Category Archives: Campaign Finance Reform

At A Loss For Words

As we close out 2016 we find ourselves at a loss for words…so much is turned upside down and inside out. What more can be said that hasn’t already been said by prophetic voices in the recent and not-so-recent past. We defer to the wisdom voices we have talked to or featured since this journey began in hopes they keep you inspired in 2017. Continue reading

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July 4, 2015: We Are Once Again Called To Reclaim Our Democracy

A great Jesuit once asked, “Where is it we think our dead have gone? Do we think they remain buried in the ground, or is their spirit alive with us today?” There can be little argument that Bernie Sanders’ stop in Madison, Wisconsin on July 1, 2015 reverberates with the message of “Fighting Bob” La Follette and his speech from July 4, 1897. Continue reading

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Bernie Buzz: Sanders Will Re-Frame Our Political Conversations

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination means that We The People now have a voice working to reframe the issues of our day and to remind us that democracy belongs to all of us not just the billionaire class. Continue reading

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Forgetting Our Land Grant Colleges History: Government Does Make Education Work For All Its People

We have forgotten that our Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln knew that federal and state supported public education was the lifeblood of the nation. We look back on the founding of the time-honored tradition of the land grant colleges. We ask those who think the world began with them, who do you think educated those who educated those who educated you? Continue reading

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‘The Boundaries Of The University Shall Be The Boundaries Of The State’: A Lesson Wisconsin and Scott Walker Forgot

Most people knew that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would attack public education after his re-election in 2014, but his $300M cuts to one of the premier research institution is stunning by any measure. The privatization of public education is happening at record speed. How and why did we lose sight of the fact that PUBLIC education benefits all of us. Our heart bleeds for the University of Wisconsin and others facing the same fate. Continue reading

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It Didn’t Used To Be Like This: A look back to when a U.S. Senator campaigned on $200 total

It really wasn’t that long ago when campaigns were run without the truly obscene influence of money brought on by the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. We take a look back at the great U.S. Senator Bill Proxmire, who as recently as 1982 (that’s not that long ago) ran his re-election campaign on $200. We don’t have to run our “democracy” as we do today. There are better ways. Continue reading

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Blue Jeans In High Places: Building A Home For The Politically Homeless

Mike McCabe’s new book, Blue Jeans In High Places: The Coming Makeover Of American Politics, offers ways to break out of the political entrapment of our current two-party system. “I came to the conclusion that this is a moment that cries out for some political game changers.” As he describes, we have one party that’s scary and another that is scared. Read more about the “One Party Movement” as detailed in his new book. Continue reading

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Vibrant (Local) Progressive Talk Radio: One Voice Helping To Keep It Strong

AM950, The Progressive Voice of Minnesota provides a strong presence in progressive radio today and its morning show host Matt McNeil has developed a solid listener base as he blends the right mix of local and national conversations that engage and educate listeners. “I’m not a wonk, but I care about local issues because it affects us all.” Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders: Sounding The Wake Up Call To Save Our Democracy

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has issued a wake up call and a challenge to all of us to save our democracy from the overreach of the billionaires who have been given free reign to buy the U.S. Government based on the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. Sen. Sanders gives us a history lesson on how we got to this point and what we can to to turn the tide. His wisdom voice rings loud and clear as our May Progressive Profile. Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders: His Prophetic Voice Warns of Dangers to Democracy

Senator Bernie Sanders joined Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison to talk about the most important issue facing us today: saving our democracy from the oligarchs who appear poised to buy our government. “There is no end to the amount of money they will spend to create the kind of government and society they want,” Sanders said of the likes of the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson. Continue reading

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