Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Dan Bice reports Chris Abele has paid no state income taxes for the last four years. For at least the past four years, Abele has paid no state income taxes. Not one nickel. It’s a stunning disclosure about the only county exec candidate who can afford to dip into his wallet to fill the local […]

Let me tell you a story. Now before we begin, a disclaimer. Because many of the events in this story are second hand, I’m not going to name names. Some of the details will be really vague and some will be only from what other people told me but I can’t verify. However, I have […]

Former Republican candidate for Senate Terrence Wall has accused current candidate Ron Johnson of buying the votes at the Republican convention that endorsed Johnson. I don’t know if Johnson was “buying” votes. I do know that “buying” the votes of convention delegates for the party endorsement is not illegal. If it was, Terrence Wall would […]

Reports everywhere are saying businessman Terrence Wall is dropping out of the race for Senate, leaving Dave Westlake and Ron Johnson as the remaining candidates.  After Johnson’s endorsement by the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s convention, there really weren’t many options left to Wall for assembling a winning coalition.  It will be interesting to see if […]

As I mentioned here, and as both Politico and are reporting, the decision by former Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel to endorse Ron Johnson was a surprise to nearly everyone, including Ron Johnson. However, shortly after the Republican delegates at the state convention decided to follow suit and endorse Johnson, Terrence Wall’s campaign issued this […]

Conventional wisdom: US Senate candidate Terrence Wall is not a viable candidate because of the issue regarding his non-payment of taxes from taking advantage of every tax break available. However, looking at the Rasmussen polls, Wall does not seem to have been affected too much by the issue. February 17th, Feingold led Wall 47% to […]

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 […]

Matthew Hrodey of Milwaukee Magazine’s NewsBuzz quotes me regarding Dick Leinenkugel’s chances of winning the Republican nomination and beating Senator Russ Feingold: But conservative blogger James Wigderson departs from the naysayers and wonders if Leinenkugel is being underestimated, arguing Westlake and Wall are weak candidates and the unpredictable former secretary of commerce will appeal to […]

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson will be speaking at tomorrow’s Tea Party rally in Madison. He is expected to make his intentions known regarding a possible run for the U.S. Senate against Russ Feingold. WISN-TV is reporting sources close to Thompson (could be anybody) are saying it’s unlikely the former governor will run. Thompson himself […]