Monday, October 24th, 2016

Each year I make a list of predictions, and each year we examine where I went wrong. Unfortunately the end of the Mayan calendar did not mean the end of the world, so we have 50 predictions to sort through. It might be easier to don the sackcloth and walk barefoot through Canterbury while being […]

Exit polling is some of the worst data available on election night but it’s popular with news organizations because it happens to be the only thing they have until the results come in. So when the exit poll numbers are read on the air tonight, don’t take them for gospel. You can ask Attorney General […]

There were 614,511 ballots cast in the Republican primary for governor in 2010. That was a contested race between then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Congressman Mark Neumann. Walker, running nearly unopposed in Tuesday’s recall, received 626,538 votes. That’s nearly a 2% increase in Republican voters from 2010 despite just token opposition for […]

It’s Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett vs. Governor Scott Walker, a do-over of the 2010 election. All of this trouble just to rematch the two candidates. Even the collective bargaining issue, the supposed cause of the recall, has been pushed aside by the Democrats just so Tom Barrett can have one more shot at Walker. All […]

Update: No participation in the rally by Barrett which was cancelled and then reinstated, but Barrett did have a unity breakfast. The rally is what was referred to in the Daily Kos post. The Daily Kos diarist has updated his/her post as well since this was posted to include the breakfast. See comments below. – […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Apr 26, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A The real distractions Act 10 success is real story of recall (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) As those of you that follow me online already know, this last weekend I was at […]

Kevin Binversie took a longer view at the Daily Kos poll numbers in the Wisconsin Senate districts that are up for recall. The news isn’t good for Democrats. The only close race so far is in Racine, the rematch between former Senator John Lehman (D) (46%) and current Senator Van Wang­gaard (R) (48%). This isn’t […]

I mentioned before about Democratic spokesman Graeme Zielinski wanting to use Eric Hovde’s personal wealth as an issue. Now it’s being echoed in the blogosphere. Seriously, Democrats, are you going to really try to use this as an issue in the race to succeed Senator Herb Kohl, one of the richest men in the Senate? […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Feb 2, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:6A Walker opponents the result of recall fever   Democrats may want to find someone else   (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)  There are no limits to the silliness of mankind when it […]

Time for predictions. Every year I make them and then (unlike  most other pundits) we check them again at the end of the year to see just how good they were. It’s hard to imagine a year more fraught with peril for prognosticators than 2012. The good news is the world is going to end […]