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The Gentrification of Protest

Madison, Wisconsin has had six consecutive days and nights of protests since George Floyd’s murder became the latest episode of a black man killed by police. The last several nights have been relatively peaceful. The first several nights saw windows … Continue reading

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Decade

As 2019 comes to an end, it seems like a good time to look back at the last decade. While mathematically, the new decade doesn’t start until next January, it is the start of the 2020s and many, if not … Continue reading

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A Man of Peace

    Sometimes the loss of a person you don’t  know that well can affect you as deeply or more as the loss of someone with whom you are closer by blood or love. So it is with the loss … Continue reading

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Forward

And so it comes down to this. The Wisconsin Legislature, in an all-night lame duck special session, voted early this morning to weaken the power of the incoming governor and attorney general. While a bill to change an election date … Continue reading

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The Boys at the Top

When we were kids in small-town Wisconsin there were always some of the popular kids who could get away with all sorts of things. They were athletes or their parents were rich or held important positions in the town, so … Continue reading

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On the Milwaukee Riot

Anyone who has known me for a long time knows that I have been a pacifist since I was a child. I have stopped fights, marched for peace, and have done what little I can to make this a more … Continue reading

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Of Course

Last Friday afternoon Judge Barbara Crabb handed down a ruling that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, opening the door for same-sex couples to start marrying in my home state of Wisconsin. Within a short time couples were gathering … Continue reading

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Letter to Department of Administration on Proposed Rule Changes

This is a copy of the e-mail I just sent to Donna Sorenson of the Wisconsin Department of Administration regarding proposed rules changes that will affect Capitol access. The only change is that I’ve removed my contact information from the … Continue reading

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We Are Still Here

Just over two years ago Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced his “budget repair” bill which pretty much gutted the strength of public employee unions. It also allowed the state to sell heating plants and other state property to whomever they … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Chief Erwin

August 27, 2012 Dear Chief Erwin, I haven’t met you yet, though I anticipate that some day I will.  I read about you today and feel as if I know you already.  In an interview with the Associated Press you … Continue reading

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Keep Fighting

Last Tuesday’s recall election was not the end of the world and it was not the end of the Wisconsin Uprising.  As devastating as it felt at the time it was in retrospect simply the beginning of the next phase.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Some Notes on the Wisconsin Media’s Coverage of the Recalls

The Wisconsin media have failed the citizens over the last year.  Fortunately, a lot of citizen media have covered stories that the mainstream media chose to ignore.  Unfortunately, the alternative media don’t have the same reach or influence as the established papers, television stations, … Continue reading

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