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MacIver News Minute: Social Security’s Impending Insolvency Buried Under Sensational Headlines

3 hours 12 min ago
Social Security will run out of money in 2034, just 16 years away, according to a new report by the program's trustees. But that alarming headline was buried amid sensational headlines about celebrity f-bombs and porn star melodrama. The fact is, unless Congress acts, taxpayers and people on Social Security will be paying the price in the not-too-distant future.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Social Security’s Impending Insolvency Buried Under Sensational Headlines

Wisconsin Right To Work Case Tests Prolonged Forced Union Dues

5 hours 11 min ago
By M.D. Kittle - Right to Work doesn’t guarantee instant freedom from the shackles of big labor.  Read More Wisconsin Right To Work Case Tests Prolonged Forced Union Dues

Elections Expert: SCOTUS Punts On Wisconsin’s ‘Goldilocks’ Gerrymandering Case

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:54
By M.D. Kittle - One of the nation’s top election law watchers tells MacIver News Service he’s not surprised the U.S. Supreme Court “took the easy way out” in Wisconsin’s highly anticipated partisan redistricting case.   Read More Elections Expert: SCOTUS Punts On Wisconsin’s ‘Goldilocks’ Gerrymandering Case

MacIver News Minute: Same-Day Registration Plagued by Thousands of Potential Cases of Voter Fraud

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 02:00
The left likes to cast conservatives who champion voter integrity efforts as pushers of a nefarious plot to strip voters of the franchise. But data from the state Elections Commission illustrates why regular clean-up of the voter rolls is so important. After the 2016 election, thousands of same-day registrations couldn't be verified after postcards sent to their addresses bounced back. There's plenty of evidence that more stringent standards are prudent and necessary to ensure the integrity of the one-person, one-vote concept.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Same-Day Registration Plagued by Thousands of Potential Cases of Voter Fraud

The Perks Of Congress: Pensions, Free Parking, Haircuts And So Much More

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Some of our readers are wondering: What kind of perks are U.S. senators and representatives hauling in?  Read More The Perks Of Congress: Pensions, Free Parking, Haircuts And So Much More

Almost 4,000 Cases of Voter Fraud Recorded By Wisconsin Officials After 2016 Election

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 01:00
By Chris Rochester - Almost a thousand cases of potential election day registration fraud were referred to district attorneys across Wisconsin following the 2016 general election, and questions remain over thousands more voters who can’t be located or verified, according to data from the state Elections Commission.  Read More Almost 4,000 Cases of Voter Fraud Recorded By Wisconsin Officials After 2016 Election

Costly ‘Lessons Learned’ in Madison’s Unfolding Broadband Boondoggle

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:41
What lessons did Madison's tech bureaucrats learn from their failed, $500,000 broadband-for-all pilot project? Not much, it seems. But the public and some skeptical members of a city committee overseeing the project found out from a "lessons learned" document assembled by the bureaucrats what a textbook government boondoggle looks like. MacIver's Chris Rochester joins Matt Kittle on the Vicki McKenna Show on News/Talk 1310 WIBA.  Read More Costly ‘Lessons Learned’ in Madison’s Unfolding Broadband Boondoggle

Costly ‘Lessons Learned’ In Madison Broadband-For-All Boondoggle

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - The city of Madison spent a half million dollars of taxpayer money on a failed pilot program to bring broadband to four low-income neighborhoods. So what did bureaucrats learn from this crash-and-burn experiment?   Read More Costly ‘Lessons Learned’ In Madison Broadband-For-All Boondoggle

MacIver News Minute: Problems Persist at the Troubled Tomah VA Medical Center

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:39
The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which earned the monicker "Candyland" when its deadly overprescribing of opioids was exposed - still has troubles. In December, MacIver reported that a sharp temperature spike may have compromised sensitive drugs at the pharmacy there. New information sheds light on the meltdown - and indicates the facility may have something to hide.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Problems Persist at the Troubled Tomah VA Medical Center

Brett Healy Breaks Down Special Election Results on the Vicki McKenna Show

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:17
MacIver Institute President Brett Healy discusses the results of Tuesday's special elections in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42 on the Vicki McKenna Show with guest host, Matt Kittle. The verdict on the #BlueWave some say is coming this fall? It's a mixed bag after the Republicans won the Assembly seat and Democrats took the Senate seat.  Read More Brett Healy Breaks Down Special Election Results on the Vicki McKenna Show

Maybe We Should Approach The Entitlement Crisis Like Peace Talks With North Korea

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:28
By M.D. Kittle - Perhaps congress should approach the looming Social Security crisis with the same sense of urgency as the U.S.-North Korea peace talks.   Read More Maybe We Should Approach The Entitlement Crisis Like Peace Talks With North Korea

Election Analysis from Brett Healy – President of the MacIver Institute

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:18
MacIver President Brett Healy joined the WTAQ Morning News with Matt & Earl to recap the results of the special elections in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42.  Read More Election Analysis from Brett Healy – President of the MacIver Institute

Supreme Court Says States Can – And Must – Clean Up Messy Voter Rolls

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:00
Ohio not only has a right to clean up its voter rolls, but the U.S. Supreme Court basically ordered it to do so, giving the green light to similar election integrity efforts across the country.  Read More Supreme Court Says States Can – And Must – Clean Up Messy Voter Rolls

MacIver News Minute: Left-Wing Agitators Plot to Crash Foxconn’s Groundbreaking Party

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:01
Leftists are lining up their forces, intent on putting all they've got into raining on Foxconn's big parade later this month when the tech giant plans to break ground on its massive new manufacturing campus. Their ultimate aim? To derail or besmirch the $10 billion, 13,000-job development deal in "any way possible" to improve their odds of defeating Gov. Scott Walker this November.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Left-Wing Agitators Plot to Crash Foxconn’s Groundbreaking Party

News And Views: Minnesota Versus Wisconsin, and Why Foxconn Matters

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:29
MacIver communications director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows to discuss the left's latest attempt to portray Minnesota as a progressive utopia compared to Wisconsin. But the economic data paints a much different picture when it's not being massaged and cherry picked. In fact, by many measures Wisconsin is outperforming its neighbor to the west.  Read More News And Views: Minnesota Versus Wisconsin, and Why Foxconn Matters

News And Views: Update on Sabina Burton, Madison Broadband Boondoggle, and Tomah VA Candyland

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:31
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for his weekly discussion of Wisconsin news and politics. Up this week - the latest on ousted UW-Platteville professor Sabina Burton, Madison's $173 million broadband boondoggle, and the latest revelations with the troubled Tomah VA Medical Center.  Read More News And Views: Update on Sabina Burton, Madison Broadband Boondoggle, and Tomah VA Candyland

MacIver News Minute: La Crosse Shows Us Money-Saving Potential of Direct Primary Care

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:11
Direct primary care - where a doctor is paid a monthly fee in exchange for a menu of primary care services, bypassing insurance red tape - is a cost-saving, innovative way to tackle the rising price of health care. The City of La Crosse and the La Crosse School District are great examples of the potential to both improve care and save money. Adding DPC to their list of options has proven extremely popular and has saved more than $1.5 million in a few short years.  Read More MacIver News Minute: La Crosse Shows Us Money-Saving Potential of Direct Primary Care

$173 Million Madison Broadband-For-All Estimate Is A Cold Shot Of Fiscal Reality

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 07:00
By M.D. Kittle - New cost projections for a proposed broadband-for-all Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network controlled by the city at least has a government subcommittee second-guessing hopes and assumptions about “ubiquitous” high-speed Internet service.   Read More $173 Million Madison Broadband-For-All Estimate Is A Cold Shot Of Fiscal Reality

Records Detail Hot Medicine Mess At Tomah VA

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - A climate-control malfunction late last year at the Tomah VA Medical Center outpatient pharmacy did compromise medications and cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars to replace, according to government documents obtained by MacIver News Service.   Read More Records Detail Hot Medicine Mess At Tomah VA

MacIver News Minute: Dem Candidates For Governor Pledge to Undo Act 10

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:16
Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 has been a resounding win for Wisconsin taxpayers - it's saved more than $5 billion in the years since the landmark law was enacted. But the liberals running to unseat Walker have all pledged to repeal the reform, restoring a huge spigot of money into the campaign coffers of progressive candidates.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Dem Candidates For Governor Pledge to Undo Act 10

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