Jeff Milchen

Jeff Milchen founded Reclaim Democracy! He is an organizer, speaker and writer helping advance entrepreneurship, grassroots democracy and self-reliant communities. Follow him on Twitter:  @JMilchen

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A woman leaves the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building after not being able to cast her ballot at the already closed drop-off site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 6, 2020. - National Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections on April 7, 2020 despite the coronavirus epidemic. Wisconsin, like dozens of other US states, is under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the v Views
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Dying to Vote in Wisconsin (And a Warning for November)
Three years ago today, Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party completed the heist of the century — confirming Neil Gorsuch to occupy a U.S. Supreme Court seat held open for more than a year. Now Gorsuch’s decisive vote is forcing thousands of Wisconsin citizens to make an unconscionable choice:...
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
A young couple on a long winter drive across the Northern Rockies decides to rest for the night and finish their journey in daylight. There’s no reason to search hotel deals or review ratings; they approach the town’s lone motel and are relieved to see the neon vacancy sign. On arrival, the manager...
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Municipal Broadband and the Fight for Local Internet
A large and growing portion of small businesses rely on a high-quality Internet connection for essential operations, but lack of competition and choice among broadband providers has forced many businesses -- and most Americans -- to choose between inferior service or exorbitant prices. Federal...
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Holiday Shopping Goes Local, Independent
For those suffering from too much quality time with their families, the chain stores are poised to offer an escape by opening Thanksgiving Day. Before your dinner is digested, you can flee the table to vie for pole position at the big box entrance like Roman chariot drivers and prepare to do battle for one of those few really cheap “door-buster” flat-screens.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Montana Upholds Ban on Corporate Electioneering, Leads Growing National Revolt
On December 30, the Montana Supreme Court issued a stunning ruling, rejecting arguments that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United vs. FEC applied to Montana’s century-old ban on direct corporate election spending.
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Friday, December 16, 2011
Shift Your Shopping to Create More Jobs, Stronger Communities
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of about $700 per person on holiday season shopping this year and, despite the hype surrounding Black Friday, the busiest shopping week immediately precedes Christmas. But rather than enduring long lines and sparse service at chain stores, we urge you take a different approach: seek out your local independent merchants and service providers, meet your neighbors and fully integrate your values in your purchasing decisions.
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