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New blog launching January 1, 2015

I’m Aaron Camp, and, coming January 1, 2015, The Progressive Midwesterner will be my new home for all of my political blogging activities, with the exception of a few articles that I’ll write for DailyKos and Prairie State Blue.

The four blogs that I currently use, Blue Downstate, The Prairie Badger, The Progressive Idealist, and The Apollo Diary, will no longer be updated after December 31,…

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STRAW POLL: Mayor of Madison, 2015

STRAW POLL: Mayor of Madison, 2015

There are currently three candidates running in the 2015 race for Mayor of Madison, all of which appear to be Democrats who have progressive views on most, if not all, issues.

One of them is Paul Soglin, the incumbent Madison Mayor. Soglin has a long track record of progressive activism, but, beyond that, I know very little about him, to be honest with you.

One of Soglin’s two challengers is…

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Was Dumb Ron Johnson behind one of the sexist remarks about Kirsten Gillibrand’s appearance?

Was Dumb Ron Johnson behind one of the sexist remarks about Kirsten Gillibrand’s appearance?

In her new book, titled Off the Sidelines, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said that some of her male colleagues on Capitol Hill made sexist remarks about her appearance:

“Good thing you’re working out because you wouldn’t want to get porky,” Gillibrand says one colleague told her in the congressional gym, according to an excerpt of her book Off The Sidelines published by People.

After she lost…

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Second consecutive Marquette Poll shows less voter enthusiasm among Republicans than Democrats

Second consecutive Marquette Poll shows less voter enthusiasm among Republicans than Democrats

For the second consecutive time, the Marquette University poll of the Wisconsin gubernatorial raceshows that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke is leading Republican incumbent Scott Walker by slightly over two points among likely voters but is trailing Walker by nearly three and a half points among registered voters (both of which are within the poll’s margin of error), which is…

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Recount debacle in 17th State Senate District Democratic primary: 110 votes thrown away in Green County

Recount debacle in 17th State Senate District Democratic primary: 110 votes thrown away in Green County

With 70% of the vote recounted in the 17th State Senate District Democratic primary, Ernie Wittwer, a former state transportation budget official and a vocal critic of the state party establishment, is exactly tied with Pat Bomhack, a former Jim Doyle aide who had the backing of most of the state party establishment.

However, Jud Loundsbury at Uppity Wisconsin is reportingthat, for reasons…

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Mary Burke apparently using a PAC as a conduit to raise money for her own campaign

Mary Burke apparently using a PAC as a conduit to raise money for her own campaign

I and other progressives who write about Wisconsin politics on a regular basis have wondered why Mary Burke’s campaign doesn’t really want to respond to hard, indisputable evidence that Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker solicited money for Club for Growth Wisconsin, an right-wing front group that has supported Wisconsin Republican candidates, in violation of Wisconsin campaign finance…

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Legitimate coordination is illegal coordination

Legitimate coordination is illegal coordination

The Wisconsin progressive blog Blue Cheddar uploaded this pictureof the first page of Sunday’s B section of the Wisconsin State Journal in which Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ridiculously claimed that he violated no laws in soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Gogebic Taconite (GTac), a company that pushed Walker and Republican state legislators to loosen…

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