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Refreshing to Have Jill Stein as a President with Spine!

Jill Stein is a “citizen-politician” who refuses to behave herself.

Dr. Stein refuses to stay in the campaigning bull-shit bubble.

She doesn’t suffer fools or play the crony let’s-screw-the-99% game.

Someone on a website recently called Jill Stein “the best presidential candidate you’ll never hear about”.

Jill Stein is a Boston physician (Harvard educated) and veteran activist and candidate with the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party
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The Tragedy of Ignoring Green Party’s Jill Stein

[NOTE: Jill Stein seeking non-corporate funding (qualifies for matching funds until 6/30/12) at http://www.jillstein.org/donate or Jill Stein for President, PO Box 260217, Madison, WI 53726-0217, info email HQ@JillStein.org]

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Jill Stein is a “citizen-politician” who refuses to behave herself. Read below the fold...

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The Wisconsin recall: myths and talking points

Part 1.

Part 2.

Yesterday I looked at Bruce Murphy's article about the Wisconsin recall, and how Murphy thought Democrats and unions brought defeat on themselves. There is one point he made that fits in with a purely political analysis, which is what I'm focusing on today. He writes: "Had Tom Barrett — or any Democrat — offered an alternative, some approach that would eliminate the abuse of public benefits without crushing unions, while protecting the many public workers who are not overpaid, this could have carried the day against Walker." Read below the fold...

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The Wisconsin recall: how the movement could have helped

Part 1.

Since the recall was run as a conventional political campaign, instead of one grounded in the turmoil of last year, it's fair to ask how the latter might have looked. Doug Henwood offered these thoughts:

Suppose instead that the unions had supported a popular campaign - media, door knocking, phone calling - to agitate, educate, and organize on the importance of the labor movement to the maintenance of living standards? If they'd made an argument, broadly and repeatedly, that Walker's agenda was an attack on the wages and benefits of the majority of the population? That it was designed to remove organized opposition to the power of right-wing money in politics? That would have been more fruitful than this major defeat.

It seemed like the Barrett campaign never bothered to make the case for unions in general or collective bargaining in particular. I kept thinking, did last winter just go down the memory hole? Why isn't anyone bringing up the unjust law that was the catalyst for all this? Read below the fold...

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The Wisconsin recall: a movement sidelined

With a hat tip to MontanaMaven, and I hope I'm not bigfooting the post. Read below the fold...

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Today's recall Scott Fitzgerald post

Personal account of life at recall HQ

The first time I walked into the Recall Fitz Headquarters two nights ago, I was amazed at the scene in front of me. The HQ isn’t in an office building of any sort, and it’s not being funded by the democratic party or United Wisconsin. In fact, the HQ is set up in Lori Compas’ living room, who is working full-time on the recall efforts. It’s a recall effort run by the people, for the people.

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Governor Walker's legal scandal

This is the first in an occasional series on the Wisconsin recall effort. Other than Occupy, this is the most important thing that is happening in American politics, not the primaries.

Can We Get Walker Before The FBI Does?

Scott Walker's Other Big Problem

Scott Walker Milwaukee County Aide Arrested Read below the fold...

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Guns yes, free speech no

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Guns To Be Permitted In Wisconsin Capitol, But Not Signs

Guns would be allowed on the floor of the Assembly and in its viewing galleries, but it would be up to individual lawmakers whether they’d be permitted in their offices, the Journal-Sentinel reported. A decision has not yet been reached about the floor and galleries of the state Senate. ...

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Wisconsin's big union win and the growing liberal momentum

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Tuesday's recall elections in Wisconsin were a stunning rebuke to the Republican party. As Craig Gilbert wrote back in March: "History tells us that most of the 16 recall attempts under way in Wisconsin are likely to fail. It also tells us that if three or four succeed, it would be entirely without precedent." Read below the fold...

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Taking Wisconsin nationwide: The Rebuild The American Dream Movement

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When the protests in Wisconsin erupted over the winter I remember having an exchange with Athenae. She had been holding her breath every single day because she was sure at any moment it would fall apart. There was good reason to believe that! Despite their unprecedented size the protests were informally but widely boycotted by corporate media. (Curiously, media outlets owned by multinationals tend to not have very robust coverage of union and labor issues.) There were the usual strategies to discredit the movement - including the heretofore reliable tactic of telling a whopping lie, getting the wingnuts to jump all over it and turning it into a zombie lie. Read below the fold...

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I hope she presses charges

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Judicial temperament

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to at least three knowledgeable sources.

I wonder if Pelosi or Obama will call on him to resign? Read below the fold...

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Solidarity blogging, Ohio and Wisconsin

Garry Golsmith collecting signatures for the repeal of Ohio sb5 part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMUMm9qFkDE

Garry Golsmith collecting signatures for the repeal of Ohio sb5 part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk5TNwRNmd0

Live Against 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWbslKNwmN8

Quinnipiac Poll Shows Ohians Will Vote to Repeal SB5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtKm0dqF7TQ

Memorial Day Solidarity Sing-a Long, Madison WI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyJd7M8bj...

Breaking Huebsch and Fitz Up, Song Circle in Espanol, and GAB Protest!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y47LgKccX08

We Shall Not Be Moved
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTSdGoAH5DA

I don't watch TV news anymore, am I correct that the solidarity story has been buried? Read below the fold...

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Solidarity blogging, great lakes edition

Reaction from the People in the Gallery of WI Senate

Here is video of the reaction of the people in the Gallery of the WI Senate following the "vote" on the Voter"ID Bill."

GRITtv: Locked-Out Steelworkers Bring Fight to Honeywell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfxzARyh6A4

Solidarity Sing-a-Long, Madison, WI; 20 May 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnNmqjiQluE

Crowd chanting "One day longer, one day stronger!" ~ May 14th We Are Wisconsin Rally
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bporK3Hf8Jc

Marching with the firefighters down State street! ~ May 14th We Are Wisconsin Rally
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87jeDtQnhNc Read below the fold...

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