Tag: Wisconsin

House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin did some major speaking out yesterday, saying he wants to offer “a complete alternative to the left’s agenda.” Exactly which “left” agenda he was referring to he didn’t say, but his initial remarks on this subject suggest that Ryan’s alternative would look pretty much like the political vision of the current leading Republican presidential candidates: raise the wages … Read More House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

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Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

Since the building of really big walls for the good of the nation is now a popular idea among some Americans, especially Republican presidential candidates and a former Republican presidential candidate,  Wisconsin Republicans now governing the state should consider building a wall around the state’s borders. Such a wall would keep the wrong people out and the right people in.   A border wall would be, … Read More Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

Debate in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about Patriotgate

One question not heard at last night’s Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee was anything about what we might call “Patriotgate.” This has nothing to do with deflated footballs but does include the New England Patriots, as well as the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the UW-Madison Badgers. A report released last week by Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain (both Republicans) documents “paid patriotism” between the Department … Read More Debate in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about Patriotgate

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“VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

We at the Wisconsin Institute for Insisting that Issue Ads are Not About Electing Anybody (WIII . . .) have teamed up with the Wisconsin Club for Circumventing Justice and the Wisconsin Supremely Conservative Court to bring you the following nonpartisan advertisement on the issue of campaign finance reform.                                                       VOT_  for Republicans! Narrator: Are you tired of being forced by law to muzzle … Read More “VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

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Small businesses, consumers need not apply for WE Energies’ power discount

So one of the largest printers of magazines (Quad/Graphics of Sussex) wants an energy discount for its expansion plan, a plan the corporation says will “create up to 500 jobs” [italics my own] in Wisconsin (while cutting jobs elsewhere). And WE Energies, now part of one of the largest for-profit power/gas utilities in the Midwest and the nation, has a lot of excess, mostly coal-powered … Read More Small businesses, consumers need not apply for WE Energies’ power discount

Journal Sentinel to be swallowed by a giant shareholder-driven media holding company. But it’s all good

Call me a progressive skeptic, but the news that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is to become a member of the largest media conglomerate in the nation does not bode well for the state of journalism in the state of Wisconsin. If the lite news quality of USA Today, Gannet’s most prominent franchise, is any indication, (at the moment, some of the leading national news … Read More Journal Sentinel to be swallowed by a giant shareholder-driven media holding company. But it’s all good

Gov. Scott Walker bows out of presidential race

If it’s in the NY Times it must be true: Gov. Scott Walker is throwing in the towel. Perhaps now he’ll return to Wisconsin where his local popularity is plummeting.