John Nichols

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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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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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