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 has not been done based on necessity because the number of people seeking food stamps has increased 10.5 percent during the same period.  […]

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 isn’t an interpretation. He issued a press release entitled: “Grothman Attempts to Stop State from Encouraging Sexual Predators.” Whether it’s placating the right […]

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 this legislation would significantly improve the living conditions for some of our state’s most vulnerable families.  Although this is excellent legislation, it surely […]

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 vote. It’s not the first time she’s tried, but Jeskewitz has reintroduced a bill to end the right of Wisconsinites to register to […]

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 election day voter registration in Wisconsin, the second to establish a voter photo ID requirement.  These are just the latest two attempts by […]

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 facing America and Wisconsinites deserve to have their voices heard now. By casting your vote online at PickYourPresident.org, you can have your say, […]

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 has no intention of launching the big plan that he advertised before taking office.   Who could forget how aggressively he criticized his predecessor […]

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 to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court today.  Specifically, it is concerning an Indiana law that is among the strictest in the […]

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 trigger an effort to minimize what Ziegler has done.  Thankfully, not everyone is falling for the attempt to change the subject and minimize […]

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 to anyone it has been the very rich and those that add to their fortunes through investment. The Bush economy has not been […]

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 Judicial Commission agreed on and is unfortunately the very least that they could do. The ultimate decision will be up to the other […]

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 case because his first eight years in Congress saw him vote in favor of every single federal budget – joining the then-Republican majority […]

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 It is certainly no secret that Wisconsin pays some of the highest health care costs in the nation. These out of control costs […]

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.

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 research using embryonic stem cells. Very interesting article, read the rest HERE…

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 let districts get rid of what he calls “lemons” in the classroom, without going through years of legal disputes. Grothman says it’s getting […]