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The Walker Years Podcast: Rep. Dale Kooyenga

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:00
Dale Kooyenga has been a partner of Gov. Scott Walker in the Legislature since both took office after the 2010 elections. Kooyenga, who won election to the state Senate in November, shares his thoughts on the Walker years in this edition of a special MacIver Newsmakers podcast series examining the legacy of Scott Walker in conversations with those uniquely qualified to tell it.  Read More The Walker Years Podcast: Rep. Dale Kooyenga

MacIver News Minute: A Lawyer For Me, But Not For Thee

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:27
Democrats seem to have selective amnesia when it comes to a key legal battle Tony Evers won just a few months ago. While wailing about the state Legislature's move to grant itself the right to legal representation outside of the state Attorney General's office, they ignore that the state Supreme Court just a few months ago said the Department of Public Instruction was entitled to just that - its own lawyer - when it felt outgoing AG Brad Schimel wouldn't adequately represent it in court.  Read More MacIver News Minute: A Lawyer For Me, But Not For Thee

Will Evers Lead From The Far Left? His Choice Of Advisers Suggests So

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Gov.-elect Tony Evers talked a lot about “common ground” and bringing people together on the campaign trail. But Evers' lofty words of bipartisanship don’t jibe with his selection of far left advisors.   Read More Will Evers Lead From The Far Left? His Choice Of Advisers Suggests So

The Season of Myths

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - It’s the time of year when myth and legend blur with history and fact, cementing themselves in America’s collective consciousness in a season set aside for belief. No, not Christmastime. Post-election season.  Read More The Season of Myths

The Walker Years Podcast: Mike Huebsch

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:00
Mike Huebsch, Gov. Scott Walker's first Secretary of Administration, was in the middle of the maelstrom as protesters descended on the Capitol in the heady days following the introduction of Act 10, and he was at Walker's side throughout the battle to right Wisconsin's fiscal ship. Huebsch shares his thoughts on the Walker years in this edition of a special MacIver Newsmakers podcast series examining the legacy of Scott Walker in conversations with those uniquely qualified to tell it.  Read More The Walker Years Podcast: Mike Huebsch

The Scott Walker Years: Taxpayer-Centered Reforms in Wisconsin

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:48
By M.D. Kittle - Walker’s signature success, Act 10, is, for many, the defining win of his two eventful terms. But it was just the beginning of a long list of limited-government reforms the likes of which Wisconsin had never seen.  Read More The Scott Walker Years: Taxpayer-Centered Reforms in Wisconsin

MacIver News Minute: Lawmakers Approve More Tax Relief in Extraordinary Session

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:55
While leftist agitators were busy screaming "Shame!" at last week's extraordinary session of the Legislature, taxpayers were once again winning. In the latest round of tax relief, Republicans passed a bill requiring any new sales tax collected from online sales to be put to income tax relief, adding to the $8 billion-plus in tax relief Gov. Walker and the conservative Legislature have enacted over the past eight years.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Lawmakers Approve More Tax Relief in Extraordinary Session

Gov. Scott Walker’s Message on Extraordinary Session Bills

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:50
Gov. Scott Walker's message about the extraordinary session bills.  Read More Gov. Scott Walker’s Message on Extraordinary Session Bills

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Speaker Robin Vos on Extraordinary Session

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:00
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos joins MacIver's Matt Kittle for an exclusive conversation in this week's MacIver Newsmakers podcast. They discuss the extraordinary session in which lawmakers passed legislation that cements many of the conservative reforms of the past eight years. And they tackle that all-important question: Why is emo rap suddenly so popular?  Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Speaker Robin Vos on Extraordinary Session

News And Views: Media Bias and the Extraordinary Session

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:37
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to talk about last week's extraordinary legislative session and the media's coverage of it, which many believe is badly slanted.  Read More News And Views: Media Bias and the Extraordinary Session

The Walker Years Podcast: Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 23:00
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has been a critical partner of Gov. Scott Walker over perhaps the most consequential eight years in Wisconsin political history. And at the start of that time, she faced challenges far beyond policy disputes and protesters. Kleefisch sits down in the MacIver studio with Matt Kittle to share her journey - personal and political - as those eight years come to a close. This is the first in the MacIver Newsmaker podcast series examining the legacy of Scott Walker in conversations with those uniquely qualified to tell it.  Read More The Walker Years Podcast: Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

On The Vicki McKenna Show: Healy Discusses Extraordinary Session

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:36
MacIver Institute President Brett Healy joins Matt Kittle, guest hosting on the Vicki McKenna Show on News/Talk 1130 WISN, to discuss the big story of the week: the extraordinary session of the Legislature.  Read More On The Vicki McKenna Show: Healy Discusses Extraordinary Session

Summary of Bills Passed in Extraordinary Session

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 23:00
The MacIver Institute summarizes the extraordinary session legislation that passed earlier this week and heads to the governor's desk. We also revisit three proposals that didn't make make the cut as the process moved along.  Read More Summary of Bills Passed in Extraordinary Session

MacIver News Minute: Happy Hanukkah From MacIver

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:08
MacIver reflects on the meaning of Hanukkah in today's special MacIver News Minute.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Happy Hanukkah From MacIver

Extraordinary Session Tax Proposals: Lowering Individual Income Taxes, Flexibility for Businesses

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 23:00
By Ola Lisowski - While much of the attention of this week’s Extraordinary Session centered around the powers of the governor and attorney general, two remarkably impactful proposals quietly passed through the Legislature this week.  Read More Extraordinary Session Tax Proposals: Lowering Individual Income Taxes, Flexibility for Businesses

Nichols Vows To Wipe Wisconsin Conservatives From History

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 23:00
MacIver News - On Monday night outside the Wisconsin Capitol, liberal journalist John Nichols vowed to wipe conservatives out of Wisconsin history books and laid out his vision for a progressive utopia in the state.  Read More Nichols Vows To Wipe Wisconsin Conservatives From History

Extraordinary Session Update on the Vicki McKenna Show: Wednesday Edition (After the Dust Settled)

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:56
MacIver's Matt Kittle takes a look back at an extraordinary 48 hours at the state Capitol, where lawmakers went through a marathon effort to pass bills aimed at cementing the conservative reforms of the past eight years, trying to prevent incoming Gov. Tony Evers from washing it all away with little or no input from the Republican-controlled Legislature.  Read More Extraordinary Session Update on the Vicki McKenna Show: Wednesday Edition (After the Dust Settled)

In Marathon Session, Wisconsin Legislature Passes Amended Lame Duck Bills

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:14
By M.D. Kittle - After a marathon-and-a-half floor session that extended deep into the new day, Senate Republicans on a party-line vote passed a watered-down version of extraordinary session legislation aimed at protecting the Gov. Scott Walker-era reforms of the past eight years.  Read More In Marathon Session, Wisconsin Legislature Passes Amended Lame Duck Bills

The Forgotten Man

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 23:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - So desperate were the outgoing governor and state legislative majority to pass what amounted to a sweetheart deal for some of their biggest political backers that they did what was until then unthinkable—they sprang Jeff Wood from jail so he could vote.  Read More The Forgotten Man

Extraordinary Session Update on the Vicki McKenna Show: Tuesday Edition (Live from the Field)

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:54
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1130 WISN for an update live from the Capitol, where the Legislature was in the middle of a very long day debating a slate of bills to limit the ability of incoming Gov. Tony Evers to roll back eight years of conservative reforms by going around the Republican-controlled Legislature.  Read More Extraordinary Session Update on the Vicki McKenna Show: Tuesday Edition (Live from the Field)

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