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Where’s the Revenue?

Scott Walker and the Republicans in the Legislature are counting on increases in revenue to reduce cuts to public elementary and secondary education. Sen. Scott Fitzgerald mentioned this in an interview with Mike Gousha on April 10th, and Mr. Walker did so in his telephone check-in with Wisconsin April 17th.

I like the idea of […]

Economic Policy Institution: weakening collective bargaining negatively affects union & non-union wages

According to a new report issued by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the national decline in collective bargaining has undercut wages and benefits not only for union members, but for nonunion workers as well. That fact should be obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention to what’s happening in regards to the ever-widening disparity in […]

Tim McGraw angers conservatives, Ted Nugent fantasizes about shooting Harry Reid

Apparently conservatives are all atwitter because country music superstar Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a group advocating for common-sense gun laws. Conservatives are firing up the outrage machine over news that country music superstar Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a group advocating common […]

Vandals topple the gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s father

From the files of, “stay classy, conservatives” comes comes this note about the vandals desecrating the gravestone of Hugh Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s father. The gravestone of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s father has been found toppled over at a Pennsylvania cemetery.

Police say vandals may be responsible for upending the gravestone of Hugh Rodham in the Washburn […]

Democratic State Rep. Melissa Sargent submits marijuana legalization legislation

Yesterday Democratic State Rep. Melissa Sargent wrote an op-ed piece making a strong case for the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. Here’s a snippet from Rep. Sargent’s op-ed. Last session, I was proud to author a bill to fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. I did this after extensive research and the realization that the most […]

The GOP will regret pushing Wisconsin constitutional amendment regarding state supreme court chief justice position

This excellent post from the blog of Dominique Paul Noth, called Dom’s Domain, is much like the law suit filed recently by Shirley Abrahamson. The current Chief Justice of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has filed a beautifully planned law suit to the effect that she should remain Chief Justice until her term expires in 2019. Noth’s […]

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner cuts funding for autism programs on World Autism Day

It takes a special kind of asshole to cut funding for autism programs on World Autism Day, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois is clearly that special kind of asshole. State funding cuts are threatening services for people living with autism, as families who receive help through a program called the Autism Project say […]

Anchor Bank offers buyouts to a fifth of its employees – didn’t it get the memo that WI is “Open for Business?”

Apparently Anchor Bank didn’t get Gov. Scott Walker’s memo that Wisconsin is “Open for Business.” The parent company of AnchorBank said Thursday that it is offering buyouts to about a fifth of its employees, closing six branches and selling another branch as part of an “operational efficiency” effort.

Madison-based Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., which struggled […]

Shepherd Express: Chris Abele Diminishes Milwaukee County’s Representation on MATC Board

Lisa Kaiser of the Shepherd Express has a new piece outlining how Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele sided with the conservative county board chairs from three other counties to appoint a non-Milwaukee County resident to the MATC board. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele once again sided with suburban conservatives, this time when making appointments to […]

School Choice Wisconsin fails Final Four logic test

Of all the social media responses to the Wisconsin Badgers outstanding victory over Kentucky in the NCAA semifinal game yesterday, perhaps the most bizarre was this one from Wisconsin School Choice:

Four of five Badger starters went to religious schools. More school choice equals more Badger victories! School Choice Works.

— School Choice WI (@SchoolChoiceWI) […]