Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Waukesha Freeman Thursday, 09/01/2016 Page A06 Opinion Saving Johnson Long odds for incumbent in important race In every ranking of U.S. Senate races, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is at the top of the vulnerable incumbent list. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia puts Johnson’s seat as a “leans” Democrat-to-Republican switch, and he’s hardly alone. […]

As if the changes in the open records law were only limited to concealing the identities of constituents who contact legislators. Interestingly, Senator Jon Erpenbach, who lost the lawsuit, defended MacIver’s right to open records: Print this entry

Waukesha Freeman 6/25/2015 Page A5 Opinion Incumbency helps Kapenga to victory Another special election is coming Let’s go over just a few notes from Tuesday’s special primary election for state Senate before we let you return to the beach. As you may have read in the Waukesha Freeman, Brian Dorow lost to state Rep. Chris […]

Waukesha Freeman 1/8/15 Page A5 Opinion Right to work off Walker’s message Presidential ambition may stop law On the one hand, it’s exciting when your governor is running for president. On the other hand, candidates running for president like things quiet. For example, state Rep. Chris Kapenga and other Republicans are pushing right-to-work legislation. Despite […]

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”  – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice What idiot pundit said this: Okay Fitzgerald, the courts have ruled. Are you going to wait for the appeals process or are you going to call Governor Scott Walker and […]

GOP needs to govern boldly Senate Republicans going wobbly Waukesha Freeman Page A6 Opinion 5/9/2013 How many Republicans in the state Senate does it take to screw up the governor’s agenda? We’re learning the hard way. Already Gov. Scott Walker’s education agenda is seriously threatened. The governor had proposed expanding private school vouchers to nine […]

When a journalist crosses over to activism, where does he turn in his press card? John Nichols of the Cap Times and The Nation appears to cross just about every line in soliciting funds on Twitter for Lori Compass, the Democrat running against State Senator Scott Fitzgerald. (see below for updates) On the other hand, […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Jan 19, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:6A     Winter of discontent   No case for the Walker recall   (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)     Now is the winter of our discontent, as Shakespeare wrote. With the falling snow […]

It was hard to listen to the Democrats’ preening about the “fake” Democratic candidates being run by Republicans in the upcoming senate recall elections to force primaries. It was hard to listen to Democratic protests of being virgin pure defenders of democracy even as the Democratic members of the State Senate still have receipts from the “no-tell […]

From the WRN News Desk: From the Senate Chief Clerk, Rob Marchant: FYI . . . There was some discussion today about the notice provided for the legislature’s conference committee. In special session, under Senate Rule 93, no advance notice is required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board. Despite this rule, it was […]