Category Archives: Politics

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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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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Questions from Bob Edgar (AUDIO)

Bob Edgar, national president and CEO of Common Cause, says it’s pretty easy to illustrate the fallout, from 2010’s Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. “During a presidential campaign here in Wisconsin, do you like the fact that … Continue reading

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Can I set my stuff here?

I think there was a time, not too long ago, when one could have set a couple of innocuous items on the first floor balustrade in the Capitol rotunda without attracting undue attention.

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Walker ‘needs no introduction’ (AUDIO)

There’s a certain inevitability to hearing Governor Scott Walker introduced to speak before a group. 

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Melting snow reveals plenty of these

Responsible drivers who would never think of getting behind the wheel after drinking, let alone driving while drinking, might be surprised by the number of empties it’s possible to pick up. These took me about 15 minutes without trying to … Continue reading

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Dems invite Schultz to join them

The big news over the weekend is that state Republican Representative Howard Marklein will challenge veteran GOP Senator Dale Schultz for his Senate seat. 

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Johnson fills out filibuster

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson was among those participating in Senator Rand Paul’s 13 hour filibuster-which ended early this morning-over the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Politico reports:

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Beyond belief: federal oil painting budget

So far as we know, the only Wisconsin politicians to have their likenesses rendered in oil portraiture have been the state’s governors. Because it would be preposterous to commission portraits of, say, the Agriculture or DNR secretary on the taxpayer … Continue reading

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