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Minnesota Liberalism Trounces Wisconsin Conservatism

With the exception of major college sports in the upper-Midwest border-state battle, Minnesota is trouncing Wisconsin by every possible measure.In 2010, both states were suffering from the great Bush/Cheney recession. The similarly populated states – which historically have progressive traditions – chose distinctly different governors and legislative bodies to run their respective states.Trying to sober-up after eight years of Tim Wall Street Pawlenty as governor, Minnesota elected Mark Dayton, an old-fashioned liberal from the Hubert Humphrey mold. Wisconsin did the opposite. Wisconsin ousted a democrat and plucked Scott Walker from the new-republican Koch Brothers line-up.After four years, the results of the side-by-side political experiment is in. MN is kicking WI arse. The time held truths regarding the difference between red-states and blue-states has been validated and liberalism gets it done.According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Minnesotas unemployment rate is at 4.5 percent vs. 5.8 percent for Wisconsin. Moreover, Minnesota has created 147,100 jobs since Gov. Dayton took office in January of 2010. Walker the “job creator” who promised to deliver 250,000 jobs has added 115,100 jobs – 35,000 less than MN. Note: Wisconsin is larger than MN by about 400,000 people which should help them overall, but nope.While both states always rank high in K-12 education since 2009, research from the National Center for Education and Statistics shows significant improvements in 4th grade math and reading in the Yale graduates state while Wisconsin, under the college drop-outs leadership, has remained flat WI had a 20 year uptrend in math scores come to a halt. These are the first students to spend their entire education under the new administrationss policies.

via Minnesota Liberalism Trounces Wisconsin Conservatism.

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Secret $700,000 Donation Has Scott Walker Scrambling to Address ‘Appearance of Corruption’ | The Nation

When Gogebic Taconite LLC began moving in November 2010—the same month Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin—to develop an open-pit iron mine in one of the most environmentally sensitive regions of northern Wisconsin, the Florida-based mining firm got a lot of pushback. Residents of the region objected, along with Native American tribes. So, too, did citizens from across Wisconsin, a state that has long treasured the wild beauty of the Penokee Range. Environmental and conservation groups voiced their concerns, as did local and state officials from across the political spectrum.The outcry heightened as Gogebic Taconite and its allies promoted a radical rewrite of existing mining regulations in order to promote a project that could grow to be four miles long, more than a mile wide and 1,000 feet deep. Democratic and Republican legislators began to ask tough questions. Yet Governor Scott Walker remained “eager to advance a mining bill,” according to Wisconsin media that reported extensively on the governor’s determination to overrule objections to the grand schemes of an out-of-state corporation that newly released documents show secretly steered $700,000 to “independent” efforts to provide political cover for the embattled governor.

via Secret $700,000 Donation Has Scott Walker Scrambling to Address ‘Appearance of Corruption’ | The Nation.

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A Group Of Ferguson Protesters Releases List Of Demands, Calls For National ‘Walk Out’ | St. Louis Public Radio

A coalition of Ferguson protesters met with reporters Friday to announce a list of demands related to the investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown and to call for college students to participate in a national “Walk Out” from classes on Monday.The group says it doesnt yet have a name, but those involved include members of the Organization for Black Struggle and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment. Meetings are held at Greater St. Mark’s Missionary Church near Ferguson.Taurean Russell of St. Louis said this is the first time the group has issued an official statement.“We are the core, and we’re mostly youth. We have demands, counter demands. Actions if demands are not met,” Russell said.The list includes:A swift and impartial investigation by the Department of Justice into the Mike Brown shooting, and expanded DOJ investigation into civil rights violations across North St. Louis County.The immediate arrest of Officer Darren WilsonCounty prosecutor Bob McCulloch to stand down and allow special prosecutor to be appointed.The firing of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.Accountability for police practices and policies, including effective civilian review of shootings and allegations of misconduct.The immediate de-escalation of militarized policing of protestors to protect constitutional rights.The immediate release of individuals who have been arrested while attending a protest.

via A Group Of Ferguson Protesters Releases List Of Demands, Calls For National ‘Walk Out’ | St. Louis Public Radio.

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Caught On Tape! Christian Racist Cop Involved in Ferguson Riots Says Im A Killer, Threatens To Kill Again. Gets Suspended Video | Firebrand Progressives

The riots in Ferguson that have occurred in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has been a real eye-opener for many people. The extra media scrutiny that this crisis is receiving has in particular exposed some pretty heinous words and actions from the cops who have been placed in charge of keeping the peace. And after witnessing some of the tactics used by the police and hearing some of their words, it becomes clear that the protesters have a point about the shoddy treatment they have received over the years by those who are supposed to protect them.Not only have we listened to cops threaten to shoot people, but they have gone as far as threatening to kill people, we’ve seen them arrest journalists, and we’ve seen them getting tough with the media, such as the time a certain St. Louis County cop shoved CNN’s Don Lemon.That particular cop turned out to be St. Louis County Sergeant Major Dan Page, and if you think he’s a real dick just from watching him push Lemon back, wait till you see the below video in which he delivered a speech back in May to a group called the Oath Keepers.

via Caught On Tape! Christian Racist Cop Involved in Ferguson Riots Says Im A Killer, Threatens To Kill Again. Gets Suspended Video | Firebrand Progressives.

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The Growing GOP Push To Shut Down The Government Again | ThinkProgress

A day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY hinted that he could force another government shutdown if Republicans win back the Senate in November, a senate hopeful suggested he would be on board with another shutdown, lauding the party’s decision to let the government close this past October.Speaking at a candidates’ forum on Thursday, David Perdue responded to a moderator’s question about his backing for the 16-day shutdown led by Sen. Ted Cruz R-TX, saying “that speaks for itself.” “I think it was the situation that we had in Washington was over Obamacare,” he added. “What I was saying was that we cannot default on our interest payments.”

via The Growing GOP Push To Shut Down The Government Again | ThinkProgress.

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House Staffers Banned from Wikipedia Over Anti-Transgender Edits – NationalJournal.com

A House staffers edits to a number of Wikipedia entries on transgender people has caused an uproar in the LGBT community and, once again, resulted in Wikipedia banning a House IP address.The staffer, who identifies as a “womyn” in comments on the site, edited the Wikipedia entry for transgender actress Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black earlier this month to describe her as “a real man pretending to be a woman.” The staffer appears to work in the Rayburn House Office buildingThe staffer, via notes posted to Wikipedia, argues that she is being targeted in a “political witchhunt” by the “trans-lobby.” “I dont see how disagreeing with the concept that transphobia is a negative thing is considered hate speech. The whole concept of transphobia is being promoted to trivialize the experiences of real women or womyn-born-womyn as some people call us,” the staffer wrote.The staffer also complained of being labeled a “TERF,” or “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist,” a term used to describe feminists who believe that trans women are not “real” women.”These days, If I complain about a man using the womyns restroom then Im cosidered [sic] transphobic and get called a TERF. This has been happening a lot lately here in the halls of Congerss [sic]. If feeling uncomfortable about some creeper coming into the same bathroom as me is considered transphobic, then why is transphobia considered a bad thing?” the staffer wrote. “I wouldnt be surprised if the Admin who banned this IP is trans. If she is a real woman, then she should should be following real Feminists like Julie Bindel, not sellouts to the trans lobby like Anita Sarkeesian.”The same IP address has been linked to a number of other entries related to transgender individuals and issues have been edited with a similar mindset, leading Wikipedia editors to assume that they are coming from the same staffer. Those edits include an alteration of the Wikipedia entry for Camp Trans, an annual transgender protest outside of the Michigan Womyns Music Festival which excludes trans people. The user added a line indicating that the event “was intended for real women,” which has since been removed by moderators.

via House Staffers Banned from Wikipedia Over Anti-Transgender Edits – NationalJournal.com.

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