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Ethics Commission Chair Calls For Impeachment Of John Chisholm, Father Of John Doe

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:54
By M.D. Kittle - In a surprising move - in a government abuse saga with plenty of twists and turns - the Democrat who chairs the bipartisan state Ethics Commission on Thursday called for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s impeachment as he likened Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to Joseph McCarthy.   Read More Ethics Commission Chair Calls For Impeachment Of John Chisholm, Father Of John Doe

State Of The State: Healy Discusses Gov. Walker’s Welfare Reform Proposal On WPR

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:13
In The News - MacIver President Brett Healy joins Kate Archer Kent on Wisconsin Public Radio's Morning Show to talk about Governor Walker's ten-bill welfare reform proposal. The new initiative was part of Walker's 2018 State of the State address on Wednesday.  Read More State Of The State: Healy Discusses Gov. Walker’s Welfare Reform Proposal On WPR

MacIver News Minute: Why The Senate Rejected Bell and Haas Confirmations

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:15
For Republican members of the state Senate, the decision to reject the confirmations of Brian Bell and Michael Haas came down to a loss of faith in the two bureaucrats, who were both employees of the deeply partisan Government Accountability Board during the infamous John Doe investigations.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Why The Senate Rejected Bell and Haas Confirmations

Haas Is Back (Video Report)

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:30
News Video - The Wisconsin Elections Commission doesn't care that the Senate would not confirm Mike Haas as their administrator. They simply called a meeting Wednesday to reinstate him as interim administrator.  Read More Haas Is Back (Video Report)

Walker Pitches Tax Break, Health Care Fix In ‘Ambitious Agenda’ State Of The State

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:57
By M.D. Kittle - In an upbeat State of the State address to the Legislature that was reminiscent and forward-looking, Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday proposed a tax break for families and an ambitious initiative aimed at checking the escalating costs of health insurance.   Read More Walker Pitches Tax Break, Health Care Fix In ‘Ambitious Agenda’ State Of The State

Government Showdown: Elections Commission Defies Senate, Reappoints Haas

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:44
By M.D. Kittle - Rejecting the Senate’s rejection, the state Elections Commission voted 4-2 Wednesday to appoint (or reappoint) interim administrator Michael Haas as interim administrator - at least through April.   Read More Government Showdown: Elections Commission Defies Senate, Reappoints Haas

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Stake Out Positions During Milwaukee Forum

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:52
The three candidates vying to replace outgoing Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman sparred Monday night at a forum held in Milwaukee. That is, the two liberals mainly took turns attacking each other's progressive bona fides.  Read More Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Stake Out Positions During Milwaukee Forum

GOP-Led Senate Rejects Political Speech Chiefs, But John Doe Battle Far From Over

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:37
By M.D. Kittle - After a lengthy and heated debate Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate effectively sent Wisconsin’s embattled political speech administrators packing.  Read More GOP-Led Senate Rejects Political Speech Chiefs, But John Doe Battle Far From Over

MacIver News Minute: Walker Rolls Out New Welfare Reform Initiative

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:28
Gov. Walker last week introduced a new package of welfare reform bills - ten in all. Walker proposes that FoodShare cards include photo ID, expands work requirements, puts asset limits on certain programs, and more. With unemployment at a rock-bottom 3%, there are certainly jobs available for able-bodied adults currently on government assistance.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Walker Rolls Out New Welfare Reform Initiative

AFP-WI and MacIver Institute Ask Legislature To Rethink Move to Resurrect New Deal Conservation Corps

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:34
It seems that some Wisconsin lawmakers are so nostalgic for the old days of the Great Depression that they now want to revive an archaic program that died years ago - the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Read More AFP-WI and MacIver Institute Ask Legislature To Rethink Move to Resurrect New Deal Conservation Corps

The MacIver Report – Wisconsin This Week: We’re Neck Deep

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:10
Team MacIver is neck deep this week. Gov. Walker rolled out his new welfare reform package, tax cut armageddon is still creating havoc, John Doe reckoning is fast approaching, Wisconsin got good economic news...and the federal government was shut down for a short time. The MacIver team has insight about all of it! And buckets of chicken.  Read More The MacIver Report – Wisconsin This Week: We’re Neck Deep

Dallet and Burns Spar Over Activist Credentials At Supreme Court Forum

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:57
By M.D. Kittle - The Federalist Society’s state Supreme Court forum Monday night featuring three candidates looking to replace outgoing Justice Michael Gableman had all the backbiting bellicosity of a political campaign - or a routine "nonpartisan" Supreme Court race in the bitterly divided Badger State.  Read More Dallet and Burns Spar Over Activist Credentials At Supreme Court Forum

John Doe Questions Remain Before Tuesday’s Senate Confirmation Votes

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:22
By M.D. Kittle - As the state Senate prepares to vote on whether to fire him, embattled Ethics Commission interim administrator Brian Bell is responding to one senator’s pointed questions.  Read More John Doe Questions Remain Before Tuesday’s Senate Confirmation Votes

As Spring Semester Starts, Conservatives Should Keep Pressing Free Speech Cause

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 23:00
By Jake Lubenow - From waving dildos in the air, to shutting out conservative organizations, to hating all white men, the campus left in Wisconsin truly had a banner fall semester. The radical leftists at our universities continue to trip over their extraordinarily low bar for being considerate participants in political debate and restraining from indoctrinating Wisconsin students.  Read More As Spring Semester Starts, Conservatives Should Keep Pressing Free Speech Cause

Madison Golf Courses Drowning in Water and Debt

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 23:00
By Abby Streu - Public courses aim to reduce range fees for constituents, but the combination of low revenue for the system and disrepair on the courses will cause approximately $329,000 in losses annually, according to the City’s Subcommittee on Golf. Out of the past nine years, eight have run a deficit.  Read More Madison Golf Courses Drowning in Water and Debt

Union Membership Rises As Wisconsin Economy Creates Thousands of Blue Collar Jobs

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:34
By Jake Lubenow - Wisconsin’s downward trend in union membership could be leveling off as a result of an influx of blue collar jobs in the private sector. Last year in Wisconsin, membership rose from 8.1 percent to 8.3 percent, which comes out to approximately 11,000 workers.  Read More Union Membership Rises As Wisconsin Economy Creates Thousands of Blue Collar Jobs

Wisconsin’s ‘Comey-Over’

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:58
By Deborah Jordahl - What do a former attorney general, two former judges, two licensed attorneys and a former state legislator have in common?  Read More Wisconsin’s ‘Comey-Over’

Ethics Commission Defense Letters Point To Abuses Of GAB, Agents

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:51
By M.D. Kittle - If there were any illusions that members of the state Ethics Commission would stand by their now-infamous predecessor and their agents, those ideas quickly evaporated in new memos made public Wednesday.  Read More Ethics Commission Defense Letters Point To Abuses Of GAB, Agents

Walker Calls Special Session For Ten Welfare Reform Bills

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:28
By Chris Rochester - A far-reaching package of welfare reform bills will be the focus of a special session of the Legislature called by Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday.  Read More Walker Calls Special Session For Ten Welfare Reform Bills

State Unemployment Rate Lowest In 45 Years

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:54
State officials say Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has never been below 3 percent, and that it’s never been that low for the month of December. The rate was 3.2 percent in November, which means 6,800 people got off unemployment in December.  Read More State Unemployment Rate Lowest In 45 Years

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