Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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 […]

Sometimes when you’re wrong, you’re wrong. Kevin Welch, you’re wrong. The following letter to the editor appeared in Friday’s Waukesha Freeman: The real Scott Walker To the editor: Mr. Wigderson lives in a dream world when it comes to Scott Walker. Walker’s budget was not lower than Jim Doyle’s; it was higher. As far as […]

Waukesha Freeman Page A6 Opinion August 14, 2014 Walker makes case against Doyle third term Burke’s experience is also her weakness Gov. Scott Walker and company were in Waukesha on Tuesday night. They were not here to partake in any of the state Assembly victory parties but to launch the fall campaign in earnest. Walker […]

“It seems that nobody except members of the legislature are confused as to whether a husband is a man and a wife is a woman.” – Former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Democrat Print this entry

Opponents of school choice in Milwaukee complain the program is taking money away from public schools to educate ex-public school students. In an interesting op-ed for RightWisconsin.com, George Mitchell points to the real funding gap. When Governor Doyle was elected in 2002, taxpayer support for schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) was $5,783 […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Dec 22, 2011; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A     What’s that tree doing there? The holiday display that shocked Madison      What do you want for Christmas? I keep hoping Sally Forth and her family will stop fighting on the comics page. Reading about their ongoing family dysfunction reminds me too much of what […]

The problem with doing fifty predictions at the beginning of the year is checking them at the end of the year. Of course, I could be like every other pundit that makes predictions and then ignores them. That’s just not my style. Besides, it’s fun for me, too, to see just how badly I did. […]

This week at the MacIver Institute I did a comparison of the last Doyle budget and the current budget cycle. It looks like the legislature is finally living up to former Governor Jim Doyle’s promise, “We should not, we must not, and I will not raise taxes.” What a dramatic change in two years. The […]

The Republican Party is sometimes called “the stupid party,” but this time they’ve outdone themselves. When the story was first broken by the LaCrosse Tribune of phony Democrats getting recruited to run in the Democratic Primaries in the recall elections, silly me, I thought it was just a bunch of cranks. Instead it turns out […]

Elections for judges should continue to be a part of Wisconsin’s democratic tradition. It is a means of holding judges accountable when their ideology is counter to the public’s sense of justice and the law.

Here in Waukesha County, voters did just that when they voted out of office Judge Kathy Stilling and replaced her with Assistant District Attorney Lloyd Carter.

Clearly former Gov. Jim Doyle’s appointment of Stilling, with her background, was contrary to the wishes of Waukesha County residents. The same was true in 2010 when Waukesha County residents voted out of office Judge Richard Congdon, another Doyle appointment, and replaced him with thenstate Rep. Mark Gundrum.

Those two appointments also show the weakness of the appointment-only system. An appointment-only system, as some are advocating, would have stuck Waukesha with two judges we clearly did not want.