Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

  by Walter Brasch   Almost every conservative political columnist, pundit, commentator, blogger, and bloviator has written about the decline and forthcoming death of the labor movement. They happily point to Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker shortly after taking office in January 2011 took advantage of a Republican majority … Continue reading

From Defeat In Wisconsin To Victory In Arizona: What A Difference A Week Makes

If it feels like it’s been just a week since Democrats were crying in their soup over their painful loss in Wisconsin, that’s because it was. But this week, instead, they were able to start their Wednesday with a smile: Democrat Ron Barber held onto the House seat in Arizona which … Continue reading

Obama Campaign Fundraises Off Wisconsin Loss

Just days after President Obama took heat for limiting his involvement in the Wisconsin recall election to a single tweet, his re-election campaign is using the Democrats’ loss there as a fundraising tool. In an email to supporters Wednesday afternoon, campaign manager Jim Messina repeated a what has become a … Continue reading

Disappointed Recall Backers: We Sent ‘A Message to Scott Walker’

Clearly dismayed by their failure to oust Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Democrats and labor officials say they nevertheless can claim some solace in the belief that even in victory, Tuesday’s recall election should serve as something of a warning for Gov. Scott Walker. Walker beat back the historic effort to throw him out … Continue reading

The Threat to Wis. Recall No One Is Talking About: Conservative ‘Election Observers’

Less than a day before Badger State voters decide whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, polls show a tight race and “only a tiny fraction of Wisconsin voters are undecided,” the outcome Tuesday likely will hinge on which side does a better job of turning out its supporters. “This is a … Continue reading

Voter ID Laws: Could They Backfire?

Although Democrats and progressives worry that a net of restrictive state-level voter ID laws could prevent millions of Democratic-leaning voters from casting ballots this fall, the national outcry against these new measures could at least blunt their effect. Indeed, have these laws — usually enacted in states controlled by Republican … Continue reading