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Matthew Rothschild

Matt Rothschild remembers Ed Garvey, who died last week at 76, as a witty, energetic firebrand who took on powerful interests — and often won. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

Spare me the spin. This was a whupping. After 16 months of the most historic and exciting citizens' uprising that I've ever been a part of in my 35 years of progressive activism and journalism, we're left with this disaster. Scott Walker is governor for another two and a half years. more

Jun 7, 2012 12:04 AM Opinion

It was Day 386 for the Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison today, and the mood was defiant and spirited, despite Scott Walker's victory. "Last night might not have gone exactly as we had hoped," said conductor Chris Reeder in an understatement. more

Jun 6, 2012 10:54 PM News

Tuesday night was a brutal, brutal night for progressives in Wisconsin. I was stuck in a local TV studio watching the dismal returns roll in, and it felt like someone was kicking me in the teeth over and over again. After a historic uprising in February and March of 2011, after months and months of organizing for this recall, when all is said and done, Scott Walker remains governor of Wisconsin. more

Jun 6, 2012 6:09 PM Opinion

Mary Urbina-McCarthy, Barrett finance director, sent out an e-mail last night: "I'm in our situation room right now and I have an urgent update about the state of the race on the ground. Reports coming into our call center have confirmed that Walker's allies just launched a massive wave of voter suppression calls to recall petition signers." more

Jun 5, 2012 6:48 PM News

Green Bay Packer tight end Jermichael Finley and wide receiver Tori Gurley took to their Twitter accounts to urge support for Tom Barrett today. more

Jun 5, 2012 3:11 PM News

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Pete Souza, White House

Shame on Barack Obama for forsaking progressive forces in Wisconsin in their hour of need. It was bad enough that Obama or Joe Biden never showed up during the historic protests in February and March of last year. But it is unforgivable that they've failed to show up during the last weeks of this crucial recall campaign. more

Jun 4, 2012 5:19 PM Opinion

This is the race that has captured the imagination of many progressives in Wisconsin. Lori Compas, a political novice, got so fed up with the right-wing agenda and the ruthless style of Scott Walker and Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald that she took it upon herself to gather the 16,742 signatures necessary to force him into a recall. And then, when no one would run against him, she decided to do it herself, with precious little support from the Democratic Party. more

Jun 2, 2012 2:59 AM News

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City of Fort Atkinson

I just got back from a visit to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, 33 miles east of Madison. Back in 2010, the town went narrowly to Walker, who got 2,252 votes while Barrett got 2,060. After an hour of talking with people in Fort Atkinson, it was clear to me that Walker still has a strong base of support here, and that he has succeeded in getting his message out. more

Jun 2, 2012 2:49 AM News

The Wisconsin recall race is a "dead heat," says the Barrett campaign, which released the findings of a poll it conducted May 29 and 30, four days later than the latest Marquette poll. more

May 31, 2012 8:46 PM News

At the Majestic Theatre Wednesday night, Russ Feingold said Tom Barrett was going to win, and as evidence, he cited the fact that "people waited for hours to vote on Memorial Day when they should have been at Brat Fest." Said Feingold: "The turnout is going to be the biggest in Wisconsin history." more

May 31, 2012 1:39 PM News

With the National Day of Prayer upon us, I went over to Judge Barbara Crabb's office to look at the mail she's received since she declared this day unconstitutional. Last month, she ruled that "the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience.... The government may not use its authority to try to influence an individual's decision whether and when to pray." more

May 5, 2010 4:32 PM News