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Shankland's Health Insurance Rhetoric is Just Plain Wrong

By Chris Rochester - Nygren was right. Shankland should be ashamed of herself - not just for her ignorance and over-the-top death mongering rhetoric on health insurance, but for her unabashed eagerness to throw gasoline on the political bonfire that nearly took a congressman's life. Read More »

Democrats' K-12 Plan Would Spend Nearly $730 Million More than Governor

By Ola Lisowski - Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee released their own K-12 education funding plan to counter competing proposals by Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Republicans. The plan would spend $728 million more than Walker's proposal over two years. The proposal, which the four JFC Democrats introduced at a June 22 press conference, takes several ideas from both the Walker and Assembly plans, though it would put more money into nearly every line item. Read More »

King Chris Larceny...err Larson is the Poster Child for What's Wrong with Progressive Liberals

By Mikel Kwaku Osha Holt - There are several possible reasons to explain why State Senator Chris Larson attempted to derail bipartisan legislation that would bring greater accountability to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, but neither bodes well for the Democratic Party or poor Black folks already confused by the self-righteous position of so-called "progressive liberals." Read More »

1 Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Booze Regs, 2 Very Different Stories

By M.D. Kittle and Bill Osmulski - A high-profile meeting last Thursday attended by many - but not all - of the stakeholders affected by proposed changes to the system regulating Wisconsin's alcoholic beverage industry ended with very different accounts of what transpired and more questions than answers, multiple sources tell MacIver News Service. Read More »

Wisconsin Assembly, U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirm Free Speech

By Jessica Murphy - In the case Matal v. Tam, an Asian-American dance-rock band was denied trademark rights to their band name "The Slants" because it was deemed a racial slur. On Monday, the Supreme Court stood up for free speech, striking down the law that allowed "disparaging" trademarks to be blocked by the Patent and Trademark Office. The unanimous 8-0 vote shows that free speech is indeed a nonpartisan issue - something Wisconsin Democrats would do well to learn. Read More »


Shankland's Health Insurance Rhetoric is Just Plain Wrong

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 26, 2017 3:26 PM
Shankland's Health Insurance Rhetoric is Just Plain Wrong

By Chris Rochester - Nygren was right. Shankland should be ashamed of herself - not just for her ignorance and over-the-top death mongering rhetoric on health insurance, but for her unabashed eagerness to throw gasoline on the political bonfire that nearly took a congressman's life. Read More »

King Chris Larceny...err Larson is the Poster Child for What's Wrong with Progressive Liberals

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 26, 2017 5:00 AM
King Chris Larceny...err Larson is the Poster Child for What's Wrong with Progressive Liberals

By Mikel Kwaku Osha Holt - There are several possible reasons to explain why State Senator Chris Larson attempted to derail bipartisan legislation that would bring greater accountability to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, but neither bodes well for the Democratic Party or poor Black folks already confused by the self-righteous position of so-called "progressive liberals." Read More »

Democrats' K-12 Plan Would Spend Nearly $730 Million More than Governor

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Democrats' K-12 Plan Would Spend Nearly $730 Million More than Governor

By Ola Lisowski - Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee released their own K-12 education funding plan to counter competing proposals by Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Republicans. The plan would spend $728 million more than Walker's proposal over two years. The proposal, which the four JFC Democrats introduced at a June 22 press conference, takes several ideas from both the Walker and Assembly plans, though it would put more money into nearly every line item. Read More »

1 Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Booze Regs, 2 Very Different Stories

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 24, 2017 5:04 PM
1 Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Booze Regs, 2 Very Different Stories

By M.D. Kittle and Bill Osmulski - A high-profile meeting last Thursday attended by many - but not all - of the stakeholders affected by proposed changes to the system regulating Wisconsin's alcoholic beverage industry ended with very different accounts of what transpired and more questions than answers, multiple sources tell MacIver News Service. Read More »

Nickel: I Ran Wisconsin's Successful High-Risk Pool Before Obamacare. It Actually Worked.

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 23, 2017 12:00 PM
Nickel: I Ran Wisconsin's Successful High-Risk Pool Before Obamacare. It Actually Worked.

By Ted Nickel - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is falling apart. One third of US counties have only one health insurer offering coverage on the federal exchange. Fortunately, Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare provides a strong starting point for implementing a HIRSP 2.0 utilizing federal dollars to ensure affordable and accessible coverage for all individuals with pre-existing conditions. Read More »

Wisconsin Assembly, U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirm Free Speech

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 23, 2017 5:00 AM
Wisconsin Assembly, U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirm Free Speech

By Jessica Murphy - In the case Matal v. Tam, an Asian-American dance-rock band was denied trademark rights to their band name "The Slants" because it was deemed a racial slur. On Monday, the Supreme Court stood up for free speech, striking down the law that allowed "disparaging" trademarks to be blocked by the Patent and Trademark Office. The unanimous 8-0 vote shows that free speech is indeed a nonpartisan issue - something Wisconsin Democrats would do well to learn. Read More »

Snowflakes Beware: Free Speech May be Back in Vogue

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 22, 2017 11:29 AM
Snowflakes Beware: Free Speech May be Back in Vogue

Special Guest Perspective By Judge Jim Troupis - As with so much that transpires in the legal doctrine of free speech, it's not surprising that "slants", a derogatory term if there ever was one, will now enter the lexicon. In a decision with implications across a broad swath of 21st Century American life, the Court laid down a clear marker--"this far and no farther." Read More »

Prevailing Wage Reform Snarled In Transportation Gridlock; Dems Push Suspect Report

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 22, 2017 11:02 AM
Prevailing Wage Reform Snarled In Transportation Gridlock; Dems Push Suspect Report

By M.D. Kittle - There are two things you need to know upfront about the state of prevailing wage reform in Wisconsin: prevailing wage reform is trapped inside the GOP-controlled Legislature's snarled transportation debate, and Democrats this week held a sparsely covered press conference to promote a deeply flawed study suggesting repeal could cost taxpayer money. Read More »

The Democrats vs. the Department of Public Instruction

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 22, 2017 9:08 AM
The Democrats vs. the Department of Public Instruction

By Ola Lisowski - On Wednesday, the Assembly passed a long, technical bill making changes to Wisconsin's school choice programs. If signed into law, choice schools will - for the first time - be required to conduct background checks on employees. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is supportive of the bill and twice testified in favor of it. And yet, 30 Democrats in the Assembly and five Democrats in the Senate voted against the legislation. Read More »

Healy: Anthem's Withdrawal from Wisconsin Market Another Sign of Obamacare's Collapse

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 21, 2017 4:01 PM
Healy: Anthem's Withdrawal from Wisconsin Market Another Sign of Obamacare's Collapse

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced on Wednesday it would exit the Wisconsin individual insurance market at the end of the year, yet another clear sign that Obamacare's collapse is happening right before our eyes. Read More »

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