Cody Oliphant Archive


  • Walker Watches Obama, Doyle Stimulate Milwaukee

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker made national headlines early this year when he announced he would abstain from taking federal stimulus dollars to support the infrastructure of his home county. But whether...

    Cody Oliphant, 07/28/2009
  • Principles for Sale: ACU-FedEx, WIL-K12 Inc?

    The American Conservative Union (ACU) was put on the defensive this week after POLITICO revealed it attempted netting $3 million from FedEx in exchange for executing a huge campaign to support FedEx-friendly...

    Cody Oliphant, 07/21/2009
  • WISTAX Guess Lands Front Page Real Estate, Shows Bias

    Conservative go-to-guy Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) landed front page real estate in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today without digging up any facts in his perpetual Wisconsin mudslinging. His...

    Cody Oliphant, 07/13/2009
  • Wisconsin Loses Race to the Bottom

    That GM chose to locate its new small-car production line in Orion, Michigan and not Janesville is painful for Wisconsin to be sure. But forget everything WMC tells you, winning a race...

    Cody Oliphant, 07/07/2009
  • Hate-speech in 140 Characters or Less

    Stories about conservative public figures disseminating racist “jokes” have grown in the past six months. And thanks to a story in the MJS we can now add the conservative MacIver Institute’€™s resident...

    Cody Oliphant, 07/05/2009
  • Janesville Loses GM. Will Paul Ryan Apologize?

    Earlier this week, Paul Ryan went on the teevee to fondly recall voting to give $700 billion to banksters in the financial industry and then trash the idea of giving any such...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/25/2009
  • Rep. Ryan: TARP to Banksters Good, TARP to GM Not so Good

    So this weekend GOP Rep. Paul Ryan was on Fox News Sunday to chitchat with Chris Wallace. Among the issues discussed was Ryan’€™s support for TARP dollars to financial institutions but not...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/21/2009
  • OWN Debates Health Care, Other Topics With Margaret Farrow

    On Friday OWN executive director Scot Ross had the opportunity to be on WPR’s The Week in Review facing former GOP Lt. Governor Margaret Farrow. Among the topics was our nation’s health...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/20/2009
  • Walker Lies.

    No amount of spin can get Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker out of the glaring lie he included in a fundraising letter sent out as a 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate.As expected, Walker...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/17/2009
  • WISTAX Breaks Silence to Promote Pro-corporate Agenda

    A year ago the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance tried to convince the media and its audience that there was no looming budget deficit in Wisconsin and thus no need to close corporate loopholes...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/15/2009
  • Amazing Coincidence: Auto Insurance Industry Insider Nygren Offers Auto Insurance Industry Amendment

    The third substitute amendment (AA3) written by the conservative bunchin the Assembly today seeks to tear up the ‘€œTruth in Auto Insurance’€provisions of the state budget that would protect auto insuranceconsumers in...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/10/2009
  • Limbaugh’s Pack Eats Its Own, Again

    Robert Mentzer of the Wausau Daily Herald reported today that a Republican Party of Marathon County spokesperson has been stripped of his duties for criticizing the colossal conservative mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh.The now...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/01/2009
  • Walker Hypes Jobs Program He Wanted Dead

    In the vein of his conservative, anti-government anything attitude, Scott Walker tried to veto $100,000 of the funding for a county parks jobs program put forth in a 2009 budget. Thankfully, the...

    Cody Oliphant, 05/31/2009
  • Walker Fails Children and Families, Study Shows

    Few are more vulnerable than children who by no fault of their own are placed in the child welfare system. Our state and state’€™s counties have a moral, if not sensible, obligation...

    Cody Oliphant, 05/31/2009
  • Tax Avoider to Lead Taxpayer Caucus

    This is good. So Grover Norquist’€”who’€™s regularly full of bad ideas (see: Reagan Day)’€”had a brain fart a few years back from which came the Taxpayer Protection Caucus. But here’€™s the real...

    Cody Oliphant, 05/06/2009
  • Unemployed? Check Out This Town Meeting May 5

    Passing along the word on this great opportunity with a great purpose. Check out the detaiis on the ‘€œWe’€™re Looking for Work’€ Town Meeting below: Tuesday, May 5th, 5:00pm to 9:15pm Have...

    Cody Oliphant, 05/02/2009
  • Bradley Foundation Rewards Bill Kristol’s FAIL

    The Bradley Foundation decided to award always-wrong-about-everything conservative columnist and FOXNews commentator Bill Kristol with a $250,000 award.

    Cody Oliphant, 04/22/2009
  • Hopper Wants to Pay Less Taxes Than He Already Doesnt

    Making its rounds at the capitol this year is AB38: a bill devised to exclude from taxable income gains from a Wisconsin business. As the Legislative Reference Bureau understands it, a corporation...

    Cody Oliphant, 04/20/2009
  • MJSs Major Miss on Firearm Story

    Yesterday our NRA-backed Attorney General, JB Van Hollen, claimed that openly carrying a firearm should not result in a disorderly conduct charge in a memorandum issued to Wisconsin’€™s district attorneys. Yesterday was...

    Cody Oliphant, 04/20/2009
  • MacIver: Questionable Study, Questionable Timing

    A joint study from the conservative MacIver Institute and the anti public school Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice makes the claim that high school dropouts are a burden to taxpayers of Wisconsin....

    Cody Oliphant, 04/02/2009
  • Scotts Hit List: 230 Workers, Sick Pay, Overtime Benefits, Pay Raises

    Scott Walker had some real balls to say he wouldn’€™t accept federal stimulus dollars to help keep Milwaukee Co. from plunging further into an economic fubar. And while everyone around him could...

    Cody Oliphant, 03/25/2009
  • Hungry for Change, GOP County Exec Looks to Walkers Missed Opportunity

    Outagamie County Executive Toby Paltzer, a GOPer, issued a press release today that makes Scott Walker look even more like a jerk for denying Milwaukee Co. their deserved share of stimulus dollars.It...

    Cody Oliphant, 03/12/2009
  • Fernandez, Koschnick Join the Conservative Circus

    There’€™s a huge rift in conservatism these days. On the one hand, you have a faction that looks back in dismay at three losing election cycles and is trying to retool their...

    Cody Oliphant, 03/08/2009
  • You Know Who Really Grinds My Gears? Steve Nass.

    You may have seen this story last week in the Wisconsin State Journal about a four-way jabfest between One Wisconsin Now, Mark Pocan, Nass, and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (Leah Vukmir took...

    Cody Oliphant, 03/01/2009
  • FDR, Kennedy Spank Reagan in Historical Ranking

    C-SPAN’€™s Survey of Presidential Leadership is now out, take a look. Of note: – FDR made the top 3 per the usual. – FDR, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, & Woodrow Wilson all...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/15/2009
  • Banksters, GOPer Partying Like Its 1926

    Last year, financial industry Banksters jetted into DC and made off with $700 billion aided by the likes of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). But this week, when millions of Americans looked forward...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/12/2009
  • Reagan Day Dumb

    Remember last year when Sheldon Wasserman got called out by Alberta Darling for reneging on Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform “No New Taxes” pledge and everyone was like ‘€œDuh, Sheldon, you...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/08/2009
  • Walker Fails

    Headlining the local section of today’€™s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a story basically about how Scott Walker is so horrible at his job as Milwaukee Co. Executive that the state of Wisconsin...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/03/2009
  • Disconnected From Bush’€™s America: In Response to the Washington Post

    Disconnected From Obama’s America is the headline of a Washington Post article today. Its adorned with a picture of a burly man wearing a mustache, some chest hair, and a camouflage cap...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/15/2009
  • With Mud Still on His Face, JB Throws in the Towel (for Now)

    The news is so big that if this blog were the Drudge Report, the headline would be bold, italicized, underlined, AND capitalized: today, the John McCain for President Campaign co-chair (and Wisconsin...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/14/2009
  • Chief of Staff Caught Seeking Stimulation Behind Walker’€™s Back

    Though Scott Walker is being very public about his refusal to accept any federal economic aid to Milwaukee County, according to today’€™s Journal Sentinel his own chief of staff is looking for...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/13/2009
  • Viroqua, Wis. Loses 90-plus Jobs, Untold Number of Wild Hogs

    Today Viroqua, Wisc. learned that one of its biggest employers, NCR, is closing its doors to all of its 81 employees. Also closing shop today in Viroqua is the Vernon Area Rehabilitation...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/08/2009
  • Walker Will Not Be Stimulated

    Yesterday the Journal Sentinel ran a whole story about Milwaukee County Exec. Scott Walker saying theenks but no theenks to any federal economic stimulus money that could come the county’€™s way. In...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/07/2009
  • UPDATE: Petitions Pour In Demanding Gableman, Ziegler Recuse

    Less than 12 hours after OWN asked concerned citizens to demand WMC-backed Justices Gableman and Ziegler recuse from the Virnich and Moores case, over 700 petitioners saw the obvious conflict of interest...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/06/2009
  • MJS: Voter Fraud a Fairy Tale

    Wisconsinites have good reason to be proud as Wisconsin had the second-highest voter turnout among all fifty states in last week’€™s election. And Milwaukee County can rest easy that the election was...

    Cody Oliphant, 11/13/2008
  • SEIU to Expose Underperformance, Mismanagement at Protest

    On Wednesday, the SEIU will be demonstrating outside of a State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) monthly meeting, as they expose the losses and mismanagement of a Lazard-affiliated investment, owned by state...

    Cody Oliphant, 09/08/2008
  • Motorcycle Parts, Engine Manufacturer Cuts 60 Jobs Citing ‘€˜economic Slump’€™

    At the beginning of this month, Sen. John McCain made a stop (read ‘€œgimmick’€) in Sturgis, South Dakota in an attempt to energize motorcycle enthusiasts, joking about tire gauges and getting some...

    Cody Oliphant, 08/24/2008
  • Tour Highlights Bush Legacy

    Tomorrow, the Bush Legacy Tour bus is rolling in to Madison. Having spent my entire adult life under the Bush administration, I truly look forward to sealing the legacy of George W....

    Cody Oliphant, 07/13/2008
  • McCain’s Not-So-Mavericky Record on Environmental Issues

    Yesterday, the John McCain camp issued a press release in conjunction with a new ad touting Sen. McCain’€™s record on the environment. See the ad for yourself on the YouTube(s). ‘€œFive years...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/17/2008
  • What’s McCain Got Against Women?

    Upon sitting out the vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) remarked that what women really need is ‘€œeducation and training.’€ Puzzling, because in 2007 Sen. McCain...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/12/2008
  • “We Should Be Encouraging More People to Vote, Not Discouraging Them.”

    In a recent guest column for the Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc County Clerk, Jamie Aulik lent some insight into that county’€™s recent elections. “In last February’s presidential preference primary and April’s general...

    Cody Oliphant, 05/22/2008