Gov. Scott Walker may be right about some of the things in his State of the State speech, but he is only telling half-truths. In reality, Wisconsin has a long way to go in terms of disability rights.
Brennan is the wrong nominee for a lifetime court appointment, and Trump and his Senate Republican enablers are using the wrong process in ramming through Brennan's nomination.
The lessons of Flint, Michigan cannot go unlearned here in Wisconsin, where working families earning a modest living and families living in poverty are at risk of being poisoned by lead pipe laterals and can’t fight back. If Scott Walker can figure out a way to give Taiwan’s Foxconn what is now estimated to be at least $4.5 billion, he ought to be able to figure out how to stop Wisconsinites from being poisoned right here at home.
Its attempt to fire the bipartisan head of state Elections Commission is clearly illegal.
Wisconsin’s ‘arbitrary’ exam scores fencing out many young professionals.
Ryan has failed as Speaker, with dire consequences.
Kaplan comments on a whirlwind week in D.C.
Deception rules in D.C. and Wisconsin.
We don’t do military parades. Mussolini did military parades. We have the best and most expensive military ever assembled. We don’t have to prove it. Our foes know all about it.
“Cockamamie” two-fold search process will destabilize department, he warns.
Council taking more power, mayor taking a beating.
His latest report dismissed even by conservative media.
State pension fund invests in companies making guns that kill students.
Instead of building a real economy, Walker is trying to buy one.
Is the Milwaukee Police chief or his Fire-Police boss guilty of official misconduct?
He’s taking a lot flak for one tweet. Maybe it’s a teachable moment.
Wisconsin instead picks winners and losers. How is that working?
Republicans are undermining prosecutors, FBI, both here and nationally.
Republicans in the House and Senate are lemmings following Trump off the cliff.
Walker has seen the writing on the wall ahead of the 2018 election and has decided to double down on his divide and conquer strategy of pitting neighbor against neighbor by targeting the most vulnerable amongst us.
Not only his campaign staff now unionized, Randy urged them on because he knows and believes in the value of organized labor.
With people starting to see more money in their monthly paychecks, middle-class workers are beginning to realize the tax cut’s benefits.
In January, the state Public Service Commission asked investor-owned utilities to submit plans explaining how they were going to implement the federal tax bill's changes "for the benefit of ratepayers." Unfortunately, those plans don't give customers enough.
For more than 29 years, professor John McAdams was a vocal conservative on campus, often through his Marquette Warrior blog. But in 2015, he found himself suspended after writing a post critical of what he saw as a retreat from the school’s Jesuit teachings.
Johnson, who chairs the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, backtracked almost immediately under heavy pressure.
At the same time we are supposed to believe 16-year-olds are mature enough to vote on matters of national importance, we are also being told that the minimum age to own a firearm should be raised to 21.
No one denies that many of Walker's proposals are meant to reassure voters in 2018. But Democrats are inventing new contortions to pretend they oppose the plans.
Foreign investors could help protect Wisconsin's way of life.
The modern university is now asked to be everything to every student.
Tax cuts work, and if you don’t believe me, believe the roaring economy.
There are a number of bills before the Legislature that will expand freedom, opportunity and liberty in the state.
Federal requirements in special ed are especially burdensome, educators tell Badger Institute in survey.
Dan Ellsworth: City of Wausau’s soiling of Wisconsin River shows media and environmentalists have...
Environmental groups treat manure storage system leaks as environmental disaster, but were silent when Wausau piped 3.7 million gallons of raw, untreated human feces and waste directly into the Wisconsin River.
As the Supreme Court primary and general elections approach, voters should demand that each candidate state whether he or she would step aside in any case where a contribution of $10,000 or more was made to the candidate’s political campaign and whether the candidate supports such a rule for all Supreme Court justices.
The state Democratic Party and top Democratic candidates have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years from Madison businessman Mark Bakken, who's caught up in a sexual harassment dispute.
We need a governor who will reestablish the norms of our democracy.
While a majority of legislators have professed support for a bill that would close the so-called "dark store loophole," when the time came to make sure the bill would pass this legislative session, all but one Republican voted against bringing it to the floor.
Now that the corporate tax rate has been reduced to 21 percent, Apple and others are bringing back some of the money they've stockpiled in countries that haven't spent a dime to bolster their financial well-being, and we're supposed to be grateful and applaud them for helping out their fellow Americans.
Wisconsin politicians like Robin Vos and his legislative Republican colleagues, and congressional leaders like our own Paul Ryan, "caution" us against "knee-jerk" reactions to the Parkland, Florida, high school tragedy. A conservative U.S. Supreme Court gave them cover and now it's up to the voters to decide if politicians can continue refusing to do what's right for all Americans.
One of the most dangerous of many Donald Trump deplorables who have been appointed to high-ranking offices in his administration is former South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney, long a loyal friend of special interests.
The bottom line is that there are too many Rick Scotts in control, including here in Wisconsin. Let's be honest: It won't get any better until the voters get rid of them.
We've come through another week where the ideologues who run Wisconsin government today, including our high court, have further diminished the state of our state.
Scott Walker ought to be ashamed to use the kids as a ploy to get himself re-elected.
Record numbers of passengers are using rail these days and it's time for the government, through the Department of Transportation and the Federal Railway Agency, and the major railroad corporations to get their act together.
It's beginning to look like the general, who retired from the military in mid-2016, is having too much of Donald Trump rub off on him in his role as Trump's chief of staff.
You want gimmicks? Randy Bryce's campaign staff is unionized!
Our liberal-progressive-socialists acquaintances who blame police for crime now demand respect for law enforcement, that being the secretive FBI. The Bill of Rights champions who once condemned an unaccountable J. Edgar Hoover now want no accountability to the elected representatives of the citizenry.
Despite strong media bias opposing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this legislation has been a resounding success for job creators and families all across the county.
It remains an open question which factors really led Abele to abandon the idea of putting parking meters in public parks. He has often stuck to his guns regardless of public opinion. And here comes another bill he’s pushing in Madison mainly designed to increase his powers and stick it to the county board.
Under the decorum imposed on members of Congress, there is now no way to call a liar a liar without violating comity. And more and more our politics have been a field day for flat-out lying.
Rather than look outside our state for workers, let’s equip our schools with the technology they need for all subject areas. Let’s graduate more students and keep them here in Wisconsin with the knowledge and skills our businesses need.
The students have done more to advance the gun control debate, and the cultural discussion around violence and patriarchy, than anyone in recent memory.
Tax cuts bring about healthy economic growth with better pay and greater opportunity for workers. Hyperbole doesn’t have quite the same payoff.
The discoveries in Wisconsin's John Doe case and the Mueller investigation teach the same lesson: Unaccountable agencies have become powerful tools that partisan cabals can use to undermine representative government.
State voters rarely elect a gubernatorial candidate whose party holds the presidency.
We know that by working together we can find the best, most efficient ways to solve the state’s challenges, create private sector jobs and private sector profits, and keep that revenue in Wisconsin to invest in our people and our economy.
The squealing tires you heard yesterday came from the campaign bus of Judge Rebecca Dallet as she swerved out of the far left lane to a more central position in her race against Judge Michael Screnock.
Gun control clearly is the high profile issue about which otherwise sensible people are completely ignorant.
Three Milwaukee area legislators and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce are trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat.
For the next six weeks, Milwaukee Judge Rebecca Dallet needs to take 100 percent ownership of her gaffe about the single issue that explains Judge Michael Screnock’s victory in Tuesday’s primary.
Liberals who want to legislate from the Wisconsin Supreme Court hope to advance that agenda at the April 4 general election. They’ll get their wish even sooner if conservatives don’t get off their butts on February 20.
Citizens deserve a Supreme Court that can be viewed as a fair arbiter on the big judicial questions that face the state. We need to work to further that ideal. Voting for Burns would be a move in the exact opposite direction of what so many liberals claim to wish for the court.
Over the years it is clear the popular vote method for selecting a judge has become a process far removed from civics books. The races are now endless accusations and special-interest money piled higher than the chairs a justice sits in at the bench.
Instead of increasing barriers to accessing assistance, the League encourages the legislature to develop proposals that will: help families with their transportation problems; provide good, neighborhood child care that is available at the times, which is needed by the erratic schedules employees are now required to work; ensure that people are receiving needed medical care; expand training opportunities for the modern job market; and provide that available jobs pay a family-sustaining wage.
Wisconsin is looking at yet another round of business-driven wetland filling -- more than seven years after Walker began his reign with a wetland filling permission expressly for one of his donors outside of what law at the time spelled out.
The banal privatizing of Wisconsin public resources and nationally-noted environmental degradation during Walker's rule isn't complicated. There aren't coincidences anymore.
There's something scarily defective about Republicans who win perk-and-privilege elections so quickly wielding their power against those with the least - - even limiting the food the poor can eat.
Walker, having already boxed himself in with a jobs-creating promise he couldn't keep, finds himself in yet another box - - this one marked "Corporate Welfare" - - because every company thinking of locating to Wisconsin or wanting to be paid off to stay is going to ask for Foxconn-type subsidies.
The donation amount won’t make much of a difference in the campaign, but what does it say when the candidate’s own parents want him to fail?
The bill would allow the sale of prescription drugs for less than cost, just like in many other states. It should be fascinating to see the usual suspects who are opposed to any tampering with the misnamed Unfair Sales Act testify in favor of charging higher drug prices to Wisconsin consumers for their own good.
James Wigderson: RightWisconsin Conversation with Treasurer Adamczyk on amending the state Constitution, finding government...
RightWisconsin's James Wigderson talks with Treasurer Matt Adamczyk about his effort to get the legislature to adopt a constitutional amendment to abolish Adamczyk’s job. They also discuss the Secretary of State and his travel woes, how Adamczyk became state treasurer and the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
Will Flanders, the research director for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, joins Editor James Wigderson on this week’s episode of RightWisconsin Conversations.
For at least one bill, on one day, the legislative process worked the way it is supposed to, the way that fourth-graders across the state are told it works when they study Wisconsin government.
Refusing legislative action to address “Dark Store” tax scheme
The fairness and impartiality of our judges depends mightily on their separation from the effect and influence of campaign contributors and outside, special interest campaign spending groups.
Whoever is chosen next to lead Milwaukee’s police force should look to New York City or Los Angeles — two cities that have very little in common except a low homicide rate — for answers on how to reduce violent crime here.
As I sat through Governor Walker’s State of the State Address on Jan. 24, I found myself reflecting back on the stark, obvious contrast of where our state stands today compared to 2010 when I first ran for the State Assembly seat I am honored to hold.
After my first year in office, I have learned there is one constant you can always count on: Scott Walker will always choose to divide us rather than unite us.
Under a direct primary care model, which is not health insurance, patients pay a low monthly fee, typically between $50 and $100, depending on age, with no further co-pays or deductibles. For that fee, they receive unlimited 24/7 access to their primary care doctor.
The East-West reconstruction is not just another local road project: it’s an economic development program for the entire state of Wisconsin.
If you want records in electronic form, ask for them that way. And that’s how responsible officials will provide them – with or without the intervention of the courts.
The GreenBiz18 conference showed us that leadership can transcend politics. Wisconsin needs an economy that works for everyone, invests in innovative policies, technologies and infrastructure and takes the high road to protect workers and attract and retain talent. #GreenBiz18 shows us that “Doing well by doing good” is possible and becoming a high road state can help build a more vibrant and sustainable economy.
Wisconsin needs to establish a solid new direction. In many ways, we’re becoming a low-road state with policymaking that tends to favor monied interests over the environment, workers and our communities.
WisOpinion.com is sharing posts this week from John Imes, executive director for Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, as he attends the GreenBiz18 conference in Phoenix. Imes writes about how day two of the conference focused on "collaboration, partnerships and effective advocacy to accelerate high road, clean energy, climate and sustainability innovations and policies."
WisOpinion.com will be sharing posts this week from John Imes, executive director for Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, as he attends the GreenBiz18 conference in Phoenix.
The speaker’s embrace of Nunes and his memo has dishonored the chamber that Ryan, above all others, is duty bound to defend.
The Campaign Workers Guild has negotiated its first collectively bargained contract, with the Democratic candidate challenging Paul Ryan.
Walker’s allies on the Wisconsin Supreme Court continue to implement the governor’s anti-labor agenda.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s announced Republican challengers have, so far, run ridiculous campaigns that suggest they are more interested in currying favor with national political operatives than representing Wisconsinites.
One of the Fox Valley’s largest employers has announced it is closing two Wisconsin plants and eliminating 600 jobs—but that won’t change its eligibility to claim a state tax credit that nearly eliminates the requirement for manufacturers to pay state income taxes. That’s because businesses can claim the credit even if they lay off workers, shutter factories, or ship jobs overseas.
It's just a matter of time before the pretense of non-partisan judgeships is eventually dropped--and these positions move to the fall partisan election cycles--where turnout will be more than 20% every year.
Concerns about immigration and police actions worry farmers whose livelihoods depend on the skills of their devoted workers.
Rather than focusing on one-off deals like Kimberly-Clark and Foxconn, here’s the question we should be asking: How do we rewire and build the new economy in Wisconsin?
With Republican leadership, women are empowered and succeeding. To say otherwise is false, and I won’t let my Democrat colleagues perpetuate these lies.
Walker’s new change of heart can be attributed to one thing — and one thing only: His growing fear of difficult reelection campaign ahead.
Last week, the Assembly Committee on Local Government held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 748, which takes away the ability of local communities to enact ordinances regarding employment discrimination, workforce protections, and other measures that ensure fairness in the workplace.
Waves usually just influence congressional seats. But a look at past wave elections tells a different story.
Key GOP-held attorneys general seats are becoming more competitive, paving the way for Democrats to possibly flip their balance in the states.
Legislative leaders pushing for tolling on Wisconsin’s interstate highways would be well advised to carefully review the detailed study that was done for the state on this issue in 2016. It raises warning flags that should give pause to those who think tolls are the magic bullet of transportation finance.
A recent study from leading economists Marshall Steinbaum, Ioana Marinescu, and Jose Azar has found that the average labor market is highly concentrated and as the concentration in a labor market goes up, average wages go down — by as much as 17 percent.
The unfortunate answer to why Walker is paying billions to create jobs we can’t fill is that Foxconn is a very costly campaign stunt.
Big money can now pollute Wisconsin Supreme Court races more than ever before thanks to the GOP-dominated legislature, which recklessly rewrote our campaign finance law in 2015.
Republican State Senator David Craig is circulating a proposal to empower a joint committee of the legislature to investigate the old Government Accountability Board.
Judges are not legislators, nor are we executives. Our job as judges is to interpret and apply the law, based not on our personal or political beliefs, but by relying on statutes and the Constitution. Simply put, our job is to be arbiters of the law, not policy analysts or political activists.
Any governor who wants to take advantage of the provision can designate 25% of a state’s distressed areas as Opportunity Zones. At the same time, investors can put their money in newly created Opportunity Funds. Managers of Opportunity Funds would then be able to invest in designated areas, and investors would receive tax-advantaged rates on their earnings.
Radio personality Mitch Henck discusses the gun debate.
In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents after Tim Burns lost to Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock in the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary.
In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on the idea of arming teachers with guns at schools.
New study confirms link between opioid usage and increase in kids in foster care.
Conservatives like to believe they have a lock on “hard-working” “common-sense” voters, in contrast to their “politically correct” opponents.
Wouldn’t it be something if the nightmarish 2016 Trump election reverberated two years later in Wisconsin by sweeping Walker and other male Republicans with their “Mad Men”-era sensibilities out of office?
The sprawling Democratic field for governor and the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team have something in common this winter — both are causing angst.
Limiting access and securing entrances in our local schools will keep our kids safer. It’s worked before in other situations and will work now.
We must use the current moment of high awareness and concern about sexual misconduct as an opportunity to change our campus culture and deal as effectively as possible with the problems of sexual assault and harassment on our campus.
What we need to do is fix our broken Wisconsin Supreme Court. Big-money special interests have taken over. Justices refuse to recuse themselves even when their donors — who’ve given massive amounts of money — want the court to rule a certain way. They’ve even closed administrative meetings so they can do more of their business out of the public’s view.
Although it is well-intentioned, the Republican bill to give paper company Kimberly-Clark the same tax credit package as offered to electronics manufacturer Foxconn is simply bad economics and sets a troubling, if not unsustainable, precedent for economic development.
Revenue from gas taxes will slowly disappear in the years to come. More debt is not the answer either. Over 20% of all transportation fund revenues are already used for debt service rather than improving our roads. All told, we spend over half a billion per year just servicing transportation-related debt.
GOP are vulnerable in 2018, but nothing is assured.
There’s an old saying in politics: “Don’t count your chickens until the bones are in your mouth.” Democrats who are eagerly anticipating the November elections should keep those earthy words of wisdom in mind. Overconfidence can be disastrous.
Too much opposition from many state groups.
Legislature faces a rush of many proposed bills. Which will pass?
Battle of Dallet, Burns and Screnock mirrors national, state political divides.
The courts are the final authority in this country, and ours has been looking out for special interests, instead of standing up for regular people.
Mike Haas is the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. He looks out for the rights of voters. He does this with great aplomb and professionalism. Despite this, the majority party in the state Senate is clamoring for him to exit the post, acting as if he were some existential threat to them like, well, I don't know, like Gandhi was to British rule in India.
Foxconn is buying a seven-story building in downtown Milwaukee from Northwestern Mutual, Wisconsin’s 161-year-old insurance giant. It will be the company’s North American headquarters and a center for activities outside its planned manufacturing plant in Racine County.
Progress can sometimes begin with small bipartisan victories. Perhaps building a more skilled workforce is one such milestone.
Today’s new Wisconsin Idea is all about how we can position our state to once again be a leader — in economic development, in innovation, in protecting our environment, and in graduating students who can make it happen.
Partisan politics is alive and well in the race for the next justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. And that is deeply troubling, though not surprising in these hyper-partisan times.
Scott Walker in his State of the State speech called for a new tax credit of $100 per child as the guv asked lawmakers to make sure checks show up before students start school this fall.
In the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, some Wisconsin Republicans have signaled support for legislation that would allow teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms.
Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislators are working on an incentive package that would give Kimberly-Clark "Foxconn terms" to keep 600 jobs the paper manufacturer now plans to eliminate in Neenah.
The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, debate Gov. Scott Walker's recent health, education, and rural funding proposals in light of his re-election candidacy. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, look at the strategy legislative leaders take to return their caucus to the majority in an off-budget year election season. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, talk about the potential outcomes of the Wisconsin gerrymandering case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
The WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen & Chvala, handicap Tuesday's Supreme Court primary. Sponsored by Michael Best Strategies and the Wisconsin Counties Association.