Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Governor Jim Doyle asked, and State Representative Gary Sherman agreed, who needs this stinking job filled anyway? State Representative Gary Sherman, D-Port Wing, will remain in office until the Legislature closes out its regular session on April 22, 2010. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle Monday asked Sherman to serve through the end of session before being […]

(This appeared in the Waukesha Freeman 12/31/09) Education funding dominated decade    If we were to look for one issue that has dominated Wisconsin politics for much of the decade, education would have to be near the top of the list. How we fund it and how we provide it are the issues that dominate election […]

The nine people and events in 2009 that most shaped Waukesha and Wisconsin. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s announcement that he will not seek re-election. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett getting attacked outside State Fair turns him into a hero. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wins re-election. Passage of a state budget built largely upon […]

The cost of journalism is going up: Here is a lesson in how journalism (and really, life) works in 2009: the passenger on Northwest Flight 253 being billed as a hero for helping subdueUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab will tell you his story – but only if you pay him money. But Jasper Schuringa was already on CNN, you […]

Oh, if I put some thought and research into it, I bet I could find plenty of dumber ideas going through the legislature.  But State Senator Glenn Grothman’s idea to put the state in charge of plowing Madison would have to rank right up there on the list. State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said […]

In this interview, Jeff Lynne describes how he wrote the hit song “Living Thing” for ELO. Here’s an interview with Jeff Lynne at the time of Armchair Theater. Jeff Lynne talks about visiting the Abbey Road studio: I thought this was really interesting. Jeff Lynne’s fingerprints are all over it. Finally, “Turn to Stone” from […]

Time once again to look back at the predictions of last January.  Robert Heinlein’s character Lazarus Long said that Cassandra did not get nearly the kicking she deserved.  Well, I hope I deserve better. My predictions, 29 for 2009, are below, and the results are in italics. 1. Beer and alcohol prices will increase substantially […]

Congratulations to WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes on the birth of his grandson. But, Mon Dieu! Ze child is French! Perhaps the child will bring some optimism to that unhappy corner of the world: A Harris poll for the Financial Times asked people in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US whether they felt they were […]

In this week’s article for the MacIver Institute, I took a look at Governor Jim Doyle’s plans for the “Race to the Top” money from the federal government. Doyle plans on using $250 million in federal “Race to the Top” federal money to boost school funding in some districts. But when the “Race to the […]

My son on sportsmanship: "Because I'm the big kid and I made up the rules, I get to go first." # I can't used to how clear everything is on the screen. Thanks Mrs. Claus. # Getting used to my new Mac. Feel like I just joined the rebel alliance. Anybody know how to make […]