Bruce Murphy
Top 10 Of 2020

Most Popular Murphy’s Law Columns

Amid a historic pandemic, Vos and Fitzgerald fail to lead, David Clarke returns and Foxconn deal gets worse.

By - Dec 27th, 2020 04:39 pm
Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

2020 was the year of the pandemic, which revealed just how radically conservative Wisconsin’s Republican leaders are. No state’s Republican congressional delegation was as opposed to federal pandemic relief bill passed in March as Wisconsin’s. Texas? Just six of its 23 House Republicans voted no. Tennessee? Four of its seven Republicans opposed the bill. South Carolina? Close but no cigar: four of its five Republicans said nay.  

Across America, not one representative of deep-red states like Mississippi, Alabama, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah and North Dakota voted against the bill, showing just how popular this legislation was, as a Murphy’s Law column (the fifth most popular of the year) reported. Yet in purple Wisconsin, which voted for Democrat Joe Biden in 2020 and in 2018 elected a full slate of Democratic state officials, including Governor and Attorney General, the majority of its House representatives voted no.

Meanwhile, Republican state legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, have refused since April to convene the Legislature to take action to help a state reeling from the plague of COVID-19, as another column, the fourth most popular of the year, noted. No state with full-time legislators met less frequently during this period, as another column noted. On average they met 18 times more frequently than in Wisconsin. Meanwhile Vos and Fitzgerald did everything they could to restrict any actions by Gov. Tony Evers and the state Department of Health to combat the pandemic.

The actions of the two Republican leaders have hurt the state in another way: they’ve cost the state’s taxpayers more than $1.5 billion, mostly by refusing federal funding for Medicaid and handing out tax breaks that did not create any of the promised jobs, as the second most popular column explained.

Meanwhile, some favorite subjects of Urban Milwaukee readers continued to make the news: the ever-more-egregious failure of Foxconn, the ever-more-distant sunset date for the Milwaukee Brewers’ stadium subsidy, and the ever-more-ethically-challenged career of David Clarke. Bad news can linger on and on.

10. State’s Liberal Talk Radio Chain Growing

Mike Crute. Photo from Crute for Wisconsin.

Mike Crute. Photo from Crute for Wisconsin.

9. Robin Vos To Face Opponent After All

Joel Jacobsen and Robin Vos.

Joel Jacobsen and Robin Vos.

8. Lena Taylor’s Aide Suspended by WNOV

Screenshot of Michelle Bryant's Facebook Live video blasting WNOV.

Screenshot of Michelle Bryant’s Facebook Live video blasting WNOV.

7. Foxconn Squeezes Evers

Foxconn’s groundbreaking ceremon. Photo from the White House.

Foxconn’s groundbreaking ceremon. Photo from the White House.

6. Why Foxconn Won’t Leave Wisconsin

Foxconn signing. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Foxconn signing. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

5. Wisconsin Now the Reddest State?

Ron Johnson and Glenn Grothman.

Ron Johnson and Glenn Grothman.

4. Why Vos, Fitzgerald Refused to Lead

Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

3. David Clarke a Key Part of Bannon Scam

David Clarke. File photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (CC BY-SA 2.0)

David Clarke. File photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2. Vos, Fitzgerald Cost Taxpayers Billions

Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

1. Brewers Franchise Spirals In Value

Miller Park. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Miller Park. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

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Categories: Murphy's Law, Politics

3 thoughts on “Top 10 Of 2020: Most Popular Murphy’s Law Columns”

  1. GodzillakingMKE says:

    I just want to thank Republicans for decreasing the surplus population, even if it’s their elderly voters.

  2. mwarhus@att.net says:

    Great columns, Bad year. Happy 2021

  3. Dennis Grzezinski says:

    Bruce, thanks for all your good work during 2020. You have helped keep us well-informed, as you have done during previous years.

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