the Accountability Blog

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

  • 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
  • Is Wisconsin ‘Money Badger’ Michael Grebe Paying Fox News Head Big Bucks for Fawning Media Coverage of His Favorite Wisconsin Politicians?

    Fox News Chair and CEO Roger Ailes is in line for a big payday courtesy of Michael Grebe, head of the Bradley Foundation and co-chair of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/13/2013
  • Protecting the Right to Vote in Wisconsin

    Voting is not only our right; it is our duty. It is how we have a say in the direction of our community, our state and our country. Voting is the one time everyone is equal. Young or old, rich or poor, on Election Day everyone gets the same say.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/12/2013
  • Lawyer Rick Esenberg Revels in Public Policy Fights

    OWN’s Scot Ross stated that Esenberg, “has been provided financial resources to try and be a thorn when the courts don’t rule in conservatives’ favor.” Ross then adds that conservatives constantly speak...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/11/2013
  • Right-wing Groups Made Wis. Their Testing Ground for School Choice

    One Wisconsin Now recently published a detailed report on the Bradley foundation. Scot Ross states that Bradley is “the most powerful organization in America that no one seems to know about.” One...

    Isthmus, 05/08/2013
  • Rep. Shankland, One Wis. Now on How to Address High Student Loan Burden

    Members of the Wausau Daily Herald Editorial board interviewed Rep. Katrina Shankland and members of One Wisconsin Now to discuss historically high student loan debt levels.

    Wausau Daily Herald, 05/07/2013
  • Will Legislators Give the OK For Gov. Walker’s Scandal Plagued WEDC to Grow?

    Adding insult to the outrage of Gov. Walker's mismanaged WEDC is its utter failure to perform as advertised, with Wisconsin ranking among worst in the nation for job creation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/06/2013
  • Gov. Walker Appears at Ceremony Nominating Wisconsin School for College Readiness Award, Fails to Act to Help Students Avoid Becoming Trapped in Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Gov. Scott Walker appeared this morning at an event to nominate a Wisconsin public high school to represent the state in a national competition recognizing efforts to prepare students for college and careers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/05/2013
  • Wis. Republicans Gather As Party Seeks to Grow

    And Scot Ross, director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature have focused on an agenda that benefits the rich and hurts the middle class.

    San Antonio Express, 05/02/2013
  • Sen. Rick Gudex Pledges Budget Vote to Education Privatization Cartel

    Gudex took an extraordinary vow, promising to vote against the entire state budget unless it contained a statewide expansion of the unaccountable private school voucher program.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/02/2013
  • Conservative Law Firm Sues MATC Over Labor Contract

    “Taxpayers can personally thank Gov. Walker’s campaign co-chair for this lawsuit, that if successful, will cost them $150 million,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now’s executive director, referring to the cost savings...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/01/2013
  • Walker Campaign Co-Chair’s Foundation Funds Group Suing MATC Over Taxpayer-Finance Savings Plan

    The lawsuit by the WILL over a contract signed by the MATC comes thanks to the CEO of the Bradley Foundation, which has contributed $500,000 to WILL.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/01/2013
  • Will Sen. Johnson Finally Admit Student Loan Debt A Crisis?

    Johnson talks endlessly about the need to reduce the nebulous federal debt as a justification for ruthless austerity, but has been utterly silent on the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/01/2013
  • Gov. Scott Walker Maintains Veil of Secrecy for Those Who Foot the Bill for His Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Gov. Walker has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for his criminal defense attorneys, yet, to this day, he is refusing to disclose who's footing the bill.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/01/2013
  • State Will Not Have to Pay Redistricting Case Fees

    Mike Browne, OWN spokesperson, criticized the “shady” redistricting process as an “anti-democratic disaster.”

    Badger Herald, 04/30/2013
  • Is There an Omnibus-load of New GOP Attacks on Voters’ Rights Headed Our Way?

    MADISON, Wis. — In a weekend television appearance, Rep. Duey Stroebel, author of a bill to restrict early voting in Wisconsin, revealed that his proposal along with other GOP sponsored attacks on...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/30/2013
  • Legislative Audit Bureau Finds Gov. Walker’s WEDC Inadequate

    To Speaker Vos, Rep. Marklein and the other members of the so-called 'CPA Caucus' I ask, after this scathing audit, what more do you need to put Gov. Walker's WEDC under the microscope?

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/30/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on Rep. Marklein, ‘CPA Caucus’ to Put Gov. Walker’s WEDC Under the Microscope

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross suggested Marklein and his GOP cohorts ought to start with Gov. Walker's woefully underperforming WEDC.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/29/2013
  • High Costs of Student Debt

    “The average debt per student in Wisconsin is nearly $25,000,” said Ross. That’s the 15th highest rate in the nation, and 67 percent of graduating students in the state will have some form of debt.

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 04/29/2013
  • Ex-Indiana Governor Wins $250,000 Prize From Bradley Foundation

    Last week, the liberal One Wisconsin Now reported that the Bradley Foundation has given $31 million since 2001 to groups and individuals supporting private school vouchers.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/25/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Demands Republican Legislators Come Clean on Destruction of Records

    MADISON, Wis. — Amid allegations and a court investigation of the possible illegal destruction of hundreds of thousands of records related to state Republicans’ redrawing of legislative districts, One Wisconsin Now Executive...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/25/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on One-Year Anniversary of Student Loan Debt Topping $1 Trillion

    Student loan debt is a clear and present danger to the Wisconsin economy and the future of our middle class. One year later we have even more debt for students than ever before in our history.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/24/2013
  • One Wisconsin Institute Briefs Legislators on Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    One Wisconsin Institute briefed state legislators on the dramatic, negative impact of the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis on Wisconsin's economy.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 04/24/2013
  • NRA Money Helps Explain Wisconsin’s Inaction on Background Checks

    One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross sees the outrage over the UW System’s budget surplus as another example of ignoring the real problem in higher education — student loans.

    Capital Times, 04/22/2013
  • Scot Ross Fills the Void Left by Graeme Zielinski

    Zielinski’s cause — to incessantly rile conservative figures on social media — nevertheless lives on through the tweets of One Wisconsin Now, the liberal advocacy group headed by provocateur Scot Ross

    Capital Times, 04/21/2013
  • Prelude to a Raid?

    Right-wing finger-pointing over reports of University of Wisconsin System surpluses is distracting from the real crisis, the trillion dollar plus student loan debt crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/21/2013
  • Massive Bradley Foundation Education Privatization Campaign Exposed

    New research from One Wisconsin Now reveals a web of right-wing groups are part of a $31 million plus propaganda campaign pushing a massive privatization of public education in Wisconsin.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/19/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Joins Citizens’ Efforts to Fight Against Threats to the Right to Vote

    One Wisconsin Now joined with citizens, community leaders and voter rights advocates at the State Capitol today to fight against attacks on the right to vote and support legislation to improve access to the polls.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/16/2013
  • As Tax Day Arrives, Will GOP Legislators Fail to Pay Their Fair Share, Again?

    Will Republicans and their businesses that have paid no state income tax in recent years will be joining the rest of us in paying for services like education, health care, public safety and roads.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/14/2013
  • Students Gain Ally on Debt With Liberal Advocacy Group

    Many Wisconsinites are putting off buying new cars or buying homes, according to survey of 2,658 Wisconsin residents by the liberal One Wisconsin Institute.

    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 04/13/2013
  • Group Urges for Change As Student Loan Debt Rises

    One Wisconsin Institute presented a study Friday at Chippewa Valley Technical College saying the average student loan debt lasts for nearly 19 years.

    WEAU-TV, 04/12/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Press Conference

    Press conference discussing the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis and the Institute’s research on the impact on Wisconsin’s economy. At Chippewa Valley Technical College.

    WisPolitics, 04/11/2013
  • Kristen Dexter: Education Costs Hit Home With Students, Parents

    My children and my neighbor’s children are carrying a burden that’s real, immediate, and threatens to hobble the economy for decades to come.

    Capital Times, 04/11/2013
  • Resounding Rejection of Voter Suppression

    “The attempts in Wisconsin to make it harder for legal voters to vote and have their voices heard — from ending same-day voter registration to rigging election districts and restricting early voting...

    Capital Times, 04/10/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Sen. Ron Johnson’s Failed Filibuster Attempt on Common Sense Gun Legislation

    Sen. Ron Johnson's failed effort to filibuster common sense gun safety legislation shows he is so out of touch with Wisconsin, we wonder if he can find the Badger State on a map.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/10/2013
  • Walker Prepares for First Overseas Trade Mission

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker departs Friday for his first overseas trade mission, a 10-day tour to China that comes as Walker keeps up a furious travel schedule in the United States –...

    WLUK-TV, 04/09/2013
  • Gun Control Filibuster: Ron Johnson Picks Losing Side

    One Wisconsin Now, which has been hammering Johnson through its website, Our Dumb Senator, chimed in on Twitter: “#OurDumbSenator RoJo wants to protect “right” to sell guns to criminal without background check.”

    Capital Times, 04/09/2013
  • Wisconsin GOP Lawmakers Want to Limit Impact of Courts

    With some of their major legislative achievements thwarted by the courts in the past two years, Wisconsin Republicans are advancing a bill that would limit the ability of circuit judges to block...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/09/2013
  • Thursday State News Briefs: Spring Flooding Gets More Severe Throughout State

    A new effort is being made to prevent circuit judges from blocking laws passed by the Legislature while they’re being appealed.

    Pierce County Herald, 04/09/2013
  • Power Mad GOP Legislators Latest Scheme Turns Judicial System Upside Down

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding a legislative scheme to undermine the authority of courts to stop enforcement of unconstitutional laws proposed by Republican State Representatives...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/09/2013
  • ‘Beyond Understanding’: One Wisconsin Now Calls On U.S. Senator Johnson to Drop Threat to Filibuster Common Sense Gun Sale Regulation

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross wrote Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, taking him to task for his threats to filibuster common sense gun regulations.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/09/2013
  • Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Hurts Economy, Falls More Heavily on Women Grads

    One trillion dollars in student loan debt is a bad thing for Wisconsin and the country. It is only made worse by that burden falling more heavily on women because of a gender pay gap.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/08/2013
  • Wisconsin Voters Say: ‘No Way’ to Ending Same Day

    The attempts in Wisconsin to make it harder for legal voters to vote and have their voices heard are not just wrong, they are unpopular.

    Cody Oliphant, 04/02/2013
  • Wisconsin Voters Say: ‘No Way’ to Ending Same Day

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the vote on advisory referenda in the City of Milwaukee and Dane County in support of preserving...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/01/2013
  • Student Loan Debt Sucker Punch

    My name is Scot Ross and I'm a student loan debtor. I know the regret of economic opportunity lost to a loan payment.

    The Progressive, 04/01/2013
  • #OurDumbSenator Ron Johnson Makes National ‘March Badness’ Tournament

    Johnson has been given a seventh seed in a national NCAA tournament-themed contest to determine who is the most “outrageous, radical, out of touch right-winger” of the past year.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/28/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Report Documents Wisconsin GOP’s Fight Against the Right To Vote

    MADISON, Wis. — In advance of the April 2nd elections, One Wisconsin Now has issued a report cataloging recent state Republican efforts to manipulate state law to gain electoral advantage. In addition,...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/26/2013
  • Open Letter: Victims of Ron Johnson’s Government

    On behalf of the taxpayers of Wisconsin who pay your salary and for your office, I'm wondering just how much of our money is being spent on your latest inanity?

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/26/2013