS that have proven the test of time. It is their “rally call” that is deeply felt within my being that I write about the current state of our democratic government and the immediate need to save our democracy for all. Since I was “knee high to a grasshopper” I recall my elders’ wisdom that was shared at family reunions, special achievement events and religious gatherings.  Frequently saying to me that I should remember where I came from and why we were here.  One of their reminders was, “Always ...

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Oaths Of Office & The Common Good

Ben Franklin once said, “The good we do together surpasses the good we can do alone.” The meaning of that statement has stayed with me throughout all my endeavors to work for the common good, especially throughout my teaching career.  It should be internalized by all those who seek an office in our government, at every level, in our democracy.  So, it is astounding to me how many elected officials don’t know or care what their oaths of office to The People and the Constitution really mean.  A conversation that I had with the Lt. Governor a few years ago offered ...

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Women for Women

Women for Women Wausau Thursday, May 5 at 6 PM The Impact of Dark Money on Our Elections Millions of dollars are being spent in our elections since Citizens United came about. That is there is no longer the requirement to publicly disclose donors. We believe corporations are not people and money does not make free speech. Yet all too often we see the corruptive influence of money in our elections. Dave Svetlik, former editor and publisher of Middle Wisconsin will speak on the lasting effects of dark money in our elections. Nancy Stencil will contribute on the buying ...

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