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News And Views: Minimum Markup, Brett Healy’s Perm Promise, And The Extraordinary Session

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 01:03
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to talk about the antiquated minimum markup law that makes Black Friday deals illegal, MacIver President Brett Healy's promise to perm his hair once the Legislature repeals the Depression-era law, and extraordinary session expected to convene shortly in Madison.  Read More News And Views: Minimum Markup, Brett Healy’s Perm Promise, And The Extraordinary Session

On Vicki McKenna: Will The Legislature Repeal The Antiquated Minimum Markup Law?

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 16:44
MacIver President Brett Healy joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to talk about the Black Friday crime wave, the Depression-era law that makes deep discounts illegal, and his promise to perm his hair if the Legislature finally takes action.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Will The Legislature Repeal The Antiquated Minimum Markup Law?

MacIver News Minute: Another Black Friday Crime Wave Sweeps Wisconsin

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:11
Thanksgiving featured all the staples this year - turkey, stuffing, cranberries. And in Wisconsin it also featured another crime wave as retailers offered prices so low, they must be illegal. That's right, in Wisconsin the minimum markup law makes the kind of great deals shoppers found on Black Friday a crime. This anti-consumer, protectionist law is a Great Depression relic and should've been scrapped a long time ago.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Another Black Friday Crime Wave Sweeps Wisconsin

News And Views: Kimberly-Clark Bailout And The Jim Acosta Imbroglio

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:41
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly discussion. Up this week: grim talk about the Packers' outlook, the latest on the Kimberly-Clark "pay-to-stay" incentives package, and the White House's battle with CNN's Jim Acosta.  Read More News And Views: Kimberly-Clark Bailout And The Jim Acosta Imbroglio

Wisconsin Braces for Another Black Friday Crime Wave

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 23:00
Thanks to the anti-consumer minimum markup law, Wisconsinites must stand strong, demand to pay full price Healy vows to perm his hair if Legislature finally acts MacIver News Service | Black Friday, 2018 By Chris Rochester TOWN OF LIBERTY, Wis. – Black Friday is almost upon us again, and in Wisconsin that means only one …

MacIver Newsmakers With Rep. Jim Steineke: Kimberly-Clark And The Extraordinary Session

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 23:00
In this edition of the MacIver Newsmakers podcast, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke joins Matt Kittle to address the next moves for the state Legislature. Will the senate pass the Kimberly-Clark incentives package? And what can we expect from efforts to reconvene the legislature to cement conservative reforms before Gov.-elect Tony Evers takes office?  Read More MacIver Newsmakers With Rep. Jim Steineke: Kimberly-Clark And The Extraordinary Session

Walker Warns: Vote For Kimberly-Clark Bill Or The Jobs Are Gone

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:24
By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday pressed the state Senate to “come to their good senses” and pass a pricey incentives package to keep consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark from shutting down its Fox Valley operations and eliminating some 500 jobs.   Read More Walker Warns: Vote For Kimberly-Clark Bill Or The Jobs Are Gone

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast With Sen. Ron Johnson: Bumpy Ride Ahead

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:34
Sen. Ron Johnson joins MacIver's Matt Kittle to talk about the midterm elections, a divided Congress, and the latest out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Also, Kittle clearly doesn't watch SNL anymore.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast With Sen. Ron Johnson: Bumpy Ride Ahead

MacIver News Minute: Tony Evers’ Far-Left Agenda Easier Said Than Done

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:01
Wisconsin's executive branch took a hard turn to the left last week when voters replaced Gov. Scott Walker with Tony Evers, who promised to overturn Walker's record of conservative reforms, increase the minimum wage to $15/hr, and add massive new funding to K-12 education. But how much of that left-wing agenda can Evers hope to enact with an overwhelmingly Republican legislature?  Read More MacIver News Minute: Tony Evers’ Far-Left Agenda Easier Said Than Done

After Election Day

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:39
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - “It's not the people who vote that count,” Josef Stalin is purported to have said. “It's the people who count the votes.”  Read More After Election Day

MacIver Institute Reminds Wisconsin Why Kimberly-Clark Bailout Is a Bad Idea

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:14
The Joint Committee on Finance today will consider an incentives package for paper products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark. In response, MacIver Institute President Brett Healy issued the following statement.  Read More MacIver Institute Reminds Wisconsin Why Kimberly-Clark Bailout Is a Bad Idea

Evers Agenda: Big Government Is Back In Fashion In Governor’s Office

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Gov.- elect Tony Evers made a lot of promises on the campaign trail - promises the Republican-controlled Legislature likely won’t cash.   Read More Evers Agenda: Big Government Is Back In Fashion In Governor’s Office

News And Views: Liberals Protest Sessions Firing; Jim Acosta And Journalistic Decorum

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:36
MacIver News Director Bill Osmulski joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss the big news of the week that no one noticed: liberals hit the streets to protest Jeff Sessions' ouster as attorney general. Also, Bill (a Society of Professional Journalists member) offers his thoughts on Jim Acosta's behavior that led to being stripped of his White House press credentials.  Read More News And Views: Liberals Protest Sessions Firing; Jim Acosta And Journalistic Decorum

MacIver News Minute: Voters Approved Nearly $1.4 Billion In New School Spending Last Tuesday

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:38
Election Day was a banner day for school referenda around Wisconsin. Voters approved an overwhelming 77 out of 82 separate school district referendum questions, for a total of $1.37 billion in new school spending, including $1.2 billion in new debt.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Voters Approved Nearly $1.4 Billion In New School Spending Last Tuesday

2018 School Report Cards: Districts Generally Improve, Schools Drifting To Middle

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 23:00
By Bill Osmulski - Student achievement in Wisconsin school districts is on the rise according to the Department of Public Instruction’s latest report cards released on Tuesday, but at the same time, individual schools are increasing drifting away from both the highest and lowest scores towards the middle.  Read More 2018 School Report Cards: Districts Generally Improve, Schools Drifting To Middle

On Vicki McKenna: The “Baraboo Nazi” Imbroglio, Political Discourse, And Election Integrity

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:03
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss the controversy over Baraboo High School students photographed allegedly giving the Nazi salute; the state of political discourse in our country; what to expect under a Gov. Tony Evers; and election integrity concerns in the wake of the midterms.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: The “Baraboo Nazi” Imbroglio, Political Discourse, And Election Integrity

News And Views: Referendum Results And Big Labor’s Best Friend

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:37
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to talk about the fallout from last week's big election. Tony Evers defeated Scott Walker, ushering in a new era of divided government; and voters approved nearly $1.4 billion in new school spending. And solemn thoughts on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's financial situation.  Read More News And Views: Referendum Results And Big Labor’s Best Friend

Big Labor Salivating At Prospects Of Union Friend, Governor-Elect Evers

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Big labor scored a big victory Tuesday night, knocking out its Public Enemy No. 1 at the polls.  Read More Big Labor Salivating At Prospects Of Union Friend, Governor-Elect Evers

Ballot Measures: Voters Approve Billions For Education, OK Legalizing Pot, Split On Road Funding

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 23:00
By Ola Lisowski and Chris Rochester - While much of the state focused on the remarkably close gubernatorial race Tuesday, voters also expressed resounding opinions on ballot measures regarding school referenda and marijuana legalization.  Read More Ballot Measures: Voters Approve Billions For Education, OK Legalizing Pot, Split On Road Funding

MacIver News Minute: Evers Win Gives Big Labor A Glimmer Of Hope

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:59
Big Labor scored a big win when Democrat Tony Evers defeated Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's election. Evers, long backed by Wisconsin's teachers union and a proponent of the union-backed "Fight For 15" crowd, will doubtless be Big Labor's best friend as Wisconsin's new governor.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Evers Win Gives Big Labor A Glimmer Of Hope

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