Wisconsin Wire

Now that Scott Walker is the national poster child for the corrupting influence of money in politics, thanks to last week’s explosive story in The Guardian, state Republicans are scrambling. more

Sep 23, 2016 4:59 PM Dispatches

..."the inherent right of people to security to life, liberty, and the enjoyment by the people of the gains of their own industry." more

Sep 4, 2016 5:02 PM Dispatches

With all the certainty of a graying obstetrician, Scott Walker declared that the question of aborting a pregnancy to save a woman's life is a hypothetical that doesn't need discussing, because it’s a situation that just never happens. "It'... more

Aug 14, 2015 8:51 PM Dispatches 9 Comments

Three years ago on Aug. 5, a white supremacist murdered six Sikh-Americans at their Gurdwara or place of worship in Oak Creek, Wis. We need to alter our policies—and our political discourse—to make sure that such a tragedy never occurs agai... more

Aug 5, 2015 4:18 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments

For four years, until recently, I wrote a weekly column that ran in newspapers across Wisconsin. It was called “Money & Politics,” and it dealt with campaign financing, elections, lobbying and ethics. My beat, in other words, was essentially t... more

Aug 4, 2015 7:23 PM Dispatches

Walker’s Milwaukee County office repeatedly failed to turn over records of the theft of tens of thousands of dollars in donations. more

Aug 2, 2015 5:11 PM Dispatches 5 Comments

When I went to work as the legislative director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in 2003, I was unprepared for the attacks this venerable women’s health-care group experiences on a routine basis. There are organizations solely dedicated ... more

Jul 30, 2015 3:38 PM Op-Eds 9 Comments

Wisconsin’s public record law states that "all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them," that there is a "presump... more

Jul 27, 2015 3:32 PM Dispatches

It was a banner week for the billionaires who have invested in Governor Scott Walker, the Wisconsin state legislature and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. more

Jul 21, 2015 5:56 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

Just as Donald Trump got a bump for “calling a spade a spade” with his racist attack on Mexican immigrants, Walker, in his announcement, was speaking to a strain of race-baiting in the white suburbs of Milwaukee that has played a significan... more

Jul 14, 2015 3:17 AM Dispatches 10 Comments

For the last several years, The Progressive has covered Scott Walker’s reversal of Wisconsin’s progressive legacy. The Republican governor, elected in 2010, set out to divide and conquer the state with his own brand of anti-public-interest politi... more

Jul 13, 2015 3:09 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

During a recent panel discussion in Madison on covering Gov. Scott Walker, one reporter mentioned speaking to people in other states who say they support his quest for the Presidency because “they think he’s an honest person.” more

Jul 13, 2015 4:14 AM Dispatches 3 Comments

When I heard the news, I was in a car heading to Milwaukee for a family event. Fortunately, I was not driving. more

Jul 7, 2015 7:52 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

Photo by D Michael Burns Facing an intense public backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and top legislative leaders have backed down from an effort to impose controversial limits on the state’s open records law, including a provision to exempt... more

Jul 6, 2015 3:21 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

My mother Anne Nicol Gaylor directed that when she died, a “small tombstone” should be inscribed with her name and the words “Feminist—Activist—Freethinker.” My three brothers and I had long teased her that when she died we’d instead put on her t... more

Jun 22, 2015 5:50 PM Dispatches 4 Comments

Photo by wistechcolleges One of the most striking themes to emerge from the current, destructive era in Wisconsin government is a pervasive and toxic contempt for women. It was the backdrop to Governor Scott Walker’s initial attack on publi... more

Jun 12, 2015 8:34 PM Dispatches 14 Comments

Photo by Tanner Cole Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says that, to win the Presidency, Republicans need to embrace “big, bold ideas” of the sort for which he has become known. Beyond appealing to his party’s base, this message seems to be insp... more

Jun 11, 2015 11:34 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

Slider photo by John Premble Photo by Tanner Cole — Wisconsin citizens testify on Wisconsin Assembly Bill 237 during its public committee debate on June 2. It’s hard to keep up with the pace of destruction in Wisconsin. Every day there are h... more

Jun 5, 2015 6:12 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

Panelists at a June 1 event on the challenges of covering Scott Walker (left to right): Jessica Arp, Patrick Marley, Matthew DeFour, Michael Wagner. Photo by Gordon Govier / Society of Professional Journalists, Madison chapter   It was t... more

Jun 2, 2015 7:03 PM Dispatches 5 Comments