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Erpenbach won't say if he's running against Walker

01/18/12 02:26PM

When Wisconsin's Democratic state senators left the state last year in an effort to stop Republicans from stripping union rights, State Senator Jon Erpenbach became one of the most public faces of his caucus' cause. Now that Wisconsin Democrats have turned in a million signatures to put Governor Scott Walker up for recall, might Mr.... read more

What's at stake with SOPA, PIPA

01/18/12 12:30PM

Our beloved Boing Boing is dark today, part of the protest against wide-reaching anti-piracy legislation in Congress -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). But that doesn't mean Boing Boing has gone silent. Boing Boing's managing editor, Rob Beschizza, tells Al Jazeera that the laws won't work, and... read more

Wisconsin gets another candidate

01/18/12 11:05AM

Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk says she wants to run against Governor Scott Walker in the recall. Ms. Falk has the key part down:"As your governor, I will make different choices than Scott Walker."Her video was posted yesterday, the day organizers turned in their recall petitions. Ms. Falk is the second announced candidate,... read more

'2012 will be decided in Wisconsin'

'2012 will be decided in Wisconsin'

01/18/12 10:46AM

We've been saying that Republicans want to weaken the unions because unions are a key part of the Democratic base. Today, a blast on the Tea Party Alert list makes the argument for us -- subject line: "Why 2012 will be Decided in Wisconsin." Emphasis, etc., all original:For government labor unions, this election is do or die. Gov.... read more

Pic: Romney's grassroots

Pic: Romney's grassroots

01/18/12 10:13AM

If you look at the for-public-consumption version of this event, you'll see Mitt Romney surrounded by what appears to be an enormous crowd of supporters in South Carolina yesterday.But look at the picture posted by Buzzfeed's Zeke Miller, above, and you'll see an awful lot of empty space. Zeke writes:"Only 100 supporters... read more

Morning Maddow, January 18

Morning Maddow, January 18

01/18/12 09:37AM

When they bring the Internet back, someone go to the Wikipedia entry for "dog whistle" and please add the example cited by the Reverend Al Sharpton on our show last night:learly, South Carolina which is a state who tonight the state capital still has the Confederate flag flying over it, has a real insensitivity to race -- the... read more

Links for the 1/17 TRMS

Links for the 1/17 TRMS

01/18/12 01:46AM

Mainers vote to continue Election Day registrationDrive to repeal Michigan emergency manager law extends its own deadlineRasmussen: Election 2012: South Carolina Republican PrimaryRon Paul is not going to go awayRon Paul's Delegate-Focused Campaign Strategy Came From Obama '08TNR Exclusive: More Selections From Ron Paul's... read more

Parade for returning Iraq war vets

Parade for returning Iraq war vets

01/17/12 09:20PM

Rather than wait for their city to throw a parade for returning Iraq war veterans, grassroots organizers in St. Louis started a Facebook campaign to raise $25,000 for a parade and veterans' resource fair. They exceeded that goal, and with the help of veterans' group The Mission Continues, the event is on track to take place on January... read more

Romney audacious in defense of wealth

Romney audacious in defense of wealth

01/17/12 07:00PM

Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of The New Republic, talks with Rachel Maddow about Mitt Romney's shamelessness about his exorbitant wealth and support for keeping tax rates on the rich low. watch

Ahead on the 1/17 Maddow show

01/17/12 06:02PM

Tonight's guests include:State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, (D) WisconsinRev. Al Sharpton, host of “Politics Nation” on msnbcJonathan Cohn, senior editor of The New RepublicExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show. While watching the video, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.  read more

Backstage scenes

Backstage scenes

01/17/12 04:08PM

Dan Rather, host of “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNet, on one side of the hall for an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show, Ted Koppel producing a report for Rock Center on the other side of the hall, and Andy Dallos in the middle with his camera in hand. read more

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