Wisconsin Jobs Now! has in recent months been targeting fast food franchises and other stores in Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau as part of a national campaign. Participants want a wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Continue Reading
Wisconsin’s last redistricting, after the 2010 Census, was done in secret and cost taxpayers more than $2 million. Ruling Republicans strategically carved districts to maximize their electoral prospects, much as Democrats would had done had they been able. Continue Reading
A bill now being drafted for state Sen. Alberta Darling would mandate a three-year prison term for illegal firearm possession. Darling said she acted after talking with law enforcement officials in Milwaukee, where 23 people were shot, seven fatally, during a single week in early August.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been able to replace all three commissioners installed by his Democratic predecessor, Jim Doyle, in less than two and a half years. One lawyer with years of experience before the commission predicts this change will have “a dramatic effect.”
Of the $3.5 million received by Walker in the first six months of this year, nearly $2 million came from out of state. This continues a trend that began when Walker first announced sweeping changes to the collective bargaining power of most public employees. Continue Reading
In politics, as in comedy, timing is key, even if it’s accidental. The same week in February 2011 that Russ Feingold announced the formation of the advocacy group Progressives United to “stand up to the exploding corporate influence in our political system,” events in Wisconsin gave him something to advocate about. Continue Reading