"The Fall of Wisconsin": How Scott Walker and the GOP crushed the Badger state's progressive dreams


Wisconsin: it’s a state where everyone was sure Clinton would win (and didn’t) in 2016. It used to be known as the bastion for progressive politics, until conservatives, Tea Partiers and Scott Walker took over and turned it into a laboratory for the GOP. On “Salon Talks,” author Dan Kaufman presents his new book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics,” which details one of the most shocking upheavals in recent political history and how Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has completely inverted the state.

“One thing that was hugely significant was how Governor Scott Walker had de-unionized the state aggressively,” Kaufman told Salon’s Amanda Marcotte. “That was then copied by other states, and it began a nationwide demonization of public workers.” Watch the interview above to learn more about how Republicans toppled Wisconsin progressivism and what climate led to the downfall of Paul Ryan’s political career. Can a Democrat like union leader Randy Bryce rebuild Wisconsin’s legacy in 2018? Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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