Today’s the big day for the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. They’re trying to cram in as much business as possible so that you and I won’t have time to sort through the details and respond to them. It may take a day, it may take a few days. But I predict a full and robust public debate on the final issues is not going to happen. Apparently they’re going to take up whatever m...
Yet again another controversial Republican bill is flying through the Legislature at warp speed. Last Friday, before the Memorial Day vacation, Greendale Rep. Jeff Stone began circulating his omnibus voter suppression bill, which, among other things, would reinstate the legally challenged voter ID requirement, open up loopholes for corporations sponsoring phony issue ads, shorten the amount of ti...
Milwaukee’s taxicab drivers were happy with Circuit Court Judge Jane Carroll’s decision today that prevents the city from enforcing its taxicab permit cap because it's unconstitutional. But cabbies won’t be able to apply for new permits just yet.
She’s stayed h...
“We’re going to be
checking Craigslist very closely,” said Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson
(D-Milwaukee) of the Republican-backed plan to allow Gov. Scott Walker to sell
or lease state properties without a public bidding process.
The first few months in office are never easy for a
young, energetic, idealistic state legislator who’s a member of the minority
party and shut out of the majority party’s decision-making process. But despite
a “reality check” or
I always thought that Republicans had a fetish about local control, claiming that local leaders, being closest to their constituents, were the best ones to make decisions for their communities.
But I guess they’ve become state-control fetishists.
Yesterday, toward the end of the Assembly’s debate on