When Is It OK to Know Who Is Influencing Public Policy?

This week State Senator Jon Erpenbach agreed to drop any appeal of the open records case filed against him. The very conservative John K MacIver Institute for Public Policy had requested Sen. Erpenbach’s emails surrounding the protests in Madison in 2011 around the passage of Act 10. Originally the Senator turned over 26,000 emails with […]

Will Dooling: “MacIver Institute Predictions Wrong”

This column, written by Will Dooling, appears (along with video) on The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch page (here). It was researched and fact-checked by Will Dooling; its accuracy is not the responsibility of Blogging Blue.

Allegations of Massive Fraud in Wisconsin Recall Proved False

by Will Dooling

Today, the […]

Paul Krugman is Wise (as well as shrill!)

Paul Krugman offers advice to those who would tackle the Political-Industrial Complex ™ in America. You must be prepared to reap the whirlwind (and laugh in the face of danger) when they strike back. Lisa and Zach, you need to take this to heart when you go after asshats like The MacIver Institute and our […]

Something that’s been bugging me

By now I’m sure some of you know about the “difficulties” Lisa and I have had with James Wigderson and Brian Fraley of the right-wing MacIver Institute, and if you haven’t been following, you can get up to speed HERE and HERE.

What’s curious about everything that happened this week is that Lisa and I […]

“Recall MacIver” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

From the folks at Citizen Action Wisconsin: This weekend the panel discusses the latest recall news and Paul Ryan’s disastrous new budget. We are joined by blogger Cory Leibmann to expose the MacIver Institute’s threats of libel lawsuits toward progressive blogs who posted a column exposing the organization’s strong ties to the GOP. We also […]

Beware of the MacIver spin machine

Read the entire opinion column over at Citizen Action Wisconsin’s “No Sacred Cows” blog.

A series of FACTS about the MacIver Institute & its employees/associates

Here’s a series of FACTS about the folks working for (or associated with) the John K. MacIver Institute:

FACT #1: Brian Fraley, the Communications Director for the MacIver Institute, is a former national insurance industry lobbyist who was director of the Senate Republican caucus during part of the time of the “Caucus Scandal” in which […]

Verify the Recall – Still Working

We have been chronicling "verify the recall"'s results. We have pointed out that their endgame was never ever “integrity of elections” but intimidation of Wisconsin Citizens who signed the recall petitions.

Here is another "success" story that Verify the Recall can hang their hats on:

The University of Wisconsin System’s chief spokesman […]

MacIver Outs Themselves!

The MacIver Institute bills itself as the “Free Market Voice For Wisconsin” As a matter of fact they are so proud of this they have it plastered on their website next to a picture of Dick Van Patten.

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy is a Wisconsin-based think tank that promotes […]

Adolf Hitler Never Goes Away

Adolf Hitler is one the most vile, disgusting human beings in the history of the world (millions of years to most of us, just a few thousand years if your from West Bend). That being said, his name is still bandied about often so if you are going to use it(you shouldnt), there are a […]