The News from South of Lake Wobegon

By: Friday July 1, 2011 6:00 pm

It’s been a busy week in Lake Wobegon and the rest of the Upper Midwest. Here’s some of what happened …

 

Feingold for Governor: Scott Walker & WI GOP’s War on Good Beer

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 12:00 pm

I don’t know what the fine Cheese-and-Bratheads up in Wisconsin did to piss off the political gods, but they have been blighted. It was bad enough to cause national outrage and solidarity when extreme right wing movement conservative Governor Scott Walker and the crazed GOP majorities in the state legislature started attacking the working men and women of Wisconsin’s unions, teachers, cops and firefighters. But now they have gone a bridge too damn far.

And that is why I am supporting Russ Feingold in a recall election against Walker, and you should too.

Obama Spokesman Denies 1996 Gay Survey

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 11:00 am

In January of 1996 he filled out the IMPACT questionnaire, and it appears to be in his own writing, and uses the first-person “I” throughout. While the IMPACT questions were a bit more complicated, Obama did say he would oppose any attempts to outlaw same-gender marriage, by supporting a resolution stating “the state should not interfere with same-gender couples who chose [sic] to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage.”

Netroots Nation: Marcy Wheeler Introduces Guest of Honor Russ Feingold

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 5:50 pm

Russ Feingold is a hero, and for good reason, to progressives. Russ was one, if not the only one, of the Democratic Senate, make that Senate as a whole, who really stood up for civil liberties in the face of the bipartisan onslaught that has occurred over the last decade, both under George Bush and Barack Obama.

Countdown to Netroots Nation, Episode Fifteen: Partying for a Good Cause

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 7:10 pm

One of the bits of local background noise you’ll be hearing during your Netroots Nation 11 weekend in Minneapolis will be on the looming state government shutdown. There are at least a couple of ways one could fight back against this sort of asshattery: March on down to the State Capitol and make yourself heard, or show your support for two groups that Republicans seem to hate more than anyone else: poor people and brown-skinned people. Luckily, there’s a really easy way for you netrootsers to do the latter (and tweak the noses of some corporatist Dems as well)…

Countdown to Netroots Nation, Episode Five: You Must Go to Murray’s

By: Sunday June 5, 2011 7:00 pm

In the first installment of this series, we discussed the Meat Coma that one can acquire at Lindey’s Prime Steak House in Arden Hills, a northern suburb of Minneapolis. But for those of you who of necessity would like to confine their intense carnivorism to downtown Minneapolis, there really is only one option, especially if you favor your beef rare: You must go to Murray’s. You must.

Feingold to Deliver Opening Keynote at Netroots Nation

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 9:01 am

Former Senator Russ Feingold, now the head of Progressives United, a new organization dedicated to fighting the corporate takeover of government, will make his first appearance at a Netroots Nation conference, delivering the opening keynote on Thursday, June 16 in Minneapolis.

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