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Stop blaming people of color for the 2020 election mess

BY: - November 24, 2020

I think we can all agree that this has been the longest election cycle ever, and an even longer year. 2020 has brought a tremendous amount of trauma and tragedy. Some of the most marginalized people are some of the most vulnerable in this pandemic. Those same people tend to be targets for voter suppression. […]

Activists use protest as a tool to bring out the Badger vote

BY: - November 2, 2020

After building a movement in the streets all summer, marching under the banner of Black Lives Matter, many activists, advocates and marchers are taking that momentum and their vote to the ballot box. Even though many Wisconsinites have already voted early, turnout is expected to be high on Tuesday. Numerous first-time voters have told activists […]

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Progressive law firm founded to ‘reverse assaults on democracy’

BY: - October 22, 2020

Law Forward, a nonprofit, progressive law firm, announced its launch on Thursday to “defend Wisconsin from ongoing attacks on the state’s progressive traditions.” “Wisconsin’s ruthless legislative leadership has undertaken a systematic effort to undercut democratic norms and to disenfranchise voters,” Madison attorney Jeffrey Mandell, the group’s founder, president and lead counsel, said in a statement. […]

President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House Aug. 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]

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Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]

Scott Moore is pictured on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 outside the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Kan. Moore was the lead plaintiff in an ACLU lawsuit filed against former Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach over the use of the Crosscheck program.(Photo by Nick Krug for Kansas Reflector)

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]

A Postal Service mail truck is parked on a street in Denver Sept. 14, 2020. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster

BY: - September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity. Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer and associate counsel to Bush, said DeJoy should not have been allowed to take […]

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Young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting

BY: and - August 6, 2020

Most political analysts define “swing voters” as those who swing their support from one party to the other between election cycles – determining winners and losers in the process. According to this conventional wisdom, the “swingiest” voters are working-class whites in the Midwest, who supposedly hold the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, by contrast, […]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, was the youngest and last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists who led the fight to end legalized segregation and overturn Jim Crow laws. He was arrested dozens of times and also beaten as a Freedom Rider. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and colleagues introduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

BY: - July 28, 2020

If anything drove home the need to bring back the Voting Rights Act, it was the coverage of the life work of Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who passed away on July 17 after a battle with cancer. That is according to bipartisan senators who introduced a bill to restore the Voting Rights […]

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Cynical appeals court helps Wisconsin GOP

BY: - June 30, 2020

The outrageous decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to limit early voting in Wisconsin was a gift to Wisconsin Republicans. The three-judge panel — all appointed by Republicans — overturned the decision by Judge James Peterson of Madison, who had ruled that parts of the Voter ID law limiting early voting […]

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A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place in Milwaukee for the April 7, 2020, primary election. Residents waited sometimes more than two hours to vote at this site, one of the few polling places open in the city after most were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers fearful of contracting COVID-19. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images

The bigger story of Wisconsin’s pandemic election

BY: - April 21, 2020

There is a certain satisfaction — on the order of that joyful dance that Snoopy of Peanuts fame has gifted us — when a bully is thwarted.  One contemporary example of bullying is when an outnumbered group games the system to impose its will on the more numerous simply to maintain power. In political parlance, […]

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A yard sign for Supreme Court candidate Judge Jill Karofsky in Maple Bluff (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Jill Karofsky’s victory is a big, surprising win for democracy 

BY: - April 14, 2020

It was over so soon, Jill Karofsky’s supporters were reluctant to believe it. Even after the Associated Press announced that Karofsky had won, beating conservative Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, a Scott Walker appointee, to win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, on social media Karofsky supporters were warning each other “We’ll know […]