"It is easy to be lazy as a political candidate. The platform is provided by the party – Democrat or Republican – and we are expected to parrot it. In fact, supporting it or pledging to it is literally part of party platform. I believe you should know why a candidate believes what they believe, where their ideas come from, and what inspires them. My goals, as always, are to learn, to share, to listen, and to grow… together. Please join me."

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond

If this book doesn’t bring tears to your eyes and perhaps a bit of sorrow to your soul, well, I might argue you simply are not human. And it is a story of Milwaukee… I read Evicted as part of Political Science 250: Law and Society at UWM over the summer of 2021. The author, Matthew Desmond, spent over two years living in some of the most impoverished areas of the city of...

Reverse Coattails: Run For Something

Why am I dedicated to down-ballot races across Wisconsin? Simple – smart political strategy. We all know the Wisconsin legislative districts were incredibly gerrymandered after the 2010 census. In some elections, the WI GOP collected 64% of the legislative seats while only receiving 46% of the vote. What if we could take advantage of that? This study by Run For Something, based on 61 gerrymandered counties from eight states, showed an...

Ted Talk by Paul Rulkens: “Why the Majority is Always Wrong”

I love studying political psychology and the process of decision making. This Ted Talk says 97% of people will continue to do the same thing – more of it or less of it, but still the same thing – when encountering a problem. They will continue to smash in to the wall, more or less. Only 3% will try to do something different. The GOP changed it strategy over the last...

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