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Scott Suder lands lobbying job to save Scott Walker from embarassment

How convenient that former Republican Rep. Scott Suder found a sweet lobbying job that will allow him to not join Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, saving Gov. Walker the trouble of having to explain why he’d give someone as ethically challenged (and that’s putting it mildly) as Suder a hefty raise to serve on Gov. Walker’s […]

Scott Suder lands 88% pay increase in Scott Walker’s administration

Must be rough… Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is nearly doubling the pay of the former lawmaker who engineered a $500,000 grant to his and Walker’s political friends that could have cost the state $28 million in federal aid.

The Public Service Commission finalized the hiring Friday of former Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) at […]

Scott Walker’s cozy connection to United Sportsmen

Yeah, this picture just about sums up Gov. Scott Walker’s more than cozy connection to many of the key players in United Sportsmen, the not actually a nonprofit group that received a $500,000 grant in Walker’s budget, only to have Walker veto that grant when the public became aware of the group’s strong ties to […]

Scott Suder’s sweetheart budget deal for group affiliated with his former chief of staff & donors

Talk about a sweetheart deal… A $500,000 sportsmen’s grant slipped into the state budget earlier this summer is set to go to a group with ties to Republican insiders that has praised GOP politicians and lobbied for legislation such as lowering regulations on iron mining and development in wetlands.

The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation […]

Assembly Democrats Have No Spine: What Budget?

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 […]

How To Win Graciously (Sarcasm)

“They decided to retreat and go home,” Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) said.

The Republican members in the state assembly can’t even pretend to win graciously anymore…Rep. Suder was quoted after the Democratic minority weighed their chances of amending the budget bill and decided to abandon any efforts to amend.

Getting Mad About the Wrong Thing on Madison’s Per Diem Debate

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 […]

Republican legislators want to line their pockets with increased per diem payments

Why does it not surprise me that greedy Republicans are looking to line their pockets while asking public employees to make financial sacrifices because of “budget difficulties?” As they head into the new legislative session, Assembly Republican leaders are considering raising how much the 99 members of their chamber can claim for expenses.

Incoming Assembly […]

Wisconsin’s Republicans: not fighting to create jobs, but fighting to allow you to keep roadkill!

Among the myriad of bills Republican Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law late last week was 2011 Assembly Bill 334, which would allow motorists who wish to keep boar, wild turkey, or certain small game animals that were killed by their motor vehicle, to do so.

Apparently Republican State Reps. Tom Tiffany and Scott […]

Wisconsin Republicans: only parts of Constitution, Bill of Rights should be respected

Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbottsford): “The Second Amendment doesn’t stop at the entrance to the Capitol, and people should have the right to exercise their constitutional freedoms when they visit the statehouse,”

Apparently Rep. Suder’s support for “constitutional freedoms” doesn’t extend to the first amendment rights of citizens who’ve been escorted from the Assembly […]