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Goodbye Slate, hello National Journal!

A quick programming note:

It’s true! I’m really excited to start working at Natty Jo (the abbreviation I’ve made up for it) with a lot of good people. One of my fellow Cardinalistas works there, too, so we’ll be repping Wisconsin hard. I’m not entirely sure what my position will entail yet, but I’ll get back to you in a few weeks.

That said, I am really going to miss Slate, and not just because the office is above Krispy Kreme. I can only hope National Journal has as high a tolerance for my cursing at my computer screen.

Wisconsin thong model struggles with unemployment

I talked about Scott Walker’s email woes yesterday with the great Amanda Terkel and Jason Linkins on HuffPost Live. It is a MUST-WATCH for the graph at 9:25 alone. If you still have no clue what I’m talking about, just read Amanda’s piece here.

I also forgot to promote on here the two things I’ve written about Walker and the 2014 race over the past two weeks.

1) A look at Scott Walker’s year ahead:

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a Hallmark holiday for people in Wisconsin. It’s also the anniversary of the first protests against Gov. Scott Walker after he proposed his anti-union legislation in 2011. Students and teaching assistantswere on the front lines of the protests, walking out of class to march up State Street to the Capitol with bullhorns and leaving “valentines” outside Walker’s office asking him to change his mind. During that month, the crowd of protesters swelled to 30,000, then 100,000.

But three years later, the valentines are gone. The thousands of people who came for the protests and counterprotests are gone. The stands selling anti-Walker buttons and shirts emblazoned with the pro-union groups’ iconic blue fist are gone, too. The packs of people with bullhorns aren’t roaming downtown anymore. Now, only a handful of people gather in the Capitol rotunda every day at noon to sing protest songs. But guess who is still here?

2) This could be the start of Scott Walker’s Bridgegate:

Wisconsin Democrats have been waiting for years for this shoe to drop. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has been working to link Walker to Gov. Chris Christie since the Bridgegate scandal—Christie heads the Republican Governors Association, which has poured money into Wisconsin for attack ads against Walker’s gubernatorial opponent, Mary Burke.

Still, Walker’s story has gotten far less national media attention than Christie’s, probably because campaign malfeasance doesn’t make for quite as dramatic a scandal as a huge, unnecessary traffic jam. But the two cases bear striking similarities: two Republican governors with national profiles and national ambitions, allegedly using their public office to boost their political standing, all the while distancing themselves from the work their staffs sullied themselves with.

Nonetheless, this could haunt Walker into his 2014 election and beyond. Burke, who’s been running a pacifist’s campaign so far, now has ample ammunition.

I should have added an addendum to that headline: “This could be the start of Scott Walker’s Bridgegate… if more compelling evidence surfaces and/or voters suddenly start caring about campaign law.” Chances are still good that, come November, he’ll win his third gubernatorial race in three years.

Things I read this week, vol. 2

I’m back in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. It’s cold but great here. Hooray!

When Is a Church a Cult?

For now, Karen’s only window into her grandchildrens’ lives is through people in the town, like Tommy Durham, a bearded machine operator who has befriended the Deans. When he saw the girls exit the Pursleys’ silver minivan at the R&R Mercantile this past Labor Day, Durham took a few photos through the windshield of his truck with his smartphone and texted them to Karen. In one photo, five-year-old Annabelle, in a purple shirt with pink hearts, chews on her finger nervously as her six-year-old sister, Savannah, looks over her shoulder. “That’s how I have to see my grandkids now,” Karen said.

I’m a Luger, Baby (headline of the week): “Luge is basically a childhood delight writ lethal.”

10 Reasons Old Punks Make Great Dads: “Babies don’t know how to blow their nose so they’ll just sit there bubbling green slime out of their nostrils until the cold goes away. One night when my infant daughter was congested, I put my lips up to her nose and sucked out about a pound of snot before spitting it into the sink. My wife was mortified but my daughter could breathe, and I felt like a great dad.”

On sexual assault and “hoping it’s not true”: “‘Hoping’ never helps a victim. It only helps an onlooker who doesn’t want to believe that bad things happen.”

Seriously, fuck that Daily Beast story about Dylan Farrow: “Weide then spends two more paragraphs auditing Mia Farrow’s sexual history. Alleged victims of sexual assault are commonly subjected to such scrutiny, but when we’re dealing with a 7-year-old, it seems her mother will serve just fine by proxy.”

The first-ever news article about Facebook, in the Harvard Crimson in 2004: “Everyone’s been talking a lot about a universal face book within Harvard,” Zuckerberg said. “I think it’s kind of silly that it would take the University a couple of years to get around to it. I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week.” (there’s that Zuckerberg charm!)


Album of the week: The-Dream remixed by Giraffage
Shade of the week: “A collection of Jay Leno’s best Tonight Show moments”
Comic of the week: Tweets in Meatspace
Video of the week: “They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong.” (RIP, PSH)
GIF of the week: #sochifail

Wisconsin: Where the first openly gay senator can’t legally get married.


Senate Democrats/Flickr
Senate Democrats/Flickr

The ACLU is trying to overturn Wisconsin’s eight-year-old gay marriage ban, while conservative groups are trying to dismantle the domestic partnership benefits the state already has in place. I wrote in Slate about what makes Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban worse than those in most other states:

Wisconsin not only lags behind Minnesota, but also behind Iowa, which has had marriage equality since 2009, and Illinois, where same-sex marriage will become legal on June 1. What makes Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban more heinous than other states’, however, is its draconian “marriage evasion law,” which could penalize same-sex couples who get married in another state with fines up to $10,000 or nine months in jail. Attorneys in the ACLU case say there haven’t been any prosecutions as far as they know, but the law remains on the books nonetheless.

This is just one instance of the weird, somewhat nascent polarization of Wisconsin politics. Though the gay marriage was instated under Jim Doyle, a Democratic governor, it will be a difficult measure to support if it’s still in place when Democrats regain control.

Follow the bouncing ball: Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address

Tonight’s State of the Union, aside from promising 2014 will be a “year of action,” is almost guaranteed to be a snoozer. But for those of you as foolhardy as I am to watch the address nonetheless, I wrote a handy guide to SOTU cliches that may pop up.

Par example:

“This is not about politics.” — “This is obviously about politics.”

“This isn’t a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is an American issue.” — “This is an impossibly vague idea on which to legislate.”

“New efforts” — The same efforts as last year, only this time we really mean it.

“Bipartisan support” — Senate Democrats and Pat Toomey.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the two mojitos I’ve already drank tonight.

New at TNR: The Paradox of Women’s Wages

A glass ceiling… get it?

After not updating this site for more than a year, I’m finally returning for a total makeover and a renewed commitment to put the stuff I’m writing and reading and generally finding interesting on here. So!

Last week I wrote an article for The New Republic about what I thought was a fascinating nugget of information from the December jobs report: last month, all of the jobs growth went to women. I tried to explain why, and why this isn’t actually a good sign for women in the work force:

As Stephanie Coontz wrote in a recent op-ed, the problem for women in the workplace isn’t the glass ceiling so much as the “sinking floor.” While gaining ground in higher-paying sectors, women continue to vastly outnumber their male counterparts in low-wage jobs. This has led to a barbell effect, with the number of women in middle-sector jobs shrinking. So perhaps, to further stretch the metaphor, the problem isn’t the glass ceiling or the sinking floor, but the contracting walls of the trash compactor in Star Wars.

Read the whole thing, why doncha?

What I read today: Aug. 27, 2012

Today’s pre-employment project: Make a cover for my new toy. Well, it’s not *technically* mine but I’ve been given free reign of Señor iPad for the day, the result of which you see above. I used this basic pattern for the sleeve; you can find more free patterns for iPad covers here.

Today’s condensed Internet reading list:

Streets of Sorrow
Young Barack Obama’s Genuinely Hilarious Self-Parody
The Day My Shrink Told Me To Change My Personality
The Quiet Hell of Extreme Meditation
New “Flight of the Conchords” Charity Single, Written With Kids

Thanks for reading, more soon.

Your perennial intern forges on at NPR

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. – aka my home for the next four months.

I’m thrilled to tell you, dear reader, that starting Sept. 10 I will be interning with NPR’s Washington desk. During the four-month internship I’ll mostly be helping out NPR reporters with the Washington desk and (which led me to audibly squeal with excitement) the 2012 presidential election team. I’ll do background research, conduct and transcribe interviews, and try to weasel in a byline or two by the end of my time there. I could not be more pumped to start.

After a serendipitous series of events, I went in for an interview last Friday and met with Ron Elving, NPR’s Washington editor. He told me he worked in the Milwaukee Journal’s Madison bureau 27 years before my own internship with the Journal-Sentinel. After he offered me the position, he introduced me to the managing editor and assistant managing editor.

“This is pure favoritism!” the AME cried in mock disgust.

“It’s not favoritism … it’s something next to favoritism,” Elving said with a grin.

I’m not complaining. Thanks for reading, more soon.