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Paul Krugman on Walker and Wisconsin

Repairs or regression?

There’s more to this budget repair bill than the labor piece. For those brave enough, you can read all 144 pages  or read some Keats, it would probably be less depressing.

The two other issues are:

Serious cuts to education that could spell the end of many Madison public schools, a split of the University of Wisconsin campus and the end to Title I funding for low-income students.

Fireside spin doctor

In an attempt to step into FDR’s shoes, Governor Walker of Wisconsin will hold a "Fireside chat" to address his union-busting "budget repair bill."

For those in the Badger State, turn the TV on at 6:00 pm CT.

In the meantime, what do you think he’ll say?

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Protests continue in Wisconsin

Teachers calling in sick en masse, thousands outside Gov. Scott Walker's door. When Wisconites get mad, they get organized.

Protestors in Wisconsin

Coming to a legislature near you: 7 anti-choice bills

If you thought the anti-choice drum beat would stop and end in Congress, you were wrong.

In seven of our 10 target state legislatures, anti-choice bills are popping up, left and right. It has groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL playing whack-a-mole with these bills to stop them from ever becoming law.

Progressive Majority's Gloria Totten mentioned in Elect Women Magazine

Photo from Elect Women Magazine. 

Progressive Majority's president, Gloria Totten, was one of five top women in political organizations featured on a panel at the Emerge America conference to discuss the effort to elect more women to office. 

Imagine remake dedicated to victims in Tucson, AZ

Please watch this beautiful version of John Lennon's "Imagine" by Sam Tsui and AHMIR. Share far and wide.

HuffPo: Preexisting Conditions Afflict Up To Half Of Americans Under 65

That's right, half of us have a pre-existing condition that keeps many of us from getting health care coverage. This is according to a government study released today. 

I would attribute this to the very broad definition of "pre-existing condition" by insurance companies which can range from cancer and pregnancy to asthma and high blood pressure. 

NYT Article: Opposition to Health Law Is Steeped in Tradition

David Leonhardt's piece yesterday in the New York Times on health care is spot on. The debate over "expanding the social safety net" has raged since the Great Depression, Leonhardt says. But every step we take in getting closer to ensuring a quality of life for everyone, brings us closer to prosperity. 

Leonhardt writes: 

 

How will Obama's tax-cut deal affect your state?

Obama announced last week that he negotiated a hostage deal with Republicans over the Bush tax-cuts and looming cut-off of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.

However, Democrats have been vowing to overturn the legislation because it extends the tax-cut for the wealthiest two percent.

According to Howard Dean, both parties are ignoring one crucial element. He had this to say on "Face the Nation" this Sunday:

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