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Eric O'Keefe, Gov. Scott Walker, John Doe, Wisconsin

How Insidious the Plot?

The story of the Wisconsin John Doe raids against conservatives, covered yesterday and the day before, is a big one. Huge. So I now continue. The rest of the story? Recently, materials that police seized from the subjects of those dawn raids were leaked, illegally, to the Guardian newspaper —

Eric O'Keefe, Gov. Scott Walker, John Doe, Wisconsin

A Morning After

Yesterday we celebrated the end to “a disgraceful episode in Wisconsin history” — the dawn police raids of the so-called John Doe investigations against conservatives alleged to have violated campaign finance regulations. State and federal courts ruled that no laws were broken and some laws were unconstitutional — certainly Milwaukee

Assault on Free Speech in Wisconsin, police abuse, harassment, militarization, democracy, intimidation, collage, photomontage, illustration, editorial, violence

It’s Morning in Wisconsin

Regarding mornings, put me in Sheriff Hopper’s camp. He’s the Stranger Things character, repeatedly informing folks: “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.” Speaking of stranger things, who expects an early morning SWAT-like police raid on their home? Three years ago, yesterday, that happened to Cindy Archer, and other conservatives in

Missouri Ethics Commission, lobbyist, lobbying, Ron Calzone, Missouri First

Undefeated

It’s over . . . but it’s not. A conscientious Show-Me state activist has won his case, but . . . A year ago, the unethical Missouri Ethics Commission fined Ron Calzone $1,000 for not paying a silly $10 fee. To register as a lobbyist. They also ordered him to

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Four Measures for Rogue Government

Rule of thumb: don’t enact today laws that, had they been obeyed by folks in the original 13 states of our union, would have prevented independence. Voters in Missouri, South Dakota, and Washington have the “opportunity” to enact such laws this November. In “Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures,” Tracy Sharp

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The Two-Product Economic System

What if our economy worked like our political system? Only two major companies would provide any particular product for sale. But don’t worry — we’d still have a solid choice between “This Product Is Obnoxious” and “I Don’t Trust This Product.” Those two companies would create a non-profit entity —

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The Media’s Job

Do nearly two-thirds of Americans want Libertarian Party presidential nominee and former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson in the presidential debates? Snopes.com, the hoax-busting website, investigated the truthiness of a widespread Internet meme making just that claim. The verdict? It’s true. An August 25th Quinnipiac University poll

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Too Much – Part 2

Yesterday, we discovered that modern America asks police to do “too much.” Which prompts the next question: What should police stop doing? Here are two immediate reforms where police can do less, while protecting the public more:      (1) End the War on Drugs. Preventing violence and fraud is

Krist Novoselic, Citizens United, free speech, fairvote.org

The Long Road to Citizens United

Everybody is familiar with the standard theory regarding the Citizens United decision. Former comedian and current earnest socialist Sarah Silverman puts it this way: “Every politician takes money from Big Money, ever since it was made legal with Citizens United.” Like most folks who talk this way, she doesn’t give

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Fake Emergencies & Genuine Democracy

Legislators aren’t honest. Or maybe in Colorado and Oregon they just don’t understand the meaning of words . . . like “safety” and “emergency.” (Heck, there was once a politician unsure of what the meaning of the word “is” is.) “The state constitution gives Coloradans the power to challenge news

Ron Calzone, Missouri, citizenship, freedom, lobbyists

Citizen Registration Fee

It’s not about the ten bucks — or the thousand. An important principle is involved. Professional lobbyists in Missouri are legally required to submit reports about the corporations, local governments, industries, associations, and special interests for whom they lobby, how much they are paid, and the goodies they bestow upon

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