WPRI Tag Archive


  • Following the Money Behind ‘right-to-work’

    The watchdog group One Wisconsin Now released research on the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, headed by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign co-chair.

    Wisconsin Gazette, 02/24/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now Research Reveals Gov. Walker Campaign Co-Chair As Major Financier of Propaganda Campaign Paving Way for Wrong For Wisconsin Right to Work Law

    Once again we see Michael Grebe and his Bradley Foundation paving the way for Gov. Walker’s right-wing, Tea Party agenda with a massive propaganda campaign.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/23/2015
  • The Anatomy of a Right-Wing Smear Campaign

    The wallet and fingerprints of Scott Walker’s campaign co-chair, Michael Grebe, are all over this last-second desperate smear against Mary Burke.

    Cody Oliphant, 10/30/2014
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s Campaign Co-Chair’s Fingerprints on Latest Political Hit Job to Try to Maintain Power for Gov. Walker

    A review of IRS records and Bradley Foundation reports reveals they have provided significant financial support for the media outlet that first reported on the smear.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/30/2014
  • S Is for Shill

    This report exposes the web of right-wing funders advancing a radical school privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front groups, with special focus on the Bradley Foundation, headed by Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 11/13/2013
  • Wisconsin Ensnared in $83 Million National Propaganda and Privatization Web Spun by Radical Right-Wing Funders

    A new report from One Wisconsin Now exposes a web of right-wing funders advancing a radical privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front groups.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/13/2013
  • Conservative Groups Create Own News Outlets

    And when, several years ago, WPRI hired UW-Madison professor Ken Goldstein to conduct polling on a variety of political issues, liberal group One Wisconsin Now filed an open records request that revealed...

    Capital Times, 11/27/2012
  • Memo: Follow the Money

    You've also probably seen the ads paid for by the special interests benefitting from tax giveaways, consumer protection rollbacks and lax public safety regulation enforcement by the Walker administration.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/21/2012
  • Scott Walker’s Rhetoric Versus Reality

    MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin’s jobs crisis – posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added – and is now poised...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/24/2012
  • More Lies From the GOP Noise Machine on Cronon Attacks

    Never  allowing facts to get in the way of its smears, the right wing is trying to create a false moral equivalency between retaliatory actions taken by the Republican Party of Wisconsin...

    Scot Ross, 03/28/2011
  • Will MJS Give Conservative WPRI, WISTAX Same Treatment As Public Citizen?

    Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Politifact,” in its analysis of a unfair trade deals cited by U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, makes this note about the sourcing by Feingold’s campaign of Public Citizen: “Public...

    Scot Ross, 10/11/2010
  • Beil Calls Out WPimpRI

    Marty Beil, never one to mince words when it comes to standing up for working men and women across Wisconsin, responded to the continuing assaults by the GOP shills at the Wisconsin...

    Scot Ross, 04/05/2010
  • Bailed Out Banksters Hatched Callous Overdraft Scheme

    While millions of Americans are fighting for survival ‘€“ whether it’€™s to keep their homes or keep their jobs ‘€“ it appears financial industry banksters have been lining their pockets through a...

    Cody Oliphant, 04/05/2010
  • Shameless, WPRI Prepares New Poll

    Just days from embarrassing national media exposure questioning its ethics and credibility, WPRI is back with another poll, coming your way soon. WPRI is the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, although some suggest...

    Bill Christofferson, 03/10/2010
  • Take Action Today Against the UW-WPRI Right-wing Propaganda Polling Project

    When the University of Wisconsin-Madison Political Science department announced a new polling partnership with the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, one of Wisconsin’s most prominent right wing think tanks, we were immediately worried...

    Robert Doeckel, 03/08/2010
  • Media Alert: WPRI Junk Polling Project to Continue

    MADISON, Wis. — The controversial polling project between the conservative, pro-corporate Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ken Goldstein, will continue to generate suspect and manipulated polling information,...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/08/2010
  • Your State Pension Under Attack

    A great retort from AFSCME’s Marty Biel about WPRI’s attack on the state pension system that their president, George Lightbourn, a 20-year public employee himself who managed and now receives benefits from...

    Anna Landmark, 03/01/2010
  • We Do Take Issue With the Facts of WPRI Study, Lightbourn

    So ‘€œWisconsin’€™s Free Market Think Tank’€ released yet another report reinforcing the pro-corporate agenda of conservatives. Big surprise.In its latest report, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) wants the public to be...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/25/2010
  • Flaws Riddle Private School Voucher Report

    The favorable private school voucher study paid for by the state’€™s leading private school voucher advocates is riddled with fundamental research flaws, implying the “study” was designed to reach a pre-conceived conclusion...

    Scot Ross, 02/04/2010
  • Growing Opposition to Right-wing Polling Project

    One Wisconsin Now delivered the unfortunate news that WPRI-UW poll materials suggest a deliberate removal of references to opposition to private school vouchers.

    Cody Oliphant, 01/25/2010
  • Intellectual Honesty Is Not Manipulating the Data

    The polling project between the UW-Madison Political Science department and the states shrillest right-wing, corporate-friendly think tank has turned out to be as suspicious as we first feared. Documents obtained by One...

    Robert Doeckel, 01/19/2010
  • Records Suggest WPRI-UW Poll Materials Deliberately Removed References to Statewide Opposition to Private School Vouchers

    MADISON, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin polling project downplayed opposition to private school vouchers after a conservative think tank paying for the polling raised political concerns, documents obtained by One Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/18/2010
  • WI Environment Debunks False Claims by WPRI

    Wisconsin Environment slammed the right-wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) yesterday about their inaccurate and misleading report about the Governor'€™s initiatives to grow the renewable energy industry and create green jobs.

    Anna Landmark, 01/07/2010
  • Health Insurance Reform Progress Activates Junk Science From Wisconsin’s Conservative, Corporate Network

    The corporate, conservative machine has given its loyal subjects at WISTAX and WPRI marching orders... Blame everyone but the health insurance cartel for skyrocketing health insurance costs.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/22/2009
  • WPRI: ‘Let’s Cut Funds for Kids, Not Health Insurance Companies’

    The corporate shills at the right wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has a typical corporate response to the skyrocketing health care costs.

    Scot Ross, 12/14/2009
  • WI Poll: 86 Percent Want Government Help to Provide Universal, High Quality Health Care

    A graphic in a front-page story in Monday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel including a stunner of a question from the most recent UW Badger Poll, which may give pause to elected officials who...

    Scot Ross, 12/13/2009
  • More Jobs Coming to Wisconsin: WMC Scare Tactics = #epicfail

    Once again despite the efforts of the states most notorious corporate tax loophole lobby group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, more jobs are coming to Wisconsin. Republic Airways to add up to 800...

    Robert Doeckel, 11/10/2009
  • Are MacIver, WPRI and AFP Ready for the Right Wing Toga Party?

    Two of Wisconsin’€™s leading right wing organizations are members the State Policy Network, a national group that helps organizations push out anti-public education information.

    Scot Ross, 10/30/2009
  • Shocker: WPRI-UW Right Wing Propaganda Polling Project Concludes GOPs Message About Doyle

    There it is on the front page of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’€™s website. Almost 800 words from George Lightbourn about ‘€œpolling’€ that concludes Gov. Jim Doyle’€™s Democratic backers in the state...

    Scot Ross, 10/26/2009
  • Result of WPRI-UW Right Wing Propaganda Polling Project: Tommy! Over Feingold

    We see more ‘€œcredible‘€ research from the suspect polling project between the state’s leading right wing think tank and the University of Wisconsin’s poli sci department.

    Scot Ross, 10/05/2009
  • Surprise: Right-Wing Think Tank-UW Poll Doesn’t Ask Public Option Question

    Where’€™s the question on the public option? This has been the single biggest and most-discussed issue when it comes to health insurance reform.

    Scot Ross, 10/04/2009
  • WPRI Opposes Public Option for Health Insurance Reform, Supports Public Option for Its Polling

    Using typical back-of-the-envelope, context-free math, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’€™s is claiming that since the cost of the extraordinarily successful bipartisan BadgerCare program has increased since it was created, that we shouldn’€™t...

    Scot Ross, 09/28/2009
  • WPRI’s Cadre, John Torinus and the Myth of Liberal Media

    Bopping through the Wisopinion.com list of blogs of the day, I was amused to see not one, but two posts from the conservative and oft-error-plagued Wisconsin Policy Research Institute featuring former members...

    Scot Ross, 07/13/2009
  • With Advisors Like These…

    George Lightbourn is the former budget advisor for Governor Scott McCallum. Now he is a glorified shill for corporate interests at the right wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Thursday corporate interests attacked...

    Cory Liebmann, 06/19/2008
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on WPRI’s ‘Healthy Wisconsin’ Attack

    George Lightbourn’s central thesis that Medicare and Medicaid were bad ideas, is as bankrupt as his previous work with Gov. Scott McCallum to sell off the $6 billion that would have come to the state from the tobacco settlement for pennies on the dollar.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/18/2008
  • Beware of Lightbourn Budget Advice

    George Lightbourn and his minions at the right wing WPRI have been lecturing Governor Doyle and the legislature on sound budgeting. Lightbourn hardly seems to be the person to give advice on...

    Cory Liebmann, 03/11/2008