Monday, August 26th, 2019

State Rep Rob Hutton and state Sen Leah Vukmir have introduced a bill to end the ability of local governments to require contractors from entering into project labor agreements when working on a public project: “We’re basically eliminating the ability for a municipality to require that a contractor enter into a project labor agreement for […]

If you were at the 2014 RightWomen Awards Dinner, you either had a really good time or you tried desperately hard not to. Hosted by RightWisconsin (where I am a contributor, of course), the party at the Pfister was a great evening for Wisconsin conservatives. The announced honoree for the evening was Wisconsin’s First Lady […]

I already predicted the margin of victory for Ron Johnson tomorrow. Let’s look at the races that directly affect the state of Wisconsin. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker should win convincingly on Tuesday. Aside from the polls, the geography just doesn’t work for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. There is just no way for Barrett to […]

State Representative Rich Zipperer was knocking on doors in my neighborhood as part of his campaign for State Senate. Sorry I missed him. I could have used his help moving a couch. Zipperer also hit the Spring City Chronicle. I know nothing about Zipperer’s primary opponent at this point, but Zipperer’s head start, money advantage, […]

Last night I posted the winners of the MacIver Institute’s first ever End of the Legislative Session awards. Here were my nominees: Taxpayer Hero – Has to be State Representative Leah Vukmir, for stopping the RTA with a timely amendment. Taxpayer Villain – State Representative Jeff Wood. He’s going to jail, the legislature is going […]

In last week’s column for the Waukesha Freeman, I wrote again about the effect of combined reporting on Harley Davidson and reminded readers just who is responsible for bring that tax law to Wisconsin. Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:May 6, 2010; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A Harley sputters under new tax law Combined reporting adds up to loss […]

Block said there were two issues especially where Kramer has had an impact. Kramer has made strides in repealing the state’s minimum markup law, including recent passage by the Assembly of repealing the minimum markup for prescription drugs. The other issue is financial transparency for the state, an issue AFP is going to be making a big push for this year.

Kramer said it was great to win the award. “I was a member of AFP from the beginning. I go to as many of their events as I can. I was an activist before I was a legislator.”

Kramer said his acceptance speech will give credit to the organization and people in the room.

“Holding legislators’ feet to the fire is more critical than they know. I want them to know I am with them and that I take their work seriously.”

Are we having fun yet? Cory Liebmann, formerly of the self-described “partisan” organization One Wisconsin Now, has launched another fishing expedition, this time going after Mayor Ed Thompson of Tomah Wisconsin. “Copies of all email from any email account that you use for official city business from 11/5/08 through 2/5/10 that fit the following search […]

Early last year, Democratic sources were wondering whether Vukmir would give up her Assembly seat to challenge Sullivan. They had a right to be concerned.

Despite an Assembly ban on fundraising during the state budget deliberations last year, in the last campaign finance reporting period Vukmir raised over $73,000 more than the incumbent Sullivan. Worse for Sullivan, 60 percent of Vukmir’s contributors live in the Senate district. Only 18 percent of Sullivan’s contributors live in the district.

Sullivan has a slight lead in cash on hand, $94,310.71 to Vukmir’s $84,212.02, but Vukmir has already spent $37,770.78. Sullivan’s report shows a campaign not yet up to speed. In the same reporting period, Sullivan only spent $6,571.30.

In an interview Tuesday night, Vukmir said, “Even in this difficult economy, people are eager to give.”

It’s 2010, the year someone loses a contact. Once again, it’s time to shake the magic martini shaker and see into the future.  Four or five ought to do it.  If we stare at the olive in the glass long enough, a vision slowly appears.  A vision of things to come, and another refill.  This […]