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09
Aug
2016

nonpartisan-leagueMany Americans distrust both of the country’s major political parties this year, especially young voters, but is there another option?


ALTOONA, WI - Here we sit, with most Americans deeply dissatisfied with and alienated from both of the country’s major political parties. This condition is likely to worsen before it gets better, as young Americans are especially disgusted with the two major parties.

For the time being, the clear majority of Americans are feeling doomed to either sit out elections and surrender their vote or engage in the distasteful exercise of Lesser Evil Voting. The only alternative to LEV they can see is voting for a minor party like the Greens or Libertarians, and visions of spoiler candidates and wasted votes dance in their heads at the thought.

There is another option, but it is one scarcely remembered because it hasn’t been tried in a very long time despite proving successful in the past.

In the early 1900s, farmers in North Dakota were at the mercy of powerful cartels and couldn’t get fair prices for their grain or credit at a reasonable interest rate. They were at the mercy of powerful cartels. In hopes of getting out from under the thumb of the out-of-state tycoons who were gouging them, they banded together to form a political organization called the Nonpartisan League (NPL).

Some say the NPL was the idea of a former Socialist Party organizer named Albert Bowen. Others figure it was the brainchild of flax farmer-turned-political agitator A.C. Townley. One way or the other, Townley and Bowen teamed up and Townley was soon driving across the state in a Model T Ford spreading the word about the NPL. Bowen and Townley enlisted tens of thousands of followers.

Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
 
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08
Aug
2016

internet-ruralThis survey on Internet access now being conducted by the Public Service Commission will paint a more accurate picture of broadband coverage in Wisconsin. Participate and your responses will help inform lawmakers on how to bring our state into the twenty-first century.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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06
Aug
2016

donald-trump-littleWisconsin Republicans have been desperate to thread the needle with Mr. Trump, condemning his behavior but never doing anything about it.

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
 
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06
Aug
2016

clean-drinking-waterCitizens, conservation groups, farmers urge fast action to draft and implement new rules.

Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
 
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