Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Waukesha Freeman Page A6 Opinion 7/9/15 Open records change backfires on legislators The end of the state budget process at the Joint Finance Committee is notorious for the insertion of last-minute policy items. Both parties are guilty of the tactic over the years. Both parties are guilty of complaining when the other side does it. […]

Waukesha Freeman 7/2/2015 Page A6 Opinion Science on Waukesha’s side DNR draft says no alternative to Lake Michigan According to a the draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Department of Natural Resources, there is no reasonable alternative for the city of Waukesha’s water supply. We must go east to Lake Michigan for a diversion to […]

Waukesha Freeman 6/25/2015 Page A5 Opinion Incumbency helps Kapenga to victory Another special election is coming Let’s go over just a few notes from Tuesday’s special primary election for state Senate before we let you return to the beach. As you may have read in the Waukesha Freeman, Brian Dorow lost to state Rep. Chris […]

Waukesha Freeman 6/18/2015 Page A6 Opinion Do voters care where money comes from? Special interests support Kapenga; Dorow mostly raises donations close to home Tuesday is Election Day in Waukesha. Again. This time it is the Republican primary in the 33rd state Senate District. When the audio book version of this column comes out I’ll […]

Waukesha Freeman 6/11/2015 Page A6 Opinion Will Kapenga flip on arena? Kapenga keeps ’em — and us — guessing Is state Rep. Chris Kapenga on the verge of a flip-flop on the proposal to publicly fund a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks? What will the voters in the special election for state Senate in […]

Over at the MacIver Institute, yet another special interest apparently has the special decoder pin needed to get something inserted in the state budget. This time it’s the chiropractors. Chiropractors are pinning their hopes on a proposed change to the law that redefine primary care physicians to include chiropractors under the state’s definition. Under the […]

Waukesha Freeman Page A6 Opinion 6/4/15 Bucking the trend Dorow, Kapenga right to oppose arena deal So how bad is the latest proposal for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks? Both of the leading candidates for state Senate in the special election for the 33rd District are opposed to the current proposal. Brian Dorow […]

Over at the MacIver Institute, who really deserves a taxpayer-subsidized think tank thunderdome, I explain how we can judge the proposed deal for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. We’re a long way from where we were when Governor Scott Walker announced his plan for state financing for a new arena for the Milwaukee […]

Over at RightWisconsin, I have an update on the proposed change to the liquor distribution law that would benefit wholesalers to the cost of everyone else. Republicans are considering inserting the provision in the budget through the Joint Finance Committee at the last minute. The Wisconsin Sunday-after-church Bloody Mary could get a lot more expensive. […]

Waukesha Freeman Page A5 Opinion 5/28/2015 Kapenga, Dorow fundraising tactics in focus Putting Madison special interests and PACs in perspective In case you haven’t noticed from all the signs going up around here, there is a special election in the 33rd Senate District. Brian Dorow is taking on state Rep. Chris Kapenga for the Republican […]