Tammy Baldwin, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, faces a brutal re-election campaign next year. Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin, helped by Governor Scott Walker’s voter suppression tactics. Republican super PACs are already raising hundreds of millions to defeat her. At a recent fundraiser in New York City, she tells us about a book published last year by University of Wisconsin Professor Katherine Cramer, The Politics of Resentment. The book explores how upstate Wisconsin – which later voted heavily for Trump – passionately hates the downstate cities of Madison and Milwaukee, and government at all levels. That goes especially for the U.S. Forest Service, which holds a great deal of upstate land. Baldwin imitates the way upstate people shake their fists at Forest Service signs. With some cause: due to federal budget cuts, the Service lacks the staff to select and auction trees to the lumber mills, thus killing jobs in the upstate wood products industry.
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