As I made the 10-minute walk up W. Johnson Street from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus toward the Capitol on Tuesday, it never occurred to me that anyone outside of the state would know or care what was going on.
Railing about deficits gives the GOP a convenient excuse to hack away at the sorts of bogeymen they've been wanting to kill off for years. Public-employee salaries. And benefits. And bargaining rights.
As has been clear from some time, top incoming rookies are going to be sacrificed; Sam Bradford will go down in history as the last bonus baby of the NFL Draft. The key for the NFLPA is having this rookie sacrifice work for the greater good.
These are interesting times for the NFL. Immediately after producing the most watched television show in U.S. history, the focus has shifted towards the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees are about to make history when they vote to decide which union will represent them in March. It will be the largest federal labor election in U.S. history.
Fewer Americans are in unions today than in the New Deal era and proceeding decades, and the importance of collective bargaining is already being forgotten. Work and labor rights are not at the tip of the tongue. And this is to our detriment.
In the present Collective Bargaining Agreement there is the stated right of the NFL to expand the regular season. Commissioner Goodell, however, is smart to not unilaterally impose this kind of extension.
Today, Judge Henry Hudson heard oral arguments in Commonwealth v. Sebelius, which asks the judge to issue a court order that would stop implementation of the entire health-care law. If that happens, consumers are in for a world of trouble.
If the new standard is that players tainted by steroids are not Hall of Fame worthy, then the voters must bar the man who was most singularly positioned to take a stand against that taint and failed to do so.
All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.
The NFL might continue to press for legislation that permits the drug policies of professional sports leagues to trump state workplace drug laws. But the Williamses will not be on the field when the NFL season kicks off.