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 that they unfairly shift the cost of enforcement onto private businesses. That's just the half of it:Firstly, it encourages people publishing online to self-censor, so that they don't run afoul of all these new landmines in the landscape. read more
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, after State Senator Tim Cullen. FWIW, she's already got her own Politifact entry, about her claim to have cut the costs of public employees unions. read more
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. Walker’s historic legislation ending collective bargaining will cause a massive exodus of union members and their money. This is why unions all over America are pouring tens of millions into Wisconsin in advance of the recall election this June. read more
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 attended the event, billed as a "Grassroots Rally and Discusses Jobs and the Economy with Supporters" by the campaign. read more
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 Confederate flag is on the official capital grounds. read more
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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 28th. read more
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
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
Wisconsin Democrats turned in one million signatures today to put Governor Scott Walker up for recall, nearly double the amount they needed. They also turned in signatures to recall the lieutenant governor and four state senators.
Now they need some candidates, especially in the race against Governor Walker. The Wisconsin State Journal today lists nine potentials. With the race coming as quickly as June, you could argue that Democrats would benefit from uniting behind a standard-bearer in a hurry.
Photo below from Jessica Arp of WISC-TV, by way of Political Carnival.
This is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's State of the State day. The speech comes with a preview that looks for all the world like a political ad. From the Wall Street Journal:The video, posted on YouTube with the title “Governor Chris Christie: The Jersey Comeback Has Begun,” presents a montage of Christie’s clips from the past two years meant to tout his accomplishments and feature his signature tough talk.“Leadership is not about fear. Leadership is about commitment. read more
Maybe this fracking thing isn't going so great. The Ohio Beacon Journal reports today on a pair of houses where fracking for natural gas started nearby and the water went seriously bad:The levels of explosivity were 34.7 and 47.4 percent at wells at the two houses, the agency said. Hazardous conditions exist when levels surpass 10 percent, the health agency said.The gas levels in and around the Mangans’ house have been so high that firefighters were called several times. read more