In the past eleven years, I wrote 64 times about the problems of speed and secrecy in the legislative process. However, I never saw a calendar as broad and deep in controversy as the most recent one before the State Senate.
For weeks, we heard that the Senate would vote a hodge-podge of highly controversial bills. “Horrid,” one staffer called the expected Senate Calendar. None of us, including the public, knew what bills would come up for a vote.
The cloak of secrecy raised a bit on Friday when we received the tentative list of bills. But even the day before the ...
To the man-child who would be king the rebuke and contempt is coming fast, hard and clear when on November 7, 2017 elections loudly stated that the people of the country finally began to answer, "Hell NO, we won't take it any more". No to the Alt Right puppeteers, to those who wish to invalidate our Constitution and Bill of Rights and the words of the Declaration of Independence. For, as his main guide to the Dark Side, Steve Bannon stated, "I want to dismantle our administrative government", because he and those he represents feel our Constitutional democratic ...
The Women’s Marches
The Women’s March on Washington and in other cities on January 21 constituted a powerful shot across Trump’s bow.
The Airport Protests
The protests that erupted on January 28 at JFK, O’Hare, and other airports to defend refugees showed that Trump can’t get away with scapegoating.
The Judges’ Orders
One federal judge after another has ruled against Trump’s Muslim bans.
The Marches for Science and the Earth
Trump has galvanized scientists and environmentalists: “There is No Planet B.”
The Press Gets a Spine
Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government by:
Finding and bankrolling new candidates pledged to shrinking and dismembering it;
Intimidating or bribing many current senators and representatives to block all proposed legislation, prevent the appointment of presidential nominees, eliminate funds to implement and enforce laws, and threaten to default on the nation’s debt;
Taking over state governments in order to redistrict, gerrymander, require voter IDs, purge voter rolls, and otherwise suppress the ...
The first Wausau Grassroots Festival will be held on October 7, 2017 at the Wausau Labor Temple. Click on the image below to download the PDF.
(Phil Neuenfeldt is president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. You can read more labor news at www.facebook.com/UnionLaborNews.
You find more labor news at www.scfl.org
Kevin Gundlach is president of the South Central Federation of Labor. The SCFL is an umbrella organization, consisting of 100 private and public sector unions representing thousands of workers in south central and south west Wisconsin.)
As Wisconsin shells out $3 billion to subsidize the private corporation of Foxconn, legislators will hand over an incentive package that is both the largest in state ...
Who elected this white man to the office of the POTUS?
In her much discussed book The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, political scientist Katherine Cramer locates voters' discontent in the disconnect between rural and urban worlds.
She says very little about racial resentment, focusing instead on rural citizens' perceived lack of power and resources (those goodies flow to the larger cities of Madison and Milwaukee) and their perceived lack of respect from the elites in power.
No doubt her research has some ...
In the last five months, seven Door County communities have shown their support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would get money out of politics and give citizens their voices back in our elections.
The city of Sturgeon Bay, the towns of Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Forestville and Liberty Grove along with the villages of Egg Harbor and Ephraim, all have unanimously approved resolutions backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that proclaims that corporations are not persons and money is not speech.
They are part of a tremendous grassroots movement ...
Politicians have always been reluctant to give up their power to draw their own district lines. And we know how that power was abused in 2011, which has resulted in a legislature with rigged district lines that is more concerned about pushing the agenda of special interest groups rather than doing what’s best for the voters in Wisconsin.
But there is hope. First, there is the lawsuit that has made its way all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Gill v Whitford. That case could decide that our current maps are unconstitutional, and force the legislature to redraw the ...
“For an adult with a family who has to pay for food, clothing, and a place to live, and be able to pay for a car, the minimum wage is clearly not high enough,” wrote Bethany of Eleva-Strum High School.
Wisconsin was one of the first states to enact a Living Wage. The law gave authority for determining a living wage to an Industrial Commission made up of a balance of employers, employees and the public. The year was 1913.
Two years earlier, people attending a national conference of the National Consumers’ League in Milwaukee called for a minimum wage. Advocates ...