Although it doesn’t always pay to tilt at windmills, the decision by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats and Assembly Minority Leader Representative Peter Barca to refrain from offering a single amendment to the biennial budget is downright perplexing. On the one hand I can understand the futility of offering up amendments that have absolutely no chance of [...]
This will never stand up to Federal scrutiny, but it still sucks… The Assembly approved, on a bipartisan vote of 68-26, a bill requiring at least two-thirds of the purchases in the state’s FoodShare program to come from a list of state-defined healthy foods, with Republicans arguing that the benefits outweighed the opposition of some [...]
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press are reporting that an audit by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau found significant questionable financial activities surrounding Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This time tax credits for creating jobs have gone unaudited, legally required reports haven’t been filed and there has been questionable spending on the [...]
Earlier this week Zach posted an article about the State Assembly possibly raising the per diem expense rate paid to Assembly members during their stays in Madison. Surprisingly the article resulted in one of most spirited discussions of the week.
The per diem has a role to play in controlling the cost of government. Rather [...]
This is a week old, but it’s worth discussing… “Scott Walker will see the inside of a jail cell before he sees the inside of another term!” yelled Wisconsin Democratic Party Chariman Mike Tate to great cheers at his party’s state convention this past weekend.
When Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Morning News asked Kenosha Assemblyman [...]
From Playground Politics: Democrats need to spend more time cultivating future leaders in the legislature and less time turning the place over to retreads like Peter Barca, Fred Kessler, Jim Holperin, and Tim Cullen. Now Joe Wineke may well be on his way back, which would be a huge benefit to the rudderless ship that [...]
“Tom Barrett will be a governor who will focus on jobs, and restore trust, integrity and accountability to state government. Our Wisconsin values have been under assault from this governor over the past 15 months, and its time for a healer who will bring us together. I know Tom Barrett has what it [...]
H/T Rachel Maddow For this great piece showing how the Michigan Republicans blatantly ignore the law and the Constitution to get their far right agenda passed(sound familiar).
Why do they do that you might ask? The answer is simple, their ideas and philosophy do not hold up to scrutiny, the law, the Constitution or [...]
Dwayne Block, organizer of the independent, grassroots group, OconoDems, really knows how to reel in the big-name Wisconsin politicos. Maybe they come for the large group of enthusiastic, plugged-in citizens who gather once a month in politically conservative Oconomowoc. Or maybe it’s the free coffee and sugar wafers. Regardless, tomorrow, April 7, will be the [...]
Despite a very persistent movement across the state encouraging Rep. Peter Barca to run in the recall election for governor of Wisconsin, Rep. Barca has announced that he is not a candidate:
Let me thank you personally for all of your kind support and encouragement for me to run for governor the past month. After [...]