Columns & Testimony


  • Donald Trump’s Man in Ukraine

    Ron Johnson has bumbled his way into the center of an impeachment investigation and looks very much like one of Donald Trump’s men in Ukraine.

    Mike Browne, 10/29/2019
  • Making a Bad Student Loan Debt Situation Worse, Legislative Republicans Reject Reform

    Nearly two-thirds of graduates in 2017 left college in Wisconsin not just with a degree but also an average debt of nearly $30,000.

    Analiese Eicher, 05/31/2019
  • State High Court Candidate Brian Hagedorn Made His Decision, Now It’s Our Turn

    Throughout his campaign, Brian Hagedorn has chosen not to disavow, but to embrace, his discriminatory views.

    Joanna Beilman-Dulin, 03/04/2019
  • Testimony on Assembly Bills 1071, LRB 6077 and Other Legislation Including Efforts to Restrict Early Voting

    Today we are asking that you reject the proposals contained in these bills to reinstate unnecessary and unconstitutional limits on early voting.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/03/2018
  • Brad Schimel Fails Women and Victims

    Brad Schimel has proved time and time again that his first and most important priority is supporting the conservative agenda at the expense of women and of rape survivors.

    Louise Lyall, 10/26/2018
  • Testimony Before Federal Government Committee Considering Changes to Student Loan Rules

    The Betsy DeVos Department of Education and the Scott Walker administration are moving to make the student loan debt system problems worse, not better.

    Analiese Eicher, 09/13/2018
  • ‘Scott Walker Air’ Misuses and Abuses Wisconsin Taxpayers

    After extensive investigation of the use of state airplanes by Gov. Scott Walker, it seems his attitude toward Wisconsin taxpayers is, “I’ll fly, you buy.”

    Savion Castro, 08/23/2018
  • Twenty-Five Years of Scott Walker

    It’s officially Scott Walker’s 25th anniversary in his self-described “government hammock.”

    Scot Ross, 06/28/2018
  • Scott Walker’s Cowardice on Trump Border Policy 25 Years in the Making

    Scott Walker offered something worse than deafening silence on Donald Trump’s unconscionable policy of tearing infants and children from their parents.

    Savion Castro, 06/22/2018
  • Respecting Mothers Means More Than a Bouquet of Flowers or a Nice Brunch

    Show mothers and women respect they deserve every day by empowering us to make our own decisions about birth control and helping keep it copay free.

    Joanna Beilman-Dulin, 05/10/2018
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s Supreme Anger

    An executive whose party suffers historic election losses lashes out with angry tweets. Where have we seen this before? It’s not Donald Trump, it’s Scott Walker.

    Joanna Beilman-Dulin, 04/06/2018
  • Open Letter to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Demanding It Pull Down Television Advertisement

    One Wisconsin Now has sent the following letter to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce demanding it pull down the television ad.

    Scot Ross, 03/30/2018
  • Judge Michael Screnock Campaigns Against Himself

    If Michael Screnock applies his own rhetorical standard for judges to himself, could he earn his own support? It seems the answer would be no.

    Joanna Beilman-Dulin, 03/10/2018
  • Open Records Watchdog FOIC’ed Up With Scott Walker Award

    The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council could not have picked a worse recipient for its political openness award than Scott Walker.

    Scot Ross, 03/08/2018
  • Red Flags Should Sink Judicial Nomination of Michael Brennan

    He is the wrong nominee for a lifetime appointment, and Trump and his Senate Republican enablers are using the wrong process in ramming through the nomination.

    Analiese Eicher, 02/21/2018
  • Senator Grassley’s Hypocrisy on Judges Worsens

    Sen. Chuck Grassley has nearly completed his conversion of the Judiciary Committee to his own personal political playground.

    Analiese Eicher, 01/24/2018
  • One Wisconsin Now’s 2018 Predictions

    What’s in store for Wisconsin politics in 2018? Who knows. But that’s not going to stop us from making our predictions for the year ahead.

    Scot Ross, 12/27/2017
  • What’s Missing From Foxconn Deal? A Lot.

    That same wisdom applies to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed $3 billion-plus subsidy to induce Taiwanese-based Foxconn to locate a factory in Wisconsin.

    Scot Ross, 08/12/2017
  • One Wisconsin Now Testimony on Foxconn Subsidy Legislation

    The provisions of August 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 1 embody, on their face, a bad deal. And the more we find out, the worse it gets.

    Mike Browne, 08/03/2017
  • Diligence Required on Foxconn Job

    Gov. Scott Walker wants state taxpayers to dole out up to $250 million annually in incentives to Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn.

    Scot Ross, 07/28/2017
  • A Most Unhappy Anniversary

    According to the latest estimates, over 43 million Americans now owe $1.4 trillion, making student loans the second largest consumer debt in the nation.

    Analiese Eicher, 04/25/2017
  • Neil Gorsuch’s Dysfunctional Nuclear Family

    Neil Gorsuch’s views fall far behind the rest of the country. But what is most unsettling is that he secured his critical position in a completely unprecedented manner.

    Grace Hauser, 04/10/2017
  • Testimony Before Joint Hearing on Constitution Convention Resolution

    A group of state legislative Republicans think that now, 230 years after our first and only constitutional convention, is a good time to rewrite the Constitution.

    Scot Ross, 03/28/2017
  • Americans Deserve Independent, Consensus Pick for U.S. Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch Is Not It.

    We deserve, and need, a consensus justice on our high court whose loyalty is to all American people and our American values, not one president nor one party.

    Jenni Dye, 03/14/2017
  • Sean Duffy, Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans Poised to Prevent Wisconsinites From Choosing Their Own Health Care Provider

    Sean Duffy, Paul Ryan and the GOP cabal in Washington D.C. are carrying out a political agenda, trying to eliminate an organization with which they disagree.

    Jenni Dye, 01/26/2017
  • A Failure of Leadership: Gov. Scott Walker’s Big Dodge on Student Loan Debt Crisis

    So here’s a little advice for Gov. Scott Walker, stop dodging the student loan debt crisis and start leading by supporting real, common sense reform.

    Scot Ross, 01/12/2017
  • Why Does Scott Walker Get a Pass on Election Lie?

    Allowing Scott Walker to spread misinformation about the impact of the voter ID law undermines the integrity of our elections.

    Scot Ross, 11/30/2016
  • Eric Wimberger (R-Wall Street)

    People across the ideological spectrum agree that student loan debt is a crisis and that borrowers should be able to refinancing their loans like you can a mortgage. Eric Wimberger does not.

    Scot Ross, 10/31/2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson to Donald Trump: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

    We count on our courts to protect our rights and ensure everyone is treated equally by the law. It’s why they matter so much.

    Analiese Eicher, 10/21/2016
  • Campus Sexual Assault: Serious Issue of Student Safety or Administrative Burden?

    If paying higher tuition means that programs will be put in place to create a campus climate that does not tolerate rape, I will happily pay more.

    Emily Barnhill, 10/20/2016
  • Refinancing Federal Student Loans: A Crisis You Should Know

    You cannot refinance federal student loans with the government. We need to change the system. That means changing the minds of politicians like Scott Walker.

    Analiese Eicher, 09/29/2016
  • What Senator Scott Fitzgerald Knew

    The evidence shows to date state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has not been forthcoming or honest with the media about these matters.

    Mike Browne, 09/29/2016
  • Constituents Rally to Tell Sen. Ron Johnson to #DoYourJob

    The unprecedented political power play by the GOP in D.C. in refusing to give a fair hearing and timely vote to Judge Merrick Garland stretched for over 150 days.

    Analiese Eicher, 08/17/2016
  • Functioning United States Supreme Court > Partisan Proclivities

    You have the chance to make your voice heard and urge your senators to do the right thing - ensure the Supreme Court continues to work for all of us.

    Brian Evans, 04/27/2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Obstruction)

    Allowing our courts to become deadlocked for petty political reasons would be unprecedented. It’s time Sen. Ron Johnson stop playing games and start doing his job.

    Scot Ross, 03/01/2016
  • GOP Should Flush Kremer’s Transphobic Bathroom Bill, Once and For All

    Maybe Rep. Jesse Kremer should be focusing his “time” in the next legislative session on priorities more important than shaming transgender students.

    Brian Evans, 02/22/2016
  • Governor ‘Incomplete’ on Student Debt

    I would describe Scott Walker’s college affordability scheme the same way I would characterize his own personal higher ed experience — woefully incomplete.

    Scot Ross, 01/25/2016
  • Legislators Hear Need for Reform From Student Loan Borrowers

    Will they act to help or will they allow student loan debt to stand in the way of the fair shot at the middle class borrowers have earned with their hard work and personal responsibility?

    Scot Ross, 10/08/2015
  • Back to School Shouldn’t Mean Decades of Debt

    The student loan debt crisis is real, the need for reform is urgent and the opportunity is before us.

    Scot Ross, 08/28/2015
  • Sen. Rick Gudex Reveals Himself As a Politician, Not a Leader

    Sen. Gudex and his fellow Republicans need to remember they’re supposed to be working for us, not covering Scott Walker’s backside, and resist the temptation to allow partisanship to overcome common sense.

    Scot Ross, 08/13/2015
  • Invitation Accepted, Governor Walker

    While we are often at odds with Walker, on this we can agree: He most certainly should be evaluated by the company he keeps and his record in office.

    Scot Ross, 07/30/2015
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Scott Walker

    Scott Walker is on the campaign trail touting himself as a “fresh face,” but he’s been running for political office since before he could rent a car.

    Analiese Eicher, 07/09/2015
  • Will Scott Walker Choose to Be a King?

    After cowering behind closed doors, Republicans emerged to unleash the greatest assault on open records in our state’s history.

    Scot Ross, 07/02/2015
  • A Valuable Lesson in Gov. Scott Walker’s Education Record

    The teachable moment is that behind every "bold" claim by Walker is a very different, cold, hard truth. It's a lesson the school children of Wisconsin know only too well.

    Scot Ross, 06/18/2015
  • Higher Ed Cost Shift Sabotaging State’s Growth

    If we’re going to move our state forward, we need to choose a different path by recommitting to public education as a public good and reducing student debt.

    Scot Ross, 05/15/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Is No Model to Follow

    Despite a lifetime in campaign politics, Governor Walker has much to learn about the economy works.

    Scot Ross, 05/11/2015
  • Testimony Against Elimination of the Educational Approval Board

    One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher offered the following testimony on provisions of Assembly Bill 163 related to the elimination of the Educational Approval Board.

    Analiese Eicher, 04/28/2015
  • Remember Gov. Walker, An Eagle Scout Is an Eagle Scout for Life

    Judge for yourself if Scott Walker is living up to these ideals not only as an Eagle Scout but also as the governor of Wisconsin.

    Luke Mathers, 04/09/2015
  • Photographic Evidence of Scott Walker’s Phony Badger Boosterism

    A picture paints a thousand words. And this one really captures the essence of Scott Walker's rank hypocrisy and phony fandom.

    Cody Oliphant, 04/07/2015
  • Walker: No Rush to Condemn Rape Joke

    By refusing to speak out now and allowing Rush Limbaugh’s sick comments to stand, Scott Walker is showing us where he really stands.

    Jenni Dye, 02/18/2015
  • The War on the Wisconsin Idea

    Rather than reinforcing the university's commitment to public service, Walker made clear he does not consider public education a virtue worth preserving.

    Adelaide Davis, 02/05/2015
  • State Senate Republicans Make a Bad Idea Even Worse

    The efforts of both Assembly and Senate Republicans fall woefully short of protecting our children and tax dollars, instead putting ideology and political payback before helping our schools be the best that they can be.

    Scot Ross, 01/23/2015
  • Testimony in Opposition to 2015 Assembly Bill 1

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross submitted the following testimony to members of Assembly Education Committee, in opposition to Assembly Bill 1.

    Scot Ross, 01/14/2015
  • Testimony in Opposition to Assembly Joint Resolution 1

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross submitted the following testimony in opposition to Assembly Joint Resolution 1, being heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

    Scot Ross, 01/08/2015
  • Right to Work Is Wrong for Wisconsin

    A right to work law would take us in the opposite direction, and that’s why it’s wrong for families, wrong for workers and wrong for Wisconsin.

    Scot Ross, 12/11/2014
  • What College Republicans Get Wrong About Higher Ed, Lower Debt

    This bill was something substantive that dealt with student loan debt from a long-term perspective, and Republicans killed it without even a second glance.

    Miles Brown, 09/17/2014
  • Tonight! Rightwing Bradley Awards Streaming Live

    The Progressive Magazine has a great post about tonight's 'Bradley Foundation' awards, emceed by recent…um…'newsmaker' George Will.

    Scot Ross, 06/18/2014
  • Worst. Anniversary. Ever.

    It is past time for all of our leaders to lead on addressing student loan debt. They have over one trillion reasons to do so.

    Jenni Dye, 04/24/2014
  • State of the State: Missed Opportunity

    If we don't act we risk higher education at a university or job training at a technical college become nothing more than a multi-decade debt sentence instead of the path to the middle class.

    Scot Ross, 01/24/2014
  • Support Higher Ed, Lower Debt

    This bill creates a system that allows students to focus on school now, make educated decisions about how they are paying for school, and helps them afford their payments later.

    Lauren Krupp, 11/15/2013
  • I’m a U.S. Army Veteran. And I’m a Student Loan Debtor.

    Students like me are working hard to provide for our future and improve our communities. We aren't asking for a handout, but we are asking for a fair shot.

    Saul Newton, 11/08/2013
  • Rate Deal Doesn’t Resolve $1.2 Trillion Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Without a sense of urgency and action on real, comprehensive solutions, we run the risk of seeing the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis become a $2 trillion economic catastrophe.

    Scot Ross, 07/29/2013
  • Higher Education Becomes Double the Struggle

    With the crippling student loan debt crisis, many now realize all of their time and effort spent getting a higher education is not paying off.

    Cara Josephson, 07/09/2013
  • Inaction to Blame for Doubling Student Loan Rates

    Many changes are needed to help alleviate the problem, and these changes will only happen if this issue becomes prominent enough to spur change.

    Lauren Krupp, 07/09/2013
  • Walker Slashes BadgerCare

    Walker's proposal will have detrimental impacts for Wisconsin's children, pregnant women, families, and for individuals. At what cost will Walker continue to take away help from those in need?

    Cara Josephson, 06/26/2013
  • Vossa the Hutt

    With Robin Vos and ALEC leading the charge, it’s easy to see why corruption doesn’t bother those in charge.

    Frances Black, 06/24/2013
  • School Choice Will Destroy Wisconsin Education

    A well-rounded education is not a business, it's a right. Let’s keep government funding in Wisconsin’s public school system.

    Emily Ashlin, 06/23/2013
  • The Fight For Voter Rights Not Over Yet

    Wisconsin needs to stay vocal about keeping the voting process open and inclusive to ensure Republicans can't manipulate the laws for personal benefit.

    Lauren Krupp, 06/20/2013
  • Back Off Our Lady Bits

    If Republicans were honest, they would admit this all has nothing to do with what's best for women. It has everything to do with controlling women.

    Frances Black, 06/20/2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Call to Action in Defense of Education

    Democrats, Republicans and independents certainly have different views on many of the challenges facing our state and nation. There is one thing we all can agree on, however - we love the University.

    Adelaide Davis, 03/18/2013
  • Equality of Inconvenience

    Bills like the early voting restriction proposal, and the lawmakers like Rep. Duey Stroebel that propose them, ought to be rebuked, not excused.

    Scot Ross, 03/11/2013
  • Budget Cuts Inhibit the Right to Choose

    Today, choice is a popular buzzword in the debate over women’s health. Women argue they should be able to choose independently about health… Do I want to have children? Where do I...

    Adelaide Davis, 03/07/2013
  • State of the State? More Like State of Gov. Scott Walker’s Presidential Campaign.

    It is no coincidence that the first post-November election comments on his policy agenda for the coming year were made by Gov. Scott Walker at the Reagan library in California

    Scot Ross, 01/10/2013
  • Scott Walker 2013: Past Is Prologue?

    As Gov. Walker pursues national political ambitions, he is poised to inflict even more of his poisonous agenda on the people of Wisconsin.

    Scot Ross, 01/03/2013
  • Act to Stop Gun Violence

    Imagine if the Republicans in charge of state government took massive gun violence as seriously as they do the handful of instances of voting impropriety.

    Taylor Larson, 12/19/2012
  • What’s The Number?

    How can making it more difficult for Wisconsin residents to exercise their right to vote in the leading democracy in the world be justified?

    Scot Ross, 11/12/2012
  • A Win for Voter Rights in Wisconsin, Finally

    Voting is both our right and our civic responsibility. It is how we shape the future of our communities and hold our elected representatives accountable.

    Scot Ross, 09/05/2012
  • Recall Election Golden Rule: He Who Has the Gold, Rules

    Post recall election there has been no shortage of attempts to spin what the results mean. One unquestionable takeaway is that in this election, money mattered. A lot.

    Mike Browne, 06/07/2012