Race & Racism Category Archive


  • Gov. Scott Walker Defends Voter ID Law in First Debate

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his voter ID law Friday night during the first gubernatorial debate with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Walker said that the voter ID law, which the U.S. Supreme...

    Politico, 10/11/2014
  • Walker Talks Up Voter Id, Budget in Visit to Lake Hallie

    Gov. Scott Walker praised a court ruling that requires voter identification at polls and offered details regarding new state budget proposals Tuesday during his visit to Lake Hallie. “The bottom line is...

    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 09/16/2014
  • Scott Walker’s Sinister “Voter ID” Lifeline: How a New Ruling Could Save His Hide

    Friday morning, a three-judge panel heard Walker’s appeal to the federal ruling that previously struck down his Photo ID voting restriction law. By afternoon, almost immediately following the hearing, the three GOP-appointed...

    Salon, 09/15/2014
  • Emails Show Walker Involved in 2010 Voter Intimidation Billboard Campaign Content

    This is the smoking gun that shows Scott Walker at the center of one of Wisconsin’s most notorious voter intimidation efforts.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/12/2014
  • Executive Behind Voter Fraud Billboards Sought Scott Walker Advice

    A venture fund manager consulted with then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker about state and federal voting laws in 2010, just weeks before the businessman began posting controversial ads on billboards in Milwaukee...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/11/2014
  • Scott Walker, J.B. Van Hollen Again Ask Court to Reinstate Voter ID

    Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen are asking a federal court to reinstate Wisconsin’s voter ID law, but they have not finalized a plan to comply with a different...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/24/2014
  • Youth Activists Call For Restoration Of In-State Tuition For Undocumented Immigrants. Previous Walker Budget Ended Lower Tuitions For Undocumented Students

    Valeria Gonzalez, who is part of the student-led organization Youth Empowered in the Struggle, said Gov. Scott Walker was wrong to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in the 2011- 2013 state...

    Wisconsin Public Radio, 07/09/2014
  • Walker Championed “Truth in Sentencing” Law While in the Legislature

    Neighboring Minnesota has a similar crime rate to Wisconsin and similar demographics, but thanks in part to Walker’s harsh sentencing law, Wisconsin has two-and-a-half times as many people in prison. Minnesota has...

    Truth-out, 06/23/2014
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls for Feds to Deploy Election Observers in Wisconsin for November 2014 Election

    In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, One Wisconsin Now is requesting the federal DOJ send observers to Wisconsin for the November 2014 General Election.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/06/2014
  • Walker Turns Back on Public, Voting Rights

    Despite widespread public opposition, Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law new restrictions on early voting today.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/27/2014
  • Walker Signs Early-voting Bill; Partial Veto Slightly Extended Voting Hours From Legislative Version

    Acting out of the public eye on controversial measures, Gov. Scott Walker signed asbestos liability legislation Thursday opposed by a number of veterans groups and used a partial veto to loosen new...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/27/2014
  • Will Gov. Walker Stop The Fraud?

    Governor Walker has a choice. He can stand up for the right to vote enshrined in the Wisconsin Constitution and veto the bill or he can allow his political ambitions to trump doing what is right by Wisconsin voters.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/21/2014
  • Hypocritical, Racist and Fraudulent: Assembly Republicans Approve Imposing New Restrictions on Early Voting

    The State Assembly has once again attacked the right to vote in Wisconsin as Republicans today rammed through controversial legislation to impose new restrictions on early voting.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/20/2014
  • The GOP’s Electoral Equation: Early Voting Restrictions = Longer Lines and Less Voting

    An analysis of early voting patterns in Wisconsin in 2012 shows that longer waits for voters would have resulted had state Republican’s efforts to restrict the hours of early voting been in place.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/19/2014
  • Wisconsin Republicans Add Hypocrisy to Early Vote Plan, Target Minorities, Seniors, Students and Persons With Disabilities With New Restrictions

    It seems that Republicans are all for equal access to the franchise, just so long as that voter is a likely Republican.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/17/2014
  • This Week in Voter Suppression: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in a close race with his Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Yet his primary concern seems to be on voter ID requirements in the state. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel to discuss why.

    MSNBC, 03/15/2014
  • Wisconsin Is the Latest Swing State to Target Early Voting

    Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin passed a bill Wednesday to scrap weekend voting—and the rationale they used to support the move may set a new standard for cynicism. A day earlier, Republican Gov....

    MSNBC, 03/13/2014
  • The War on Voting Rights in Wisconsin

    Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, joins The Reid Report to discuss efforts in Wisconsin by Republicans to put a stop to early voting.

    MSNBC, 03/11/2014
  • Breaking Media Report: Walker Mulls Special Session If Racist Voter ID Law Overturned By Court

    A breaking media report indicates that Gov. Walker is mulling a special session of the legislature in the event his voter ID law is found unconstitutional.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/11/2014
  • GOP Effort to Roll Back Early Voting Creates Additional Barriers to Franchise for Elderly, Persons With Disabilities and Urban Voters

    Legislation before the state Senate today to severely restrict early in-person voting and ban weekend voting in Wisconsin could create more hurdles for minorities, seniors and persons with disabilities.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/11/2014
  • Walker Encouraged Anti-immigrant Rant: ‘Don’t Hold Back.’

    Documents released this week show that Gov. Scott Walker told one of his closest advisers “Don’t hold back” after she forwarded an anti-immigrant screed to top members of his political inner circle...

    The Progressive, 02/21/2014
  • What Did Walker Aides Think Was Funny? Racism, Apparently.

    In April 2010, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch received an emailed joke from a friend about someone whose dogs supposedly qualified for welfare because they are “mixed in color,...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Campaign Aide’s Racist tweets Revealed

    In December, Walker fired Taylor Palmisano as his campaign’s deputy finance director after Journal Sentinel columnist Daniel Bice contacted the campaign about tweets made by Palmisano. In one, Palmisano, 23, complained about...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Transportation Department Assistant Deputy Secretary’s Racist Facebook Rant

    In August, Walker fired Steven Krieser, assistant deputy secretary at the state Department of Transportation, after he likened illegal immigrants to Satan during a Facebook debate over a bumper sticker declaring open...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Newly Disclosed Emails Reveal Racist Jokes by Scott Walker’s Ex-aides

    Even while arguing for racial outreach from his party, Gov. Scott Walker has had to deal with recent disclosures of racially charged statements from aides, with the latest two examples coming Wednesday...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Aide Fired After Tweets Demeaning Hispanics

    For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media. Walker — who has been calling on...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/03/2013
  • Scot Ross: Memo to Gov. Scott Walker and GOP Legislators: Voters Are Not the Enemy

    There’s fraud in Wisconsin elections — but the impropriety isn’t happening in polling places on Election Day. It’s being perpetrated in our state Capitol where Gov. Walker and his lapdog Republican Legislature...

    Capital Times, 11/04/2013
  • On 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ Message of Racial Harmony and Economic Justice For All Under Attack by Gov. Walker’s Divide and Conquer Politics

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted how the “divide and conquer” politics of Gov. Walker and the policies he and the GOP-led legislature have pursued are universally antithetical to Dr. King's message.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/27/2013
  • The Struggle for Voting Rights Is Still Real

    Scot Ross, Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, and Judith Browne Dianis join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the continued need for the fight for voting rights, especially after seeing legislation pass.

    MSNBC, 08/25/2013
  • Will Gov. Walker Share Anti-Voter Tips on Alabama Visit?

    Jim Crow of the 1960s has nothing on Scott Walker when it comes to trying to keep legal voters from voting in free and fair elections.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/22/2013
  • Wisconsin GOP Determined to Not Be Outdone by North Carolina on Anti-Voter Efforts

    State Senator Mary Lazich has fired back, re-introducing a package of bills to make it easier to toss out the legally cast ballots of legal voters for minor clerical errors and injecting more partisanship into election administration.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/13/2013
  • Top Scott Walker Aide Fired for Recent Racist Facebook Rant Had Earlier Directed Staff to Withhold Information About Free Photo ID to Low-Income Wisconsinites

    But this same aide was kept on for two years after it was revealed he took the initiative to try to make it harder for hundreds of thousands of legal Wisconsin voters, many of whom are minorities, to vote.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/08/2013
  • DOT Official Likens Illegal Immigrants to Satan, Then Quickly Fired

    In a stunning online rant, a top Gov. Scott Walker official likened illegal immigrants to Satan during a Facebook debate over a bumper sticker declaring open season on foreigners living in the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/08/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Failure to Respect Diversity

    You'd think Scott Walker would show at least some commitment to representing the diversity of Wisconsin's 5.5 million residents. But Gov. Walker has shown by his actions that if you're not rich, white and straight, he doesn't have time for you.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/20/2013
  • Walker Signed a Law Making It Easier to Continue Use of Race-based Mascots

    Signed a bill that eliminated the procedure for objecting to and ordering termination of a school’s use of a race-based nickname, logo or mascot. Additionally, the bill allowed school districts to stop...

    2013 AB 297, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Venture Capitalist Einhorn Behind ‘voter Fraud’ Billboards

    Billboards warning communities of color in Ohio and Wisconsin that voter fraud can lead to jail time were put up by a group led by a Milwaukee-based venture capitalist and donor to...

    MSNBC, 10/30/2012
  • Venture Capitalist Einhorn Paid for Voter Fraud Billboards

    Stephen Einhorn – a Wisconsin venture capital fund manager and major GOP donor – acknowledged Monday that he and his wife Nancy paid for dozens of anonymous billboards in and around Milwaukee...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/29/2012
  • John Macco’s Wife Endorses Him in TV Ad

    The views John Macco's wife shares and endorses are not only outlandish and thoroughly discredited, they are racist and offensive.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/17/2012
  • Changes to the Undocumented Student Status Occurred As Part of Walker’s 2011-13 Wisconsin State Budget

    The Republican-crafted spending plan reshapes all corners of Wisconsin life, from how much Medicaid will cost to auto title loans to honoring former President Ronald Reagan to even drinking alcohol at the...

    Associated Press, 07/01/2011
  • Walker Reduced Immigrants’ Access to Education

    Youth who are the children of undocumented immigrants are no longer allowed to pay the resident tuition rate to attend the UW System or a technical college. They had the right to...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Eliminated Foodshare Benefits for Qualified Legal Immigrants

    Walker prohibited the Department of Health Services from providing FoodShare benefits to “qualified aliens,” except to the extent that federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits are required by federal government. This...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Signed Bill Ending System Racial Profiling Tracking Program

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has killed a statewide mandate on police to gather racial data during traffic stops. Walker signed a GOP bill Wednesday that ends requirements that officers collect the age,...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 06/22/2011
  • Walker Repealed Racial Profiling Law

    Walker signed into law a bill that repealed a racial profiling law that took effect in January of 2011 that requires police to collect the age, ZIP code, gender and ethnicity of...

    2011 WI Act 29, 06/22/2011
  • Walker Signed Bill Ending System Tracking Possible Racial Profiling

    Police officers will no longer have to collect traffic-stop data to track possible racial profiling, under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker. The bill, which passed the Senate...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/22/2011
  • Before Walker Repealed Program, About 100 Illegal Immigrants Paid In-state Tuition in 2010-11

    About 100 illegal immigrants took advantage of a law allowing them to pay in-state tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools in the 2010-11 academic year, according to a State Journal analysis,...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 06/21/2011
  • Artwork Shuffle at Governor’s Mansion Raises Eyebrows

    Earlier this year, the governor and first lady Tonette Walker took down Lenz’s painting “Wishes in the Wind,” a realistic portrait of three children – one black, one Hispanic and one white...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/04/2011
  • Election Officials Wary As Walker Signs Voter ID Bill Into Law

    Election officials across Wisconsin are bracing for a difficult transition as the state rushes into place new rules for voting signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday — including a controversial...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/26/2011
  • Republican Party Official Defends Anti-Semetic Slur

    After pandering Republicans – from Walker to Johnson to Kleefisch – rode the divisive tea party wave in the elections of 2010, the RPW’s collective reticence to criticize would appear intentional.

    Scot Ross, 05/05/2011