Thursday, October 27th, 2016

“Kennedy’s dogs will be missed on Hill” But Kennedy’s dogs weren’t saints either. Like a parent of spoiled children, the senator was loving but a poor disciplinarian. Splash has been known to bark impatiently during long meetings. The dog once sent White House staffers into a frenzy when the pooch began barking in the Oval […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Aug 27, 2009; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A Calls for decorum ring hollowFolks right to be upset (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) I’m somewhat amused by all of the sudden concern about the lack of decorum in politics. Suddenly, the […]

Of the demise of Senator Edward M “Ted” Kennedy, we are told that the “Lion of the Senate” has passed. We are told of his effectiveness as a senator, and his bipartisan spirit. We are even reminded of the promise of the Kennedy name, a branding effort unlike any seen before or since. Yet we […]

Will Senator Russ Feingold criticize fellow Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy for wanting his possible replacement to be appointed by the governor rather than elected by the people of Massachusetts? Massachusetts law currently requires a special election to fill senate vacancies, a law pushed through in 2004 when Senator John Kerry was running for president and […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Aug 20, 2009; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A Doyle seemed to be gearing up for re-election bid (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) I am surrounded by people who tell me, “Of course. I knew Gov. Doyle would never run for […]

(Note: I am behind on posting my newspaper column here. Here is my column from August 6th, the week that Doyle’s domestic partner registry went into effect.)Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Aug 6, 2009; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10AStrike down domestic partnerships (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in […]

Former Vice President Al Gore will be flying into Madison on October 9th to lecture us all how our over-consumption and our excess carbon emissions will doom the planet like Krypton. Given the history of these events, we can expect anyone who disagrees with Gore’s apocalyptic vision to be branded as the moral equivalent of […]

(Note: I’m behind on posting my newspaper column here, so I am catching up this week. Here is the Waukesha Freeman column from August 13th.)Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Aug 13, 2009; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A What I learned on summer vacationGovernment’s failings evident in capital city (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha […]

Doesn’t it sound like Ed Garvey will not be happy with any of the other Democratic candidates? While his candidacy would be former Democratic consultant Bill Christofferson’s worst nightmare, just think how fun a Garvey campaign would be. May I suggest a campaign slogan? Ed Garvey, a candidate the Cap Times can be proud of! […]

I was cc’ed on the following announcement by Vince Schmuki from WIN, the group behind the failed effort to recall Governor Doyle: TO THE W.I.N. MEMBERSHIP/ RECALL DOYLE TEAM and Media: If the news as reported in today’s Journal Sentinel turns out to be true, give all of yourselves a collective pat on the back. […]