Tag: Wisconsin

How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?

The 2018 election marked at least a temporary end to Republicans’ rise to power in many states. With full control of 26 states, Republicans had built a sustained opportunity to transform American subnational government. Liberals certainly feared the worst. Dark portraits of the Koch brothers’ network and the American Legislative Exchange Council (known as ALEC) […]

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In the War Against Gerrymandering, an Army of Voters Meets a Dug-in Foe

MERRILL, Wis. — When the Supreme Court concluded this summer that it had no authority to strike down partisan political maps, no matter how outrageous, Chief Justice John G. Roberts offered solace to those who call the maps dangerous to democracy. Maybe federal judges cannot outlaw gerrymanders, he wrote in the court’s majority opinion. But […]

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In Wisconsin Swing District, a Range of Views on Immigration

RACINE, Wis. — In this old manufacturing city that supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, dislike for President Trump runs wide and deep. Images of crying children at the Mexican border typically serve as Exhibit A on the list of grievances that Democratic voters cite against the president. Many of those same voters also express strong […]

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Trump’s Attacks Are Good Politics — for Democrats

President Trump’s tweet attacks on members of Congress of color, from “The Squad” to Representative Elijah Cummings, have made it clear that fanning the flames of white racial resentment is central to his politics and re-election strategy. For decades, some left-leaning strategists stifled their candidates’ response to dog whistles for fear of alienating whites who […]

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‘Send Her Back’: White Voters and Trump’s Path to Re-election

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump. But Democrats will still have a hard time defeating him. Here’s why. [For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on “The Daily” podcast come together, subscribe […]

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Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign

President Trump’s approval ratings are under water in national polls. His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak. His advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of election results and polling […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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2020 Won’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2016, Whatever They Were

WASHINGTON — Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes. Whatever they were, exactly. Was it the loss of working-class white voters or urban black voters? Too much talk of Donald J. Trump or not enough? And what about those […]

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Deep-Fried Tempura Flakes Are Linked to a Series of Sushi Restaurant Fires

Deep-fried tempura flakes, a key ingredient sprinkled on sushi rolls for crunch and known as agedama or tenkasu, Japanese for “heavenly waste,” have been linked to a series of restaurant fires in multiple states. Five of them occurred in Wisconsin, said Kara Nelson, a fire investigator in the capital, Madison, where two restaurants sustained more […]

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Alabama Isn’t the Only State That Punishes Pregnant Women

Last week, the world learned the chilling news that Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old woman who was five months pregnant when shot in the stomach, has been charged with manslaughter. When a grand jury failed to indict Ebony Jemison, the woman who fired the gun, the police in Pleasant Grove, Ala., sought someone else — and […]

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Trump Promised a Manufacturing Renaissance. What Happens in 2020 in Places That Lost Those Jobs?

DIMONDALE, Mich. — In August 2016, Donald J. Trump was full of promises when he spoke to a packed crowd at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex here. Predicting that he would carry Michigan, a state that had not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, Mr. Trump said his would be “a victory […]

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Dairy Farmers Are Closing Up Shop. A Rite of Summer That Celebrates Them Lives On.

BANGOR, Wis. — It was just shy of 5 a.m. on Saturday, and a determined crew of volunteers fanned out across the farm on Creamery Creek. Men mixed pancake batter in buckets. Daisies were arranged in vases on long tables. The smell of Folgers wafted through the tents. Soon, a rural traffic jam materialized like […]

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Is Trump DOA in the Rust Belt?

If you’re the betting sort, maybe bet on the 2020 election being decided in the Rust Belt. It was there, in 2016, when the Democrats’ fabled “blue wall”—Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—crumbled, handing an Electoral College victory to Donald Trump. In the 2018 midterms, however, Democrats began to rebuild that wall, electing three governors, three senators, and […]

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