Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Republicans miss chance on education Waukesha Freeman Page 6A Opinion 4/4/2013 The loss Tuesday night by State Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) in the race for state superintendent for Public Instruction is yet another reminder of how Republicans in Wisconsin are determined to give away education as an issue. Pridemore lost to the incumbent, Tony Evers, […]

Some Republicans in the state senate are intent on raising local property taxes. Coupled with Governor Scott Walker’s state income tax cut, what they’re proposing would amount to a tax shift to the local property tax. Instead Republicans should embrace Walker’s tax cut but not allow the local levy for schools increase. If Republicans do […]

Last week at the MacIver Institute I wrote how some Republican state senators are giving in to the scare-mongering regarding the expansion of school choice. Their fears are misplaced. Critics, such as state Senator Luther Olsen, complain that the increase in funding for private educational vouchers is more than the increase for public schools. That […]

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 […]

Self-described Progressive* State Representative Fred Clark is expected to announce his candidacy against State Senator Luther Olsen tomorrow at 12:00 in Baraboo, WI. It’ll be a circus, I’m sure. (Get it? Baraboo, circus, I crack me up.) I should take this seriously, but I can’t. It’s too bad Olsen isn’t facing a Republican in a […]

It’s official. There is almost no level of bad conduct that will get you thrown out of the state assembly. Driving while intoxicated three times while in office, possession of marijuana, and repeatedly lying to constituents, will merit a slap on the wrist as long as you vote with the Democrats. Above the Jeff Wood […]

Oh, you mean those charter schools. The MacIver Institute reports today the state of Wisconsin may have submitted a false application for the Race to the Top funding. Page 240 of Wisconsin’s recently-rejected application begins with this sentence: There is no limit in State law or regulation concerning the number of charter schools that can be […]

Dad29 reports on the controversial State Senator Luther Olsen and the family business. The ethanol plant and the related Olsen’s Mills are in dire financial shape. With all the government subsidy and support, ethanol is still an economic loser. We might as well just burn money for fuel. Print this entry