Politics


WHAT CHOICES WOULD YOU MAKE?

In the next few weeks, state lawmakers are voting on how Wisconsin spends money over the next two years. The choices legislators make will affect our communities and our lives. Lawmakers are working off a spending plan submitted by the Governor earlier this year. Changes have already been made to his proposal. For example, the budget writing committee removed much of the new money for the University of Wisconsin System. Big spending cuts in the last budget forced, among other things, a reorganization of UW-Extension, which may leave local communities without their ...

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ANOTHER LOOK AT 2016 ELECTION

While we await developments on a number of critical fronts — Will the Republicans running our state ever agree on transportation funding? Will the US Senate stumble as it tries to formulate a healthcare bill that can pass both the Senate and the House? Will the Supreme Court issue a stay in Gill v Whitford? Will James Comey's testimony on Thursday offer the bombshell the national press is hoping for? You might want to have a look at an analysis of How And Where Trump Won Wisconsin in 2016. Malia Jones at the UW Applied Population Laboratory has run the numbers and ...

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WHAT MOTIVATED 2016 VOTERS?

Professor Katherine Cramer Walsh, author of The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (March, 2016), finds the split between rural and urban voters' choices to be rooted in what she calls "group consciousness." In an article published years before her book, she concludes that rural voters, at least in Wisconsin, perceive themselves to be deprived and attribute "rural deprivation to the decision making of (urban) political elites, who disregard and disrespect rural residents and rural lifestyles." But there appear to be ...

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Citizens Take Action on Opposing Restrictions of Medicaid in Wisconsin

Yet Another Middle Wisconsin Exclusive -- First on the Scene Again in Central Wisconsin https://vimeo.com/218079172 Excerpts From Citizen Action Event Material: Gov. Scott Walker wants to apply for a waiver from the federal government, so that he can drug test childless adults seeking Medicaid. This could also allow him to add other requirements that he sees fit. This is problematic for various reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is our current Opioid and Methamphetamine crises across the State. Someone who is struggling with addiction, but has health insura...

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WHERE ARE THE FRESH DEMOCRATS?

(Denele blogs from Arkansas. You can read more at www.denelecampbell.org.) If the Democratic Party wants to regain their proper place in American politics, that is, as the progressive, common man’s party, they have to move away from the faces and voices that have become tired and futile. They’ll also have to step up their game. Before the Democrats assembled to vote for their national leadership earlier this year, I sent an email to the head of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. I voiced my concern about a potential leadership win by Tom Perez or Keith Ellison. I ...

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR THE ACHA

Thank you, Congressman Duffy, for voting for the ACHA, the Ryan healthcare bill, May 4th. Thank you to the voters for voting for Donald Trump and Congressman Duffy on November 8th. The Ryan healthcare bill (AHCA) has been called an “act of mercy” by Speaker Ryan. Here is a short list, out of many provisions, that are especially ‘merciful.’ 1. The federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions are eliminated. In Duffy’s 7th Congressional District this will affect 295,400 or 51% of the non-elderly population who have pre-existing conditi...

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Opinions…Everybody Has One

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Sociologist and former U.S. Senator. “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.” Bertrand Russell, British historian “Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F. Kennedy “It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all.” Stephen Colbert, comedian. Opinions are ...

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HIS FIGHT, OUR FIGHT

(Denele blogs from Arkansas. You can read more at DeneleCampbell.org.) According to the brief description that accompanied this photo that crossed my Facebook timeline the other day, the funeral of Pretty Boy Floyd drew the largest attendance of any such event in Oklahoma history. The image gives me goosebumps, almost puts a lump in my throat. It’s not the coffin—I can’t even discern where it is. It’s the people, backs straight, their attention focused entirely on the dead man. On what he represented. My dad sometimes talked about Pretty Boy Floyd although ...

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THE SKY IS GREEN AND GRASS IS BLUE

THE SKY IS GREEN AND GRASS IS BLUE This is the now famous photograph of the “Napalm Girl” and of the Vietnamese children fleeing because aircraft from the United States of America were dumping the chemical weapon napalm on their village. Napalm was designed to stick to the human body and burn off the skin. This is a photograph of a Vietnamese woman holding a child who has been burned by napalm. The dropping of napalm and Agent Orange by the United States over Vietnam is likely the greatest use of chemical weapons in world history. Thousands of Vietnamese ...

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Joan Baez Goes Viral With Trump Protest Song

"Here's a little song/about a man gone wrong/while building up his evil empire" Joan Baez, protest singer of the peace and civil rights movements of the 1960s, has gone viral with a protest song for today's Trump era, called "Nasty Man." The song features roses in the Rose Garden telling President Donald Trump that he "owes the Earth a pardon;" pokes fun at the president for his border wall plans and Melania Trump's notable absence from the White House; and suggests that he "better talk to a shrink" for his "serious psychological disorders." In the song, Baez ...

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