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MacIver News Minute: It’s Back to the Future as Protesters Rail Against Extraordinary Session Bills

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:25
Opponents of the GOP's package of extraordinary session proposals aimed at cementing the conservative reforms of the past eight years were reminiscent of the tactics and rhetoric of opponents of just about every other big government-limiting measure of the recent past. On Monday they got the band back together, wailing and railing against the last measures the GOP enacts before a new era of divided government begins.  Read More MacIver News Minute: It’s Back to the Future as Protesters Rail Against Extraordinary Session Bills

Budget Committee Takes Up ‘Extraordinary’ Bills Amid Protests, Dem Grandstanding

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 01:26
By M.D. Kittle - the Republican majority on the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee early Tuesday morning passed dozens of bills aimed at protecting GOP limited-government reforms over the past eight years and limiting the powers of the incoming liberal governor and attorney general.   Read More Budget Committee Takes Up ‘Extraordinary’ Bills Amid Protests, Dem Grandstanding

Republicans Call Extraordinary Session To Protect Legacy Of Reforms

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - This week’s scheduled extraordinary session of the Legislature has Democrats feeling extraordinarily cranky, charging the Republican majority with everything from post-election “temper tantrums” to legislative power grabs.   Read More Republicans Call Extraordinary Session To Protect Legacy Of Reforms

The Scott Walker Legacy: An Unprecedented Time of Reform and Taxpayer Victories 

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 23:00
By Matt Kittle - The Republican governor’s limited-government policies were so anathema to their big-government religion that progressives launched a recall movement, the birth of the left’s national resistance movement, against him. They hated him so much that they readily endorsed a secret, unconstitutional “John Doe” investigation — one of the darkest chapters in Wisconsin history — into Walker, his campaign, and many of the center-right organizations in the state. But Walker and the conservative Legislature embraced the battle, and bested progressives at nearly every turn.  Read More The Scott Walker Legacy: An Unprecedented Time of Reform and Taxpayer Victories 

2018 School Report Cards: Spotlight on Milwaukee, Racine, Choice and Charter

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:10
By Ola Lisowski - Wisconsin schools and districts appear to be trending in the right direction according to the Department of Public Instruction’s latest report cards for the 2017-18 school year. Having already examined the results as a whole, let’s take the time to focus in on some districts and schools of interest.  Read More 2018 School Report Cards: Spotlight on Milwaukee, Racine, Choice and Charter

Wedding Barn Owner: Schimel Opinion ‘Political Payback’

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 23:00
Washing his hands of a prickly bit of business, the chairman of the Legislature’s Alcohol Beverages Enforcement Study Committee on Wednesday ended discussion — and potential legislation — on regulating so-called wedding barns and other emerging players in the state’s hospitality industry.   Read More Wedding Barn Owner: Schimel Opinion ‘Political Payback’

Signing a Death Certificate

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:02
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - At what point will they, and any other court commissioner whose error in judgment puts a dangerous man back on the streets, bear some responsibility for essentially allowing a hardened criminal to sign an innocent person’s death warrant?  Read More Signing a Death Certificate

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

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