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A Tweetstorm of Scott Walker Racism

Scot Walker’s track record of policy decisions in Wisconsin shows a candidate who often actively pursues stances that would undermine racial and social justice.

To turn voters out, you need to turn them on

How the actions and poor decisions of Scott Walker and the Republican majority in the state Legislature have hurt Wisconsin is well publicized and widely known. To the progressive leaders and activists who hope to replace the Republicans, what people need to hear from you is not just another recitation of the failures of Scott […]

You Gotta Vote!

Our new video is targeting voters who care about issues like reproductive rights, student loan debt, marriage equality, minimum wage, worker and minority rights and clean government.

The Cost of Student Loan Debt, Part II

One Wisconsin Now sat down with individuals affected by student loan debt. Their personal stories are a reminder about how this trillion dollar debt crisis has a major impact on the whole nation.

The Cost of Student Loan Debt, Part I

One Wisconsin Now sat down with folks from Wisconsin and progressive leaders to discuss their personal experiences with the student loan debt crisis.

Top GOPer cries voter fraud, we say prove it

During a recent television appearance, Republican State Senator Alberta Darling claimed a lack of voter identification law caused Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to lose Wisconsin, we sent a letter to Darling asking her to provide the list of documented cases of improper votes cast in recent elections. Since 2006, over 14 million votes have […]

Czaja on Health Care: ‘If I Can’t Sell It, You Can’t Have It’

Assembly candidate Mary Czaja touts her experience lobbying on health insurance issues. But according to state lobbying reports, the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin with which Czaja is associated, formally opposed and worked to kill bills that could have helped tens of thousands of farmers, small business owners and self-employed get comprehensive health insurance coverage […]

What Else Does Republican John Macco’s Spouse Have to Say?

It’s no surprise the wife of state Senate candidate John Macco (R-Green Bay) endorses his campaign. But according to One Wisconsin Now, she has, much like U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s son Jason, shared and advocated racially charged, discredited right-wing attacks regarding President Obama.

Anti-public school props pays off for Gudex campaign

Spending more state taxpayer dollars on private school vouchers in Milwaukee while hitting K-12 public schools with record budget cuts isn’t paying off for public school children. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, supporting these policies is paying off for Rick Gudex’s political campaign. “Rick Gudex has publicly said he supports […]

Romney-Ryan Jobs Pledge: ‘Ours Is Smaller’

Following the age-old political adage that setting the bar low enough helps one achieve success, the Republican presidential campaign of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is promising in a new television ad to create fewer jobs over an unspecified time span than the 250,000 jobs over four year vow on which Governor Scott Walker is […]

The Bane of the Middle Class

Laura Baxley of Examiner.com recently highlighted the glaring parallels between conservative politics and one of this summer’s box office hits, “The Dark Knight Rises”. Although Baxley’s article ends on a positive note, her interpretation of the film is hinged on the ubiquitous theme of class warfare that is overt even to the untrained average moviegoer’s […]

It’s Not What Paul Ryan Said, It’s What He Didn’t Say

The fact checkers have been working overtime to catalog the distortions and dissembling of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. Ryan’s fact-challenged polemic was even too much for reliable Republican mouthpiece Fox News, which said of his primetime remarks, “to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention […]

OWN Sunday Breakfast Hash: “Worst. Sequel. Ever.”

With few exceptions, sequels always pale when compared with the original. There are usually more car chases, faster edits and the awkward repackaging of the same jokes from the original. So as we watch the debate over who will serve as the leader of the free world, it is abundantly clear Mitt Romney and the […]

Sunday Breakfast with OWN: The Progressive Check on Scott Walker’s Imbalance

Unchecked GOP power in state government over the last 18 months has stripped workers of rights, endangered free and fair elections and taken our public resources and given it to the wealthy and corporations. A progressive Senate majority that can block more GOP abuses of power is, in the paraphrased words of our Vice President, […]

Under pressure, Vos pulls out

Rep. Robin Vos announced he is withdrawing from a voter ID lawsuit amidst a growing ethics scandal about how legal work being done on his behalf was being paid.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel didn’t endorse Gov. Walker’s agenda

Here are some quick examples: Walker, GOP took eyes off the ball on job creation – April 28, 2012 Wisconsin lost nearly 24,000 jobs over the past 12 months – the only state in the union with “statistically significant” job losses over that period, according to a new federal government report. For a governor who promised thousands […]

Introducing Who’s Buying Gov. Scott Walker?

Check out our new Pinterest page, “Who’s Buying Gov. Scott Walker?” Who’s Buying Gov. Scott Walker? Since becoming governor, Gov. Scott Walker has raked in millions of dollars in political campaign donations from millionaires and billionaires across the nation. Under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin’s economy has tanked, ranking dead last in the nation for job creation […]

What would you do with $27,000?

Today, student loan debt in the U.S. is estimated to hit the $1 TRILLION mark – far surpassing auto-loan and credit card debt.  It’s a huge drag on our economy that not only places a heavy burden on the backs of recent graduates, but also poses a risk to our future economic prosperity. In Wisconsin, […]

Gov. Walker Touts Leadership, But Official Schedule Tells a Different Story

Little Time Scheduled For Working With Legislators to Advance Agenda at Capitol Madison — A One Wisconsin Now analysis of Gov. Walker’s schedules from August 2011 through January 2012 reveals that little time was scheduled by the state’s chief executive for communicating with legislators or working on a legislative agenda but that huge amounts of […]

Judge issues injunction against GOP voter suppression ID

Gov. Walker and Republicans in the legislature have spent the last 15 months taking away the rights of Wisconsinites to have a say in their workplace, hold their elected officials accountable in fair elections and, with voter ID, the right to vote. On Tuesday Dane County Circuit Court Judge Flanagan struck a blow against the […]

Why Are Republicans Gutting MATC Board? Power, Money, Control – Take Your Pick

Why do Wisconsin’s legislative Republicans and Governor Walker do what they do?  Looking at their track record it is clear that they’re motivated by campaign cash and political power. If legislation privatizes public assets to help donors, prevents the public from holding them accountable, or places their hand-picked cronies in positions of power, you’ll find […]

GOP Sen. Leibham: “I am not aware of any ‘secrecy pledge”

A concerned citizen contacted us recently over concerns that state Republican Sen. Joseph Leibham was not being completely forthcoming about his involvement in the GOP “secrecy pledge” to keep the public from knowing the truth about their partisan redistricting scheme. Concerned Citizen emailed Sen. Leibham’s office to ask whether or not Sen. Leibham signed the […]

Walker picking up tab for fundraiser without disclosing?

Kelly Rindfleisch, who is accused of campaigning on county time, worked for Brett Davis’ unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor. The complaint says she left the campaign in July 2010 because she didn’t work well with Dan Morse, who was brought on to do fundraising work the previous month… But a check of Davis’ campaign records […]

GOP lawmakers pledged secrecy over redistricting

As legislative leaders secretly developed new election maps last year to strengthen their majority, Republican lawmakers were told to ignore public comments and instead focus on what was said in private strategy sessions, according to a GOP memo that became public Monday. Other newly released documents also show almost all Republican lawmakers signed legal agreements […]

Corruption Flashback: Walker stimulated [illegally] by rail tycoon William Gardner

From the One WI Now archives [February 2010]: With rail on the mind as Joint Finance meets today to discuss establishing a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee, this seems to be an appropriate time to point out that Scott Walker received a $10,000 contribution from a railroad chief who happens to be a […]

Liebmann: Key Questions for Scott Walker

Cory Liebmann from Eye on Wisconsin has some great questions for Scott Walker: 1. When Scott Walker emailed Tim Russell with the above listed message, why did he use his campaign email account?… [Read more] 2. Scott Walker’s email to Russell specifically mentions “no laptops”, so that shows us that he knew that his top […]

Rowen: Charges show Walker was no reformer

Remember that Walker was swept into that office after Tom Ament resigned as County Executive in the wake of a massive recall signature effort. … In the case of Ament and supervisors who expanded fiscally ruinous pension payments, it was a matter of using a publicly-financed system to pad their retirement incomes. With Walker, it […]

Is ‘It’s Working’ Gov. Walker’s ‘Mission Accomplished’?

Turns out the worst news of Gov. Scott Walker’s week wasn’t that one million people signed papers to recall him from office. It was that for the sixth straight month, the state of Wisconsin lost jobs After all, with much of the nation gaining jobs over the last year, Wisconsin sits alone as an island […]

Job Numbers continue six-month plummet under Walker failure

Gov. Scott Walker’s failed economic policies have resulted in six straight months of job loss in Wisconsin, despite job creation happening in states across the nation. Gov. Scott Walker has failed Wisconsin. His corporate tax breaks have failed us. His gutting of public education has failed us. His cuts to health care for 65,000 people […]

Organizers file more than 1 million signatures to recall Walker

Organizers of the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday filed what they said were more than a million signatures, a number that nearly matches Walker’s vote total from 2010 and almost doubles the number of signatures needed to trigger another election.  United Wisconsin, the organization formed to recall the governor, said it turned […]

Fitzmandering: GOP creates terrible redistricting mess

Harsh words from the Tomah Journal about the Republican redistricting fiasco they call a ‘war on voting’: Wisconsin used to have one of the nation’s most efficient, honest and voter-friendly election systems in the country. No more. A draconian photo ID requirement will make it more difficult for legitimate voters to cast ballots, which ensures […]

Placement of WMC’s pro-Walker billboard telling

A Janesville sign company may be regretting its decision on where to place a billboard touting the job creation efforts of Governor Scott Walker. The sign was briefly put up in front of the shuttered General Motors plant in Janesville this week, but was taken down quickly after groups started pointing out the unfortunate placement. […]

Columbia Journalism Review: Ryan’s plan WOULD end Medicare, PolitiFact wrong

I am not going to comment on PolitiFact’s own politics (as the Wall Street Journal did), the notion of fact-checking balance that interested other commentators, or the notion that PolitiFact’s time has come and gone. The fact is Republicans by supporting Ryan’s voucher plan did essentially vote to end Medicare. [Columbia Journalism Review] h/t Uppity […]

WMC chair touting Walker’s “pro-business” record will lay off 450 workers

The news that Wausau Paper Corp. will be laying off 450 workers was sad and unfortunately familiar to those of us living under Gov. Scott Walker’s rule. What’s interesting is that Wausau Paper’s President & CEO is also the chair of the corporate special interest lobbying group Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce — a group that has […]

Caught on Camera: Organizer goes face-to-face with Scott Fitzgerald over his ‘lies’

Lori Compas addressed [Sen. Scott] Fitzgerald on Monday during the senator’s open office hours in Horicon, according to Wisconsin-based Blogging Blue. She questioned the senator on an email that asked his constituents to “help me fight the fraud that is happening right now on recall petitions in my district.” Compas asked for an apology, claiming […]

2007: Jeff Fitzgerald Praised Creation of ‘Non-Partisan’ GAB

As Jeff Fitzgerald tries to vault to the top of the “most hypocritical legislator” list for the week, he’s making a heckuva case. Consider his call to end the non-partisan Government Accountability Board and his statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) said he saw advantages to going back to the […]

“Business Owner” in Latest Walker Ad Thrived During Doyle Administration

The “business owner” featured in the latest Scott Walker television ad saw his business grow 1,300 percent during the administration of Gov. Jim Doyle, according to a self-professed claim in the Business Times from 2008. The business owner is actually a vice chair at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which donated $400,000 in 2010 […]

Gov. Walker’s job creation record lags behind other midwestern states

Wisconsin may be the best Big Ten state on the football field, but when it comes to job creation in the midwest, Gov. Scott Walker has made Wisconsin a big loser. To put things in perspective, Iowa added 13,300 jobs over the past year, Minnesota added 19,600 positions and Illinois added 61,900 jobs. Michigan has […]