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Gov. Tony Evers gives his 2021-23 budget address (via YouTube).

Evers goes big and bold with his Wisconsin budget

BY: and - February 16, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers, in a speech outlining his 2021-23 budget proposal Tuesday night, argued for a renewed vision of a state government that can educate, support and invest in people and businesses across the state — a point of view that echoes President Joe Biden’s plan to “build back better” in his proposed American Rescue […]

Cash flowing into a ballot box with Democratic donkey and Republican elephant Image by conolan from Pixabay

2020 state legislative races cost a record-smashing $53.9M

BY: - February 12, 2021

Spending by candidates and special interest smear groups in the 2020 legislative elections tallied a record-smashing $53.9 million. Candidate and group spending in last fall’s elections was about 50% higher than the previous record $35.8 million spent in the 2018 elections and about 92% higher than the $28.1 million spent just four years ago in […]

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) works the polling location wearing plastic gloves and gown in addition to a face mask in his Racine-area district on 4/7/20. (Photo contributed by Vos office).

Can the GOP Senate and GOP Assembly agree on COVID relief?

BY: - February 4, 2021

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that in addition to taking a vote on Thursday to toss out Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate, his house would also “fix” what he described as problems caused by a Senate amendment to partisan COVID-response legislation. The bill has been shuttled back and forth between the two Republican-controlled bodies multiple […]

Pres. Trump from the back leaving UN press conference

Repeated election lies feed into bad voter laws, say experts

BY: - January 26, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has exited the White House. The violent mob he riled up that ransacked the Capitol was expelled. And rioters didn’t show up to ruin the inauguration of President Joe Biden. But the words of presidents linger. And those words retain power.  “The president of the United States occupies a rhetorical position […]

Members of the state Senate 2019

Republicans dare Evers to veto their COVID bill

BY: and - January 12, 2021

The stripped down state Senate COVID-19 response bill that was given a public hearing on Monday has shed many of the controversial provisions from the Assembly version that passed the lower house last week. Gone are bans on mandatory vaccines for employment, required school board supermajority votes to convene virtually, prohibitions against closing houses of […]

computer screen with ones and zeros, spelling out word "election"

Legislative public hearing on election is a Trump rally minus the flags

BY: - December 11, 2020

Right-wing radio host Dan O’Donnell has been ranting for weeks about election fraud and crimes on his partisan show that airs on 1130 WISN and 1310 WIBA. On Friday in the Capitol, he reiterated his claim that there were enough fraudulent votes to overturn the Wisconsin election result.  Knowing exactly what he would say, O’Donnell […]

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Assembly elections committee leader suggests illegal actions to overturn Wisconsin’s election

BY: - November 10, 2020

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has called for an Assembly committee with subpoena powers to oversee an investigation into potential fraud surrounding alleged “concerns surfacing about mail-in ballot dumps and voter fraud” in Wisconsin. And the vice chair of that committee, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) says the committee may need to overturn Wisconsin voters’ choice […]

Briggs & Stratton warehouse (photo by Michael Rosen)

Briggs & Stratton’s demise: greed, mismanagement, blaming others

BY: and - September 28, 2020

Just days before filing for bankruptcy in July, Milwaukee’s Briggs & Stratton Corp., at one time the largest producer of small engines in the world and employer to 11,000 union production workers making a solid, middle-class living, handed its top executives $5 million in bonuses, calling them “retention awards.”   In mid-September a federal bankruptcy court […]