FROM Craig Gilbert
The broken promise to Janesville Nobody believed it would happen, but Janesville, Wisconsin, lost its General Motors plant in the Great Recession, almost 100 years after it opened. When suppliers and ancillary businesses also shut down, a classic, American middle-class lifestyle for 65,000 people went out of existence. We talk to the author of an intimate account of suddenly unemployed workers and their families — how they reacted and what they’ve done since. Janesville, once a model of civic unity and cooperation between labor and business — big and small -- is now a divided city.
A noble pursuit or just a distraction? Donald Trump lost the popular vote, but prevailed in the Electoral College. Now his claim of a "rigged" election has come back to haunt him. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is paying for recounts in Wisconsin and possibly two other states where he won by very small margins. Trump is acting outraged, but his own, often repeated, warnings have added to public concern about Russian hacking and voting-machine malfunctions. The recounts are unlikely to change the outcome. Will they reveal weakness in the basic tools of democracy or distract attention from the consequences of Trump's victory?
Nation's most segregated city marred by racial tensions There was violence again last night in Milwaukee, America's most segregated city. Police say body cams show Sylville Smith, the black man killed by police on Saturday, refused to drop a gun loaded with more bullets than the gun of the black cop who shot him. The details will be subject to an independent investigation. But the violent outbreak was the result of racial tensions that have been seething in Milwaukee for decades. That's according to Craig Gilbert, Washington Bureau Chief for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel .
Cleaning the Barn and Passing the Gavel Today, Congress is likely to pass the first federal budget in five years. If the Senate agrees, the government will stay open and pay the bills until after the next election. For the most part, Democrats will be happy to go along, but Republican candidates for President and the right wing of the GOP are on the warpath against it . The likely new Speaker, Paul Ryan, won't have to deal with default or a government shutdown, but that looks like a curse to conservative colleagues. We hear how a temporary return to business as usual is dramatizing the Republican Party's radical change.
Wisconsin Governor Walker Survives Recall In yesterday's recall election, Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker faced the Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett . It was a re-run of the election in November of 2010, and the results looked almost the same. What does it mean for the future of organized labor and the prospects for the presidential election?
The National Showdown in Wisconsin Three months after Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker took office last year there were massive protests in the state capitol. Democrats fled the state to prevent a legislative quorum for his proposals. But Walker finally got his way with enactment of new laws to restrict almost all collective bargaining for public employees and to increase their payments for health insurance and retirement benefits. Next Tuesday, Walker faces a recall against Democrat Tom Barrett , the Mayor of Milwaukee. We size up next week's election and learn what's at stake for the presidential campaign in a crucial swing state.
The National Showdown in Wisconsin Three months after Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker took office last year there were massive protests at the state capitol. Democrats fled the state to prevent a legislative quorum for his proposals. But Walker finally got his way with enactment of new laws to restrict almost all collective bargaining for public employees and to increase their payments for health insurance and retirement benefits. The first-term governor is making the kind of history politicians fear most, becoming only the third governor in US history to face a recall election. But Walker's being called a "hero" by Mitt Romney, and his fate could have a major impact on this year's presidential election. Big-time money from Republican outsiders is pouring into a state that could be the archetype of political polarization. If Walker survives, will it help Romney's chances against President Obama in the industrial Midwest? Will it be a blow to clout of organized labor?
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Start Squaring Off After yesterday's wins in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, Mitt Romney is acting like he's the Republican nominee to challenge President Obama . Today, as the President did yesterday, Romney addressed the convention of news executives, and accused Obama of running a "hide and seek" campaign. He referred to the President's accidentally recorded comment to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev—that he'd have more "flexibility" after his re-election. Romney called that a "defining event." But Rick Santorum is not conceding the GOP nomination yet.
The Race for the White House Is Finally On...or Is It? After yesterday's wins in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, Mitt Romney is acting like he's the Republican nominee to challenge President Obama . Today, as the President did yesterday, Romney addressed the convention of news executives, and accused Obama of running a "hide and seek" campaign, referring to the President's accidentally recorded comment to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev that he'd have more "flexibility" after his re-election. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum insists that it's not over yet. Does Santorum have a chance in Pennsylvania, the state that rejected his Senate re-election bid by 18 percent, or will that be his last stand? Will he and Newt Gingrich create uncertainty all the way to the party convention, or have they become a political sideshow?
High Turnout in Wisconsin Recall Did Not Benefit Democrats The political world was watching Wisconsin yesterday, where unprecedented recall election s were an exercise in summertime politics. Because hundreds of thousands protesters gathered at the state capitol in March, Democrats thought they could outdraw Republicans for an August showdown and seize control of the State Senate. It didn't happen that way. Going into yesterday's special elections, Republicans controlled the Wisconsin State Senate with 19 members to 14 Democrats. The GOP is still in control, with a reduced margin of 17 to 16, as Craig Gilbert reports in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel .
Wisconsin Judge Race Is a Proxy Election for Right vs. Left Wisconsin's new Republican Governor Scott Walker has galvanized the left as well as the right, and national interests on both sides have focused on tomorrow's election for the state supreme court. Conservative Justice David Prosser was expected to coast to re-election, but liberal JoAnne Kloppenburg has emerged as a serious challenger. Beyond that, there are so many campaigns to re-call legislators of both parties that the outcome presents potential consequences for political control of a battleground state in next year's presidential election. Craig Gilbert writes for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .
Wisconsin Governor Pays a Political Price The State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin was shut down last night after Republican Senators found a way to eliminate collective bargaining for public workers, without the votes of Democrats, who were still out of the state. The lower house is expected to approve that vote today. It's all the idea of Governor Scott Walker. After winning election just three months ago with just 52 percent of the vote, he's now become a "polarizing figure." Craig Gilbert reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.