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Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Election Day is still a few weeks away, but the right-wing campaign to try to frighten African Americans and Latinos from casting their ballots has no intention of waiting until the last minute to start intimidating voters.
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
What is truth? It’s the sort of deep, philosophical question that can keep college kids arguing passionately and earnestly far into the night. One thing is clear, however, about the nature of truth in Wisconsin’s...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
An interesting and little-noted view of last Tuesday’s primary election results for governor was contained in a county-by-county map created by Craig Gilbert, Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In the Republican matchup between Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Congressman...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010
I have been to ground zero and also to Milwaukee’s version of the kind of Islamic community center proposed for the site several blocks away from the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center. I found both experiences inspirational. We all remember where we were on Sept. 11, 2001. It wouldn’t have been difficult for Kit and me, anyway. We’d just returned to our hotel in Spain to pack to fly back to the United States...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
Even people who are repelled by Republican policies frequently express respect for the lock-step party discipline that prevents Republican politicians from thinking on their own and straying from the right-wing party line. It may not be good for democracy, but it means that when Republicans are in the majority, they have more power to pass extreme laws, and when they are in the minority, they have...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
Anyone trained in public opinion research knows that the polls in this summer’s media reports about what’s going to happen in the November elections are totally meaningless. In fact, there are no truly reliable polls even to tell us who will be the candidates for governor of Wisconsin after the primary on Sept. 14. We can be reasonably certain the Democratic nominee will be Milwaukee Mayor...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010
Kiss of Death is a classic film noir from 1947 in which Richard Widmark plays a psychopathic killer who laughs maniacally as he pushes an elderly woman in a wheelchair down a flight of stairs. During these mean-spirited political times, Republicans have no qualms about calling up such images about President Barack Obama. “That’s what Obama’s visits and support really have been...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010
Wisconsin voters know Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold very well. They know that even if they disagree with him on an issue, Feingold will stand firmly on his principles rather than pander to whatever is politically popular. Voters don’t know Feingold’s Republican challenger Ron...