Since the news yesterday was a bit depressing for progressives, I thought it was time to mark an important upcoming centennial: on the first of September in 1911, the first constitutional workers' compensation law took full effect in Wisconsin.
As long as there is injustice, there is work to be done wherever one lives. It doesn't yield easy victories. Sometimes, like last night, it is extremely painful. The only thing we know for sure is that history and justice are on our side.
When characters such as the Koch brothers, and their ruthless efforts to take political power away from working people, are so commonplace that Stephen Colbert can run a whole segment mocking them, things are changing.
We'll be updating this liveblog all day with information from the ground in Wisconsin as the grassroots works to recall the Republicans and stop the war on working families that Scott Walker and his allies up for election today started.
Today is about our fight: women, labor, the progressive movement. We've come together to support the policies that made this country great -- and the idea that we all do better, when we all do better.
The less said about the Iowa straw poll the better, actually. Wisconsin could prove to be a much better weathervane in terms of predicting which way the political winds will be blowing, come next year.
Last weekend, Americans watched in anger and disbelief as Tea Party Republicans held our nation's economy and our international standing hostage. Winning in Wisconsin is the first step to taking our country back from a movement that has spun wildly out of control.
People watching the news this past week might have thought that Congress was the only place where battles for our future were fought. That's wrong. There are other battles, better battles, battles far from the glare of the Beltway spotlights.
What happens in Wisconsin will not stay in Wisconsin -- it will spread across the country as a shining example or cautionary tale for President Obama.
No one would be foolish enough to argue that the 2012 elections will be a cakewalk for either side. It will be tough, it will be dirty, it will be expensive, and it will be close. So, what is the GOP doing to tilt this relatively level playing field to its advantage?
When I hear that AT&T and Verizon are key players with other multinationals and Republican legislators in a so-far obscure group that advances corporate interests and undermines ours, my thoughts turn...shall we say, vehement.
The first two battles have been waged in Wisconsin and, if the opening clashes are any indication, 'the people' are going to take back the Badger State.
The Tea Party has their message and their movement, and it continues to impact the debate in Washington. But the movement to save the American Dream is bigger. There is a silent majority of Americans who are fighting back, and many of them have been fighting alone.
I was out of town for the past three weeks, and so a few stories slipped through the cracks. I thought it would be best to catch up with just a quick wrap-up.
As Arab citizens take to the streets in their respective countries, several extremist governors and advocates are stripping American workers of their economic rights and voice by working to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining and voter protections.