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Data Wonk: The More Guns, Less Crime Scam
Data Wonk

The More Guns, Less Crime Scam

Questionable research shows Right To Carry reduces crime. Here’s the full story.

Data Wonk: John Roberts’ Nightmare
Data Wonk

John Roberts’ Nightmare

His decision on gerrymandering case could ruin Supreme Court’s reputation.

Data Wonk: The Lessons of Repeal and Replace
Data Wonk

The Lessons of Repeal and Replace

Republicans never had an actual plan. Bernie Sanders might learn from that.

Data Wonk: Should Wisconsin Join The Amazon Bidding War?
Data Wonk

Should Wisconsin Join The Amazon Bidding War?

If the Foxconn deal is the new standard, the subsidy for Amazon could reach $10 billion.

Data Wonk: Can Milwaukee Win The Amazon Challenge?
Data Wonk

Can Milwaukee Win The Amazon Challenge?

If a lower cost of living for employees is a key criteria.

Data Wonk: How to Build Wisconsin’s Economy
Data Wonk

How to Build Wisconsin’s Economy

Bribing companies to relocate here doesn’t work. So what does?

Data Wonk: Should State Look Beyond Manufacturing?
Data Wonk

Should State Look Beyond Manufacturing?

Rustbelt jobs have steadily declined since 1990. State should look elsewhere for answers.

Data Wonk: Judges Consider a Democratic Gerrymander
Data Wonk

Judges Consider a Democratic Gerrymander

Maryland uses same technique as Wisconsin, but to benefit Democrats.

Data Wonk: Right Wing Seeks to End Democracy?
Data Wonk

Right Wing Seeks to End Democracy?

Their support for Wisconsin gerrymander part of a disturbing international trend.

Data Wonk: Will Foxconn Deal Fight Poverty?
Data Wonk

Will Foxconn Deal Fight Poverty?

Legislative language suggests this. What are the deal’s true aims and costs?

Data Wonk: Walker’s Health Care Gamble Exposes State
Data Wonk

Walker’s Health Care Gamble Exposes State

He bet on health care exchanges and against expanding Medicaid, which could hurt Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: Foxconn, Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Future?
Data Wonk

Foxconn, Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Future?

Deal will cost $500 for every person in the state.

Data Wonk: Has Barrett Driven Up City Debt?
Data Wonk

Has Barrett Driven Up City Debt?

Conservative MacIver Institute says yes. Let’s look at the data.

Data Wonk: The “Democrats Are Evil” Trap
Data Wonk

The “Democrats Are Evil” Trap

National Review’s David French blames this for GOP loyalty to Trump. Let us consider the irony.

Data Wonk: Who Wins From Global Warming?
Data Wonk

Who Wins From Global Warming?

Wisconsin wins; Florida, Texas, southern states big losers.

Data Wonk: How Will Trumpcare Affect Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

How Will Trumpcare Affect Wisconsin?

The bottom line: worse health and 1,000 additional deaths per year.

Data Wonk: Will Supremes Rule on State Redistricting?
Data Wonk

Will Supremes Rule on State Redistricting?

Past cases show Supreme Court is reluctant to overrule district courts.

Data Wonk: Is Manufacturing in Decline?
Data Wonk

Is Manufacturing in Decline?

Recent trends are down in Wisconsin, but hardly a cause for panic.

Data Wonk: Who is Leaving Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Who is Leaving Wisconsin?

And why?

Data Wonk: You Dare Not Question Scott Walker
Data Wonk

You Dare Not Question Scott Walker

A Federalist column attacks my conclusion that governors have little impact on the economy.

Data Wonk: US Supreme Court Wrong on Redistricting?
Data Wonk

US Supreme Court Wrong on Redistricting?

By focusing only on racial gerrymandering justices miss the bigger picture.

Data Wonk: Why GOP Backs Gerrymander
Data Wonk

Why GOP Backs Gerrymander

Once leaders both parties' leaders opposed it. Why did Republicans change?

Data Wonk: State’s Political Map At Issue
Data Wonk

State’s Political Map At Issue

Does geography or gerrymandering give a GOP edge? U.S. Supreme Court could decide.

Data Wonk: Does Tax Credit Make State a Winner?
Data Wonk

Does Tax Credit Make State a Winner?

An Econ professor and Walker fan uses shaky research to say yes.

Data Wonk: Can Governors Do Much About Economy?
Data Wonk

Can Governors Do Much About Economy?

Less than people think. But more, perhaps, than Walker is doing.

Data Wonk: ALEC and Wisconsin’s Economy
Data Wonk

ALEC and Wisconsin’s Economy

ALEC ranks state high for its policies, but they haven’t improved economy.

Data Wonk: WMC Manufactures Bogus Data
Data Wonk

WMC Manufactures Bogus Data

Does it show Manufacturing & Agriculture tax credit creates jobs? Nope.

Data Wonk: Why Walker Should Expand Medicaid
Data Wonk

Why Walker Should Expand Medicaid

Both the data and politics point in one direction: accept the federal funding.

Data Wonk: Should Wisconsin Reconsider Medicaid Expansion?
Data Wonk

Should Wisconsin Reconsider Medicaid Expansion?

States that did saw the largest decrease in uninsured.

Data Wonk: Three Whopping Data Lies
Data Wonk

Three Whopping Data Lies

Or how Walker, Schimel, Trump jump from correlation to causality.

Data Wonk: How Trump Betrays His Supporters
Data Wonk

How Trump Betrays His Supporters

Trumpcare in Wisconsin and nation hikes costs the most for Trump voters.

Data Wonk: Who Wins From Anti-Poverty Programs?
Data Wonk

Who Wins From Anti-Poverty Programs?

In U.S. and Wisconsin, biggest beneficiaries are whites without degrees.

Data Wonk: Should State Shift Economic Development Strategies?
Data Wonk

Should State Shift Economic Development Strategies?

A differentiation strategy might work better than Walker’s low-cost approach.

Data Wonk: National Press Discovers Rural Wisconsin
Data Wonk

National Press Discovers Rural Wisconsin

Their observations, and demographic data, tell a story Democrats need to hear.

Data Wonk: The Curious Politics Of Rural Counties
Data Wonk

The Curious Politics Of Rural Counties

New voting data shows their power, but makes their trust in Trump a mystery.

Court Watch: Court’s Redistricting Order A Problem?
Court Watch

Court’s Redistricting Order A Problem?

The solution that Democrats have cheered may not be so simple.

Court Watch: 54 Judges’ Powerful Case for Recusal
Court Watch

54 Judges’ Powerful Case for Recusal

Their petition lays bare the problem. State Supreme Court hasn’t responded.

Data Wonk: The Rise of Right-Wing Propaganda
Data Wonk

The Rise of Right-Wing Propaganda

Commentators peddling non-facts are crowding out thoughtful conservatives.

Data Wonk: 5 Issues Democrats Must Face
Data Wonk

5 Issues Democrats Must Face

The data is clear: Democrats must change strategies or they will never succeed.

Data Wonk: How Will Trumponomics Impact State?
Data Wonk

How Will Trumponomics Impact State?

If he targets trade with China, that’s a major trading partner for Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: 2016 Election Results Prove Gerrymandering
Data Wonk

2016 Election Results Prove Gerrymandering

State election totals by ward prove the problem again. How will courts react?

Data Wonk: What Do Trump’s Voters Want?
Data Wonk

What Do Trump’s Voters Want?

Data provides clear picture of Trump country. Democrats may need new policies.

Data Wonk: DeVos All Wrong on Charter Schools?
Data Wonk

DeVos All Wrong on Charter Schools?

Trump education appointee favors charter schools without accountability. Data shows they fail.

Data Wonk: Measuring Wisconsin’s Gerrymandering
Data Wonk

Measuring Wisconsin’s Gerrymandering

Data shows why the court struck down state's map; “efficiency gap” not the reason.

Data Wonk: Trump, Truth, and Financial Trouble
Data Wonk

Trump, Truth, and Financial Trouble

Voters’ median income -- and gullibility -- help explain election results

Data Wonk: Can Trump Voters’ Pessimism Be Overcome?
Data Wonk

Can Trump Voters’ Pessimism Be Overcome?

Identity politics failed. Democrats need policies that help all, regardless of race, region.

Data Wonk: Trump’s Politics of Pessimism
Data Wonk

Trump’s Politics of Pessimism

The data show his supporters are very pessimistic. How will he meet their needs?

Data Wonk: Do “No Excuses” Charter Schools Work?
Data Wonk

Do “No Excuses” Charter Schools Work?

The data is encouraging. So why are some MPS leaders resistant?

Data Wonk: Do Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth?
Data Wonk

Do Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth?

What the historic evidence since 1960s shows.

Data Wonk: Three Visions of the Future
Data Wonk

Three Visions of the Future

Comparing the Trump, Clinton and Ryan tax plans and their impact on the economy.

Data Wonk: Is Obamacare Failing?
Data Wonk

Is Obamacare Failing?

Rhetoric aside, what does the data show?

Court Watch: Secrecy and the John Doe Probe
Court Watch

Secrecy and the John Doe Probe

Did secrecy hurt the investigation? Will courts release the info now that the case is over?

Data Wonk: Global Warming and Wisconsin’s Economy
Data Wonk

Global Warming and Wisconsin’s Economy

Will state’s leaders heed the example of Warren Buffett on alternative energy?

Data Wonk: Does Big Government Threaten Freedom?
Data Wonk

Does Big Government Threaten Freedom?

The Church of the Gipper argues big government threatens freedom. But what about private parties? Such as Donald Trump.

Data Wonk: The Decline of Reaganism
Data Wonk

The Decline of Reaganism

The Church of the Gipper is defied by Donald Trump. Will Republicans adjust their ideology?

Court Watch: Schimel Switches Strategy on John Doe
Court Watch

Schimel Switches Strategy on John Doe

His response to appeal abandon’s state Supreme Court’s position, suggesting its ruling is weak.

Data Wonk: Redistricting and Democracy
Data Wonk

Redistricting and Democracy

Gerrymandering has eliminated nearly all competitive legislative and congressional districts.

Data Wonk: Which Candidates Lie the Most?
Data Wonk

Which Candidates Lie the Most?

Aggregating the Politifact ratings of candidates for president and U.S. Senate.

Court Watch: Why Courts Have Limited Photo ID
Court Watch

Why Courts Have Limited Photo ID

Two recent cases have made Wisconsin ground zero for voting rights.

Data Wonk: Trumpism
Data Wonk

Trumpism

The evidence-free appeal of Donald Trump.

Data Wonk: The Further Adventures of John Doe
Data Wonk

The Further Adventures of John Doe

U.S. Supreme Court signals it might take appeal of decision shutting down John Doe probe.

Data Wonk: Schools With Low-Income Students Can Succeed
Data Wonk

Schools With Low-Income Students Can Succeed

But they tend to be charter schools. Will Abele use OSPP to create more?

Data Wonk: Can MPS Learn From the Data?
Data Wonk

Can MPS Learn From the Data?

Its rejection of the Opportunity Schools Partnership is merely one sign the answer is no.

Data Wonk: The Radical State Supreme Court?
Data Wonk

The Radical State Supreme Court?

Three cases reveal the court overruling precedent while claiming it isn’t.

Data Wonk: Why Trump’s Hostile Takeover Succeeded
Data Wonk

Why Trump’s Hostile Takeover Succeeded

The data shows how he stole Republican Party despite opposition of its leaders.

Data Wonk: How to Fix Medicaid
Data Wonk

How to Fix Medicaid

State officials wrestling with problem of rising costs ignore the obvious solution.

Data Wonk: Possible Solutions to Murder in Milwaukee
Data Wonk

Possible Solutions to Murder in Milwaukee

Should it be treated as health epidemic? And why are shootings now more lethal?

Data Wonk: Murder in Milwaukee
Data Wonk

Murder in Milwaukee

What do the statistics tell us about homicides and why they happen?

Data Wonk: Why Federal Court Rejected Archer Suit
Data Wonk

Why Federal Court Rejected Archer Suit

Eric O’Keefe’s attempt to punish DA John Chisholm was way thin on evidence.

Data Wonk: The Shrinking Middle Class
Data Wonk

The Shrinking Middle Class

National shrinkage of middle class households hits Milwaukee hard. Is there any solution?

Data Wonk: Did John Doe Threaten High Court?
Data Wonk

Did John Doe Threaten High Court?

Two Supreme court justices were deeply implicated in probe, yet voted to shut it down.

Data Wonk: How to Attract Jobs to Wisconsin
Data Wonk

How to Attract Jobs to Wisconsin

Walker’s policies haven’t worked. More urban-centered policies could improve things.

Data Wonk: John Doe Controversy Gets Even Stranger
Data Wonk

John Doe Controversy Gets Even Stranger

Judge Lynn Adelman seemed mystified by attorneys for both sides in suit against John Chisholm.

Data Wonk: Road Map To Economic Failure
Data Wonk

Road Map To Economic Failure

Why has Walker’s jobs plan failed? And why won’t he change his approach?

Data Wonk: When Progressives Imitate the Right
Data Wonk

When Progressives Imitate the Right

The Shepherd’s campaign against Democrat Chris Abele is a classic example

Data Wonk: Media Used By Right Against Kloppenburg
Data Wonk

Media Used By Right Against Kloppenburg

Journal Sentinel attacks Kloppenburg on unproven issue raised by right-wing.

Data Wonk: Did Club for Growth Help Create Trump?
Data Wonk

Did Club for Growth Help Create Trump?

Conservatives that got courts to end campaign spending limits gave Trump his key issue.

Data Wonk: Caperton Rule Could Kill John Doe Decision
Data Wonk

Caperton Rule Could Kill John Doe Decision

State high court’s Doe ruling runs afoul of U.S. Supreme Court decision on judicial conflicts.

Data Wonk: John Doe Foes Worried About Appeal?
Data Wonk

John Doe Foes Worried About Appeal?

They’re concerned U.S. Supreme Court might review state court ruling killing Doe probe.

Data Wonk: Have Anti-John Doe Forces Blundered?
Data Wonk

Have Anti-John Doe Forces Blundered?

They could open door to federal court questioning state Supreme Court’s shutdown of Doe probe.

Data Wonk: Is The Central City Economy Improving?
Data Wonk

Is The Central City Economy Improving?

Black employment has risen. Why?

Data Wonk: The Curious Case of Brad Schimel
Data Wonk

The Curious Case of Brad Schimel

Why has Attorney General suddenly entered John Doe controversy?

Data Wonk: Has Walker Shrunk Wisconsin’s Economy?
Data Wonk

Has Walker Shrunk Wisconsin’s Economy?

Both Barca and Trump blame him. But what does the data show? Second in series.

Data Wonk: The Decline of Conservative Thought
Data Wonk

The Decline of Conservative Thought

Once the party of ideas, the GOP now polices political correctness.

Data Wonk: Has Walker Grown Wisconsin’s Economy?
Data Wonk

Has Walker Grown Wisconsin’s Economy?

His conservative policies were supposed to grow jobs. Did they? First in a series.

Data Wonk: Did Democrats Overreact to ACT Scores?
Data Wonk

Did Democrats Overreact to ACT Scores?

The claim that state dropped from 2nd to 41st on ACT scores is simply wrong.

Data Wonk: Can New Approach End Gerrymandering?
Data Wonk

Can New Approach End Gerrymandering?

“Efficiency model” goes before courts. It has a chance.

Roggensack Weakens Judicial Watchdog?

Roggensack Weakens Judicial Watchdog?

Chief justice appoints GOP operative sanctioned by federal court to Judicial Commission.

Data Wonk: U.S. Supreme Court Must Meet John Doe
Data Wonk

U.S. Supreme Court Must Meet John Doe

By hearing case, court would end legal confusion and might enhance its reputation.

Data Wonk: Why John Doe Won’t Die
Data Wonk

Why John Doe Won’t Die

The court cases haven’t ended. Will U.S. Supreme Court take the case?

Data Wonk: The Shrinking Labor Force
Data Wonk

The Shrinking Labor Force

The percent working has dropped in U.S. and even faster in Wisconsin. Why?

Data Wonk: How Liberals Imitate Right Wing
Data Wonk

How Liberals Imitate Right Wing

Their stance on Abele and charter schools is just as close-minded as right wingers.

Data Wonk: Why Mortality is Rising for Middle Aged Whites
Data Wonk

Why Mortality is Rising for Middle Aged Whites

Since 2000, the death rate for this group has begun rising. Are there political causes?

Data Wonk: Has Wisconsin Become a Can’t Do State?
Data Wonk

Has Wisconsin Become a Can’t Do State?

State’s still lagging economy points to problems with political leadership.

Data Wonk: Do More Guns Lower Crime?
Data Wonk

Do More Guns Lower Crime?

That’s the theory behind proposed bill to permit guns in college buildings. Is the theory true?

Data Wonk: Marching Towards Ideological Conformity
Data Wonk

Marching Towards Ideological Conformity

Ideology prevents Republicans from offering real solutions. Ditto for liberal charter school haters.

Data Wonk: What Explains Trump’s Popularity?
Data Wonk

What Explains Trump’s Popularity?

Polls of Wisconsin voters and other data provides disturbing clues.

Data Wonk: Is ObamaCare Working in Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Is ObamaCare Working in Wisconsin?

Yes, because Walker used one part of Obamacare to replace what he rejected.

Data Wonk: The Fall of Scott Walker
Data Wonk

The Fall of Scott Walker

Did the Club for Growth contribute to the rise of Donald Trump and the fall of Scott Walker?

Data Wonk: Why Was Cindy Archer Lawsuit Pursued?
Data Wonk

Why Was Cindy Archer Lawsuit Pursued?

It’s certainly not helping conservatives who filed it. Another John Doe mystery.

Data Wonk: The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm
Data Wonk

The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm

His unwillingness to answer challenges to John Doe raises questions.

Data Wonk: Mysteries of the John Doe investigation
Data Wonk

Mysteries of the John Doe investigation

The probe has left many mysteries and unanswered questions. First of two parts.

Data Wonk: Will Walker Plan to Replace ObamaCare Work?
Data Wonk

Will Walker Plan to Replace ObamaCare Work?

He’s the only Republican to present a specific plan, but its results might explain why.

Data Wonk: The John Doe Fiction Continues
Data Wonk

The John Doe Fiction Continues

National Review doubles down on dubious claim of “paramilitary raids.”

Data Wonk: Why David Brooks Is Wrong on Minimum Wage
Data Wonk

Why David Brooks Is Wrong on Minimum Wage

He opposes raising it but uses bad math and incomplete research.

Data Wonk: About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”
Data Wonk

About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”

Are right-wing accounts of the Doe investigation fictional?

Data Wonk: Why Conservatives Attack Minnesota
Data Wonk

Why Conservatives Attack Minnesota

They condemn its business climate even as it out-performs Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court
Data Wonk

Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin justices knew coordination was occurring. So they simply tried to rewrite federal law.

Data Wonk: Why Is Minnesota Outperforming Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Why Is Minnesota Outperforming Wisconsin?

Does having a Republican or Democratic governor explain the difference?

Data Wonk: Why Transportation Costs Are Out of Line
Data Wonk

Why Transportation Costs Are Out of Line

U.S. and Wisconsin use a Soviet model, which results in shortages of funding and long lines of traffic.

Data Wonk: Who Wins From Court’s Obamacare Ruling?
Data Wonk

Who Wins From Court’s Obamacare Ruling?

Wisconsin and Walker are both big winners, while Rojo and Paul Ryan look foolish.

Data Wonk: Why is Wisconsin Last in Startup Businesses?
Data Wonk

Why is Wisconsin Last in Startup Businesses?

The state’s backward-looking business culture may be to blame.

Data Wonk: Will Jobs Record Hurt Walker’s Presidential Bid?
Data Wonk

Will Jobs Record Hurt Walker’s Presidential Bid?

The numbers for Wisconsin are bad, yet Walker is a leading presidential candidate. Why?

Data Wonk: The Economic Impact of a New Bucks Arena
Data Wonk

The Economic Impact of a New Bucks Arena

Separating fact from fiction, what does the data show?

Data Wonk: Wisconsin Ranks Last In Welfare Reform
Data Wonk

Wisconsin Ranks Last In Welfare Reform

A conservative group’s ranking of results suggests the state ranks 50th in the results of its reforms.

Data Wonk: Will Supreme Court Overrule Key Part of Obamacare?
Data Wonk

Will Supreme Court Overrule Key Part of Obamacare?

Result could increase health care costs and number of uninsured in states like Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: Why Doesn’t Milwaukee Embrace Charter Schools?
Data Wonk

Why Doesn’t Milwaukee Embrace Charter Schools?

Data shows they work better than MPS schools, but board adamantly opposes them.

Data Wonk: A New Approach to Equal Opportunity
Data Wonk

A New Approach to Equal Opportunity

New data shows switching neighborhoods can improve equality. What does this mean for Milwaukee?

Data Wonk: The Meaning of Judge Bradley’s Victory
Data Wonk

The Meaning of Judge Bradley’s Victory

She carried more assembly districts than Obama or Mary Burke. Are there lessons for Democrats and the GOP in her victory?

Data Wonk: Push For $15 Minimum Wage A Mistake?
Data Wonk

Push For $15 Minimum Wage A Mistake?

Research clearly shows $10 minimum wage helps workers, but there’s no data to support hike to $15.

Data Wonk: The Cult of the Free Market
Data Wonk

The Cult of the Free Market

Adam Smith gets distorted as partisan ideologues increasingly skew data to simplify reality.

Data Wonk: The Charter School Advantage
Data Wonk

The Charter School Advantage

A new study shows charter schools outperform MPS schools. But they still trail the average state school.

Data Wonk: Exploding the Myths About Poverty
Data Wonk

Exploding the Myths About Poverty

America didn’t “lose” the War on Poverty. Poverty declined. Can it be reduced further in cities like Milwaukee?

Data Wonk: Predicting Wisconsin’s Economic Future
Data Wonk

Predicting Wisconsin’s Economic Future

Two commentators fiercely disagree as to whether Wisconsin has turned the corner. Who’s right?

Data Wonk: Can Wisconsin Democrats Rebuild Their Brand?
Data Wonk

Can Wisconsin Democrats Rebuild Their Brand?

Maybe the party needs to think like a business and rethink the product it offers.

Data Wonk: On The Road to Serfdom?
Data Wonk

On The Road to Serfdom?

Paul Ryan and others argue U.S. spending and government control is increasing. What does the data show?

Data Wonk: Will Right-to-Work Cause Sickness and Death?
Data Wonk

Will Right-to-Work Cause Sickness and Death?

Logic of the law’s supporters suggest this -- and other terrible things -- will happen.

Data Wonk: Milwaukee a Leader in City Center Job Growth
Data Wonk

Milwaukee a Leader in City Center Job Growth

So says a recent study. But is the data more than a passing fad?

Data Wonk: Testing Walker’s Jobs Theory
Data Wonk

Testing Walker’s Jobs Theory

He’s embraced a low-taxes approach used by other states, which has been a failure.

Data Wonk: The Walker Economic Record
Data Wonk

The Walker Economic Record

Crunching the numbers: How has Wisconsin’s economy fared in his first four years?

Data Wonk: How Good Are Charter Schools?
Data Wonk

How Good Are Charter Schools?

The data is very encouraging, so why are liberals so opposed?

Data Wonk: Will Streetcar Help The Inner City?
Data Wonk

Will Streetcar Help The Inner City?

Opponents say it won’t. Let’s examine the data.

Data Wonk: Millennials And The Streetcar
Data Wonk

Millennials And The Streetcar

Will it attract young professionals?

Data Wonk: Does Walker Have Losing Strategy for Global Warming?
Data Wonk

Does Walker Have Losing Strategy for Global Warming?

States that are unfriendly to new technologies confronting the problem could be economic losers.

Data Wonk: The Bogus Claims on Right to Work
Data Wonk

The Bogus Claims on Right to Work

Serious researchers on impact offer many caveats, which advocates blithely ignore.

Data Wonk: The Real Impact of the Minimum Wage
Data Wonk

The Real Impact of the Minimum Wage

A new study by the non­partisan Congressional Budget Office looks at the costs and benefits.

Data Wonk: The Impact of Right to Work Laws
Data Wonk

The Impact of Right to Work Laws

State Republican leaders want to pass such a law. What will be the impact on jobs and wages?

Data Wonk: Wisconsin Taxes and Inequality
Data Wonk

Wisconsin Taxes and Inequality

Have Walker’s tax changes increased or decreased inequality in the state?

Data Wonk: Wisconsin Is Now a Republican Oligopoly
Data Wonk

Wisconsin Is Now a Republican Oligopoly

Election results reveal Democrats now start all elections with a ten percent disadvantage.

Data Wonk: The Rise in Income Inequality
Data Wonk

The Rise in Income Inequality

The problem is national, but choices made by Walker and the Republicans may widen or reduce it in Wisconsin

Data Wonk: Walker Decision on Obamacare Is Costly
Data Wonk

Walker Decision on Obamacare Is Costly

New numbers allow for analysis of Affordable Care Act’s impact nationally and in Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: Do Democrats Have a Future?
Data Wonk

Do Democrats Have a Future?

They need to get 55 percent of the vote to get back the legislature. Will any strategy work?

Data Wonk: Evaluating The Burke and Walker Jobs Plans
Data Wonk

Evaluating The Burke and Walker Jobs Plans

Can either reverse the state’s long-term trend of lagging national job growth?

Data Wonk: The Assault on Wisconsin’s Campaign Laws
Data Wonk

The Assault on Wisconsin’s Campaign Laws

Given higher court’s slap-down of Judge Randa’s decisions overthrowing Wisconsin laws, just where does the law now stand?

Data Wonk: Both Sides Wrong About Walker’s Impact on Jobs
Data Wonk

Both Sides Wrong About Walker’s Impact on Jobs

Actually, the data shows Gov. Walker has had little impact, positive or negative, on how the state grows jobs.

Data Wonk: Why the Appeals Court Slapped Down Conservatives
Data Wonk

Why the Appeals Court Slapped Down Conservatives

In John Doe case, the Republican-leaning court tossed out 7 suits against John Chisholm, and chastised Judge Randa. Why?

Data Wonk: What Explains the Democratic Economic Advantage?
Data Wonk

What Explains the Democratic Economic Advantage?

Possible explanations for why the economy and stock market perform better under Democratic presidents.

Data Wonk: Are Democrats Better for the Economy?
Data Wonk

Are Democrats Better for the Economy?

The data shows Democratic presidents have better economic growth. But is the data meaningful?

Data Wonk: The Curious Contradictions of Christian Schneider
Data Wonk

The Curious Contradictions of Christian Schneider

Journal Sentinel columnist admits killing Obamacare would hurt Wisconsin, even as he bashes it.

Data Wonk: Will Liberal Democrats Undermine Mary Burke?
Data Wonk

Will Liberal Democrats Undermine Mary Burke?

Opposition to a pro-business Democrat could help Walker win reelection.

Data Wonk: Obamacare’s Success So Far
Data Wonk

Obamacare’s Success So Far

Uninsured rates decline in most states, more so for those “embracing” the legislation, and Wisconsin finds itself in the middle of the pack.

Data Wonk: Court Decision Could Kill Obamacare in Wisconsin
Data Wonk

Court Decision Could Kill Obamacare in Wisconsin

That would hurt many who’ve enrolled, and leave Gov. Walker in a tough position.

Data Wonk: Why MPS Can’t Improve
Data Wonk

Why MPS Can’t Improve

It’s clearly failing black children. Why can’t MPS do as well as other cities in addressing the problem?

Data Wonk: Why Did Walker Flip on Common Core?
Data Wonk

Why Did Walker Flip on Common Core?

And why is the opposition to it so heated? An analysis of the actual standards and the arguments against them.

Data Wonk: The Impact of Obamacare
Data Wonk

The Impact of Obamacare

States that embraced it have greatly lowered the number of uninsured. What’s the impact on Wisconsin?

Data Wonk: Is Walker to Blame for Poor Job Growth?
Data Wonk

Is Walker to Blame for Poor Job Growth?

Liberal and conservatives adamantly disagree. What does the data show?

Data Wonk: Supreme Court May Disappoint Conservatives
Data Wonk

Supreme Court May Disappoint Conservatives

Their past decisions may force them to rule against those appealing the John Doe investigation.

Data Wonk: The Milwaukee Advantage
Data Wonk

The Milwaukee Advantage

Why is population growth here better than in most Great Lakes states?

Data Wonk: The Democratic Disadvantage
Data Wonk

The Democratic Disadvantage

Republicans can continue to control the legislature with 46% of the statewide vote. How can Democrats overcome this edge?

Data Wonk: Will New EPA Rules Hurt Wisconsin’s Economy?
Data Wonk

Will New EPA Rules Hurt Wisconsin’s Economy?

Looking at the impact of efforts to combat global warming.

Data Wonk: Walker’s Record on Unemployment
Data Wonk

Walker’s Record on Unemployment

Wisconsin has had less success reducing unemployment than surrounding states. Why?

Milwaukee Is a Great Lakes Star

Milwaukee Is a Great Lakes Star

New census estimates show Milwaukee’s population is growing faster than any other Great Lakes city.

Journal Sentinel Gets Snookered by Walker

Journal Sentinel Gets Snookered by Walker

Newspaper’s vaunted Politifact column approves of Walker’s very misleading claim about state job growth.

Decline of the Dairy State

Decline of the Dairy State

Walker’s policies may help depopulate farms. How will cities be affected?

Why Utah Scores High on New Economy Rankings

Why Utah Scores High on New Economy Rankings

Yes, it’s conservative, but it strongly supports rail transit and urban living. Final story of a series.

Why Wisconsin Lags in High Tech Economy

Why Wisconsin Lags in High Tech Economy

Are the state’s liberals too opposed to change? Part II in a series.

Wisconsin Lags in Building a High Tech Economy

Wisconsin Lags in Building a High Tech Economy

Which states and cities lead the way in building a new economy? Part I of a three-part series.

Myths About the Minimum Wage

Myths About the Minimum Wage

Economists don’t agree that raising the minimum wage reduces employment. It actually increases jobs in fast-food industry.

Ending Income Taxes Won’t Bring Jobs

Ending Income Taxes Won’t Bring Jobs

Gov. Walker says states without the tax do better. Statistics say otherwise.

Why Walker’s Job Strategy Has Failed

Why Walker’s Job Strategy Has Failed

He’s followed a much-touted strategy used by successful companies. Why hasn’t it worked?

Which Governor is Best At Growing Jobs?

Which Governor is Best At Growing Jobs?

The truth is far more complicated than either party would claim.

The State’s Spin Machine

The State’s Spin Machine

Dept of Workforce Development spins job numbers to make Walker look good. Does it matter?

Cities Lead the Way

Cities Lead the Way

Latest census figures shows all state population growth in urban areas.