Civil Liberties

Wisconsin News: Wisconsin Reps. Mark Pocan and Chris Taylor introduce Move to Amend resolution

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Resolution Puts Congress on Notice that It Has One Year to Send Amendment to States for Ratification MADISON – Two legislators began the process of overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case shortly after the two-year anniversary of the decision that created corporate personhood for the purpose of political speech. more »

Republican Sen. Schultz wants to end politically motivated recall elections in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin News: The Republican state lawmaker whose moderate politics placed him at the center of a fractious debate over the Wisconsin budget last year said Saturday in Mauston he plans to introduce legislation that will end politically motivated recall elections. Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, told members of the Juneau County Republican Party at the more »

You have the right to remain funny in Fitzwalkerstan

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution I actually do more »

Nobody Buys DOA Disinformation at Wisconsin Capitol

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About 30-50 people gathered in the Capitol building’s basement this morning to question Chief Tubbs and a Department of Administration rep. on a new policy that will — among other things — force protesters at Wisconsin’s Capitol building to pay for additional law enforcement and treat groups of 4 or more people as “rallies”. DOA’s more »

Madison Police: Providing a Safe Place for Democracy

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Recently we’ve seen a lot of iconic images of police brutality against peaceful protesters from all over the country. From New York City to Tampa to Denver to Oakland and Davis, California, police are apparently under the illusion that violence is an appropriate response when the people exercise their constitutional right to free speech and more »

Is Being Called “Madison of the North” a Bad Thing?


Appleton Alderman Jim Clemons asked the Common Council to revisit same sex domestic partner benefits for nonunion city employees. This measure was defeated last night, but will probably be brought up again on November 9th when the council meets to adopt the 2012 budget. Here’s a list of both public and private employers that offer more »

Witnessing 18 free speech arrests in Wisconsin

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Backup link to video 18 Wisconsin residents were arrested for legal use of cell phones and cameras in the Assembly gallery of Wisconsin’s Capitol building last night. At least 35 of the people who attended the meeting last night were there as part of a coordinated Concealed Camera action organized by blogger Giles Goat Boy, more »

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Statement on Camera Arrests in Capitol Building

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From WFIC The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is deeply concerned about the arrests of citizens for filming the Wisconsin Legislature, a right expressly afforded by the state’s Open Meetings Law. “These arrests appear to violate the spirit and the letter of the Open Meetings Law which, ironically enough, was passed by the Wisconsin state more »

Just Who is Appleton Taxpayers United?

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Who is Appleton Taxpayers United and why should anyone care? My curiosity was piqued while writing this post on same sex domestic partner health insurance coverage, sick and bereavement leave for Appleton’s non-union city workers. Offering these benefits to same sex couples seemed like a good idea. It also shows the world that despite this more »

Appleton Taxpayers United for Injustice


On September 7 of this year I had a brief shining moment of pride in my hometown of Appleton, WI. The Appleton Common Counsel approved same sex partner benefits for city employees. It gave me hope that maybe, just maybe Outagamie County, in specific Appleton is going back to its progressive roots. I didn’t write more »

A day without rights in the Wisconsin State Assembly

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Video and text below are from Arthur Kohl-Riggs. Keep up with developments on this story at Arthur’s facebook page Shit Scott Walker is Doing to My State Backup link to video-A day without rights in the Wisconsin State Assembly Originally a video very similar to this one was posted on youtube but WisEye reported reported more »