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Media, Environmentalists Have It Out for Farmers

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:08
By Dan Ellsworth, WI Water Alliance - On January 23, the City of Wausau piped 3.7 million gallons of raw, untreated human feces and waste directly into the Wisconsin River. Was this by accident? No. It was by design, as the waste was routed directly to the river by the city’s sewerage system after a pipe leading to the wastewater treatment plant was plugged.  Read More Media, Environmentalists Have It Out for Farmers

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – The State Of The Union Is Strong (And Democrats Are Dour)

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:44
Team MacIver hacks its way through an episode without on-air extraordinaire Matt Kittle, who is out with a nasty bug. This week, the team takes its new podcast equipment for a test drive and talks about the state of the state, the state of the union (and dour Democrats), the latest in the Tax Cut Armageddon, some important bills at the Capitol, and more!  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – The State Of The Union Is Strong (And Democrats Are Dour)

MacIver News Minute: Obfuscation Games In The FISA Court

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 17:49
Perhaps the most troubling concern raised by the recently released Nunes memo were the games of obfuscation the FBI played to get a FISA court's permission to spy on an American citizen. Namely, the Steele Dossier - Democrat-funded campaign propaganda - was key to obtaining a wire tap on former Trump adviser Carter Page.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Obfuscation Games In The FISA Court

Friday Capitol Update: Welfare Reform, Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Collective Bargaining

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:00
Once again your friendly MacIver staff is here to keep you up-to-date on all the happenings at the Wisconsin Capitol. With dozens of bills being pushed through the legislature this week, we selected a few important bills to notify you of.   Read More Friday Capitol Update: Welfare Reform, Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Collective Bargaining

New John Doe Judge Wants To Know What He’s Empowered To Do

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:25
By M.D. Kittle - The newly appointed judge who could decide whether agents of Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation should be punished for their conduct wants to know what his authority is - where it begins and where it ends.   Read More New John Doe Judge Wants To Know What He’s Empowered To Do

Interview: Mark Behrens And John Beisner Talk Tort Reform

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:31
In this special supplemental MacIver Report interview, Bill Osmulski sits down in the MacIver studio with Mark Behrens with the American Tort Reform Association and John Beisner with the US Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform. They discuss tort reform, class action lawsuits, and why limiting abuses of the legal system is important to job growth.  Read More Interview: Mark Behrens And John Beisner Talk Tort Reform

MacIver News Minute: Walker Gives Surplus Revenue Back To Taxpayers

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:30
Unlike other spend-it-all politicians, Gov. Scott Walker is making good on a pledge he's made repeatedly on the campaign trail - return surplus tax revenue to the hard-working taxpayers it came from. Walker is now proposing to give $122 million back, and he can do it thanks to a larger than expected budget surplus that comes from prudent budget management.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Walker Gives Surplus Revenue Back To Taxpayers

‘The Senate Did Its Job’ – Q & A with Elections Commissioner Dean Knudson

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Elections Commission member Dean Knudson talks about the battle of wills between the commission and the Senate in this MacIver News Service Q & A.   Read More ‘The Senate Did Its Job’ – Q & A with Elections Commissioner Dean Knudson

Elections Commission Continues To Defy Will Of Senate In John Doe’s Shadow

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:35
By M.D. Kittle - Despite warnings by fellow commissioner Dean Knudson that the defiant elections law agency is quickly losing its “window” to name a new interim administrator, the commission on Wednesday voted 4-2 to table Knudson’s motion to move on.   Read More Elections Commission Continues To Defy Will Of Senate In John Doe’s Shadow

Five Things In Trump’s State Of The Union The Media Mostly Ignored

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:20
By Chris Rochester - President Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday was full of good, conservative policy - including both victories from his first year in office and plans for the next. But don't rely on mainstream coverage of the speech to point that out.  Read More Five Things In Trump’s State Of The Union The Media Mostly Ignored

MacIver Institute Submits Ideas to Trump Administration on Ways to Encourage Healthcare Competition and Lower Prices

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 16:06
By Abby Streu - The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a Request for Information promoting health care choice and competition across the United States. A group of 45 free market activists and think tanks, including the MacIver Institute, across America joined together in laying out how the Trump Administration can accomplish this.  Read More MacIver Institute Submits Ideas to Trump Administration on Ways to Encourage Healthcare Competition and Lower Prices

Bureaucrats Replaced “Rules” With “Guidance” To Sidestep Oversight

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 14:33
How Washington bureaucrats carry out national policy is increasingly being determined by an eclectic assortment of blogposts, letters, bulletins and other informal guidance as a way to avoid congressional oversight, and Senator Ron Johnson has a plan to get them under control.  Read More Bureaucrats Replaced “Rules” With “Guidance” To Sidestep Oversight

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – A Whirlwind Week In Wisconsin

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:05
Team MacIver is short one person because Bill Osmulski is out pursuing truth and justice! The rest of the team talks about Gov. Walker's State of the State speech, the whirlwind week in the John Doe saga, more news from the tax cut apocalypse, and a packed calendar at the state Capitol.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – A Whirlwind Week In Wisconsin

MacIver News Minute: Democrat David Halbrooks Calls For John Doe Ringleader’s Job

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 09:50
Most Democrats have eagerly served as apologists for the John Doe probe and invasions of their political opponents' private communications. But one Democrat - David Halbrooks - is appalled by the episode, and last week called for Milwaukee County DA and fellow Democrat John Chisholm to lose this job for his central role in fathering the unconstitutional witch hunts.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Democrat David Halbrooks Calls For John Doe Ringleader’s Job

John Doe Judge Sets Hearing On Contempt Of Court Request

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:10
By M.D. Kittle - A Brown County judge has been tapped to preside over the legal issues left by Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation, including Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to initiate contempt of court proceedings against nine agents of the unconstitutional probe.  Read More John Doe Judge Sets Hearing On Contempt Of Court Request

McAdams: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Takes Media Bias To A New Level

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 23:00
By John McAdams - Even liberal outlets like The Atlantic and the Huffington Post have been sympathetic to my case. But one big exception has been the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.   Read More McAdams: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Takes Media Bias To A New Level

Disorder In The Court: Charges Of Misconduct, Dysfunction in Ozaukee County Court

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 18:36
By M.D. Kittle - While it appears violations of the law at some level took place, what the Justice Department’s investigation fully exposed was a breath-taking dysfunction in the Ozaukee County court system.  Read More Disorder In The Court: Charges Of Misconduct, Dysfunction in Ozaukee County Court

Capitol Update: State of the State, Supreme Court Forum, and More

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 15:59
January 29, 2018 | MacIver News Service We’re nearly a month into the New Year, and have already started to see friction at the Capitol. This week was no different–liberal supreme court candidates sizing each other up, the stalling of a Base Budget Review bill, the undusting of legislation from the Great Depression. All of …

Ethics Chair Calls For Chisholm’s Removal Over John Doe (Video Report)

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 15:56
Ethics Chair David Halbrooks is the only high profile Democrat to criticize the John Doe investigation. Not only that, but he's the only public official to demand Gov. Walker and the Assembly take steps to remove John Chisholm as Milwaukee DA for orchestrating John Doe. He says party affiliation should be factor, and the state needs to make sure nothing like John Doe can ever happen again. Halbrooks knows first hand what John Doe entailed. Chisholm used it as an excuse to seize Halbrooks emails about a case that involved Chisholm. MNS' Bill Osmulski has more.  Read More Ethics Chair Calls For Chisholm’s Removal Over John Doe (Video Report)

State Collections Up $2.25b This Year As Economy Thrives

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 15:19
By Matt Tragesser - With the state of Wisconsin experiencing healthy economic growth, the Department of Revenue has collected an additional $2.25 billion in general purpose revenue since the end of the 2017 fiscal year, according to a DOR press release.   Read More State Collections Up $2.25b This Year As Economy Thrives

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