Sunday, November 19th, 2017

State Senator Jim Sullivan was the lone State Senate Democrat to vote against the state budget. The budget passed anyway. If there wasn’t already pressure on him because of the recall effort, would he have voted for the budget? And would that have made him easier to defeat next year? We may never know. I […]

My column in today’s Waukesha Freeman: Sullivan recall not best option Ousting official over smoking ban misuses voters’ choice Belly up to the bar and sign a petition. At least that’s what some bar owners and the Citizens for Responsible Government Network are hoping. On Tuesday, they launched an effort to recall state Sen. Jim […]

State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) is facing a recall effort in his district because he was one vote in the 25-8 majority that passed a state-wide smoking ban. Unfortunately for Sullivan, he’s at the top of the GOP target list and one of the tavern owners in his district happens to be a staff member […]

A deal has been struck in the legislature regarding a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin would be covered by a comprehensive statewide workplace smoking ban by July 5, 2010, if a deal brokered Wednesday is passed by the Legislature next week and signed into law. All […]

Too bad neither chamber of the state legislature is interested in taking a field trip to Waukesha to hold a public hearing on a state-wide smoking ban. They might discover that the free market is already working to provide people with smoke-free choices. The Waukesha Business Improvement District lists 14 places that are smoke free. […]

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Darryl Enriquez took advantage of the Governor Doyle’s visit to Waukesha last week to ask whether there could be any exception to the smoking ban for cigar bars like Nice Ash in downtown Waukesha. As we know, one of downtown’s more successful ventures is the Nice Ash cigar bar, which would […]