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GOP donor-boosted Northwoods bridge project underway

You may remember the efforts by a major Walker and GOP donor to acquire state-owned river frontage up north.The DNR and Natural Resources Board more recently ...
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Sarah Kendzior on how the media enables the Trump kleptocracy

Author Sarah Kendzior (“The View from Flyover Country”) talks to us about how the media continues to enable Donald Trump, and how they/we can more effectively confront the Trump “kleptocracy.” Here is an 18-minute clip from today’s UnPresidented podcast interview with Sarah: Sarah is an expert on the former Soviet republics (also known as the “stans”), and she also provided an interesting comparison of the Trump autocracy with the m...

We Resist: Day 490

a black bar with the word RESIST in white text One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional n...

Trump Straight-Up Lies About James Clapper

This morning, before everyone became consumed by the cancellation of the U.S.-North Korea summit, Donald Trump started the day on Twitter, as is his habit, tweeting a straight-up lie about former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollar...

Trump Calls Off North Korea Summit with Vile Letter

This was always going to happen. It was inconceivable that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un were ever going to actually sit down together and try to negotiate some kind of detente. Not when, as I noted last week: “Kim wants Trump to keep demanding denuclearization, so he can have an excuse to walk away from the summit. Trump wants Kim to walk away from the summit, so he can have an excuse for war....

Trump Opens His Filthy Yapper About the NFL’s Terrible New Anthem Policy

[Content Note: Silencing; racism; othering.] Yesterday, the NFL announced a horrendous new rule targeting player protests during the national anthem, which “allows teams and the league to impose discipline for those who protest publicly during the song. The new policy, announced aft...

In Walker’s Corner?

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The Walker Wisconsin Comeback Mirrors Kansas, not Minnesota’s Success!!!

A report comparing Democratically run Minnesota and swirling Republican pit of Wisconsin is getting a lot of attention. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) compared actual economic numbers based on policy pushed by both Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker. Note: Walker continues to use the GOP’s Great Recession against the Democrats like it was their fault, and oddly brags about an Obama economy Republicans criticized as “too...

Trump Doubles Down on "Animals" Comment; Members of His Administration Amplify the Eliminationism

[Content Note: Dehumanization; eliminationism; nativism.] Last week, Donald Trump called undocumented immigrants “animals,” then claimed he was only talking about members of the gang MS-13, as if dehumanizing, eliminationist language is okay just as long as it’s directed at people you donR...

Paul Ryan’s wasted, corrosive House Speakership

If I hear one more cable TV news pundit throw Paul Ryan a ‘he’s-in-a-tough-spot’ lifeline, I might call my satellite dish provider and have them come collect its equipmentHe’s not in a tough spot: we’re in a tough spot.Ryan is holding a treasured, historic, taxpayer-paid, perk-laden post with a super-sized staff, security detail and Constitutionally-defined author...

Jared Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance

Jared Kushner, who has had to update his financial disclosure forms dozens of times because of his failure to fill them out correctly in accordance with federal law — and whose error-riddled and evasive disclosure forms prompted CREW spokesperson Jordan Libowitz t...

What’s worse: dumped sludge, or sludge spun out about it?

I written Monday about massive water discoloration after a sand mining bulldozer sank in a retention pond near the Trempealeau River. Turns out that 10 million gallons of yellow sludge has flowed into nearby waters and fields, but the company says there are no health issues....

One of the funniest Trump videos ever

One of the funniest Trump videos ever. Or your money back. Enjoy. This is tremendous. pic.twitter.com/cNA8zaJEnm — John Aravosis (@aravosis) May 22, 2018 The post One of the funniest Trum...

Targeting Poor and Unemployed for Drug Problem distracts from growing Employee Drug use Problem.

Here’s something I’m still wrestling with. The unemployed and underemployed must now be tested, treated and drug-free, to receive food stamps (eventually BadgerCare). The excuse? Employers are unhappy with unreliable drugged out applicants. So businesses talked their compliant Republicans political servants into making taxpayers pay for drug testing, so they don’t have to; WPR:...

Foxconn wobble

Is Walker’s Foxconn Fever becoming Walker’s Folly?Does it really need all that Lake Michigan water, huge air pollution permits and 3,000 acres from which some people might be moved through ...

We Resist: Day 489

a black bar with the word RESIST in white text One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional n...

Today in the Continued Absurdity of Being a Woman in a Misogynist Culture

I am very excited about the upcoming major motion picture Oceans 8, starring fully one zillion amazing women. It’s about thieves who commit an elaborate heist. That’s not a spoiler — that’s the premise of all the Oceans movies: The original 1960′s Rat Pack Ocean’s 11; the 2001 Clooney Pack remake Ocean’s 11; its two sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen; and now the all-lad...

Governor Pothole assigned "Scottholes" by Cap Times

The Cap Times editorially addresses Wisconsin’s crumbing roads and insightfully inserts “Scottholes” into the political language.“Scottholes” has a nice ring to it, so fill media and the airwaves with it. ...

Stacey Abrams Wins!

Yesterday was another primary day in a number of states, and Stacey Abrams, of whom I’m a big fan, won the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primary, putting her one step closer to making history as the nation’s first Black female governor. YAYAYAYAY! At her victory party, she told her...

Russia swung the election to Trump

Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, finally admitted what most of us already suspected: Donald Trump didn’t really win the election, Russia did. In his new memoir, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper gives a scathing analysis of Trump’s victory (well, loss) against Hillary Clinton, and the role Russia played in the 2016 election. According to Clapper, Trump wouldn’t have won the election without Russia&...