2nd Vice Makurat


2nd Vice Makurat is an author at BLET Wisconsin State Legislative Board.

Articles by 2nd Vice Makurat

Feingold-Walker race could be a nail-biter

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Looking even further ahead to freshman Sen. Ron Johnson’s bid for a second term, Feingold may be best advised to wait for a rematch of his 2010 loss. He has an early 52-42 lead over his successor. “Feingold would be the best Democratic hope for taking on Scott Walker next year,” said Dean Debnam, President […]

Dave Zweifel of The Capital Times. dzweifel@madison.com

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Those naysayers among us who insist that nobody rides trains anymore should take a gander at a recent report on intercity passenger rail released by the Brookings Institute. Once again, traveling by rail is on the upswing — big time. The report shows that Amtrak’s total boardings and alightings jumped 55.1 percent from 1997 to […]

Walkergate Trials Heating Up, Plea Deal Has State Buzzing by Mary Bottari — October 10, 2012 – 9:42am from PRwatch

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

   Share this Since May 2010, the Milwaukee County District Attorney has been conducting a secret “John Doe” criminal investigation involving Scott Walker‘s former staff and associates during the time that Walker served as the Milwaukee County Executive and was running for governor. The wide-ranging investigation has included allegations of illegal campaign work on the public […]

Act 10 ruling was correct JS Online

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

You could almost hear the entire state groan when Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas recently struck down most of Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 law. To quote Michael Corleone in “The Godfather: Part III”: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” To say that Wisconsin has lost its appetite […]


Monday, September 24th, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012 Walkergate: Can I Get A Witness? Eight months ago, I introduced you to Kelly Rindfleisch. I pointed out at the time how I thought Rindfleisch could become a pivotal character in the ongoing investigation into Scott Walker, his campaign and his staff, commonly referred to as Walkergate. Sure enough, five days […]

Badger Democracy

Monday, September 24th, 2012

While Rome burns…Walker sells Wisconsin to the lowest bidder – China Posted on September 21, 2012 | Scott Walker is in Texas today with Governors Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Rick Scott (R-Florida), courting Chinese investors in the hopes of attracting “investment” in their respective states. Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are attempting to […]

Disdain for Workers By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: September 20, 2012 NY Times

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their […]

MARY SPICUZZA and CLAY BARBOUR | Wisconsin State Journal

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders have said the voting district maps they drew last year were not aimed at political advantage, but new documents made public Tuesday show they discussed ways to increase the number of “safe” and “leaning” GOP districts and to protect conservative incumbents. In one email, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, offered these […]

Stonewalling halts DISCLOSE Act By Sam Schoenburg · July 18, 2012 Progressives United

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

In spite of public outrage over the flood of secret money in this election, Republican senators stonewalled a vote on the DISCLOSE Act twice, effectively blocking a pathway to transparency and accountability in campaign spending this year. The party-line votes not only fly in the face of common sense: they directly contradict past, core tenets […]

The Selling of American Democracy: The Perfect Storm

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

By Robert Reich Who’s buying our democracy? Wall Street financiers, the Koch brothers, and casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn. And they’re doing much of it in secret. It’s a perfect storm: The greatest concentration of wealth in more than a century — courtesy “trickle-down” economics, Reagan and Bush tax cuts, and the demise […]

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