Monday, August 26th, 2019

WISN’s Dan O’Donnell moderated a radio debate between DPI Superintendent candidates Lowell Holtz and John Humphries. Current Superintendent Tony Evers declined to join them. It was a spirited debate, complete with some personal attacks. I don’t make endorsements, and over at Wisconsin Watchdog we’re more focused on policy, waste, fraud and abuse, than election reporting. […]

Over at, I reported Wednesday on a case involving three families in the Friess Lake school district who were denied bus service because their private, independent school was too Catholic to not be considered a Catholic school. Even though the school is not affiliated with the archdiocese, students of St Augustine school are being […]

I’m behind on just about everything, but I thought I would offer some post-election thoughts. First, the results of the WiggyPoll asking which scandal was the worst of the Susan Happ scandals. In case you’re wondering, not only did Susan Happ lose the statewide race for Attorney General to Brad Schimel 51.6% to 45.4%, she […]

Waukesha Freeman June 26, 2014 Page A5 Opinion The real scandal last week State DPI abuses funds for disabled children With the end of school you might have missed the biggest political scandal so far this summer. It’s a blockbuster. No, not the document dump of the John Doe sequel investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s […]

This is pretty outrageous. According to the MacIver Institute, The Department of Public Instruction used money that was intended for special education to pay for staff to a conference on “white privilege.” Bad enough to have the conference at all, but to take money meant for special education? An investigation by the MacIver Institute has […]

Each year I consult the magic martini shaker to make a list of predictions and then, because I’m a masochist, I revisit them at the end of the year to see how well I did. This year I did better than most. Any better, and TLC channel will offer me a reality television show as […]

Republicans miss chance on education Waukesha Freeman Page 6A Opinion 4/4/2013 The loss Tuesday night by State Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) in the race for state superintendent for Public Instruction is yet another reminder of how Republicans in Wisconsin are determined to give away education as an issue. Pridemore lost to the incumbent, Tony Evers, […]

Can Democrats be taken seriously? Walker emerges from probe unscathed Waukesha Freeman March 7, 2013 Page A6 It was the reverse of Watergate. The John Doe investigation focused on so many people surrounding Governor Scott Walker, but the worst crime uncovered was a third-rate burglary. Former Walker aide and confidant Tim Russell was found to […]

Every year I make a list of predictions, and every year we check last year’s predictions. This year I consulted my spirit guide Joan, a bartender I knew in a previous life, to help me see deep into the future (or at least the next few months). After rubbing the magic martini shaker, I began […]

As I expected, last week’s column for the Waukesha Freeman about State Representative Don Pridemore’s run for State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction generated a little buzz, including from the good folks at Some liberal buzz, too. Pridemore responded in a comment on my site, As usual Mr. Wigderson writes about me […]