Make A Budget Deal, And Move On To The Bigger Fight

Rather than fighting over the remnants of the FY 2011 budget, the GOP should make a deal and get ready for the bigger, and more important, battle ahead.

Political Warfare in WI

Is asking to see a professor’s e-mails a legitimate open records request or is it an attempt at silencing a critic?

Democracy will Win

Regardless of one’s preferences in terms of endgame in Wisconsin, democracy will win out.

Clipper Players Paid For Coach’s Surgery

Players from the Los Angeles Clippers chipped in to pay for the surgery of assistant coach Kim Hughes back in 2004. It’s been a secret until now.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Adult Swim Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Welcome to Wisconsin (A Division of Koch Industries)

A Welcome to Wisconsin sign with another sign saying “A Division of Koch Industries” is going around Twitter.

Thinking About the Politics of Wisconsin and Public Sector Unions

Recent events in Wiscosin seem to undercut the hypothesis that public sector unions have undue political influence.

Demonstrators converge once again on the Capitol after the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions. The Assembly is expected to vote on the issue Thursday. Demonstrators converge once again on the Capitol after the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions. The Assembly is expected to vote on the issue Thursday.

The GOP’s WI Maneuver

Was the GOP’s maneuver legit? And what’s next?

Demonstrators converge once again on the Capitol after the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions. The Assembly is expected to vote on the issue Thursday. Demonstrators converge once again on the Capitol after the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions. The Assembly is expected to vote on the issue Thursday.

Wisconsin Passes Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

Wisconsin Republicans stripped state employees of collective bargaining rights without the Democratic senators who fled the state to prevent a quorum.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Blue Man Dupe Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Quorum Busting v. Filibustering

The funny thing is that the quorum-busting in WI is more like a filibuster ought to be: a true delaying tactic that eventually has to give way to a democratic outcome.

WI Standoff Poised to End (or, Maybe Not–UPDATED)

The Democrats appear ready to come home (or, as per the update, maybe not).

Have Republicans Lost The Public Relations War Over Public Sector Unions?

As the standoff in Wisconsin drags on, there is no sign that the public accepts the argument being made about public sector unions by Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans.

Wisconsin and Practical Politics (Not to Mention Compromise)

Why can’t the Wisconsin Stand-off end in compromise?

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Moral High Ground Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Republicans vs. The Unions

Scott Walker’s attempt to crush the Wisconsin public employee unions may be the first wave in a fight to elect Republican governors in 2012.

Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage No Longer A Winning Issue For The GOP

Opposition to marriage equality is no longer the wedge issue it used to be.

Did Scott Walker Violate Ethics Laws in “Koch” Call?

A former Democratic state attorney general thinks Wisconsin’s Republican governor may have violated state ethics laws while on a prank phone call.

Who ‘Contributes’ to Public Workers’ Pensions?

Wisconsin’s taxpayers are paying 100 percent of the cost of the benefits programs for state employees. But the benefits amount to a payment in kind.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Big Bird Flips Big Bird Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Scott Walker Didn’t Campaign On This

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did not campaign on the union-busting package he’s proposing now.

Federal Union Protection Laws Could Penalize Wisconsin

Federal laws designed to protect unions add yet another wrinkle to the Wisconsin standoff.

Wisconsin Protesters Bizarro Tea Party?

Is Jon Stewart a useful idiot?

Disaggregating the Conversation about Wisconsin

There are a lot of issues on the table, so to speak, in the WI situation. Here I try to entangle them a bit.

Poll: Majority Opposes Laws Restricting Public Employee Unions

A new national poll suggests that moves to restrict the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions are not popular with the public at large:

Wisconsin Teachers and Average Pay

Should public schoolteachers make more money than the people paying their salaries?

Wisconsin Police and Firefighters Didn’t Endorse Walker

Of the 314 police and firefighter unions in Wisconsin, only four endorsed Scott Walker.

Are Wisconsin Public Servants Overpaid?

Contrary to some assertions, Wisconsin public servants are not better compensated than their private sector counterparts.

An Observation/Question on the Situation in Wisconsin

Why not include police, firefighters and state troopers in the ban on collective bargaining?

Real Doctors, Fake Notes

Either Andrew Breitbart controls the entire media complex or Crooks & Liars jumped the gun. “Figure it out.”

The Case Against Public Sector Unions

It’s time to end the ability of public sector labor unions to hold taxpayers hostage.