Will backing Wisconsin’s Maricopa-style ‘fraudit’ hurt legislators’ contributions?
Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) is making a name for herself. Out of the 99 members of the state Assembly, few representatives are recognizable to the general public. But as the chair of the Assembly elections committee who successfully pushed to launch a massive “Arizona-style audit,” Brandtjen’s office confirms that her emails, phone calls and […]
Vos kisses Trump’s ring
In a disgusting display of cowardice and obsequiousness, Speaker Robin Vos felt it necessary to bow down to Donald Trump and to kiss his ring (or somewhere south of that). This is the same Robin Vos whom Trump had slammed back in June as a liar and a fake leader who was “working hard to […]
Trump’s valentine to Brandtjen as Vos-Gableman are “going off the rails”
Former President Donald Trump has found a new Wisconsinite worthy of his praise — and taken another shot at beleaguered Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Vos is fast becoming a scapegoat for the QAnon-wing of the Republican party despite his having waded very deep into the falsehoods and misinformation about the 2020 presidential election, spreading them […]
Running away from the GOP
The head of the Republican Party of Wisconsin quietly stepped down last week. According to Wispolitics it was during a recent summer vacation with his young children that it suddenly occurred to GOP state chair Andrew Hitt that he ought to quit. Can you blame him? Hitt took the job in 2018, right after Republicans […]
Our 4th of July crisis
Americans have two new things to celebrate on the 4th of July this year — pandemic restrictions have lifted, and Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States. To underscore both of these happy facts, the Democratic National Committee hired a plane to fly over Lake Michigan on Friday afternoon, visible to Milwaukeans […]
How low can Wisconsin Republicans go?
The top news out of the Wisconsin Republican convention last weekend was Trump’s attack on our state GOP leaders and their groveling response. Like Voldemort’s followers in the Harry Potter series, they continue to abase themselves even as the object of their adoration rewards them with torture. It’s creepy to watch. On the eve of […]
Ron Johnson meant what he said, but now he doesn’t
It’s head-spinning to listen to Sen. Ron Johnson. In a panel with state news media sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club, the two-term Republican senator from Oshkosh took multiple, sometimes contradictory, positions on a host of issues. The most newsworthy had to do with whether he will run for re-election as the biggest ally of […]
The troubled conscience of conservatives
Disaffected Republicans, including former Wisconsin GOP Congressman Reid Ribble, want to start a new party for conservatives — or wrest the existing Republican Party away from the forces of former President Donald Trump. Who can blame them? Last week, Wisconsin’s entire Republican House delegation voted against forming a bipartisan commission to investigate the violent mob […]
Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.
WASHINGTON—From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by conservatives. But […]
U.S. House OKs commission to probe Capitol attack, but McConnell objections may doom it
WASHINGTON—The U.S. House voted Wednesday 252-175 to give the go-ahead to the formation of an independent, bipartisan commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite objections from Republican leaders that the scope of the commission was not wide enough and other investigations are ongoing. Thirty-five Republicans joined with Democrats in […]
Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s “big lie”
WASHINGTON—House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her continued pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they want to unite the party in an attempt to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP lawmakers in […]
Biden’s historic moment
Good for President Joe Biden for touting the significant accomplishments of his administration’s first 100 days before a Joint Session of Congress. And good for him for pushing a bold, progressive agenda. Biden’s $4 trillion in federal spending contained in two proposals — the American Jobs Plan and the American Family Plan — represent, as […]