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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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Wisconsin Supreme Court’s horrible ruling on absentee voting

By: - February 14, 2022

On Friday afternoon the Wisconsin Supreme Court made a really bad decision. It refused to extend a stay on a ridiculous circuit court decision not only on the use of drop boxes through the April 5 elections in Wisconsin, but also on the ability of people to get assistance in the delivery of their absentee ballots […]

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Super PAC backing Kleefisch for governor got $200K from Liz Uihlein

By: - January 18, 2022

Billionaire GOP megadonor Elizabeth Uihlein contributed $200,000 last October to a Republican super PAC that’s backing former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch for governor. Uihlein and her husband, Richard, of Lake Forest, Ill., founded Uline, a shipping supply company, and are among the leading contributors to GOP and conservative state and federal candidates and causes in the country. Freedom Wisconsin […]

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Wisconsin Republican floats way to nullify elections

By: - January 4, 2022

In the waning hours of 2021, a Republican legislator in Wisconsin named Timothy Ramthun wasn’t chilling champagne or relaxing with his family.No, he was still scheming to subvert our democracy. Ramthun, who in November introduced a resolution to rescind Wisconsin’s Electoral Colleges votes that were certified on Jan. 6, introduced a bill on Dec. 30 […]

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Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman leads the partisan review of the 2020 election. (YouTube | Office of the Special Counsel)

Michael Gableman, ugly offspring of Spiro Agnew and Joe McCarthy

By: - December 6, 2021

If you missed Michael Gableman’s testimony at the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections on Wednesday, you’re a better person for it.Because you would not have enjoyed seeing this bully in action. Trust me.He was a toxic blend of Spiro Agnew and Joe McCarthy.He went after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s longtime Capitol reporter, Patrick […]

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

Stop the GOP re-rigging of our maps

By: - October 21, 2021

On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu unveiled the new maps they’ve cooked up to keep themselves in power for another 10 years. And the new maps look a lot like the old maps from 2011, when the Republicans engaged in one of the worst gerrymanders in modern American history. […]

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Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Vos, LeMahieu Ready to Rig the Maps Again

By: - September 27, 2021

On Sept. 23, Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu introduced a resolution that makes clear they want to rig the maps again the upcoming redistricting. In Assembly Joint Resolution 80, they spelled out their criteria for drawing the maps. One of those emphasized their intent to “retain as much as possible the core of […]

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Speaker Robin Vos flies with former President Donald Trump to talk election audit on 8/21/21 | Vos official Facebook

Vos kisses Trump’s ring

By: - August 23, 2021

In a disgusting display of cowardice and obsequiousness, Speaker Robin Vos felt it necessary to bow down to Donald Trump and to kiss his ring (or somewhere south of that). This is the same Robin Vos whom Trump had slammed back in June as a liar and a fake leader who was “working hard to […]

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Dems seek public hearing on Fair Maps bills

By: - August 9, 2021

The Democratic co-authors of the bills to ban gerrymandering in Wisconsin have requested a public hearing on them. Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Deb Andraca introduced their bills ( Senate Bill 389  and  Assembly Bill 395) back on May 17. On August 5, they sent a letter to the chair of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Sen. […]

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GOP accepts four times more in corporate contributions than Dems

By: - August 5, 2021

Two Republican legislative campaign committees and the state GOP accepted nearly four times more in corporate contributions than their Democratic counterparts during the first half of 2021.The state Republican Party, Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, and Committee to Elect a Republican Senate accepted a total of $471,550 in corporate contributions between January and June, according to recently […]

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Overcoming authoritarianism

By: - July 16, 2021

Our democracy is in real trouble. And I’m not even talking about some of the usual things I discuss, like big and dark money in our politics, or like gerrymandering or like economic inequality. Teddy Roosevelt said 100 years ago, “We cannot have real political democracy unless we have something approaching economic democracy.” But we’re […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin’s high court shouldn’t let Vos and LeMahieu cut in line

By: and - July 9, 2021

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is once again on the receiving end of an extraordinary request from the leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature. This time, the plea is for the high court to circumvent the normal judicial process and dive headlong into a redistricting-related legal challenge. But the case isn’t about new maps: with the Census […]

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Speaker Robin Vos at 11/17/20 news conference

Vos isn’t rightwing enough?

By: - June 28, 2021

Here’s the news flash: Robin Vos isn’t rightwing enough for some in his own caucus. At the recent state Republican Party convention, a few delegates offered a resolution to strip Vos of his Speakership.The motion didn’t pass, but it echoed the grumbling from far right legislators that Vos hasn’t hyped the Big Lie at sufficient […]