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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

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

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

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 »

Sources: Speaker To Powwow With Stakeholders On Controversial Alcohol Law Changes

By M.D. Kittle - The so-called "drafting instructions" that would further restrict Wisconsin breweries, distillers and winemakers from expanding into other areas of alcoholic beverage sales is still alive and well, 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 »

Sources: Speaker To Powwow With Stakeholders On Controversial Alcohol Law Changes

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 21, 2017 1:38 PM
Sources: Speaker To Powwow With Stakeholders On Controversial Alcohol Law Changes

By M.D. Kittle - The so-called "drafting instructions" that would further restrict Wisconsin breweries, distillers and winemakers from expanding into other areas of alcoholic beverage sales is still alive and well, sources tell MacIver News Service. Read More »

No Connection Between Spending and Best Local Roads in State

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted June 21, 2017 5:38 AM
No Connection Between Spending and Best Local Roads in State

MacIver News - Public officials in Marquette County apparently know how to get the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to transportation. They have the best roads in the state, while receiving almost the smallest amount of state aid per mile, according to the DOT and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Read More »

Student Describes How UW attacks Free Speech on Campus

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 21, 2017 5:00 AM

A bill protecting free speech on UW campuses is scheduled to be debated on the Assembly floor today. The bill by Rep. Jesse Kremer, Assembly Bill 299, would subject protesters who impede the free speech rights of others to university sanctions. MacIver's own Jessica Murphy testified before the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities at a public hearing on May 11th. Read More »

Budget Momentum Or More Fits And Starts?

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 20, 2017 4:06 PM
Budget Momentum Or More Fits And Starts?

By M.D. Kittle - There is momentum. That's how state Rep. Dale Kooyenga describes the heavy lifting that's left on the state's 2017-19 budget - due in 10 days. Read More »

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