the Accountability Blog

An Archive of Press Releases, Earned Media, Reports, Columns, Testimony, and Posts from One Wisconsin Now & One Wisconsin Institute

  • Calling Out the Right: Tell OWN Where Our Gableman Investigation Is Wrong

    The right wing is apoplectic over the first results of the continuing investigation by One Wisconsin Now into Mike Gableman’s Suspicious Appointment to the Burnett County Bench by former GOP Governor Scott...

    Scot Ross, 02/24/2008
  • Long Term Solution for Wisconsins Minimum Wage Policy

    This Wednesday morning, February 27th, The Assembly Committee on Jobs & the Economy will hold a hearing on Wisconsin’€™s minimum wage. The Committee’€™s hearing starts at 10:00am in room 400NE, and it...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/24/2008
  • Phone Records Prove Gableman Claim False

    Last week One Wisconsin Now released documents regarding the very suspicious appointment of Michael Gableman to the Burnett County bench. In response, the Gableman campaign told the Wisconsin State Journal that Gableman...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/24/2008
  • New Evidence of Politics Found in Gableman Burnett County Judicial Appointment

    These letters urge Governor McCallum that the other two finalists would have been bad for the Republican Party.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/23/2008
  • Gableman: $2,500 to McCallum Bypassed Finalists: $0

    McCallum picked Gableman to be a judge in a county 300 miles from his home after he donated $2,500 over two local prosecutors who didn’t give the Governor a dime.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/23/2008
  • Gablemans Suspicious Appointment II

    Former Republican Governor Scott McCallum has refused to answer reporter’€™s direct questions about his suspicious appointment of Michael Gableman as Burnett County judge. Instead he decided to speak through a Gableman campaign...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/21/2008
  • Gableman’s Suspicious Appointment II

    McCallum admitted Thursday he manipulated the judicial appointment process established by his own executive orders in order to appoint Gableman.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/21/2008
  • OWN to Discuss Judicial Ethics on Air America!

    Tomorrow One Wisconsin Now’€™s Executive Director Scot Ross, will be a guest on Madison’€™s Air America affiliate, the Mic 92.1. He will discuss judicial ethics and the findings of OWN’€™s recently released...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/20/2008
  • The Real Cheaters

    Long before the days of touch screens and state-issued driver’s licenses, incentives were still high for either party to politicize electoral reform in a high-stakes electoral system where 49% doesn’t get you...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/20/2008
  • Gableman’s Suspicious Appointment

    An investigation by One Wisconsin Now into the appointment of Michael Gableman to the Burnett County Circuit Court by former Republican Governor Scott McCallum raises serious questions about the current Supreme Court...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/19/2008
  • Progressive Change Dwarfs Conservative Status Quo

    The Wisconsin Primary was as exciting as the results were telling. Given the numbers, Wisconsinites are not just ready for change, but they are ready for a clearly progressive change. Yesterday, more than...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/19/2008
  • Gableman’s Suspicious Appointment

    Michael Gableman either discovered an incredibly new way to rise up the ranks, or he used a very old one.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/19/2008
  • Obstructionist Nass Strikes Again

    During the budget crisis Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) was one of the loudest and most extreme cheerleaders for obstruction. Given that history, it should be no surprise to find Nass at the...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/18/2008
  • Lessons From Africa: Bush’s Leadership Fails to Inspire

    After threatening to delay his trip to Africa over a new FISA bill, Bush eventually gave up his fear mongering and decided to pack his bags after all. And if you’re like...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/18/2008
  • John H.W. McCain

    1988:  “Read my lips:  no new taxes.”  -George H.W. Bush, Republican National Convention on the eve of his nomination   20 years later:  “No new taxes.”  -Senator John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/17/2008
  • Newspaper Examines Gableman Claim

    Wisconsin’s “paper of record” reported today on a negative claim made in a series of letters sent out by the Michael Gableman campaign that are not factual. Gableman’s campaign said that in...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/17/2008
  • One Wisconsin Now Delivers Nearly 2,000 Petitions Calling for End of $300 Million Estate Tax Loophole

    The people of Wisconsin have spoken and they want to protect the disabled, the poor, our seniors and our children from drastic cuts due to the $650 million budget deficit.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/17/2008
  • Protesting the War: What Makes It ‘worth It’

    They discoed in DC and dressed as dogs in Austin to add a lighter touch to the serious issue of ending the war and occupation of Iraq. Iraq Moratorium #6 had a...

    Bill Christofferson, 02/16/2008
  • Your Voice Is Being Heard on Estate Tax!

    Well before the end of the year we warned that the estate tax would be ended, costing our state some $300 million. As Wisconsin’€™s budgetary problems gained more news coverage, conservatives planned...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/14/2008
  • Esenberg Shows Public Defenders Some Love

    Since talk radio is so disproportionately dominated by the rabid right wing, I find myself listening to one of the few alternatives available. One station that I enjoy is Milwaukee’€™s WMCS 1290...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/14/2008
  • Tell McCain in Milwaukee: No 100-Year-War, No Torture

    John “100-Year-War” McCain, fresh from a flip-flop vote in favor of waterboarding, campaigns in Wisconsin Friday. LaCrosse activists plan to protest his stands when he holds a town hall meeting there. And...

    Bill Christofferson, 02/13/2008
  • Capitol Courage Alert : Estate Tax

    With the state facing a $650 million budget deficit, it is clear the state needs to end the $300 million estate tax loophole for the rich which just went into effect in...

    Scot Ross, 02/13/2008
  • Planned Parenthood Tells the Truth About John McCain

    The Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a multimedia campaign in Wisconsin today to educate voters about Sen. John McCain’€™s troubling anti-health care voting record. The ad campaign, which features online spots on...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/13/2008
  • A Judge Should Know Better

    In December One Wisconsin Now sent a letter of concern to the Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee (JCIC). It was about a very questionable set of letters sent out by Supreme Court...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/13/2008
  • Do Something on Friday to End the War

    Friday is Iraq Moratorium #6, a loosely-knit national grassroots effort to end the war and occupation of Iraq. Nearly 90 events already are listed on the national website, from sea to shining...

    Bill Christofferson, 02/12/2008
  • WMC’s Road Show to Highlight Strategy for Buying State Supreme Court

    If you’ve got a big fat corporate check to spare Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has an event for you! Over the next couple weeks, the state’s big business lobby is going to...

    Scot Ross, 02/12/2008
  • Gableman a Chip Off the Old Block?

    Note to Mike Gableman: You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps.   Oft-overturned judge and Supreme Court candidate Mike Gableman made a questionable visit at this...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/12/2008
  • Since When Is $100 Million Chump Change?

    To most people in the world $100 million is an unimaginable amount of money. Apparently that is not the case when you are a right wing ideologue looking to short change programs...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/11/2008
  • Cap Times Profiles One Wis. Now Petition on Estate Tax

    Today the Capital Times ran a story, in its business section, highlighting OWN’s efforts on the estate tax. Legislators allowed the estate tax to expire at the end of last year costing...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/11/2008
  • Less Jobs More Wars

    A new web site has been developed at The site focuses on recent comments by Presidential Candidate John McCain, that there will be “more wars” under a McCain Administration. The new...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/11/2008
  • Big Oil Strike in Waukesha County

    This weekend, Americans for Prosperity gathered together a bunch of Republicans and right wingers to talk about why more of your tax dollars should go to corporations.   Given that Americans for...

    Scot Ross, 02/10/2008
  • Badger Herald Opinion Page Picks Up Paris Hilton Tax

    The following unfortunately went unpublished as a letter to the editor in response to Sam Clegg’s column that ran in the Herald this week concerning the death tax.  In addition to accusing...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/07/2008
  • New Year, Same Problem for Gableman

    In September we reported that State Supreme Court Candidate Michael Gableman had a terrible record at the State Court of Appeals. According to the Wisconsin Law Journal, Gableman was affirmed at the...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/07/2008
  • A Partisan Economist Writes A Partisan Report

    As we approached the new year OWN pointed out that the estate tax in Wisconsin was set to expire. Just last month we informed the public that this move would cost the...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/06/2008
  • Help Thy Self

    If you have ever heard of the state of Wisconsin’s largest lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufactures Commerce, it was probably in reading some article about a corporate taxation bill or the Annette Ziegler...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/05/2008
  • Primary Coverage

    …and really the coverage of these primaries is misleading, at least on the Democratic side with the proportional delegates. Watching the vote counts certainly gives the winning side some bragging rights to...

    Robert Doeckel, 02/04/2008
  • Super Delegates

    Well as the vote counts start to pour in tonight, its clear that the increased emphasis placed on the super delegates in the media in the last weeks is justified. At least...

    Robert Doeckel, 02/04/2008
  • Grothmans Obsession Continues

    Seriously, what is it with State Senator Glenn Grothman and his unhealthy obsession with race? Monday, it was reported that he is planning yet another whack at affirmative action in Wisconsin. He...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/04/2008
  • Misleading Ryan Narrative Continues

    Last week Republican Congressman Paul Ryan scored some press coverage by unveiling his annual ‘€œBudget Boondogle Awards.’€  The coverage included a blurb in the state’€™s largest newspaper, complete with a comparison to...

    Cory Liebmann, 02/03/2008
  • New Website

    Hey Everyone, Welcome to the new website! Make sure and try out all the new tools we have available, and take a minute or two to try the new buttons etc.  Any...

    Robert Doeckel, 01/31/2008
  • Rudi 9iu11ani

    now that rudi is gone, how ever are we going to be reminded of 9/11? well, just to make sure we all remember that day, here’s a compilation (not my work, i...

    Robert Doeckel, 01/30/2008
  • Ending Las Vegas Loophole Will Make Sure $90 Million That Happens in Wisconsin, Stays in Wisconsin

    Rolling out their economic stimulus package for the state, Senate Democrats are calling for an end to the ridiculous “Las Vegas Loophole.” Under the loophole corporations dodge $90 million owed to Wisconsin...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/30/2008
  • WMCheerleader to Monitor WMC?

    Yesterday the Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee announced that it was bringing on two new members, both conservatives.   Although they appointed two yesterday, bringing on John Torinus raises the most concerns and...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/30/2008
  • Edwards Out….

    I really expected Edwards to push on until the convention, hold his delegates and become king-maker there. I wonder what kind of deal was made… And here’s to OWN getting a shout-out...

    Robert Doeckel, 01/29/2008
  • No Clean Campaign Commitment From Gableman

    On Tuesday Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler and Burnett County Judge Michael Gableman participated in their first debate.  It took place on a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee program called Panthertalk.  During the internet...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/29/2008
  • Too Much Time on Their Hands?

    The Assembly Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow introducing an abortion procedures ban.  One must wonder what the real motives are behind this flawed legislation, because the things addressed in it...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/29/2008
  • Walker to County: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

    If you were left scratching your head after the rosy picture presented by Scott Walker in his State of the County speech, consider his track record when it comes to economic prognostication....

    Cory Liebmann, 01/29/2008
  • The Sorry State of the Union

    Finally. I never have to waste a January night listening to more lies and promises of privatization from this, the worst president I’ve ever known. As it was, I had to leave...

    Robert Doeckel, 01/28/2008