Roger Bybee

Wisconsin Redistricting Lawsuit Could Reverberate Nationally

After a century as a trailblazer for progressive democracy reforms, Wisconsin has become what one local union leader ruefully calls “a kind of laboratory for oligarchs to implement their political and economic agenda.”

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Scott Walker Was Coward During 2011 Wisconsin Protests

Once again at Wednesday’s presidential debate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker boasted that he “took on union bosses from Washington” in his 2011 effort to crush state public-employee union rights.

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The Fearsome Four: The Leading Governors Seeking 2016 GOP Nomination Are All Dismal Right-Wingers

Consolidating and expanding the domination of economic elites, while systematically weakening the voice of the majority in their states, has been the hallmark of the four leading Republican governors seeking the presidency: Florida’s Jeb Bush, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and New Jersey’s Chris Christie.

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Scott Walker Steals from Taxpayers and the Poor to Give Billionaire Basketball Team Owners a New Arena

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has just delivered a thundering slam-dunk in the face of state taxpayers by lining up $250 million in public funds for the Milwaukee Bucks’ three billionaire owners to build a new $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena.

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4 Horrifying Things Scott Walker Did in Wisconsin That He Could Impose on All of America

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will officially launch his Republican presidential campaign from Waukesha County, the nation’s “highest-performing” GOP county in the U.S. during the 2012 presidential elections.

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Scott Walker Expands All-Out War Against Teachers' Unions To University of Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker and his allies are advancing one of the most radical assaults on public education in recent history, by bombarding Wisconsin’s highly regarded schools, from kindergarten through the state university system, with draconian spending cuts, anti-union and corporate-style governance and ending faculty tenure.

As was the case several years ago when Walker and a Republican-majority legislature took away collective bargaining rights for most state workers (public safety unions were exempted), the 2016 presidential candidate and his Republican crew are ignoring overwhelming public protest to impose their right-wing, anti-union, anti-academic freedom agenda.

Seventy-eight percent of Wisconsin residents oppose Walker’s $127 million in proposed K-12 cuts—the first part of Walker’s plan, which has been met by a wave of parent-led protests across the state. The reduced spending follows Walker and Wisconsin’s GOP cutting corporate taxes by an estimated $2.3 billion between 2011 and 2020, which eliminates funds for education and social services.

But the biggest attack is aimed at the University of Wisconsin. To start, Walker is proposing to slash $250 million from its annual budget, a move opposed by 70% of the public (he originally proposed $300 million in cuts). Its budget has been cut in five of the past six years. One result has been a lowering of student financial aid, which has increased UW student debt.

Walker, who was elected governor in 2010, doesn’t stop there. Assisted by his appointees to the UW’s Board of Regents, he is seeking authority to fire tenured faculty under the guise of meeting budget goals. This is widely seen as a thinly veiled attack on union-negotiated job security and academic freedom, which have long been targets of right-wingers, such as those leading Milwaukee’s influential and well-funded Bradley Foundation, who believe UW is too liberal.  

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5 Signs Scott Walker Is Using GOP’s Racist 'Southern Strategy' to Win in 2016

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s drive for an anti-labor “right to work” law covering private-sector workers is deeply rooted in the racism of the Deep South’s former slaveholding states.

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Scott Walker's Political Record of Lies, Deceit, Corruption and Revenge

“More Nixonian than Nixon” is the dead-on description of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, now viewed as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican nomination, in the eyes of former Nixon aide John Dean.

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6 Republican Economic Myths Obama and Dems Must Stop Repeating

President Obama pulled off a surprisingly strong reelection victory on Nov. 6—holding Romney to a remarkably appropriate 47 percent – by standing up for fairer taxation and a set of programs to assist the vast majority of Americans.

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