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Small Businessman Wins Worker Rights Fight Against Big Labor

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Small businessman Scott Flaugher fought back against big labor - and won. And the electrician’s win could eventually be a victory for worker liberty nationwide.   Read More Small Businessman Wins Worker Rights Fight Against Big Labor

Zombie Politics

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Forget about the witch hunt against Kavanaugh himself; the most lasting impact of the battle over his confirmation may well be the resounding crescendo of years of what may be properly termed “Zombie Politics”—the weaponization of hordes of angry (and largely mindless) demonstrators.  Read More Zombie Politics

MacIver News Minute: More Failing Grades At MPS

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:18
By most definitions, 16% is a failing grade. But in public education that's effectively passing. Just 16.2% of test takers in Milwaukee Public Schools showed proficiency in math, and scores in other subjects aren't much better. While students have made slow gains, the racial achievement gap has widened. Yet, somehow MPS has once again managed to avoid the dreaded "failing" label.  Read More MacIver News Minute: More Failing Grades At MPS

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Kapenga On Opposition To Kimberly-Clark Bailout And Kavanaugh Confirmation

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 00:00
Sen. Chris Kapenga was the first Republican senator to publicly announce he won't support a proposed "pay to stay" bailout package for struggling paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark. Kapenga discusses that and a proposed special session to take up the bill, and delves into the Kavanaugh nomination and what it says about our politics on this week's MacIver Newsmakers podcast.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Kapenga On Opposition To Kimberly-Clark Bailout And Kavanaugh Confirmation

Single Payer Health Care Takeover Would Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $30 Billion In First Year Alone

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 18:36
Should liberals take Wisconsin to a single-payer, government-run health care system, taxpayers would face $30.2 billion in additional costs in the first year alone.  Read More Single Payer Health Care Takeover Would Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $30 Billion In First Year Alone

Update: National Liberal Network Working To Take Back Wisconsin

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:37
Eric Holder was in Milwaukee on Sept. 18th to endorse Tony Evers for governor and Mandela Barnes for Lt. Governor. “These are men who will focus on those people – the average citizens here in Wisconsin. Not the special interests – not the folks who come from out of state and pour huge amounts of money into campaign coffers,” Holder said. Ironically, there is a great deal of out-of-state money from special interest groups supporting the Evers-Barnes campaign – including from groups affiliated with Holder himself.  Read More Update: National Liberal Network Working To Take Back Wisconsin

Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - The inconvenient truth for progressives is that expanding Medicaid has been a costly proposition for taxpayers, costing some truly in need the medical benefits they could use.   Read More Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale

MacIver News Minute: Madison Broadband Boondoggle Pronounced Dead

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:43
The long-held dream of liberal Madison bureaucrats is to build a costly city-owned broadband internet infrastructure. That dream died at a recent meeting of the city's Digital Technology Committee. Several years of shoe leather reporting and analysis by MacIver - along with cold, hard fiscal reality - forced officials to shelve the $173 million boondoggle.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Madison Broadband Boondoggle Pronounced Dead

Analysis: Achievement Gaps Persist in Wisconsin’s Large School Districts

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 00:00
Analysis by Ola Lisowski - A massive data release from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Tuesday showed mixed results for K-12 students across the state. On the Forward Exam, math, science, and social studies scores all rose slightly, yet remain dismal. Only 43.8 percent of students are currently proficient at math. English scores are worse, and trending in the wrong direction. Last year, proficiency was at 44.4 percent. This year, it is 42.4 percent.   Read More Analysis: Achievement Gaps Persist in Wisconsin’s Large School Districts

News And Views: Death Of A Broadband Boondoggle, Dems And Brett Kavanaugh

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:00
MacIver communications director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO to update listeners on the Madison broadband boondoggle, which died when a committee voted to not pursue it. Also, the Democrats abandon bedrock ideas of jurisprudence in order to smear and sink Brett Kavanaugh.  Read More News And Views: Death Of A Broadband Boondoggle, Dems And Brett Kavanaugh

Analyzing The Latest K-12 Test Score Data On The John Muir Show

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:47
MacIver education specialist Ola Lisowski breaks down the latest K-12 ACT and Forward Exam results on The John Muir Show on WTAQ, focusing on the schools in Green Bay, Appleton, and Oshkosh. The data reveals there's a lot of work to do in helping students achieve proficiency in key academic areas.  Read More Analyzing The Latest K-12 Test Score Data On The John Muir Show

There is No Case Against Brett Kavanaugh

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Democrats believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. They believe Deborah Ramirez. They believe Julie Swetnick. Why? Because, they say, they believe women. Cloying as that may be as a bit of political posturing, it is utterly indefensible as a practical matter in determining the truth of the allegations asserted.  Read More There is No Case Against Brett Kavanaugh

Five Years Ago Today: John Doe Raids Wisconsin

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - On Oct. 3, 2013, the politically driven probe known as “John Doe II” exhibited the full force of prosecutorial abuse, exhibiting why this secret investigation marked one of the darkest chapters in Wisconsin history.   Read More Five Years Ago Today: John Doe Raids Wisconsin

MacIver News Minute: Push To Crack Down On Wedding Barns Reminds Steve Nagy Of What He Fled

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:12
Steve Nagy knows what it's like to witness private business get destroyed by government. A refugee from communist Hungary in the 1950s, he came to America to pursue the American Dream. But a new drive by politicians and special interests to suffocate small businesses like his is eerily familiar, Nagy said in a recent MacIver podcast conversation.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Push To Crack Down On Wedding Barns Reminds Steve Nagy Of What He Fled

Data Release: School Choice Students Outperform Peers on ACT

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:42
By Ola Lisowski - A new data release from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction shows that 42.4 percent of 3rd to 8th grade students are proficient in English language arts, and 43.8 percent are proficient in math. Students improved in math by one percentage point over last year, when 42.8 percent were proficient. At the same time, they fared worse in English language arts. Last year, 44.4 percent of students were proficient on the same exam.  Read More Data Release: School Choice Students Outperform Peers on ACT

News And Views: Wedding Barn Crackdown and State Medicaid Schemes

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:42
MacIver investigative report Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update. This week they talk about efforts in the Legislature to crack down on the emerging wedding barn business, state-level "Medicaid maximization" schemes, and of course the Packers' shutout of the Buffalo Bills.  Read More News And Views: Wedding Barn Crackdown and State Medicaid Schemes

MacIver Newsmakers: For Steve Nagy, Wedding Barn Crackdown Is All Too Familiar

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00
Steve Nagy fled communism in his native Hungary in the 1950s, right on the heels of the takeover of his family's foodservice businesses by communist thugs. Over the decades since, Nagy has worked hard to achieve the American Dream, opening and running a successful wedding barn business. But now, a legislative committee many believe is rigged in favor of established alcohol and hospitality industry interests is eyeing new regulations that threaten to make history repeat itself. Nagy shares his story on this week's MacIver podcast.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: For Steve Nagy, Wedding Barn Crackdown Is All Too Familiar

Wedding Barn Crackdown Moves Forward In Legislature

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 13:51
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins The John Muir Show on WTAQ to discuss efforts in the state Capitol to tighten regulations on agriculture-themed event venues, commonly known as wedding barns. Advocates for the emerging industry say the process is rigged in favor of big, established interests like traditional taverns, supper clubs, and banquet halls and it's an effort to use regulations to strangle competition.  Read More Wedding Barn Crackdown Moves Forward In Legislature

Madison’s Costly Broadband-For-All Plan Declared Dead On Arrival

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - Madison’s costly broadband-for-all dream has gone out “with a whimper and not with a bang.”  Read More Madison’s Costly Broadband-For-All Plan Declared Dead On Arrival

MacIver News Minute: Students And Families Save Big With Early College Credit

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:57
Thanks to early college credit programs, students and parents are able to save big bucks on college tuition - $60 million or more in total, according to an estimate by the MacIver Institute.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Students And Families Save Big With Early College Credit

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