John Nichols

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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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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Paul Ryan's Scorching Duplicity on Gun Violence, Mental Health and, Well, Everything
Paul Ryan, the shameless political careerist who has surrendered the U.S. House of Representatives to campaign donors and lobbyists, has a well-documented history of doing everything in his power to prevent meaningful debate about gun violence. But it’s getting harder for the speaker of the House...
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Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's plan to give  the technology firm Foxconn a taxpayer-funded $3 billion package to build a new plant in Wisconsin has been called "generally an awful way to lure jobs." Views
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Scott Walker's Crony Capitalism
If Scott Walker were a fiscal conservative, he would be ashamed of himself. But Walker is not a fiscal conservative. And he has no shame, as Wisconsinites who know how their tax dollars are spent are rapidly discovering. Walker, who has claimed over the years that the state is too impoverished to...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Case for Impeachment
When Congressman Brad Sherman proposed the first article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the California Democrat carefully explained the necessity of the resolution, the legislative strategy he would employ to advance it, and the difficult political landscape that would have to be...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
A Progressive Electoral Wave Is Sweeping the Country
W ith a clenched fist held high and the promise of a “movement of the people,” Chokwe Antar Lumumba asked the voters of Jackson, Mississippi, to elect him as their mayor in a race he pledged would lead to the transformation of a Deep South city in a deep-red state. Victory for his civil-rights-...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
An Article of Impeachment Based on Trump’s Obstruction of Justice Is Now Circulating in the House
ongress has sufficient grounds to hold President Trump to account for obstruction of justice. The proper means for holding him to account is an impeachment process , one that is informed by lessons from the Congress that sought to hold Richard Nixon to account after his Watergate-era wrongdoing was...
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Bernie Sanders Is Super Excited About Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Austerity Campaign
Bernie Sanders traveled to Britain last week, attracting crowds that confirmed that the Vermont senator has emerged as not just the most popular active political figure in the United States but an international phenomenon. It was not Sanders’s intent to intervene in the hastily scheduled and...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
It’s Time to Make the Case for Impeaching Trump
D onald Trump’s campaign boast that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters” may still hold true for the dead-enders who cling to the fantasy that he’s a competent commander in chief. But the Trump team doesn’t set the standard for presidential...
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