Dear Commie, I knocked myself out volunteering for great candidates in the Spring elections (and knocked myself out again celebrating Nikki Conklin kicking Paul Skidmore’s ass out of office). But I’m not sure how to continue to push city politics … Continue reading Dear Commie
Interview by Karl Locher The now-former District 8 Alder reflects on his time in office. This story was produced in partnership with Red Madison/Tone Madison Following a year of protests against police violence, the Spring 2021 elections were a mixed … Continue reading Max Prestigiacomo’s tumultuous year on the Madison Common Council
A long-time member of Socialist Alternative talks about the organization’s approach to elections and their most well-known member, Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant Continue reading What Madison Can Learn from Kshama Sawant
Approval voting. It works just as it sounds: you vote for everyone you “approve” of. Your ballot looks exactly the same as it does in familiar first-past-the-post. A bunch of circles with names by them — but now, you can fill in more than one circle. That’s the only difference. We get rid of the rule of only voting for one. Continue reading Approval Voting: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Nada Elmikashfi’s bid for State Senate exposed the conflicts in our local political landscape, including the class conflicts that usually get papered over in Madison’s tepid electoral scene. Elmikashfi made politics political again. Continue reading The Serious Politics of the ‘People’s Candidate’ for State Senate
I’ve been trying to vote all year and at every turn it’s been awful. I vote in every election. I argued with others about going to the polls and up until the time I left, I debated with myself about going. Whether or not it was worth putting my health at risk. Continue reading “I’ve Been Trying to Vote All Year”: Wisconsin’s Diseased Democracy
by Julian Novack In every federal election, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) tracks donations to candidates – when an individual gives money to a candidate, it’ll ask their name, where they live, their occupation and employer. Normally this is rather … Continue reading Primary Season & Class in Madison