With Covid-19 infections on the rise, with the Supreme Court making it difficult to impossible for the Governor and Director of Health Services to act, and with the Republican legislature not even willing to support a mask requirement for the state, parents have every reason to be concerned about sending their children back to school in the Fall.
Once again in Wisconsin, politics as war trumps the interests of the people.
Governor Evers’ Badger Bounce Back is vaguer than it could or should be, to the point where reasonable arguments can be made that it goes too far or not far enough. But until his loudest and most visible opponents come up with more than bullshit, bluster, and bullying, it’s the best we’ve got right now.
On April 7, 2020 Wisconsin citizens literally became collateral damage in the state’s politics-as-war culture.
Note: Wisconsin author, activist, and small-d democracy advocate Mike McCabe is best known as the…
I know that in the last ten years in Wisconsin it has become fashionable to minimize what public employees do for us, and in some cases flat out denigrate them. The politicians can spend trillions of dollars on never-ending wars of choice without even giving it a second thought, and blow up the deficit with tax cuts for the uber rich, yet somehow the salaries and benefits of municipal, county, and state employees becomes the main reason why we are in such deep debt.
I’ve been thinking about Margaret Chase Smith’s Declaration of Conscience very much lately, especially when watching the mental and verbal contortions Republican elected officials go through in order to continue to defend President Donald Trump. We have had some dreadful presidents in our history, but has there ever been anyone who resorted to appeals to “Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear” on an almost daily basis as much as the current occupant of the White House?
Rep. James Sensenbrenner recently announced his retirement. Most media coverage has focused only on who might replace him in the Congress. This essay looks at his 40+ year legacy.
There’s finally some reason to be optimistic about journalism in Wisconsin. The good news is that we northeast Wisconsin residents can engage two online sources that are the opposite of lazy: The Oshkosh Examiner and the Wisconsin Examiner.
Local government officials, most of whom are in a position to know first-hand how Madison politics harms communities, rarely call out the corruption. They will sometimes pass strongly worded resolutions asking the legislature to pass this or that bill, but they almost always stop short of using the “C word” to describe what’s going on down in Mad town.