Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in New York, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and numerous other publications.

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Overturned . . . For Now

A county court judge in Madison, Wisconsin threw out much of Act 10, Wisconsin’s controversial collective bargaining law yesterday. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel explains the ruling: The law remains largely in force for state workers, but for city, county and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status… Read more »

Grover Norquist Calls George H.W. Bush A Liar

In an interview with ABC News this morning, Grover Norquist, the President of Americans for Tax Reform went after former President George H.W. Bush. “When George Herbert Walker Bush ran for president, he promised the American people he wouldn’t raise their taxes,” Norquist said this morning on “This Week.” “He lied to them. He broke… Read more »

What’s The Point Of Conventions?

As the conventions approach, journalists are taking part in the great quadrennial August tradition of either defending these outmoded gatherings or suggesting changes. In the era before modern Presidential primaries, conventions were where Presidential nominees were chosen and party platforms decided. Now, they have a mix of spectacle and carnival. Carefully staged and artfully choreographed… Read more »

Same Sex Marriage Still An Issue In Iowa

Ever since its unanimous decision legalizing gay marriage in the state, Iowa’s Supreme Court has been in the crosshairs of conservative activists. A successful election effort in 2010 led to three judges losing their retention elections and Iowa social conservatives, with the backing of the state Republican Party, are already mounting a strong effort to… Read more »

Presidential Appointments Bill A Symptom Not A Cure

President Obama signed the the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act last week, which has been hailed as a bipartisan step forward towards making the Senate function more effectively. However, the law, which permanently exempts 169 appointed posts in government from Senate confirmation, is not a cure for the constant delay and gridlock in that… Read more »