Friday, October 21st, 2016

Political pundits often make political predictions and are never held accountable for them. My predictions are often no better than anyone else’s predictions and they’re often made tongue-in-cheek. However, every year I review the previous year’s predictions because physical self-mortification in public is frowned upon while in it’s written form it is considered entertainment. At […]

The Wall Street Journal looks at the deal for the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena and asks if the deal is so good, why weren’t the taxpayers asked? Mid-size cities like Milwaukee are vulnerable to sports extortion because professional teams can give them cachet when trying to attract or retain businesses. But if this deal makes […]

Waukesha Freeman July 30, 2015 Page A6 Opinion Slam dunk and a foul Kapenga steady on arena debate but Allen flips  So we have a tale of two legislators, although I would not call them the best and the worst. State Rep. Chris Kapenga voted against public funding of a new arena for the Milwaukee […]

State Rep Chris Kapenga voted no on the Milwaukee Bucks deal, but his vote was not enough to prevent the Assembly from approving public financing for the new arena, 52-34. The complete tally is online. The bill now goes to Governor Scott Walker who is expected to sign it. It will be interesting to see […]

It couldn’t have been our state representative from the 97th district voting for publicly funding a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, right? After all, the guy who won that special election, Scott Allen, wrote an op-ed last year explaining why he opposed public funding. Waukesha taxpayers weren’t going to pay for an arena in Milwaukee. You can […]

Waukesha Freeman 6/11/2015 Page A6 Opinion Will Kapenga flip on arena? Kapenga keeps ’em — and us — guessing Is state Rep. Chris Kapenga on the verge of a flip-flop on the proposal to publicly fund a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks? What will the voters in the special election for state Senate in […]

I know this falls into the “well, duh” category, but occasionally I hear that the Milwaukee Bucks are bluffing, or that the NBA is bluffing, etc. No, despite my opposition to public funding for a new arena, I really believe the Milwaukee Bucks will leave town. WISN’s Dan O’Donnell did a feature that aired first […]

Ryan Lovelace of the Washington Examiner takes the Bucks arena funding story national with an article on the political costs for Governor Scott Walker. Lovelace interviewed me for the article: Conservatives do not want to repeat past mistakes. James Wigderson, who writes for a free market think tank in Wisconsin called the John K. MacIver […]

Waukesha Freeman Page A6 Opinion 6/4/15 Bucking the trend Dorow, Kapenga right to oppose arena deal So how bad is the latest proposal for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks? Both of the leading candidates for state Senate in the special election for the 33rd District are opposed to the current proposal. Brian Dorow […]

After I asked both candidates in the 33rd Senate special election, Brian Dorow and State Rep Chris Kapenga issued statements today on the current proposal for the new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. Dorow struck first: “I do not support the current proposal to publicly fund a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks for several […]