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Author explores gratitude’s dark side — and how being grateful might still rescue us

BY: - November 23, 2023

For the author of a book on gratitude Diana Butler Bass has what might be a surprising admission: Gratitude didn’t come naturally to her. Bass published “Grateful,” her 12th book, five years ago. But before writing it, “I would not have considered myself a naturally grateful person,” she says. “I always struggled with cultivating gratitude, […]

the floor of the Wisconsin Senate

Anti-democratic moves by state lawmakers raise fears for 2024 election

BY: - September 23, 2023

In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers are threatening to impeach both the state’s election administrator, who is highly regarded nationally, and a state Supreme Court justice despite a ruling by the state’s judicial commission that the justice had done nothing wrong — effectively nullifying a recent statewide election she won, Democrats say. In North Carolina, a bill […]

a sign outside Wisconsin's Columbia Correctional Institution

Stifling prison heat used to be just a Southern problem. Not anymore.

BY: - August 15, 2023

While sweltering heat in prisons without air conditioning has long been an issue in the South, (see NC Newsline’s August 14 “Monday numbers” report) extreme heat waves worsened by climate change are expanding the problem into Northern states. In recent years, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin have seen extreme heat in prisons. Many […]

Criminalized abortion will lead to cops investigating miscarriages, advocates say

BY: - July 5, 2022

Predictions of what’s coming next in anti-choice Wisconsin paint a chilling picture for states like NC to consider [Editor’s note: Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, abortion is and will remain legal in North Carolina — at least for the time being. In many other states, however, abortion […]


Update from Wisconsin: Election 2020 is finally over

BY: - December 15, 2020

Trump and the GOP fail to subvert the will of the voters The Electoral College vote affirming the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States made official what we’ve known since early November — that Biden won and President Donald Trump lost. But Trump turned what should have been a […]

Updates from the crisis in Wisconsin

BY: - August 26, 2020

For those trying to keep up with developments in and around Kenosha, Wisconsin in the aftermath of the latest shooting of an unarmed Black man by police, be sure to check out the coverage provided by our sibling publication, the Wisconsin Examiner. In recent days, the Examiner has featured several commentaries and news stories on […]


On pocketbook issues, voters favored progressive solutions on Tuesday

BY: - November 6, 2014

The powerful combination of history, an inexhaustible money machine and shameless gerrymandering produced impressive electoral victories for the Right in this week’s election, but it also remains a powerful truth that when you actually ask voters directly for their opinions on core pocketbook issues, they continue to favor progressive solutions. You’ve probably already heard about […]

The Fiscal Times: state tax cuts fail to deliver promised job creation

BY: - July 11, 2014

During the debate over last year’s billion-dollar-a-year tax cut plan, supporters made a lot of big promises about the supposed economic benefits of cutting corporate and personal income taxes for wealthy individuals and highly profitable corporations. The problem—as many warned at the time—is that tax cuts almost never live up to their promises. And that’s […]