Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Oct 6, 2011; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A   Time for trick or treat Can Jeff Fitzgerald win?   It’s the time of year of homecoming dances, leaves turning colors and debating whether to turn on the furnace. It’s also the Lovely Doreen from Waukesha’s birthday. I won’t tell you how many candles on […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Aug 25, 2011; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A Thompson and Neumann could leave room for third candidate   Shhh. If you listen closely, you can hear a voice from the future that sounds strangely like a voice from our past. It’s saying, “It’s a great day to be a senator from Wisconsin!” Yes, that […]

I’m actually surprised at how few of my readers picked former Governor Tommy Thompson. Of course, it was a holiday weekend and this is hardly scientific. Interestingly, Public Policy Polling puts Thompson as the front-runner for the Republican nomination but even they question Thompson’s ability to win the nomination. Thompson’s issues are coming with the […]

Today is the last day to vote in the Wiggy Senatorial Preference Pool.  Right now Congressman Ron Kind has more votes than former Governor Tommy Thompson. Print this entry

The straw poll at last weekend’s Republican Party of Wisconsin convention sent a strong message to the candidates considering running for Senate. Former State Senator Ted Kanavas won the poll with 73 votes. Former Governor Tommy Thompson finished a distant second at 61 votes. Attorney General JB Van Hollen, an unlikely candidate at this point, […]

This week’s article for the MacIver Institute is concerned about the lack of progress in taking simple steps to stymie voter fraud: A group of activists concerned with potential voter fraud launched the “We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign.” They encouraged people to contact their local clerks to require photo identification before a ballot can be […]

The MacIver Institute is handing out the awards to celebrate the end of the legislative calendar. In part one, they handed out the following: Steel Spine: Senator Tim Carpenter Spine of Jello: Senator Kathleen Vinehout Straight Talker: Senator Jeff Plale Mr. Sensitivity: Representative Pedro Colon Taxpayer Hero: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Raquel Rutledge Taxpayer Villain: […]

Kanavas press release announcing he is not running for senator: (Brookfield, WI) – State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) today issued the following statement regarding his decision not to run for the United States Senate: “Since I announced my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate in January, my family and I have been humbled by the […]

My interview with Dick Leinenkugel in the Waukesha Freeman last week caught the attention of the Terrence Wall campaign and WISN’s Mark Belling (7:11 in). An e-mail from the Wall campaign yesterday: Dick Leinenkugel was a quick study under his old boss, Jim Doyle. It only took him 18 months to acquire Jim Doyle’s sense of […]

Publication: Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date: Apr 22, 2010; Section: Opinion; Page: 8A Trouble on tap for Leinenkugel? Candidate might fall flat (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) When Dick Leinenkugel stepped down as Gov. Jim Doyle’s fourth Commerce secretary, speculation immediately began […]