Katherine Cramer’s forthcoming (April) book is excerpted in the Capitol Times today. If you’ve never heard of her, she’s a political science professor at the UW, a lifelong Wisconsin resident, and an interviewee in our film.
Cramer’s research is unique: where most political scientists rely heavily on polling, Cramer actually spent years visiting rural communities in Wisconsin, getting to know the people, and coming to a deep understanding of their interests and values. Because she took the time go through that process, she is able to present a nuanced and sensitive assessment of their political leanings.
Her work is critical for understanding the political divisions in Wisconsin that allowed the rise of Scott Walker and his agenda.
"A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.