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MacIver Newsmakers With Sen. Ron Johnson: Civility And Accountability In The Swamp

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00
Sen. Ron Johnson calls in to the MacIver studio for a wide-ranging conversation with host Matt Kittle in our latest Newsmakers podcast. They touch on left-wing mobs, liberal incivility, the Kavanaugh confirmation, the Mueller investigation, and states' Medicaid funding gimmicks. This conversation is better than lunch with Kanye!  Read More MacIver Newsmakers With Sen. Ron Johnson: Civility And Accountability In The Swamp

On The John Muir Show: Wedding Barn Crackdown And The Cost Of Single Payer Healthcare

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:04
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to discuss the latest on the Tavern League's unseemly effort to crack down on competition in the form of the budding wedding barn industry. Also, they talk about MacIver's analysis finding a single payer health care system would cost Wisconsin taxpayers $30 billion in the first year alone.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Wedding Barn Crackdown And The Cost Of Single Payer Healthcare

MacIver Newsmakers: Small Business Owner Scores A Win For Workplace Freedom

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:00
When the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union pension fund demanded access to nonunion employees' private contact information, Veterans Electric owner Scott Flaugher drew the line. He recently emerged victorious from a drawn-out legal battle that ended in a court affirming that the union has no right to employees' private information that they could've used to harass and intimate people into joining.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Small Business Owner Scores A Win For Workplace Freedom

MacIver News Minute: Walker Was Right To Reject “Free” Medicaid Expansion Money

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:24
You might've heard the story about the "free" Medicaid expansion money. Like so many liberal narratives, this one's a fairy tale. The real story of Medicaid expansion states is one of ballooning costs - just ask taxpayers in Minnesota and Ohio.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Walker Was Right To Reject “Free” Medicaid Expansion Money

Small Business Owner Wins Worker Rights Fight Against Big Labor

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:22
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss a big recent victory for a small electrical contractor business in Colgate, Wis. A judge ruled that a labor union pension fund isn't entitled to the private information of nonunion employees at Veterans Electric, an unsung but possibly milestone decision in the fight for employee rights.  Read More Small Business Owner Wins Worker Rights Fight Against Big Labor

On The Steve Scaffidi Show: The Real Cost Of Single Payer Health Care

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:18
MacIver communications director Chris Rochester joins Steve Scaffidi on WTMJ to discuss the staggering cost of single payer health care. If implemented at the state level in Wisconsin, a government health care takeover would cost $30 billion--double the size of the state budget--in just its first year, a MacIver analysis recently found.  Read More On The Steve Scaffidi Show: The Real Cost Of Single Payer Health Care

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

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