Matt Rothschild

Matt Rothschild

Prior to joining the Democracy Campaign at the start of 2015, Matt worked at The Progressive magazine for 32 years. For most of those, he was the editor and publisher of The Progressive.

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Rational hope in a time of despair

By: - July 8, 2022

OK, let’s face it head on: Many of us are in despair right now over the direction of our country. Part of the problem is our reactionary Supreme Court. The horrendous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was the biggest kick in the teeth. But the Court’s decision on guns, despite the weekly mass shootings […]

Crowds arrive for the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

GOP still riling up its base with the Big Lie

By: - June 17, 2022

Indifferent to the revelations of the Jan. 6 hearings, the GOP in Wisconsin is riling up its base with the Big Lie even as those hearings are under way. This week, the Republican National Committee and the Wisconsin Republic Party launched a nine-city “election integrity” tour. That would be a laughable joke if it weren’t […]

Low angle view of people lined up to vote

Praise for Dean Knudson, decision time for Vos

By: - May 27, 2022

Dean Knudson deserves praise for telling the truth about the November 2020 elections. One of the Republicans on the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Knudson announced his resignation on May 27, and he made no bones about the nonsense some Republicans have been peddling about Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden. “Trump lost the election in 2020, […]

Crowds arrive for the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The terrible toll of white nationalism

By: - May 17, 2022

Revulsion is too tame a word for what I’ve been feeling ever since the heinous racist massacre in Buffalo on Saturday. But I can’t say that I’m surprised by it. Because this is the natural outcome when political leaders and media hotshots traffic in hatred and bigotry. This is what happens when Donald Trump blows […]


We’ve been warned! Authoritarianism can happen here

By: - May 5, 2022

The other day, I went to the Great Hall at the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union to listen to a lecture about our democracy at risk. It was given by NYU history professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present.” You may have seen her on MSNBC or CNN. She really knows […]

Gerrymandered district rendered on a brick wall

Hagedorn blinks on Wisconsin redistricting maps

By: - April 18, 2022

The horrendous ruling on redistricting maps by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Good Friday marks a new low for our state.The 4-3 decision by the conservatives on the court imposed the rigged maps that the Republican Legislature passed last fall, which Gov. Evers had vetoed. Those maps are even more tilted toward Republicans than the notorious ones the Republicans passed […]

Bail bonds and fine concept. Money and gavel as symbol of law.

Outside funders backed winner Lazar in Court of Appeals election

By: - April 6, 2022

The conservative circuit court judge who won Tuesday’s election for a state Court of Appeals seat received $425,000 in support from outside electioneering groups. Documents filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission showed a group called Fair Courts America located in Downers Grove, Ill., spent $250,000 in March on television ads to support Waukesha County Circuit […]

Gavel on top of a book placed on piles of US dollar bills

Clarence Thomas, recusal, and Wisconsin

By: - March 30, 2022

If he doesn’t resign, as Rep. Alexander Ocasio Cortez has properly asked him to, Justice Clarence Thomas at least needs to recuse himself from any cases dealing with the Jan. 6 uprising. And he sure should have recused himself when he was the lone dissenter in a case earlier this year about the release of […]

Supreme Court Room in the Madison Capitol Building in fully spherical panorama by Ryan Wick via Flickr CC BY 2.0

U.S. Supreme Court hands Wisconsin GOP a victory on maps

By: - March 23, 2022

The rightwingers on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hastily and recklessly interjected themselves into the Wisconsin redistricting process and handed the Republicans in the State Legislature a victory. The justices threw out the legislative maps that Gov. Evers had drawn, and that the Wisconsin Supreme Court had approved. Instead, they threw the task of […]

Woman in Fair Maps Now shirt carrying sign reading: Our Vote. Our Voice. Our Choice.

Surprise victory on fair maps

By: - March 4, 2022

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a surprise, if partial, victory on the issue of fair maps. In a 4-3 ruling written by Justice Brian Hagedorn, the Court chose the maps drawn by Gov. Tony Evers as the maps the state will use in our elections starting in August. This means that our maps, […]

"No vote for you" sign

Republicans in Wisconsin try to curb our freedom to vote

By: - February 28, 2022

Almost all of the bills that Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature rammed through in the last week would have the effect of curbing our freedom to vote.Two bills would make voting by absentee ballot more difficult for all voters in Wisconsin. SB 939 would prohibit the Wisconsin Elections Commission or any local clerk from sending out […]

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GOP lawmakers had 4x more cash than Dems entering 2022

By: - February 21, 2022

Republican lawmakers who control the legislature had four times more campaign cash than Democrats entering the 2022 election year, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found. Year-end campaign finance reports showed the 132 Assembly and Senate lawmakers and their four legislative campaign committees had $10.3 million in their campaign accounts as of Dec. 31. Republican lawmakers and their […]