Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

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. […]

If I ever feel depressed about Wisconsin politics, all I need to do is take a trip south of the border. Not to Mexico, but to Illinois. Last weekend I was in Chicago at a conference, Amplify School Choice, sponsored by the Franklin Center*. After a tour of Leo High School, a small Catholic school on […]

In an op-ed for the MacIver Institute that appeared this week, I reminded readers that we still have not eliminated former Governor Jim Doyle’s tax increases, nor have we cut overall state spending. Even with all of the progress made, there is still unfinished business that the Republicans need to take care of in the […]

Over at Blogging Blue, former Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski attempted to defend his former boss, Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate, from the anger of the faithful. Of course, Blogging Blue buried the lede: Zielinski was working for the Democrats in Illinois on the governor’s race. I just worked on the Illinois governor’s […]

In his weekly column for the Waukesha Freeman, Milwaukee radio talk show host Mark Belling said Governor Scott Walker will pursue cuts in the state income tax while reducing state aid to local governments. Governor Walker’s collective bargaining reforms have given local governments incredible flexibility to dramatically reduce spending. They’ll likely need these powers again […]

Is WISN’s Mark Belling right? Should the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just hire me? {Waukesha County Executive Dan} Vrakas also lambasted Scrima for a Jan. 11 email to Jack made public recently by Waukesha blogger James Wigderson. It says in part, under a subject line called “solidarity”: “You also have my full support on your recommendation […]

Bad news for the city of Waukesha, but not unexpected. Waukesha Patch is reporting City Administrator Lori Luther is moving to Illinois to become the County Administrator. Becoming the Peoria County administrator is a step up for Luther, who will be overseeing a budget of $110 million and 27 department heads. The county has a […]

Another liberal Democratic governor is working to limit state employee collective bargaining privileges, this time in Illinois. “I fervently support the right to bargaining, right to form a union,” Quinn said after speaking at the annual Rainbow/PUSH conference. “At the same time, there have to be some positions in government which are management positions and […]

Other than I can’t picture Governor Scott Walker yelling like that, and I don’t get the President George W. Bush reference at all, this was pretty funny. State Senator Dave Syverson looks good in a cheesehead. On the other hand, I wonder how many Illinois politicians do vacation in Wisconsin. It seems like half of […]

Publication: Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date: Jan 20, 2011; Section: Opinion; Page: 8A Wisconsin not open for business yet Signs are nice, lower taxes better If you were driving into Wisconsin on Tuesday, you might have passed Governor Scott Walker at the border. No, he wasn’t collecting tolls from Chicago Bears fans. Unfortunately the Interstate Commerce […]