the Accountability Blog

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

  • Take Action on Lobby Day

    Last year the Wisconsin conservation community held their annual lobby day, where citizens engaged their legislators in support of conservation priorities.  Those priorities are selected by more than 50 Wisconsin conservation organizations. ...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/28/2008
  • Bush’s Shameless and Unending Lies on Iraq

    Last night in his final State of the Union address, George Bush said this of Iraq: “When we met last year, many said that containing the violence was impossible. A year later,...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/28/2008
  • It’s Not About Cards, It’s About People

    Today ACORN and allied groups held a press conference to officially launch their voter registration drive for 2008.  Joining ACORN at the event were representatives of Campaign Against Violence, Citizen Action of...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/27/2008
  • Use Estate Tax Cut to Fill Budget Gap

    One Wisconsin Now has launched a statewide online petition drive calling for Wisconsin legislators to fill a projected $300 million budget shortfall not by slashing critical programs to the poor, elderly and...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/27/2008
  • “Taxes” Ties Not Sure in New Poll

    One would think that after constant Wisconsin bashing from WMC and others on the right that residents would rank “taxes” higher on the items that they care about.  According to a new...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/24/2008
  • Youve Got to Be Kidding Me

    Wisconsin Republicans brought former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Milwaukee yesterday apparently to both cheerlead and pontificate.  He was also there to promote his new book, “Real Change” which is...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/24/2008
  • Two Peas in a Pod? Scary Thought

    Earlier this week Congressman F. Jim Sensenbrenner endorsed Michael Gableman in his quest for the states high court.   Given the two men’s partisanship, the endorsement is certainly no surprise.  It does, however,...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/23/2008
  • The Most Fitting Moment of the Night

    After the governor delivered his State of the State address, he was followed by a pre-recorded response by Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch.  The most fitting moment of the night, however, came when...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/23/2008
  • Gableman: I Know You Are But What Am I

    Only a matter of weeks ago Michael Gableman made the decision to take the race for State Supreme Court into the gutter.  He and members of his operation made outrageous remarks about...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/22/2008
  • Civil Rights in the 1960s: The Role of Labor

    Forty years ago, on the morning of April 5, I sat in a hotel coffee shop in Decatur, Ill., reading the morning Decatur Herald-Review with the headline proclaiming the assassination of Dr....

    Cory Liebmann, 01/22/2008
  • John Torinus: WMCheerleader

    John Torinus writes a regular column for the The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s business page.  He is a reliable WMCheerleader who regularly fills the pages of the state’s largest paper with all of...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/21/2008
  • Support an End to the Criminal Abortion Ban

    Today is the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision guaranteeing a women’s right to make her own decisions regarding her reproductive health.  How appropriate that today Representative Terese Berceau...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/21/2008
  • Iraq Moratorium in Milwaukee

    Friday was the fifth time that people all over Wisconsin took action to stop the war in Iraq.  People took action both big and small, both as individuals and collectively.  The effort...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/20/2008
  • The Sunny Legacy of Ronald Reagan: A Myth

    Beware the warm, engaging smile! It can lure so many of us into taking actions that go against our own best interests. As we approach the 2008 elections, we must look behind...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/18/2008
  • Shock Trash Gets Appropriately Recycled

    “I don’t care what literature you send me, but I just think they went too far.” This was the reaction of just one Racine resident who opened an unwelcome package from that...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/17/2008
  • Real Accountability for Virtual Schools

    Today the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focused on State Senator John Lehman’s (D-Racine) plan regarding virtual schools in Wisconsin.  A major piece of his plan focuses on bringing some real accountability to virtual...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/17/2008
  • Do Something to Stop the War

    A dozen events calling for an end to the war in Iraq are planned across Wisconsin in connection with Iraq Moratorium #5, a national grassroots movement, on Friday, January 18. The Iraq...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/15/2008
  • The War on Voting Continues in Committee

    As expected, Assembly Republicans continued their war on voting today.  In their crosshairs is the decades-old practice allowing same day voter registration.  In many ways this tradition has helped to produce voter participation...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/14/2008
  • K12, Inc. Support for Davis Paying Off

    This is nothing more than school profiteering' where Wisconsin's limited public school dollars are being shipped to a for-profit company on the other side of the country.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/14/2008
  • Huebsch on Healthcare, It’s a Short Discussion

    The La Crosse Tribune reported today that Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) wants to focus on health care during the 2008 session.  Given his history of inaction in this area and...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/13/2008
  • Pass the Buck Walker Strikes Again

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that since Scott Walker has been Milwaukee County Executive, the county’s budget for administering its income assistance program has shrunk by about $1.7 million.  The shrinking...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/13/2008
  • How to Catch an Opportunist

    Glenn Grothman has issued a jaw-dropping attack on efforts to protect teenagers from unwanted pregnancy. He’s making the ludicrous claim that family planning programs for teenagers are somehow encouraging sexual predators. This...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/10/2008
  • End the Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

    Earlier this week the Senate Committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs voted to approve Senate Bill 130, which would raise the minimum wage and would index it for inflation.  If passed...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/10/2008
  • The War On Voting Continues

    Another missile has been fired in the War On Voting. Rep. Sue Jeskewitz is once again trying to prevent Wisconsinites from exercising the most cherish right enjoyed by Americans: the right to...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/10/2008
  • Conservative Dreams of Quelling Turnout

    Today hearings are set on two of the latest attempts by conservatives in the state legislature to disenfranchise people that traditionally don’t vote for them.  The first is an attempt to repeal...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/09/2008
  • Pick Your President Wisconsin!

    One Wisconsin Now is asking Wisconsinites who their choice is in the presidential primaries as part of a multi-state online poll to give everyone the opportunity to ‘PickYourPresident.org’ There are critical issues...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/09/2008
  • J.B. Won’t Save You Milwaukee

    Hey Milwaukee, do you remember J.B. Van Hollen’s bold promises, when he was a candidate, about fighting crime?  Apparently you can forget them all because he confessed in a recent story that he...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/08/2008
  • Editorial Gets It Right, News Department Should Follow

    Today the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel completely nailed the issue of requiring voter IDs to vote.  The editorial was written in the context of a voter ID case scheduled...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/08/2008
  • Slap on the Wrist Is Not Enough

    Last week the judicial conduct panel recommended that Justice Annette Ziegler receive a public reprimand for her repeated violations of very clear ethics rules.  That light tap on the wrist seemed to...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/07/2008
  • The Bush Economy: Wheres the Good News?

    The Bush Administration has constantly claimed that its policies have ushered in a picture perfect economy. The obvious question has been, for whom? If the policies of this administration have been helpful...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/06/2008
  • A Blip Worthy of Punishment

    Today the Judicial Conduct Panel that heard the conflict of interest case against Justice Annette Ziegler recommended that she receive a public reprimand. That is the punishment that Ziegler and the Wisconsin...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/03/2008
  • Nominating Ryan for A Boondoggle Award

    In October Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) revealed his “Budget Boondoggle” awards.  At that time we drew attention to the hypocrisy of him preaching a message of sound budget policy.  We made this...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/02/2008
  • Resolutions for Every List

    While everyone is talking about New Year resolutions, it seems appropriate to suggest a few for Wisconsin progressives. Below are a few items that should make every list. Real Health Care Reform...

    Cory Liebmann, 01/02/2008
  • Two Studies: Numbers of Uninsured Rising

    Yet another pair of studies have been released showing that the numbers of the uninsured are rising all over the country. Take a look at a report on the studies HERE.

    Cory Liebmann, 10/19/2006
  • Dems Drafting Broad Health Care Agenda

    The New York Times is reporting that Washington Democrats have drafted a broad health care agenda to lower drug costs for older Americans, provide more money for children’s health insurance and expand...

    Cory Liebmann, 10/19/2006
  • Grothman Wants to Make It Easier to Fire Teachers

    This from the Wisconsin Radio network: Wisconsin school boards would have an easier time firing teachers if State Senator Glenn Grothman has his way. The West Bend Republican is drafting legislation to...

    Cory Liebmann, 10/19/2006