Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced he has lured a hired gun attorney with no background in Wisconsin or Wisconsin state law to serve in his office in the newly created Office of Solicitor General. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted what Schimel’s new hire, Misha Tseytlin, does have is a background with the Washington, D.C. office of an international, silk-stocking law firm that has worked on behalf of large polluters and has ties to the right-wing Federalist Society. Tseytlin most recently worked in West Virginia, helping the state government there oppose efforts to regulate global climate change causing pollution.
The ‘Fix’ Is In: Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans Introduce Latest Scheme to Manipulate the Rules to Gain Unfair, Partisan AdvantageOne Wisconsin Now ·
Republican legislative leaders, with the support of Gov. Scott Walker, are unveiling their latest scheme to manipulate election and ethics laws in Wisconsin to gain an unfair, partisan advantage for themselves.
Want More Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence from Gov. Walker’s Administration? Republican Fast Track Effort To Gut State Anti-Corruption Laws Will DeliverOne Wisconsin Now ·
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted the latest fast track Republican efforts to gut state anti-corruption laws, saying it is a prescription for more of the kind of cronyism, corruption and incompetence Wisconsin has endured from Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
Gov. Scott Walker Previews More Partisanship on State High Court With Plot to Appoint Political Crony to Open Judicial SeatOne Wisconsin Now ·
Gov. Scott Walker appears set to add to his record of cronyism, corruption and incompetence with the appointment of his political crony, Rebecca Bradley, to yet another judicial post, time a seat on the state’s high court. Bradley has been appointed by Walker to both of the seats she has held in her brief career as a judge and is an announced candidate for the Spring 2016 Wisconsin Supreme Court seat to which Walker appears poised to appoint her.
Madison, Wis. - Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee Chair Sen. Steve Nass plans to recess a committee hearing Tuesday on the controversial Republican effort to gut state civil service anti-corruption protections for a two hour plus break over the lunch hour. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted Nass’ plan as a sleazy ploy to limit opposition to the GOP’s latest effort to pack state government with more political cronies.
Nobody Home: Gov. Walker’s Administration Stonewalls Request for Log of Visitors to Taxpayer-Funded MansionOne Wisconsin Now ·
According to the office of Gov. Scott Walker, they have no record of visitors to the taxpayer funded Governor’s mansion. Neither does the Department of Transportation, where the Governor’s security detail is housed, and to date, the Department of Administration which supervises the Capitol Police has not produced the requested records. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted the Walker administration’s continued stonewalling on a request for the visitors log to the executive mansion from November 5, 2014 through present day. One Wisconsin Now first filed the request with the Governor’s office in April, after contacting the Governor’s mansion staff who indicating the request should be filed with Walker’s gubernatorial office.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements upon news of the passing of longtime Wisconsin State Employees Union leader Marty Beil, who passed away at his home last evening.
The Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act (Senate Bill 194), groundbreaking legislation creating a state based authority to help student loan borrowers refinance their debt, just like you can with a mortgage, is on the agenda for a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges Wednesday, October 7 at the State Capitol. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross hailed the hearing as an opportunity for voices of the nearly one million Wisconsin borrowers with over $18 billion in student debt to be heard.
Milwaukee Co. Supervisor Deanna Alexander Frets Failing to Defund Planned Parenthood Puts U.S. on Slippery Slope to Revival of Ancient, Ritualistic Human SacrificeOne Wisconsin Now ·
In their efforts to impose their beliefs and partisan politics on health care decisions made by Wisconsin families, the rhetoric of state Republicans seeking to limit access to reproductive health care services has gotten pretty extreme. But a recent column by Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander, in which she frets that by failing to defund Planned Parenthood the United States could be headed towards a future in which ritualistic human sacrifice is used to appease angry deities, sets a new low.
Disgraced Former Assembly Republican Speaker Scott Jensen Adds Name to List of Rebecca Bradley BoostersOne Wisconsin Now ·
Disgraced former Assembly Republican Speaker and pro-private school voucher program campaign advisor Scott Jensen in a news interview tabbed Rebecca Bradley as the pick to fill a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court with the recent passing of Justice Crooks. Bradley, an already announced candidate for the April 2016 state high court election, is a noted political crony of Gov. Scott Walker with ties to his political machine and having been appointed to both judicial seats she has held by Walker.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson added to his stunningly ill-informed record on the $1.3 trillion student loan debt crisis with his latest comments touting his votes to “improve” new student loans by allowing their interest rates to rise. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that Johnson’s latest comments come as momentum builds in Wisconsin and nationally for student loan debt reform, like allowing borrowers to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage, a measure Johnson has voted against twice in the U.S. Senate.
Gov. Walker’s Scandal Plagued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Provides Preview of Consequences of Proposal to Gut State Civil Service LawsOne Wisconsin Now ·
In a dramatic reversal, and despite past assurances to the contrary, Gov. Scott Walker and his lapdog Republican led state legislature are set to gut the state civil service that helps prevent cronyism and corruption. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted the proposal as opening the door to infecting other state agencies with the rampant cronyism, corruption and incompetence of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), where civil service protections were removed.
Here They Go Again. Despite Past Assurances, Gov. Walker and Republican Legislature Target State Civil Service SystemOne Wisconsin Now ·
Upon his return to the state after the spectacular implosion of his presidential campaign, Gov. Scott Walker is endorsing a new attack on Wisconsin workers revealed today by state legislative Republicans.
State Senator Chris Kapenga Endorses Barring A Muslim From Being Elected President While Using Tax Dollars to Support Islamic Religious SchoolsOne Wisconsin Now ·
State Senator Chris Kapenga is refusing to comment to the press on his social media post endorsing comments from 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson that a Muslim ought not be elected President and that the Islamic religion is inconsistent with American values and the U.S. Constitution. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the irony of Kapenga supporting taxpayer funded private school voucher tuition for hundreds of students at Islamic religious schools in Wisconsin while believing the students there should never be allowed to be President.
A Senate committee is holding a public hearing today on a trio of bills that could bring potentially lifesaving research to a halt in Wisconsin and attempt to divert funding for providing comprehensive reproductive health care services away from Planned Parenthood. One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye denounced the latest efforts by Senate Republicans to impose their partisan politics on the health care decisions of Wisconsin families and put their personal beliefs before women’s access to health care.
Media reports indicate Gov. Scott Walker will announce today he is ending his run for the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary after the most recent national polls have found the one-time front runner at 0% support among voters.
Russ Feingold used his address to thousands of progressive activists at the 14th Annual Fighting Bob Fest Saturday to tout his unflinching support for a plan to allow the nation’s 43 million student loan borrowers the opportunity to refinance their student loans, just like they can with every other loan.
Candidates for public office will often times tout the endorsements of prominent individuals to help raise their approval and standing in the eyes of the public. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the interesting strategic decision of Rebecca Bradley to tout the support of two of Wisconsin’s most ethically challenged justices, Jon Wilcox and Michael Gableman, in her bid for the state’s high court.
Rebecca Bradley may be a newly minted State Supreme Court Candidate but she has long ties to Gov. Scott Walker’s political machine. Not only was Bradley appointed to the bench in Milwaukee County in 2012 by Gov. Walker, she had Walker’s gubernatorial and presidential campaign chair Michael Grebe chair her 2013 re-election bid. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said the close association with Walker raises serious questions about her independence.
To: Members of the Media From: Scot Ross, One WI Now Executive Director Date: September 16, 2015 Re: GOP Cuts to Teen Drug Treatment
Assembly Republicans Advance Legislation Putting Their Political Vendettas Before Health of Wisconsin FamiliesOne Wisconsin Now ·
Assembly Republicans today continued to push their effort to put politics and their personal beliefs before the health care needs of Wisconsin women, men and families. One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye said two bills voted on by the Assembly Committee on Health will limit access to comprehensive care for thousands of Wisconsin families by seeking to divert funds for reproductive health care provided by Planned Parenthood and reduce their reimbursement rates for providing birth control and family planning through the Medical Assistance program.
Republicans’ Latest Power Grab: Appoint Superintendent of Public Instruction Instead of Allowing Voters to Elect Education ChiefOne Wisconsin Now ·
In yet another power grab, state legislative Republicans today are proposing to take away the selection of the state Superintendent of Public Instruction from voters. According to a proposal released by Republican State Representative Joe Sanfelippo today, the Wisconsin Constitution would be amended to make the state Department of Public Instruction an appointee of the Governor instead of being elected on a statewide basis.
Sinking in the national polls, the bumbling campaign of onetime frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is preparing to double down with renewed attacks on working people. Career politician Walker’s desperate bid to remain competitive on the backs of the middle class and working people will be unveiled in a Monday speech in Las Vegas Nevada, hometown of anti-union, Walker mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Student loan debt and the need for reform of a broken system will be front and center in Wisconsin as Hillary Clinton visits the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where over 70 percent of recent graduates left with an average student loan debt exceeding $33,000. Despite a national $1.3 trillion student debt crisis and research showing it’s devastating economic impact, Gov. Scott Walker has steadfastly refused to support reforms.
In the latest rebranding of Gov. Scott Walker’s flailing campaign for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination the career politician is promising he will be “wreaking havoc” in Washington, D.C. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that Wisconsin has already experienced Walker’s brand of havoc, and has been left with unprecedented political division, a stagnant economy with falling wages and decresed investments in priorities like public education.
State Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative Kathy Bernier are seeking to intervene and argue against a federal lawsuit filed by eight plaintiffs including One Wisconsin Institute seeking to protect Wisconsinites' right to vote. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, not only is their support for laws making it harder for people to vote disturbing, but also their participation potentially runs afoul of state ethics laws.
Politics Takes Center Stage, Again, As GOP Seeks to Limit Wisconsin Women’s Access to Health Care, AgainOne Wisconsin Now ·
In an ironic but unsurprising twist, the State Assembly Health Committee is holding a public hearing today on legislation that would make it more difficult for Wisconsin women to access comprehensive reproductive health care services. One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye blasted the latest attempt by the Republican controlled state legislature to put their personal political beliefs before doing what’s right for Wisconsin women’s health.
Unaccountable Private School Voucher Program a Billion Dollar Boondoggle Under Gov. Walker and Republican LegislatureOne Wisconsin Now ·
A new analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau finds that under Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature, Wisconsin taxpayers will have to foot a $1.18 billion plus tab for the private school voucher program by the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year. In addition, the state treasury will take a $30 million per year hit from a no top income limit tax giveaway to parents already sending their kids to private schools.
In a weekend talk show appearance, the increasingly desperate and embarrassing campaign of Scott Walker for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination hit a new low as he opined building a fence along the 5,525 mile long United States - Canada border is a “legitimate idea.” One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross today suggested five other ideas Walker ought to consider legitimate as part of his day job where he ostensibly still serves as governor of the state of Wisconsin.
The centerpiece of Gov. Scott Walker’s economic agenda, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has been a prime example of his administration’s cronyism, corruption and incompetence throughout its four plus years of existence. Now it is looking for yet another new head after the current CEO announced this week he will be resigning next month. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, WEDC needs more than Walker and the WEDC Board Chair, who also heads the board of the big business lobby the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, tapping a new crony to oversee the operation.