Jessica Opoien is an intern with the Center for Media and Democracy and a senior at Iowa State University majoring in journalism and mass communication.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ohio, Wisconsin Reach for Progressive Era Tools to Fight Modern Robber Barons
On the same day that Gov. Scott Walker 's anti-public employee law takes effect in Wisconsin, public workers in Ohio can celebrate a victory in the battle for democracy.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
False Flag Operation in Wisconsin's Open Primary
When Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette pushed for the creation of an open-primary system in Wisconsin, his intent was to weaken the power of political party bosses beholden to special interests, like the railroad barrons. A central tenet of the progressive movement, opening up the primaries allowed independent, progressive activists to advance their political causes.