FROM Mary Spicuzza
Partisan Battles in Swing States and the November Elections In tomorrow's Wisconsin recall election , the target is Republican Governor Scott Walker, and the issue is the rights of public workers. If tea partiers and big money can defeat the efforts of organized labor, what about other states and the presidential campaign? In Florida, Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Secretary of State Ken Detzner have set out to purge the voting rolls of thousands of suspected non-citizens. Two newspapers have concluded that Hispanics, blacks, Democrats and Independents are being targeted at a much higher rate than white Republicans. The Governor says, "Absolutely not true." But in a state George W. Bush won by 537 votes, anything could make a difference.
Nation Watches as Wisconsin Prepares for Recall Elections Wisconsin's new Governor, Scott Walker, with majorities in both legislative houses, cut spending and stripped state workers of collective bargaining, the kind of actions Republicans have been looking for nationwide. But there's been a backlash and, tomorrow, six Republican Senators face recall elections, with the results likely to be very close. Mary Spicuzza reports on state government for the Wisconsin State Journal .
Twist of Events in Wisconsin Judicial Contest An otherwise obscure race for a nonpartisan seat on the Wisconsin state Supreme Court turned political as a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker's assault on collective bargaining rights. Yesterday, Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg appeared to come out of nowhere to defeat the incumbent, a former Republican Assembly Speaker by 204 votes. Suddenly, David Prosser was leading by 7500. His new votes came from GOP-leaning Waukesha County, where Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said she failed to save them in her computer on election day, but waited until 5:30 yesterday to reveal the error that altered the outcome. Mary Spicuzza reports on state government for the Wisconsin State Journal .
Organized Labor, GOP in Showdown in Wisconsin A showdown over bargaining rights for public employees has brought the legislature to a grinding halt in Wisconsin. Democratic Senators in Wisconsin are reportedly flying out of state to prevent a quorum that would let the Republican majority strip government workers of almost all collective bargaining rights. Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker has declared political war on public workers, including the 98,000 members of the teachers union. The capitol in Madison is filled with thousands parents, teachers and children for a third day—in a protest that has forced schools to close in several cities.
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Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?