Featured

In Wisconsin, let’s party like it’s 1968

In Wisconsin, let’s party like it’s 1968

The issues were serious but the mood was cheery on Sunday among demonstrators in Wisconsin protesting an effort by the Republican governor to reduce the bargaining power of public employee unions. Protesters, marking the start of a second week of mass action, jammed inside the state Capitol’s rotunda, protected from the sleet and wet snow […]

Democracy at work or still the same old mess?

Democracy at work or still the same old mess?

On the surface, the massive crowds that descended on the Wisconsin State Capital in Madison Saturday to protest for and against Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to limit union bargaining powers and other rights is Democracy in action. The voters flexed their muscles, showed their colors, debated the issue and — for the most part –did […]

Wisconson public employee debate puts thousands on the streets

Wisconson public employee debate puts thousands on the streets

Supporters of legislation to reduce public employee union bargaining power and benefits in Wisconsin were far outnumbered by opponents on Saturday, as the two sides shouted competing slogans but did not clash. Tens of thousands have demonstrated this week against Republican Governor Scott Walker‘s proposed legislation, which supporters say is needed to control spending and […]

Winds topple National Christmas tree

Winds topple National Christmas tree

Even Mother Nature has had it with politics in Washington. On Saturday, high winds brought down America’s Christmas tree, snapping the 47-year-old, 42-foot high Colorado blue spruce near its base and sending it toppling to the ground on the Ellipse near the White House. “We’re glad that there were no injuries,” National Park spokesman Bill […]

The Wisconsin debate highlights chance in political process

The Wisconsin debate highlights chance in political process

As demonstrators wrangled on Saturday over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s move to weaken public unions, analysts weighed the consequences of 14 Democratic senators’ decision to flee the state to stall the bill’s consideration. Their absence means the State Senate, controlled by Republicans, lacks the necessary quorum to act on the proposal. “This is seen as […]

Well, at least they agree on the beer in Wisconsin

Well, at least they agree on the beer in Wisconsin

When the two sides in Wisconsin’s bitter battle over the future of the state’s unionized public employees converged on the Capitol on Saturday for dueling rallies, the fear was trouble would break out. Instead, the day was marked by a surprising civility when the shouting stopped and the one-on-one conversations began. The slogans they had […]

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Sometimes they cursed each other, sometimes they shook hands, sometimes they walked away from each other in disgust. None of it — not the ear-splitting chants, the pounding drums or the back-and-forth debate between 70,000 protesters — changed the minds of Wisconsin lawmakers dug into a stalemate over Republican efforts to scrap union rights for […]

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House passed sweeping legislation early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations. The 235-189 vote to send the bill to the Senate was largely along party lines and defied a veto threat […]