Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Give them credit for persistence. Wisconsin Democrats will not give up the idea of taking the federal money to expand Medicaid no matter how much it actually costs. As I explain over at the MacIver Institute, this time it’s state Senator Jon Erpenbach – again. Ever since Walker rejected the additional federal funding, Erpenbach has […]

As if the changes in the open records law were only limited to concealing the identities of constituents who contact legislators. Interestingly, Senator Jon Erpenbach, who lost the lawsuit, defended MacIver’s right to open records: Print this entry

Kramer may be moving up  Waukesha rep would add spine to Republican majority as leader Waukesha Freeman 8/22/13 Opinion Page A6   When the state Assembly reconvenes in September, Republicans may have a new majority leader, one familiar to many Waukesha Freeman readers. State Rep. Bill Kramer will likely win the election when the Republican […]

Just before Thanksgiving, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson appointed Senator Jennifer Shilling (D–La Crosse) and Senator Bob Wirch (D–Somers) to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC). This powerful committee is at the heart of the state budget process and is a coveted appointment. Wirch was the likely Democrat who promised to vote […]

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a report on the vote that stabbed Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach in the back: In a vote that surprised Capitol observers, Larson beat Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton on an 8-7 vote Tuesday. The decision means Larson, a 32-year-old freshman, will serve as one of the primary voices in […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Sep 27, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A     Seattle stew Packers game reminds us life isn’t fair (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)      The final play of the Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football game was one of those rare moments […]

I was on At Issue with Ben Merens on Wisconsin Public Radio Wednesday afternoon. If you did not get a chance to listen, the podcast is now online at the WPR website. Or just follow the link. I don’t think it went too badly but I’m not a good judge of these things. I had […]

Today’s Marquette University Law School Poll had plenty of bad news for Democrats. It shows Governor Scott Walker ahead of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 50% to 44% among registered voters, 52% to 45% among likely voters. Walker’s approval rating is 51% to 45%. Barrett’s favorable/unfavorable rating is upside-down at 41% to 46%. Public Policy Polling […]

At a recent national gathering of liberal activists, one prominent national group bragged about raising $200,000 to help keep these Wisconsin Senators out of state. Of course, that’s not what Wisconsinites were told at the time. We were told that the Democratic Senators who fled the state were paying the expenses out of their own […]

Quite often as you scroll through the blogs you’ll see some blogger who didn’t update the day before apologize for not blogging. I’ve never seen the point of that unless it was for something really interesting. However, I was away from the blog yesterday, absent without leave just like a Democratic state senator, and I […]