Wisconsin Politics

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#DayWithoutLatinos march draws thousands of protesters to the streets of Milwaukee

  • Thousands of protesters packed the streets of Milwaukee Monday in what organizers dubbed a “day without Latinos” march, the AP reports.
  • Demonstrators closed their business, left their jobs and flooded the city’s south side to protest immigration crackdowns promised by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
  • Clarke — a right-wing hardliner and vocal surrogate for Trump — said in a Facebook post Jan. 27 that he would partner with ICE officials to round up undocumented Wisconsinites.
  • Images from the protest show a large turnout, sending a clear message that Clarke’s policies face serious opposition. 
  • But dissidents remain at a disadvantage as long as Clarke is in office. And his next re-election bid isn’t until 2018. Read more (2/13/17 3:22 PM)

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Move Left, Democrats
Focus on progressive Obama coalition defectors, not on conservative white working-class voters.
By Steve Phillips

The math underlying that conclusion is incorrect (Mr. Trump picked up not “millions,” but only 784,000 white votes in the 10 battleground states he won by single digits). And it misses the bigger — and more fixable — problem of white Democratic defections to third- and fourth-party candidates.

Hillary Clinton lost the decisive states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan by 77,744 votes; the number of Democratic votes dropped significantly from 2012 levels, and the Republican total increased by about 440,000 votes. The third- and fourth-party surge, however, was larger than the Republican growth, with 503,000 more people choosing the Libertarian or the Green candidate than had done so in 2012. When you look at the white vote in those states, the picture is even more stark.

In Wisconsin, according to the exit poll data, Mrs. Clinton received 193,000 fewer white votes than Mr. Obama received in 2012, but Mr. Trump’s white total increased over Mitt Romney’s by just 9,000 votes. So where did the other 184,000 Wisconsin whites go? A majority went to third and fourth parties, which, together, received 100,000 more white votes than they did in 2012.

In Michigan, where 75 percent of the voters were white, Mrs. Clinton received about 295,000 fewer votes than Mr. Obama did, but the Republican total increased by just 164,000 votes. The ranks of those voting third and fourth party leapt to more than 250,000 last year from about 51,000 in 2012, and Mrs. Clinton fell short by just 10,704 votes.

In Pennsylvania, the Democrats’ problem was not with white voters, but with African-Americans. Mrs. Clinton actually improved on the Democratic 2012 results with whites, but over 130,000 unenthused black voters stayed home, and she lost by about 44,000 votes.

I’ve been asked “Why did HIllary Clinton lose?”

I’ve seen people say “Hillary lost because of Tumblr-styled intolerance and bigotry” or “Hillary lost because of the left’s fear-mongering.”  Both of which are utterly false and are nothing more than the masturbatory bullshit of people on this site.

This is why Hillary Clinton lost.

Because the Democratic Party was too corrupt and too right-wing in the eyes of the American People.  They ran a candidate that nobody believed in, which was the only way that Donald Trump could win, who 2/3rds of Americans thought was a liar on Election Day.  Following that, of All Trump Voters the Supreme Court and the Debates were two of the most important factors.  The largest factor was that people wanted change and didn’t care who gave it to them, or how the change occurred.

Clinton lost because nobody trusted her and she represented the establishment.  Trump won because, even if even less people liked him, more people thought he’d change the system.

It wasn’t identity politics.  It wasn’t tumblr-isms.  It wasn’t even Nazi-Punching.  It was the Supreme Court.  It was ISIS.  And, mostly, it was trying to fix Washington.

It’s really that simple.

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Trump protesters stage sit-in at Wisconsin hotel

In Janesville Monday, the anti-Trump demonstrators sat linked by plastic pipe sleeves reinforced with chicken wire, twine and tape. Inside the pipes, their hands were connected through a setup involving metal chains, carabiners and bolts. They didn’t exactly meet their goal stated above, but they did make a statement.

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April 5th: Wisconsin (86 delegates)

April 9th: Wyoming (14 delegates)

April 19th: New York (247 delegates)

April 26th (MAJOR DAY): Connecticut (55 delegates), Delaware (21 delegates), Maryland (95 delegates), Rhode Island (24 delegates), Pennsylvania (189 delegates).

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Wisconsin Will Not Be Silenced | Bernie Sanders

You have got to be fucking kidding me!   Fresh off the Ossoff loss, the Democrats are running the bad guy from the Ghostbusters remake against Paul Ryan and his platform is going to be “I never even heard of Politics or Wisconsin before a week ago, but Paul Ryan is bad and also Trump is bad.”  What could possibly go wrong?  *checks encyclopedia entry on fascism*  Oh my god!  OH MY GOD! 

In a thousand different ways— a lot of it has to do with media— we are taught to think small. We are taught not to believe that we can change the status quo. We are taught to believe that what exists today has to exist tomorrow and 10 years from now.

But that does not have to be. If we have learned any lesson from history, that lesson is that real change never comes from the top on down— it comes from the bottom on up.

—  Bernie Sanders
Green Bay, WI rally 4/4/16

The American Association of University Professors reports that 76 percent of faculty across all US institutions are adjuncts — non-tenured contract positions that universities can terminate or not renew at will. Those uncertain jobs are also poorly paid — a study from the US House of Representatives last year found that a majority of adjuncts live below the poverty line, and that they rarely have access to health, retirement, or other benefits. Tenure-track jobs are comparatively rare, and even tenure itself may be becoming a political target: Wisconsin Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker is pushing legislation that would weaken tenure protections for state university professors.

That means that, as Vox’s anonymous correspondent wrote in his article, “the academic job market is brutal. Teachers who are not tenured or tenure-track faculty members have no right to due process before being dismissed, and there’s a mile-long line of applicants eager to take their place.”

In that context, it’s hardly surprising that non-tenured university lecturers would take an extremely conservative approach to any perceived threat to their job security. As the “liberal professor” wrote, “In this type of environment, boat-rocking isn’t just dangerous, it’s suicidal, and so teachers limit their lessons to things they know won’t upset anybody.”

politico.com
Bernie's empire strikes back
In state after state, supporters of the Vermont senator's presidential bid are challenging the Democratic establishment for party control.

The revolution is back in business.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders’ failed presidential bid are seizing on Democratic disarray at the national level to launch a wave of challenges to Democratic Party leaders in the states.

The goal is to replace party officials in states where Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton during the acrimonious Democratic primary with more progressive leadership. But the challenges also represent a reckoning for state party leaders who, in many cases, tacitly supported Clinton’s bid.

“I think the Bernie people feel very strongly that they were abused, somehow neglected during the primary process and the conventions,” said Severin Beliveau, a former Maine Democratic Party chairman who supported Sanders in the primary. “In Maine, for instance, where Bernie got 70 percent of the caucus vote, they are emboldened and in effect want to try to replace [Maine Democratic Party chairman] Phil Bartlett, who supported Clinton.”

It only took one day after the presidential election for Maine state Rep. Diane Russell, an outspoken Sanders supporter who helped spearhead a push to change how the state allocates its superdelegates, to announce her plans to challenge Bartlett. Russell, whose superdelegate reform effort was sparked by frustration over the fact that a majority of Maine’s superdelegates backed Clinton despite Sanders’ dominance in the state’s caucuses, is positioning herself as a liberal alternative to Bartlett.

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I think that is a great country, and we want to keep it great. And, that’s why those individuals that marginalize others or disenfranchise others - we will stand against them — regardless of whether those people being excluded or marginalized are Muslims, or African-Americans or Hispanics or any other group.
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Othman Atta, the executive director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee

Frustrated With Campaign Rhetoric, Muslims Turn To Political Activism