It’s been less than 24 hours since polls closed in what can only be described as the most undemocratic election that’s happened in this country in a long time. Wisconsin went ahead with an election yesterday in the midst of global pandemic, one that’s now seen over 13,000 Americans die at the time of this writing. The state itself has not been immune to the … Continue reading Democracy in Wisconsin was killed in broad daylight
October 31, 2019 With us quickly approaching the one year mark to the 2020 Presidential election, I wanted to reflect on the events that transpired on that fateful day three years ago when it felt like our world turned upside down. In the fall of 2016, I was going through my third and final year of law school at UW-Madison. While I was a student, … Continue reading Reflecting on Election Day 2016: A Call to Action.
Voter suppression is a massive issue that we face as we head into the 2020 election. Wisconsin has been ground zero for Republican efforts to suppress the vote. In 2016, those efforts were successful in lowering turnout in just enough key targeted areas of the state that Donald Trump was able to win by less than a quarter percent of the vote over Hillary Clinton. … Continue reading Wisconsin Republicans Voter Suppression Efforts Must be Fought. Help Us Combat That Ahead of 2020.
September 14, 2019 Two weeks ago, I shared the story of how I became motivated to get involved in politics. This week, I’d like to share with you some of the experiences I had working on my first political campaign. The first time I got politically active was the summer after my freshman year of undergrad in 2011. That summer, I worked as an unpaid … Continue reading Journal Entry #7: The Story of My First Campaign Experience
The Wisconsin GOP has done an incredible job of turning what was once a very-competitive state, at the state and local level, into one of the most partisan and undemocratic states in the country. The reason? Gerrymandering. How We Got Here Republicans operatives launched a plan in the wake of their massive electoral losses in the 2008 elections to try and put themselves in position … Continue reading Republican Gerrymandering In Wisconsin Has Created an Unaccountable Legislature That Ignores the Will of the People
September 2, 2019 This week, I wanted to discuss how and why I became interested in politics. My journey into this arena differs from many people I know who are actively involved, and have been for most of their lives. I didn’t grow up being interested in politics at all. In fact, my family wasn’t either. Yes, they voted in every election cycle, sometimes for … Continue reading Journal Entry #4: The Story of How I Became interested in Politics
A lot of ink in recent months has been dedicated to trying to predict what the electoral landscape may look like next fall ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election. One of the most commonly discussed and highlighted aspects of the election is that, if the election were held today, the Electoral College would likely come down to the same states that were ultimately decisive to … Continue reading It’s Too Early To Be Making Conclusive Statements About How the 2020 Election Will Play Out
One of the things we often lose sight of when we talk about politics, and what it takes to win elections specifically, is communicating what exactly it is that WE stand for as a movement and as a party. Jon Faverau, who was one of President Barack Obama’s former head speechwriters, and is now a founder of progressive media organization Crooked Media where he works … Continue reading Winning in 2020 Will Take More than a Specific Set of Policies or Talking Points: It’s About Telling a Story About Our Values
One area where we’ve struggled as Democrats, not just in Wisconsin, but all across the country, is in state and local elections. For too long, we’ve neglected vitally important races, like our State Supreme Court and state legislative races, that play a crucial role in shaping our government. Take the Wisconsin Supreme Court election from this past April. Between the seat that was up this … Continue reading Democrats Can’t Lose Sight of the Importance of Down-Ballot Races: A Lesson from April’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
One of our stated goals here at Blue Moon Wisconsin is that we want to make state politics more accessible to people. So much of our modern media environment is consumed, rightly by some extent, with what’s going on with the federal government. That’s because so many of the crucial and complex issues that we face are things that the federal government has the most … Continue reading Holding the Wisconsin GOP Legislature Accountable