John Nichols

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’s “just the canary in the coal mine.” Views
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
‘I Want Us to Be That Party Again’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is “just the canary in the coal mine.” The twenty-eight-year-old activist and educator from the Bronx became a national phenomenon after she defeated Congressman Joe Crowley, the fourth-highest ranking House Democrat, in a June 26 New York primary. Pundits and...
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Ayanna Pressley secured her upset victory with a 59-41 landslide. She was one of dozens of insurgents who prevailed in Democratic primaries during the course of the first nine months of 2018. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 01, 2018
Evolution or Death
President Donald Trump keeps signaling his determination to remake the Republican Party in the image of Steve Bannon and his circle of wild-eyed racists and xenophobes. Because the media in the United States tend to focus on personality clashes and electoral strategies rather than ideologies and...
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Brett Kavanaugh claimed he did not know that documents given to him regarding judicial candidates had been stolen, but attorney Lisa Graves said that claim is implausible. Graves, who now lives in Dane County, was a Democratic staffer and wrote some of the notes regarding judicial candidates that were stolen by Republicans from 2001 to 2003. She wrote that Kavanaugh lied under oath — an impeachable offense. (Photo: Associated Press) Views
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying to Senate
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the dean of the Senate and the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave “untruthful testimony, under oath and on the record,” to the committee. Kavanaugh’s lies came in response to questions from Leahy and...
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Impeachment was never meant to be about crimes and punishments. It was intended at the founding of the American experiment, and should be so understood today, as a remedy for the monarchical tendencies of men. (Photo: Antenna/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 24, 2018
What to Do When a President Believes He’s Above Justice
My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.” —Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Statement on the Articles of Impeachment (July 25, 1974)...
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Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette speaks to a crowd while campaigning in this undated photo. (Photo: File Photo) Views
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Patriots Still Called to Throw Off Yoke of the Political Machine
On July 4, 1897, former Congressman Robert M. La Follette launched the progressive crusade that would eventually make him the governor of Wisconsin, a U.S. senator from the state, and a transformational presidential candidate in 1924. Speaking in Mineral Point, he addressed the subject of "The...
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"It will be a party that unequivocally rejects austerity, proposes an urgent timeline for addressing climate change, and unapologetically aligns itself with organized labor and civil rights groups in the fight for justice and equality." (Photo: Heath Hinegardner) Views
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Taking It to The States
What happens in state capitals after this year’s November 6 election is far more likely to bring real change to America than what happens in the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. That’s not an excuse for neglecting federal election contests this fall. But it is an argument for taking what...
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Views
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Scott Walker Does Not Respect Democracy
No governor in the long history of Wisconsin has been more disrespectful of the state’s rich democratic traditions than Scott Walker, the political careerist who since taking office in 2011 has worked to make it easier for billionaires to buy elections and harder for voters to cast ballots in them...
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, shown here in 2014 at a session at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, are both refusing to schedule prompt special elections — Walker to fill state legislative seats and Snyder to fill a seat in the U.S. House. PHOTO BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Views
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Scott Walker's Rejection of Representative Democracy is Shameful
Gov. Scott Walker is thwarting representative democracy in Wisconsin. He is refusing to call prompt special elections to fill the seats of former state Sen. Frank Lasee, of De Pere, and former state Rep. Keith Ripp, of Lodi, a pair of Republicans who quit the Legislature in December to take posts...
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"Fiercely opposed to the Iraq War, Raskin wrote in 2007: "(The) United States must avoid making more global messes. The nuclear option must be removed from the table, including threats of 'preemptive' and 'preventive' war." (Photo: Twitter) Views
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Wisconsin-Born Marcus Raskin Shaped Progressive Politics Of Two Centuries
Barely a year after the death of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1957, the voters of his home state sent Robert Kastenmeier to the U.S. House of Representatives. A passionate foe of McCarthy and McCarthyism, the young Democrat sought to break the spell of Cold War fear and reaction that the late...
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"The only way that Trump made it to the presidency was because the United States allows an Electoral College, which was created more than 230 years ago to limit popular democracy, to overrule the popular vote." Views
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Donald Trump Never Had A Mandate From America
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s acute defeat in the popular voting for president of the United States. Fifty-four percent of Americans rejected Trump's Republican candidacy on Nov. 8, 2016. Most of those who could not accept the idea of making Trump their president chose to...
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