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Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan represents Wisconsin’s 1st District in the United States House of Representatives.

Official Biography

Born and raised in the community of Janesville, Paul Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native. Currently serving his 8th term as a Member of Congress, Paul works to address the many important issues affecting Wisconsin residents and serve as an effective advocate for the 1st Congressional District.

He is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.

Paul has put forward a specific plan to tackle our looming fiscal crisis, driven by the explosion of entitlement spending. “The Path to Prosperity” helps spur job creation today, stops spending money the government doesn’t have, and lifts the crushing burden of debt. This plan puts the budget on the path to balance and the economy on the path to prosperity.

Paul is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio.

Paul and his wife Janna live in Janesville with their children, daughter Liza and sons Charlie and Sam. The youngest of four children, Paul is the son of Paul Sr. (deceased) and Betty Ryan. He is a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish.

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Eyes on Milwaukee: Report Finds Wealth of Historic Buildings
Eyes on Milwaukee

Report Finds Wealth of Historic Buildings

New guide for redeveloping historic Milwaukee aims to foster growth.

ICYMI: New Report Shows “Defunding” Planned Parenthood Would Devastate Health Care Access Across Wisconsin
Doctors Stand with Planned Parenthood
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Doctors Stand with Planned Parenthood

Nearly 50% of the counties served by Planned Parenthood have no alternative health care provider.

One Wisconsin Now Calls for Walker, Ryan to Condemn Trump Attack on Hero John Lewis
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One Wisconsin Now Calls for Walker, Ryan to Condemn Trump Attack on Hero John Lewis

Republicans ‘Must Immediately Condemn Loathsome Comments Made by President-Elect’

Speaker Paul Ryan Lies About Access to Health Care in Wisconsin
Press Release

Speaker Paul Ryan Lies About Access to Health Care in Wisconsin

The reality is that ending funding for preventive care at Planned Parenthood would devastate essential health care access among the country’s and state’s most vulnerable populations.

Murphy’s Law: Ron Johnson Asleep on Russian Hacking?
Murphy’s Law

Ron Johnson Asleep on Russian Hacking?

He was informed of problem, did nothing, then misled public about it.

Op Ed: Democrats Must Fight Back Or Lose
Op Ed

Democrats Must Fight Back Or Lose

Wisconsin is ground zero for Republican scorched earth tactics. How will Dems respond?

Wisconsin Budget: Federal Cuts Could Hurt State Programs
Wisconsin Budget

Federal Cuts Could Hurt State Programs

Federal dollars account for 29% of state budget.

Speaker Ryan Proposes to End Funding for Planned Parenthood Health Services, Leaving Millions Without Health Care
House Confidential: The Top 10 Stories of 2016
House Confidential

The Top 10 Stories of 2016

Readers' favorites? Stories about mansions, rich people, sports stars, politicians.

Did Wisconsin Republicans Vote To Gut The Office Of Congressional Ethics?
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Did Wisconsin Republicans Vote To Gut The Office Of Congressional Ethics?

The Office of Congressional Ethics is designed to ensure accountability and transparency in the U.S. Congress, and without it, members of Congress lack proper oversight.

Rep. Sensenbrenner Congratulates Paul Ryan on his Reelection as Speaker of the House
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Rep. Sensenbrenner Congratulates Paul Ryan on his Reelection as Speaker of the House

“As we begin this new Congress, I look forward to continuing to work with Speaker Ryan and my colleagues in the House to give America a bette

Paul Ryan’s Cave Doesn’t Get House Out of Swamp
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Paul Ryan’s Cave Doesn’t Get House Out of Swamp

‘Ryan Was Either Feckless or Complicit in Attempted Dismantling of House Ethics Rules’

Op Ed: Medicaid Block Grants Could Benefit State
Op Ed

Medicaid Block Grants Could Benefit State

But only if the proposed change is handled properly.

Top 10 Stories of 2016

Top 10 Stories of 2016

Grand Ave changes, inside Paul Ryan's home, JS archive vanishes and much more.

Murphy’s Law: Why Ryan Opposed Buy American Plan
Murphy’s Law

Why Ryan Opposed Buy American Plan

Baldwin plan echoed Trump’s doctrine, got killed by lobbyists for foreign companies.

Murphy’s Law: Paul Ryan’s Patriotism At Issue?
Murphy’s Law

Paul Ryan’s Patriotism At Issue?

House Republicans he oversaw used illegally hacked information from Russians.

Obama Administration Protects Access to Health Care for Millions of People
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Obama Administration Protects Access to Health Care for Millions of People

While the rule provides strong protections, it could face attacks.

Wisconsin Comrades Set to Welcome Donald Trump, Whitewash Russian Attempts to Influence Elections
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Wisconsin Comrades Set to Welcome Donald Trump, Whitewash Russian Attempts to Influence Elections

‘You Would Have Hoped That Patriotism Would Trump Blind Partisanship’

WI GOP Picks Kremlin Over The Heartland
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WI GOP Picks Kremlin Over The Heartland

They have stood by Donald Trump and his attacks on the intelligence community

Op-Ed: Trump Silent on Buy America Bill
Op-Ed

Trump Silent on Buy America Bill

Baldwin proposes that federal water bill require American products, Republicans resist, Trump says nothing.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Removal of ‘Buy America’ Reform in Water Infrastructure Bill
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Removal of ‘Buy America’ Reform in Water Infrastructure Bill

“By removing my Buy America standard, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are embracing the status-quo in Washington.”

Op-Ed: Walker Has Failed to Create Jobs
Op-Ed

Walker Has Failed to Create Jobs

State has suffered nearly six years of below-average job growth.

The State of Politics: How Trump Could Change Wisconsin
The State of Politics

How Trump Could Change Wisconsin

Walker and Republicans expect lots of federal money for the state.

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?

Rep. Sensenbrenner: It’s No Surprise Speaker Ryan Was Unanimously Selected to Serve a Second Term
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Rep. Sensenbrenner: It’s No Surprise Speaker Ryan Was Unanimously Selected to Serve a Second Term

“Speaker Ryan is a true conservative leader who exemplifies what it means to serve others.”

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

Clinton and the Democrats wrote off white workers in Rust Belt states like Wisconsin.

Op-Ed: Can Trump Govern?
Op-Ed

Can Trump Govern?

Can the draft dodger, debt welcher, business bankrupter and philanderer actually lead?

The State of Politics: The Incredible Decline of Democrats
The State of Politics

The Incredible Decline of Democrats

GOP soared, Democrats floored, in state vote. Dem decline since 2010 is stunning.

Ryan Solen on the eve of the 2016 election
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Ryan Solen on the eve of the 2016 election

We have spent many months now fighting to break the status quo.

Ryan Solen says Paul Ryan should quit his reelection now
Press Release

Ryan Solen says Paul Ryan should quit his reelection now

Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District deserves better than a Representative who will resign soon

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.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton leading Trump by 6 percentage points in Wisconsin; Senate race is virtually tied
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton leading Trump by 6 percentage points in Wisconsin; Senate race is virtually tied

Among Wisconsin likely voters, 46 percent support Hillary Clinton and 40 percent support Donald Trump.

Not running to be a political telemarketer
Press Release

Not running to be a political telemarketer

Paul Ryan’s Legislative Effectiveness Score is “Below Expectations.”

Sean Duffy Tells CNN George Soros Is Rigging Voting Machines
Press Release

Sean Duffy Tells CNN George Soros Is Rigging Voting Machines

‘Bizarre’ rant by Trump surrogate caps off wild interview that includes conspiracy theories, fraudulent claims against Wisconsin voters.

Paul Ryan— still ducking the voters of WI’s 1st Congressional District
Press Release

Paul Ryan— still ducking the voters of WI’s 1st Congressional District

In the absence of Paul Ryan, Solen chose to answer questions from Mike Daly, the audience, and viewers on Facebook Live.

Paul Ryan Refuses to Debate Ryan Solen
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Paul Ryan Refuses to Debate Ryan Solen

Solen Statement on Paul Ryan Refusing to Debate

9 days and still no response from Paul Ryan about debate invitation
Press Release

9 days and still no response from Paul Ryan about debate invitation

Does he consider himself too good to even respond to Ryan Solen?

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.

Op-Ed: Petri and Schultz Won’t Vote for Trump
Op-Ed

Petri and Schultz Won’t Vote for Trump

Former Wisconsin congressman, former state senator are among long list of GOP dissenters.

Paul Ryan continues to avoid debate invitation
Press Release

Paul Ryan continues to avoid debate invitation

It has been seven days since the new invitation to debate was extended.

If Paul Ryan wins reelection he will lose as Speaker, resign November 9, cause special election in Wisconsin
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If Paul Ryan wins reelection he will lose as Speaker, resign November 9, cause special election in Wisconsin

Solen adds that, “continuing to run for reelection knowing that resigning is likely to happen immediately after Election Day is just playing politics and is not looking out for the people you represent.”

Day 3 of no response from Paul Ryan about the debate October 29.
Press Release

Day 3 of no response from Paul Ryan about the debate October 29.

Solen requested the Speaker respond by 5PM on October 28.

Ryan Solen on his candidacy and why he shows up to every invitation he can
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Ryan Solen on his candidacy and why he shows up to every invitation he can

Solen became the Democratic nominee in August and has steadily increased his support among Democrats.

Op-Ed: Can Republicans Recover From Trump?
Op-Ed

Can Republicans Recover From Trump?

Party needs a new brand, new policies, more pragmatism.

Ryan Solen officially invites Paul Ryan to debate October 29
Press Release

Ryan Solen officially invites Paul Ryan to debate October 29

Ryan Solen has made every effort to accommodate Paul Ryan and eagerly awaits his RSVP.

Murphy’s Law: David Clarke the Demagogue
Murphy’s Law

David Clarke the Demagogue

A sheriff who once represented law and order has sold his soul to become a media star.

Reintroducing Ryan Solen, Paul Ryan’s election opponent
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Reintroducing Ryan Solen, Paul Ryan’s election opponent

In short, Ryan Solen is a rising star.

Murphy’s Law: Paul Ryan’s Losing Bet on Trump
Murphy’s Law

Paul Ryan’s Losing Bet on Trump

He finally deserted The Donald, but is it too late to avoid damaging his own career?

WisDems Chair Laning: “Donald Trump’s comments about women are truly horrific.”
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WisDems Chair Laning: “Donald Trump’s comments about women are truly horrific.”

"These recent revelations are nothing new when it comes to Trump’s treatment of women..."

Ryan Solen on Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women and what Paul Ryan must do
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Ryan Solen on Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women and what Paul Ryan must do

Ryan Solen respects women as equals.

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump hitting the campaign trail together?
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Paul Ryan and Donald Trump hitting the campaign trail together?

Paul Ryan’s press indicates he is none too pleased to appear with Trump.

Wisconsin Budget: Ryan Plan Slashes Taxes for Millionaires
Wisconsin Budget

Ryan Plan Slashes Taxes for Millionaires

House GOP’s 10-year plan cuts taxes for rich by $2.6 trillion while slashing programs for poor, middle class.

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump and the Ayn Rand philosophy of selfishness, divisiveness
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Paul Ryan and Donald Trump and the Ayn Rand philosophy of selfishness, divisiveness

Like Donald Trump, Paul Ryan cares only about Paul Ryan.

Ryan Solen on the Vice Presidential Debate and about his debate with Paul Ryan
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Ryan Solen on the Vice Presidential Debate and about his debate with Paul Ryan

Pence claimed Kaine was attacking him but Trump made all the statements Kaine mentioned.

Where is Paul Ryan?
Press Release

Where is Paul Ryan?

"Stop running all over the country and start serving the people who elected you."

Why doesn’t Paul Ryan want his constituents to vote?
Press Release

Why doesn’t Paul Ryan want his constituents to vote?

Paul Ryan’s constituents have a right to know the positions of their representative.

Ryan Solen on the First Presidential Debate and Paul Ryan’s reaction to it
Press Release

Ryan Solen on the First Presidential Debate and Paul Ryan’s reaction to it

He has no position on Trump’s comment that paying no federal income taxes “makes me smart.”

Protecting the Medicare programs Paul Ryan wants to end
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Protecting the Medicare programs Paul Ryan wants to end

Privatization of Medicare—making coverage market-based—does not help seniors.

Ryan Solen to watch first Presidential Debate with Racine County Democrats
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Ryan Solen to watch first Presidential Debate with Racine County Democrats

The watch party will be located in a back room of the Angry Brothers Pub allowing everyone to hear the debate.

One Wisconsin Now Calls on Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to Take Immediate Action on Critical Flint Water Assistance
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One Wisconsin Now Calls on Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to Take Immediate Action on Critical Flint Water Assistance

Years into Crisis, Flint Families Still Can’t Drink the Water

Paul Ryan is out of touch with working class Americans
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Paul Ryan is out of touch with working class Americans

Paul Ryan: hardly a champion of the unemployed.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds tight presidential race, Feingold with edge in Wisconsin
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds tight presidential race, Feingold with edge in Wisconsin

Poll finds 44 percent of Wisconsin likely voters supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president and 42 percent supporting Republican Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup.

Ryan Solen on Paul Ryan’s Military Experience
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Ryan Solen on Paul Ryan’s Military Experience

If Paul Ryan were so committed to fighting in Iraq, why did he not volunteer?

Wisconsin Democrats Join Speaker Paul Ryan’s Call for Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns
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Wisconsin Democrats Join Speaker Paul Ryan’s Call for Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns

Last week’s report offers a disturbing preview of the foreign entanglements that could influence Donald Trump.

An open letter to Paul Ryan
Press Release

An open letter to Paul Ryan

Please consider this the start of debate.

Paul Ryan’s absences from House votes not acceptable
Press Release

Paul Ryan’s absences from House votes not acceptable

Apparently, the House functions best without Ryan’s presence.

As Donald Trump Cozies Up To Vladimir Putin, Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy Continue To Support His Campaign
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As Donald Trump Cozies Up To Vladimir Putin, Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy Continue To Support His Campaign

Trump's praise for the Russian leader is unprecedented from a candidate running for President of the United States.

Paul Ryan still endorses unfit candidate Trump
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Paul Ryan still endorses unfit candidate Trump

Donald Trump continues to demonstrate he is unfit to be President and Paul Ryan continues to endorse him. Ryan Solen wants to know why.

Ryan Solen supports unions this Labor Day but Paul Ryan flakes
Press Release

Ryan Solen supports unions this Labor Day but Paul Ryan flakes

Paul Ryan, however, supports unions only when they benefit him or his family.

Ryan Solen asks why Paul Ryan won’t respond to debate requests after 22 days
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Ryan Solen asks why Paul Ryan won’t respond to debate requests after 22 days

If Paul Ryan won’t even respond to Ryan Solen about the most American campaign tradition who will he respond to?

Legislature Resists Background Checks for Guns

Legislature Resists Background Checks for Guns

18 states require them, 85% of state residents support them, but Walker, GOP resist.

Is Paul Ryan afraid to debate?
Press Release

Is Paul Ryan afraid to debate?

Ryan Solen asks why Paul Ryan is afraid to debate after 15 days without a response to multiple requests

Ryan Solen: Appleton, WI Planned Parenthood closing due to lack of security budget a tragedy for Wisconsin.
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Ryan Solen: Appleton, WI Planned Parenthood closing due to lack of security budget a tragedy for Wisconsin.

The new security protocols were instituted after last year’s attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood by a right-wing extremist that left 3 people dead and 9 injured.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Launches Campaign in Defense of Public Lands
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Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Launches Campaign in Defense of Public Lands

Group calls for bold leadership from Wisconsin lawmakers

Wisconsin Budget: Welfare Funding Dropped 75% Since 1991
Wisconsin Budget

Welfare Funding Dropped 75% Since 1991

26% of families below poverty line get assistance; was 96% in 1991.

Day 13: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District won’t even respond to Ryan Solen’s request for a debate.
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Day 13: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District won’t even respond to Ryan Solen’s request for a debate.

The point of a debate is to educate voters on the issues and our stances.

Ryan Solen attends AmVets Riders Fundraiser supporting Veterans Groups
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Ryan Solen attends AmVets Riders Fundraiser supporting Veterans Groups

A veteran of the Iraq war himself, supporting other veterans is an issue that is important to him.

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.

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 8 of no response from Paul Ryan
Press Release

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 8 of no response from Paul Ryan

re: debate request and ask the people of Wisconsin and America for help

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 4 of no response from Paul Ryan debate request
Press Release

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 4 of no response from Paul Ryan debate request

Today there has been a new development.

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 3 of no response from Paul Ryan debate request
Press Release

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 3 of no response from Paul Ryan debate request

As the House Speaker and former candidate for Vice President, Paul Ryan should be an experienced debater.

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 2 of no response from Paul Ryan debate request
Press Release

Democrat Ryan Solen in Day 2 of no response from Paul Ryan debate request

As the House Speaker and former candidate for Vice President, Paul Ryan should be an experienced debater.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton widening lead over Trump in Wisconsin
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton widening lead over Trump in Wisconsin

And among likely voters in November’s election, Feingold has the support of 53 percent while Johnson is supported by 42 percent.

Murphy’s Law: 19 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

19 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the candidates, behind the scenes. who won, who lost?

Wisconsin Republicans Stay Silent as Trump Touts Violence
Press Release

Wisconsin Republicans Stay Silent as Trump Touts Violence

‘Far Past Time For Them to Say Enough and Withdraw Their Support’

Why does Paul Ryan continue to endorse Trump?
Press Release

Why does Paul Ryan continue to endorse Trump?

Ryan Solen doesn’t play games with America’s future.

Murphy’s Law: Can Chisholm Be Beaten?
Murphy’s Law

Can Chisholm Be Beaten?

The DA pleads for help as dark money from outside the county blasts him.

Wisconsin Budget: Anti-Poverty Programs Are a Success
Wisconsin Budget

Anti-Poverty Programs Are a Success

Percent of people in poverty dropped from 26% to 16% since 1967, with big impact in Wisconsin.

Pick A Line. Any Line. Donald Trump Has Crossed It.
Press Release

Pick A Line. Any Line. Donald Trump Has Crossed It.

Donald Trump has crossed every line there is - except, apparently, Paul Ryan’s line.

Trump Visit Has WISGOP Crying Crocodile Tears for Sacred Cow Paul Ryan
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Trump Visit Has WISGOP Crying Crocodile Tears for Sacred Cow Paul Ryan

‘Given GOP Record In WI Against Women, Minorities, LGBTQ, Poor People, It’s Not What Trump Has Said, It’s What He Won’t Say That Has WISGOP in Arms’

Wisconsin Republicans Perform Disappearing Act Ahead Of Donald Trump’s Green Bay Rally
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Wisconsin Republicans Perform Disappearing Act Ahead Of Donald Trump’s Green Bay Rally

Wisconsin's Republican leaders Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, and state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald will all be skipping Friday's event.

The State of Politics: Walker Sells Himself at GOP Convention
The State of Politics

Walker Sells Himself at GOP Convention

Uses convention to renew national profile, but Ryan a more likely choice for president in 2020.

Republican National Convention Student Loan Debt Tally: 43 Million Americans With $1.3 Trillion in Student Loan Debt, 0 Mentions in Addresses of Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson
Op-Ed: Vote For Gridlock in November
Op-Ed

Vote For Gridlock in November

Don’t like Trump or Clinton? Support Paul Ryan and GOP House, so they can play defense.

Back in the News: Journal Sentinel Sanitizes Trump Disaster
Back in the News

Journal Sentinel Sanitizes Trump Disaster

It offers only Paul Ryan’s positive account of Trump’s ugly tussle with Congress.

Murphy’s Law: Racism Issue Dogs Bradley Foundation
Murphy’s Law

Racism Issue Dogs Bradley Foundation

Does foundation still support research on racial inferiority?

Op-Ed: Dump Trump Efforts Could Still Succeed
Op-Ed

Dump Trump Efforts Could Still Succeed

Some Wisconsin delegates are among those who plan to fight him at convention.

Wisconsin Budget: Ryan’s Health Plan Could Hurt Working Families
Wisconsin Budget

Ryan’s Health Plan Could Hurt Working Families

Would make insurance coverage far more costly for low-income Wisconsin residents.

After 24 Hour Democratic Sit-In Demanding Action on Gun Violence, Pocan Calls for Continued Solidarity
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After 24 Hour Democratic Sit-In Demanding Action on Gun Violence, Pocan Calls for Continued Solidarity

"The gun violence epidemic affects our communities every day and it is past time for Congress to address this issue. Enough is enough.

Congress: Whose side are you on – The people’s or terrorists’?
Press Release

Congress: Whose side are you on – The people’s or terrorists’?

Rep. Terese Berceau, Rep. Melissa Sargent, Rep. Lisa Subeck, and Rep. Chris Taylor released the following joint statement.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton, Feingold leading
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton, Feingold leading

Majorities have negative views of presidential candidates

Op-Ed: Ryan Should Rescind Endorsement of Trump
Op-Ed

Ryan Should Rescind Endorsement of Trump

The Party of Lincoln is dying, but Paul Ryan doesn’t get it.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Renewed Congressional Effort to Close “Terror Gap”
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Renewed Congressional Effort to Close “Terror Gap”

“Congress must act to close the terrorist gun loophole by giving the FBI the authority to block gun sales to potential terrorists.”

Comedy: Oh, You Stupid Intelligent People
Comedy

Oh, You Stupid Intelligent People

Bill Maher roasts everyone he can think of at his Riverside show.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Speaker Ryan’s Poverty Ideas
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Speaker Ryan’s Poverty Ideas

"I believe we need to meet the challenge of lifting people up and out of poverty with respect, dignity and opportunity."

Paul Ryan’s Dangerous Endorsement of Donald Trump
Press Release

Paul Ryan’s Dangerous Endorsement of Donald Trump

Trump has demonstrated time and time again that he does not have the temperament to be the leader of the free world.

Op-Ed: Will Republican Party Lose Its Soul?
Op-Ed

Will Republican Party Lose Its Soul?

GOP should stick to its principles and reject Trump. Ryan could lead the way.

Paul Ryan and the GOP Majority’s Terribly Homophobic Week in Congress
Press Release

Paul Ryan and the GOP Majority’s Terribly Homophobic Week in Congress

“I personally was sad to see Ryan’s leadership show its true face.”

The State of Politics: Can Challenger Defeat Paul Ryan?
The State of Politics

Can Challenger Defeat Paul Ryan?

Delavan businessman Paul Nehlen has Sarah Palin’s backing in bid for Ryan’s congressional seat.

Wisconsin Republicans are All Aboard the Trump Train
Press Release

Wisconsin Republicans are All Aboard the Trump Train

Donald Trump's dangerous, sexist, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric didn't stop Republican leaders in Wisconsin from eagerly jumping on the Trump train.

Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy Refuse To Return Campaign Contributions From Disgraced Former Speaker of the House
Press Release

Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy Refuse To Return Campaign Contributions From Disgraced Former Speaker of the House

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois.

Wisconsin Budget Project: Bipartisan Way to Reduce Inequality
Wisconsin Budget Project

Bipartisan Way to Reduce Inequality

Increased Earned Income Tax Credit is simple measure that most state residents would favor.

Murphy’s Law: Trump Vs. The Wisconsin Establishment
Murphy’s Law

Trump Vs. The Wisconsin Establishment

Journal Sentinel joins talk radio and GOP party in battling The Donald.

Anti-Immigrant Amicus Brief Deprives Immigrant Families of Respect and Dignity
Press Release

Anti-Immigrant Amicus Brief Deprives Immigrant Families of Respect and Dignity

"Sadly, these discriminatory efforts by my conservative colleagues signify an ongoing campaign to cater to the most extreme wing of the Republican Party and fan the flames of dangerous anti-immigrant hostility."

Wisconsin Budget: Benefits for Poor Don’t Discourage Work
Wisconsin Budget

Benefits for Poor Don’t Discourage Work

Bill to address "benefits cliff" is based on mostly exaggerated examples.

Murphy’s Law: Will Priebus Destroy The Republican Party?
Murphy’s Law

Will Priebus Destroy The Republican Party?

Decisions by the RNC chairman from Wisconsin could fatally wound the party.

Wisconsinites Deserve to Know Where Rep. Sean Duffy Stands On GOP Obstruction To SCOTUS Nominee
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Wisconsinites Deserve to Know Where Rep. Sean Duffy Stands On GOP Obstruction To SCOTUS Nominee

The President has a constitutional responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court Justice, and the Senate has an obligation to vote on that nominee.

House Confidential: Millionaire Paul Ryan’s Magnificent Home
House Confidential

Millionaire Paul Ryan’s Magnificent Home

House Speaker's Georgian home might befit a founding father. Take that, Donald Trump.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

The Governor of Wisconsin appoints 14 citizen members and 2 student members to serve 7-year terms and 2-year terms, respectively.

Op-Ed: Hospitals Could Fix State’s Health Care
Op-Ed

Hospitals Could Fix State’s Health Care

They should emulate other states, offer to pay our state's share of Medicaid expansion.

Op-Ed: Walker Gets “Incomplete” on Student Debt
Op-Ed

Walker Gets “Incomplete” on Student Debt

97 percent of student loan borrowers would not be helped by governor's plan.

Bob Donovan promoting aldermanic, mayoral races in same mailer
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Bob Donovan promoting aldermanic, mayoral races in same mailer

The State of Politics: Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015
The State of Politics

Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015

Walker and Republican legislators dominate this year's top political stories in Wisconsin.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Strongly Supports Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Strongly Supports Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

After Republican Opposition and Wisconsin Job Loss, Senate Passes Legislation

New MU Law School Poll finds Carson, Trump and Rubio atop Wisconsin primary race
Press Release

New MU Law School Poll finds Carson, Trump and Rubio atop Wisconsin primary race

Clinton holds edge among Wisconsin Democrats

The State of Politics: 8 Reasons Wisconsin Has National GOP Clout
The State of Politics

8 Reasons Wisconsin Has National GOP Clout

Few states have such power in Republican presidential politics.

Democrat challenging John Chisholm has uphill battle
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Democrat challenging John Chisholm has uphill battle

Torinus: Can Ryan Succeed as Speaker?
Torinus

Can Ryan Succeed as Speaker?

If he seeks innovative solutions, he might forge some grand compromises.

Torinus: 10 Reasons Ryan Shouldn’t Run for Speaker
Torinus

10 Reasons Ryan Shouldn’t Run for Speaker

Serving as Speaker of the House would hurt Ryan, his party and the country.

Murphy’s Law: Who is Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Who is Scott Walker?

The real, profusely documented story of the man who would be president.

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.

The State of Politics: Wisconsin’s Republican Kingmakers
The State of Politics

Wisconsin’s Republican Kingmakers

They are playing key roles in nominating process, and are out to avoid mistakes of 2012 -- and help Walker.

Murphy’s Law: What Makes Scott Walker Run?
Murphy’s Law

What Makes Scott Walker Run?

A recent story about his upbringing may shine a sad -- and revealing -- light on Walker’s personality and political views.

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: 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?

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job

Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.

Back In The News: Is Paul Ryan Becoming a Moderate?
Back In The News

Is Paul Ryan Becoming a Moderate?

Yet another “new” Ryan, this time ready to make bargains with Obama.

Congressman Paul Ryan goes “On the Issues” at Marquette Law School
Press Release

Congressman Paul Ryan goes “On the Issues” at Marquette Law School

onday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

The State of Politics: Walker Not Most Polarizing Pol
The State of Politics

Walker Not Most Polarizing Pol

Polls show he is fourth most polarizing among state voters.

The State of Politics: Top Ten Stories of the Year
The State of Politics

Top Ten Stories of the Year

Which had the most impact on Wisconsin? The envelope, please.

Twas A Night In Wisconsin

Twas A Night In Wisconsin

Tis the season for a wry, poetic reflection on Wisconsin politics.

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.

The Wealth of Wisconsin’s Senate & House Members

The Wealth of Wisconsin’s Senate & House Members

10 members of state's congressional delegation worth between $54 million and $171 million, new research group shows.

GOP Had More Campaign Cash — And Votes

GOP Had More Campaign Cash — And Votes

Republican victories weren't about redistricting, but about more votes. But they did have a huge cash advantage.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds ties in Wisconsin races for both governor and attorney general
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds ties in Wisconsin races for both governor and attorney general

New Marquette Law School Poll shows Wisconsin governor, attorney general races both tied

Pols Raise Cash Behind Closed Doors

Pols Raise Cash Behind Closed Doors

Both parties have ever-more secret fundraisers attended by lobbyists and insiders who influence state policy.

Murphy’s Law: The Lt. Governor Nobody Wanted
Murphy’s Law

The Lt. Governor Nobody Wanted

Few on Scott Walker’s team wanted Rebecca Kleefish to win or had any respect for her. Yet she could be the next governor.

Underdogs for Congress

Underdogs for Congress

Only one congressional race is (barely) competitive in Wisconsin. The seven incumbents have a 14-1 advantage in campaign cash.

Where Does All That Campaign Cash Go?

Where Does All That Campaign Cash Go?

Scott Walker, Mary Burke campaign cash buying more than just ads.

Crossover… Not Just for THX Anymore
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Crossover… Not Just for THX Anymore

Attention, people of Milwaukee County!

The State of Politics: Pick Tuesday’s Primary Winners
The State of Politics

Pick Tuesday’s Primary Winners

Burke v. Hulsey won't be close. But the 19th Assembly District Democratic primary looks to be very competitive, who will win it?

The State of Politics: Voters Oppose Walker’s Run for President
The State of Politics

Voters Oppose Walker’s Run for President

That's what three straight polls show. But experts doubt it will impact governor’s race.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor’s race tied
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor’s race tied

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that the Wisconsin governor’s race has tightened to a dead heat.

Meet Michael S. Murphy: Architect of GOP upheaval
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Meet Michael S. Murphy: Architect of GOP upheaval

Murphy’s Law: New Study Shows Milwaukee’s Income Inequality
Murphy’s Law

New Study Shows Milwaukee’s Income Inequality

Research shows huge and probably growing gap between high and low incomes in Milwaukee County.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds lead over challenger Mary Burke in new Marquette Law School Poll
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds lead over challenger Mary Burke in new Marquette Law School Poll

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic candidate Mary Burke, 48 to 41 percent.

Murphy’s Law: The New Paul Ryan
Murphy’s Law

The New Paul Ryan

In his efforts to separate himself from Mitt Romney, Ryan has provided some scary insights into his politics.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Did Gov. Walker Have a Secret Email System?
Murphy’s Law

Did Gov. Walker Have a Secret Email System?

A Walker administration insider says some staff used private emails and personal laptops in the office.

First Marquette Law School Poll of 2014 examines Wisconsin governor’s race, direction of the state and jobs outlook
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First Marquette Law School Poll of 2014 examines Wisconsin governor’s race, direction of the state and jobs outlook

The first Marquette Law School Poll of the 2014 election year finds Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic candidate Mary Burke, 47 to 41 percent.

Plenty of Horne: Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz
Plenty of Horne

Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz

Speaking at St. John's on the Lake, she talks about her conversation with Cruz, earmarks and voter ID.

Plenty of Horne: Campaign Season Kicks Off
Plenty of Horne

Campaign Season Kicks Off

Politicos flock to Jon Richards fundraiser, and judicial candidate Janet C. Protasiewicz's event.

Murphy’s Law: The Nuclear Option
Murphy’s Law

The Nuclear Option

Supervisors nuke Chris Abele’s staff salaries. Will this hurt the county?

Is Republican Reid Ribble a (Gasp) Moderate?

Is Republican Reid Ribble a (Gasp) Moderate?

The state's only GOP member of congress voting to raise debt ceiling explains why.

Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014
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Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that, just over a year from the election, the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race is shaping up to be very competitive.

Obamacare Haters Help People Sign Up

Obamacare Haters Help People Sign Up

State's Republican politicians who oppose law are helping enroll their constituents.

Murphy’s Law: Will Paul Ryan Be Romney Redux?
Murphy’s Law

Will Paul Ryan Be Romney Redux?

He’s a favorite of Republicans, but Democrats may be secretly cheering for him as well.

Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?

Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?

Federal bill could yield more than $70 million in annual sales tax for Wisconsin. Walker says he would use for income tax relief.

Milwaukeeans Push for Immigration Reform

Milwaukeeans Push for Immigration Reform

DC rally attendees come back confident a bipartisan agreement will be created by Congress.

Plenty of Horne: Tammy Baldwin Comes to Town
Plenty of Horne

Tammy Baldwin Comes to Town

Baldwin offers an insider's look at the U.S.Senate. And Milwaukee Buck Samuel Dalembert buys a LOT of wine.

Murphy’s Law: Paul Ryan Most Overrated Politician?
Murphy’s Law

Paul Ryan Most Overrated Politician?

The media has anointed him a policy wonk. But none of his numbers add up.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Supports Congressman Pocan’s Stance on Protecting Medicare & Medicaid
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Citizen Action of Wisconsin Supports Congressman Pocan’s Stance on Protecting Medicare & Medicaid

Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) spoke to seniors today on the need to protect vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

Democrats continue to underestimate Walker, even as he radically transforms the state.

Plenty of Horne: Name MPS School After Anti-Nazi Hero?
Plenty of Horne

Name MPS School After Anti-Nazi Hero?

A push to honor Milwaukeean Mildred Fish Harnack, the only American women resistance member executed by Hitler.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Plan to Steal Elections
Murphy’s Law

Republican Plan to Steal Elections

Priebus and others push strategies to win presidency with a minority of votes.

Republican Road Rage

Republican Road Rage

Romney was the choice of exurban road warriors while slower-moving urbanites picked Obama. How we move through the world is a key difference between the parties.

Where Are the Violations?

Where Are the Violations?

The Romney volunteers observed elections and found no fraud here. Mostly, they just looked intimidating.

FCC Should Yank Licenses of Wisconsin Radio Stations
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FCC Should Yank Licenses of Wisconsin Radio Stations

National Media Watchdog Files FCC Legal Challenge to Pull Radio Licenses of WISN-AM and WTMJ-AM

Murphy’s Law: It’s the Middle Class, Stupid
Murphy’s Law

It’s the Middle Class, Stupid

How Romney and Ryan alienated average Americans.

Murphy’s Law: 25 Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

25 Winners and Losers

The list is long (and fun). This was a campaign with real consequences.

Murphy’s Law: Will Art Museum Dump Stephen Einhorn?

Murphy’s Law

Will Art Museum Dump Stephen Einhorn?


The wealthy funder of voter fraud billboards creates negative publicity for Milwaukee Art Museum.

Murphy’s Law: Why Romney Can’t Win Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

Why Romney Can’t Win Wisconsin

Romney's misunderstanding of the Republican base could kill him.

Candidates should make position known on Disclose Act
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Candidates should make position known on Disclose Act

American politics today is bursting at the seams with money, and most of it is donated anonymously. That lack of transparency is troubling to Alderman Michael J. Murphy and to members of the Common Council.

Murphy’s Law: Why Ryan Won’t Help Romney
Murphy’s Law

Why Ryan Won’t Help Romney

He’s sexy, charming, articulate -- but exactly the wrong choice for Republicans.

The Chatter: Fitzgerald’s Strangely Sleepy Campaign
The Chatter

Fitzgerald’s Strangely Sleepy Campaign

Is Jeff Fitzgerald running for U.S. Senator or top lobbyist?

The Chatter: The Voter Suppression Game
The Chatter

The Voter Suppression Game

Both parties are devising strategies to discourage voting. But Republicans are using government power.

The Chatter: Will Abele Run for Mayor?
The Chatter

Will Abele Run for Mayor?

That's one way to consolidate city and county government, by grabbing both executive positions.

Residents of Janesville Flock to Milwaukee and Chicago

Residents of Janesville Flock to Milwaukee and Chicago

The title of this post is purely fiction at this point, but is what this writer believes should happen.

The Roundup: Burke Gets Break
The Roundup

Burke Gets Break

The Supreme Court granted a stay Friday, and Burke’s trial is postponed.

The Roundup: Dem Challenge for Panzer Seat
The Roundup

Dem Challenge for Panzer Seat

The disarray of the Republican 20th Senate District has convinced the Democratic Party to field a write-in candidate for primary.

The Roundup: No Challenge to Hill Papers
The Roundup

No Challenge to Hill Papers

But Halbrooks says Election Commission’s Extended Hours Helped Opponent