Content referencing Scott McCallum
Can Bipartisan Effort Save State Arts Funding?
Wisconsin ranks 50th in arts support. Group of 'heavy hitters' hopes to change that.May 2nd, 2023 by Jay Rath
Is Wisconsin ‘Flush With Cash’?
Why state has $4.3 billion surplus, what it means and how should it be handled.Oct 26th, 2022 by Bruce Thompson
Why Gableman Courts Controversy
His latest blowup in the courtroom is part of a pattern.Jun 20th, 2022 by Steven Walters
Mandela Barnes Seeks Electoral First
No sitting or former lieutenant governor has won a U.S. Senate election in state history.Mar 31st, 2022 by Dr. Eric Ostermeier
Farrow, ‘Margaret Thatcher of Wisconsin,’ Dies At 87
First women Lt. Governor in state history had five-decade career in public service.Mar 9th, 2022 by Diane Bezucha
Gov. Evers Releases Statement Regarding Passing of former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow
Mar 8th, 2022 by Gov. Tony Evers
Will Evers’ Pardons Hurt Him In Election?
He’s bragging about setting a record. Will Republicans use it in attack ad?Jan 10th, 2022 by Bruce Murphy
Pardons On The Ballot in 2022?
Evers restarted a program that Walker left untouched for eight years.Oct 4th, 2021 by Laurel White
Evers Builds Image for Giving Pardons
Giving more per year than any recent predecessors. But far behind 'Julius the Just.'Sep 13th, 2021 by Steven Walters
The Race Is On For Lt. Governor
The last time there was no incumbent, back in 2010, nine candidates ran for the position.Jul 26th, 2021 by Steven Walters
Vos Picks Gableman To Lead Election Probe
Announcement comes just one day after GOP Assembly Speaker attacked by Trump.Jun 27th, 2021 by Shawn Johnson
10 Republicans Accused of Voter Fraud
Meet the folks who wanted to overturn Wisconsin’s election. Legal complaint says they committed crimes.Feb 16th, 2021 by Bruce Murphy
Former Wisconsin adjutant general passes away
Oct 22nd, 2020 by Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs
Voting Access Ensures All Voices Are Heard
A new bipartisan coalition is working to promote safe, reliable voting in Wisconsin.Oct 9th, 2020 by County Executive David Crowley
Courts To Decide Governors’ Emergency Powers
Republicans oppose Evers’ mask mandate, want courts to restrict longtime power of governors.Sep 28th, 2020 by Steven Walters
Bipartisan Group Will Promote Voting By Mail
And in-person voting. Former GOP Attorney General dismisses fraud claims on mail-in ballotsJul 22nd, 2020 by Laurel White
Evers Issues 18 Pardons
The governor revived the pardoning process last year, after former Gov. Walker ignored it for nearly a decade.Jul 16th, 2020 by Laurel White
State’s ‘Hidden Deficit’ Lowest in 30 Years
Great news except… it’s still higher than in 49 other states.Jan 28th, 2020 by Bruce Murphy
Why a Voter Purge Is So Critical
The goal is to reelect Trump. Even if that means purging some Republican voters, too.Jan 14th, 2020 by Bruce Murphy
Foxconn Judge Was Former Walker Aide
And donor to GOP candidates. His ruling allows huge drawdown of Lake Michigan water by Foxconn.Jun 13th, 2019 by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor
Mandela Barnes finding out there is no manual — and few certainties — for the job.Jun 10th, 2019 by Steven Walters
Evers Will Give Pardons
Reversing Walker’s policy, governor to consider pardons, as other predecessors did.Feb 15th, 2019 by Elizabeth Dohms-Harter
Brian Hagedorn’s Questionable Judgement: Assault Accusations and Campaign Finance Law Fines Among Lowlights of Hagedorn Supporters
Campaign Touting Endorsement of Scandal Plagued JudgesJan 22nd, 2019 by One Wisconsin Now
About that Republican Cash Surplus
The term is meaningless and such half-truths muddy our understanding of state budget.Jan 21st, 2019 by George Mitchell
Lame Duck Mischief Defamed the State
Walker opted to divide and conquer up until last day in office.Jan 2nd, 2019 by Spencer Black
Walker and Jobs, the Final Tally
In eight years, state steadily fell further behind nation and Midwest.Dec 19th, 2018 by Bruce Thompson
Walker Signs Lame Duck Bills
Doesn’t veto a single measure, chooses to “override the will of the people,” Evers says.Dec 14th, 2018 by Laurel White
What Will Scott Walker’s Legacy Be?
Remembered for his accomplishments? Or his “poor loser” legislation?Dec 6th, 2018 by Bruce Murphy
Three Months and Four Days Later, Still No Reimbursement or Remorse From Scott Walker for Illegal Usage of State Plane
‘Governors Can’t Use Public Resources to Benefit Themselves or Their Campaigns’Oct 22nd, 2018 by One Wisconsin Now
State Writes Off Shady $1.1 Million Loan
Convicted fraudster Ron Van Den Heuvel, a generous GOP donor, defrauded state agency.Jul 12th, 2018 by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
History Gives Walker Slim Odds to Win
State voters rarely elect a gubernatorial candidate whose party holds the presidency.Feb 13th, 2018 by Dr. Eric Ostermeier
Judge Kelly Handed Doe Controversy
Latest judge to handle John Doe must decide on contempt of court referrals.Dec 18th, 2017 by Steven Walters
What Happened to Wisconsin?
Decades of bipartisan commitment to protecting environment have been abandoned. Why?Oct 12th, 2017 by State Sen. Mark Miller
Evers vs. Walker Would Be Historic Race
One of few times in history two incumbent state officials oppose each other.Jul 31st, 2017 by Dr. Eric Ostermeier
Why Gableman Is Stepping Down
And how will that affect the race for Supreme Court?Jun 20th, 2017 by Bruce Murphy
Four Key Judge Races Coming
Supreme Court Justice Ziegler and three Appeals Court judges running in spring election.Nov 25th, 2016 by Gretchen Schuldt
Candidate for Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security Unable to Maintain County Jail
Latest Horrific Incident at Facility Overseen by Sheriff David Clarke Involves Newborn ChildNov 17th, 2016 by One Wisconsin Now
David Clarke the Demagogue
A sheriff who once represented law and order has sold his soul to become a media star.Oct 18th, 2016 by Bruce Murphy
13 Lessons The Guardian Taught Us
Or how Scott Walker corrupted Wisconsin, as the leaked Doe documents reveal.Oct 4th, 2016 by Bruce Murphy
Is Sheriff Clarke the Black Trump?
And a possible running mate? Atlantic Mag charts the rising star of Milwaukee’s sheriff.May 10th, 2016 by Bruce Murphy
New Corrections Chief Faces Problems
Including overcrowded prisons, staff shortages and low morale, and a dearth of leadership.Feb 22nd, 2016 by Steven Walters
Scott Walker Peddles Bull
No stranger to peddling bull, governor hosts Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at State FairAug 14th, 2015 by Michael Horne
Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?
If Walkers wins the presidency or gets a federal appointment, Kleefisch must be ready to serve.Aug 3rd, 2015 by Steven Walters
John Doe Supported by Many Republicans
Supreme Court candidate James Daley was among many GOP judges and prosecutors involved in alleged "partisan witch hunt."Apr 2nd, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Wisconsin’s Shrinking Middle Class
No state has seen a bigger decline in the percent of middle class households than Wisconsin, new data shows.Mar 31st, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
How Rogue Aides Can Ruin Politicians
Gov. Chris Christie’s problems are a lesson to every politician in Wisconsin.Feb 10th, 2014 by Steven Walters
Brewing as a Conceptual Art
Brenner Brewing has a ways to go before it functions as a working brewery. Plus: a fundraiser for the anti-Clarke candidate.Sep 27th, 2013 by Michael Horne
Rent-To-Own Industry Wants Less Disclosure
Seeks to overturn law making it disclose interests rates. Industry supported Gov. Walker, who backs the change.Mar 20th, 2013 by Bill Lueders
How State Aid to Cities Has Plummeted
Milwaukee is getting killed by declining shared revenue, violating a century-old state agreement.Dec 3rd, 2012 by Bruce Murphy
Did the State Screw Talgo?
The train company's stunned CEO blasts Wisconsin for breaching its contract “like a Third World country.”May 31st, 2012 by Bruce Murphy
Whose Scandal is it, Anyway?
Republicans try, fail to shift blame to Dems on Kenilworth projectJul 26th, 2006 by Michael Horne
The Governor’s Party
Governor Jim Doyle was the guest of honor at a fundraiser at Mocean's on September 16.Sep 21st, 2005 by Michael Horne
When the Wealthy Serve
A Look at the Commerce Secretary’s Statement of Economic InterestsFeb 25th, 2005 by Michael Horne
Plale Recall Drive Begins
Can a group of south side political activists pull themselves together enough to acquire 13,212 signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Jeff Plale? Rep. Jon Richards said he doubts it. “This thing is going nowhere,” says Rep. Josh Zepnick. “These people are so lazy! They’ve taken out a newspaper ad asking people to come by and sign a recall petition. Who is going to do that?” True enough. To win an election, you’ve got to knock on doors, post signs in windows and do all kinds of grass-rooted activities. There is scant evidence of this in the Plale recall attempt, and absolutely no evidence of it in the northern fringes of Plale’s district, including Brady Street and the East Side. That hasn’t stopped Plale from printing up thousands of football schedules that he is handing out at every turn. The South Milwaukeean made the journey to St. Rita’s Church last week to attend the Brady Street Association monthly meeting where he was asked about the recall. “They’ve got until September 7th to get the signatures to recall me,” Plale told the audience. When told there seemed to be no effort on the East Side to circulate petitions, Plale said, “well, these people wouldn’t know how to find Brady Street.” Plale was also in the Brady Street area for what the neighborhood hopes is an annual Artisinal Food Festival. The gig was held Sunday, July 25th, and Plale was there along with his schedules. The recall effort against him stemmed from his crucial vote to uphold Governor Doyle’s veto of a republican-sponsored measure to limit property tax increases. Plale says the upcoming plans to sponsor a constitutional amendment known as the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, (TABOR) is similarly flawed, and a potential recipe for disaster. He cites Colorado, a state that has enacted similar provisions into its laws and is now in the midst of its worst fiscal crisis ever. Amendment on the Run The legislature republicans spent the last unedifying session promoting the agenda of Gays, Guns and Gambling. The Madison gang came up with loads of goofy legislation, none of which could sustain a veto by the governor. Leave it to this group to be able to reconvene and pass a constitutional amendment, no less, in just one week. This was the decision of Sen. Mary Panzer, the republican leader who had earlier been criticized for not rushing a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights law through the Solomonic deliberations of the nation’s most august lawmakers. But, as soon as she faced a primary challenge from Rep.Glenn Grothman, an ambitious fellow republican who covets her senate seat, Panzer decided to schedule a vote for this week. Then, the legislature can go home and come back next year to vote again. Then, finally, the matter will be put to public vote in a referendum, if it is still alive. But, if the legislature does not act by August 5th, the whole procedure would have to be repeated in yet one […]Jul 26th, 2004 by Michael Horne
Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements
Two of Wisconsin’s elder statespeople jumped on the Wesley Clark for President bandwagon recently. Former alderman, secretary of state and attorney Vel Phillips, who most recently issued the oath of office to Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt says she backs the Arkansas general for president. With her support, she joins such black leaders as Charles Rangel and Andrew Young. Phillips was at a fundraiser for Clark Tuesday, January 27th at the home of Julilly W. Kohler. Phillips said she had just got off the phone with Henry Aaron who has offered to send her airplane tickets and to put her up in Atlanta February 6th for his birthday party. “Oh, I’m not sure I’m going to go,” said Vel, to the dismay of partygoers who could not imagine turning down any invitation from Henry Aaron, with or without free air travel and lodging. She still hadn’t decided by Sunday. Vel Phillips faces many decisions. When she left the Common Council, she bought the old roll-top desk aldermen once used until the present gems were installed. The desk will probably go to the Historical Society of Wisconsin. Why not the city-owned Milwaukee Public Library? “Well, the historical society already has a full-size statue of me,” Phillips said. Good enough reason. The attendees, including Frank Gimbel (who has a huge Clark sign posted in his east side yard), Mort and Dani Gendelman, Curry First, Dennis Conta and about 40 others filled the Kohler residence to talk up their man and to dine on way too much food provided from such disparate sources as Sam’s Club and Watermark restaurant. A special guest of honor was to have been former Senator Gaylord Nelson, ranked fourth on a list of the most important Wisconsinites in history. He’s the only one of the top five who is still alive. Alas! Nelson hadn’t even made it as far as the end of the driveway of his Kensington, Maryland home in days, so he called in his visit by speakerphone. Heavy snowfall complicated by quaint Maryland snow removal traditions kept him home, Nelson said. He endorses Clark for president, the Earth Day founder told the attendees in Milwaukee. Nelson speaks very slowly these days. The delivery, although halting, does nothing to mute the intellectual vigor and wit of Nelson. Regarding his choice of the military man for president, the anti-Vietnam War ex-Senator said, “People were wondering how could Gaylord Nelson support a general for president?” (Pause.) “Well, George Washington was a general.” (Pause.) “And he was a pretty good president.” (Laughter.) Apparently, Nelson held republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower in high regard. He noted that General Ike warned us about the military-industrial complex. “This is a fascinating race,” Nelson said, (Pause.) But there is a long way to go.” The State of Wisconsin constitution, as amended, does not give the Lieutenant Governor much to do. This suited Scott McCallum fine, but Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton is a restless sort and has been an early supporter and campaign groupie of […]Feb 2nd, 2004 by Michael Horne
The Embarrassing Failure of Miller Park
The Milwaukee Brewers have begun the season with a horrendous start, one that is setting franchise records for futility.Apr 16th, 2002 by Bruce Murphy
Why Scott McCallum Is In Big Trouble
It was amusing to see the photo of Gov. McCallum that ran on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week.Mar 25th, 2002 by Bruce Murphy
Why Gov. McCallum’s Spending Priorities Were Wrong
As the legislature wrestles with the state budget deficit, there has been talk of cutting every level of government except the schools.Mar 14th, 2002 by Bruce Murphy
Is Nardelli Qualified To Be County Executive?
Nothing should surprise us about county government at this point, but it does seem odd that the two favorites in the race for county executive are Scott Walker and Tom Nardelli, neither of whom has a college degree.Mar 6th, 2002 by Bruce Murphy
Is Scott Walker Qualified To Be County Exec?
Rep. Scott K. Walker (R-Wauwatosa) was the first candidate to announce for county executive, and is widely considered one of the front-runners for the position.Feb 27th, 2002 by Bruce Murphy
Can Falk And Thompson Play Spoilers in the Governor’s Race?
I'm hard pressed to think of a more interesting state race than the upcoming campaign for governor.Feb 3rd, 2002 by Bruce Murphy
Why Did Chief Jones Protect a Man With a Violent Record?
Earlier this week, Milwaukee Police Chief Jones used his power to protect Wendell Jones, the husband of County Supervisor Elizabeth Coggs-Jones.Dec 7th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
How Scott McCallum Plans to Raise Your Taxes
Sometime in the coming week, Gov. Scott McCallum will be meeting secretly with lobbyists in Minocqua, of all places, to discuss a plan to cut school spending and force property tax increases as a way to balance the state budget.Nov 24th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
The Truth About the Di Suvero Sculpture
It's been amusing to see all the hand wringing by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as to whether we dare move the Di Suvero sculpture.Nov 19th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?
It's a wacky idea, but Ed Thompson may turn out to be a real spoiler in the race for governor.Oct 15th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Ameritech Catches Political Fire From Competitors
Open up this month's Ameritech bill and you may find a surprise.Sep 28th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Scott Jensen’s Big Shakedown
Rep. Jon Richards was feeling a little lonely.Sep 25th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around
My, how times have changed.Sep 24th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Will Taxes Be the Key Issue in the Governor’s Race?
In the wake of the tragedy in New York and Washington, the Democratic candidates for governor have slowed down their campaigning, but they have been strategizing as to what the major issues will be in next fall's election.Sep 21st, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Why Businesses Are Attacking The State’s Freeway Plan
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's latest freeway project could "virtually suffocate downtown Milwaukee," a letter from the Downtown Business Improvement District complains.Sep 12th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Is Jim Sensenbrenner America’s Cheapest Congressman?
It must be tough being married to James Sensenbrenner.Aug 30th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Is Superintendent Korte In Trouble With The School Board?
At first glance, Milwaukee school superintendent Spence Korte looks like he could be on the chopping block.Aug 22nd, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Should Wisconsin Get Ready for War?
You may feel very safe and protected, living in cozy Wisconsin, far from America's seacoasts.Aug 20th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Five Budget Items the Media Has Missed
By now, everybody knows what's in the budget right?Aug 17th, 2001 by Scott Jensen
Rally ‘Round the Convention Center, Boys
It was a mere three years ago that the Midwest Express Center opened, as a state-of-the-art solution to the city's convention needs.Aug 9th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?
It was the gunfight at the Capitol corral and only men were invited.Aug 7th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Why The Mayor is Not Dead
Back in the early 1980s, Milwaukee Magazine ran a scathing caricature of Mayor Henry Maier with the title "What Does This Man Do All Day?"Aug 1st, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Why the State Doesn’t Hate Tom Ament Any More
Time was when Milwaukee County was a favorite whipping boy of the state.Jul 30th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Milwaukee’s Mighty Economy Crushes Other Nations
Milwaukee has a new way to brag about itself.Jul 18th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy
Is the Plankinton Exit Worth $60 Million?
Some months ago the state Department of Transportation announced a plan for rebuilding the mammoth Marquette Interchange that did not include any exits or entrances at Plankinton AvenueJul 18th, 2001 by Bruce Murphy