the Accountability Blog

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

  • One Wisconsin Now Begins 20-day Report on Walker’s “depressing Failures”

    Scott Walker is marking his 20th year serving in office in Wisconsin. So to commemorate the occasion, One Wisconsin Now has begun a 20-day report on Walker’s “depressing failures” while in office....

    Capital Times, 06/13/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: ‘Divide and Conquer’

    MADISON, Wis. — In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/13/2013
  • From Ailes to Yuval: Bradley Foundation’s Latest Prize Awards Reveal Right-Wing Propaganda Campaign at Work

    The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation annually doles out no-strings attached $250,000 “awards” to selected individuals. This year's recipients include Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/12/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Bradley Foundation Errand Boy

    There's no bigger funder of the right-wing noise machine and radical agenda of unaccountable education privatization than the Bradley Foundation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/12/2013
  • Ron Johnson Says Poor Blacks Are Responsible for Financial Crisis

    Cody Oliphant on the One Wisconsin Now blog reports on Sen. Ron Johnson’s latest broadside against our “dependent” nation in which he complains about everything from food stamps to Social Security. So, in case...

    Capital Times, 06/11/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Home Improvement, Governor’s Mansion Edition

    MADISON, Wis. — In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/11/2013
  • Twenty Years of Walker Failures Day 2: Failing to Protect Women’s Health

    OWN is highlighting different Walker fails over the course of 20 days. Day two discusses right wing legislation attacking women’s health care. Scot Ross commented, “When given the choice between protecting women’s...

    Common Dreams, 06/10/2013
  • See How the Bradley Foundation Influences the Right-Wing Infrastructure

    From Michael Grebe and Scott Walker to Paul Ryan and the Tea Party, see how the Bradley Foundation funds the right wing infrastructure.

    Cody Oliphant, 06/10/2013
  • New Bill: If You Swear You’re Poor, Then You Can Vote Without an ID

    One Wisconsin Institute (affiliated with the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now) filed a brief arguing that Wisconsin’s ID law would be significantly more burdensome than the ID law in Indiana that was upheld...

    Capital Times, 06/09/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Failing Democracy

    The rights of voters to participate in free and fair elections, and have confidence that their vote will be counted is fundamental to our democracy. No one has failed them more than Gov. Walker.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2013
  • Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Looms

    One Wisconsin Institute today joined U.S. Representative Gwen Moore, students and higher education advocates at an event exposing the disastrous consequences of allowing federal student loan interest rates to double on July 1.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2013
  • Murphy’s Law: Don’t Mess With the Press

    The MacIver Institute calls itself and “think tank” that promotes “free markets” and “limited government and mostly supports the GOP. It’s closest counterpart on the left is probably One Wisconsin Now.

    Urban Milwaukee, 06/06/2013
  • Time Running Out to Defuse Ticking Time Bomb of Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    With time running out, the U.S. Senate today considered competing plans for setting interest rates on federal Stafford Loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/05/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now to Highlight ‘20 Years of Walker Failure’

    MADISON, Wis. — Beginning June 10, One Wisconsin Now will commemorate over 20 days, the failings, scandals and imbroglios of Gov. Scott Walker’s 20-years in elected office. Gov. Walker, who was first...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/04/2013
  • Wisconsin Working Families and Middle Class Lose Big As Top GOP Legislative Leaders Flip-Flop Way to Budget Deal

    MADISON, Wis. — In his 2010 campaign, Gov. Walker signaled support for a bill to ban the legislature from voting after 10pm because, “… nothing good happens after midnight. That’s even more...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/04/2013
  • Turning Back the Clock on Voter Rights

    The desire to return to the “way things were” can be a sweet sentiment. What can be wrong with a return to better, simpler times? Nostalgia in politics normally means longing for...

    Frances Black, 06/03/2013
  • The Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis: A Tale of Two Senators

    It's the best of times and the worst of times for tackling the trillion dollar student loan debt crisis with the views of Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators, Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/02/2013
  • Records Reveal Work on GOP Assault on Voting in Wisconsin Began Mere Days After 2012 Elections

    A review of legislative drafting records by One Wisconsin Now has uncovered that Republicans began work to attack state election laws mere days after the November 2012 election.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/02/2013
  • Protect Wisconsin Elections Coalition Exposes Omnibus Assault on Voting in Wisconsin

    An omnibus bill from Rep. Jeff Stone on the legislative fast-track would make a host of anti-voter changes to state election law according to voter rights advocates.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/30/2013
  • President Obama Calls for Action to Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike

    President Obama today made a strong statement in favor of quick Congressional action to prevent federal student loan interest rates from doubling July 1st.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/30/2013
  • Legal Action Continues to Protect Wisconsin Voter Rights

    The intent of the Republican Voter Identification bill is clear: deny otherwise legal voters the ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote and know that their vote is counted.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/29/2013
  • Assembly Committee Considers Ban on Comprehensive Reproductive Health Coverage for Women in State Government

    MADISON, Wis. — The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Program and Development Manager Analiese Eicher regarding today’s Assembly Committee on Health public hearing on Assembly Bill 216, legislation to...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/28/2013
  • Racist Vote Suppressor Is U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s Latest ‘Victim of Government’

    Promoting someone like Ms. Engelbrecht, who organized and engaged in racially motivated voter suppression campaigns, as a victim of government is nothing short of grotesque.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/28/2013
  • Our View: Keep Student Loan Rates Affordable

    It is not just students who are affected. Professionals who go through technical, four-year, or even graduate school have student loan debt. So do single moms.

    La Crosse Tribune, 05/28/2013
  • GOP Budget Plan: Another Massive Tax Giveaway to the Wealthy

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Rep. Dale Kooyenga’s announcement of a new GOP tax scheme doling out over $400 million in new...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/27/2013
  • GOP Throws UW Students Another $3

    Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, calls the tuition freeze a “great idea” but says Republicans have only expressed outrage over high tuition as an excuse to cut the UW’s budget.

    Capital Times, 05/23/2013
  • As Wisconsin’s Walker Appears to Be Testing Waters, ‘Truth Squad’ Debunks ‘Pants on Fire’ Claims

    The “Scott Walker Truth Squad,” as activists from Progress Iowa and One Wisconsin Now call themselves, told reporters at a news conference that Walker has the credentials to win favor among Republican caucus kingmakers, such as...

    Ames Patch, 05/23/2013
  • Walker Touts Iowa Roots, Offers Vision for GOP Success

    Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, criticized Walker for being more focused on a 2016 presidential bid than on being Wisconsin’s governor. 

    WisPolitics, 05/23/2013
  • Funding for United Council of UW Students Axed by Joint Finance Committee

    Scot Ross, Executive Director of advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, lambasted the JFC for failing to include any funding for financial aid or grants in the budget.

    Capital Times, 05/23/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Republican Voter Assault Bill

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding legislation being circulated by Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) that systematically attacks voter rights in ways no other...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/23/2013
  • Scott Walker in Iowa: Quid Pro Quo Among Political Pals or 2016 Trial Balloon?

    Scot Ross, the executive director of the Wisconsin group, said Walker has exaggerated and is “spinning yarns” about the successes of his conservative agenda as he “pursues his ambition for higher office,”...

    Johnston Patch, 05/22/2013
  • Eyes Are on Governor Walker for Iowa Speech and 2016

    “We are at the bottom of job creation and yet he’s not doing his job. Instead, he’s crisscrossing the country going to Connecticut, New York, and Iowa,” Scott Ross of One Wisconsin...

    WBAY, 05/22/2013
  • Walker’s Iowa Speech Sparks Political Buzz About 2016

    It was also on the minds of his critics, some who went to Iowa from Wisconsin to blast Walker at a news conference prior to the governor’s speech. “We all know what...

    WISN-TV, 05/22/2013
  • Walker To Speak In Des Moines Tonight, Inciting Criticism From The Left

    A liberal activist from Wisconsin plans to join the group Progress Iowa, at what they call a Scott Walker Truth Squad news conference this afternoon in Des Moines attacking the governor. Before leaving...

    Wisconsin Public Radio, 05/22/2013
  • Walker, GOP Higher Education Agenda Fails to Include Tackling Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    The unprecedented attack on United Council by Gov. Walker's allies reveals a contept for students and their interests that even goes beyond their indifference to the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/22/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Travels to Iowa to Share Walker “Resume of Failure”

    DES MOINES — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is traveling to Iowa today to address a gathering of Republican Party activists in another of an increasing number out-of-state sojourns as he ponders a...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/22/2013
  • Plain Talk: We Can’t Afford to Ignore Student Debt

    A recent survey by the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now estimated that the huge student debt load is costing the auto industry alone about $200 million a year.

    Capital Times, 05/21/2013
  • GOP Lawmaker to Election Day Observers: Get a Little Closer

    “Wisconsin enjoys some of the highest rates of voter participation in the nation, a distinction we are rightfully proud of,” said Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now. “Yet it seems...

    Capital Times, 05/20/2013
  • State Government and Political Round-up: Budget Measure Would Make All State Juniors Take ACT Test

    Scot Ross, who heads the liberal One Wisconsin Now group, says Walker is not doing his job in Wisconsin while the state lags near the bottom in creating new jobs.

    Pierce County Herald, 05/20/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Hosts Student Loan Debt Talk on the Mic

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director, Scot Ross, hosted 92.1 the Mic to discuss the student loan debt crisis, highlighting the negative implications this trillion dollar debt has on the economy.

    Taylor Larson, 05/20/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now to Travel to Iowa As Gov. Walker Pursues Presidential Ambitions

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker continues to travel the country in pursuit of his national political ambitions, instead of focusing on his job in Wisconsin. As he travels to Iowa to...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/20/2013
  • Congrats Class of 2013, It’s Kind of a Mess Out There

    It’s graduation time. While that’s supposed to be a joyous time for grads and their families the plain truth is that college grads are coming into a world of uncertainty: debt, lack of jobs, the prospect of no social security. Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel.

    MSNBC, 05/19/2013
  • As Nation Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Voter Registration Act, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans Consider New Voter Obstruction Legislation

    MADISON, Wis. — Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act, legislation that has improved the voter registration system and helped millions of Americans to do their civic duty...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/19/2013
  • Fast Food Workers in 5 Cities Stage High Profile Strikes

    Fast food workers in Milwaukee went on strike this week demanding a doubling of the minimum wage. How successful will their efforts be as they join a growing movement for better pay? Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel.

    MSNBC, 05/19/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now’s Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Campaign Gets Boost With Pledge of AFSCME Council 40 Support

    One Wisconsin Now's campaign against the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis and raising awareness about the devastating effects of it on Wisconsin's students, workers and economy has received a big endorsement.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/16/2013
  • Sen. Rick Gudex Wants to Require More Qualifications for Some Professional Licenses, But Not the Private School Voucher Program He Has Pledged to Expand

    MADISON, Wis. — New legislation being proposed by State Senator Rick Gudex would require an individual to have two years of experience as a real estate salesperson before they could become a real...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/16/2013
  • Congratulations Graduates! Your Student Loan May Be Helping the Federal Government Make More Money Than Exxon-Mobil

    The Congressional Budget Office is now projecting the government will make a $51 billion profit from student loans in fiscal year 2013.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/14/2013
  • Justice Turned Upside Down As Assembly GOP Rushes to Pass Another Power Grab

    Seeking to stack the deck in favor of their power grabs, Assembly Republicans are expected to pass legislation today that would prevent lower courts from blocking enforcement of unconstitutional laws.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/13/2013