Friday, December 9th, 2016

I never know which of the things I write will generate the most interesting buzz. So far, this piece I wrote for the MacIver Institute on a proposed constitutional amendment to make it easier for local government units to merge is getting the year off to a good start. One proposal that has been languishing […]

Publication: Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date: May 27, 2010; Section: Opinion; Page: 8A Mayor not the only one allowed to talk to strangers (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at http://www.wigderson.com and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) I have a confession to make. Last Saturday I attended the Republican Party of […]

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 […]

Over at the MacIver Institute this week, a look at how two communities are dealing with cuts in shared revenue – considering contracting with the county sheriff for police protection. If you were a local elected official and you could provide adequate police protection in your community at a lower cost, wouldn’t you be obligated […]

Aldermanic district seven erupted in flames overnight as rake-wielding peasants with large yards filled the streets with dried leaves and set them afire whenever a city-owned vehicle attempted to pass through. They chanted, “No leaf pick-up, no peace!” as they burned pictures of the mayor’s Crocs. “Hey, Hey, ho, ho, bagging leaves has got to […]

I don’t know why anyone was surprised by the sudden hole in the City of Waukesha budget. Pete Kennedy in the Waukesha Freeman wrote that the city’s hope for a federal grant to pay for the firefighters for the new station fell through. And looking back, Mayor Larry Nelson and the Waukesha Common Council were […]

Americans for Prosperity announced the Defender of The American Dream Award will go to Vicki McKenna, radio talk show personality on WIBA in Madison and WISN in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Chapter of Americans for Prosperity announced today that Vicki McKenna, popular radio talk show host on WIBA radio in Madison, and WISN radio in Milwaukee […]

Americans for Prosperity announced the Defender of The American Dream Award will go to Vicki McKenna, radio talk show personality on WIBA in Madison and WISN in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Chapter of Americans for Prosperity announced today that Vicki McKenna, popular radio talk show host on WIBA radio in Madison, and WISN radio in Milwaukee […]

Governor Doyle’s constituency groups are whining, and Doyle responded by lashing out at “extreme Republicans” in the legislature. “Whenever both sides are close to an agreement, extreme voices in the Republican caucus let out a howl and the leaders shy away.” Governor Doyle said. “If the Legislature has not come to an agreement by Monday, […]