Personnel File

Mike Ellis

Content referencing Mike Ellis

Murphy’s Law: Leah Vukmir Welcomes Your Hate
Murphy’s Law

Leah Vukmir Welcomes Your Hate

Or how to run for U.S. Senate in the land of scorched-earth politics.

The Contrarian: Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers
The Contrarian

Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers

School choice backers donated generously to Walker, but he’s vacillated on the issue.

The State of Politics: Ellis, Prosser Say Raise the Gas Tax
The State of Politics

Ellis, Prosser Say Raise the Gas Tax

Two former Republican leaders urge current leaders to stand up to Walker.

Your Right to Know: How Legislators Hide Controversial Bills
Your Right to Know

How Legislators Hide Controversial Bills

A 999 motion, designed for budget fixes, increasingly used to hide pet projects.

The State of Politics: Five Years After Act 10
The State of Politics

Five Years After Act 10

Most players in the contentious Act 10 drama have since moved on to other positions.

Op-Ed: Bill Would Kill Nonpartisan Accountability Board
Op-Ed

Bill Would Kill Nonpartisan Accountability Board

Proposal to replace GAB will effectively end its scrutiny of misconduct by legislators and state officials.

Longtime AFSCME Council 24 leader Marty Beil dead at 68
Citation

Longtime AFSCME Council 24 leader Marty Beil dead at 68

The State of Politics: Conservative Power Rises in Senate
The State of Politics

Conservative Power Rises in Senate

With the replacement of two key GOP moderates, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has far more power.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Had to Cut UW Funding
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Had to Cut UW Funding

His presidential ambitions left him with no other option.

The State of Politics: More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs
The State of Politics

More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs

The number of women candidates running for state Capitol jobs is coming back.

The State of Politics: Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash
The State of Politics

Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash

Retiring and unopposed legislators are sitting on $1.2 million in donations.

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?

It can’t get done without GOP legislators, but they have deeply felt reasons for opposing any deal.

The State of Politics: The Coming War Against Common Core
The State of Politics

The Coming War Against Common Core

Top priority for Republican legislators next year is to kill Common Core educational standards.

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?

John Doe Ruling Opens Door To Dark Money

John Doe Ruling Opens Door To Dark Money

Wealthy groups with unnamed donors could coordinate campaign ads with candidates they favor.

The State of Politics: Businesses, Special Interests Got $600 Million in Tax Breaks
The State of Politics

Businesses, Special Interests Got $600 Million in Tax Breaks

But two-thirds of $1.9 billion in Republican tax cuts went to families.

Making Sense of John Doe II

Making Sense of John Doe II

A guide to all the players, issues and judges' rulings.

Republicans Should Retain Legislature This Fall

Republicans Should Retain Legislature This Fall

Democrats hope to retake Senate but their chances don't look good.

The State of Politics: Republicans Purge Their Elders
The State of Politics

Republicans Purge Their Elders

No matter how experienced, moderates willing to negotiate with Democrats are getting purged from the party.

Murphy’s Law: Why Moderates Are Extinct
Murphy’s Law

Why Moderates Are Extinct

The retirement of Petri, Ellis and Cullen suggests neither party has room for moderates.

The State of Politics: Casualties of War
The State of Politics

Casualties of War

The war over Act 10 may be a key reason 46% of legislators have left or will leave in just over two years.

Plenty of Horne: Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!
Plenty of Horne

Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!

Bill Broydrick's Window Replacement Co., new women political candidates, and a MacArthur genius comes to town.

How Walker Worries About Polls

How Walker Worries About Polls

His book shows he frequently adjusts strategy based on poll results.

Walker Faces Tough Choice on Kenosha Casino

Walker Faces Tough Choice on Kenosha Casino

Any decision he makes will anger some, and could affect his potential run for president.

How School Choice Got Expanded Statewide

How School Choice Got Expanded Statewide

Deal by GOP legislators and pushed by voucher lobbyists expanded it beyond Gov. Walker's proposal.

Legislative Musical Chairs

Legislative Musical Chairs

A new Republican leader and many other changes coming this fall.

The GOP’s Young Guns

The GOP’s Young Guns

Some of the newest Assembly Republicans, including four accountants, dictated the final budget.

Murphy’s Law: Voucher Madness
Murphy’s Law

Voucher Madness

Gov. Walker wants lots more choice schools, except in Republican districts. Why?

The Roundup: Selig Take A Hit
The Roundup

Selig Take A Hit

Washington Post Trashes Commissioner and Journal Communications. Plus: The Mea Culpa of Charles J. Sykes and Thompson’s Boycott of Miller Park.

Murphy’s Law: Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?
Murphy’s Law

Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?

It was the gunfight at the Capitol corral and only men were invited.