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The unions and Democrats came up just one seat short in a tumultuous uphill battle to take control of the state Senate, but was what happened a victory or a defeat?

Michele Bachmann

From Michele Bachmann on the founding fathers to Rick Perry on secession and more, right-wing pundits, politicians and pseudo-historians are nibbling away at objective historical truths to rewrite history for present-day purposes.

Barack Obama is staying far away from the political hotbed of Wisconsin.

After a summer of outside money and fake candidates, Wisconsin's historic recall elections are finally over. 

Originally seen as a long-shot candidate, Bachmann's ability to successfully fuse the small government, anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party with the ideology of the religious right has allowed her to emerge as a viable candidate for the nomination.

At the Iowa straw poll, Michele Bachmann—and Ron Paul—offered up the tough talk on the deficit, and on religion, that voters wanted.

Why is religion featuring so prominently in the Republican presidential race? What happened to jobs?

Today, Wisconsinites go to the polls to see if they can recall Republican senators and take back the State Senate from the hands of Scott Walker-pandering Republicans.

Melissa Harris-Perry says that both mainstream and liberal media outlets need to avoid portraying conservative women as inherently incompetent as individuals.

John Nichols joins The Ed Show to say that ultimately, it will boil down to who was with, and who was against Scott Walker. 

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Narrowly behind and concerned about election irregularities, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg seeks a full recount of the votes in the nation's highest stakes judicial contest. "They've called it a drama and a circus, but actually it's called American Democracy," says Kloppenburg.

April 21, 2011

“We, the people,” Tammy Baldwin says, “must be assured that our votes are fairly counted and reported and (that) our democracy remains intact and untainted.”

 

April 10, 2011

Reed Richardson comes up with questions for the Republican presidential debates.

April 7, 2011

While progressives should celebrate JoAnne Kloppenburg’s win to replace a conservative justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, we should also recognize the dangers of elected judges.

April 7, 2011

The recent coverage of new Obama campaign manager Jim Messina illustrates how top Washington sources curry favor with the powerful sources they cover.

April 5, 2011

Reed Richardson on the GOP's campaign finance dodge and Eric takes the mail.

March 31, 2011

A guide to mitigating the damage done.

March 2, 2011

An Republican-to-Democrat convert who became an unlikely hero of progressives in 2006, his win tipped the Senate to the Democrats. Webb’s decision to depart makes the challenge of retaining Senate control all that much harder for his adopted party. Democrats’ best prospect: look for another edgy economic populist like Webb. UPDATED

February 9, 2011

An electoral system known as "Ranked Choice Voting" could open the door to a wider range of viable progressive candidates in races across the country.

December 3, 2010

Maybe a presidential candidate, maybe not, but definitely spending a lot of time in the first-caucus state.

November 29, 2010