Elizabeth DiNovella

<span class="floatleft"><img src="http://www.progressive.org/images/staff/lizeditorweb.jpg" width="70"></span>Elizabeth DiNovella is Culture Editor of The Progressive. She writes about activism, politics, music, books, and film. She also produces Progressive Radio, a thirty-minute public affairs program hosted by Matthew Rothschild. Before working for The Progressive, DiNovella was the News and Public Affairs Director at WORT-FM, the community radio station of Madison, Wisconsin.<br>
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Wisconsin’s Protest Glee Club

Samantha Masterton, 52, lives in Antigo, Wisconsin, but works in Wausau. She works at the First Universalist Unitarian church.
 
She came to Madison today because she feels “so passionately about changes happening in the state,” she says inside the Capitol Rotunda. “What’s happening is flat out wrong. I react viscerally to the point that I’m sick.”
 
What makes her feel better is coming to the Solidarity Sing Along, which happens everyday at noon in the rotunda.


Walker Greeted by Protesters at Realtors Meeting

"Whenever there’s a financial crisis, the banks, speculators, and hedge funds starting kicking people out of their houses and famers off their land,” says John Peck of Wisconsin's Family Farm Defenders. “Paul Ryan and Scott Walker are aiding and abetting the foreclosures and evictions.”

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Rightwing assault continues in Wisconsin’s Capitol

The Republicans in the Wisconsin state legislature are ramming through bills before it loses its majority, as recall elections are looming.
 
As Defend Wisconsin notes:
The Government Accountability Board staff has recommended approving recall elections against GOP state Sens. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Dan Kapanke of La Crosse and Luther Olsen of Ripon.


Wisconsin Gears Up for May Day

In 1886, workers in Chicago engaged in a general strike as they fought for an eight-hour workday. Immigrants were at the forefront of that movement.
In 2011, immigrants are again at the forefront of labor’s biggest battle. Here in Wisconsin, immigrant rights groups are calling for mass rallies in Milwaukee and Madison on May Day.


Expect Mistakes in Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Tally

In Wisconsin’s closely watched supreme court race, unofficial results have JoAnne Kloppenburg beating incumbent David Prosser by 200 votes. But one of Wisconsin’s top election officials said there would be changes to the final tally. “Expect mistakes,” said Kevin Kennedy of the Government Accountability Board. “It’s a human-driven process.

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Expect Mistakes in Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Tally

In Wisconsin’s closely watched supreme court race, unofficial results have JoAnne Kloppenburg beating incumbent Davis Prosser. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Kloppenburg had 740,090 votes, or 50.01 percent. Prosser had 739,886 votes, or 49.99 percent.
 
But one of Wisconsin’s top election officials said at a press conference today that “There will be changes” to the tally.
 
Kevin Kennedy, director of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, stressed the current numbers are unofficial results.
 


Obama Didn’t Get the Memo on CAFTA

President Obama and Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes discussed immigration, drug trafficking, and the economy during Obama’s trip to El Salvador. But missing was mention of the controversial Central America Free Trade Act (CAFTA).
Repeal CAFTA
Thousands of protesters held marches and demonstrations against CAFTA while Obama was in town. The free trade agreement is big news in El Salvador as corporations are suing the country for daring to have environmental laws.


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