Monthly Archives: May 2013

The show me how you pick up paper state

Salus populi suprema lex esto, indeed. You’d normally associate tossing piles of paper to the floor with a fit of peevishness, but in the Missouri House of Representatives, it’s how they mark the end of session. The Wisconsin Assembly has come … Continue reading

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‘Cheers’ from GZ to wrap up the week

Late Friday afternoons are the equivalent of the witching hour around here. One never  knows quite what to expect in the ol’ e-mail inbox. 

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Catch-and-release budgeting (AUDIO)

Every once in awhile at the state Capitol, some halfhearted discussion takes place about ending the practice of inserting policy items into the state budget bill. Nothing ever comes of it because there are so many swell ideas out there … Continue reading

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The table on page 56

It’s a media crush on the 4th floor of the Capitol today, as the Joint Legislative Audit Committee holds an informational audit on the recent audit of the Wisconsin Development Corporation.

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Majority rules – not always nicely (AUDIO)

Today’s executive session on Senate Bill 95 in the Senate Election and Urban Affairs Committee was illustrative of how a majority party can operate, if it chooses to. 

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For the record: Alex Holland of BIG (AUDIO)

Alex Holland is one of the co-founders of BIG – the Bipartisan Issues Group – which pulled off the coup of getting Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Mark Pocan in the same room Thursday night. 

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Mother Nature on a wanted poster

Hayward, at the epicenter of our freakish May snowstorm, has recieved 16 inches of snow so far. I called my old buddy Gary Hessel at WRLS to gauge the mood. They’re trying to laugh, because the alternative . . . 

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Milwaukee, from misery to excitement

Back in February (a month that looked a lot like early May in some parts of Wisconsin), I posted that Milwaukee had made the Forbes magazine list of America’s Most Miserable Cities, and how I thought that was absolute twaddle. … Continue reading

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Booze halls, Siths and school choice expansion (AUDIO)

The Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues – chaired by Republican state Senator Dale Schultz – held an informational hearing today on the “fiscal and economic impact of AB 40 on rural schools and rural tax payers.”

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