One Wisconsin Now Press Releases

  • Has the Republican Governors Association Hit the Panic Button?
    April 24, 2014 - Media Firm Working for RGA Reserves $2 Million in TV Time in April for Final Weeks of 2014 Election MADISON, WI — According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a media firm that has already purchased $2 million in television airtime this year on behalf of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) has reserved another nearly $2 million worth...
  • Legal Filings Show Walker Ousted GAB Chair After Board's Unanimous Vote to Proceed with John Doe Investigation
    April 16, 2014 - Chair's 2013 November Removal Followed June 2013 Unanimous Vote to Investigate MADISON, WI -- Just released filings related to the ongoing John Doe investigation into allegations of illegal coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and a host of conservative organizations show Gov. Walker withdrew his own 2011 appointment of then-Government Accountability Board Chair David Deininger following a unanimous vote by...
  • Gov. Walker's Tax Day Record: Failure on $80 Million 'Higher Ed, Lower Debt' Tax Relief Plan
    April 15, 2014 - While Billions Allocated by Walker to Corporations, Rich -- More Than 800,000 Student Loan Debtors Left Behind MADISON, WI -- With Gov. Scott Walker using "Tax Day" to announce his re-election campaign, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross railed against Walker for "his stunning lack of leadership" related to the stalled Higher Ed, Lower Debt student loan relief bill,...
  • Eight Million Reasons Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse on Walker Request to Hear Corruption Investigation
    April 14, 2014 - Club for Growth, WMC Spent Overwhelmingly on Behalf of Four Justice Conservative Majority MADISON, WI -- One Wisconsin Now has filed a formal letter with the seven justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, urging four of the court's justices to recuse themselves from a legal request by the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker related to the ongoing John Doe investigation...
  • Gov. Walker and Special Interest Pals Go Venue Shopping for Friendly Court
    April 11, 2014 - But Is a Majority of State Supreme Court Justices Too Friendly? MADISON, WI — Defense lawyers for Gov. Walker are reportedly appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and its right-wing majority, to try to protect him from prosecutors investigating alleged illegal coordination between his campaign and right-wing groups. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross questioned whether the conservative court...
  • Gov. Walker Continues to Ignore Nearly One Million Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers
    April 11, 2014 - Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act Would Restore Fairness for Borrowers, Boost State Economy MADISON, WI — The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding Gov. Walker’s announcement on University of Wisconsin tuition today: “If Gov. Walker really wanted to help Wisconsin families with higher education instead of grabbing a cheap headline he should demand...
  • National Equal Pay Day Update: Are Gov. Walker and GOP Making Wisconsin Less Equal?
    April 8, 2014 - Repeal of State Equal Pay Law, Inaction on Minimum Wage Not Helping Wisconsin Families MADISON, WI -- April 8 is National Equal Pay Day, the day when women's pay for the previous year equals men's. Unfortunately for Wisconsin women and their families, instead of taking steps to address this issue Gov. Walker and the Republican controlled legislature repealed the state...
  • National Progress Now 'March Badness' Tourney Reaches Finale
    April 4, 2014 - The Baddest of the Bad: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Versus Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett MADISON, WI and HARRISBURG, PA — The NCAA College basketball tournament is not the only high-stakes contest being played this weekend. The Progress Now network’s “March Badness” tournament -- featuring twenty of the most outrageous, radical, out of touch right-wingers in an online contest decided by...
  • Reported Central Figure in Scott Walker Administration "John Doe" Criminal Investigation Snags Newly Created State Job at $178,000 Annual Salary
    April 2, 2014 - Gov. Walker Confidant, Former Staffer, Lobbyist and New State Employee Has Long History of Involvement in Questionable Activity MADISON, WI -- Longtime Gov. Walker close confidant, lobbyist and former staffer, Jim Villa, has reportedly been named to a newly created state job that will pay him $178,000 a year. Gov. Walker is said to have given his personal recommendation of...
  • One Big National Crisis, Two Different Approaches From Wisconsin Congressional Representatives
    April 2, 2014 - Rep. Pocan to Offer Budget Amendment to Allow Refinancing of Student Loans to Fight $1.2 Trillion Crisis, Rep. Ryan Seeks to Slash Student Aid MADISON, WI — The $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis has drawn wildly divergent responses from two Wisconsin Congressional Representatives, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. In the House Committee on the Budget...
  • Former Scott Walker Deputy Chief of Staff Left Without a Seat For "Inner Circle" Game of Musical Chairs
    March 31, 2014 - Meanwhile Close Gov. Walker Confidant, Alleged Target of Secret Investigation Gets Personal Boost From Guv in Bid for Top State Job MADISON, WI — In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal, Gov. Walker’s former Milwaukee County Deputy Chief of Staff, Kelly Rindfleisch, alleges she has been shunned by GOP insiders and unable to find employment after her guilty...
  • Walker Turns Back on Public, Voting Rights
    March 27, 2014 - On Eve of Vegas Trip to Audition for Casino Magnate Money, Walker Rolls Back Wisconsinites Access to Franchise MADISON, WI -- Despite widespread public opposition, Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law new restrictions on early voting today. Walker's acquiescence to the latest racist, anti-voter scheme by Republicans eliminates weekend early voting in Wisconsin and outlaws municipalities offering citizens the...
  • Show Us The Money: One Wisconsin Now Demands Gov. Walker Release Details of Book Contract
    March 26, 2014 - Reports Say Walker Netting at Least $340,000 for Selling 16,000 Books About His Attack on Worker Rights in Wisconsin MADISON, WI -- Amidst reports that Gov. Walker was given an advance of over $340,000 for his poorly selling ghost-written book, One Wisconsin Now is calling on him to publicly release the details of the contract. "Gov. Walker looks to be...
  • Burke Plan: Is Relief in Sight for Student Loan Borrowers in Wisconsin?
    March 25, 2014 - Serious, Common Sense Student Loan Debt Reform Featured in Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke’s Comprehensive Jobs Plan MADISON, WI — Under Gov. Walker and the Republican state legislature, students have endured a 30% cut to technical colleges and will have paid over $200 million more in tuition over four years to attend University of Wisconsin systems schools. But according to One...
  • Will Gov. Walker Stop The Fraud?
    March 21, 2014 - Thousands of Wisconsinites, One Wisconsin Now Urging Veto of Racist, Hypocritical and Fraudulent Restrictions on Voting MADISON, WI — Late Thursday night the Assembly approved and sent to Gov. Scott Walker new restrictions on voting branded as “racist, hypocritical and fraudulent” by One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. In response One Wisconsin Institute is circulating an online petition, already...
  • Hypocritical, Racist and Fraudulent: Assembly Republicans Approve Imposing New Restrictions on Early Voting
    March 20, 2014 - 'It's Black and White What's Going On Here' MADISON, WI -- The State Assembly has once again attacked the right to vote in Wisconsin as Republicans today rammed through controversial legislation to impose new restrictions on early voting. The Senate approved the bill earlier in the week and it now makes its way to Gov. Walker for his signature or...
  • How Can One Bill Be So Bad? Early Voting Rollback Features GOP Hypocrisy, Racism and Fraud
    March 20, 2014 - Republican Politicians Seek to Rig the System, Leave Urban and Minority Voters With Unequal Access to the Franchise MADISON, WI -- The latest proposal to roll back voter rights in Wisconsin, Senate Bill 324, hits the trifecta of hypocrisy, racism and fraud according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. The bill, as passed by the Senate and scheduled...
  • Are Early Voting Restrictions Just Another "Inner City" Issue to Rep. Paul Ryan?
    March 19, 2014 - U.S. Rep. Ryan’s Choice: Stand Up for Right to Vote or Serve as Silent Accomplice to Latest GOP Election Fraud MADISON, WI — U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (WI-1) has been in the news lately for dog-whistle racist comments about “inner city” culture. With Republican state legislators poised to pass new restrictions on early voting, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot...
  • The GOP's Electoral Equation: Early Voting Restrictions = Longer Lines and Less Voting
    March 19, 2014 - Urban Areas Would be Hit Hard by Latest Republican Attempt to Manipulate Rules on Voting for Unfair Partisan Advantage MADISON, WI — An analysis of early voting patterns in Wisconsin in 2012 shows that longer waits for voters would have resulted had state Republican’s efforts to restrict the hours of early voting been in place. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director...
  • Assembly GOP to Wisconsin Voters: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
    March 18, 2014 - 43 of 60 Assembly Republicans Who Control the Fate of Early Voting Restrictions Bill Have Voted Early MADISON, WI -- The focus of the debate over new restrictions on early voting in Wisconsin moves to the State Assembly this week, where over 71% of the members of the Republican majority have themselves voted early. According to records maintained by the...
  • Wisconsin Republicans Add Hypocrisy to Early Vote Plan, Target Minorities, Seniors, Students and Persons With Disabilities With New Restrictions
    March 17, 2014 - Republicans All for Equal Access to the Franchise, Just So Long as That 
Voter is a Likely Republican MADISON, WI — A June 2012 news report in the Wall Street Journal featured a look at the efforts of Gov. Walker and other right wing groups to target Republicans to vote early in the 2012 recall elections, and speculated it could...
  • Will Gov. Walker's Ethical Flip-Flop Pay Big in Vegas?
    March 14, 2014 - Campaign Pledge Cast Aside as Governor Tests His Luck Wooing Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson MADISON, WI -- In previous campaigns, Scott Walker touted legislation he introduced to "ban political contributions from gambling interests." Now, with presidential ambition dancing in his head, Gov. Walker is headed to Las Vegas to try to double down on the $250,000 contribution he received in...
  • 15 GOP Senators Supporting Attack on Early Voting Have Themselves Voted Early
    March 13, 2014 - Their Vote on Bill, 'An Almost Unbelievable Act of Hypocrisy' MADISON, WI -- A review of publicly available records reveals 15 of the 17 state Senators who supported legislation to restrict early voting hours in Wisconsin have themselves voted early. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross decried the hypocrisy these GOP Senators have piled on top of the disdain...
  • Senate GOP Extends Time for Lobbyists to Give Them Money, Rolls Back Voting Hours for Rest of Us
    March 12, 2014 - 'A Damning Indictment of Their Disdain for Democracy' MADISON, WI -- Despite bipartisan opposition, the Senate Republican majority today rammed through bills to extend the time period for lobbyists representing special interests to make campaign donations and restrict the hours of early voting on weekdays and outlaw early voting on weekends. The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now...
  • GOP Effort to Roll Back Early Voting Creates Additional Barriers to Franchise for Elderly, Persons With Disabilities and Urban Voters
    March 11, 2014 - 'Especially Despicable for Making it Harder for the Most Vulnerable in Our Society to Exercise Their Constitutional Right to the Franchise' MADISON, WI -- Legislation before the state Senate today to severely restrict early in-person voting and ban weekend voting in Wisconsin could create more hurdles for minorities, seniors and persons with disabilities who want to exercise their state constitutional...
  • Breaking Media Report: Walker Mulls Special Session if Racist Voter ID Law Overturned By Court
    March 11, 2014 - ‘Making Voting More Complicated and Less Convenient for Legal Voters in Wisconsin is Such a Priority He’ll Call a Special Session’ MADISON, WI — A breaking media report indicates that Gov. Walker is mulling a special session of the legislature in the event his voter ID law -- estimated to disenfranchise 300,000 legal voters, overwhelmingly the elderly and minorities --...
  • Senate Agenda for Tuesday: Bad for Voters, Good for Special Interest Lobbyists
    March 10, 2014 - Community Groups Vow to Not Be Silenced, Denounce Anti-Voter Agenda MADISON, WI -- The proposed calendar of bills up for debate in the state Senate on Tuesday is rife with measures to reduce voters' access to the franchise while increasing legislators' access to special interest money. Representatives of community groups from the Coalition to Protect Wisconsin Elections denounced the latest...
  • Sen. Grothman Takes on... Sen. Grothman in Debate Over Voter Rights
    March 7, 2014 - Right Wing Senator Debates Himself in Latest Attempt to Roll Back Wisconsin Voter Rights MADISON, WI — Sen. Glenn Grothman is vigorously debating himself of all people over why his latest attack on voting rights in Wisconsin is needed. Grothman previously argued that widespread voting impropriety, a charge for which he was forced to publicly admit he had no actual...
  • Senate Republicans Gives Themselves A Second Vote to Make It Harder for The Rest of Us to Cast a Ballot
    March 6, 2014 - Revive Measure Outlawing Extended Voting Hours, Manage to Make a Bad Bill Even Worse In Renewed Attack on Voting Rights MADISON, WI -- Last month the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs, by a 3-2 vote, rejected proposed legislation to ban extended hours of in-person voting. Assembly Bill 54 rejected by the committee would have outlawed in-person voting...
  • National Coalition Seeks Solutions to $1.2 Trillion Student Loan Debt Crisis and to Restore Fairness for Borrowers
    March 6, 2014 - In Wisconsin, Support Grows for State Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act to Help Borrowers MADISON, WI — A new national coalition, Higher Ed Not Debt, is bringing advocates and borrowers together in a campaign to restore fairness to a student loan system gone horribly awry. On the March 6 “Day of Action” legislators, advocates and borrowers gathered to call for...
  • Corporate Special Interests Launch Desperate Attempt to Provide Cover for Gov. Walker Worker Wage Increase Blunder
    March 5, 2014 - Cite Corporate Lobbyist Run Think Tank in Propaganda Campaign to Keep Down Worker Wages MADISON, WI -- Efforts to help thousands of hard working Wisconsinites lift themselves out of poverty with an increase in the state minimum wage have found broad support according to credible public opinion research in Wisconsin. A serious blunder by Gov. Walker, declaring efforts to raise...
  • Gov. Scott Walker's Friend: 'Rape Culture Does Not Exist' Author David Hookstead
    February 26, 2014 - Campaign Website Prominently Features Praise From Notorious Misogynist MADISON, WI — Recently released documents from a secret "John Doe" investigation of close aides and associates of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have contained embarrassing revelations of racism, sexism, homophobia and derogatory remarks about the mentally ill. But the latest, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, comes from Walker’s...
  • Bombshell New Report Casts Doubt on Gov. Walker's Denial of Secret Email System in Governor's Office
    February 25, 2014 - Report Cites Source Confirming Use of Laptops and Personal Emails by Key Members of Governor's State Staff MADISON, WI -- A new report raises questions about the veracity of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's denial of the existence of a secret email system in the Governor's office. An article posted today on UrbanMilwaukee.com reports that a source with knowledge of the...
  • Lack of DMV Access and Absence of Widespread Voting Impropriety Among Reasons to Reject Racist Voter ID Law
    February 24, 2014 - State Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Law That Could Keep 300,000 Legal Wisconsin Voters From the Polls MADISON, WI -- On Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court will hear two cases challenging a voter ID law that, if implemented, would disenfranchise an estimated 300,000 otherwise legal voters. One Wisconsin Institute has filed an amicus brief as part of one...
  • Records Reveal Private School Voucher Industry Lobbyist Wrote Latest Republican Bill Proposing to "Regulate" Voucher Industry
    February 14, 2014 - Free Rein for School Privatization Cartel Under Gov. Walker's Administration MADISON, WI -- A review of legislative drafting files by One Wisconsin Now has uncovered legislation claiming to impose new accountability requirements on schools participating in the private school voucher program was written by the lobbyist for the school privatization industry. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, "While...
  • Borrowers, Students, Experts and Legislators Call for Action on Student Loan Debt Crisis
    February 11, 2014 - Broad Support for Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act at Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee Hearing MADISON, WI — Following a packed hearing before the state Senate last week, a large crowd of student loan borrowers, experts and legislators provided testimony to the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee on Monday in support of Assembly Bill 498, the Higher Ed, Lower Debt...
  • Momentum Builds for Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act as State Assembly Schedules Committee Hearing
    February 6, 2014 - Assembly Bill 498 Offers Common Sense Solutions to Help Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers and State Economy MADISON, WI -- Momentum continues to grow for legislation to help Wisconsin borrowers better manage their student debt with the State Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities announcing a public hearing on the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act, Assembly Bill 498. The Assembly announcement...
  • Senate Committee Hears From Experts and Borrowers on Student Loan Debt Crisis
    February 5, 2014 - Proposed Legislation Offers Common Sense Solutions to help Over 750,000 State Residents Better Manage Their Student Loan Debt MADISON, WI — A standing room only crowd packed the room to share their stories and call for action on the student loan debt crisis at today’s Senate committee hearing on the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act, Senate Bill 376. One Wisconsin...
  • Senate Republicans Seek to Burnish Anti-Voter Credentials With New Ban on Evening and Weekend Early Voting
    February 4, 2014 - GOP’s Racist Zeal to Limit Voting in Urban Areas Would Make Participation Less Convenient for Everyone MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Republicans continue to build on their shameful record on voter rights, today considering legislation that would ban communities from offering early voting in the evening after 6pm or on weekends. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted the legislation,...
  • Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act to Receive Public Hearing in State Senate Universities and Technical Colleges Committee
    January 31, 2014 - Chance for Student Loan Borrowers to Share Their Stories and Support Bill to Restore Fairness to System MADISON, WI -- An innovative state solution to help tackle the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis will take a first step forward toward becoming a reality in Wisconsin with a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges. One...
  • Will Wisconsin Senate GOP Advance Bill to Repeal Weekend?
    January 30, 2014 - What Will State Legislators Choose? Latest Business Lobbyist Driven Attack on Workers or Initiatives to Actually Help Boost Wisconsin Worker Pay MADISON, WI -- State Senator Glenn Grothman, a close confederate of Gov. Scott Walker, convened a legislative committee hearing today on legislation he authored to repeal a nearly century-old day of rest requirement for manufacturing industry employees. In testimony...
  • Don't Let Student Loan Debt Crisis Keep American Dream From Becoming a Reality
    January 28, 2014 - System Should Reward Hard Work and Personal Responsibility With Fair Shot at Middle Class MADISON, WI -- In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama spoke to the need for greater access and affordability in higher education and job training. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, whose organization has done groundbreaking state and national research on the...
  • The State of the Finances of Student Loan Borrowers: In Crisis
    January 28, 2014 - President Obama's State of the Union Can Boost Reforms to Restore Fairness for Millions of Hard Working Americans MADISON, WI -- The state of the finances of nearly 40 million Americans with an estimated $1.2 trillion in student loan debt is in crisis, according to One Wisconsin Now's Executive Director Scot Ross. His organization's original research in Wisconsin and nationally...
  • Wisconsin Student Calls for Action on $1.2 Trillion Higher Ed Debt Crisis in Advance of President Obama's State of the Union
    January 28, 2014 - ‘We Aren’t Asking For a Handout, But We Are Asking For a Fair Shot’ MADISON, WI — Saul Newton started college at UW-Stevens Point and currently attends UW-Waukesha County. Saul was relying on financial aid and student loans to help cover his costs. But as aid remained stagnant Saul’s tuition at UW-Stevens Point jumped $1,600. Even though he worked several...
  • Profiles in Losing Touch: Gov. Walker Terms Efforts to Give Hardworking State Families a Raise a 'Stunt'
    January 24, 2014 - In His Over 20 Years in Government Scott Walker Has Collected $1.5 Million Plus in Taxpayer Funded Salary MADISON, WI -- Gov. Scott Walker has received over $1.5 million in salary, generous health care benefits for himself and his family, courtesy of state taxpayers. Yesterday, in an appearance before a political special interest group to promote a new trickle down economic...
  • State of the State: Missed Opportunity
    January 23, 2014 - By Scot Ross The annual "State of the State" address delivered by Gov. Scott Walker was given amidst news that the Wisconsin state budget, like those in many other states, is projected to run a surplus. But for too many hard-working Wisconsin family budgets there's not the same good news -- and the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis is...
  • Wisconsin Republicans Consider Law Changes to Make Voting More Complicated and Less Convenient... Again
    January 23, 2014 - 'Ending Attacks on the Rights of Legal Voters Apparently Not Among GOP New Year's Resolutions' The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding Senate and Assembly Republicans latest proposals, Senate Bill 459 and Assembly Bill 608, to make voting more complicated and less convenient for legal voters in Wisconsin: "Ending attacks on the rights...
  • Gov. Walker's Latest Tax Scheme Misses Opportunity to Help With Student Loan Debt Crisis
    January 22, 2014 - Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act Could Provide Over $500 Per Year in Relief to Hundreds of Thousands of Hard Working Wisconsinites MADISON, WI -- Missing from the reported details of the latest tax scheme to be unveiled by Gov. Walker in this evening's "State of the State" address is any help for Wisconsin borrowers caught in the $1.2 trillion student...
  • Gov. Walker's Administration Asks: 'How Can We Love You More?' Corporate Special Interest ALEC Provides Answers.
    January 21, 2014 - Outlines of Latest Walker Tax Scheme Telegraphs Massive Tax Shift From Wealthy and Corporations to Middle Class MADISON, WI -- In a closed-to-the-public meeting convened by the Walker administration, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and head of the state Revenue Department, Kleefisch asked of the assembled corporate special interests in the room, "how can we love you more?" On the eve...
  • Gov. Walker Set to Travel to Nebraska to Campaign For a 'Friend'
    January 16, 2014 - Gubernatorial Candidate Pete Ricketts and Family Donated $420,000 to Help Fight Walker’s 2012 Recall MADISON, WI — Media reports from Omaha, Nebraska say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be traveling there on January 27th to campaign on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts. Ricketts is a multi-millionaire with a reported distaste for paying his fair share of taxes. He...
  • Brava Magazine Tabs One Wisconsin Now's Analiese Eicher One of 2014's 'Women to Watch'
    January 15, 2014 - MADISON, WI -- Madison's Brava Magazine has named One Wisconsin Now's Program and Development Director, Analiese Eicher, one of 2014's "Women to Watch." Eicher will be honored at an event tonight, along with fellow "Women to Watch," for enriching the community and providing an example for all of empowered women. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, "We're incredibly...
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls For Investigation of Rep. Kleefisch's Attempt to Slash Child Support Payments For Major Campaign Contributor
    January 14, 2014 - Request to Waukesha County DA: 'Has Rep. Kleefisch Veered Outside Bounds of What is Legal?' MADISON, WI -- The whole affair of Rep. Joel Kleefisch drafting a bill at the direction of a major campaign contributor to slash his child support payments with a change in state law reeks of impropriety. One Wisconsin Now today requested Waukesha County District Attorney...
  • WMC 'Survey' Finds Big Corporate Elites Overwhelmingly Approve of Gov. Walker Pandering to Them
    January 10, 2014 - For the Rest of Us, Wisconsin Economy Lags Behind Neighboring States and National Averages MADISON, WI — Asking corporate special interests, “how can we love you more?” in closed-door meetings may be paying off with adulation from corporate CEOs for Gov. Walker’s Administration, but for the rest of us the state economy continues to lag the nation and region in...
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and... Bigots?
    January 9, 2014 - Did State Big Business Lobby Help Fund Right-Wing, Anti-Gay and Anti-Women's Health Groups? MADISON, WI -- A recent media report on right-wing funding revealed that the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Issues Mobilization Council, Inc. funneled nearly $1 million into a funding stream that resulted in over $1.2 million going to far right- wing groups promoting discrimination based on sexual preference...
  • U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Attack on Affordable Care Act Tagged as 'Political Stunt', Even by Fellow Republicans
    January 6, 2014 - People Deserve Answers: Who’s Footing the Bill for Johnson’s Quest to Bring Back Lifetime Caps and Denying Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions? MADISON, WI — The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding a lawsuit attacking provisions of the Affordable Care Act announced today by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: “Who would have thought...
  • Video of Secret Meeting Reveals Gov. Walker's Top Campaign Donor's Wish List
    January 3, 2014 - She'd Like to Pay Less than Zero in Taxes, and Keep It Secret From the Public MADISON, WI — After reviewing the video of a closed-to-the-public meeting with business representatives on state taxes in Beloit, obtained by One Wisconsin Now, Executive Director Scot Ross said it’s clear why the public and media was excluded. In addition to business representatives, at...
  • "Public Input" Walker Style: Administration Shutting Out Media and Public From Invite Only Meetings With Big Business to Talk Tax Policy
    December 17, 2013 - What Else Would You Expect From an Administration That Doled Out Billions in Tax Breaks to Wealthy and Corporations While Cutting Public Education and Health Care? MADISON, WI — While claiming they will seek public input for an unspecified new scheme on state taxes, the administration of Gov. Walker is barring the media and general public from invite only, closed...
  • Taker, Not a Maker: Wisconsin State GOP Legislator Plagiarizes Three GOP Congressional Representatives in Announcement of Proposed State Legislation
    December 16, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Calls on Rep. Joel Kleefisch to Apologize for Plagiarism, Using His Own Words MADISON, WI — One Wisconsin Now is calling on State Representative Joel Kleefisch to, in his own words, apologize for plagiarizing three Republican U.S. Representatives in a recent legislative co-sponsorship memo on a proposed state bill allowing employers to replace overtime pay with compensatory...
  • New Study Shows How System Squeezes Students and Families, Increasing Debt for Higher Ed and Job Training
    December 13, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Calls for Restoring Fairness to Student Loan System MADISON, WI — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said a new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) points to the need for state legislation to help borrowers better manage student loan debt and help make their education or job training “pay.” The benefit, according to Ross...
  • One Wisconsin Now to Gov. Walker: "Governor, Tear Down Your Wall of Secrecy"
    December 13, 2013 - Calls on Gov. Walker to Direct Lt. Gov. to Release Her Secret Video of Appearance Before Corporate Special Interests in Beloit MADISON, WI — Gov. Walker is publicizing multiple “forums” across the state where, at his direction, top administration officials talk tax policy changes with big business representatives. At the first stop in Beloit that featured Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Seeks Video of Lieutenant Governor's Closed Door Meeting on Tax Policy With Big Business Leaders, Secretary of Revenue
    December 11, 2013 - Asks: “What is Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch Trying to Hide?” MADISON, WI — One Wisconsin Now today filed a request under the state open records law for video reportedly taken by a state employee of a roundtable event on state tax policy including Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, the Secretary of the Department of Revenue and representatives of Beloit area businesses....
  • One Wisconsin Now Says: "Don't Be a Scrooge!"
    December 6, 2013 - Celebrate the Holidays With Fellow Progressives and Show Gov. Walker the True Spirit of the Holidays With a Toy Donation MADISON, WI -- In the wake of Gov. Walker's recent, controversial campaign e-mail encouraging contributions to him instead of buying holiday presents for children, One Wisconsin Now is offering a special deal for tickets to its progressive holiday party and...
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on State Politicians to Honor Memory of Nelson Mandela With Actions, Not Just Words
    December 6, 2013 - End Attacks on Right to Vote to Truly Honor Memory of Mandela MADISON, WI -- One Wisconsin Now released the following statements in commemoration and honor of the passing of Nelson Mandela: "Above all else, Nelson Mandela sacrificed and persevered to achieve peace and equality for the people of his nation. "As we remember and celebrate his unparalleled victories for...
  • Wisconsin Joins National Top Ten... Of Percentage of State Students Graduating With Debt
    December 5, 2013 - New National Data Adds Urgency to Need for Action on Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act MADISON, WI   The results of a new state-by-state survey by the Institute for College Access and Success show Wisconsin has the eighth highest percentage of college graduates with student loan debt in the nation, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One...
  • Newly Minted State Representative Who Filed Bankruptcy Over Unpaid Medical Bills Casts Her First Vote to Strip Health Care from 83,000 Poorest Wisconsinites
    December 4, 2013 - 'Shocking Lack of Empathy for Those Less Fortunate' MADISON, WI -- On her first official day as a State Representative, Jessie Rodriguez cast her vote to strip eligibility for health insurance from an estimated 83,000 Wisconsinites at or below the federal poverty line, currently $11,490 for a single individual. Adding to the shocking lack of empathy for those less fortunate...
  • Another Supporter for the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act
    December 3, 2013 - Greendale Village President John Hermes Announces Support for Groundbreaking State Student Loan Debt Legislation MADISON, WI -- Greendale Village President and Assembly candidate John Hermes has added his name to the growing list of supporters of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act -- groundbreaking legislation in Wisconsin to help combat the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis. Over 750,000 Wisconsinites...
  • Opportunity to Help Student Loan Borrowers Knocks for Assembly Representatives-Elect
    November 22, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Calls on Soon to be Representatives Rodriguez and Kulp to Bring Fairness for Student Loan Borrowers MADISON, WI -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross today called on State Representatives-elect Jessie Rodriguez and Bob Kulp to join 54 soon to be colleagues and publicly support the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act. The first in the...
  • Gov. Walker Offers New Explanation to National Media for Departure From College Without Degree
    November 20, 2013 - Does Latest Story Show Gov. Walker Intimidated by the Truth About His Past? MADISON, WI — As Gov. Walker's national tour promoting his new book, Unintimidated, rolls on he is offering a new explanation to the national media about the reasons for his lack of a college degree, despite spending four years at Marquette University. One Wisconsin Now Executive...
  • One Wisconsin Now Responds to Public Release of Gov. Walker's Book
    November 19, 2013 - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words MADISON, WI -- The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding the public release of Gov. Scott Walker's book today: "Many words have and will be spoken about Gov. Walker's book. For today, we'll let this picture, that really captures the essence of what he is...
  • Serial Deadbeat Michael Schraa Passes 'Declare You're Poor if You Want to Vote' Bill
    November 15, 2013 - Despicable Voter ID Bill's Author Has Long List of Legal Woes Related to Unpaid Bills, Unpaid Taxes, Business Failures, Stiffing Workers of Wages MADISON, WI -- Last night the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a reprehensible piece of voter suppression legislation authored by Rep. Michael Schraa that would require poor people to publicly declare their poverty in order to vote without...
  • Special Interest Shenanigans in 21st Assembly District
    November 15, 2013 - Did Special Interest Campaign Benefactors Conspire to Gerrymander District Lines for Benefit of Assembly Candidate Jessie Rodriguez? MADISON, WI -- National and local school privatization special interests have been spending big money to elect their favored candidate, Jessie Rodriguez, in the 21st Assembly District. But did they also use their access to top GOP leadership to influence the drawing of...
  • Assembly GOP Set to Wrap Up Fall Session With Attacks on Wisconsin Voter Rights
    November 14, 2013 - No Clearer Example of Fraud in Wisconsin Than GOP’s Attempt to Rig Voting Rules for Partisan Advantage MADISON, WI -- Nearly a year before Election Day 2014, Assembly Republicans are hard at work manipulating the rules on voting to give themselves an unfair partisan advantage. On the final day of the 2013 floor session, the Assembly GOP majority will forgo...
  • Wisconsin Ensnared in $83 Million National Propaganda and Privatization Web Spun by Radical Right-Wing Funders
    November 13, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Report Reveals State and National Dark Money Forces Behind Education Privatization Campaign MADISON, WI -- "S is For Shill," a new report from One Wisconsin Now, in association with the Progress Now network and the Center for Media and Democracy, exposes a web of right-wing funders advancing a radical privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front...
  • Eau Claire Community Talks Higher Ed, Lower Debt
    November 12, 2013 - First of Its Kind State-Based Student Loan Debt Legislation Discussed at Community Forum MADISON, WI -- In addition to being the site of a University of Wisconsin System campus, the Eau Claire area is home to thousands of the estimated 753,000 Wisconsinites with federal student loan debt. Monday evening, One Wisconsin Institute hosted the first in a series of...
  • Wisconsin Election Fraud Alert: Assembly GOP Changing Voting Rules to Give Themselves Partisan Political Benefit
    November 12, 2013 - 'None of These Measures Will Prevent Voting Impropriety, And They're Not Intended To'  MADISON, WI -- Undeterred by court rulings declaring previous election law changes unconstitutional and continuing federal court action on the voter ID law, Assembly Republicans today advanced new restrictions on voting that will decrease access to the franchise in Wisconsin. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross...
  • Nearly 15,000 Sign Up to Tell Gov. Walker and Big Business Lobby: "Respect Wisconsin Women"
    November 9, 2013 - We'd All Be Better Off if Walker and Special Interest Allies Put Away the Checkbooks, Stop Courting the Tea Party and Start Respecting Wisconsin Women MADISON, WI — Nearly 15,000 individuals have voiced their opposition to the anti-woman agenda of Gov. Walker and the state big business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, signing an online petition telling them to,...
  • Assembly GOP Attempts to Resuscitate Voter ID Law
    November 6, 2013 - Latest Proposal ‘Shockingly Undemocratic and Fundamentally Un-American MADISON, WI -- The latest attempt by legislative Republicans to resuscitate a voter ID law that would potentially disenfranchise an estimated 300,000 legal Wisconsin voters was considered by the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections today. The previous voter ID law enacted by Gov. Walker and the GOP is currently enjoined from enforcement...
  • Republicans' Latest Witch Hunt Against Voting in Wisconsin Gets Hearing in State Senate
    October 31, 2013 - No Disguising Racism in GOP Effort to Roll Back Early Voting MADISON, WI — Not to be outdone by Assembly Republican's reintroduction of a voter ID bill that could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, Wisconsin State Senate Republicans launched their own witch-hunt against voter rights in Wisconsin today. Senate Bill 324, limiting the hours of early voting in Wisconsin,...
  • New Republican Voter ID Bill Nothing More Than 'James Crow, Esq.'
    October 31, 2013 - Hundreds of Thousands of Legal Voters Could Be Denied Constitutional Right to the Franchise in Latest Republican Legal Voter Suppression Scheme MADISON, WI — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the latest Republican effort to suppress the votes of legal voters through a “revised” voter identification bill. This latest attack on voter rights comes as...
  • Will Assembly Republicans Give Halloween Treat to Their Big Money Campaign Donors?
    October 29, 2013 - Bill Under Consideration Would Hide Information About Millions in Campaign Cash From Public MADISON, WI -- Just in time for Halloween, the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections is moving forward with a bill to give a special treat to big campaign donors by rolling back campaign fundraising transparency laws. Assembly Bill 378, being given a public hearing by the...
  • Latest Enrollment Statistics Expose Unaccountable Private School Voucher Expansion Scam
    October 29, 2013 - 'A Far-Right Driven Effort to Privatize Schools and Satisfy the Wealthy Campaign Contributors and Well-Connected Special Interests Behind It' MADISON, WI -- The state Department of Public Instruction today released official enrollment counts for students in the expanded private school voucher program. Nearly 80% of students participating in the program this year did not attend a Wisconsin public school last...
  • GOP Fatcats Pick A Side in State Assembly Race
    October 21, 2013 - Despite Competing Candidates With Same Extreme Views, Big Bucks From GOP Linked Special Interest Group Goes to Boost Campaign of Insiders' Hand-Picked Candidate in 21st Assembly District Madison, WI -- A five-way Republican primary in the 21st Assembly District in Southeastern Wisconsin, in which all candidates boast similar right-wing extremist bona fides, hasn't prevented GOP bigwigs from pushing aside the...
  • Higher Ed, Lower Debt: Common Sense State Solutions for Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers
    October 16, 2013 - 'Huge Step to Keep the Student Loan Debt Crisis From Becoming a Full-Blown Economic Catastrophe' Madison, WI -- Student loan debt is currently burdening nearly 40 million hard working Americans with an estimated $1.2 trillion in debt. New legislation announced today by Wisconsin State Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) could bring common sense relief for the...
  • Gov. Walker Doubles Down on Desperation With Latest Tax Scheme to Try to Boost Sagging Prospects
    October 14, 2013 - Walker Asks for Hastily Concocted $1.08 Tax Scheme to Be Drafted As Bill on the Same Day Announced At Press Conference Madison, WI -- It may be thirteen months before he stands for re-election as Wisconsin Governor, but Scott Walker and his special interest allies are already in full panic mode. According to legislative records obtained by One Wisconsin Now, Gov....
  • Latest Walker Tax Scheme Fails to Deliver for Wisconsin Homeowners
    October 10, 2013 - Translates Into Measly $1.08 Per Month For Average State Homeowner Madison, WI -- In an appearance in Wisconsin today, Gov. Walker unveiled a new tax scheme he claimed would help Wisconsin homeowners and called for passing a bill within the next ten days. But according to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the average Wisconsin homeowner would save a mere $13,...
  • From Bad to Worse: Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble Calls for Cuts to Social Security in Exchange for Federal Fiscal Deal
    October 9, 2013 - Congressional Representative Whose Businesses Paid No Taxes For a Decade Wants to Cut Retiree Benefits as Part of Long-Term U.S. Debt Deal Madison, WI -- In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner dated October 8th, U.S. Representative Reid Ribble advocates for using the Tea Party driven government shutdown he has voted for as a means to attack...
  • Government Shutdown Doesn't Deter Duffy's D.C. Cash Grab
    October 9, 2013 - U.S. Representative Sean Duffy To Attend $1,000 Per Person Dinner Tonight At Special Interest Lobbyists' Home Madison, WI -- While voting to shut down the federal government it appears U.S. Representative Sean Duffy is keeping his campaign's fundraising operation open for business. On the ninth day of the Tea Party initiated federal government shutdown, Duffy is slated to appear at a...
  • Creating Barriers to Voting Instead of Jobs, GOP Gets to Work on Fall Agenda
    October 9, 2013 - Assembly Committee Gives Public Hearing to Bill Limiting Early Voting Madison, WI -- Noting that the real fraud in Wisconsin when it comes to voting is partisan politicians manipulating the rules for their own benefit, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director denounced Assembly Bill 54 (AB 54) authored by GOP Rep. Duey Stroebel to limit the hours of early voting and end...
  • Facts Are Facts. Gov. Walker's Agenda an Abysmal Failure for Wisconsin
    October 7, 2013 - Instead of Owning Up to His Failure, Walker Turns to Special Interests in Desperate Big Money Effort to Re-Write History Madison, WI -- As Gov. Scott Walker and the right wing noise machine shift into overdrive in their efforts to boost sagging opinion of his job performance, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that, try as they might, the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Van Hollen Announcement
    October 7, 2013 - 'Wisconsin's Most Partisan, Political AG Heads Out the Door with Dubious Legacy,' Says One WI Now Madison, WI -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Attorney General JB Van Hollen's announcement this morning he would not run for re-election. One Wisconsin Now has gathered thousands of signatures demanding Van Hollen investigate the ongoing United Sportsmen...
  • Suder Shuffles Off the State and On To Special Interests' Payroll
    October 3, 2013 - 'The Plot Thickens' As Central Figure in Walker-Suder-United Sportsmen Scandal Gets Another New Job Madison, WI -- Mere days before he was slated to start a $94,000 a year job in the Walker administration, it was announced today that former Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder has taken a different job as a special interest lobbyist. Suder is a central figure...
  • Grothman Has a Secret: Our Big Money is None of Your Business
    October 3, 2013 - Right Wing Senator's Bill to Hide Big Money Contributor Information From Public Gets Hearing in Senate Committee Madison, WI -- A bill written by State Senator Glenn Grothman, and sponsored exclusively by Republican state legislators, to roll back campaign finance disclosure requirements was given a public hearing today in the Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs. One Wisconsin Now Executive...
  • Governor Walker to Big Business Lobby: 'Thanks a Million'
    October 2, 2013 - In State for the Day, Walker Set to Address Special Interests Running TV Ads to Try to Boost His Sagging Political Fortunes Madison, WI -- Gov. Walker is in Wisconsin for the day and was scheduled to address a meeting of the state big business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), amid reports they are extending their pro-Walker television ad buy...
  • United Sportsmen Official Offered Free Two-Day Fishing Excursion to Author of Sweetheart Deal
    September 30, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Files Complaint Over Possible State Ethics Law Violations: ‘We Cannot Allow the State Ethics Laws To Be the ‘One That Got Away’ Madison, WI -- The author of a sweetheart deal worth potentially millions of dollars for a politically-connected organization was offered a free, two-day Lake Michigan fishing excursion by the lobbyist and Executive Director for the group,...
  • Latest Job Numbers Show Wisconsin Continues to Lag Behind Nation in Job Creation Under Gov. Walker
    September 26, 2013 - 'It's Clear The Only 250,000 Number He'll Achieve in His Term is 250,000 Frequent Flier Miles' Madison, WI -- The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a new round of national job numbers. According to the data, Wisconsin ranks in the bottom third of states and significantly lags the national job growth rate. The following are the statements of...
  • Corporate Pals at WMC Drop Another $440,000 to Prop Up Gov. Walker's Plummeting Poll Numbers
    September 24, 2013 - More Than $800,000 Spent Well Over a Year Before Walker to Face Voters Madison, WI -- The big business special interest lobby at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has now bought over $800,000 in deceptive television advertisements to boost the sagging poll numbers of Gov. Scott Walker. After dropping $380,000 two weeks ago, WMC has upped its spending another $440,000 as...
  • While Gov. Walker Jets to New York to Hob Nob With Billionaires to Pursue Presidential Ambitions Low Income Wisconsinites Getting Notices They're Losing Their Healthcare
    September 23, 2013 - 'Damning Indictment of the Priorities of Gov. Walker' Madison - Today Gov. Walker "jets" to New York to attend a fundraiser, hosted by Woody Johnson, billionaire owner of the New York Jets football team, for the benefit of the Republican National Committee. Meanwhile back in Wisconsin, news outlets are reporting that the Walker administration is mailing letters to approximately 92,000...
  • Walker Claims Ignorance On Sweetheart Deal for Group That Endorsed Him
    September 19, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now to Walker: ‘Far Past Time to Truthfully Answer The Questions About What Did He Know, And When Did He Know It' Madison --  As part of his 2013-15 state budget Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a provision directing a $500,000 taxpayer funded grant to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin, a group that endorsed him in his 2012...
  • Top GOP Legislator on Gov. Walker's Sleazy United Sportsmen Deal: 'The Process Has Worked'
    September 18, 2013 - Madison -- Almost daily new revelations have raised serious questions about the propriety and legality of Gov. Walker and Republican legislators inclusion of a sweetheart deal in the state budget that would have given $500,000 of taxpayer money to a group that endorsed Walker in his recall election. In the face of mounting questions and rising public outrage, Gov. Walker...
  • One Wisconsin Now to Join 'Public Education Is a Civil Right' March, Rally
    September 18, 2013 - Saturday Milwaukee Event Includes Parents, Educators, Students from Across State in Support of Public Schools Madison --  One Wisconsin Now will join public education supporters from across the state at Saturday's 'Public Education Is a Civil Right' march and rally beginning at Milwaukee High School at 10:30 a.m. One Wisconsin Now research has shown that the systematic assault on our...
  • New Developments In United Sportsmen Scandal Greet Gov. Walker Upon Return to Wisconsin From Latest Political Junket
    September 17, 2013 - Key GOP Donor Lobbies Legislative Leaders for Rigged Bid Weeks Before Budget Amendment Introduced and Central Player in Scandal Gets 88% Raise and New Job in Walker Administration Madison, Wis. --  According to a campaign spokesperson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be arriving back in the state today from a trip to the key GOP 2016 presidential primary state of...
  • Air Walker, Frequent Flyer
    September 13, 2013 - News Outlet's Review of Gov. Walker's Taxpayer Funded Travel Found 44 of State Plane Trips Between Walker's Suburban Milwaukee Home and Madison Alone in First Half of 2013 Madison, Wis. -- Gov. Walker has ditched the brown bag and four-door Saturn featured in his 2010 campaign ads for state taxpayer funded airplane travel, according to a report this week in the...
  • Scandal Surrounding Gov. Walker's Attempt to Reward Political Allies Deepens
    September 10, 2013 - 'Far Past Time for Gov. Walker to Answer the Mounting Questions' Madison, Wis. — The scandal surrounding Gov. Walker's attempt to reward an organization that endorsed him in his 2012 recall election with $500,000 in state tax dollars in the 2013-15 budget continues to grow. Breaking news reports today reveal that the group in question may in fact be a for-profit corporation...
  • Gov. Walker on Line One: Wisconsin Gov. Phones Home From Political Junket in Washington State to Cancel Sleazy Deal
    September 6, 2013 - 'Gov. Walker Got His Hand Caught in the Cookie Jar' Madison -- A $500,000 taxpayer funded state grant to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin has generated increasing controversy over the last several weeks as serious questions were raised about how the grant process was rigged to make sure it went to a politically connected GOP front group and the trustworthiness of...
  • Could State Grant to GOP 'Outdoor' Group Be Used to Help Boost Republican Political Campaigns?
    September 5, 2013 - Loophole in the Law and Track Record of Group Getting the Grant Say Yes Madison -- Could a state grant slipped into the budget by the former Assembly Majority Leader, signed into law by Gov. Walker and rushed through the approval process by the Walker administration be used to help support partisan political activity? A loophole inserted into the budget...
  • Gov. Walker Jets to Seattle, Washington For Speech ... Meanwhile in Wisconsin Over 6,100 Citizens Demand He Follow Campaign Fundraising Disclosure Rules
    September 5, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now and Citizens Demand Sanctions for Over 7,500 Instances of Walker Campaign Failing to Follow Campaign Disclosure Law Madison -- According to reports, Gov. Walker has reversed course and will allow media to attend a speech he's delivering to a right-wing think tank in Seattle, Washington today. While he's not hiding from the press on the West Coast,...
  • Questions for Gov. Walker and Assembly Majority Leader Mount as Committee Approves Grant for Politically Connected Special Interest Group
    August 30, 2013 - 'If It Looks Like a Payoff and Acts Like a Payoff, It's Probably a Payoff' Madison -- Despite mounting questions and growing evidence that top Republican leaders went to great lengths to ensure a taxpayer funded grant went to a politically connected special interest group, the grant was approved on Thursday. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross lambasted the approval of...
  • On 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream Speech' Message of Racial Harmony and Economic Justice For All Under Attack by Gov. Walker's Divide and Conquer Politics
    August 28, 2013 - 'Worst of All They Know Exactly What They Are Doing' Madison -- Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" calling for racial equality and economic justice on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted how the "divide and...
  • Will Gov. Walker Share Anti-Voter Tips on Alabama Visit?
    August 23, 2013 - Jim Crow of the 1960s Has Nothing on Wisconsin Governor Madison, Wis. -- In announcing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would travel to Alabama as he continues his "stealth campaign" for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016, that state's Republican party touted his "Alabama values." One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross wondered if Walker will also share tips...
  • One Wisconsin Now Supports President's Call for Expansion of Income Based Repayment to Help Reduce Trillion Dollar Plus Student Loan Debt National Crisis
    August 22, 2013 - 'Combatting the Explosion in Student Loan Debt Must Remain a Priority of Federal and State Government,' Says One WI Now Madison -- President Obama's announcement that he will seek expansion of income based repayment for tens of millions of current student loan debtors is an important step in dealing with the national $1.2 trillion-and-rising student loan debt crisis, according to...
  • Private School Voucher Scam: 75% of Applicants for Statewide Expansion of Taxpayer Funded Private School Vouchers Not Currently Attending Public Schools
    August 15, 2013 - Over 2/3 of Students Applying for Taxpayer Funded Vouchers Already Attended Private Schools Last Year Madison -- The state Department of Public Instruction today released information on the number of new schools and students applying for the statewide expansion of the private school voucher program enacted by Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans in the 2013-15 state budget. One Wisconsin...
  • Wisconsin GOP Determined to Not be Outdone by North Carolina on Anti-Voter Efforts
    August 14, 2013 - State Sen. Mary Lazich Renews ‘Disgusting and Depraved’ Assault on Democracy and Wisconsin Voters Madison – Determined not to be outdone by recent anti-voter legislation in North Carolina, Wisconsin State Senator Mary Lazich has fired back, re-introducing a package of bills to make it easier to toss out the legally cast ballots of legal voters for minor clerical errors and...
  • Best Advice Ron Johnson Can Give Iowa Senate Candidate: Marry Rich, Have Company Pay for Campaign
    August 13, 2013 - #OurDumbSenator Will Likely Avoid Discussion of Scandalous Payment to Finance His 2010 Senate Run Madison -- As U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) travels to Iowa this week in conjunction with the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity to attack the Democratic Senate candidate in the race, he will likely avoid discussion of the scandalous way in which he spent $9 million...
  • Top Scott Walker Aide Fired for Recent Racist Facebook Rant Had Earlier Directed Staff to Withhold Information About Free Photo ID to Low-Income Wisconsinites
    August 9, 2013 - Aide's Earlier Action Reveals That, Under Gov. Walker, Racist Policies Alive and Well, Even if Facebook Posts Aren't Madison, WI - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Governor Scott Walker has fired Steve Krieser, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the state Department of Transportation (DOT), for a stunningly racist Facebook rant in which he said of undocumented people in the...
  • Disclosure, Shmishmosure. One Wisconsin Now Files Complaint as Gov. Walker Fails to Disclose Legally Required Information for 240 Donations on Latest Campaign Finance Report
    August 8, 2013 - Since 2009, Walker Violated State Campaign Finance Disclosure Law Over 7,500 Times Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's latest campaign finance filing fails to disclose employment information, as required by state law, for 240 large contributions, according to an analysis by One Wisconsin Now. Going back to 2009, when Walker began his run for Governor in earnest, his reports have failed to...
  • President Obama's Push to Help Housing Market Highlights Need for Common Sense Solutions to Solve Student Loan Debt Crisis
    August 6, 2013 - National Research Shows Devastating Impact of Trillion Dollar Plus Student Loan Debt Crisis on Housing Market Madison, WI - One Wisconsin Now and its partner organization, One Wisconsin Institute conducted groundbreaking national research showing the devastating impact of the trillion dollar plus student loan debt crisis on the ability of borrowers to purchase a new home. The following are the...
  • Wisconsin Reps. Kind, Pocan Reject Short-Term Student Loan Debt Fix, Instead Call for Long-Term Common Sense Reforms to Truly Tackle Trillion Dollar Plus Debt Crisis
    August 1, 2013 - ‘Thankfully, Representatives Ron Kind and Mark Pocan Get It.’ Madison – The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on federal student loan legislation and Reps. Ron Kind and Mark Pocan’s calls for further action necessary to stem the trillion dollar plus student loan debt crisis:...
  • Latest GOP Anti-Voter Scheme: Less Voting, Less Transparency
    July 29, 2013 - ‘Once Again, Partisans Are Attacking Right to Vote for Political Gain,’ Says One WI Now Madison – Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman  (R-West Bend) has introduced a series of bills that would not only attack the right to vote for seniors, the poor and those living in cities across Wisconsin, but also reduce transparency by drastically altering the reporting requirements...
  • While U.S. Senate Votes to Reduce Student Loan Interest Rates, For Now, $1.2 Trillion in Student Loan Debt Still Burdens American Families and Economy
    July 26, 2013 - Borrowers Not Asking For a Bailout, Just a Fair System Madison, WI - The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross on the passage of legislation to temporarily lower interest rates on federal student loans in U.S. Senate today: "The U.S. Senate has voted to, temporarily, lower the interest rates on some new federal student...
  • Will Gov. Walker Take His Own Advice?
    July 24, 2013 - Walker Rips Ryan Braun Because He Didn't 'Fess Up' But Still Has Not Revealed Identity of Donors to His Own Criminal Defense Fund, Made Public Documents Turned Over to Prosecutors Madison - In a recent story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Walker weighed in on the Ryan Braun scandal, ripping him for failing to "fess up". One Wisconsin Now...
  • Baldwin to Oppose Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Legislation Before Senate Today
    July 24, 2013 - Deal Would Raise Long-Term Interest Rates for Students Instead of Closing Tax Loopholes Madison - The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross on Senator Tammy Baldwin's announcement she will be voting against the federal student loan interest rate legislation before the U.S. Senate today: "Senator Baldwin was exactly right in her speech on the...
  • Gov. Walker's Campaign Finance Report: More to the Story
    July 23, 2013 -   In a statement on Gov. Walker's recent campaign finance filing, his campaign manager touted his "grassroots" support. Would you be surprised if there's more to the story? Once again, most of Gov. Walker's campaign cash comes from out of state, and, once again, the vast majority comes from high dollar donors. We've crunched the numbers, and here's what's really...
  • Latest Statements from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Show He Needs to Go Back to School on Student Loan Debt Crisis
    July 22, 2013 - 'We Need Real Solutions, Not More Empty Platitudes and Ill-Informed Opinions From Sen. Johnson' Madison - With the United States Senate preparing to act on legislation reversing the recent doubling of interest rates on federal student loans and enacting a new method of calculating interest rates in the future, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has shared his thoughts on the student...
  • Bradley Foundation Dollars Continued to Fuel Right Wing Noise Machine in 2012
    July 18, 2013 - No Expense Spared in Propaganda Campaign to Re-Write Facts on Failed Privatization Agenda Madison, WI -- According to documents reviewed by One Wisconsin Now, staples of the state right wing noise machine, and some new entrants, were once again beneficiaries of the largesse of Wisconsin's Money Badger, Michael Grebe, in 2012. Besides controlling the $620 million plus in reported assets...
  • New Report Finds Debt on Federal Student Loans Alone Now Tops One Trillion Dollars
    July 17, 2013 - Points to Need for Common Sense Solutions to Keep Higher Education a Path to Middle Class Madison, WI -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced that the amount of debt on federal student loans alone exceeds one trillion dollars, and the total student loan debt in the U.S. has surpassed $1.2 trillion. Original research by One Wisconsin Institute found...
  • Gov. Walker's WEDC Pays Off Big... For His Campaign Account
    July 16, 2013 - Job Creation for Us? Not so Much. Campaign Cash Cow for Governor? You Bet. Madison -A review of campaign finance records by One Wisconsin Now has found that Gov. Walker's campaign and the Republican Governors Association (RGA) have raked in over $614,000 in donations from individuals associated with businesses receiving tax credits through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Walker...
  • Outgoing UW Madison Chancellor Claims UW-Madison "Embarrassing Ourselves" With Tuition That's Too Low
    July 12, 2013 -   Skyrocketing Tuition Has Fueled Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis   Madison - At a meeting of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents meeting this week, outgoing UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward reportedly said, "We're embarrassing ourselves by having bargain-basement prices." One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said that the sentiment expressed by Ward shows a substantial disconnect...
  • Senate GOP Blocks Vote on Bill to Reverse Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Hike
    July 10, 2013 - 'Shame on the Politicians Standing in the Way of Fixing This Broken System' Madison, WI - Republicans in the U.S. Senate today voted en masse to deny the 60 votes necessary to move to a vote on legislation that would repeal the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans from 3.4% to 6.8% for the upcoming academic year. It...
  • Will U.S. Senate Reverse Increase in Federal Student Loan Interest Rates?
    July 10, 2013 - Original Research on Economic Impact of Student Loan Debt Shows Need to Keep One Trillion Dollar Crisis From Ballooning to Two Trillion Economic Disaster Madison, WI - As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on a stopgap measure to repeal a doubling of interest rates on federal student loans, original research by the One Wisconsin Institute dramatically demonstrates the negative...
  • Wither Sen. Johnson?
    July 9, 2013 - Madison - With the U.S. Senate moving toward acting on legislation to repeal the increase in interest rates on federal student loans, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has fallen strangely silent. Johnson, seemingly never afraid to give bad advice or offer an unproductive policy solution, has not made any public comments on the topic since his vote to increase student loan...
  • Real People, Real Stories: The Consequences of the Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    July 1, 2013 - Congressional Inaction Doubling Student Loan Interest Rates Puts Nation on Path to Two Trillion Dollar Economic Crisis Madison, WI - Congressional inaction means that the interest rates on federal student loans have doubled as of today, adding a huge additional burden to the existing trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis. The consequences will be felt by millions of students across the country, each...
  • Two Trillion Dollars Here We Come
    June 27, 2013 - Reports Indicate Congress Will Not Act in Time to Prevent Federal Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling Madison - The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding reports that Congress will not act before the July 1 deadline to prevent the interest rates on federal Stafford student loans from doubling from 3.4% to 6.8%....
  • Friends' Felonious Failures - Walker at 20
    June 27, 2013 - Day 18: Friends' Felonious Failures Madison - In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. Today we examine the close aides and associates,...
  • Trillion Dollar Plus Student Loan Debt Crisis: Don't Worry, There's Plenty to Go Around for Everyone
    June 26, 2013 - New National Research Shows Economic Ripple Effect of Burgeoning Debt Crisis Madison, WI - The estimated $1.2 trillion in student loan debt held by over 37 million Americans amounts to a multi-decade debt sentence with a significant ripple effect on the economy, specifically lower rates of home ownership and new automobile purchasing, according to new, national research conducted by One...
  • Walker's Choice: Millionaires or the Middle Class
    June 26, 2013 - Will Governor Tilt State Tax Code to Favor the Wealthy Sending Their Children to Private Schools or Help Middle Class Families and Students Afford College? Madison - As Gov. Walker ponders his vetoes to the 2013 state budget, a $30 million tax break with no income limits, worth up to $10,000, for parents already sending their children to private schools...
  • Twenty to Life: As Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Looms, New Research Shows Higher Education Turning Into Multi-Decade Debt Sentence
    June 25, 2013 - National Average of 21.1 Years to Pay Off Student Loan Debt Madison -- With mere days left to stop the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling, new national research from One Wisconsin Institute, a member of the ProgressNow Education Network, found it is taking, on average, over two decades for Americans with undergraduate degrees to pay off their...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Decision Turns Back the Clock 50 Years on Voter Rights
    June 25, 2013 - Points to Need for Rep. Pocan's Constitutional Right to Vote Amendment Madison - The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Shelby Co. v. Holder voting rights case: "The widespread use of racist tactics designed to intimidate and keep legal voters from the exercising the franchise is...
  • Failure Foreshadowed, The Walker Administration in Milwaukee County - Walker at 20
    June 24, 2013 - Twenty Years of Walker Failures Madison - In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. The failures of today are, sadly, not new. In Walker's...
  • Failure to Respect Diversity - Walker at 20
    June 21, 2013 - Twenty Years of Walker Failures Madison - In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. The title "Governor of the State of Wisconsin" suggests that...
  • The Only Things Certain in Life? Taxes and Walker Failure - Walker at 20
    June 20, 2013 - Madison - In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. On the final day of scheduled debate on the 2013 budget, we look at the...
  • Institute: New National Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis a 'Clear and Present Danger' for Families and American Economy
    June 20, 2013 - One Wisconsin Institute National Research Reveals Widespread Debt's Negative Impact on Home and New Vehicle Sales Madison -- With interest rates on federal student loans set to double in mere days due to Congressional inaction, One Wisconsin Institute, a member of the national Progress Now Education Network, today unveiled new survey data showing the devastating impact of the one trillion...
  • Jerry Bader Jumps on the Right-Wing Bully Bandwagon
    June 19, 2013 - GOP Anti-Woman Agenda Deplorable, Attacks Against Opponents Disgusting Madison - Green Bay radio talk show host Jerry Bader, on his June 18 show, jumped on state Republicans' bullying bandwagon in the debate over a series of radical anti-women's health care bills rushed through the legislature. Bader, previously suspended from the air for comments about another woman elected official, launched a...
  • Walker's Education Agenda a Formula for Failure - Walker at 20
    June 18, 2013 - Day 9: Walker’s Education Agenda a Formula for Failure Madison – In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. Under Gov. Walker no...
  • Promises Made, Promises Broken - Walker at 20
    June 17, 2013 - Day 8: Promises Made, Promises Broken Madison – In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. As the legislature prepares to begin debate...
  • 'Divide and Conquer' - Walker at 20
    June 14, 2013 - Day 5: ‘Divide and Conquer’ Madison -- In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. On tap for today, in a rare candid...
  • Failing to Protect Women's Health - Walker at 20
    June 14, 2013 - Day 2: Failing to Protect Women's Health Madison -- In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. In today's installment, as the Republican...
  • From Ailes to Yuval: Bradley Foundation's Latest Prize Awards Reveal Right-Wing Propaganda Campaign at Work
    June 13, 2013 - Bradley Foundation Doles Out $250,000 Rewards to Junk Science Purveyor, Head of TV Network That Promotes It, and Politician That Enacts It Madison -- The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation annually doles out no-strings attached $250,000 “awards” to selected individuals. This year’s recipients include Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, right-wing intellectual and author Yuval Levin, and former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of...
  • Bradley Foundation Errand Boy - Walker at 20
    June 13, 2013 - Day 4: Bradley Foundation Errand Boy Madison -- In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. Today, we look at the right-wing machine...
  • Home Improvement, Governor's Mansion Edition - Walker at 20
    June 12, 2013 - Day 3: Home Improvement, Governor’s Mansion Edition Madison -- In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. Scott Walker has collected a handsome...
  • Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Looms
    June 10, 2013 - One Wisconsin Institute Research Shows Need to Stop Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis from Deepening Milwaukee -- One Wisconsin Institute today joined U.S. Representative Gwen Moore, students and higher education advocates at an event exposing the disastrous consequences of allowing federal student loan interest rates to double on July 1. Scot Ross, the Institute's Executive Director spoke on the...
  • Twenty Years of Walker Failures
    June 10, 2013 - Day 1: Failing Democracy Madison -- In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. In today’s installment, Gov. Walker’s anti-voter record is...
  • Time Running Out to Defuse Ticking Time Bomb of Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    June 6, 2013 - In U.S. Senate Action Today Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Keeping Lid on Student Loan Interest Rates While Ron Johnson Opposes Madison - With time running out for over 159,000 Wisconsin college students and their families whose student loan interest rates could double in less than one month, the U.S. Senate today considered competing plans for setting interest rates on...
  • One Wisconsin Now to Highlight '20 Years of Walker Failure'
    June 5, 2013 - Lifelong Politician’s Record to Be Examined for 20 Days Leading to June 29 Anniversary of Walker’s First Election Madison -- Beginning June 10, One Wisconsin Now will commemorate over 20 days, the failings, scandals and imbroglios of Gov. Scott Walker’s 20-years in elected office. Gov. Walker, who was first elected to the State Assembly on June 29, 1993, has spent...
  • Wisconsin Working Families and Middle Class Lose Big as Top GOP Legislative Leaders Flip-Flop Way to Budget Deal
    June 5, 2013 - 'Senate President Mike Ellis Talks Big at the Bar, But Gov. Walker Takes Him to School in Negotiations' Madison -- In his 2010 campaign, Gov. Walker signaled support for a bill to ban the legislature from voting after 10pm because, "... nothing good happens after midnight. That's even more true in politics." According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot...
  • Records Reveal Work on GOP Assault on Voting in Wisconsin Began Mere Days After 2012 Elections
    June 3, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Uncovers Heavy Influence by Top Assembly Leader, Milwaukee Singled Out for Early Voting Restrictions Madison -- A review of legislative drafting records by One Wisconsin Now has uncovered that Republicans began work to attack state election laws mere days after the November 2012 election and that an omnibus bill on the legislative fast track, introduced by Rep....
  • The Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis: A Tale of Two Senators
    June 3, 2013 - Prospects for Tackling Economic Crisis Face 'The Best of Times, the Worst of Times' With Views of Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Madison -- It's the best of times and the worst of times for tackling the trillion dollar student loan debt crisis with the views of Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators, Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive...
  • President Obama Calls for Action to Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike
    May 31, 2013 - Original Research by One Wisconsin Institute Shows Action on Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Critical for Strong Economy Madison --  President Obama today made a strong statement in favor of quick Congressional action to prevent federal student loan interest rates from doubling July 1st. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross praised the move, noting original research in...
  • Protect Wisconsin Elections Coalition Exposes Omnibus Assault on Voting in Wisconsin
    May 31, 2013 - Latest Proposal from Rep. Stone Would Manipulate Rules on Voting, Campaigns to Try to Gain Partisan Political Advantage … Again Milwaukee -- An omnibus bill from Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) on the legislative fast-track would make a host of anti-voter changes to state election law according to voter rights advocates. Members of the Protect Wisconsin Elections Coalition, State Representative JoCastsa...
  • Legal Action Continues to Protect Wisconsin Voter Rights
    May 30, 2013 - Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the ruling by the District IV Court of Appeals on League of Women Voters v. Scott Walker, one of multiple cases challenging the constitutionality of a state voter identification requirement: "The intent of the Republican Voter Identification bill is clear: deny otherwise legal voters the ability...
  • Racist Vote Suppressor is U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's Latest 'Victim of Government'
    May 29, 2013 - Taxpayer Financed Video Attempts to Portray Head of Extremist Group Investigated for Racially Charged Voter Intimidation as 'Victim' Madison --U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) today released his latest taxpayer-funded video featuring individuals he believes have been "victimized" by the government. The so-called "victim" is Catherine Engelbrecht, head of the Texas -based King Street Patriots and True the Vote, Tea Party...
  • Assembly Committee Considers Ban on Comprehensive Reproductive Health Coverage for Women in State Government
    May 29, 2013 - 'Assembly Bill 216 is Political, Discriminatory and Unfair' Madison - The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Program and Development Manager Analiese Eicher regarding today's Assembly Committee on Health public hearing on Assembly Bill 216, legislation to restrict reproductive health care options for women state employees and their families: "Unable to ban abortion, anti-choice zealots in the Wisconsin...
  • GOP Budget Plan: Another Massive Tax Giveaway to the Wealthy
    May 28, 2013 - 'Another State Budget Under Gov. Walker and GOP Legislature, Another Massive Giveaway to the Wealthiest Wisconsinites' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Rep. Dale Kooyenga's announcement of a new GOP tax scheme doling out over $400 million in new tax breaks that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest in the state: "Another state budget...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Republican Voter Assault Bill
    May 24, 2013 - ‘This Legislation Would Be Single Largest Assault on Voter Rights in State History’ Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding legislation being circulated by Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) that systematically attacks voter rights in ways no other single piece of legislation has in the history of the state of Wisconsin. “This Republican bill...
  • Walker, GOP Higher Education Agenda Fails to Include Tackling Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    May 23, 2013 - Tuition Freeze a 'Stop-Gap That Maintains Status Quo' Madison -- Original research by the One Wisconsin Institute, available here, found that the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis is not just hurting students and their families, but is a significant drag on the entire state economy. The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding Gov....
  • One Wisconsin Now Travels to Iowa to Share Walker "Resume of Failure"
    May 23, 2013 - Is First Term Governor Seeking Promotion to National Office Despite Lengthy List of Failures in Wisconsin? West Des Moines, Iowa -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is traveling to Iowa today to address a gathering of Republican Party activists in another of an increasing number out-of-state sojourns as he ponders a bid for national office. Also making the trip is One...
  • One Wisconsin Now to Travel to Iowa as Gov. Walker Pursues Presidential Ambitions
    May 21, 2013 - Will Share 'Walker Resume of Failure' Madison-- Gov. Scott Walker continues to travel the country in pursuit of his national political ambitions, instead of focusing on his job in Wisconsin. As he travels to Iowa to address the Polk County GOP on Thursday, May 23rd, One Wisconsin Now will also be making the trip to share the real Walker resume...
  • As Nation Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Voter Registration Act, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans Consider New Voter Obstruction Legislation
    May 20, 2013 - 'Shame on Assembly Republicans for Letting This Bill See the Light of Day' Madison -- Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act, legislation that has improved the voter registration system and helped millions of Americans to do their civic duty and vote. Meanwhile, Assembly Republicans have scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, May 21st to consider Assembly...
  • Sen. Rick Gudex Wants to Require More Qualifications for Some Professional Licenses, But Not the Private School Voucher Program He Has Pledged to Expand
    May 17, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Asks: Why Isn't Gudex Demanding Accountability from Private School Voucher Program? Madison -- New legislation being proposed by State Senator Rick Gudex would require an individual to have two years of experience as a real estate salesperson before they could become a real estate broker. Meanwhile, the unaccountable private school voucher program that Gudex is demanding be...
  • One Wisconsin Now's Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Campaign Gets Boost With Pledge of AFSCME Council 40 Support
    May 17, 2013 - Organization Representing Thousands of Working Wisconsinites Tabs Tackling Debt Crisis as Priority Madison -- One Wisconsin Now's campaign against the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis and raising awareness about the devastating effects of it on Wisconsin's students, workers and economy has received a big endorsement. At their 70th annual convention, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)...
  • Congratulations Graduates! Your Student Loan May Be Helping the Federal Government Make More Money Than Exxon-Mobil
    May 15, 2013 - Congressional Budget Office Projecting $51 Billion Profit for Government From Federal Student Loans in 2013 Fiscal Year Madison -- As thousands of University of Wisconsin students and their families prepare to celebrate their graduation, the federal government has revised its estimate of how much profit they will earn from the loans many students took out to pay for their education....
  • Justice Turned Upside Down as Assembly GOP Rushes to Pass Another Power Grab
    May 14, 2013 - Lower Courts May No Longer Be Able to Protect Citizens' Rights, Block Enactment of Unconstitutional Power Grabs Madison-- Seeking to stack the deck in favor of their power grabs, Assembly Republicans are expected to pass legislation today that would prevent lower courts from blocking enforcement of unconstitutional laws. Instead, enactments of questionable constitutionality, like those making it more difficult to...
  • Is Wisconsin 'Money Badger' Michael Grebe Paying Fox News Head Big Bucks for Fawning Media Coverage of His Favorite Wisconsin Politicians?
    May 14, 2013 - Bradley Foundation Doles Out $250,000 No-Strings Attached Award to Fox 'News' Head Madison - Roger Ailes, Fox News Chair and CEO, is in line for a big payday courtesy of Wisconsin's "Money Badger" Michael Grebe, head of the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation and co-chair of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign. According to news reports, Ailes will receive a $250,000 no strings attached...
  • Will Legislators Give the OK For Gov. Walker's Scandal Plagued WEDC to Grow?
    May 7, 2013 - Budget Would Give Agency That Bought Booze, Badger Tickets and Gift Cards on Public Dime $11 Million More to Run an Advertising Campaign Madison -- The continuing mismanagement and misuse of public funds at Governor Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) ought to disqualify the agency from any new funding, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. Particularly...
  • Gov. Walker Appears at Ceremony Nominating Wisconsin School for College Readiness Award, Fails to Act to Help Students Avoid Becoming Trapped in Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    May 6, 2013 - Madison - Gov. Scott Walker appeared this morning at an event to nominate a Wisconsin public high school to represent the state in a national competition recognizing efforts to prepare students for college and careers. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, the Walker administration has failed to help students avoid becoming trapped in the vicious cycle...
  • Sen. Rick Gudex Pledges Budget Vote to Education Privatization Cartel
    May 3, 2013 - Freshman State Senator Vows to Oppose Budget Unless the Special Interests That Elected Him Are Satisfied; Previously Had Scrubbed Campaign Website of Privatization Support Madison -- Newly-minted Republican State Senator Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac recently took an extraordinary vow, promising to vote against the entire state budget unless it contained a statewide expansion of the unaccountable private...
  • Walker Campaign Co-Chair's Foundation Funds Group Suing MATC Over Taxpayer-Finance Savings Plan
    May 2, 2013 - GOP Front Group Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty Received $500,000 From Bradley Foundation; Suing MATC Over Contract That Saves Taxpayers $150 Million Madison - The just-filed lawsuit by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) over a contract signed by the Milwaukee Area Technical College comes thanks to Gov. Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe, the CEO of...
  • Gov. Walker Maintains Veil of Secrecy for Those Who Foot the Bill for His Criminal Defense Lawyers
    May 2, 2013 - Recent Ethics Filing Fails to Disclose Identities of Contributors Who Larded Criminal Legal Defense Fund With Over $447,000 Madison -- In his recently filed Statement of Economic Interests, Gov. Scott Walker reports that he still owes his Chicago criminal defense lawyers in excess of $50,000 and that he got a pair of cufflinks from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Left...
  • Will Sen. Johnson Finally Admit Student Loan Debt A Crisis?
    May 2, 2013 - 'Johnson Remains Silent While Borrowers, Their Families and Our Economy Suffer,' Says One WI Now
  • Legislative Audit Bureau Finds Gov. Walker's WEDC Inadequate
    May 1, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Renews Call for 'CPA Caucus' to Put Failing Agency Under the Microscope Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the Legislative Audit Bureau's findings of serious performance inadequacies at Gov. Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC): "Gov. Walker's WEDC has failed to perform at even a basic level of competency...
  • Is There an Omnibus-load of New GOP Attacks on Voters' Rights Headed Our Way?
    May 1, 2013 - Author of Restrictions on Early Voting Previews More Attacks on Democracy Madison - In a weekend television appearance, Rep. Duey Stroebel, author of a bill to restrict early voting in Wisconsin, revealed that his proposal along with other GOP sponsored attacks on voting rights could be rolled into an omnibus package of anti-voter legislation. "Republicans have mounted a massive, coordinated...
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on Rep. Marklein, 'CPA Caucus' to Put Gov. Walker's WEDC Under the Microscope
    April 30, 2013 - Scandal Plagued Agency With Track Record of Mismanagement Has Come Up Short on Job Creation Madison - Following the "revelation" that the University of Wisconsin System maintains a reserve fund, State Representative and member of the "CPA Caucus" Howard Marklein has vowed to review the finance of more state agencies. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross suggested Marklein and...
  • One Wisconsin Now Demands Republican Legislators Come Clean on Destruction of Records
    April 26, 2013 - 'We Deserve Answers, Now' Madison - Amid allegations and a court investigation of the possible illegal destruction of hundreds of thousands of records related to state Republicans' redrawing of legislative districts, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross demanded Republican legislators stop stonewalling and start delivering answers. Ross commented, "Every single Republican legislator has a choice. They can either get...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on One-Year Anniversary of Student Loan Debt Topping $1 Trillion
    April 25, 2013 - 'This Is Our Chance for Real Reform for How We Support the Public Good That Comes from Public Education at Our Institutions of Higher Learning' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on today's one-year anniversary of student loan debt topping $1 trillion. Student loan debt, as research by One Wisconsin Now's partner organization...
  • One Wisconsin Institute Briefs Legislators on Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    April 25, 2013 - 'A Clear and Present Danger to Our State's Economy' Madison - Calling it a "clear and present danger to our state's economy," One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross briefed state legislators on the dramatic, negative impact of the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis on Wisconsin's economy. Joining Ross at the briefing, hosted by ranking Democratic members of the Senate...
  • Prelude to a Raid?
    April 22, 2013 - Latest Round of UW Bashing Ignores Current Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis, Sets Up Even More Budget Fund Raids Madison - The latest round of right-wing University of Wisconsin System bashing, this time over an annual report indicating the system has surpluses in several accounts, could be more bad news for students, their families and Wisconsin's economy according to One Wisconsin...
  • Massive Bradley Foundation Education Privatization Campaign Exposed
    April 19, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Report 'P is For Payoff' Reveals $31 Million Plus Privatization Propaganda Campaign Madison - New research from One Wisconsin Now reveals a web of right-wing groups are part of a $31 million plus propaganda campaign pushing a massive privatization of public education in Wisconsin. Underwriting the effort is the Milwaukee based Bradley Foundation, headed by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign...
  • One Wisconsin Now Joins Citizens' Efforts to Fight Against Threats to the Right to Vote
    April 17, 2013 - Right Wing's Assault on Democracy Built on Unfounded Accusations and Innuendo Madison - One Wisconsin Now joined with citizens, community leaders and voter rights advocates at the State Capitol today to fight against attacks on the right to vote and support legislation to improve access to the polls. One Wisconsin Now also re-released its comprehensive report "Protecting the Right to...
  • As Tax Day Arrives, Will GOP Legislators Fail to Pay Their Fair Share, Again?
    April 15, 2013 - From U.S. Congress to State Legislature, GOP Politicians and Their Businesses Have Avoided Paying State Income Taxes in Multiple Years Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross wondered whether Wisconsin Republicans and their businesses that have paid no state income tax in recent years will be joining the rest of us doing our part to help pay for services like...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Sen. Ron Johnson's Failed Filibuster Attempt on Common Sense Gun Legislation
    April 11, 2013 - Filibuster Fails Bipartisan 68-31 Vote Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements following the vote in the U.S. Senate against U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's filibuster attempt on legislation aimed to reduce gun violence in the America. "Sen. Ron Johnson's failed effort to filibuster common sense gun safety legislation shows he is so out of...
  • 'Beyond Understanding': One Wisconsin Now Calls On U.S. Senator Johnson to Drop Threat to Filibuster Common Sense Gun Sale Regulation
    April 10, 2013 - Madison -- With word that a bipartisan agreement has been reached on legislation to conduct background checks for private gun sales in commercial settings, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross wrote Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, taking him to task for his threats to filibuster common sense gun regulations. In the letter Ross wrote, “With all due respect, it...
  • Power Mad GOP Legislators Latest Scheme Turns Judicial System Upside Down
    April 10, 2013 - 'When Legislators Try to Strip Us of Our Constitutional Rights, They Must Be Stopped. Immediately.' One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding a legislative scheme to undermine the authority of courts to stop enforcement of unconstitutional laws proposed by Republican State Representatives Craig and Ott and Senators Grothman and Vukmir:  "The provisions of the Wisconsin...
  • Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Hurts Economy, Falls More Heavily on Women Grads
    April 9, 2013 - National and State Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Hurts Economy, Falls More Heavily on Women Grads Madison - April 9th 2013 marks "Equal Pay Day", the date on which the earnings of women in the workforce will catch up to those of their male counterparts for 2012.  One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that research...
  • Wisconsin Voters Say: 'No Way' to Ending Same Day
    April 2, 2013 - Strong Support for Protecting Voting Rights in City of Milwaukee and Dane County   Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the vote on advisory referenda in the City of Milwaukee and Dane County in support of preserving Wisconsin's same day voter registration law: "Voters have spoken and their message is clear, they...
  • #OurDumbSenator Ron Johnson Makes National 'March Badness' Tournament
    March 29, 2013 - Coast to Coast Contest Highlights ‘Not-So-Sweet’ 16 Radical Rightwingers Madison -- U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has been given a seventh seed in a national NCAA tournament-themed contest to determine who is the most “outrageous, radical, out of touch right-winger” of the past year. The contest, available at MarchBadness.org, is sponsored by One Wisconsin Now’s national partner, Progress Now,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Report Documents Wisconsin GOP's Fight Against the Right To Vote
    March 27, 2013 - Right Wing's Assault on Democracy Built on Unfounded Accusations and Innuendo Madison -- In advance of the April 2nd elections, One Wisconsin Now has issued a report cataloging recent state Republican efforts to manipulate state law to gain electoral advantage. In addition, the report exposes the utter lack of evidence to back up the GOP claims of voting impropriety used...
  • Open Letter: Victims of Ron Johnson's Government
    March 27, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross sent the following letter to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson regarding his recently announced "Victims of Government" video series. --- March 27, 2013 United States Senator Ron Johnson386 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510 VIA E-MAIL   Dear Senator Johnson, I read with interest the news report of your "Victims of Government" video series. ...
  • Kenosha School Board Candidate William Mauer III's Permanent Record: Multiple Arrests, Criminal Convictions for Disorderly Conduct, Drunk Driving and Possession of Drugs
    March 27, 2013 - Madison - Generations of school children have been discouraged from misbehaving by threats that their transgressions would be added to their "permanent record". Such exhortations apparently had no impact on William Mauer III, a candidate for the Kenosha Unified School Board, whose permanent record is a lengthy criminal one. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, "With a criminal...
  • Roggensack Record Earns Her Another Round of Big Corporate Funded TV Ads
    March 26, 2013 - Siding With Big Biz Over Wisconsin Families Paying Off for State Court Candidate Madison -- Big corporations and insurance companies favorite Pat Roggensack is the beneficiary of yet another television ad blitz funded by the special interests with whom she often sides on the state's high court. According to media reports, the big business lobby the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce...
  • Candidate for Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Uses Campaign Cash to Pay for Tickets to Event Hosted by Proponents of Radical Privatization
    March 26, 2013 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the revelation that Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Don Pridemore reported spending $475 on February 5th, 2013 from his campaign account for tickets to an ALEC event: "There's great irony in Don Pridemore using campaign funds from his run for Superintendent of Public Instruction to pay...
  • One Wisconsin Now Report Documents Wisconsin GOP's Fight Against the Right To Vote
    March 25, 2013 - Right Wing’s Assault on Democracy Built on Unfounded Accusations and Innuendo Madison -- In advance of the April 2nd elections, One Wisconsin Now has issued a report cataloging recent state Republican efforts to manipulate state law to gain electoral advantage. In addition, the report exposes the utter lack of evidence to back up the GOP claims of voting impropriety used to justify...
  • Time Not the Only Thing Gov. Walker is Spending in Pursuit of His National Political Ambitions
    March 15, 2013 - Budget Includes Almost $11 Million in Taxpayer Funds for Advertising Campaign According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, time isn't the only thing Gov. Walker is spending to promote his 2016 Republican Presidential ambitions. Tucked away in Gov. Walker's 2013-15 budget is a provision allocating nearly $11 million in taxpayer funds for an advertising campaign, overseen by his...
  • Is Walker-Ryan Relationship on the Rocks?
    March 13, 2013 - Political Posturing Between Rivals for 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Endangers Health Security for 87,000 Wisconsinites Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said Rep. Paul Ryan's call for the repeal of ObamaCare, and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's support for legislation to defund health insurance exchanges, seem targeted to undermine Gov. Walker's latest health care scheme in the 2013-15...
  • Rep. Paul Ryan Budget Scheme Again Ignores $1,000,000,000,000 Student Loan Debt Crisis
    March 12, 2013 - Madison -- Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled his new federal budget scheme, and according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, betrays the economic well-being of America's middle class by failing to address the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis while sending even more tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. "Rep. Ryan's budget proposes giving more to the wealthiest while making devastating...
  • Assembly GOP Convenes "Public Hearing" on Election Rules, Bars Testimony From Public
    March 12, 2013 - GOP Assault on Voter Rights 'The Real Fraud in Wisconsin' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the Republican-led Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections holding a so-called public hearing on potential rule changes to election administration that specifically bars the public from testifying. "There is nothing more sacred in a democracy than the right...
  • Gov. Walker's Misplaced Budget Priorities: Education Privatization Devastating to Public Schools
    March 11, 2013 - Proposes Taxpayer Support for Private Voucher Schools Skyrocket Up Over 40%  Madison - An analysis of Gov. Walker's 2013-15 budget plan reveals a massive increase in the percentage of state taxpayer dollars going to the unaccountable private school voucher program. Meanwhile, state support for K-12 public schools is essentially held flat, even after record budget cuts in the last budget....
  • Where Was Rep. Pridemore for Final Vote on Open Pit Mining Bill?
    March 8, 2013 - Every Other Member of the State Assembly Cast Their Vote Yesterday, Why Didn’t Don Pridemore? Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Rep. Don Pridemore’s failure to cast a vote on final passage of controversial open pit mining legislation in the State Assembly yesterday: “When the time came for the votes to...
  • Latest State Supreme Court Case: Pat Roggensack v. Truth?
    March 8, 2013 - Supreme Court Justice Found to Have Falsely Claimed Endorsements and Misled on Court Disputes Madison -- Bizarre incidents in which Justice Pat Roggensack misled the public on campaign endorsements and refused to explain recorded statements she made in defense of the erratic behavior of fellow conservative Justice David Prosser are raising questions about her credibility on the court. According to One Wisconsin...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Passage of Special Interest Mining Bill
    March 7, 2013 - 'Republican donors getting their mining bill, while Wisconsin taxpayers getting the shaft' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements related to Assembly passage of the open pit mining bill that will compromise Wisconsin critical natural resources. Ross pointed out that the bill passed as Gov. Walker prepares to attend a big money fundraiser in...
  • Gov. Walker's Campaign Set to Drop Anchor at Exclusive Florida Yacht Club
    March 6, 2013 - Will Open Pit Mining Magnate Chris Cline Be On Hand to Help Kick Off Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Fundraising Tour? Madison – Gov. Scott Walker leaves snowy Wisconsin behind this week as he jets off to sunny Florida for “lifestyles of the rich and famous” campaign fundraiser at the exclusive Naples Yacht Club. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director...
  • Intent of Republican's Early Voting Restriction Bill Revealed: Target Urban Voters
    March 5, 2013 - Madison -- A staffer for the author of the bill to limit access to early voting in Wisconsin indicated in media reports that changes will be made to the legislation to give "flexibility for small communities". One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that the comments reveal the true intent of the bill, target more restrictive voting laws...
  • Is Justice Roggensack's 'Experience' Open Pit Mine Bill Backer's Insurance Plan?
    March 5, 2013 - Previously Sided With Koch Brother Company's Dangerous Chemical Dumping Over Citizens Right to Protect Their Water Supply Madison -- As the State Assembly appears poised to approve controversial open pit mining legislation that weakens state environmental protections observers are universally acknowledging a lengthy court fight is certain to follow. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross questioned whether incumbent State...
  • Right Wing Attempting to Rewrite History of Criminal Investigation of Walker Administration
    March 1, 2013 - The Criminal Probe Revealed There Were No Lines Between Scott Walker's Political Operation and Public Office' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the announcement of the conclusion of the John Doe criminal investigation of Gov. Walker and aides and associates: "This criminal probe revealed there were no lines between Scott Walker's political...
  • Institute: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Confirms One Wisconsin Institute Findings on Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    March 1, 2013 - Finds 'Growth in Student Loan Balances and Delinquencies Was Accompanied by a Sharp Reduction in Mortgage and Auto Loan Borrowing' Madison -- A new report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York paints a grim picture of the growing trillion dollar student loan debt crisis and confirms the findings of a One Wisconsin Institute study that found...
  • Gov. Walker's Nearly $68 Billion Budget Allocates $0.0 For Direct Relief From Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    February 27, 2013 - In his nearly $68 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Walker larders special interests with sweetheart deals and doles out millions in tax breaks for the wealthiest Wisconsinites. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, not one cent is spent to provide direct relief to students or their families being crushed by the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis....
  • State Court Candidate Roggensack and Special Interest Backers Tout Her Experience ... Taking Their Side
    February 25, 2013 - Pro-Business Groups Find Court Candidate Takes Their Side Over the Rest of Us Three Out of Four Times Madison -- Big special interests’ $600,000 plus advertising blitz supporting the campaign of Pat Roggensack for the State Supreme Court touts her experience, but according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, unless you are a corporation like an insurance...
  • The Billion Dollar Question: How Big is Budget Windfall for Gov. Walker's Biggest Campaign Contributor?
    February 22, 2013 - Walker's $500,000 Donor Paid Zero in State Income Tax in 2010, Will Walker's Latest Budget Scheme Help Her Do It Again? Madison - An initial analysis of Gov. Walker's proposed income tax break in his 2013-15 budget shows, to no surprise, that the majority of the breaks go to the state's wealthiest taxpayers. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive...
  • What's Gov. Walker WEDC Good For? Promoting His National Political Ambitions
    February 15, 2013 - Wants $10.9 Million For Advertising Campaign to Promote His Failed Policies, Overseen by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Madison -- From appearances at Republican Party events in the Western Iowa media market to health care decisions designed to appease to Tea Party extremists instead of help Wisconsin families, Gov. Scott Walker's top priorities appear to be his political ambitions. The recent...
  • Gov. Walker Slashes Health Care for Working Families to Appease Big Biz Lobby
    February 13, 2013 - In Walker's Wisconsin, Widow Making as Little as $11,501 a Year Could Lose Her Health Care Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding reports that Gov. Walker will announce he will reject an expansion of federal Medicaid coverage in Wisconsin and a radical roll back of state health insurance assistance at the state...
  • GOP Legislators' Response to Request for Proof of Widespread Improper Voting: 'We Got Nothing'
    February 8, 2013 - Real Fraud in Wisconsin is Reliance on Unproven Allegations to Justify Attempts to Rig Elections Madison -- The results are in, and the 65 Republican state legislators One Wisconsin Now asked for copies of “all evidence in possession by your office of voter fraud in the state of Wisconsin” under the state open records law have failed to produce...
  • Wisconsin GOP Opens New Front in War on Voters With Bill to Restrict Early Voting
    February 7, 2013 - Minorities and Working Families Targeted by Latest Republican Plan to Steal Away the Right to Vote Madison -- Wisconsin Republicans have renewed their war on electoral participation with State Assembly Representative Duey Stroebel's latest scheme to end weekend and evening in-person absentee voting and restricting the number of hours during which legal Wisconsin voters could cast early ballots at their...
  • Gov. Walker's Mental Health Funding Announcement Belies Disastrous Record
    February 6, 2013 - 'To Call Scott Walker's Record on Mental Health Abhorrent Would Be an Understatement' One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in response to Gov. Walker's announcement on mental health funding in his 2013-15 budget proposal: "To call Scott Walker's record on mental health abhorrent would be an understatement. "As Milwaukee County Executive he was entrusted with...
  • Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Blames Gov. Walker's Epic Jobs Failure on Wisconsin Citizens' Age and Demeanor
    February 5, 2013 - Corporate Apologists Ignore Predictable Failure of Trickle Down Economics as Underlying Cause of State Jobs Fail Madison -- The latest report from conservative front group the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is more of an apology for Gov. Walker's epic failure to spur new job creation in Wisconsin than an analysis of the reasons behind Wisconsin's current rank as 42nd in the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Walker's Upcoming Decision on BadgerCare
    February 5, 2013 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the upcoming decision of Gov. Walker whether or not to take billions of dollars in federal assistance to expand health care coverage to 170,000 currently uninsured Wisconsinites: "The stunning depravity to even consider building the foundation of a presidential campaign on the backs of uninsured children...
  • Roggensack's Excuse for Failure to Report $20,550 in Campaign Cash Doesn't Add Up
    February 5, 2013 - Top Court Candidate's Recent Finance Report Fails to Disclose Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Contributions From Out-of-State Backers of Private School Voucher Program Madison -- State Supreme Court candidate Patience Roggensack deployed her campaign spokesperson, also a registered contract lobbyist, to attempt to explain away her failure to report over $20,000 in contributions from out-of-state backers of the private...
  • The Case of the Missing Contributions: Roggensack Fails to Report Big Money From Out-of-State Private School Voucher Backers in Latest Campaign Finance Report
    February 1, 2013 - Madison -- A review of campaign finance reports by One Wisconsin Now has uncovered that State Supreme Court candidate Patience Roggensack failed to disclose $20,550 in campaign contributions bundled by backers of the private school voucher program on her latest campaign finance report. While Roggensack's campaign failed to report the contribution, a separate report filed by the group Fund for...
  • Pridemore Proposes Armed Volunteers for School Patrols
    January 31, 2013 - DPI Superintendent Candidate Previously Voted to Strip Schools of Funding Source to Pay for Professional Law Enforcement, Security Upgrades Madison -- Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Rep. Don Pridemore has reached a new level of hypocrisy and inanity according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross with his proposal to solicit armed community volunteers to patrol schools. Ross commented,...
  • Why No Comment From Sen. Ellis as Open Pit Mine Bill Races Through Republican Legislature?
    January 30, 2013 -   Silence From Frequent Critic of Money in Politics as Out-of-State Mining Company Pays-to-Play Madison - State Sen. Mike Ellis, oft quoted decrying the influence of big money campaign contributions on the legislative process, appears to have lost his voice amid revelations that an out-of-state mining company was heavily involved in the drafting of the open pit mining bill on...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the Appointment of a New Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO
    January 29, 2013 - 'Gov. Walker's WEDC, Once Again, Underwhelms' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the hiring of a new CEO for Gov. Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC): "Gov. Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), once again, underwhelms. "Not only have the agency failed miserably in creating new jobs, lost track of millions in...
  • Wisconsin Citizens Shut Out While Out-Of-State Mining Company Helps Draft Bill to Develop Massive Open Pit Mine
    January 29, 2013 - Drafting Records Reveal Mining Company Asks Madison -- Legislation being fast-tracked by Gov. Walker and the Republican controlled state legislature to roll back environmental standards for a massive open pit mine in Northern Wisconsin was, according to drafting records obtained by One Wisconsin Now, extensively modified at the behest of the out-of-state company seeking to open the mine. One Wisconsin...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the Introduction of New Open Pit Mining Legislation
    January 16, 2013 - 'This Bill is About Satisfying Gov. Walker's Seemingly Insatiable Need to Fill His Campaign Money Pit' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the introduction of new open pit mining legislation: "Mining special interests spent huge sums to try to buy compliant legislators in the November elections. And today, this bill is about...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Walker's State of the State Address
    January 15, 2013 - 'No Speech Could Have Covered Up His Abysmal Record' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on Gov. Walker's State of the State address: "This is a man running for President in 2016, and for the next two years it's clear Gov. Walker will be pursuing an agenda that is best for his political...
  • One Wisconsin Now Applauds Milwaukee Common Council's Support For Saving Same Day Voter Registration
    January 15, 2013 - Milwaukee Voters Can Send a Message to GOP Politicians: 'Protect Our Rights' Milwaukee -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross today applauded the 11-4 vote by the Milwaukee Common Council to place an advisory referendum on the city of Milwaukee April election ballot to allow citizens to vote to in support of preserving same-day voter registration. Mayor Tom Barrett...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Walker's Silence on Campaign Contributor, Fundraiser Host and Wall Street Bankster, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, Suing the Federal Government Over the Taxpayer-Funded Bailout of His Former Company, AIG.
    January 11, 2013 - ‘In a Word, Disgusting’ Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on Gov. Walker’s silence on his campaign contributor and fundraiser Hank Greenberg suing the federal government over the taxpayer funded bailout of AIG. Greenberg hosted the notorious fundraiser for Walker in his Park Avenue apartment in New York the day nearly one million signatures were...
  • Fix This Debt: One Wisconsin Now Invites 'Campaign to Fix the Debt' to Join Efforts on Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    January 11, 2013 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now today invited the Wisconsin chapter of the national Campaign to Fix the Debt to join in efforts to tackle the trillion dollar student loan debt crisis plaguing state college students, graduates and their families and suppressing economic activity. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, “The ‘Campaign to Fix the Debt’ says they want...
  • Senate Author of Voter ID Bill Admits He Has No Evidence of Fraud
    January 10, 2013 - One Wisconsin Now Says ‘Appalling’ Author of Legislation Threatening Rights of 300,000 Legal Voters Cannot Produce Any Evidence of Voting Impropriety Madison -- In response to One Wisconsin Now’s simple open records request of the author of Wisconsin’s unconstitutional voter ID law for “all evidence in possession by your office of voter fraud in the state of Wisconsin”, Sen. Joe...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Data Exposing Failure of Gov. Walker to Create Jobs
    January 8, 2013 - 'Gov. Walker and His Policies Have, Again, Proven to be an Abysmal Failure for Wisconsin.' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the release of U.S. Census data showing Wisconsin under Gov. Walker ranks 42nd of the 50 states for job creation between June 2011 and June 2012: "Gov. Walker and his...
  • Walker, GOP Legislature's Latest Promises of Moderation at Odds With Record of Extreme Partisanship, Failure on Jobs Promise
    January 7, 2013 - Madison -- After two years of unprecedented partisan political strife under their governance, a stagnant economy and record cuts to public education, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans enter the new legislative session claiming in media reports that they will pursue a moderate political agenda. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said, “Two years ago we got the same...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the Two Year Anniversary of Scott Walker as Governor
    January 3, 2013 - 'His cash grabs, pursuit of partisan political power and crony capitalism have continued, unashamedly and unabated, for two years.' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the two-year anniversary of Scott Walker as Governor: "Scott Walker used his gubernatorial inauguration in 2011 as a shockingly unseemly fundraiser for his own campaign and the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on NRA's Product Placement Infomercial
    December 21, 2012 - 'Every American Should Be Outraged at NRA's Use of Newtown Massacre to Sell More of Its Product,' Says One Wisconsin Now Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in response to the National Rifle Association press conference in which Wayne LaPierre called for putting guns in our schools. "After using its might to put...
  • NRA Endorsed, Funded Attorney General Van Hollen Dismissive of Tougher Gun Laws in Wake of Latest Mass Shooting Tragedy
    December 19, 2012 - Is AG Putting Protection of Political Backside Before Protecting the Public? Madison -- The shooter that killed 20 children and 6 adult teachers and school administrators in Newton, Connecticut last week used an assault rifle, equipped to fire 30 round magazines, that is available over the counter at chain retail outlets nationwide. In the face of national momentum to...
  • Senator Alberta Darling Admits No Proof of Fraud
    December 18, 2012 - Response to Demand She Back Up Her Claim of Voting Impropriety: ‘My Office Has No Documents’ Madison -- Senator Alberta Darling made national news after the November election by suggesting that fraud accounted for some or all of President Obama’s 200,000 plus vote victory in Wisconsin. In response to One Wisconsin Now’s demand that she produce proof to back...
  • Latest Lazich Racist Voter Attack Effort to Undo Election Results Republicans Didn't Like
    December 18, 2012 - Madison -- The latest attack by longtime voting rights opponent Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), specifically targets legal minority voters to purge them from the rolls much like fellow Republicans did in Florida and attempted in as many as 11 other states. The paucity of proven voting impropriety in Wisconsin, fewer than two dozen cases prosecuted since 2004 while 14...
  • One Wisconsin Now Renews Demand Rep. Vos and Sen. Darling Prove It
    December 12, 2012 - Colleague Glenn Grothman Admits 'I Can't Prove It' When Challenged on Similar Allegations of Voting Impropriety Madison -- On the heels of yesterday's admission by Sen. Glenn Grothman that he "can't prove" his allegations of voting impropriety, One Wisconsin Now renewed its demand that incoming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Joint Committee on Finance co-chair Alberta Darling produce the evidence to back up...
  • 'Money Badger' Minions Fight to Save Voter Suppression Efforts
    December 12, 2012 - Bradley Foundation-Funded Right Wing Noise Machine Launches Attack on Non-Partisan Election Administrators Madison -- Wisconsin’s right wing noise machine, larded with cash from “Money Badger” Michael Grebe’s Bradley Foundation, is attacking the non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB), overseen by a panel of retired judges, for estimating Republican legislators’ efforts to repeal Wisconsin’s same day voter registration law will cost...
  • Top Republican Admits He Can't Prove Voter Fraud Allegation, Still Wants to Make it Harder for Millions of Wisconsinites to Vote
    December 11, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Asks: Does Senator Glenn Grothman Oppose Democracy Or Just Certain People Voting? Madison -- A high-ranking Wisconsin Republican, and strident backer of changing state law to make it more difficult for legal state voters to vote, admitted today that there is no proof the fraud he alleged is occurring. In a news report in which Assistant...
  • Einhorns Expand Their State Political Scandal Portfolio
    December 10, 2012 - Milwaukee Investor Who Sponsored Voter Suppression Effort at Center of Possible ‘Pay to Play’ Scandal Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross called on state and federal authorities to immediately open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Capital Midwest being granted management of $1 million of taxpayer funds through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)....
  • Congratulations Graduates! Welcome to the Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis
    December 10, 2012 - Original Research by Institute for One Wisconsin Finds Grads Saddled With Nearly $400 in Monthly Student Loan Payments for Next 18 to 22 Years Madison -- As another semester comes to a close at the University of Wisconsin and thousands of students complete their college careers, research conducted by Institute for One Wisconsin has found that those graduating with student...
  • Wisconsin 'Money Badger's' Paw Prints Uncovered In Attack on Worker Rights in Michigan
    December 7, 2012 - Is Wisconsin Next in Line for 'No Rights at Work' Legislation? Madison -- Wisconsin's 'Money Badger', Michael Grebe, appears to have his paws in the attack on worker rights in Michigan according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. Grebe, who runs the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, has doled out nearly $2 million to three organizations taking leading roles in promoting...
  • Will Wisconsin 'Money Badger' Back Gov. Walker's Quest for Presidential Super PAC Cash?
    December 6, 2012 - Bigger Than Koch Brothers Bradley Foundation Chair, 'Money Badger' Michael Grebe, Has Long History of Supporting Walker's Political Ambitions Madison - Recent media reports on prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates' money chase included Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a list of suitors seeking an audience with GOP mega-donor and Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. But according to One Wisconsin...
  • One Wisconsin Now Condemns Latest GOP Effort to Limit Voting as Citizens Continue to Rally to Protect Access to Ballot Box
    December 5, 2012 - GOP Assault on Voter Rights 'The Real Fraud in Wisconsin' Milwaukee -- Joining Milwaukee community organizations, elected officials and election administrators at an event opposing the efforts of Gov. Scott Walker and top legislative Republicans to roll back the state's nearly 40-year old same day voter registration law, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross denounced the GOP's latest voting...
  • Rep. Vos Alleges Voting Impropriety, One Wisconsin Now Demands the Proof
    December 4, 2012 - Unjustified Allegations and Attempt to Manipulate Voting Laws Is the Real Election Fraud in Wisconsin Madison -- In a weekend television appearance, incoming Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos justifed his opposition to Wisconsin’s nearly four decade old same day voter registration law saying, “When you go in for same day registration many times people show a bill that doesn’t...
  • Does Rep. Pridemore's Vision for Wisconsin Education Include Barring Certain Children from Public Schools?
    December 3, 2012 - Lawmaker's Racist Proposals Raise Alarming Questions About Planned Schemes for Education Madison -- Republican Assembly Rep. Don Pridemore today announced his campaign to be State Superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Given that Pridemore's most notable "accomplishments" as an elected official have been to author a racist, Arizona-style "papers please" attack on immigrants and the unconstitutional voter identification...
  • Questions Raised by GAB Exclusion of Recall Petition Signers from Employment Opportunities
    November 30, 2012 - Standard May Not Equally Disqualify Partisans Madison -- The job announcement for the administrator of the elections division at the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) includes a notice that individuals who signed a recall petition for a state officeholder in 2011 or 2012 will not be hired. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross today raised concerns that the policy,...
  • Institute: Court Accepts Institute for One Wisconsin Brief in Voter ID Case
    November 30, 2012 - Amicus Brief Argues Against Discriminatory Voter ID Law, Details Lack of Access to DMVs and Absence of Voting Impropriety in Wisconsin Madison -- The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has accepted an Amicus brief filed by the Institute for One Wisconsin opposing the implementation of a state voter ID law, ruled unconstitutional by two lower courts, that could disenfranchise hundreds of...
  • Walker Aide Pleads Guilty Today. Set Up Secret County E-Mail System Used by Previously Sentenced Brett Davis Campaign Fundraiser.
    November 29, 2012 - Brett Davis Remains Employed By Walker Administration Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross renewed a call made earlier this week for Gov. Walker to demand the resignation of top administration aide Brett Davis for his participation in a scheme to benefit his failed Lieutenant Governor campaign, at taxpayer expense, that has resulted in jail time for one...
  • Wisconsin Says 'No Way to Ending Same Day'
    November 29, 2012 - 15,000 Signatures on Petition Opposing Gov. Walker's Effort to Eliminate Same Day Voter Registration in Wisconsin  Madison -- A coalition of advocacy groups delivered nearly 15,000 signatures on a petition to save same day voter registration to the office of Gov. Scott Walker today, rallying to save a state law that has helped over one million eligible voters cast a...
  • One Wisconsin Now Requests District Attorney Interview Senator Grothman Regarding Voting Impropriety Claims
    November 27, 2012 - Does Grothman Have Proof? Or Are His Allegations the Real Fraud? Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross has requested the Washington County District Attorney interview State Senator Glen Grothman, under oath, to determine what, if any, factual information the Senator has regarding serious allegations of voting impropriety he recently made during a radio interview. Ross commented, “We...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Appointment of Rep. John Nygren as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance
    November 26, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the appointment of Republican Representative John Nygren as Assembly Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance: "Rep. John Nygren's appointment as Assembly Co-Chair is a sure sign that special interests can expect business as usual under the new Assembly Republican majority." "We all remember that insurance...
  • State Medicaid Director Brett Davis Must Go for Role in Illegal Campaigning on Public Dime
    November 26, 2012 - Continued State Employment of Key Figure in Walker Criminal Investigation 'Reeks of Cronyism at Best, Hush Money at Worst' Madison -- On the heels of Kelly Rindfleisch's guilty plea to a felony misconduct in office charge, and a jail sentence for campaign fundraising work she did while a top aide to Scott Walker as Milwaukee County Executive to benefit the...
  • How Far Does Walker Open Records Slowdown Go?
    November 21, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Requests for Information From Walker's State and County Offices Were Stalled for Months Madison - A report that Gov. Walker's gubernatorial campaign manager directed his Milwaukee County staff to "drag out" fulfilling requests under the state open records law for information related to a tragic incident involving the death of a young boy outside a county owned...
  • Emails Show Kedzie's Office Was Coordinating With Romney Campaign About Kedzie Son's Incident
    November 20, 2012 - Kedzie Politicized Incident With State-Issued Press Release, Had Office Schedule Son's Talk With Romney Campaign Madison - The results of a partially filled open records request by the office of Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) show that in the days after Kedzie conspicuously sent out a press release and photo from his state office related to an incident involving his son...
  • Institute for One Wisconsin Files Amicus Brief in Voter ID Case Citing Lack of Voter Fraud, Access to DMVs
    November 19, 2012 - Pro-Voter ID Contention on Ease of Getting ID 'Patronizingly Dismissive, Arising From Privilege' Madison -- The Institute for One Wisconsin is today filing an amicus brief in support of the NAACP-Voces de la Frontera lawsuit against the state's voter identification law, citing the lack of provable voter impropriety and limited access to Department of Motor Vehicles offices. The Institute for...
  • Walker Meets GOP 2016 Presidential Primary Litmus Test with Health Exchange Decision, Fails Wisconsin
    November 16, 2012 - 'Walker Puts Presidential Aspirations Above People of Wisconsin,' Says One WI Now Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker entered the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary by refusing to do his job and rejecting a state-based health care exchange under the federal Affordable Health Care Act. Walker's actions represent the governor's shameful partisan political scheming in the hopes of higher office, according...
  • One Wisconsin Now Letter Asks Darling to Document Cases of Voter Impropriety
    November 14, 2012 - GOP Leader Claimed Prevention of In Person Voter Fraud Would Have Delivered Over 200,000 Votes to Romney Madison -- Following her television appearance Sunday in which leading Republican State Senator Alberta Darling claimed a lack of voter identification law caused Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to lose Wisconsin, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross today sent a letter to Darling...
  • Assembly Republicans Vote to Replace Ethically-Challenged Knodl with Serial Offender Steineke
    November 14, 2012 - Vote Comes on Heels of Vos' Admission of Selling Wisconsin Consumers out to Title Loan Predators Madison -- State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Vandenbroek), with a rap sheet spanning two decades worth of offenses including operating while intoxicated, hit and run, trespassing, and resisting an officer, was elected Assistant Majority Leader by fellow GOP members of the Assembly. He replaces Rep. Dan...
  • What's The Number?
    November 13, 2012 - by Scot Ross  Even with images of Americans forced to wait in lines as long as seven hours long simply to cast their ballot so indelible President Obama in his victory speech said "we have to fix that," Wisconsin Republicans are gearing up to pass new laws to make voting here even more inconvenient and onerous. The question they must...
  • Leading Republican Defends Auctioning Off Public Policy to Benefit Out-of-State Campaign Contributors
    November 12, 2012 - Rolling Back Protections for Wisconsin Consumers for Georgia Loan Sharks No Big Deal For Rep. Vos, He Does It All the Time Madison -- Since 2008 the Aycox family of Georgia, owners of auto-title loan businesses that prey on low-income consumers, have contributed $38,000 to Republican Assembly candidates and incumbent representatives. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross,...
  • Corporate WISTAX Predictably Offers Propaganda for Coming Walker Regressive Tax Cut Scheme
    November 12, 2012 - Report Ignores Context for Largest Education Cuts in Wisconsin History Madison -- As Republican Gov. Scott Walker prepares to put Wisconsin's children and public schools further in the hole by shifting resources to a planned tax cuts to benefit the rich and corporations, the corporate Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has sent out a new round of propaganda to help Walker make...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Wisconsin State Legislative News
    November 7, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the latest state legislative news and the continuing assault by legislative Republicans on the rights of the people of Wisconsin: "Which rights will the incoming state Republican legislative majority go after first - the right to vote, the rights of women to make their own health...
  • The Wisconsin 'Money Badger's' Bad Night
    November 7, 2012 - Bradley Foundation and Its Rising Stars Walker, Priebus and Ryan Fail to Deliver in Wisconsin Madison -- The day after statewide success for progressives in Wisconsin, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director noted the untold story is the failure of Wisconsin's 'Money Badger,' Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe, and his protégés Governor Scott Walker, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and...
  • GOP Tries to Keep Candidates Non-Tax Paying Past From Public
    November 2, 2012 - Threatening Letter Attempts to Suppress Tax History Information Madison -- One Wisconsin Now has learned that Republicans are attempting to keep information about GOP candidates not paying taxes from being made available to the public prior to Tuesday's election. Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now, commented, "Instead of paying taxes, and paying them on time, like other hard...
  • Exclusive: More True the Vote Poll Watching Materials Wrong
    November 2, 2012 - Legal Memo Calls Instructions 'Blatant Misinformation' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now has uncovered more flaws in materials being distributed to Wisconsin poll watchers by the racist, right wing Texas outfit True the Vote. The "training materials" pointedly ignore Wisconsin law regarding election observers. True the Vote is working with the Bradley Foundation-funded American Majority to allegedly put 1 million poll...
  • Wisconsin Business Owner in Romney Super PAC Ad Paid No State Corporate Income Tax During Obama's First Term, Likely Not Impacted by Tax Plan Asking Millionaires to Pay Fair Share
    November 1, 2012 - Madison - A recent pro-Romney super-PAC television ad features Joseph Buechel of Wisconsin, who identifies himself as a small business owner, decrying the Obama Administration's tax policy. However, tax records obtained by One Wisconsin Now show Buechel's business, Natural Stone Veneers International, Inc., has paid nothing in state corporate income taxes in any of the last five years, and, based...
  • Romney Campaign Touted Support of Foundation Head Behind Voter Suppression Effort
    November 1, 2012 - Will Romney Denounce Racist Billboards In Wisconsin Visit? Madison -- The Romney for President campaign has touted the endorsement of Michael Grebe, saying in a press release that the head of the Milwaukee based Bradley Foundation, recently revealed as a funder of voter suppression billboards, is a "great supporter of conservative causes". One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Uncovers More Problems With Right Wing Poll Watcher Training
    October 31, 2012 - True the Vote Poll Watching Materials Fact Deficient Madison -- On the heels of the revelation that the Republican Party of Wisconsin's poll watcher training included incorrect information and advised individuals to conceal their partisan affiliation from local election workers, One Wisconsin Now has uncovered Texas-based True the Vote's Wisconsin poll watcher training materials also feature incomplete and incorrect information....
  • Einhorns Confirm One Wisconsin Now/theGrio Investigation: Admit Purchase of Voter Suppression Billboards
    October 30, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now, theGrio Investigation Revealed Bradley Foundation-Funded Non-Profit Behind Scheme Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding news late Monday that the Einhorn Family Foundation confirmed the results of a joint investigation by theGrio news service and One Wisconsin Now and admitted it was the previously-anonymous funder of voter suppression billboards purchased in...
  • Revealed: Joint Investigation by One Wisconsin Now & theGrio Uncovers Anonymous Funder of Voter Suppression Billboards
    October 29, 2012 - Milwaukee's Einhorn Family Foundation, Recipient of Bradley Foundation Money, Confirmed As 'Private Family Foundation' Behind Billboards Madison -- A joint investigation by theGrio news service and One Wisconsin Now has uncovered that Milwaukee's Einhorn Family Foundation is the "private family foundation" that anonymously funded voter suppression billboards in Wisconsin in September 2010 and again this year. A review of IRS...
  • Tommy! Busted.
    October 27, 2012 - New Video From One Wisconsin Now Debunks U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson's Latest Claim Madison --  In his run for United States Senate, Tommy Thompson has made numerous outlandish claims, and among the claims he's been most vociferous about is, "I've lived my whole life here". But according to research gathered by One Wisconsin Now and released today in a...
  • John Macco On Equal Pay for Women: Doesn't Get It or Doesn't Care?
    October 24, 2012 - Despite Studies Revealing Gap and Lost Wages, State Senate Candidate Backs Repeal of Wisconsin Equal Pay Law Madison -- At a public forum this week, State Senate candidate John Macco supported the repeal of Wisconsin 's equal pay law. Despite reports that full-time working women lose over $9 million annually in Wisconsin as a result of a gender pay gap...
  • Rep. Tiffany Silent on Rampant Mismanagement of Taxpayer Funds at State Economic Development Agency
    October 24, 2012 - Does He Not Care Because He and His Businesses Rarely Pay Any State Income Tax? Madison -- State Representative Tom Tiffany paid no state income tax in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010, and his businesses have paid nothing since 2001 and 2008 respectively. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross wondered if this lack of "skin in the game"...
  • So Howard Marklein, Warren Petryk and Pat Snyder Walk Down a Street ... And the Joke's on Us
    October 23, 2012 - Trio From Hundreds of Miles Apart Shares Same TV Ad Locations, Same Pro-Corporate Agenda Madison -- State Assembly Representatives Howard Marklein and Warren Petryk and Assembly candidate Pat Snyder hail from Spring Green, Eleva and Wausau respectively. But, amazingly, for the trio's new television commercials, they all found themselves walking down the same street, in the same factory and outside...
  • Scott Krug Bellies Up to the Public Trough
    October 22, 2012 - Over $61,000 in Salary and Payments From Us, Almost Nothing in State Income Taxes From Him Madison -- Between 2009 and 2011 Scott Krug has been paid $49,943 by state taxpayers as a legislator and at least $12,000 more from the state of Wisconsin. Krug owns the business New Opportunities, LLC and says he works as a "life coach". Yet...
  • Statements on Clear Channel Decision to Remove Voter Suppression Billboards
    October 21, 2012 - 'Wisconsin Deserves to Know Who Was Paying for Attack on Right to Vote,' Says Institute for One Wisconsin Madison-- Scot Ross, Institute for One Wisconsin Executive Director, released the following statements on news Clear Channel would reportedly be removing the anonymously-funded voter suppression billboards targeting communities of color around Milwaukee, which have sprung up for a second consecutive November election...
  • Over 2,000 Sign One Wisconsin Now Petition Demanding Clear Channel Yank Racist Voter Suppression Billboards
    October 19, 2012 - 'Clear Channel Is Complicit in Attempted Voter Suppression,' Says One WI Now Madison -- More than 2,000 people have signed One Wisconsin Now's petition demanding Clear Channel remove the voter suppression billboards targeting minority communities in Milwaukee just weeks before the November 6 election. Clear Channel has so far refused to take down the billboards and reveal the anonymous donor...
  • Vandermeer Would Contribute Nothing to Debate Over Tax Fairness, Much Like Her State Income Taxes
    October 19, 2012 - Madison -- In a recent interview with the news service Wispolitics.com, Assembly candidate Nancy Vandermeer is reported to have said that she believes the Assembly could use more people like her. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, wondered how her and her business not paying state income taxes would add to the debate about how to make sure the...
  • Mary Czaja: No Help on Health Insurance for Thousands of Uninsured Wisconsinites, No State Income Taxes Paid by Her Four Times in Recent Years
    October 19, 2012 - Madison -- State Assembly candidate Mary Czaja, who touts her involvement with an association that lobbied against bipartisan legislation that could have made comprehensive health insurance available to an estimated 156,000 uninsured individuals and 35,000 farmers, paid no state income taxes in 2010, 2008, 2007 or 2004 according to state Department of Revenue records. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot...
  • New Audio: What Did Tommy Mean, Now?
    October 18, 2012 - Tommy!, Campaign Staff and Family Have Insulted Gays, Jews and Women, Question President's Birthplace Madison -- In advance of the second debate between U.S. Senate candidates Tommy Thompson and U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross wondered whom the subject of the Thompson campaign's next offensive comment will be. New audio obtained by One Wisconsin Now...
  • John Macco's Wife Endorses Him in TV Ad
    October 18, 2012 - But What Else Does She Have to Say? Milwaukee -- It’s no surprise the wife of state Senate candidate John Macco endorses his campaign. But according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross she has, much like U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s son Jason, shared and advocated racially charged, discredited right-wing attacks regarding President Obama. Ross commented, “Publicly endorsing your...
  • Simple Questions Rick Gudex Must Address
    October 17, 2012 - Public Deserves Honest Answers About His Support for Extremist Policies Madison -- With questions about the scrubbing of his website "issues" page unanswered and publicly lying about his support for a constitutional amendment that would ban most forms of birth control and potentially outlaw in vitro fertilization and stem cell research, Rick Gudex has repeatedly failed to be honest with the...
  • Clear Channel Owes Public Exposure of Racist Voter Suppression Billboards' Client
    October 15, 2012 - 'Clear Channel Is Profiting for Second Time From Billboards Targeting People of Color,' Says Institute for One Wisconsin Milwaukee -- The Institute for One Wisconsin joined community leaders and organizations in Milwaukee for a press conference about the dozens of voter suppression billboards, targeting communities of color, which have sprung up for a second consecutive November election cycle. Scot Ross,...
  • He Did It Again: Senate Candidate Gudex Lies, Again, About Support for the Radical Constitutional Amendment That He Signed On To
    October 11, 2012 - Madison -- In a radio interview today, State Senate candidate Rick Gudex lied, again, about his support for a radical state constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions including for victims of rape and when the mother's life is endangered and likely ban in vitro fertilization, stem cell research, and even could lead to police investigations of miscarriages. One Wisconsin...
  • Czaja on Health Care: 'If I Can't Sell It, You Can't Have It'
    October 11, 2012 - Insurance Agent Worked With Lobbying Group to Oppose Letting Self-Employed and Farmers Buy Health Insurance Madison -- Assembly candidate Mary Czaja touts her experience lobbying on health insurance issues. But according to state lobbying reports, the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin with which Czaja is associated, formally opposed and worked to kill bills that could have helped tens of thousands...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Federal Elections Commission Complaint Against Rep. Paul Ryan
    October 10, 2012 - Asks for Determination Ryan Improperly Using Congressional Campaign Funds to Boost GOP Presidential Ticket in Key Swing State Madison -- One Wisconsin Now today filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging U.S. Representative and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is improperly using Congressional campaign funds to boost the Republican Presidential ticket. Ryan, who has claimed he has...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Top Walker Aide Pleading Guilty to Felony Misconduct in Office
    October 10, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements related to the announcement that Kelly Rindfleisch will plead guilty to one count of felony misconduct in public office for her actions as Deputy Chief of Staff to Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County Executive: "You cannot understate the seriousness of a top aide pleading guilty...
  • John Macco's Record Opposing Taxes: Late Eight Times on His Local Property Taxes, State Tax Warrant Issued for Unpaid Income Taxes
    October 9, 2012 - Madison - State Senate candidate John Macco has a record of opposing taxes, at least when it comes to paying his own on time, based on a review of state and local tax records conducted by One Wisconsin Now.  One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, "A candidate for public office saying they're opposed to taxes is no surprise,...
  • Gudex Claims He Hasn't Endorsed the Radical Constitutional Amendment That He Endorsed
    October 8, 2012 - Also Alleges 'I Haven't Read the Entire Legislation', That Runs All of 2 Sentences and 63 Words  Madison -- State Senate candidate Rick Gudex has doubled down on efforts to hide his extremist views from the public. One Wisconsin Now earlier revealed he scrubbed key passages from his campaign website, then, in an October 4th radio interview, Gudex denied that he...
  • One Wisconsin Now to Welcome Milwaukee Marathoners to the 'Paul Ryan Finish Line'
    October 6, 2012 - Mile 20 Finish Line Highlights How Romney-Ryan Plan Comes Up Short For Middle Class Madison -- One Wisconsin Now will be hosting a "Paul Ryan Finish Line" at mile 20 of Sunday's Milwaukee Marathon to highlight how the Romney-Ryan plan comes up short for Wisconsin's middle class families according to Executive Director Scot Ross. Ross, who has completed more marathons...
  • He Said What?
    October 5, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Chronicles the Buffoonery of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on New Website, www.OurDumbSenator.com Madison -- The stunning frequency with which Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson proves himself to be utterly out-of-touch, misinformed and even downright foolish in his public statements inspired One Wisconsin Now's new website, www.OurDumbSenator.com, dedicated to chronicling the Senator's inanity. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director...
  • Gudex Scrubs Campaign Website
    October 3, 2012 - Is Senate Candidate Trying to Hide His Extreme Views From the Public? Madison - State Senate candidate Rick Gudex has re-written a key section of the "policy" page on his campaign's website, raising questions about what he's trying to hide from the public, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. Ross asked, "Is Gudex trying to hide his...
  • New Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt a Drag on Wisconsin Economy
    September 27, 2012 - Institute for One Wisconsin Research Reveals Hundreds of Millions in Potential In-State Economic Activity Diverted to Student Loan Debt Repayment Madison -- As student loan debt tops one trillion dollars nationally, surpassing credit card debt, federal officials are pointing to the debt crisis as a drag on economic recovery efforts. Original research from the Institute for One Wisconsin released today...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Confirmation on Total Lack of Voter Fraud
    September 25, 2012 - 'The Only Thing More Bogus Than Scab Refs Call in Last Night Packers' Game Is Rightwing Insistence on Voter Impropriety' Says OWN Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements related to national and state media analysis showing a complete lack of widespread voter irregularity, despite a near-decade long claim by voter suppression organizations and...
  • Rep. Tiffany AWOL in Effort to Extend Waiver for SeniorCare Prescription Drug Program
    September 24, 2012 - Madison -- Wisconsin's SeniorCare program has helped state seniors save an estimated $100 million on the cost of their prescription drugs. Yet Rep. Tom Tiffany was conspicuously absent as a number of his Assembly Republican colleagues signed a letter urging federal officials to extend the waiver that allows the program to continue to operate. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot...
  • Right-Wing Irony Parade Adds Another Act
    September 21, 2012 - Madison -- The ironic cavalcade of right-wing politicians rallying for unaccountable privatization in a publicly run building on Saturday just upped the ante with the addition of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to the roster of speakers. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross pondered if Kleefisch's performance will be ironic, hypocritical or both. He commented, "If Lt. Gov. Kleefisch holds...
  • Gudex's Special Interest Supporters Agenda Could Harm Children With Disabilities, Increase Local Property Taxes
    September 21, 2012 - Madison - The special interest group that has to date spent over $114,000 on television ads in support of State Senate candidate Rick Gudex lobbied in favor of bills that would have increased local property taxes and hurt educational opportunities for children with disabilities in the 2011-12 session of the Wisconsin legislature. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented,...
  • John Macco's Vision: Less Math & Science In Our Schools?
    September 20, 2012 - Senate Candidate Calls for Elimination of 'Mandated Classes' Madison -- John Macco recently invited the public to share a "fresh vision for Northeast Wisconsin". But according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, Macco's "vision" could mean children are less prepared for careers and get less instruction in critical subjects like math and science. Ross commented, "It's hard to...
  • Wausau Area Talk Radio Squawker and Assembly Candidate Pat Snyder Stages His Own Empty Chair Routine
    September 19, 2012 - Last Minute "Scheduling Conflict" Results in Forum No-Show Madison -- Wausau area radio host and State Assembly candidate Pat Snyder staged his own "empty chair" routine Tuesday night in Wausau, skipping a candidate forum hosted by the American Association of University Women of Wausau. According to media reports, Snyder dropped out just hours before the event was scheduled to take...
  • One Wisconsin Now Call for End to Walker's 'Gravy Train' for Michael, Best & Friedrich
    September 18, 2012 - Politically Connected Law Firm Could Receive Even More Tax Dollars to Defend Law Stripping Wisconsin Workers of Their Rights Madison -- One Wisconsin Now today called on Gov. Scott Walker to halt the taxpayer-funded gravy train for the politically connected law firm, Michael, Best & Friedrich, and stop using public funds to pay for the continuing legal battle to overturn...
  • Does Non-Taxpaying Tom Tiffany Reject Mitt Romney's 'Freeloading 47%' Comments?
    September 18, 2012 - State Rep. Paid No State Income Taxes Five of Last Six Years, His Businesses Pay None Either Madison -- A national controversy has erupted over a recently released video clip in which Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tells a roomful of campaign donors that 47% of American voters believe that they are "... entitled to health care, to food, to...
  • Irony on Parade in Waukesha
    September 14, 2012 - Right-Wing's "We Did Build It" Rally to be Held in Taxpayer-Funded Facility, Keynote Address by U.S. Senator Who Married Into Fortune Madison -- From the location to the keynote address, irony will be on parade this weekend in Waukesha according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross as a cavalcade of right-wing organizations promote unaccountable privatization.  Ross noted the...
  • Support for Private School Vouchers in Milwaukee, Cuts to K-12 Public Schools Pays Off for Gudex's Campaign
    September 13, 2012 - Special Interest Group Takes to TV Airwaves to Support Candidate That Supports Them over Local Schools Madison - Spending more state taxpayer dollars on private school vouchers in Milwaukee while hitting K-12 public schools with record budget cuts isn't paying off for public school children. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, supporting these policies is paying...
  • BREAKING: Tom Tiffany Finally Pays Individual State Income Tax
    September 13, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Welcomes State Representative to the Club of Citizens Who Pay Their State Income Taxes Madison - According to state Department of Revenue records, State Representative Tom Tiffany's streak of not paying state income taxes was snapped in 2011. Tiffany paid no personal state income taxes in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010, but did pay...
  • Let's Be Honest: Rep. Ryan's Wisconsin Visit Perfect Time to Release His Tax Records
    September 11, 2012 - Ryan, Romney Break With Decades-Long Precedent By Other Presidential Tickets Madison - A mid-week campaign visit to De Pere is the perfect opportunity for Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan to come clean and release his tax records for the last ten years, as has virtually every major party presidential ticket candidate in recent elections, according to One Wisconsin Now...
  • U.S. Rep. Petri: No Apology for Using 9/11 as Excuse for Not Paying Taxes. Instead, Hosts With a D.C. Fundraiser?
    September 10, 2012 - Madison -- According to U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, the 9/11 terrorist attack caused such damage to his foreign investment portfolio that the millionaire Congressman did not pay any state income taxes for four years. Now, instead of apologizing for using a national tragedy as an excuse for paying no state income taxes, he has scheduled a Washington D.C. campaign fundraiser...
  • Romney-Ryan Jobs Pledge: 'Ours Is Smaller'
    September 10, 2012 - More of Failed Walker Tax Policies With Even Fewer Jobs Promised Madison -- Following the age-old political adage that setting the bar low enough helps one achieve success, the Republican presidential campaign of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is promising in a new television ad to create fewer jobs over an unspecified time span than the 250,000 jobs over...
  • The Terrorists Did It
    September 6, 2012 - U.S. Rep. Petri Claims 9/11 Terrorist Attack Culprit For His Paying No State Income Taxes Madison -- In a news report revealing he paid no state income taxes in 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005, a spokesperson for Wisconsin Congressional Representative Tom Petri laid the blame at the feet of 9/11 terrorists, a claim termed "outrageous and insulting" to working people by One...
  • Wealthy Wisconsin Congressional Representative Paid $0.0 in State Taxes
    September 5, 2012 - Regressive Romney-Ryan Tax Agenda Proposes More of the Same Madison -- A news report revealing Wisconsin Congressperson Tom Petri paid no state income taxes in 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005 is yet another example of how the current tax code, and policies advocated by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, favors wealthy investors over the middle class, according to One Wisconsin...
  • Ryan Speech Ignores Complicity in Iraq War
    August 29, 2012 - 'Paul Ryan Had a Responsibility to Apologize. He Did Not,' Says One WI Now Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in response to Rep. Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention. "Tonight, Paul Ryan had the opportunity to at long last apologize for his complicity in sending so many members of his fellow...
  • The Real Ryan Record: Failure, Fraud, Fealty
    August 29, 2012 - Nine Things Paul Ryan Hopes the Media Ignores Madison - With the countdown on to Rep. Paul Ryan's speech accepting the Republican Vice Presidential nomination tonight, much attention is being paid to what he will say. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said even more significant is what will not be said as he introduces himself to the nation...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements Regarding Gov. Scott Walker's Address to the Republican National Convention
    August 28, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross made the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker's address to the Republican National Convention tonight: "With a record like Gov. Walker's, it's no wonder why he was the opening act for the candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Delaware tonight. His divide and conquer approach to passing his agenda has left Wisconsin bitterly divided...
  • IOW: Government Accountability Board Approves Institute for One Wisconsin's Request to Allow "E-Bills" as Proof of Residency
    August 28, 2012 - Madison - In a victory for Wisconsin voters, the state Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) today unanimously approved allowing electronic copies of bills to be used to satisfy proof of residency requirements for voting. The Institute for One Wisconsin had formally requested that the G.A.B. take up the issue at the meeting today, and, along with Wisconsin Election Protection, United Council, students,...
  • What Happened? Wisconsin's Scott Walker Reduced to Warm Up Act on GOP Convention Governors' Night
    August 27, 2012 - Madison -- Right wing celebrity Gov. Scott Walker's star power appears to be on the wane in recent weeks, as evidenced by his warm-up act role on Governors' night at the Republican National Convention. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, "Walker's fall looks a lot like the superstar arena rock band of yesteryear now consigned to the county...
  • Unrepentant Feehan Doubles Down on Domestic Abuse Revelations
    August 23, 2012 - Former LaCrosse GOP Party Chair and Political Candidate Eschews Apology for Fundraising Appeal Madison -- In response to a newspaper report that he was arrested and reached a plea deal with prosecutors in connection with a domestic abuse incident involving a girlfriend, former LaCrosse County GOP chair and political candidate Bill Feehan has ... produced a YouTube video asking for...
  • Is Voter ID Van Hollen's October Surprise?
    August 23, 2012 - GOP Attorney General's Appeal to Conservative State Court Majority to Enact Anti-Democratic Voter ID Law on Eve of Election Raises Questions That Must Be Answered Madison -- Continuing a pattern of using his state office to attempt to disenfranchise legal voters, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has filed a formal request for the state Supreme Court to overturn lower...
  • Former La Crosse GOP Chair Feehan Charged in Domestic Abuse Incident Declares His Character 'Speaks For Itself'
    August 21, 2012 - Madison -- In a Monday newspaper article detailing his arrest and plea agreement with prosecutors in connection with criminal charges for domestic abuse, recent La Crosse County Republican Chair Bill Feehan declared his "character speaks for itself." One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross agreed. Ross commented, "The police report describing Feehan's choking of his girlfriend, throwing her to the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Van Hollen Attack on Voting Rights
    August 21, 2012 - Van Hollen "Either Lying About Rampant 'Voter Fraud,' or He Is Incompetent at His Job" Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements upon news Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen would petition the state Supreme Court to overturn, in advance of the November elections, Circuit Court rulings that the state's anti-democratic voter identification bill...
  • Institute for One Wisconsin Calls For Government Accountability Board to Recognize E-Bills as Proof of Residence, Prevent Disenfranchisement of Legal Voters
    August 20, 2012 - Madison -- The Institute for One Wisconsin is urging the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) to update and evaluate their interpretation of Wisconsin law to allow legal voters to use electronic billing statements to satisfy proof of residency requirements for voter registration. Institute Executive Director Scot Ross commented, "We are respectfully asking GAB to address its interpretation of the law,...
  • Romney-Ryan: Putting More Tax Breaks for Billionaires on the Backs of Students
    August 16, 2012 - Budget Scheme Would Worsen Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis and Threatens Economic Recovery Janesville -- At a rally today outside Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's Janesville office, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross denounced the regressive Romney-Ryan budget scheme that cuts federal Pell grants for students attending college, worsening the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis and hurting...
  • One Wisconsin Now Demands 'Pick One, Paul'
    August 13, 2012 - Ryan's Personal 'Taxpayer-Financed Job Security Plan' Unprecedented in Wisconsin Madison -- One Wisconsin Now is demanding newly-minted Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan "pick one" when it comes to running for election on the national ticket and for re-election to Congress at the same time. Multi-millionaire Ryan, whose budget scheme would essentially end Medicare as we know it while giving...
  • Romney-Ryan: Millionaires Before the Middle Class
    August 11, 2012 - 'Mitt Romney Has Bigger Problem With Republican Base Than Anyone Thought,' Says OWN Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the failed record of U.S. Rep Paul Ryan and this morning's announcement by former Bain Capital head Mitt Romney. "Mitt Romney has been on both sides of every issue, but choosing Paul Ryan...
  • New Report Details Walker Exploitation of Recall Fundraising Loophole
    August 9, 2012 - Walker Raised More in Excess Contributions Than Opponent Raised in Total Madison -- A comprehensive report from One Wisconsin Now and United Wisconsin shows how Gov. Scott Walker raised over $7 million by exploiting the unlimited campaign finance recall loophole and provides a detailed perspective on the out-of-state and in-state donors who bankrolled Walker's win in June. "Scott Walker exploited...
  • Friedman Failures Drive Walker's Wisconsin
    July 31, 2012 - Economic Attacks on Middle Class Hallmark of Friedman Vision Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the 100th birthday of the late corporate propagandist Milton Friedman. Many of the failures of Gov. Scott Walker can be traced to the policies espoused by Friedman, most notably massive tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy,...
  • Paul's Pals Sell Out Middle Class, Working Families, Farmers, Seniors and Students in Campaign Cash Grab
    July 26, 2012 - State Reps. Tranel and Marklein Pick Fundraising With U.S. Rep Paul Ryan Over Interests of Hard-Working Wisconsinites Madison -- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the "Ryan budget", will be in Platteville and Monroe on Friday to headline fundraising events for State Representatives Travis Tranel and Howard Marklein. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, the event is...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Cullen Escapade
    July 24, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding news in the Wisconsin State Senate today that Sen. Tim Cullen will refuse to caucus with Senate Democrats because they would not remove Jon Erpenbach as chair of the Senate Health Committee in favor of him. "Congratulations to Sen. Mark Miller for refusing to buckle to...
  • Prosser Lack of Payment on Legal Debt Raises Questions
    July 24, 2012 - Supreme Court Justice Prosser Pays $0.0 in Last Year on $220,000 Plus in Legal Fee Debt Madison -- Recently released public records reveal that Supreme Court Justice David Prosser owes a politically connected law firm over $220,000 in legal bills, but has not paid a dime towards that bill in over a year. The firm in question has had attorneys...
  • Who Will Walker Blame for Latest Job Loss?
    July 19, 2012 - Wisconsin's Unemployment Rate Rises, 13,200 Jobs Lost While Illinois, Minnesota Grow Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements related to the sad news that once again Wisconsin has lost jobs under the failed policies of Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin's unemployment rate rose and the state lost 13,200 jobs in June. "Who will Scott Walker...
  • Obamacare Helps Waukesha County Company Expand
    July 18, 2012 - Gov. Walker's Stonewalling on Health Care Exchanges in Wisconsin Limits Consumer Choice and Costs Jobs Madison -- While Gov. Scott Walker refuses to implement health care exchanges in Wisconsin, Minnesota's progress on offering consumers and businesses the opportunity to leverage their resources to purchase affordable, private health insurance will, according to recent news reports, create 100 new jobs at Waukesha...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Voter ID Injunction
    July 18, 2012 - 'Every Shovel of Dirt Put on the Coffin of Jim Crow is a Victory for Democracy,' Says OWN Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Judge David Flanagan's permanent injunction against Wisconsin's noxious voter identification law. "Scott Walker and his allies have lied over and over again, spewing baseless claims of voter impropriety...
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on Racine County Sheriff and District Attorney to Release Results of Senate Recall Election "Investigation"
    July 13, 2012 - Madison -- With a recount confirming and the Government Accountability Board certifying the results of the June 5th election for the 21st Senate District, One Wisconsin Now Executive director Scot Ross called on the Racine County Sheriff and District Attorney to make public the results of an investigation of the conduct of the election. Ross noted that the investigation was...
  • While Walker Rewards Corporations, Pres. Obama Focuses on Protecting Middle Class
    July 9, 2012 - Plan to Protect Middle Class Tax Breaks 'Critical' to Moving Economy Forward Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding President Obama's call for Congress to extend tax breaks for the middle class while allowing those for the wealthiest Americans to expire. "President Obama knows that a strong middle class is the only way...
  • Final Tally In For Gov. Walker's Cash Grab
    July 6, 2012 - Mega-Donors, Special Interests and Wealthy Out-of-Staters Stuff Gov. Walker's Campaign Coffers Madison -- An analysis of campaign finance reports by One Wisconsin Now found Gov. Walker's record spending in the June 5th recall election was overwhelmingly fueled by large contributions from the wealthy and out-of-state donors. One Wisconsin Now spokesperson Mike Browne commented, "It's too bad Gov. Walker isn't as...
  • Rep. Vos Claims No Documents Related to Legal Work, Court Filings on his Behalf in Response to One Wisconsin Now Open Records Request
    July 3, 2012 - Madison -- In response to One Wisconsin Now's open records request for documents related to his controversial, and potentially illegal, participation in a lawsuit on state voter identification legislation, Rep. Robin Vos today claimed that neither he nor his staff possess a single letter, email, note or other document related to the case. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls for Reprimand of Charlie Sykes Over Dishonesty
    June 29, 2012 - Report Suggests Right Wing Radio Talker May Have Knowingly Misled Listeners Madison -- In a letter to Journal Communications CEO Steven Smith, One Wisconsin Now called for a public reprimand of right-wing radio show host Charlie Sykes for his for his conduct related to the "John Doe" criminal investigation of Gov. Walker's close aides and associates. One Wisconsin Now Executive...
  • Statement of One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholding "ObamaCare"
    June 28, 2012 - One of Gov. Walker's first acts upon taking office was authorizing the use of taxpayer dollars to sue to repeal Obamacare. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the arguments of Gov. Walker and other opponents of health insurance reform. Gov. Walker's loss in court today is a big win for Wisconsin. Consumers now have the law on their side...
  • Republican National Committee Funding in Voter ID Lawsuit Uncovered in Investigation of One Wisconsin Now Ethics Complaint
    June 27, 2012 - Madison -- An ethics complaint filed by One Wisconsin Now against State Rep. Robin Vos, alleging he illegally accepted free legal work, has resulted in revelations that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is underwriting efforts to uphold a state voter identification law that could disenfranchise an estimated 200,000-plus legal voters. Rep. Vos had stonewalled efforts to uncover who was using...
  • One Wisconsin Now Makes Open Records Request to Get Answers in Rep. Vos Ethics Investigation
    June 25, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now announced the filing of an open records request of top GOP legislator Rep. Robin Vos and his staff in order to get answers to questions about his involvement in an apparently illegal scheme to provide free legal work on his behalf. "Rep Vos is trying whitewash potentially serious violations of ethics laws by announcing he...
  • Rep. Vos Pulls Out Of Voter ID Lawsuit But Questions Remain as Ethics Scandal Deepens
    June 22, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Asks Five Questions Rep. Vos Must Answer Madison -- Rep. Robin Vos, Assembly Republican co-chair of the powerful Joint Committee on Finance, announced late Thursday that he is withdrawing from a lawsuit regarding voter ID legislation amidst a growing ethics scandal about how legal work being done on his behalf was being paid. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director...
  • Ziegelbauer Drops Out of Suit; Vos Still Silent on Legal Fee Scandal
    June 19, 2012 - 'Rep. Vos Thinks Rules Don't Apply to Him,' Says OWN Madison -- State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) is still refusing to disclose who is paying the legal fees for him to appeal a judge's decision to block implementation of the Republican Voter ID bill. In response to an ethics complaint filed against Vos and Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (I-Manitowoc) by One...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Ethics Complaint Against Vos, Ziegelbauer over Free Legal Fees
    June 18, 2012 - Ethics Laws Prevent Legislators from Receiving Something of Value Madison -- State Reps. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) Bob Ziegelbauer (I-Manitowoc) violated state ethic laws by accepting free legal counsel related to their efforts to join a lawsuit over the state's Jim Crow-era voter identification legislation, according to a complaint filed today by One Wisconsin Now with the state's Government Accountability Board....
  • GOP Appointee, Donors Heading Up "Investigation" of GOP Election Complaints in Racine
    June 15, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Asks: Is This Racine County or Hazzard County? Madison -- Noting the glaring conflicts of interest of the Racine County District Attorney, an appointee of Gov. Walker and campaign contributor to Sen. Wanggaard, and the Racine County Sheriff, a financial supporter of the local Republican Party, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross called on both officials...
  • Beer and Brats: Is Gov. Walker Just Feeding Wisconsin Another Line?
    June 12, 2012 - Five Things Gov. Walker Could Do to Bring Wisconsin Back Together Madison -- Citing the age-old adage that actions speak louder than words, One Wisconsin Now is calling on Gov. Scott Walker to take concrete actions to heal the rift in Wisconsin brought on by his "divide and conquer" agenda. One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne commented, "Time and...
  • Gov. Walker's Recall Golden Rule: He Who Has the Gold, Rules
    June 11, 2012 - Analysis Reveals Gov. Walker Grabs of $7.3 million from 167 Mega-Donors An analysis of Gov. Walker's campaign finances by One Wisconsin Now has revealed he raised $7.3 million from wealthy, mega-donors exceeding the normal $10,000 aggregate contribution limit. The amount raked in by Gov. Walker from just 167 wealthy individuals, is nearly twice as much as the total of all...
  • Walker Political Appointee Stonewalling Release of Public Records?
    June 7, 2012 - Three Weeks Later, Records to Back Up Claim of "No Consultation" With Gov. Walker, on Revised Job Numbers Still Unreleased Madison -- Gov. Walker's political appointee in charge of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) appears to be stonewalling the release of public records related to claims he made about the release of unverified state job numbers. One Wisconsin Now...
  • What is Gov. Walker Hiding?
    May 30, 2012 - Eighty-Two Days and $160,000 Later, Still No Word on Who's Footing Bill For His Team of Criminal Defense Lawyers Madison -- Eighty-two days and $160,000 later, Gov. Walker and his campaign are continuing to refuse to name the donors to the legal defense fund he is using to pay for defense lawyers in a "John Doe" criminal investigation of corruption...
  • Gov. Walker Continues Massive Cash Grab
    May 29, 2012 - Snags 70% of Campaign Cash From Outside State Madison -- A One Wisconsin Now analysis of Gov. Walker's most recent campaign finance report reveals he is continuing to rake in high dollar contributions and raise the majority of his funds from out-of-state. Gov. Walker also continues to exploit a loophole allowing him to raise unlimited dollar amount contributions for expenses...
  • 5 Questions Gov. Walker Should Answer At Tonight's Debate
    May 25, 2012 - 5 Questions Gov. Walker Should Answer At Tonight's Debate Madison -- Questions continue to mount about Gov. Walker's candor on serious issues, including his involvement in the secret John Doe investigation of corruption and illegal campaigning by close aides and associates and video showing him telling campaign contributors a very different story than the public. One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director...
  • Which of Gov. Walker's Billionaire Boys and Girls Club Members Are Paying For His Criminal Defense?
    May 24, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Unveils "Guess the Billionaire Contest", Winner Announced When Gov. Walker Breaks Silence on Contributors to Legal Defense  Madison -- In response to Gov. Walker's continued stonewalling about who's footing the bill for his high priced team of criminal defense lawyers in a "John Doe" probe of corruption and illegal campaigning, One Wisconsin Now unveiled an online contest to let...
  • Memo: Follow the Money
    May 22, 2012 - TO: Interesteds FR: Mike Browne, Deputy Director, One Wisconsin Now DATE: May 22, 2012 RE: Follow the Money It has been reported that Gov. Scott Walker has spent much of the last year on a cross- country cash grab - filling his campaign coffers with millions from right-wing ideologues like "Swift Boat" Bob Perry, Newt Gingrich "Sugar Daddy" Sheldon Adelson, Women's...
  • One Wisconsin Now Asks Walker Campaign: What Were Your Other Guesses?
    May 18, 2012 - Calls for Release of Video to Back Up Gov. Walker's "Lucky Guess" Defense Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne called on Gov. Walker's campaign to release video to back up their "lucky guess" defense in response to questions about how his campaign was able to produce and run a new television ad citing job information from a...
  • Miraculous or Scandalous?
    May 17, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Requests Public Records Regarding Claim No Coordination Between Walker, Campaign and State Agency on Release of Jobs Report   Madison - One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne today announced the filing of public record requests associated with the suspicious timing of a new television ad from Gov. Walker's campaign, containing previously undisclosed information from an administration jobs report,...
  • Billionaire Walker Backer’s Business Pays No Taxes
    May 14, 2012 - How Much Less Than Nothing Would You Like to Pay, Ms. Hendricks? Madison -- The business of Gov. Scott Walker's "co-star" in the controversial "Divide and Conquer" video clip, billionaire widow Diane Hendricks, paid no taxes in 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008 (the latest year for which records were available) according to a report from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future....
  • Billionaires Back Gov. Walker's One Percent Agenda
    May 2, 2012 - 9 of the Richest People in U.S. Donate $1.375 Million to Walker According to Recent Campaign Filing Madison -- Nine members of the exclusive Forbes U.S. Billionaires List gave nearly $1.4 million to Gov. Walker over the last four months, according to One Wisconsin Now's analysis of his most recent campaign finance filing. One Wisconsin Now spokesperson Mike Browne commented,...
  • Gov. Walker's Cross Country Cash Grab Takes Off As Wisconsin Economy Crashes and Burns
    April 30, 2012 - Governor Grabs $13 Million in Campaign Cash As Wisconsin Economy Loses Most Jobs in Nation Madison -- Under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin's economy has tanked, ranking dead last in the nation for job creation and suffering the ignominy of being the only state in the nation with statistically significant job losses over the last year. Meanwhile, Gov. Walker's cross country cash...
  • Buffett Rule Coming Before U.S. Senate for a Vote
    April 16, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Calls on Candidates to Take a Stand Madison -- As Wisconsinites file their tax returns and a national debate on tax fairness heats up, including the U.S. Senate scheduling votes on the "Buffett Rule", One Wisconsin Now is calling on each of the candidates for U.S. Senate -- Tammy Baldwin, Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, Eric Hovde, and...
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on State Senators With Taxpayer Funded Memberships to Dump Affiliation with Right-Wing American Legislative Exchange Council
    April 10, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now sent letters today to 9 current Wisconsin State Senators asking them to revoke their membership in the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Senators would join the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and corporations like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Intuit and Kraft who earlier announced they've pulled their support. The letter also asks that the nine refund...
  • Major Corporations Cutting Ties With Right-Wing Organization, Will Wisconsin Legislators Follow Suit?
    April 9, 2012 - Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft and Intuit Severing Ties With American Legislative Exchange Council Madison -- Titans of corporate America Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft Foods and Intuit have all recently announced they are severing their ties with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC was founded nearly 40 years ago to create pro-corporate legislation at the expense of the middle class. One Wisconsin...
  • "Fake" Candidates, Real Consequences?
    April 4, 2012 - One Wisconsin Now Calls for Investigation of GOP Fake Candidate Scheme   Madison -- One Wisconsin Now today asked the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) and County District Attorneys to open an investigation to determine if any laws were broken when "fake" or "protest" candidates filed their sworn declarations of candidacy indicating they would be "representing" the Democratic Party in...
  • Corporate Funded RGA Returns to Wisconsin to Try to Bail Out Gov. Walker
    March 27, 2012 - Gov. Walker Proposed and Enacted Massive Giveaways That Could Benefit Major Industry Contributors to RGA Madison -- Late last week, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) announced via press release that they were returning to Wisconsin with a TV ad criticizing possible recall election opponents of Gov. Walker. According to a One Wisconsin Now analysis of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records,...
  • Big Spending, Corporate Funded Republican Governors Association Returns to Try to Bail Out Gov. Walker
    March 23, 2012 - Television Ad Criticizes Possible Recall Opponents ... But Gov. Walker's Abysmal Record Deserves the Criticism Madison -- The Virginia based, corporate-funded Republican Governors Association (RGA) announced in a press release today that it has returned to Wisconsin with negative television commercials attacking possible opponents of Gov. Walker in a recall election. But according to One Wisconsin Now spokesperson Mike Browne,...
  • Gov. Walker Touts Leadership, But Official Schedule Tells a Different Story
    March 14, 2012 - Little Time Scheduled For Working With Legislators to Advance Agenda at Capitol Madison -- A One Wisconsin Now analysis of Gov. Walker's schedules from August 2011 through January 2012 reveals that little time was scheduled by the state's chief executive for communicating with legislators or working on a legislative agenda but that huge amounts of time were blocked off as...
  • Gov. Walker's LDF Creation Raises More Questions
    March 13, 2012 - TO: Interesteds FR: Mike Browne, Deputy Director, One Wisconsin Now DATE: March 13, 2012 RE: Gov. Walker's creation of a legal defense fund in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation of his administration raises troubling questions The latest in the sad saga of perhaps the most ethically challenged administration in recent state history is the formation of a legal defense fund,...
  • Gov. Walker's Legal Defense Fund Announcement Leaves Questions Unanswered
    March 9, 2012 - Who's contributing? How much? When? Madison - Thirty-seven days after announcing he "lawyered up" in the ongoing criminal investigation of his administration, Gov. Walker has announced he's created a legal defense fund. But the questions still remain. Who's contributing to the fund that will presumably be used to pay for his team of criminal defense attorneys? How much have they...
  • 37 Days Since Gov. Walker Announced He "Lawyered-Up" in Criminal Investigation of Administration, Still No Word On Who Is Paying His Legal Defense Bills
    March 9, 2012 - Does Governor Have "Gableman Plan" Billing Arrangement for His Team of High-Priced Criminal Defense Lawyers? Madison -- In early February, Gov. Scott Walker announced he had "lawyered-up" in the ongoing criminal investigation of his administration, retaining two high profile criminal defense attorneys. His continuing refusal to disclose how he is paying for his lawyers, whose billing rates could approach $1,000...
  • One Year of Walker = 20,600 Fewer Jobs in Wisconsin
    March 8, 2012 - Madison -- The numbers are in and Wisconsin lost a net of 20,600 nonfarm jobs in 2011 with Scott Walker as Governor and Republicans in control of the state legislature. While nationally jobs were added the backwards, trickle-down economic policies of Gov. Walker and the GOP cost us almost 21,000 jobs over the last year.  It's not only that Gov....
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Judge Issuing Injunction Against GOP Voter Suppression ID
    March 6, 2012 - Madison - One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne made the following statement regarding Dane County Circuit Court Judge Flanagan issuing an injunction against the voter suppression law: "Gov. Walker and Republicans in the legislature have spent the last 15 months taking away the rights of Wisconsinites to have a say in their workplace, hold their elected officials accountable in...
  • Gov. Walker: New TV Ad, Same Falsehoods and Failed Policies
    March 5, 2012 - Latest Special Interest Funded Campaign Ad Misleads On Walker Failures on Jobs, Education, Health Care and Budget One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne made the following statement regarding Gov. Scott Walker's latest special interest funded campaign ad: "Governor Walker's new special interest funded TV ad is selling the same falsehoods and failed policies. The facts are that Gov. Walker's...
  • Wisconsinites Tell Government Accountability Board: "Count It and Call It"
    March 2, 2012 - Gov. Walker, GOP's Latest Delay Tactics Nothing More Than Ploy to Keep Special Interest Cash Grab Going While Gov. Walker and Republicans continue to seek delays in setting a recall election date - and keep raising unlimited campaign donations from wealthy mega-donors - One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne today urged the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to listen to...
  • Gov. Walker Wants Outside Groups With History of Voter Suppression to Challenge Recall Petition Signatures
    February 28, 2012 - Was Campaign Too Busy With Cross Country Cash Grab to Do Own Work? Madison -- Gov. Walker's campaign raised over $8 million from a cross-country cash grab, over 60% of it from out-of-state donors and much of it from mega-contributors giving up to $250,000 at a time. But his campaign is asking that, instead of offering their own challenges, allegations of...
  • 2010 "Lie of Year" Award Winner in Madison to Address Gathering of Corporate CEOs
    February 16, 2012 - Can GOP Spin Man Luntz Put Happy Face on Gov. Walker's Failures? Madison --- 2010 Politifact "Lie of the Year" award winner, GOP pollster Frank Luntz, addressed a gathering of CEOs sponsored by the state's big business lobby today in Madison. One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne said Luntz will have his work cut out for him trying to...
  • GOP Stalls Voucher Loophole Fix, Proposed Accountability Standards as Their Campaign Coffers Fill With Cash
    February 15, 2012 - Madison -- Campaign finance records show private school voucher advocates have showered Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP with over $507,000 in campaign contributions in 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile proposed accountability standards that would include voucher schools are on hold and a bill to close a loophole that could allow statewide expansion of the private voucher program is stalled in the...
  • Wisconsin Outrage: Are Koch Brothers Getting a Tax Break for TV Ad Touting Gov. Walker's Failed Policies?
    February 9, 2012 - Wealthy and Corporations Got Over $2.3 Billion in Tax Giveaways at Our Expense. Now a Tax Break for TV Ads Touting Policies Benefitting Them? Madison -- A recently launched statewide television ad campaign, touting the failed policies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker that have resulted in six straight months of job losses, could be providing Kansas billionaire brothers David and Charles...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statement on GOP Redistricting Secrecy Pledge
    February 7, 2012 - Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne made the following statement regarding regarding reports that nearly every Republican state legislator signed a "secrecy pledge", agreeing not talk about the redistricting power grab legislation being drafted behind closed doors by their leadership: "I don't know what's a bigger outrage, the reported Republican legislative leaders' unprecedented secrecy pledge or that...
  • With Walkergate Scandal Growing, One Wisconsin Now Launches www.WalkergateFiles.com
    February 3, 2012 - You've Got Questions? Check www.WalkergateFiles.com for Latest on Scandal Surrounding Gov. Scott Walker Madison -- The deepening scandal surrounding the administration of Gov. Scott Walker continues to generate new revelations and more unanswered questions. To help the public get a perspective on the depth and breadth of the scandal and to keep up with the latest developments, One Wisconsin Now...
  • Governor Scott Walker Needs to Come Clean
    January 27, 2012 - Walker needs to answer questions about "what he knew and when he knew it" Madison -- One Wisconsin Now statement regarding burgeoning Scott Walker political corruption scandal and the reluctance of the Governor to answer questions about "what he knew and when he knew it": Gov. Walker needs to come clean. The latest charges in the scandal surrounding Scott Walker...
  • Scott Walker's Rhetoric Versus Reality
    January 25, 2012 - Walker Set to Take on the Truth in Second State of the State Madison -- Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin's jobs crisis - posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added - and is now poised to take on "the truth" in his second State of the State address. In Gov. Walker's...
  • Over 61 Percent of Walker's Individual Money in Latest Reports From Out-of-State Donors
    January 24, 2012 - Walker's Four Top Donors All Gave $250,000, All from Outside of Wisconsin Madison -- The unprecedented out-of-state cash grab by Gov. Scott Walker continued at an alarming rate with Walker's latest reports showing he has amassed 61 percent of the $4.1 million in individual contributions raised since December 11 from outside of Wisconsin. Walker's four top donors, each giving $250,000,...
  • Is 'It's Working' Gov. Walker's 'Mission Accomplished'?
    January 20, 2012 - The following is an opinion column from Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Is 'It's Working' Gov. Walker's 'Mission Accomplished'? Turns out the worst news of Gov. Scott Walker's week wasn't that one million people signed papers to recall him from office. It was that for the sixth straight month, the state of Wisconsin lost jobs After all,...
  • Job Numbers Continue Six-Month Plummet Under Walker Failure
    January 19, 2012 - Another 3,900 Private Sector Jobs Lost Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the latest news that Gov. Scott Walker's failed economic policies have resulted in six straight months of job loss in Wisconsin, despite job creation happening in states across the nation. "Gov. Scott Walker has failed Wisconsin. His corporate tax breaks...
  • Case to Continue in Fight Against Poll Tax Scheme
    January 19, 2012 - Judge Sides Against Walker on Motion to Dismiss; Case to Continue in Fight Against Poll Tax Scheme Madison -- A Dane County Judge allowed to continue a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker's voter identification bill, that experts say is both not needed and could lead to legal voters being disenfranchised or subject to a de facto poll tax. "Gov. Scott...
  • 'Gov. Walker Has Failed Wisconsin'
    January 17, 2012 - Continuing Job Loss, Decimation of Education, Health Care, Tax Hikes on Seniors, Working Poor Are Walker's Legacy Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about the unprecedented grassroots uprising against the failed policies of Gov. Scott Walker.  "In just one year, Gov. Scott Walker has failed the people of Wisconsin as no other elected official...
  • Today in Walker Failure: Wisconsin 2nd Highest in Nation for New Unemployment Claims
    January 12, 2012 - Walker Scheme of Tax Breaks for Corporations, Rich, While Slashing Public Education, Health Care Continues to Fail Madison -- The failed economic agenda of Gov. Scott Walker continues as grim and disturbing news came today from the U.S. Department of Labor that for the week ending December 31, the state of Wisconsin had the second highest number of new unemployment claims...
  • GOP Redistricting Fiasco Gets Worse
    January 12, 2012 - Rush Job to Enact Power Grab Creates Chaos for Untold Thousands of Voters in Upcoming Elections Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the fiasco caused by the Republicans rush to try and rig election districts in the redistricting process. Since taking power in January, Republicans have systematically attacked voting rights and focused...
  • Walker Sues to Stick Taxpayers With Campaign Tab Despite Being Able to Raise Unlimited Money
    January 9, 2012 - Reason Unlimited Money Allowed Is to Pay for What Walker Making Taxpayer Shoulder Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker's effort to require taxpayers to finance the recall signature review campaign process should be disallowed, given Walker has been crisscrossing the country raising unlimited and unprecedented amounts of campaign cash, according to One Wisconsin Now. "Gov. Walker can't have it both ways,"...
  • Walker's Latest Ad Repeats False Claims About Taxes, Jobs
    January 3, 2012 - Tens of Thousands Seeing Higher Taxes, Wisconsin Tops National Job Loss Since June Madison -- The latest ad in Gov. Scott Walker's multi-million dollar campaign continues distort Walker's record of failure on job creation and deficit reduction, including the false claim that Walker did not raise taxes. "Gov. Walker believes that if he repeats the lie enough, the people of...
  • Institute for One Wisconsin Report: 'D is for Dismantle'
    December 20, 2011 - Dismantling Public Education to Support the Private School Industry Hurts Schools, Students, Wisconsin's Economy Madison -- A comprehensive analysis entitled "D is for Dismantle," authored by the non-partisan Institute for One Wisconsin shows that despite claims from Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin schools are not failing, instead his budget cuts and disastrous education policies endanger our proud tradition of excellent schools....
  • Walker's Unprecedented Out-of-State Contributions Alarming
    December 16, 2011 - Enormous Concentration of Donations Include 187 Disclosure Violations Madison -- The just-released campaign finance report for Gov. Scott Walker is not only awash in millions of dollars of out-of-state money, but also 187 new violations of campaign finance disclosure rules for failing to include employer information for more than $41,000 in contributions. "Scott Walker intends to win this election with...
  • Half of Walker's $5 Million Take Comes From Out of Wisconsin
    December 15, 2011 - Latest GOP Attack on Freedom Is Latest GOP Effort to Cling to Power Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker grabbed half of the $5 million he raised in unlimited funds from outside of Wisconsin, including $250,000 from Texan Bob Perry, the architect of the infamous "Swift Boat" smear ads. "Gov. Walker is trying save his skin by taking money from whomever...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Speaker Fitzgerald's 'Laughable' Recall Petition Bill
    December 15, 2011 - Latest GOP Attack on Freedom Is Latest GOP Effort to Cling to Power Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the latest power grab by outgoing Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) and current U.S. Senate candidate related to recall petition signing. Fitzgerald announced the scheme just as the recall effort against Gov. Scott...
  • 'Business Owner' in Latest Walker Ad Thrived During Doyle Administration
    December 13, 2011 - MMAC Vice Chair Claimed in Article His Business Grew from '$400,000 in Revenue in 2002 to $5.6 Million in 2007' Madison -- The "business owner" featured in the latest Scott Walker television ad saw his business grow 1,300 percent during the administration of Gov. Jim Doyle, according to a self-professed claim in the Business Times from 2008. The business owner...
  • Walker's Elves Attack Workers' Rights in Private Sector
    December 9, 2011 - WMC Boss More Concerned About Ideology than the Bottom Line Madison -- In the midst of the holiday season, another historic battle is being waged in Wisconsin over workers' rights. Nearly 200 workers of Machinists Local 516 at Manitowoc Crane have been on strike since November 15 over last-minute provisions management is trying to force on the union. "Nine months...
  • The Voter Caging Group Behind 'VerifyTheRecall'
    December 9, 2011 - GrandSons of Liberty Conspired with Americans for Prosperity, Republican Party of Wisconsin in Thwarted 'Voter Caging' Scheme in 2010 Madison -- The announcement the notorious anti-voting rights, right wing group GrandSons of Liberty will be leading the Republican effort to disqualify signatures in the recall of Gov. Scott Walker raises serious questions, given the group's central role in a thwarted...
  • Facts Tell Different Story Than Deceptive Walker Education Ad
    December 9, 2011 - School District Cited in Walker Ad Lost Teachers, Has Higher Class Sizes As Result of Walker's Historic Attack, Cuts to Education Madison -- The Monona Grove school district cited in Gov. Scott Walker's latest deceptive television ad as being a success story, has lost teachers, seen higher class sizes rise throughout the curriculum as result of Walker's historic $1.6 billion...
  • Latest GOP Deception Highlights Failure to Prove Need for Voter Suppression Laws
    December 5, 2011 - Voter Rights of Tens of Thousands Under Assault; Voter Impropriety Essentially Non-Existent Madison -- Today's exposure that voter impropriety allegations made by a rightwing corporate front group are 100 percent false underscores the decade-long disinformation campaign by Republican officials and their allies in order to justify passage of legislation that could likely suppress the right to vote for tens of...
  • One Wisconsin Now Establishes $10,000 Reward Fund to Combat Recall Petition Attacks
    November 21, 2011 - Group Also Provides Information to Dispel Myths about Participation Madison -- In response to reports of alleged plans to illegally destroy recall petitions, One Wisconsin Now has established a $10,000 reward fund for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual guilty of fraudulently destroying or defacing recall petitions from today until the end of the recall...
  • Walker, Texas Raider: Gov. Traveling to Lone Star State Corporate Event; More Unlimited Campaign Cash
    November 18, 2011 - In Midst of Latest 10,000 Job Loss, Walker Proves Raising Campaign Money Remains Job One Madison-- The awful news this week about nearly 10,000 jobs being lost in Wisconsin has not stopped Gov. Scott Walker from his efforts to crisscross the country and raise unlimited campaign contributions the latest being an announcement he will keynote an event in Texas, hosted...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Walker Failure: 9,700 More Jobs Gone
    November 17, 2011 - Walker's Failure Continues Despite Walker Getting 'Tools' Passed Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the latest failure from Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature: a total job loss of 9,700 in October. The news comes after Walker has held two separate so-called "special sessions" on jobs and signed into law $2.3...
  • Walker's Past Statements on the Need for Recall
    November 14, 2011 - Walker Has Broken Promises, Taken Away Rights, Torn Wisconsin Apart During 11-Month Reign Madison -- With Gov. Scott Walker in the midst of an extended period of fundraising unlimited amounts of campaign cash, One Wisconsin Now is reminded of this video produced by Walker's 2010 campaign about recalls. A Walker donor filed papers on November 4 for a fake recall...
  • Walker's False Choice on Cutting 65,000 from Health Care, Including 29,000 Children
    November 10, 2011 - Gov., GOP Legislature Gave $2.3 Billion in Tax Breaks to Corporations, Rich; Cutting Health Care to Pay for Special Interest Handouts Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker continues to choose corporate special interest donors over the people of Wisconsin -- offering a scheme that would cut health care for 65,000 Wisconsinites to pay off part of his $2.3 billion in new...
  • One Wisconsin Now Supporters Back to the Skies Against Gov. Walker at Badgers' Football Game
    November 3, 2011 - 'Walker = Higher Tuition <3 One WI Now' Banner to Fly Over Camp Randall as Badgers Return from Road Madison -- With University of Wisconsin Badgers' football returning to Camp Randall Saturday after a several week road trip, One Wisconsin Now supporters will also be returning to the skies above with a message about the failure of Gov. Scott Walker...
  • One Wisconsin Now Prevails in Open Records Lawsuit Against Alberta Darling
    October 28, 2011 - Taxpayers Forced to Pay for Settlement After Darling Refused to Release Records Madison -- One Wisconsin Now has settled a lawsuit filed in August in Dane County Circuit Court against state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) over her office's refusal to release correspondence sought under the state's open records law detailing her office's communications with private school advocates. The settlement...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Lazich Voting Rights Assault
    October 27, 2011 - Thwarting Gov. Walker's Likely Recall Clear Focus of 'Ridiculous' Hurdles Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Sen. Mary Lazich's (R-New Berlin) latest attempt to thwart the recall of Gov. Scott Walker -- a never-before considered requirement for officially notarized recall signatures. "Mary Lazich believes that only Republicans should get to vote. She...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest GOP Assault on Democracy in Wisconsin
    October 26, 2011 - 'Instead of Creating Jobs, Walker, GOP Rigging Election Rules to Create Permanent Corporate-Funded Majority' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the Republican-controlled state legislature's latest election-rigging schemes planned for a Senate hearing today. "Another day, another assault on Democracy in Wisconsin from Gov. Scott Walker and his lapdog Republicans running the state...
  • Walker Toasting Chamber of Commerce Lobby, Refusing to Meet Unemployed Workers
    October 18, 2011 - Corporate Giveaways, Special Interest Favors Abound, While Middle Class Ignored Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on Gov. Scott Walker's appearance at the 100th anniversary party for the corporate special interest lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, while he continues to host a public event with middle class families in need. One Wisconsin...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements of Continued Solidarity with Occupy Wisconsin Uprising
    October 15, 2011 - Wisconsin Ground Zero As Walker Gives More Power, Money to Corporation, Big Banks, While Reducing Rights of Workers, Middle Class Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements of continuing solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" efforts and today's events in cities around Wisconsin. One Wisconsin Now will be on hand at today's Occupy Milwaukee...
  • One Wisconsin Now Supporters to 'Take to the Air' with Message to Gov. Walker at Badgers' Football Game
    October 14, 2011 - 'Enjoy Higher Tuition <3 Scott Walker' Banner to Fly Over Camp Randall Before Saturday's Homecoming Contest Madison -- Fans on hand to cheer the University of Wisconsin Badgers' football game Saturday will see a message about Gov. Scott Walker's attacks on higher education courtesy of One Wisconsin Now's supporters from across the state. For the second home game in a...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Newest Republican Election-Rigging Scheme
    October 12, 2011 - LeMahieu Bill Latest Anti-Democracy Effort by Corporate-Funded Majority Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross issued the following statements regarding the latest effort by the Republican-controlled state legislature to rig elections in their favor -- an essential end to the Electoral College system of voting in presidential elections in Wisconsin. A bill to alter Wisconsin's awarding of Electoral...
  • From Behind Office With Locked Elevator, Guard at Front Desk, Van Hollen Calls for Concealed Carry in State Capitol
    October 7, 2011 - Public Prohibited from Floors in Risser Building With Van Hollen, Staff, But Attorney General Wants Hidden Guns in Capitol Staffers Workplace Madison -- Attorney General JB Van Hollen, under fire from the nation's largest gun manufacturing lobby, has announced his support for allowing concealed guns to be carried in the State Capitol. Van Hollen's announcement did not note the majority...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on GOP Assault on Voting, Recall Rights
    October 6, 2011 - 'Walker, GOP Rigging Elections to Keep Students, Parents, Displaced Workers from Holding Them Accountable' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the Republican-controlled state legislature's attacks on student voting rights and the right to hold elected officials accountable through the recall process. "Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans slashed higher education by $330...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements of Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, Wisconsin Uprising
    October 4, 2011 - Wisconsin Ground Zero With Walker Handing Over State Government to Corporation, Big Banks Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in solidarity with the ongoing "Occupy Wall Street" efforts, which are spreading across the nation, including upcoming events in Appleton, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison and other cities around Wisconsin. "Wisconsin is ground zero...
  • One Wisconsin Now's 'RecallScottWalker.org' Plane to Greet Governor at UW-Nebraska Game
    September 30, 2011 - After Gutting Public Education, UW, Tech Colleges by $2 Billion, Walker's Appearance at Game 'Shameful' Madison - Gov. Scott Walker, who gutted funds for public education, the University of Wisconsin and the technical college system by nearly $2 billion, will be greeted by a plane with a special message from One Wisconsin Now as he attends Saturday's Badgers vs. Nebraska...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Nickolaus Investigation, Impending Voter Suppression
    September 28, 2011 - GAB Determines Waukesha Clerk 'Violated State Law' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the Government Accountability Board's decision that Republican Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus violated state law during the ballot counting on the night of the David Prosser-JoAnne Kloppenburg Supreme Court race; and the ongoing anti-voter efforts by the Gov. Scott...
  • Van Hollen Refused to Investigate Walker's 'Cronygate'
    September 21, 2011 - Van Hollen's Office Won't Comment Why He Wouldn't Investigate Allegations About Walker Administration Madison -- Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen, according to a news report today, refused to help the investigation into fellow Republican Scott Walker's office in the scandal being called "Cronygate." The refusal and silence of the state's "top cop" to investigate his fellow Republican raises serious...
  • Walker Latest Scheme: Public Can Pay $50 to Hear His Job Ideas
    September 20, 2011 - Appalling Scheme to Deny Unemployed Access to State Event,' Says One WI Now Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker, facing a steadily-increasing state unemployment rate despite passing $2.3 billion in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, has announced his latest scheme: charge the public $50 to attend a state-sponsored "jobs summit." Walker's fee will likely restrict public access, particularly the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Walker Failure: 2,300 Jobs Gone
    September 16, 2011 - Unemployment Rate Rises, Despite Millions of Dollars in Corporate Tax Breaks, Dismantling of Workers' Rights, Education Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the latest failure from Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature: a total job loss of 2,300 from July to August and the unemployment rate rising to 7.9 percent. The...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Open Records Request Related to Department of Transportation 'Smoking Gun' Poll Tax Memo
    September 7, 2011 - Communications With Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Executive Assistant Sought Madison -- One Wisconsin Now has filed an open records request with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to obtain all communications and emails related to the issuance of state identification cards for the purposes of voting under the state's voter identification bill. One Wisconsin Now made the request after a memo surfaced...
  • Once Again, Van Hollen Ignores Internet Sex Crimes
    September 6, 2011 - Despite Budget Hike, Van Hollen Again Declines to Join Multi-State Anti-Internet Sex Crime Efforts Madison -- For the second time in a year, Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen has declined to join a multi-state effort by law enforcement officials and fellow Attorneys General to combat internet sex crimes. Van Hollen defended his unwillingness by claiming he does not release...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Labor Day, Middle Class Attacks
    September 4, 2011 - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in celebration of Labor Day and the continuing fight by Wisconsin workers and the middle class against the corporate takeover of state government happening as a result of the capitulation and policy changes of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature.
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Sauk County DA Decision in Prosser Choke Incident
    August 25, 2011 - Prosser Accused of Physical Attack Against Fellow Justice Madison -- One Wisconsin Now released the following statements on the Sauk County District Attorney's decision in the choking incident with Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. "The Sauk County District Attorney's decision that there was not a crime committed by Justice David Prosser prosecutable in...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Walker Failure: 12,500 Private Sector Jobs Gone
    August 18, 2011 - Unemployment Rate Rises to Near Year-Long High, Despite Millions of Dollars in Corporate Tax Breaks, Dismantling of Workers' Rights, Education Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the latest failure from Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature: 12,500 private sector jobs lost in July and the unemployment rate rising to its highest...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Historic Middle Class Uprising, Rebuke of Walker
    August 17, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseAugust 17, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   One Wisconsin Now Statements on Historic Middle Class Uprising, Rebuke of Walker Gov. Walker Knows Neither the Definition of 'Moderation Nor Compromise' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the statewide uprising against Gov. Scott Walker's attacks on workers' rights and policies hurting...
  • In Her Own Extreme Words: Some of the Worst 'Stuff Simac Says'
    August 11, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseAugust 11, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   In Her Own Extreme Words: Some of the Worst 'Stuff Simac Says' Site Tracks Outrageous Claims, Extremism from Tea Party Fanatic Madison -- Tea Party fanatic Kim Simac has continually refused to talk to the media about her record of tax avoidance and her out-of-touch viewpoints. Many of these controversial...
  • Disability Rights Advocates Said Darling Bill Will Bring 'Harm to Children with Disabilities'
    August 4, 2011 - 'If Darling Spent Time Listening to the People of Wisconsin Instead of Lobby Groups Spending Money to Save Her, She'd Know the Truth', says OWN Madison -- One Wisconsin Now released the following statements in response to irresponsible claims made by the Republican Party of Wisconsin about Sen. Alberta Darling's harmful Assembly Bill 110. The bill is directly modeled after...
  • Darling Releases Records; Contact with Spenders American Federation for Children
    August 3, 2011 - After One Wisconsin Now Lawsuit Filed, Darling Produces Records Madison -- Public records released to One Wisconsin Now by the state office of Sen. Alberta Darling show emails with a lobbyist from the school privatization industry organization, the American Federation for Children, currently spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on her behalf in the recall election. Darling refused to release...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Lawsuit Against Sen. Alberta Darling for Refusing Open Records
    August 2, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseAugust 2, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   One Wisconsin Now Files Lawsuit Against Sen. Alberta Darling for Refusing Open Records Has Ignored Repeated Efforts to Obtain Communications with School Privatization Industry, Calendar Appointments Madison -- One Wisconsin Now filed a lawsuit today against Sen. Alberta Darling for refusing to release public records related to communications she and...
  • Koch's Americans for Prosperity Adds $90,000 in Wausau TV to 'Save Walker's Senate' Scheme
    August 2, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseAugust 2, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   Koch's Americans for Prosperity Adds $90,000 in Wausau TV to 'Save Walker's Senate' Scheme Recall TV Spending Nears $250,000 as Payback for Nearly $2 Billion in Corporate Tax Cuts Passed by Walker, GOP-Led Legislature Madison -- The Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity had added another near-$100,000 television buy on Wausau...
  • Once Again, Americans for Prosperity Center of Mailing Allegations about Voter Suppression
    August 1, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseAugust 1, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   Once Again, Americans for Prosperity Center of Mailing Allegations about Voter Suppression AFP, Priebus-Led Republican Party of WI, Tea Party Groups Implicated in Thwarted-2010 Voter Caging Scheme Madison -- New allegations of potential voter suppression surrounding a questionable absentee mailing by the Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity are an eerie...
  • Walker's Failure Hikes Unemployment Rate; Senate GOP to Cut $56 Million from Newly Unemployed
    August 1, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseAugust 1, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   Walker's Failure Hikes Unemployment Rate; Senate GOP to Cut $56 Million from Newly Unemployed Comes After Revelations Walker Spent $500,000 with RNC Chair Priebus's Law Firm Madison -- Wisconsin Senate Republican are expected today to cut $56 million yearly from benefits for newly-unemployed Wisconsin workers just as figures show Wisconsin's...
  • Nearly $2 Billion in Walker Tax Breaks Won't Keep GE from Moving to China
    July 29, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseJuly 29, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   Nearly $2 Billion in Walker Tax Breaks Won't Keep GE from Moving to China Walker Ineffectiveness, Unpatriotic Corporate Greed on Full Display Madison -- Despite Gov. Scott Walker's six-month sell-off of Wisconsin state government to corporate special interests at the cost of nearly $2 billion over the next decade, General...
  • One Wisconsin Now Launches Website: 'Stuff Simac Says'
    July 29, 2011 - Site Tracks Outrageous Claims, Extremism from Tea Party Fanatic Madison -- The controversial, extremist and out of touch statements made by Tea Party fanatic Kim Simac are now catalogued and being added to daily at One Wisconsin Now's website: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/blog/2011/07/kim-simacs-disappearing-act.html. "Kim Simac can't hide from her extremist past, no matter how much her paid political operatives try to rewrite her...
  • Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity Begins Six-Figure Ad Buy for GOP Recall Candidates
    July 29, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseJuly 29, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608) 772-9202   Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity Begins Six-Figure Ad Buy for GOP Recall Candidates Wisconsinites See Why 'David Koch' Was Told 'Thanks a Million!' By Walker During Prank Call As Pro-Republican AFP Spending Tops $500,000 in Wisconsin This Year Madison -- Americans for Prosperity, the organization funded by big oil...
  • Simac Soulmate Tom Tiffany Has Paid Zero in State Income Taxes for Last Four Years
    July 28, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseJuly 28, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantPhone: (608)772-9202   Simac Soulmate Tom Tiffany Has Paid Zero in State Income Taxes for Last Four Years Tiffany Has Business, Property, Clients, Yet State Revenue Records Show He Also Avoided Paying State Income Taxes Madison -- Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) has paid no state income taxes for the past four years, despite...
  • Wisconsin House GOP Has Koch Addiction
    July 22, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseJuly 22, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantCell: (608) 772-9202   Wisconsin House GOP Has Koch Addiction Ryan, Duffy, Ribble Cash in with $11,000 Total Payday Madison -- Wisconsin Republican House members Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble managed to score $11,000 in campaign money from the Koch PAC last month, according to fillings at the Federal Election Commission....
  • Wisconsin Right to Life Calls Warrant Immediate Investigation
    July 13, 2011 - For Immediate ReleaseJuly 13, 2011 Contact: Cody OliphantCell: (608) 204-0677   Wisconsin Right to Life Calls Warrant Immediate Investigation Closed-Door, Taxpayer-Finance Plot to Fix ElectionsDespite Claims, Calls Went to Non-WRTL Supporting Family with No Record of Absentee Voting Madison -- Contrary to claims made by a top official with Wisconsin Right to Life, automated calls made to an untold number...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Republican Partisan Election Map Scheme
    July 8, 2011 - Closed-Door, Taxpayer-Finance Plot to Fix Elections Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the Republican closed-door redistricting scheme, which has produced partisan election maps drastically altering existing legislative districts across Wisconsin. "The Republicans have used their complete control of state government to unveil from behind closed doors the most partisan redistricting scheme in...
  • One Wisconsin Now Delivers 10,000 Names to Supreme Court Calling for Prosser to Resign
    July 5, 2011 - 'Prosser Has Brought Shame, Disgrace to State's Highest Court' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now today delivered to the state's highest court the names of more than 10,000 people calling for State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser to resign over reports from fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley that Prosser put her in a "chokehold" during an altercation in June. "There is...
  • Calls for Prosser Resignation More Than 10,000 Strong
    June 30, 2011 - 'The People Of Wisconsin Have Decided It's Time For Prosser To Go' Madison -- More than 10,000 concerned citizens have signed One Wisconsin Now's petition launched Monday calling for the resignation of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. One Wisconsin Now started the petition after Justice Ann Walsh Bradley said Prosser put her in a "chokehold" during an argument over...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker Signing Surrender to Wall Street, Corporations
    June 24, 2011 - After Millions of Corporate Dollars Spent Electing Him, Walker Hands Power, $2.3 Billion in Tax Breaks to Corporations, Wealthy by Taking from Middle Class Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker's planned signing of the 2011-13 Wisconsin state budget on Sunday. Walker's budget includes tax breaks for corporations and the...
  • Oshkosh Tax Avoider Hosts Fundraiser for Tax Avoider Randy Hopper
    June 15, 2011 - Oshkosh Tax Avoider Hosts Fundraiser for Tax Avoider Randy Hopper Hopper Paid State Income Tax Once in 10 Years Madison -- State Sen. Randy Hopper, who paid state net income tax but once over a 10-year period, is having a big money fundraiser this evening hosted by a developer who was sued by the City of Oshkosh for non-payment of...
  • Assembly GOP Drops Green Bay Private School Scheme After One Wisconsin Now Open Records Request
    June 15, 2011 - Advocacy Groups Seeks Private School Industry Communications with Five Legislators Madison -- Assembly Republicans have backed down from a controversial plan to siphon millions per biennium from Green Bay public schools to support private schools, just days after One Wisconsin Now filed a comprehensive open records request with five top legislators seeking communications between their offices and numerous representatives of...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Participation in WMC Protest
    June 13, 2011 - WMC Gave $1 Million to Elect Walker, Legislative Action Includes WMC Agenda of Deregulation, Privatization, $2.3 Billion in Tax Breaks for Corporations, Wealthy Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding One Wisconsin Now's participation in the protest at the Capitol and headquarters of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, scheduled for noon today. One Wisconsin...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Ethics Complaint Against Sen. Luther Olsen
    June 10, 2011 - Senator Violated WI Statutes 19.45(2), Complaint Alleges Madison -- Wisconsin State Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) knowingly authored legislation that will benefit his spouse and himself and even joked about it in committee, according to a complaint filed today against Olsen with the Government Accountability Board by One Wisconsin Now. The complaint asserts Olsen violated Wis. Statutes 19.45(2) which states, “no...
  • Successful 'Run Against Walker' Shows Wisconsin Will Not Take Walker, GOP Assault on Working Families Sitting Down
    June 9, 2011 - Walker, GOP Budget Has Massive Cuts to Wisconsin Family Priorities to Pay for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in New Corporate Tax Breaks Madison -- Citizens of Wisconsin enraged by Gov. Scott Walker’s unprecedented corporate tax breaks and massive cuts to Wisconsin public education and healthcare systems joined One Wisconsin Now in Tuesday’s “Run Against Walker,” a run organized as...
  • State Capitol 'Run Against Walker' to Focus on Walker, GOP Attacks on Health Care, Middle Class to Pay for $600 Million Corporate Tax Cuts
    June 7, 2011 - Walker Budget Slashes Middle Class Priorities to Pay for Corporate Tax Payoffs to Special Interest Donors Madison -- Massive attacks against health care, education and middle class priorities launched by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislative majority are the focus of a “Run Against Walker,” scheduled at the State Capitol today. The “Run Against Walker,” a run/walk for citizens...
  • GOP JFC Hosting 'Corporate Tax Giveaway Day'
    May 31, 2011 - Joint Finance Idea of Shared Sacrifice: Middle Class Sacrifices While Corporation Share GOP Tax Breaks Madison -- The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is expected today to raise taxes on the working poor by $43 million. They will also approve handing out $83 million in tax breaks to businesses, a central part of Gov. Scott Walker’s giveaway to the corporate special...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on JFC Voter ID Funds
    May 27, 2011 - 'Woefully Inadequate for Plan They Said Wouldn't Cost Money' Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the Joint Finance Committee action on $10 million in funds for additional Department of Motor Vehicle funds related to the voter suppression plan. "The amount of funding is woefully inadequate to ensure Wisconsin can properly administer the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker Signing Voter Suppression Bill
    May 25, 2011 - Bill May Deny Legal Voters Access to the Franchise Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker's planned signing of the nation's most restrictive voter identification bill. "We believe Wisconsin's law is overly burdensome on voters and that the state is simply unequipped to administer this law and ensure legal voters...
  • One Wisconsin Now Asks Brown County District Attorney to Interview Lasee About Election 'Crimes' He Claims to Have Witnessed
    May 20, 2011 - Floor Statements During Voter ID Suppression Bill Debate Raise Serious Questions About Lasee’s Lack of Reporting Crimes Madison -- One Wisconsin Now has sent Brown County District Attorney John P. Zakowski a letter requesting he interview Republican state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-No Address Listed) after Lasee claimed to have witnessed several crimes related to voting, which Lasee admitted he did...
  • GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Plan Expected to Pass Assembly Despite Threat to Legal Voters
    May 11, 2011 - State Infrastructure Not Ready to Implement Costly, Job-Free Voter ID Scheme Madison -- Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are expected this evening to pass the most restrictive voter right scheme in the nation that will disenfranchise tens of thousands of legal voters, including seniors, students, minorities and working Wisconsinites. One Wisconsin Now believes the current legislation will likely end up in...
  • Senate Republicans Make Taxpayers Finance Corporate ALEC Group
    May 9, 2011 - Despite Claims ‘We’re Broke,’ Nine Senate Republicans Forced Taxpayers to Pay For Their ALEC Membership This Year, 12 Total Have Current Membership Paid for by Taxpayers Madison -- Twelve current Wisconsin Republican state Senators have forced taxpayers to finance their private membership in the corporate special interest group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to documents obtained through an...
  • Lautz Claim: Only Gave $25 to GOP; Facts: $12,000 in 56 Republican Contributions
    April 25, 2011 - 'John Lautz has a serious problem telling the truth' Madison -- West Salem business owner John Lautz has tried to distance himself from the recent actions of state Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker, claiming last week he only recently joined the Republican Party and had only in years past “sent a little money into the national party the minimum $25.”...
  • Will Scott Walker File Complaint With District Attorney over Recall 'Shots for Signatures' Like He Did in 2000?
    April 22, 2011 - After Leading Republican Prosecution Efforts Then, Walker Silent on 'Shots for Signatures' Gov. Scott Walker, who filed the complaint with the Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2000 over charges cigarettes were provided to a handful of potential voters, has remained uncharacteristically silent on evidence released this week that people were being promised liquor to sign recall signatures against a Democratic...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Kloppenburg Recount Request
    April 20, 2011 - "Our Democracy, Contrary to the Astonishing Claim of Prosser's Lawyer, is Not 'Frivolous'" Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg's request for a statewide recount after the narrow margin and the unprecedented controversy over the vote count and issues related to the integrity of the vote count in...
  • Institute for One Wisconsin Report: 'We're Not Broke: The Truth About The Wisconsin Budget, Taxes and Governor Walker's Phony Fiscal Crisis'
    April 15, 2011 - Wisconsin's Consistent 20-Year GDP Growth Belies Claims, Tax Structure Rewarding Wealthy, Big Business at Expense of Middle Class to Blame Madison -- A comprehensive analysis authored by the non-partisan Institute for One Wisconsin shows that despite claims from Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin is not "broke." The Institute's research contradicts Gov. Walker's assertion, pointing out Wisconsin's Gross Domestic Product has steadily...
  • More Than 10,000 Call for Van Hollen Bipartisan Investigation of Waukesha Vote
    April 11, 2011 - Madison -- More than 10,000 concerned Wisconsin citizens are calling for a bipartisan investigation by Attorney General JB Van Hollen into the actions of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus related to the changing vote totals in the State Supreme Court race between David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg days after the election. One Wisconsin Now gathered these electronic petitions in less...
  • Van Hollen-Chisholm Election Integrity Task Force Must Investigate Largest Potential Election Fraud Case in Wisconsin History
    April 8, 2011 - Van Hollen, Bush U.S. Attorney Spent Untold Tax Dollars Investigating Handful of Potentially-Improper Votes Out of 6 Million in 2004, 2008 Madison -- The Wisconsin Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Attorney General JB Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, must lead an immediate and complete full investigation of the allegations of election fraud surrounding Waukesha County...
  • Election Returns: What Went On in Waukesha?
    April 7, 2011 - After Hours of Silence, Embattled Clerk Reports Wildly-High Turnout in Prosser’s Top County Madison -- As counties statewide move to certify Tuesday’s shocking upset victory by JoAnne Kloppenburg over heavily-favored David Prosser, unanswered questions remain about returns from Tuesday night in Waukesha County -- the top-performing county in the state for Scott Walker’s self-proclaimed “complement” on the Supreme Court. “Wisconsin...
  • Walker Returns $50,000 in Jack Links'-Related Contributions with $75,000 in Taxpayer Dollars
    April 5, 2011 - Business Contributed Heavily to Republican Governors Association, Which Spent $5 Million to Elect Walker Madison - Gov. Scott Walker has announced a $75,000 taxpayer-financed grant to a company, who along with its Chief Executive Officer, donated nearly $50,000 in 2010 to the Republican Governors Association, which spent $5 million to elect Walker governor, according to a figures obtained from the...
  • Nearly 16,000 Wisconsinites Demand End to Walker Education Cuts
    March 30, 2011 - More Than $800 Million Gutted from Public Education to Pay for Walker Tax Breaks for Special Interests Madison -- The names of nearly 16,000 Wisconsinites who have signed One Wisconsin Now's online petition in just over the last week demanding an end to Gov. Scott Walker's unprecedented attack on public education were deliver today to the Governor and leaders of...
  • Walker Installs Koch Machine to Head Public Service Commission
    March 30, 2011 - Montgomery Received Koch PAC Maximum Last Three Election Cycles Madison -- Former GOP Rep. Phil Montgomery, Gov. Scott Walker's choice to head the Public Service Commission, has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the industries he has been appointed to oversee. The PSC is charged with oversight of utilities, including electricity, natural gas, water, combined water...
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Returning the Favor for Prosser's Recusal Vote
    March 29, 2011 - Prosser 2009 Vote Allows Him to Decide Cases for WMC, Even After This Kind of Madison -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which spent $5 million to elect scandal-plagued Annette Ziegler and ethically-challenged Mike Gableman, is taking to airwaves on behalf of current Justice David Prosser, launching a smear attack against his opponent. Prosser cast the deciding vote to adopt rules...
  • David Prosser's Endless Excuses Do Not Add Up on Pedophile Case
    March 28, 2011 - Excuses, Distortions Continue With Prosser, As Facts Contradict His Record Madison -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser continues to offer an endless series of excuses about his failure to prosecute pedophile priest John Feeney in 1978, but all evidence assembled contradicts Prosser's effort to rewrite his failed record in the high-profile case, according to an analysis by One Wisconsin...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Illegal Assault on Wisconsin Families
    March 25, 2011 - OWN: 'America Is Losing Wisconsin to Walker's Dictatorship' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislative majority's latest illegal act in order to pass their government take-away of the rights of Wisconsin families. "We exist as a nation of laws and America is losing Wisconsin to Gov....
  • Walker's ($)1.3 Million Reasons for Funneling Seniors Out of SeniorCare
    March 23, 2011 - Walker, Republican Governors Association Have Received $1.3 Million in Contributions from State's Medicare Part D Providers; Walker Scheme a $100 Million Windfall for Providers Madison - An analysis by One Wisconsin Now shows that companies which currently administer Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in Wisconsin have donated in last several years $1.3 million to the campaigns of Gov. Scott...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Van Hollen 'Sunshine Week' Assault on Open Government
    March 18, 2011 - Van Hollen Does Part to Further Republican Attack on Working Families Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen's attack on open government. Van Hollen is appealing Dane County Judge, and Tommy Thompson appointee, Mariann Sumi's temporary restraining order against Gov. Scott Walker's illegally-passed so-called budget repair bill,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on WMC's 'Buy Wisconsin' Corporate Campaign
    March 17, 2011 - 'Corporate Special Interests Can Buy the Governor, But You Cannot Buy the People of Wisconsin' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's "Buy Wisconsin" campaign, designed to try and drown out the statewide outrage over businesses that have supported Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to put corporations in charge of...
  • Walker Education Scheme: Close Middle Class Toolbox, Reward Corporate Class
    March 16, 2011 - More Than $800 Million Gutted from Public Education to Pay for Tax Breaks for Biggest Corporations, Well-Funded Special Interests Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's unprecedented attack on the public education of children across Wisconsin is part of a dismantling of the middle class tool box to enrich the wealthy and corporate America and Wall Street. Gov. Walker's budget actions would...
  • Walker's Budget Promises to Cut BadgerCare, Increase Class Sizes; Hundreds Demand M&I Bank Repay Taxpayer Money Now
    March 15, 2011 - Demonstrations at M&I Bank Headquarters, State Capitol Branch Highlight Bank's Failure to Do Fair Share as Wisconsin's Middle Class Faces Historic Sacrifices Madison - When M&I Bank gladly took $1.7 billion in taxpayer TARP dollars two years ago, it was supposed to use the money to help get the state's economy back on its feet, assist homeowners in steadying their...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements Regarding Fitzgerald Rights' Denial to 2.2 Million Wisconsinites
    March 14, 2011 - Fitzgerald Extends Attack on Workers' Rights to Democratic Senate Constituents Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald's planned denial of committee voting rights to 14 Senate Democrats, who represent 2.2 million Wisconsin residents and taxpayers. "Sen. Scott Fitzgerald isn't content with illegally passing a bill which takes away...
  • Over Two Weeks Later, Walker Has Not Released Administration-Koch Lobbyist Communication Emails
    March 11, 2011 - One Wisconsin Now Considering 'Any, All Legal Remedies' Madison - Over two weeks after One Wisconsin Now filed an open records request for all email and written communications between Koch Industries' lead Wisconsin lobbyist and the office of Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration, the Walker administration has yet to fulfill the request. One Wisconsin Now said it...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Walker, Republican Legislature's 'War on Working Wisconsin'
    March 10, 2011 - Opposition to Walker Assault on Rights at 74 Percent Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the desperate actions by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislature to use the government to take away the rights of Wisconsin workers and reward corporations. "Last night's action orchestrated by Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans,...
  • One Wisconsin Now on Monday's Mobilization Activities Outside State Capitol
    February 28, 2011 - Gov. Walker Refusing to Let Public In; Over 1,000 Gathered in Solidarity Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross issued the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to close the State Capitol off to the people of Wisconsin and the continued mobilization against his efforts to use the government to take away the rights of working men...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the People's Victory Over Gov. Walker's Efforts to Close Capitol
    February 27, 2011 - Political Move to Dampen Opposition to Reckless Budget Plan Fails Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the failure of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to close the State Capitol to hundreds of protesters who had intended to sleep in the Capitol for a 13th night in solidarity against the governor's disastrous budget repair...
  • Walker's 'Savings' Will Cost Taxpayers Millions for the Next 10 Years
    February 25, 2011 - More Financial Revelations in Fatally-Flawed Walker Scheme Madison -- In an attempt to push through his unpopular Budget Repair Bill, Gov. Scott Walker has tried to set a Friday deadline for passage by falsely claiming that lack of action will cost taxpayers money: "If we don't pass that by this weekend, if we fail to be able to achieve those...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Open Records Request for Walker Administration-Koch Lobbyist Communications
    February 24, 2011 - Koch's Americans for Prosperity Running Ads Supporting Walker Scheme Madison -- One Wisconsin Now filed an open records request today for all written communications and records of scheduled meetings between Koch Industries' top in-state lobbyist and the office of Gov. Scott Walker, his former transition office and the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Koch Industries' billionaire owners Charles and David Koch...
  • Walker Flinches on Releasing Budget in Face of Mounting Protests
    February 18, 2011 - Gov. Wants 'Time Out' on Radical Next Plan After Unprecedented, Indefinite Statewide Mobilization Madison -- Faced with growing protests in cities around Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker today asked for a second extension from the legislature to delay in providing the specifics of his proposed 2011-13 state budget. Walker now wants to give his speech on Tuesday, but not provide the...
  • Over 16,000 Sign Petition to Senate, Assembly Opposing Governor's Takeaway of Workers' Rights
    February 17, 2011 - Unprecedented, Indefinite Mobilization Continues at State Capitol, Cities Across Wisconsin Madison -- Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate will be flooded with over 16,000 petitions signed by Wisconsinites united against Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to use the government to take away the rights of workers across Wisconsin. "The people of Wisconsin are united in support of the public...
  • Walker's Budget Scheme: Undemocratic, Unbalanced, Potentially Unconstitutional
    February 15, 2011 - Government Rights Takeaway, $30 Million Credit Card Tab, Legislative Usurping Questioned Madison-- Gov. Scott Walker's scheme to allow the government to take away the rights of Wisconsin workers is part of an unbalanced and potentially unconstitutional proposal that would add at least $30 million to the state's credit card and allow the Governor's health agency director to slash health care...
  • More Than 5,000 Immediately Respond to Walker Petition Denouncing Governor's Undemocratic Governmental Takeaway of Rights
    February 14, 2011 - Walker Threatens to Use National Guard to Enforce Undemocratic Actions Madison-- Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to use the government to take away the rights of workers across Wisconsin has generated more than 5,000 petition signers in less than one day from all corners of Wisconsin to demand state legislators reject Walker's undemocratic plan. "Gov. Walker put his own selfish political...
  • Walker Concocts 'Scoop and Toss' Borrowing Scheme to Pay for $140 Million in Special Interest Spending
    February 11, 2011 - Wall Street Bond Holders Win; Wisconsin's Long-Term Debt Rises Madison-- Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to pay for $140 million in new special interest spending signed into law in January by extending the state's long term debt in a "scoop and toss" refinancing scheme that will cost untold tens of millions of dollars in additional debt for Wisconsin. "Scott Walker...
  • Another Day, Another Bernier Broken Jobs Promise
    February 10, 2011 - Deficit-Hiking Votes; Flip-Flops on Elected Office Provide Inauspicious Start Madison -- After abruptly announcing her inability to "fairly represent" taxpayers and planned resignation as Chippewa County Clerk due to her election to the State Assembly, Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) has now filed papers to run for president of the Lake Hallie Village Board. Bernier followed up this embarrassing flip-flop...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker's Jobless Commerce Privatization
    February 9, 2011 - After Deficit-Hiking $140 Million Special Interest Spending Spree, Walker Enacting Failed, Unaccountable Indiana Model Madison -- One Wisconsin Now issued the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker's enactment of the failed Indiana model for privatizing the taxpayer-financed Wisconsin Department of Commerce. "Gov. Scott Walker continues a failed approach to creating jobs for Wisconsin. Not content with spending $140 million in...
  • Paul Ryan's Koch-Fueled Weekend
    February 3, 2011 - House Budget Chair Goes to Kiss the Ring at Secret Special Interest Summit Madison -- U.S. House Republican Budget Chair Paul Ryan of Janesville traveled to a secret California fundraising junket this past weekend run by billionaires Charles and David Koch, the major financers of the so-called tea party movement, the ThinkProgress news site reported today. “Paul Ryan has supported,...
  • Walker's 'Special Interest Session' Tab: $140 Million and Counting
    January 28, 2011 - Walker, GOP Majority Unwilling to Show Specific Jobs Coming from Deficit-Hiking Payoffs Madison-- Despite the state's $3.3 billion deficit, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislature have added over $140 million in new special interest spending to that tab. Walker and the Republicans have refused to show the job creation this spending will create. "Gov. Scott Walker and...
  • Diverse Voices Register Opposition to Unneeded Voter Identification Bill
    January 26, 2011 - Costly Plan Would Lead to Disenfranchisement, Targets Problem Which Does Not Exist Madison - Opponents of proposed legislation to restrict voter access to the polls, gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to condemn so-called Voter ID legislation as a costly, unnecessary plan, which could lead to the disenfranchisement of untold tens of thousands of eligible voters in every corner of...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements Regarding Paul Ryan's Response to President Obama
    January 25, 2011 - Ryan's Selective Memory, Willingness to Repeated Failed Conservative Policies Troubling Madison - One Wisconsin Now released the following statements in advance of tonight's Presidential State of the Union address and the planned response from U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. "I hope that Paul Ryan explains to us why we should trust him and his conservative allies with our finances...
  • GOP: 'Wisconsin is Open for California's Budget Crisis'
    January 24, 2011 - Supermajority Plan Could Doom State's Economic Future to California-Sized Deficits Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's misguided plan to create a supermajority for tax increases ignores that the taxes targeted have not been increased by the legislature in over 30 years. Similar supermajority measures in California have led to that state's near economic collapse, a record-setting deficit and draconian cuts for...
  • Will Insurance Customers Change Companies When GOP Bill Doesn't Cut Their Rates?
    January 21, 2011 - GOP Bill Creates No Jobs, Payback to Insurance Industry Madison - Insurance companies across the state could see a mass exodus of existing Wisconsin customers if rates do not drop immediately after passage of an insurance lobby-supported bill to reduce the required insurance coverage for state drivers. The insurance lobby has blamed required insurance levels for raising rates, leaving customers...
  • Southworth Settles Open Records Lawsuit with One Wisconsin Now; Agrees to Pay Full Legal Fees, Statutory Damages
    January 19, 2011 - Juneau County DA Withheld Records on 'Healthy Youth Act' Communications with Right-Wing Groups Madison - One Wisconsin Now has prevailed in its lawsuit filed against Republican Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth for his withholding of open records after Southworth agreed to settle the case Wednesday. Southworth had failed to produce 170 pages of email records regarding a controversial March...
  • Steineke: 'I Don't Particularly Care What People Think'
    January 18, 2011 - Repeat Driving Offender Sponsors Bill to Help Insurance Industry Madison - State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Vandenbroek), who has a long history of driving infractions including drunk driving, hit and run and driving without a license multiple times, when recently asked by a reporter if it was appropriate for him to head Assembly Republicans' efforts to repeal car insurance requirement responded,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Priebus Election
    January 14, 2011 - RPW Head Noted in Wisconsin's Two Most Notorious Alleged Voter Suppression Plots Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair Reince Priebus' election as chair of the Republican National Committee. "When voter suppression allegations have surfaced in Wisconsin for the past decade, the name Reince Priebus isn't far behind....
  • Tax-Shy Randy Hopper's $250 Million Yearly Capital Gains Giveaway
    January 14, 2011 - Tax Avoiding Senator Proposes Deficit-Growing Tax Break Primarily Helping Wealthy Madison - Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), who paid net state income taxes once in ten years, has proposed an end to capital gains taxes, which primarily benefit the wealthy and would cost $250 million a year, according to the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau. "How much less than...
  • Leibham Admits Voter ID Bill Will Cost Big Money
    January 13, 2011 - Partisan Election Ploy Creates No Private Sector Jobs, Increases State Deficit "That will potentially cost some additional money to the state and to state taxpayers..." [Sen. Leibham, WUWM News, 1/12/11] Madison - State Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) admitted to reporters the Republican Voter ID bill will deepen Wisconsin's $3.3 billion budget deficit. Leibham has refused to give Wisconsin a total...
  • Voter ID Plan Will Likely Hike Deficit Tens of Millions of Dollars, No Private Sector Jobs
    January 12, 2011 - Wisconsin Unequipped to Implement Voter ID Bill Without Costly Bureaucratic Expansion Madison - Despite promises that their top priority is job creation, the new state Republican legislative majority is immediately trying to ram through a Voter Identification bill which will not create jobs and will likely cost tens of millions of dollars in order to meet constitutional requirements. "The Republican...
  • Private Health Savings Accounts: Don't Create Jobs, Hike Deficit
    January 11, 2011 - Plan Not Paid For, Overwhelmingly Benefits Wealth Individuals Madison - The Republican plan to give a tax break to high deductible private health savings accounts would increase the deficit $48 million in the next two years, create no jobs and would not increase access to health care. The plan is to be debated today at a joint legislative health committee....
  • How Will Walker Celebrate Wisconsin 'CEO Pay Freedom Day'?
    January 7, 2011 - Average CEO Has Now Gotten Same Pay as Average WI Household Will Earn All Year Madison - Today is the day the chief executive officers of Wisconsin's publicly-traded companies have on average earned as much as the median household will earn in Wisconsin this year. One Wisconsin Now is wondering how Gov. Scott Walker will highlight the day as part...
  • One Wisconsin Now Debuts 'Meet the Majority' Cataloging New Legislature's Extremism, Failed Policies
    January 6, 2011 - Thirteen New Members Highlighted at MeetTheMajority.com Madison - The extremism and failed policies advocated by members of the new right-wing Wisconsin legislative majority are available at www.MeetTheMajority.com, a project of One Wisconsin Now. The site currently highlights 13 of the 31 new Assembly and Senate members and more will be added in the coming weeks. "Here is the new conservative...
  • 'Rock the Pantry' Raises Nearly $4,000 for Charity
    January 4, 2011 - Progressive Rally Draws Hundreds; Those in Need to Benefit from Fundraiser Madison - One Wisconsin Now's progressive rally "Rock the Pantry" will result in nearly $4,000 being donated to the Wisconsin efforts of Feeding America. Progressives held the rally in response to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's big-money campaign and political party fundraising inaugural, as well as to send an unmistakable...
  • One Wisconsin Now's 'Rock the Pantry' Set for Monday
    December 31, 2010 - All Funds Will Go to Wisconsin Food Pantries; Walker Inaugurals Require Partisan Political Contributions Madison - One Wisconsin Now's "Rock the Pantry" progressive rally to help feed Wisconsin is set for the evening of Monday, January 3 at the same time, Gov.-elect Scott Walker will be hosting a big money partisan political inauguration fundraiser to benefit his campaign and the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Latest Walker Corporate Welfare Plan
    December 28, 2010 - Less Accountability for Big Business Will Not Create Jobs Madison - One Wisconsin Now released the following statements regarding Gov.-elect Scott Walker's plan to put corporate special interests in charge of he taxpayer-financed Wisconsin Department of Commerce. "Scott Walker is determined to rerun every play out of George W. Bush's job-killing economic playbook and hand over our state's treasury and...
  • Big Bang to Highlight One Wisconsin Now's Inaugural Day 'Rock the Pantry' Charity Event
    December 22, 2010 - All Funds Will Go to Family Assistance Charities Madison - One Wisconsin Now has signed Madison super-group "Big Bang" to headline its "Rock the Pantry" progressive rally at the Majestic Theatre the night of Scott Walker's gubernatorial inauguration January 3. All proceeds from tickets will go directly to charities assisting people hit hardest by the economic collapse, unlike the Republican...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker's Corporate Regulatory Giveaway
    December 21, 2010 - Walker to turn Governor's Office into state's largest lobbyist waiting room Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about Gov.-elect Scott Walker's regulatory reform plan to reward corporate campaign donors by allowing them to rewrite state regulations. "Scott Walker's regulatory plan is to turn the governor's office into the state's largest lobbyist waiting room....
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Midwest High Speed Rail Initiative
    December 9, 2010 - Walker promised 250,000 jobs; thousands of jobs in jeopardy Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about today's news regarding the Midwest High Speed Rail Initiative. "Scott Walker promised Wisconsin he would create 250,00 jobs, but instead he is determined to ship the thousands and thousands of jobs Midwest high speed rail would bring...
  • One Wisconsin Now to Host Inaugural Day 'Rock the Pantry' - All Door Proceeds for Charity
    December 6, 2010 - Speakers, Live Music Will Highlight Event; Funds Will Go to Family Assistance Charities Madison - One Wisconsin Now will host "Rock the Pantry," a progressive rally to help feed Wisconsin at Madison's historic Majestic Theater the day of Wisconsin's 2011 inauguration. All proceeds from tickets will go directly to charities assisting people hit hardest by the economic collapse. "Rock the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Delivers Over 7,000 Petitions to Gov.-Elect Walker's Office to 'Save the Train'
    December 3, 2010 - Signers Demand Walker Drop Opposition to 13,000 Jobs Created by High Speed Rail Madison - One Wisconsin Now delivered the names of over 7,000 Wisconsinites from every corner of the state to the office of Gov.-elect Scott Walker who signed One Wisconsin Now's "Save the Train" petition demanding Walker drop opposition to the high speed rail project for Wisconsin. "The...
  • Walker Transition Office Allegedly Working with Right Wing Radio Host to Concoct Rail Opposition
    November 30, 2010 - WIBA/WISN Radio Host McKenna Appears to Use Company Email, Cites Contact with Walker Communications Director to Create Paper Trail of Rail Opposition Madison - The transition office of Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker appears to be working with right wing radio host Vicki McKenna to manufacture opposition to the Midwest high speed rail project for Wisconsin, according to an email from,...
  • Republicans Hold Benefits Hostage for Working Families to Give Millionaires, Billionaires $100,000 Unpaid Gift
    November 29, 2010 - GOP Wishes 43,700 Wisconsin Workers a 'Happy Holidays' End to Unemployment Benefits Madison - Wisconsin's three incoming Republican Congressional legislators have remained silent while GOP congressional leadership holds aid for 43,700 unemployed Wisconsinites hostage in order to secure passage of the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. "Nearly 44,000 unemployed Wisconsin workers will lose their benefits because Congressional Republicans...
  • Over 7,000 Sign One Wisconsin Now Petition to 'Save the Train'
    November 19, 2010 - Walker Opposition Will Cost Wisconsin Thousands of New Jobs, Continue State's Reliance on Foreign Oil Madison - Over 7,000 Wisconsin supporters of high speed rail have signed One Wisconsin Now's petition calling to "Save the Train" and called for Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker to drop his opposition to the high speed rail project, which will create thousands of Wisconsin jobs...
  • GOP Save-Face Plan for Walker: 'Kill Rail to Pay 0.001 Percent for Extending Bush Tax Cuts for Millionaires'
    November 17, 2010 - Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri Offer to Sacrifice Thousands of Jobs to Help Pay for Deficit Tax Cuts for RoJo Madison - Wisconsin's Republican U.S. House delegation has given fellow Republican and Gov.-elect Scott Walker a new option in his effort to kill the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic development high speed rail would bring to Wisconsin: Pay...
  • GOPromiseBreakers: Will Walker, Kleefisch, RoJo, Duffy, Ribble Take Government-Subsidized Health Care?
    November 16, 2010 - Health Care Critics Owe Wisconsin Direct Answers Madison - Wisconsin's leading anti-healthcare reform advocates, including Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch and Ron Johnson all have the opportunity to refuse government-subsidized health care, and One Wisconsin Now is calling for them to publicly announce whether or not they will be taking advantage of government-subsidized health care in their newly-elected positions. "Scott Walker,...
  • One Wisconsin Now Launches Accountability Site GOPromiseBreakers.com
    November 9, 2010 - Site Will Track Broken Promises, Hypocrisies of Decision-Makers Madison - One Wisconsin Now has launched a new accountability website, www.GOPromiseBreakers.com, to track pledges and promises made during the recent political campaign to determine whether they are being kept or not. The site will focus most notably on job creation efforts and progress on this front. "Gov.-Elect Scott Walker and his...
  • Broken Promises, Day 1: How Many Jobs Does Poll Tax ID Create?
    November 4, 2010 - New Senate Majority Leader Makes Denying Right to Vote, Not Job Creation Number One Priority Madison - State Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald took less than 24 hours to break the promise Republicans made to Wisconsin to focus on job creation - telling three media outlets the first bill the state will tackle is restricting the right to vote. "It...
  • GAB Complaint Filed Over RGA Mailing with Incorrect Voter Information; Van Hollen Asked to Investigate
    October 27, 2010 - RGA Absentee Ballot Mailing Sends Voter Request to Wrong Municipality Madison - A formal complaint with the state Government Accountability Board was filed yesterday by the recipient of an absentee ballot application sent by the Washington, DC-based Republican Governors Association. The absentee ballot mailer contained faulty information which could disenfranchise voters. One Wisconsin Now is calling for Attorney General JB...
  • Republican Party of Wisconsin Running from Own Platform, Support for Social Security Privatization
    October 26, 2010 - 'Young Gun' Ryan Raises Money for Republican Candidates, Party Platform Endorses His Social Security Privatization 'Roadmap to Ruin' Madison - The Republican Party of Wisconsin's frivolous complaint to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) regarding its legislative candidates' support for the Social Security privatization scheme concocted by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), belies the RPW's own state platform, which offers incontrovertible...
  • Walker Goes Over $500,000 in Improperly-Reported Contributions
    October 25, 2010 - Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has violated the state of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws 1,115 times since 2009 by failing to disclose information about contributors who donated more than $100. Walker's serial offenses include 456 contributions filed in the last 72 hours totaling nearly $284,000. The total contributions in violation of Wisconsin statute 11.60(1) total $518,096. One Wisconsin...
  • Evan Wynn Stem Cell Stance: Lying to the Media or Lying to Pro-Life Wisconsin?
    October 25, 2010 - Candidate Gets Endorsement of Extremist Group Whose Questionnaire Demands Pledge to End to Most Promising Stem Cell Research; May Have Given Different Answers to Newspaper Editors Madison - Whitewater driver's education instructor Evan Wynn received the endorsement of the extremist group Pro-Life Wisconsin, which requires endorsed candidates to ban embryonic stem cell research, but apparently told the editorial board of...
  • Walker's Latest $1.5 Billion Promise: End Corporate Income Tax
    October 25, 2010 - Walker Tells MMAC He Will 'Repeal the Corporate Income Tax' Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has promised the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) to completely end the state's corporate income tax - a massive new $1.5 billion tax break which would require even more drastic cuts to education, health care, police and fire protection. Walker answered he...
  • Insurance Lobbyist Hanson Admits Using Tax Loophole Making Her Business Taxed at Lower Rate
    October 22, 2010 - Business Owner Criticizes Taxes, Yet Uses Loopholes to Avoid Corporate Tax Rate Madison - Insurance lobbyist and business owner Chris Hanson admitted Thursday she is using corporate tax loopholes to reduce the taxes paid by her insurance business. The loophole deployed by Hanson allows her business to be taxed at a rate much lower than the state's corporate tax rate,...
  • Walker's Real Record on Stem Cells: Ban Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    October 20, 2010 - After Doyle Veto of Embryonic Stem Cell Threat, Walker Campaign in 2005 Said 'Governor Walker Would Sign These Bills in a Heartbeat' Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker refuses to admit he would support a ban on embryonic stem cell research if elected governor, but Walker told supporters in 2005 he would have signed a bill Gov. Jim Doyle...
  • Insurance Lobbyist Chris Hanson Criticizes Corporate Taxes While Her Insurance Company Has Never Paid State Taxes
    October 19, 2010 - Insurance Lobbyist's Business, Hanson Benefits, Inc., Has No Record of State Income Taxes Since its 2003 Incorporation Madison - Insurance lobbyist and recent Appleton transplant Chris Hanson has criticized corporate taxes while the insurance industry business she owns has never paid state income taxes since its incorporation in 2003, according to state Department of Revenue tax records obtained by One...
  • Ron Johnson's PACUR LLC Pays Zero State Income Taxes, But Makes $5,000 Contribution to Republican Governors Association
    October 18, 2010 - Are Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Johnson's Political Contributions? Madison - Ron Johnson's PACUR LLC made a $5,000 contribution August 18, 2010 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) political organization, despite the fact PACUR LLC has paid no state income taxes from 1997 to 2008, according to records from the Department of Revenue obtained by One Wisconsin Now and the...
  • Will Walker Answer Three Simple Questions at Tonight's Debate?
    October 15, 2010 - Has Promised for Months to Detail Plans to Pay for Nearly $4 Billion in Tax Breaks in Midst of $3 Billion Deficit "Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, has yet to state publicly what cuts he would make, though his campaign says he will in the coming weeks." [Appleton Post-Crescent, 6/13/10] Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker owes Wisconsin the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Debuts 'Moving in the Right Direction: Bringing High Speed Rail to Wisconsin' Video
    October 14, 2010 - Leaders Laud Job Creation, Environmental Benefits; GOP Mayor Criticizes Walker Flip-Flop for 'Purely Partisan Political Actions' Madison - The overwhelming benefits of high speed rail set for Wisconsin, including 13,000 new jobs, billions of dollars in benefits and reduced dependence on foreign oil, are the subject of a new One Wisconsin Now video produced by University of Wisconsin-Madison senior William...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker-Kleefisch Attack on Health Care Access
    October 13, 2010 - Walker Wants to Cut 400,000 Members of Working Families from BadgerCare Health Coverage; Ex-Broadcaster Benefits from Legislator Husband's Taxpayer-Financed Health Care Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Rebecca Kleefisch and Scott Walker's unseemly television ad criticizing access to affordable health care. In the ad railing against health care reform, Kleefisch talks about...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker Complaint Smokescreen
    October 11, 2010 - Desperate to Divert Attention from District Attorney's On-Going Investigation of Walker Staffers Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's ridiculous smokescreen complaint, intended to divert attention from the numerous ongoing investigations into his top county aides and other mismanagement. "Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is putting up smokescreens...
  • Will WMC Refuse Foreign Attack Funds from U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
    October 7, 2010 - Big Business's National Affiliate Using Foreign Contributions to Attack Candidates; WMC Begins Buying Airtime Madison - With recent revelations the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is using contributions from foreign businesses to fund its partisan political attacks, One Wisconsin Now is calling on the U.S. Chamber's state affiliate, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), to detail its own internal controls that prevent...
  • Walker's Latest Corporate Tax Break: Massive Loophole or Empty Promise
    October 7, 2010 - Walker Promise Would Either Open Massive Loopholes or Apply to Virtually No Businesses Madison -Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, as part of his three-page agenda, has called for making "Wisconsin a highly attractive place to start a business by eliminating corporate taxes for the first two years of operation." Analysis by One Wisconsin Now shows the plan would either be...
  • 1,500 Petitions Call for Van Hollen Investigation of RPW-Americans for Prosperity-Tea Party Vote Caging
    October 6, 2010 - Week-long Effort Has Citizens in Every Corner of Wisconsin Calling for Full Investigation; Republican Governors Association Caught Sending Out Deceptive Absentee Mailing Madison - Wisconsinites in every corner of the state have helped One Wisconsin Now deliver 1,500 petitions to state Attorney General JB Van Hollen calling for a full investigation of the voter suppression plan by the Republican Party...
  • Milwaukee County Debunks Walker's False Debt Reduction Claim
    October 4, 2010 - Administrator, County Report Say Milwaukee County Debt Up 85 Percent, While Walker Repeatedly Says Debt Down 10-30 Percent Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has claimed repeatedly for the past year that he has reduced Milwaukee County's debt by between 10 and 30 percent, but one of his own top administration officials admitted Sunday the "county debt has risen...
  • Walker's Promises More Than Double State Deficit
    October 1, 2010 - $2.7 Billion Deficit Makes Nearly All Tax Talk Impossible Without Drastic Cuts to Education, Health Care, Police and Fire Protection Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has promised an impossible $3.8 billion in tax breaks, loopholes and shifts he has no way to pay for, a new analysis by One Wisconsin Now shows. Coupled with the state's conservative predictions...
  • Walker's Mental Health Complex Cover Up
    September 29, 2010 - Walker Admits Not Reading Report about Tragedy; Supports Outside Legal Counsel Decision Withholding Report from His Own County Auditors Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker admitted in a newspaper story today he was unaware of a comprehensive report on the tragedies at the Milwaukee County mental health complex - but that has not stopped him from refusing to release...
  • Questions for Walker to Answer at Tonight's Debate - 9/24/2010
    September 24, 2010 - How Will Walker Pay for Tax Cuts for Rich? How Many People Does He Want to Cut from BadgerCare? Can He Explain County Failure, Mismanagement? Madison - In advance of tonight's first debate between Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, One Wisconsin Now offered the following questions for County Executive Walker to answer about his tax...
  • When Will Reince Priebus Answer Voter Suppression Questions?
    September 23, 2010 - RPW Chair Has History of Anti-Voter Efforts; Remains Silent While RPW Mouthpiece Lie about RPW Involvement in Voter Caging Schemes Madison - Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair Reince Priebus refuses to acknowledge the RPW's involvement in a possibly-illegal voter suppression plot, despite the RPW's Chief Counsel's signature and name on documents related to the plan between RPW, Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin...
  • Wisconsin Seniors Calling Out Special Interest Medicare Con, Social Security Schemes
    September 22, 2010 - Seniors Make 2,000 Phone Calls to Their Peers to Spread the Truth Madison - Wisconsin seniors took to the phone lines today to offer a reality check to their fellow Medicare and Social Security recipients who have been mislead by a barrage of special-interest advertising. "Armed with corporate cash, these outside lobbyists are trying to trick people like me and...
  • Voter Caging Target: UW-Milwaukee Dormitory, 95 Percent of Ward Votes from Sandburg Hall
    September 22, 2010 - 'Revised' Tea Party Documents Cite Three Student-Populated Milwaukee Wards, Going After Students Previously-Denied by Tea Party's Dake Madison - Despite firm denials by Tim Dake, leader of Wisconsin's Tea Party organizations, the voter caging plot between the Tea Party, Americans for Prosperity and the Republican Party of Wisconsin exposed this week by One Wisconsin Now, is directly targeting university students...
  • Tea Party-RPW Emails from Last Week Show Voter Suppression Effort On-Going
    September 21, 2010 - Despite Denials, Contradictory Statements, Dake Emailed Voter Suppression Documents Featured on SaveWisconsinsVote2010.org Just Last Thursday Madison - Despite denials from participants, a voter suppression plan by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity-WI and the state's leading Tea Party organizations is still active, and as recently as last Thursday Wisconsin Tea Party leader Tim Dake emailed several documents outlining...
  • One Wisconsin Now Exposes Voter Suppression Plans Between Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Groups
    September 20, 2010 - Coordination on Voter Caging, Targeting Minorities, College Students Outlined in Documents, Tea Party Meeting Recording Madison - A coordinated plot by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin and organizations in the so-called Tea Party movement targeting minority voters and college students in a possibly illegal "voter caging" effort for voter suppression has been uncovered in evidence obtained by...
  • Will Walker Finally Say How He Will Pay for $3 Billion in Tax Cuts, Loopholes, Shift for Rich, Big Business?
    September 16, 2010 - In June, Walker Promised to Say 'In Coming Weeks,' Three Months Later Still No Answer about Cuts to Education, Health Care, Police, Firefighters Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker remains unwilling to identify the cuts to education, health care, police and fire protection he would make to pay for nearly $3 billion in tax cuts, loopholes and shifts he...
  • Will Walker Neumann Demand Van Hollen Defend Stem Cell Research?
    September 10, 2010 - Leading GOPers Wants AG to Intervene on Health Reform Bill, But Silent on Life-Saving Research Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann have repeatedly called for Attorney General JB Van Hollen to be given the authority to intervene in a multi-state effort among Republicans to derail the federal health reform act but are silent...
  • One WI Now files GAB complaint over Walker's repeated violation of campaign reporting law
    September 8, 2010 - Walker has Refused to Provide Employment Information for Over 650 Contributions Since 2009 for Donations Totaling $235,000 Madison -- Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has violated the state of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws more than 650 times since 2009 by failing to disclose information about contributors who donated more than $100, according to a formal complaint filed Tuesday with the...
  • One Wisconsin Now Files Lawsuit Against Juneau County DA Southworth for Withholding Open Records
    September 7, 2010 - One Wisconsin Now Files Lawsuit Against Juneau County DA Southworth for Withholding Open Records Madison - A One Wisconsin Now lawsuit, being filed in Juneau County Circuit Court Tuesday, alleges Republican Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth intentionally withheld political email communication sought in an open records request. The email communication was between Southworth and a partisan political ally regarding...
  • Walker tries to hide support for BadgerCare time limits
    August 27, 2010 - For Nearly a Year, Walker Has Called for Time Limits, Now WeaselsMadison - For a year, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has repeatedly and specifically called for time limits for the state's BadgerCare health care program to provide coverage to working families. But after repeating the call for time limits during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate, Walker is attempting to claim...
  • Van Hollen: Hard on Voters, Soft on Hookers?
    August 25, 2010 - Madison - Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen continues to waste taxpayers funds on his partisan witch hunt against voters accessing the ballot box, while at the same time refusing to join nearly half the nation's attorneys general in a joint action to reduce online prostitution and child trafficking."JB Van Hollen has decided it's more important serve his partisan political...
  • Questions for Walker to Answer at Tonight's Debate
    August 25, 2010 - How Will Walker Pay for Tax Cuts for Rich? Can He Explain Rampant Failure, Mismanagement? Madison - In advance of tonight's statewide television debate, One Wisconsin Now offered the following questions for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to answer about his tax cuts plan for the rich and big business and his failed management of Milwaukee County. "People across Wisconsin...
  • Walker Claims His 84 Percent Hike in State Budget Tab 'Controlled Spending'
    August 24, 2010 - Votes for Nearly $200 Billion in Total State Budget Spending Contradict 'Unbelievable Claim' Made to Media Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, under fire for hypocritically opposing the high speed rail line after voting in the state legislature for tens of millions of dollars in rail bonding and a no-bid process for rail, claimed in a news story published...
  • When Will Walker Take Responsibility for Mental Health Center Mismanagement?
    August 23, 2010 - Spending Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars on Outside Law Firm, Public Relations Staff, But No Accountability by Walker Madison - A public interest advocacy group is calling on Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker Monday to take responsibility for his "tragic mismanagement of the county's Mental Health Complex," saying Walker has chosen to defend himself by hiring an outside law firm...
  • Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Banks Join FOX News in Financing $2 Million in Walker Negative Attacks
    August 18, 2010 - Walker Support of Special Interests Over Wisconsin Families Helps Fill RGA Coffers Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's long career of supporting big oil, big banks and big insurance has paid off with enormous contributions for the Republican Governors Association, which has raised $27 million in 2010 alone and has already purchased $1 million in attack ads in Wisconsin....
  • RoJo's Fish Story: The Fishing License That Got Away
    August 13, 2010 - 'Fisherman' Story Mirrors Self-Made Entrepreneur Claims Madison - Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson, appearing on the Charlie Sykes radio show this morning, told listeners he was not a gun owner and instead was "raised as a fisherman." The multi-millionaire Johnson, does not currently have a $20 yearly fishing license in the state of Wisconsin, according to public records, a fact which...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Successful Defense of First Amendment Rights of Non-Profit Organizations
    August 10, 2010 - Government Accountability Board Amends Rule, Acknowledges Overreach Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on a stipulating reached late Tuesday in advance of Thursday's hearing in federal court over its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's adopted rule 1.28, which would prohibit free speech expression of non-profit organizations in Wisconsin...
  • Walker 2008 Budget: 1.4 Percent to Overtime; State 2008 Budget: 0.2 Percent to Overtime - 8/9/2010
    August 9, 2010 - Overtime 'Commission' Another Gimmick from Failed County Executive Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is calling for a commission to study state overtime spending, citing the overtime costs for the state of Wisconsin in 2008. Records show Walker spent a substantially higher percentage of Milwaukee County tax dollars on overtime than did the state of Wisconsin in the year...
  • Walker's Record of Failure, Mismanagement Warehoused at ScottWalkerFailuresFiles.com - 7/30/2010
    August 7, 2010 - Research, Multi-Media Available at One Wisconsin Now Accountability Website Madison — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s long record of failed leadership, mismanagement and skewed priorities are featured on a new interactive and multi-media website www.ScottWalkerFailureFiles.com, researched and produced by One Wisconsin Now. “From Scott Walker’s budget mismanagement to taxes and spending to gimmicks and hypocrisy, all are featured,” said Scot...
  • Van Hollen Record on Voter Integrity the Real Fraud
    July 30, 2010 - Eleven Bad Votes out of 2,965,653 Cast in 2008; Charges Timing Show Van Hollen Partisan Effort Madison — Despite Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen’s multi-year claim of widespread voter fraud in Wisconsin, the state’s top elected Republican has been able to document just 11 potentially-improper votes cast out of 3 million Wisconsinites who went to the polls in November...
  • Walker Vetoed Public Works County Building Inspection Engineer Position in 2008 - 7/27/2010
    July 27, 2010 - Walker Said 'Sufficient Resources' Existed to Justify Slashing the Oversight Position Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, as part of his 2008 budget, vetoed an engineering position for the Milwaukee County Department of Public Works to handle county building oversight and inventory, claiming the move would result in a "tax levy savings of $150,000." In light of the...
  • Once Again, Walker Violating Campaign Finance Laws; This Time Over $120,000 in Improperly Reported Contributions - 7/21/2010
    July 21, 2010 - Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s gubernatorial campaign failed to report the required employer information of donors giving him over $120,000 - the second time in a year he has filed a report with this level of inaccuracy. Under chapter 11.60(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes, each violation can result in a $500 civil forfeiture, which could top well...
  • Walker's Lack of Constitutional Knowledge Rivals His Budget Incompetence - 7/20/2010
    July 20, 2010 - Says He’ll ‘Sign’ Constitutional Amendment on Patient Fund; Governor Has No Legal Role in Amendments “As governor, I’ll find ways to do more with less…and sign an amendment that will protect funds like these from future raids.” — Walker Statement, 7/20/10(Note: Since One Wisconsin Now accessed the press release at 9 a.m., Walker has changed the word ‘sign’ to ‘support.’...
  • Budget Deficit Grows, Walker Still Refuses to Say How He'll Pay for Tax Cuts, Shifts - 7/12/2010
    July 12, 2010 - New $2.5 Billion State Deficit, Same Old Walker Dodge on Specifics to Finance Tax Cuts for Rich, Big Business Madison — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker still refuses to say how he will finance a budget-busting $3-billion tax cut and shift scheme that would slash funds from education, health care, and police and fire protection — even after the...
  • County's Massive Overtime, Costly Privatization Gives Walker Zero Management Credibility - 7/6/2010
    July 6, 2010 - Walker Would Need to Slash Half the State Workforce to Finance Multi-Billion-Dollar Tax Cut, Loophole and Shift Scheme Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has promised to reveal his plans in the coming days to reduce the state government payroll, but if his Milwaukee County record is any indication of his plans, taxpayers will be socked with higher...
  • Walker Unpaid Tab Grows to More Than $5 Billion - 7/1/2010
    July 1, 2010 - 'How Will He Pay for Tax Cuts for Rich, Big Business, Tax Shift?' Asks OWN Madison - Milwaukee County Executive County Scott Walker has added more than $1 billion to the price tag of his tax cuts, tax loopholes and tax shifts, which combined with the state's $2-billion-plus deficit, would require more than $5 billion in drastic cuts to...
  • Ron Johnson Tax Numbers Don't Add Up - 6/28/2010
    June 28, 2010 - 15-Year Tax Record Shows $12 Million in Assets, But Campaign Claims $10 Million in Wealth to Be Spent Madison — Tax documents obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue by One Wisconsin Now show Oshkosh Tea Party enthusiast and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson and his spouse have reported an estimated $12.2 million in income over the last...
  • Walker's Legislative Finance Team Called for More Spending than Governor - 6/23/2010
    June 23, 2010 - Darling, Vos Called for More GPR Spending Than Doyle; Walker Refuses to Say How He'll Pay for $2 Billion Giveaway to Rich, Big Business Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's self-appointed tax and spend team in the state legislature, Republicans Robin Vos and Alberta Darling, both called for more General Purpose Revenue funding than requested by Gov. Jim...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statement on Walker Pension Gimmick, Refusal to Fulfill Open Records Request - 6/17/2010
    June 17, 2010 - Walker Has Refused to Release Records on Full Pension Benefits Madison - One Wisconsin Now released the following statement on Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's latest pension gimmick in light of his office's refusal to honor an open records request from April, filed by One Wisconsin Now. One Wisconsin Now requested records of the full pension benefits that Walker...
  • UPDATE: WI Right to Life PAC Endorses Johnson, Who Opposes WRTL's Extreme Agenda - 6/17/2010
    June 17, 2010 - Today's Wisconsin Right to Life PAC endorsement of Ron Johnson shows WRTL is clearly more interested in shilling for the Republican Party rather than intellectual honesty. Please find below a re-send of One WI Now's release from last week detailing US Senate candidate Ron Johnson's opposition to Wisconsin Right to Life's extreme agenda -- and Dave Westlake's support of it....
  • Walker's Latest Gimmick: Cut 29,000 Jobs; Slash Worker Pay 42 Percent - 6/15/2010
    June 15, 2010 - Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker refuses to detail how he will pay for his nearly $2 billion in tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the rich and big business. But he said late last week that wage and benefit cuts for state workers are one way to close the state's $2 billion-plus projected state deficit. In order to...
  • How Will 'Salivating' WRTL Ignore Johnson's Exceptions Stance, Westlake's Opposition? - 6/14/2010
    June 14, 2010 - Like WRTL, Johnson’s GOP Primary Opponent Westlake Opposes Rape, Incest Exceptions on Abortion Madison — Wisconsin Right to Life head Barbara Lyons recently told her members she was “salivating” over the Republican U.S. Senate Ron Johnson. In just the last week, Johnson has said he would support exceptions for rape and incest, which the anti-choice WRTL opposes. Johnson’s GOP...
  • One Wisconsin Now Will Ask DPW Convention Goers to Sign 'Responsible Budget' Petition - 6/10/2010
    June 10, 2010 - Will DPW Take Stand Against Deficit-Exploding and Unpaid Tax Cuts for Rich, Big Business? Madison - Attendees at this weekend's Democratic Party of Wisconsin convention will be given the chance to sign a One Wisconsin Now petition, in which participants can offer their support either for responsible budgeting that focuses on the state's critical priorities, or give their support to...
  • Video Urges Walker, Neumann to 'Break the Silence' on How They Will Pay for Billion Dollar Tax Cut for Rich, Big Business - 6/8/2010
    June 8, 2010 - Duo Refuses Answer Payment Plan for More Bush-Style Tax Cuts for Rich on Anniversary of First Bush Tax Cut for Rich Madison — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann have refused to detail how they will pay for three tax cuts for the rich and big business, which would cost the middle class $1...
  • New Ad Shows How Milwaukee County Taxpayers Left Holding Bag for Walker's Mismanagement - 6/1/2010
    June 1, 2010 - Job Creation and Public Services Cut, While Property Taxes and Walker's Paycheck Jump Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's failed leadership and the disastrous outcome is the subject of an online video produced by One Wisconsin Now as part of its "Scott Walker Failure Files" timeline and information warehouse. The ad is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFmYpUbsGE0. "Scott Walker's skewed priorities...
  • One Wisconsin Now Fact Checks 'Facts-Free' RPW Walker Ad - 5/25/2010
    May 25, 2010 - Touts Job Cuts for Milwaukee County, Ignores Walker's Four-Year $200,000 Raise Madison -- The first television advertisement for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's campaign for governor paid for by the Republican Party of Wisconsin not only is full of distortions and exaggerations, but also ignores the impact of his policies which have been disastrous for Milwaukee, a fact-check conducted by...
  • Wisconsin GOP Votes for Walker's Bush-Style Tax Cuts on Anniversary of Passage of Bush Tax Cuts - 5/22/2010
    May 22, 2010 - 'Walker Refuses to Say How He'll Pay for Them Just Like Bush; How'd That Work Out for Everyone?' Asks OWN Madison - The Republican Party of Wisconsin's formal endorsement of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has come almost to the day of the anniversary of the passage of the second Bush tax cuts that helped hand over nearly $1 trillion...
  • Latest Sexual Assault Revelation Highlights Disastrous Cost of Walker Mental Health Center Mismanagement, Privatization - 5/21/2010
    May 21, 2010 - Despite More Stunning Assault Allegations, Walker Refuses to Take Responsibility for Dangerous Failures Madison - Milwaukee County Scott Walker's mismanagement of the County Mental Health Complex is under even more scrutiny after tragic reports of yet another patient sexual assault, this time at the hands of a security guard hired as part of Walker's failed effort to privatize county services....
  • One Wisconsin Now Will Ask RPW Convention Goers to Sign 'Responsible Budget' Petition - 5/20/2010
    May 20, 2010 - Will GOP Take Stand Against Deficit-Exploding and Unpaid Tax Cuts for Rich, Big Business? Madison - Attendees at Friday's first night of the Republican Party of Convention will be given the chance to sign a One Wisconsin Now petition in which participants can offer their support for responsible budgeting that focuses on the state's critical priorities, or for exploding the...
  • RNC 'Stimulus' Plan for Milwaukee Strip Clubs Still Under Wraps - 5/19/2010
    May 19, 2010 - 'California Adult Club Got $2,000 from RNC; What's Chairman Steele Have for Wisconsin?' Asks OWN Madison - After spending $2,000 in California at a Hollywood bondage club earlier this year, the Republican National Committee has yet to unveil its adult entertainment budget for Milwaukee, site of next week's Republican Party of Wisconsin annual convention. "The Republican convention is this weekend...
  • Walker Ad Fact Check Shows Exaggerations, Falsehoods Throughout - 5/18/2010
    May 18, 2010 - $200,000 Raise, Drastic Cuts to Critical Services, Mismanagement Ignored in Fact-Free Ad Madison -- Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's latest campaign ad is riddled with falsehoods, distortions and half-truths about his disastrous record for Milwaukee County, according to a fact check of the ad conducted by One Wisconsin Now. "Just last summer Scott Walker was repeating his call to abolish...
  • Walker Flip Flops on Immigration; Remains Firm in Refusal to Explain How to Pay for $2 Billion Tax Giveaway to Rich, Big Business - 5/17/2010
    May 17, 2010 - ‘We’ll Post Question on Facebook, Maybe Then He’ll Have an Answer’ Says OWN Madison — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s pandering flip flop on the racist Arizona immigration law has One Wisconsin Now asking whether a similar strategy could get him to answer the question he has refused to answer: How will Scott Walker pay for his $2 billion...
  • WMC Partner Begins Statewide Ad Campaign for Walker - 5/13/2010
    May 13, 2010 - National Corporate Anti-Accountability Group & WMC Partner Lauding Walker's Plan to Balloon State Deficit with Budget-Busting $2 Billion in Tax Cuts for Rich, Big Business Madison — A special interest group that calls itself a partner of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) will begin spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on television starting Friday to promote Scott Walker in...
  • One Wisconsin Now Launches 'Scott Walker Failure Files' Timeline - 5/13/2010
    May 13, 2010 - Interactive Website Documents Eight Years of Mismanagement, Incompetence Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's eight years of failed leadership are highlighted in an interactive timeline documenting his misdeeds, mismanagement and incompetence created by One Wisconsin Now and available at www.ScottWalkerFailureFiles.com. "The people of Milwaukee County have endured unprecedented harm due to the failed leadership of Scott Walker," said...
  • Neumann Finds Ally in Gard for Irresponsible Tax Cuts Paid for By Health Care Cuts - 5/12/2010
    May 12, 2010 - Neumann Refuses to Detail Budget-Busting Tax Cuts for Big Business, Rich Madison - Former GOP U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann has found a willing advocate in former divisive GOP Assembly Speaker and twice-failed congressional candidate, John Gard, for his irresponsible tax plan that would slash income taxes only for the top one percent of income earners and reopen the corporate loophole...
  • Walker Ignores Elephant in the Room on Harley-Davidson - 5/7/2010
    May 7, 2010 - Economics 101: National Economic Collapse Caused Consumer Demand for Motorcycles to Plummet "In response to Harley's news, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for governor, claimed that the state’s move to combined reporting for corporate taxation had hurt the company. But Harley officials have said in the past that combined reporting...had nothing to do with its cutbacks....
  • Van Hollen Got $10,000 from GOP Campaign Group Consulted in Health Care Lawsuit Scandal - 4/28/2010
    April 28, 2010 - Van Hollen Sole Wisconsin Recipient of Contribution from $57 Million GOP Campaign Group Madison -- Attorney General JB Van Hollen's campaign received a $10,000 campaign contribution from the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the same group his Deputy Attorney General consulted with days before seeking legal permission to file a Republican-concocted lawsuit to prevent enactment of the federal health reform...
  • Van Hollen Documents Show DOJ-GOP Coordination on Health Reform Lawsuit - 4/27/2010
    April 27, 2010 - Van Hollen's Top Deputy Sought Direction from $57 Million Republican Campaign Outfit Madison -- The top deputy to Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen sought direction from a $57 million Republican campaign committee that supports Republican attorneys general leading up to the Wisconsin Department of Justice attempt to file a partisan lawsuit against the federal health reform act, according to...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Leinenkugel, Wisconsin Recovery Efforts - 4/26/2010
    April 26, 2010 - 'Closing Loopholes, Fair Taxation Key to Putting State Back on Right Track' Says OWN Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements calling on former Gov. Doyle Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel to oppose regressive taxation plans for Wisconsin as the state continues to work through the national economic collapse due to the failed policies of...
  • Van Hollen Supported Electronic Signatures for Law Enforcement, Opposes for Voters - 4/16/2010
    April 16, 2010 - In March Praised Electronic Signatures for Law Enforcement "...the ability to transmit a complaint with an E-signature will allow law enforcement submitting the complaint to reduce time and travel, while allowing the use of modern technology to file a complaint. This legislation allows us to adapt our law to current technology and allow public tax dollars to do more work."...
  • One Wisconsin Now Members' Message to the Tea Party: 'I AM My Brother's Keeper' - 4/15/2010
    April 15, 2010 - Positive Messages Featured on Mobile Billboard at State Capitol Thursday Madison - Citizens from across Wisconsin have joined One Wisconsin Now in sending a decisive message to the Tea Party and conservative elected officials who want less investment in the middle class and less support for children and working families: "I AM My Brother's Keeper." One Wisconsin Now will display...
  • Walker to Pay for Part of $2 Billion Tax Cut Plan for Rich, Big Business By Cutting Seniors, Family from Health Care Coverage - 4/13/2010
    April 13, 2010 - Neumann Joins Call for Irresponsible Tax Cuts Just for $225,000 Income Earners, Out-of-State Corporate Tax Shelters [Walker] said he was studying whether the state should change eligibility standards for the state's Medicaid program, which provides health care for the poor, elderly and disabled. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/13/10] Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's budget-busting tax giveaway to the...
  • WISTAX Watch Exposes 'Tax Freedom Day' Fraud - 4/12/2010
    April 12, 2010 - Report Documents WISTAX-Tax Foundation-Tea Party Connections Madison -With the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and the Tax Foundation likely to spend Monday touting the state's mythic "Tax Freedom Day," One Wisconsin Now's WISTAX Watch is urging the public and the media to review its report showing both the flaws of the Tax Foundation numbers and the connections between WISTAX and the Tax...
  • Van Hollen Has Yet to Produce Records on Frivolous Health Reform Lawsuit - 4/9/2010
    April 9, 2010 - Despite Past Statements, Van Hollen Unwilling to Meet Own Guidelines on Open Records Requests Van Hollen said Lautenschlager's recent public support for the Open Records Law should ensure her prompt response to his request. Just this week, Lautenschlager filed suit against a Republican legislator alleging he took too long to respond to one of her requests. "I would expect to...
  • One Wisconsin Now Contest Allows Public to Tell Tea Party 'Why America Works' - 4/2/2010
    April 2, 2010 - Messages to Be Featured on Mobile Billboard April 15 Madison - Citizens from across Wisconsin who are weary of the anger, divisiveness and misinformation of the Republican-led Tea Party movement can send a message on April 15 about "Why America Works" through a mobile billboard contest launched this week by One Wisconsin Now. "Wisconsinites are tired of hearing Sarah...
  • Over 1,600 Petitions Delivered to Legislature Supporting Wisconsin Voter Protection Act - 3/31/2010
    March 31, 2010 - Constituents in All 132 Legislative Districts Represented Madison - Citizens from every corner of Wisconsin spoke loud and clear in favor of the Wisconsin Voter Protection Act before a Joint Committee today, sending over 1,600 petitions circulated by progressive organizations including One Wisconsin Now and representing all 132 Senate and Assembly districts. "The people of Wisconsin have spoken unmistakably....
  • 'Candidate' Van Hollen Repeatedly Attacked Federal Lawsuits
    March 26, 2010 - More Proof Van Hollen's Lawsuit is Election-Year Partisan Politics Madison - Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen's failing attempt to block health insurance reform through a partisan Republican lawsuit is in direct contrast to repeated criticisms Van Hollen made against former-Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager during his 2006 campaign. Van Hollen went so far as to file open records requests about...
  • One Wisconsin Now Requests Van Hollen-DOJ Communications on Partisan GOP Health Reform Lawsuit - 3/25/2010
    March 25, 2010 - Breadth of Communications, Source of Requests Sought in OWN Ask Madison — One Wisconsin Now has filed two open records requests with the Wisconsin Department of Justice seeking copies of all correspondence to and from Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen and DOJ staff with individuals inside and outside of Wisconsin urging Van Hollen to file a Republican-orchestrated frivolous...
  • Walker's Record of Massive Spending Hikes Is in the Bag - 3/22/2010
    March 22, 2010 - Walker Voted to Increase State Spending 84 Percent; Proposed 35 Percent Hike in County Spending Madison - Contrary to calls for fiscal restraint in his latest television advertisement, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker voted to increase state spending 84 percent as a member of the state Assembly and has proposed 35 percent in increases to county spending since 2002....
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Passage of Historic Health Insurance Reform Bill - 3/22/2010
    March 22, 2010 - 'History Will Smile on Sunday's Action to Pass This Reform' Madison - One Wisconsin Now released the following statements following the passage of the historic health insurance reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. "This was a historic vote for progress over politics and people over profits. History will smile on Sunday's action to pass this reform. Despite...
  • Walker Voted for Train Bidding Statute He's Railing Against - 3/18/2010
    March 18, 2010 - 'Staggering Hypocrisy to Help a Top Campaign Donor,' Says OWN Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's hollow criticism of the Talgo bidding process, which was not awarded to the company of his $13,000 donor and 2006 gubernatorial co-chair, is even more hypocritical given that Walker voted to create the no-bid statute in the 1997 state budget, according to...
  • Walker's Talgo 'Outrage' Paved with $150,000 in GOP Contributions from Super Steel Owner - 3/17/2010
    March 17, 2010 - Mega-Donor Luber, Wife's Campaign Contributions Include over $13,000 to Walker Madison — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's criticism related to the Talgo company comes just two weeks after the company owned by a top Walker campaign donor and finance co-chair of his failed 2006 gubernatorial campaign did not receive a contract from the Spanish train maker. Walker's criticism, in...
  • Media Alert: WPRI Junk Polling Project to Continue - 3/9/2010
    March 9, 2010 - Questions Remain As WPRI's Bogus Poll Information Still on UW Website Madison - The controversial polling project between the conservative, pro-corporate Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Ken Goldstein, will continue to generate suspect and manipulated polling information, according to news reports this weekend. Goldstein confirmed in a weekend investigative story by the Associated Press that...
  • Terrence Wall's Business: $25-50 Million in Assets Ten-Year State Income Tax Bill: $0 - 2/24/2010
    February 24, 2010 - Records Show No State Net Tax from 1999-2008 Madison - The "T Wall Properties Master Limited Partnership" business listed on Madison developer Terrence Wall's Senate candidate financial disclosure report has paid no net state income taxes in the last 10 years, according to records from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue obtained by One Wisconsin Now. "We already know multi-millionaire...
  • Walker Claim Check: '250,000 New Jobs' Would End Wisconsin Unemployment, Cut Rate to 0.03 Percent
    February 24, 2010 - Latest in Series of Unsubstantiated Claims by Walker Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is claiming he will create "250,000 jobs" in Wisconsin, which if done would essentially reduce the unemployment rate to zero. The lowest recorded unemployment rate in recent Wisconsin history is 2.4 percent in 1999. "This is just another ridiculous claim by Scott Walker that...
  • Will $2 Billion Buy Walker a Standing Ovation from WMC? - 2/23/2010
    February 23, 2010 - Walker's Budget-Busting, Bush-Style Tax Cuts for Rich People, Corporations Likely to Find a Receptive Audience Madison - At Tuesday's Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce lobbying luncheon Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will likely find support from the corporate lobby for his $2-billion, budget-busting, deficit-doubling plan for tax breaks that mostly benefit corporations and the wealthiest Wisconsinites. What is less likely,...
  • While Economy Collapsed, Health Industry Insider Tommy Thrived Financially - 2/22/2010
    February 22, 2010 - Thompson's 2008 Income Appears Largest Ever Madison - Unlike the millions of Americans whose incomes were adversely affected by the collapsing economy due to the failed policies of George W. Bush, former Gov. Tommy Thompson appears to have earned more in 2008 than any previous year, according to figures obtained by One Wisconsin Now from the state Department of...
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the Success, Anniversary of the Recovery Act - 2/17/2010
    February 17, 2010 - Economic Collapse Averted, 44,000 Jobs Created, Retained, Funded; Similar Accounting Needed to Justify Scott Walker's $2 Billion Tax Breaks Overwhelmingly Benefitting Rich, Corporations Madison - One Wisconsin Now released the following statements from Executive Director Scot Ross on the one-year anniversary of the successful America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA has provided $2.76 billion to Wisconsin for job...
  • Walker's Transit Record: The Road to Failure - 2/16/2010
    February 16, 2010 - Result: Nation's Highest Fees, Starved Infrastructure to Score Political Points Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's call for Wisconsin to reject federal Recovery Act funds for critical job creation and railway infrastructure needs reflects Walker's long-time failure on transit issues, which have led to among other things, the nation's highest transit fees for already-struggling Milwaukee County residents. "The...
  • WISTAX Watch Alert: Coincidence WISTAX Report Targets Cities, Not Counties? - 2/12/2010
    February 15, 2010 - Conservative WISTAX Report Coincidentally Highlights One Gubernatorial Candidate's Municipality, Ignores Conservative Opponent's Madison - One Wisconsin Now's WISTAX Watch is asking the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance to explain why its latest report focusing on fee increases in cities and villages ignores county governments. The state is in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign between Milwaukee's conservative county executive, Scott...
  • Will New WMC Head Thank Democrats for $2.6 Million in Funds, Decade-Best Earnings? - 2/12/2010
    February 15, 2010 - Chair's Company Received Recovery Act Funds, Fourth Quarter Earnings Best in 10 Years Madison - Newly-minted Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce chair Thomas Howatt, Chief Executive Officer of Wausau Paper Corporation, has yet to issue public thanks to Democrats controlling the state legislature and the U.S. Congress who enacted policies to both provide his company with $2.6 million in Recovery...
  • One Wisconsin Now's WISTAX Watch Site Tracks Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Conservative Bias - 2/8/2010
    February 8, 2010 - Comprehensive Online Warehouse Connects Board Members, Contributions, Research and the Conservative Agenda Madison - One Wisconsin Now has launched WISTAXWatch.org, a comprehensive website providing historical information, board donations, affiliations and extensive analysis of the conservative agenda of the allegedly non-ideological Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Modeled after One Wisconsin Now's successful WMCWatch.org site, the goal of WISTAXWatch.org is to provide the...
  • Walker Takes $120,000 from Health Industry, Opposes End to Health Insurance Stranglehold - 2/4/2010
    February 4, 2010 - Publicly Opposed Coverage for Children, Pregnant Mothers, Uninsured Adults Madison — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has strongly opposed measures to provide more Wisconsin children, pregnant mothers and uninsured adults have affordable health care, at the same time taking more than $120,000 in campaign contributions from the health care industry in just the last six months alone. "The health...
  • Walker's Plan for State's $2 Billion Deficit: 'Let's Make It $4 Billion' - 1/26/2010
    January 26, 2010 - What Cuts to Wisconsin Families Would Walker Make to Pay for Bush-Style Tax Breaks for Rich People, Corporations? Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker wants to double Wisconsin's projected $2-billion state budget deficit with a series of tax breaks that mostly benefit corporations and high-income people. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported Wisconsin faces a $2 billion deficit in...
  • Records Suggest WPRI-UW Poll Materials Deliberately Removed References to Statewide Opposition to Private School Vouchers - 1/19/2010
    January 19, 2010 - Lightbourn Email: 'I've Been Burned a Couple Times and I Don't Need to Be the One Holding the Gas Can' Madison - A University of Wisconsin polling project downplayed opposition to private school vouchers after a conservative think tank paying for the polling raised political concerns, documents obtained by One Wisconsin Now show. The poll is an on-going project...
  • State of Shock: Milwaukee County's Suffering Under Scott Walker's Failed Leadership - 1/12/2010
    January 12, 2010 - Eight Years, Eight Disastrous Failures Noted Madison - If Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is interested in providing an honest assessment in his 2010 "state of the county" address, it will be a long apology to the people of Milwaukee County for his failed leadership, skewed priorities and playing politics with county operations. "Under Scott Walker, the state of...
  • Walker Spending Increase Eclipsed Doyle, Barrett - 1/11/2010
    January 11, 2010 - Analysis Shows Walker Proposed Budgets Included 35 Percent Jump, Highest Among Three Largest Governmental Budgets Madison - As Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker proposed budgets to increase spending 35 percent, far ahead of the more modest spending plans of Gov. Jim Doyle and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, according to an analysis by One Wisconsin Now. "Walker poses for holy...
  • Health Insurance Reform Progress Activates Junk Science from Wisconsin's Conservative, Corporate Network - 12/23/2009
    December 23, 2009 - Conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Release 'Reports' Targeting Rising Costs, Deflect Blame from Health Insurance Industry Madison - Progress made by the United States Congress on health insurance reforms called for by President Barack Obama has activated Wisconsin's two leading conservative organizations, which both released curiously-timed "studies" to deflect blame for skyrocketing health costs from the...
  • Institute for One WI: Second Protect Wisconsin's Vote Summit Focuses on Registration Modernization, Voter Rights - 12/16/2009
    December 16, 2009 - Speakers Agree Wisconsin Can Do More to Protect the Right to Vote Madison — Preserving voter rights, ensuring timely access to the polls and modernizing voter registration are critical to protecting democracy across Wisconsin was the consensus at the second annual Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit, held in the Madison Tuesday. Hosted by the non-partisan, non-profit Institute for One...
  • Davis-Vukmir Record for Milwaukee Public Schools: Tens of Millions of Dollars in Cuts - 12/11/2009
    December 11, 2009 - 'Davis and Vukmir Should Ask a Milwaukee Student the Meaning of the Word Hypocrite' Says OWN Madison - A call for reform of Milwaukee Public Schools by Wisconsin Assembly Reps. Brett Davis (R-Monroe) and Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), ignores recent anti-MPS votes by the duo, including the 2007-09 Assembly Republican budget which would have slashed a plan to give $15...
  • Walker's Legislative Budget Record: Five Budgets, 84% Spending Hike - 11/17/2009
    November 17, 2009 - Walker Votes Grew Budget from $27 Billion to $49 Billion;Voted for Nearly $200 Billion in Total Budget Spending Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker voted for five straight state budgets, which increased state budget spending from $26.6 billion to nearly $49 billion, an increase of $22 billion - or 84 percent, according to an analysis by One Wisconsin...
  • Petition Drive Calls for WTAQ to Add Progressive Voice to Right-Wing Lineup - 11/9/2009
    November 9, 2009 - Station's Suspension of Host Bader After False Attack on Lt. Gov. 'Woefully Inadequate' Madison - One Wisconsin Now has launched a petition drive in the Green Bay listening area calling for WTAQ-AM to add a progressive voice to its endless line-up of ultra-right wing programming. The action comes in response to a recent incident involving a WTAQ host and an...
  • Why Would Walker Want to End Children's BadgerCare Safety Net? - 11/2/2009
    November 2, 2009 - County Executive Calls for Limit on Nationally-Recognized Successful Health Care Plan Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's recent call for limits on critical BadgerCare health benefits for low-income or displaced workers and repeated criticism of state spending raises concerns he may favor cuts to BadgerCare programs that cover children and expectant mothers. "Scott Walker's message is that the...
  • Multi-Millionaire Wall Blames Great Depression on FDR - 10/27/2009
    October 27, 2009 - Calls New Regulations on Banks, Speculators, CEOs 'Radical Legislation' Madison - Republican multi-millionaire Terrence Wall claims in this month's In Business magazine that Franklin D. Roosevelt was responsible for the Great Depression, despite Roosevelt taking office over three years after the Depression began and enacting policies which lowered the unemployment rate from 25 percent in 1933 to 10 percent by...
  • Terrence Wall's Wall Land Investment 'Pumpkin Patch' Looks Like a $34,000 Tax Loophole - 10/19/2009
    October 19, 2009 - Change of Multi-Million Dollar Property in 2009 from 'Commercial'to 'Agriculture' Use Targets Property Tax Break for Real Farmers Madison - Wall Land Investment, LLC, one of multi-millionaire Madison developer Terrence Wall's companies, has reclassified $2 million in prime Dane County commercial real estate into "agriculture" property, which allows the company to eliminate $34,000 in local property taxes. Wall is...
  • GAB Coddles All Children Matter with 'Pathetic' Wrist Slap - 10/2/2009
    October 2, 2009 - Group Fined $5.2 Million for Money Laundering Violation in Ohio, Gets '$500 Forfeiture' for Behavior Here Madison - The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board could be opening Wisconsin's doors to an avalanche of future illegal campaign activity after settling for a miniscule fine of $500 from All Children Matter, ignoring evidence the group possibly funneled Wisconsin corporate contributions through a...
  • Did Wisconsin Developer Terrence Wall Create Delaware 'Office' to Avoid State Tax Responsibility? - 9/28/2009
    September 28, 2009 - Address Used by T. Wall Properties Featured in NY Times Article about Tax Dodging Madison - The Delaware address of the "principal office" of T. Wall Properties, LLC, a business owned by Wisconsin developer Terrence Wall, is the same address the New York Times said is used specifically "to help corporations avoid paying taxes in other states." 2 "There...
  • Teabaggers' Latest 'Republican Rally for Failure' Fueled Again by Partisanship, Racism, Ignorance - 9/18/2009
    September 18, 2009 - Anti-Immigration 'Anchor Baby' Malkin Among Events Lowlights Madison - The latest "Republican Rally for Failure" hosted by the self-identified "teabaggers" is scheduled for Saturday in Milwaukee. The "Failure Rally" will feature numerous incendiary speakers, including fact-challenged Michelle Malkin, who will join other partisans to try and defeat the agenda of President Barack Obama. "The latest 'Republican Rally for Failure'...
  • Memo to Media: MacIver Institute's Journalistic Misrepresentation - 9/8/2009
    September 8, 2009 - As you are a respected member of Wisconsin's media, we at One Wisconsin Now wanted to make sure you had heard about a disturbing media misrepresentation by the MacIver Institute, a conservative Milwaukee organization linked to former Republican Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen. According to a weekend story broken by Wisconsin State Journal, a newly-hired staff member of MacIver, former...
  • Will Paul Ryan Condemn Racist GOP Colleague Who Invoked Him as Potential 'Great White Hope'? - 8/28/2009
    August 28, 2009 - Notorious Racist Reference Used to Rally Republicans Against President Obama Madison - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) of Janesville has yet to condemn the racist remarks of fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins from Kansas, who cited Ryan as a potential "great white hope" to defeat the agenda of President Barack Obama. "All of Wisconsin hopes that Rep. Paul Ryan...
  • One Wisconsin Now's Statements on Tonight's 'Republican Rally for Failure' with John Stossel - 8/26/2009
    August 26, 2009 - Madison Event More of Partisan-Corporate Alliance to Defeat the President Madison - One Wisconsin Now released the following statements about tonight's Americans for Prosperity health care opposition event, the 'Republican Rally for Failure,' hosted by corporate-accountability foe, ABC's John Stossel: "Tonight's 'Republican Rally for Failure' is central in the Republican strategy, bankrolled by Republican interests, to defeat the Democratic President...
  • One Wisconsin Now Launches Redesigned WMC Watch Website - 8/26/2009
    August 26, 2009 - WMCWatch.org Includes Revenues, Expenditure Totals for Three WMC Organizations; Updated List of $1.1 Million in Board, Staff Contributions Madison - One Wisconsin Now launched an update and redesigned version of its WMC Watch - a comprehensive watchdog website of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Located at www.WMCWatch.org, the site includes new contributions, revenue and expenditure totals, as well as additional research...
  • Van Hollen Plays Politics with Flip-Flop on Domestic Partner Protections - 8/21/2009
    August 21, 2009 - ‘Complete Opposite’ of Van Hollen Statements During 2006 Campaign “The Legislature or the governing body of a political subdivision or local governmental unit is not precluded from authorizing or requiring that a right or benefit traditionally associated with marriage be extended to two or more unmarried individuals; for example, family health insurance benefits, certain probate rights, or the ability...
  • Over $172,000 in Walker Contributions Violate Campaign Finance Reporting Laws - 8/11/2009
    August 11, 2009 - Could Face $500 Civil Forfeiture for Each Illegal Contribution - In Excess of $150,000 in Walker's Case Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's gubernatorial campaign failed to report the required employer information of top donors who gave him over $172,000 - a violation affecting one of every six dollars he took in his first finance period. Under chapter...
  • Petri Risks Teabagger Wrath with Opposition to 'Birthers,' Support for Public Option - 8/6/2009
    August 6, 2009 - Answers Questions, Offers Opinions Before Town Hall Madison - U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI6) might find himself the victim of health insurance industry financed "teabagger" protests after video of him supporting a public option for health care reform, and rejecting the argument of so-called "birthers" was released today by One Wisconsin Now. "We applaud Rep. Tom Petri for standing...
  • Domestic Partner Foe Appling: Lying to Us Then, Or Now? - 7/23/2009
    July 23, 2009 - Claimed Marriage Amendment Nothing to Do with Domestic Partnerships, Tune Changed Now Appling: "If the state Legislature wants to take up adoption and inheritance rights, it can do that" if the amendment becomes law, Appling said. "Nothing in the second sentence prohibits that." [Associated Press, 12/8/05] Appling: "Contrary to the message being given by opponents of the amendment, the...
  • Vukmir Nabs 'Award' by Anti-Health Care, Right-Wing Corporate Front Group - 7/21/2009
    July 21, 2009 - ALEC Funded by Big Polluters, Big Pharma, Big Oil Madison — The awarding of ultra-conservative Rep. Leah Vukmir with the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Legislator of the Year” reflects her embrace of extremist policies which increase pollution, hurt workers and prevent access to affordable health care for all. “For the right-wing fringe, Leah Vukmir is the total package,” said...
  • Estate Tax Repeal Plan: $800 Billion in New Debt to Cut Taxes on Ultra-Wealthy - 7/17/2009
    July 17, 2009 - WI Estate Tax Ended in 2008; Costs Taxpayers $100 Million Yearly "The estate tax can't have much effect on hiring by small businesses because hardly any owners ever face the estate tax…only 100 small businesses and family farms will pay any tax in 2009" — Tax Policy Center Madison - A discredited report being circulated by Scott Jensen's MacIver...
  • Vos 'War on Reality' Ignores 77 Percent of Wisconsin Business Council Member Contributions Went to GOP, Conservatives - 7/15/2009
    July 15, 2009 - OWN: 'More False Allegations from GOPs' Least Credible Leader' Madison - A One Wisconsin Now analysis of the political giving of the announced officials of the Wisconsin Business Council shows that conservatives and Republicans netted 77 percent of member giving, contradicting charges made by Rep. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia) the new organization is a liberal front group. "Robin Vos says...
  • Constitutents Call for Kind, Kagen, Petri to Vote for Clean Energy Bill Friday - 6/26/2009
    June 29, 2009 - For Immediate ReleaseJune 26, 2009Contact: Robert DoeckelPhone: 608-217-0194Constituents Call for Reps. Kind, Kagen and Petri to Vote for Clean Energy Bill FridayOne Wisconsin Now Delivers Petitions in Favor of President’s Green Economy Plan Madison — Constituents from across the congressional districts of U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, Steve Kagen, and Tom Petri have signed a petition urging them to both strengthen...
  • WMC's 'Astounding' $6.6 Billion Budget Deficit Solution: Tax Cuts for the Rich - 6/25/2009
    June 25, 2009 - WMC’s ‘Astounding’ $6.6 Billion Budget Deficit Solution: Tax Cuts for the Rich‘Finally, a State that Cuts Tax Rates on the Rich’ Reads Headline of Article Cited in Deceptive WMC Ad Madison — Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) has launched a newspaper ad campaign which argues the solution to the state’s $6.6 billion budget deficit is tax cuts for the rich...
  • Conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Silent on $6.6 Billion Budget Deficit - 5/12/2009
    May 12, 2009 - Director Berry Offering Little after Months of Downplaying State Budget Woes in Effort to Prevent Tax Fairness Madison - After months of insisting the state budget crisis was smaller than official estimates, the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has turned silent in light of decreased revenue collections putting the budget deficit at $6.6 billion. "Todd Berry and the conservative Wisconsin...
  • GOP Budget Architect Ryan Represents Wisconsin's Three Highest Unemployed Cities - 4/2/2009
    April 2, 2009 - Jobless Rate Between 14.6-16.9 Percent in Beloit, Racine, Janesville;Ryan Budget Calls for More Failed Bush Economic Policies Madison - Despite representing the three cities in Wisconsin with the highest unemployment rates, Rep. Paul Ryan has offered a GOP budget plan to continue the reckless Bush economic policies of tax cuts for the rich, privatization and ignoring investment in American...
  • Koschnick Ad Full of Distortions; Breaks Clean Campaign Pledge - 4/2/2009
    April 2, 2009 - Previous Pledge to Refrain from 'Personal Attacks' Repeatedly Broken in TV Ad Madison - The judicial ethics of Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick are under fire after breaking his own clean campaign pledge by attacking Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson in a television advertisement with several dubious claims. "It's telling about his ethics that Randy Koschnick has broken his...
  • K12, Inc. Staff Supporting Fernandez Campaign - 3/31/2009
    March 31, 2009 - Includes $1,000 from Senior VP; Education Privatization Web Available at FernandezFiveMillion.com Madison - Rose Fernandez, described in a recent newspaper article as "a nurse by training who has never held an education job," received $1,350 in contributions from top personnel at the Virginia-based K12, Inc., the for-profit company expected to reap $5 million in Wisconsin taxpayer funds to administer virtual...
  • Supreme Court Numbers Debunk Koschnick Distortions about Crime Rulings - 3/26/2009
    March 26, 2009 - Review of 4,000 Records Shows Abrahamson Sided with State's Position on Crime Cases More Than 90 Percent of Time Madison - A painstaking analysis by One Wisconsin Now of more than 4,000 decisions made by the Wisconsin Supreme Court during the current term of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson proves Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick has misrepresented Abrahamson's record. A full...
  • Koschnick Has Heard 1,830 Cases from Lawyers Who Donated Campaign Funds - 3/10/2009
    March 10, 2009 - Campaign Finance Report Shows Koschnick's Criticism Beyond Hypocritical "If I knew I had received money from somebody on a case, I'd recuse." -- Randy Koschnick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/24/09 Madison - Jefferson County Circuit Judge Randy Koschnick has heard 1,830 cases involving 19 lawyers who made contributions to his prior judicial campaign, including 35 cases which are currently open. "Randy...
  • FernandezFiveMillion.com Details Network Involving Rose Fernandez, Private Education Advocates - 3/4/2009
    March 4, 2009 - Out-of-State, For-Profit K12, Inc. Already Expects $5 Million - More to Come? Madison - Rose Fernandez, former head of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual Schools Families, is part of a network involving lobbyists, non-profit organizations, elected officials and even the law-breaking All Children Matter, seeking to give for-profit companies like the Virginia-based K12, Inc. Wisconsin education tax dollars. An interactive...
  • Paul Ryan's Budget Record: Eight Straight Votes, $1 Trillion Budget Hike - 3/2/2009
    March 2, 2009 - Neo-Budget Hawk's Rhetoric Flies in Face of GOP Rubber Stamp Record Madison - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) has tried to sell himself as a neo-budget hawk, but this directly contradicts the eight consecutive federal budgets he voted for which increased federal spending by $1 trillion annually, according to One Wisconsin Now. "Paul Ryan needs to be honest with the...
  • Taxpayers Alliance Head Speaking at 'Massive Show of Force for Lower Taxes' Another Example of Organization's Ideological Agenda - 2/25/2009
    February 25, 2009 - Joins Republicans Speaking at Conservative Free-for-All to Push GOP Tax Talking Points Madison - Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry's upcoming appearance with top state Republican elected officials at a right wing organizations' anti-fair taxation summit is yet another example of the conservative agenda of the Taxpayers Alliance, according to One Wisconsin Now, a statewide liberal advocacy organization. "Why does...
  • Domestic Partner Foes Fitzgerald, Appling: Lying to Us Then, Or Now? - 2/23/2008
    February 23, 2009 - Claimed Marriage Amendment Nothing to Do with Domestic Partnerships, Tune Changed Now bq.Fitzgerald Then: "Could a legislator put together a pack of 50 specific things they would like to give to gay couples? Yeah, they could." [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/8/05] bq.Fitzgerald Now: "...Sen. Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, said the courts will have to decide if Doyle's plan meets that standard."...
  • Koschnick Decisions Overturned at Higher Rate Than Most Peers - 2/13/2009
    February 13, 2009 - Record Since 2000 Puts Him in Bottom Third, 2008 in Bottom Quarter Madison - Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick had a higher reversal rate in 2008 than three quarters of all other circuit court judges and since 2000 more than one in four of his decisions were overturned, according to data released by the Wisconsin Law Journal. "Randy Koschnick was...
  • Statements from One Wisconisn Now on Assembly Republican Budget Gimmicks - 2/10/2009
    February 10, 2009 - 'Comical Bluster Follows 14 Years of Failed Leadership' Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross issued the following statements on the Assembly Republicans budget gimmicks announcement. "For 14 years, Republicans used one iron fist to rule the Assembly and used the other to grab as much special interest cash as they could carry. Assembly Republicans used our tax...
  • State Banks Nab Over $2.4 Billion in Taxpayer TARP Funds While Fighting Against Paying Their Taxes - 2/10/2009
    February 10, 2009 - Lobby Arms Join WMC Coalition to Oppose Close to $75 Million 'Las Vegas Loophole' Madison - As Wisconsin banks have taken over $2.4 billion in taxpayer-financed Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout funds, two of the state's largest banking lobby associations have joined with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to fight efforts to close the $75 million-a-year 'Las Vegas Loophole,' which helps...
  • Hypocrisy Alert: What Koschnick is Hiding about 'Bloody Shoes' Case - 1/30/2009
    January 30, 2009 - Decision Excluding Murderer's Shoes Overruled by Supreme Court; DA: 'Scientists Showed the Dead Woman's Blood Was on His Shoes' Madison - Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick's criticism of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for overruling him on evidence in the murder trial of Matthew J. Knapp, conveniently ignores that Koschnick ruled in the same case to exclude an essential piece of...
  • Americans for 'Petroleum' Real Message: 'Don't Tax Big Oil's Billions in Profits' - 1/28/2009
    January 28, 2009 - Big Oil Mouthpiece's Pleadings Ring Hollow in Light of Continuing Record Profits for Exxon, Others Madison - Complaints by the Big Oil-funded American for Prosperity about taxes are a smokescreen to prevent Wisconsin lawmakers from enacting a windfall tax on the excessive profits gained by the oil industry by gouging consumers with record-setting gas prices. "Americans for Prosperity is one...
  • Van Roy Twice Votes 'No' on Wisconsin Jobs - 1/28/2009
    January 28, 2009 - Votes Contradict Earlier Pledge to 'Stimulate Much Needed Job Growth' Madison - Rep. Karl Van Roy (R-Green Bay) broke a pledge made just this month to his constituents to assist job growth by voting against two critical job creation bills passed with bipartisan support in the State Assembly Tuesday. "It took Karl Van Roy one day on the State Assembly...
  • Leading Republicans to Wisconsin: 'Yes We Can't!' - 1/23/2009
    January 23, 2009 - Job Creation, Infrastructure Investment, Health Care ReformNo Go for State GOP Heads Madison - Wisconsin Republican officials are responding to bipartisan overtures at the state and federal level by Democratic leaders by summarily rejecting efforts to create jobs, invest in infrastructure, reform health insurance and tackle the $5.4 billion deficit. "Just weeks into 2009, the state's leading Republicans have buried...
  • Nass Ignored 'Unseemly, Unethical and Possibly Illegal' UW Intern Solicitation from Republican Party of Wisconsin - 1/22/2009
    January 23, 2009 - Hypocrisy Raises Questions About Motives of Nass's Taxpayer-Financed Attack Madison - One Wisconsin Now said a laughable attack by Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) against the University of Wisconsin and Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson may constitute an illegal use of taxpayer funds given Nass failed to attack his own Republican Party of Wisconsin for doing the exact same thing...
  • Wisconsinites Demand Gableman, Ziegler Recusal; OWN Delivers 2,400 Petitions - 1/21/2009
    January 23, 2009 - Citizens Call for WMC-Supported Justices to Step Away from Case Favored by WMC Madison - Citizens from across Wisconsin are calling for state Supreme Court Justices Annette Ziegler and Mike Gableman to recuse themselves from a case favored by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the big-business lobby which spent over $4 million during their campaigns. Today, One Wisconsin Now delivered 1,200...
  • $288,000 in WI Taxpayer Alliance Board Member Contributions Show Overwhelming Conservative Preference - 1/12/2009
    January 12, 2009 - 92 Percent of Donated Money Has Gone to GOP, Conservatives Madison - Board members of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance have donated over $288,000 to Republicans and conservative candidates since 1991, compared to just $24,500 to Democrats and liberals, raising serious questions about the organization's reputation as an objective source for tax policy and research. "Board members of the Wisconsin Taxpayers...
  • Donors to Lawbreaking All Children Matter Dole Out $74,000 in Last Minute Contributions - 10/31/2008
    November 1, 2008 - h1.Donors to Lawbreaking All Children Matter Dole Out $74,000 in Last Minute Contributionsto 33 Republicans, $5,700 to 4 Democrats h2.Unprecedented 134 Maximum Contributions in Mid-October, Two-Week Period Madison - Donors to the lawbreaking All Children Matter have just made an unprecedented 146 last-minute legislative contributions totaling $79,725 to 33 Republicans and 4 Democrats over two weeks in mid-October. These individuals,...
  • Lawbreaking All Children Matter Continues Support for Towns - 10/27/2008
    October 27, 2008 - Employment, Contributions, Smear Mailing - Now a $150,000 TV Buy? Madison - Former State Rep. Debi Towns continues to receive the backing from an organization that supported her last-minute attempt as she left office in 2006 to help divert tax dollars from the over $100 million four-year-old kindergarten system to for-profit private school operations. Top donors to the lawbreaking pro-private...
  • 'Missing' Egelhoff Extremist Blog Available at OWN's 'FoxPoliticsRevealed.com' - 10/27/2008
    October 27, 2008 - Disturbing Positions Seen in Nearly 180 Hidden Posts Milwaukee - After media reports revealed former Appleton City Council member Jo Egelhoff had removed the library of blog posts she had written from the "Fox Politics" website she owns, One Wisconsin Now managed to retrieve nearly 180 posts and have cataloged the extremist and often-disturbing full library at www.FoxPoliticsRevealed.com. "One Wisconsin...
  • Gard 2006 Bid Benfited from Cabinet Visit as Part of 'Unprecedented' Misuse of Federal Agencies - 10/24/2008
    October 27, 2008 - Spokesman Attacks Oversight Committee After Report Shows Gard Received Possible Taxpayer-Financed Political Trip from Secretary Milwaukee - The campaign of John Gard attacked a Congressional watchdog committee after it released a report showing Gard benefited in late October 2o06 from a campaign visit by the former U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary as part of an "unprecedented" misuse of federal agencies to...
  • OWN Statements on Van Hollen Partisan Lawsuit Dismissal - 10/23/2008
    October 23, 2008 - Judge Rules Against McCain Co-Chair's Disenfranchisement Suit Madison - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements after a judge today dismissed Attorney General JB Van Hollen's partisan lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin. "Today's decision was a complete rejection of Republican Attorney General and John McCain for President Co-chair JB Van Hollen's partisan lawsuit which could...
  • Will Conservative Ads Also Target Ripp's Support for Healthy Wisconsin? - 10/21/2008
    October 22, 2008 - Smear Campaigns Ignore Ripp Calling Healthy Wisconsin 'Great'; Target O'Neil in Same Race for Calling Plan 'Place to Start' Interviewer: "How do you feel about initiatives like Healthy Wisconsin that came up in the legislature in the last session?" Keith Ripp: "Some of those things are great, Healthy Wisconsin, you know." - Wisconsin Eye, 6/21/2008, minute marker 18.39, http://wisconsineye.com/wisEye_programming/ARCHIVES-state_elections.html#cpn_080621_moo_47th Madison...
  • RPW Solicits Volunteers for Potential Voter Intimidation - 10/15/2008
    October 15, 2008 - Leaked Email Seeks Challengers for 'Intimidating' Polling Places Milwaukee - Potential voter intimidation plans by the Republican Party of Wisconsin were exposed after the leak of an RPW email calling for volunteers at "inner city" polling locations called "more intimidating" by the RPW's director of election day operations. According to a story written by the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative...
  • Nearly 3,000 Petitions Call for Van Hollen to Investigate Suspicious McCain/RPW Mailings - 10/13/2008
    October 14, 2008 - 65 Formal Complaints Filed with District Attorneys in 15 Wisconsin Counties Milwaukee - Nearly 3,000 Wisconsinites have signed a petition calling on Republican Attorney General and John McCain for President state co-chair JB Van Hollen to investigate suspicious absentee ballot mailings coming from McCain and the Republican Party of Wisconsin. One Wisconsin Now, which launched the drive, delivered the petitions...
  • Big Business Anti-Sick Days Mouthpiece Racked Up Over 150 Taxpayer-Funded Sick Days - 10/13/2008
    October 14, 2008 - While State Aide, Steve Baas Used Over 50 Paid Sick Days Milwaukee - The paid business lobbyist who has served as the most vocal special interest opponent to allowing more than 120,000 hard-working Milwaukee citizens to earn modest paid sick leave benefits, accumulated 150 full sick days totaling nearly 1,250 hours while an employee of the state legislature. Steve Baas,...
  • Why Did Van Hollen Stay Off Predatory Lender Lawsuit? - 10/07/2008
    October 7, 2008 - Wisconsin Not Part of 11-State Suit Netting $8.4 Billion to Help Homeowners; AG Has Stock in Three Lenders Madison - Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen refused to join a civil lawsuit along with 11 other states against one of the nation's largest predatory lenders, which just netted a record-$8.4 billion settlement. Financial disclosure records show Van Hollen owned stock...
  • OWN Files Ethics Complaint Against WMC Over Failure to Disclose Lobbying Activity - 9/30/2008
    September 30, 2008 - Buchen: 'WMC Actively Lobbied for Final Passage of UW Budget' Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now has filed a complaint with the state's Government Accountability Board (GAB) against Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and its seven-member lobbying team for failure to report lobbying activities. An August 20, 2008 memorandum authored by WMC Vice President for Government Relations Jim Buchen claims "WMC actively...
  • All Children Matter Long Overdue for a Penalty on 2006 Election Law Violations - 9/25/2008
    September 25, 2008 - DeVos, Wal-Mart Financed Group Hit with $5 Million Fine in April for Illegally Funneling Money to Ohio Campaigns Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now is calling on the Government Accountability Board to act on the recommendations of the former State Elections Board and penalize All Children Matter for violating Wisconsin election laws in 2006. The Election Board ruled in 2007 that...
  • RPW-DOJ Communication Requires McCain Co-Chair Van Hollen Drop Partisan Voter Disenfranchisement Lawsuit - 9/23/2008
    September 23, 2008 - Echoes of Florida 2000 As Hundreds of Thousands Could Be Dumped From Rolls Milwaukee - New media reports that the top aide to Wisconsin Republican Attorney General had "multiple conversations" with the head of the state Republican Party over a partisan voter disenfranchisement lawsuit filed by DOJ require Van Hollen drop the suit immediately, according to One Wisconsin Now. Both...
  • PRECOURT PRIMER: McCain Co-Chair Van Hollen's Quotes, Timeline - 9/18/2009
    September 19, 2008 - Attorney General's Taxpayer-Financed Political Voter Suppression Lawsuit in Court Today = 8/20/08Van Hollen Takes Helm As McCain state Campaign Co-Chair = "I'm honored to help lead John McCain's Wisconsin campaign, and I'm looking forward to his victory in November." [Van Hollen Campaign Website: http://www.ozaukeecountyrepublicans.com/cm/pdfs/news/J.B.%20Van%20Hollen%20Newsletter%20-%20August%206,%202008.pdf] = 9/2/08Karl Rove Meets with Wisconsin Republican Team in Minnesota to Discuss Strategy = "Rove also...
  • McCain Record, Statements Prove He Doesn't Get It on Economic Woes of Working Families - 9/18/2008
    September 19, 2008 - McCain, Top Advisors Spearheaded Deregulation Leading to Current Crisis Milwaukee - Sen. John McCain's continuing refusal to accept responsibility for the current economic crisis brought on by the George W. Bush policies he supported in the U.S. Senate and wants to continue is another example of how on the economic woes facing Wisconsin families, McCain still doesn't get it. "Sen....
  • New Election Task Force Must Investigate Specifics of False Absentee Ballot Mailing - 9/17/2008
    September 17, 2008 - Details Refused about Who Is At Risk for Disenfranchisement Milwaukee - The newly-announced election task force by Attorney General JB Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm must make its first task a complete investigation of the John McCain presidential campaign's recent statewide absentee ballot application mailing, which numerous recipients report contains faulty information which could negate their...
  • Coalition for America's Families: $900,000, RPW Criticisms 0 - 9/14/2008
    September 14, 2008 - Previous Outrage Over Potential Spending Silenced by $900,000 Pro-Conservative Ad Buy Milwaukee - Less than a month after a blustery press release complaining about an advertising purchase by the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is strangely silent now that the reliably inaccurate Coalition for American's Families has reserved almost $900,000 for television ads on Eau Claire,...
  • OWN Calls for McCain Co-Chair Van Hollen to Recuse from Frivolous Lawsuit - 9/11/2008
    September 11, 2008 - Continued Participation Shows Partisan Motivation of Taxpayer-Financed, Voter Suppression Scheme Milwaukee - Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen has put the Republican Party ahead of the taxpayers of Wisconsin by filing a frivolous election lawsuit and must, as state co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign, recuse himself from all election-related litigation this year, according to One Wisconsin Now. "Van Hollen...
  • OWN Debuts 'McCain & UnAble' Comic Series to Highlight Bush-McCain Follies - 9/9/2008
    September 9, 2008 - First Episode Available at www.McCainAndUnAble.com Milwaukee - Sen. John McCain has served as a rubber stamp for the disastrous agenda of George W. Bush, and a new comic series created by One Wisconsin Now called "McCain & UnAble," shows what would happen if the wealthy ideological soulmates were forced to go out into the real world and deal with the...
  • Murtha Owes Taxpayers Better Explanation about Tax Payments - 9/8/2008
    September 9, 2008 - Claim to Newspaper Needs Clarification Given Past Five Years with No Net State Taxes Paid Milwaukee - State Rep. John Murtha recently made statements to a newspaper reporter that he believes he owed state taxes in 2007 - but he didn't have any additional details to offer or know the amount paid. Given that he has paid no state income...
  • Health Care Tops OWN 2nd Annual Progressive Issues Survey at Fighting Bob Fest - 9/8/2008
    September 9, 2008 - Need for Reform Wins Again; Iraq, Environment, Economy, Education Also Top Concerns Milwaukee - Health care was again the top issue on the minds of Fighting Bob Fest participants in the One Wisconsin Now Progressive Issues Survey taken at the Sunday event in Baraboo. While progressives have been pushing for affordable health care for all, conservatives have stood in lockstep...
  • Leaders Agree: McCain More of the McSame - 9/4/2008
    September 8, 2008 - Lockstep Support for Bush Policies Has Been Disaster for Wisconsin Milwaukee - As Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin come to Cedarburg to make their first stop together in Wisconsin, progressive leaders from across Wisconsin agree: McCain's record in the Senate supporting George W. Bush's disastrous agenda has hurt working families and people in every corner of the state....
  • One Wisconsin Now to Hold 2nd Annual Progressive Issues Survey at Fighting Bob Fest - 9/3/2008
    September 8, 2008 - Participants Can Also Vote Electronically at www.Project09.org Milwaukee - Fighting Bob Fest participants can cast their vote for the most important issues facing Wisconsin, as One Wisconsin Now will hold its 2nd Annual Progressive Issues Survey, Project '09, at the Baraboo event this Saturday. "Progressives are energized as never before," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "Project '09...
  • IFOW Release: Over 10,000 Emails Sent to WMC Board Companies - 8/25/2008
    August 27, 2008 - WMC Senior Staffer Pleads in Email to Members to Not Let Effort 'Disrupt WMC's Fundraising Drive' for $1 Million Issue Ad Reserve by Labor Day Milwaukee - An effort by the Institute for One Wisconsin asking concerned citizens to email the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's board members and their companies using the Institute's webtools has generated over 10,000 communications...
  • OWN Release - Minnesota Governor's One-Word Record: 'Paw-thetic' - 8/18/2008
    August 18, 2008 - Budget Mismanagement Skyrockets Property TaxesOver 70 Percent Since He Took Office Milwaukee - Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making his second trip of the summer to Wisconsin - this time for a pair of Milwaukee and Madison fundraisers for Sen. John McCain at $1,000-a-couple. Given his abysmal record for Minnesotans, One Wisconsin Now is suggesting Pawlenty might want to...
  • Wisconsinites Have Five Questions for McCain Town Hall about Failed Bush-McCain Agenda - 7/30/2008
    July 30, 2008 - State Hurt by McCain's Unending Support in U.S. Senate for Bush Policies Milwaukee - In anticipation of Sen. John McCain's Racine town hall meeting Thursday, concerned Wisconsinites who will be unable to attend the event offered five questions they would like Sen. McCain to answer about his support for the disastrous Bush agenda. John Valko, President of UAW Local 180...
  • OWN Statements on Justice Ziegler's Participation in Menasha Corp. Case - 7/11/2008
    July 17, 2008 - Milwaukee – Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now, issued the following statements regarding the state Supreme Court’s decision in the Menasha Corp. case and Justice Ziegler’s written opinion. “Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s $2 million investment in Annette Ziegler has turned around a quick $265 million return for business – an extraordinary deal given today’s economy. One Wisconsin...
  • McCain's Economic, Health Care Record a Disaster for Women - 7/10/2008
    July 10, 2008 - Concerns Over McCain Opposition in Senate to Fair Pay Protection, Women's Health; Support for Health Care Tax Hike, Tax Breaks for Wealthy, Big Oil Milwaukee - Sen. John McCain's record in the U.S. Senate has been a "disaster for women," according to leaders from across Wisconsin, who say his opposition to fair pay, reproductive freedom and access to affordable...
  • The Case Against Mike Gableman - Chart of Calls and Contributions
    July 10, 2008 - <me ta HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0; URL=http://advwisc.3cdn.net/5c60fa99f2e8588f9b_v4m6iyzil.pdf">...
  • OWN Files Complaint Against Gableman for Potential Professional Misconduct - 7/10/2008
    July 10, 2008 - OWN Files OLR Complaint Against Gableman for Potential Professional MisconductDozens of Calls Around Fundraiser Made from Office Phone of Former DA Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now has filed an official grievance with the state Office of Lawyer Regulation requesting a formal investigation of Supreme Court Justice-elect Mike Gableman for potential professional misconduct regarding dozens of phone calls made from...
  • OWN's Online Petition Urges Congressional Leaders to Abandon Big Oil Tax Cuts in Favor of Families - 6/20/2008
    June 20, 2008 - Wisconsinites Use Their OWN Voices to Stand up to Big OilOnline Petition Urges Congressional Leaders to Abandon Big Oil Tax Cuts in Favor of Families Milwaukee - Wisconsinites will have a chance to use their own voices to urge Wisconsin U.S. Representatives to reject Senator John McCain's $4 billion Big Oil tax giveaway, thanks to the massive online petition...
  • OWN Statements on WPRI's 'Healthy Wisconsin' Attack - 6/19/2008
    June 19, 2008 - Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in response to the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute's criticism of the historic "Healthy Wisconsin" plan to reduce Wisconsin's health care costs by $2 billion and ensure access to affordable and quality health care for all: "George Lightbourn's central thesis that Medicare and Medicaid were bad ideas,...
  • Sen. McCain's Bad Equal Pay Policy Hurting Wisconsin Families - 6/09/2008
    June 9, 2008 - OWN to McCain: “Stop skipping votes and skipping out on women and their rights.” Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now (OWN) is marking the 45th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act's passage by calling on Senator John McCain to promote policies in the U.S. Senate that close the pay gap between women and men once and for all. In April,...
  • Van Hollen Refusal to Investigate Gableman Misconduct Contrasts Election Year Promises - 6/04/2008
    June 4, 2008 - Candidate Van Hollen Promised to 'Make Enforcement of State Elections Law' Principal Assignment of DOJ Milwaukee -Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen's refusal to investigate Supreme Court Justice Elect-Mike Gableman for dozens of phone calls made from his Ashland County District Attorney's office and cell phone to political donors, partisan campaign and party offices runs in stark contrast to Van...
  • OWN Fact Sheet - McSame Old, McSame Old
    June 3, 2008 - John McCain Offers Endless Rubber Stampfor Failed Bush Economic Policies in the U.S. Senate With each passing week, food and gas prices climb higher and higher, while thousands of Americans are losing their jobs and their homes. Seniors are still forced to choose between buying food or their prescription drugs. Gas prices across Wisconsin are topping $4 a gallon....
  • Wisconsinites Detail Suffering Under Bush-McCain Economic Agenda - 5/28/2008
    May 28, 2008 - Bush Policies Supported by John McCain in the U.S. Senate Have Hurt State Milwaukee – Economic policies spearheaded by the Bush Administration and supported by Sen. John McCain in the U.S. Senate have been devastating to people across Wisconsin, according to a group of concerned citizens who offered their personal stories today in anticipation of McCain’s upcoming visit to...
  • Who's Responsible for Economic Woes? Americans for Properity Should Look in the Mirror - 5/23/2008
    May 24, 2008 - Wisconsin Communities Lose as Big Oil's Mouthpiece Tries to Divert Attention for Record Gas Prices, Record Oil Profits Milwaukee- Americans for Prosperity is playing the blame game about the causes of the sputtering economy, while ignoring one of the largest negative forces hurting Wisconsin - record gas prices. In a release today, the tax-exempt organization that's founded and financed by...
  • Bush Agenda Finds Loyal Follower in McSame - 5/16/2008
    May 17, 2008 - OWN: “It’s time to retire John McCain’s rubber stamp in the U.S. Senate of failed Bush policies” Milwaukee – Senator John McCain has been a rubber stamp in the U.S. Senate for the failed agenda of George W. Bush. That’s the message behind the Stamporee event One Wisconsin Now (OWN) is holding outside the Wisconsin Republican Convention in Stevens...
  • Minnesota Can Keep Pawlenty - 5/14/2008
    May 14, 2008 - Abysmal Record for Taxes, Schools, Protecting Kids Sets Bad Example for Wisconsin Milwaukee- Stay home, Governor Pawlenty. That’s the plea from One Wisconsin Now (OWN), as Pawlenty travels to Stevens Point to serve as the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Republican Convention on Friday. “Since Pawlenty took office in 2002, Minnesota’s property taxes have skyrocketed, schools have struggled and...
  • McCain's Education Plan: All Teachers Left Behind - 5/06/2008
    May 6, 2008 - McCain Marks National Teachers' Day by Waging War on School Funding Milwaukee - Sen. John McCain says "there is no equal opportunity without equal access to excellent education," but this is just another example of the "Double Talk Express." McCain is waging war on education through stripping teachers of the very tools they need to educate our youth. Most...
  • Wisconsinites Say 'Mission Accomplished' When Troops Come Home - 4/30/2008
    April 30, 2008 - Five Years Since Declaration, 90 Wisconsin Troops Have Perished in Iraq Madison - With tomorrow's fifth year anniversary of George Bush's declaration from the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended," a group representing veterans, military families and state progressives joined at the State Capitol to criticize the endless war, citing the...
  • OWN Launches 'McCain's Iraq Tax on Wisconsin' Website - 4/22/2008
    April 22, 2008 - Announces Contest: What Good Could You Do with $8.3 billion? Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now has launched a website to highlight both the $8.3 billion cost of the Iraq War paid by Wisconsin, and Sen. John McCain's willingness to go along with George W. Bush and continue this failed effort- even for as long as 100 years. The site...
  • McCain Brings Wisconsin Families No Change from Failed Bush Policies - 4/15/2008
    April 15, 2008 - More Tax Cuts for Rich, Less Protection for Workers, No Help for Families Milwaukee - Sen. John McCain comes to Wisconsin tomorrow offering no change from the failed economic policies of President George Bush. Despite the recession, housing and health care crises, McCain supports more tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, more failed trade policies costing Wisconsin jobs....
  • Wisconsin Families Suffering Under McCain Iraq Tax - 4/14/2008
    April 14, 2008 - While Endless War Costs Wisconsin Taxpayers $8.3 Billion, McCain Stays Course Milwaukee - With tomorrow's tax day filing deadline, Wisconsin taxpayers continue to foot a $8.3 billion and growing "Iraq Tax." Despite the tragic loss of life and damage to the nation's economy, Sen. John McCain supports the Iraq War and has said he would continue to do so,...
  • All Children Matter Contributors Have Given $130,000 to Wisconsin State Legislators - 4/8/2008
    April 8, 2008 - Group Leveled with $52.Million Ohio Fine Remain Under Wisconsin Investigation Milwaukee - Major donors to All Children Matter, the pro-private school voucher group under investigation by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, have donated nearly $130,000 to members of the Wisconsin Legislature. All Children Matter was hit Friday with a $5.2 million fine for illegally funneling money into Ohio campaigns....
  • All Children Matter Hit with $5.2 Million Fine for Illegally Funneling Campaign Money - 4/7/2008
    April 7, 2008 - Remains Under Investigation Here for Campaign ‘Money Laundering’ Allegations Milwaukee - All Children Matter, the pro-private school vouchers group founded by Michigan Republican billionaire Richard DeVos was leveled with a $5.2 million fine Friday for illegally funneling money into Ohio campaigns. All Children Matter remains under investigation in Wisconsin after the State Elections Board determined in November 2006 it...
  • District Attorney Seeking Special Prosecutor for OWN Open Records Complaint Against Gableman - 3/27/2008
    March 27, 2008 - Records Denial Came As Questions Remain on Prohibited Use of State Resources Milwaukee - Burnett County District Attorney Ken Kutz is requesting a "special prosecutor" for One Wisconsin Now's verified open records law complaint filed with the Burnett County District Attorney's office after Burnett County Judge Mike Gableman refused repeated requests to release emails from his taxpayer-financed state account. "The...
  • Five Years of Iraq War: Wisconsin Mobilizing Opposition at Events Across State
    March 18, 2008 - Milwaukee - Leaders, organizations, activists and citizens across Wisconsin are holding events this week in dozens of cities across Wisconsin in recognition of the fifth anniversary of George W. Bush's war of choice in Iraq which has cost America nearly 4,000 soldiers, including 84 brave Wisconsinites who have made the ultimate sacrifice. "The best way to honor our troops is...
  • Gableman's Shifting Answers Raise More Questions
    March 4, 2008 - Claims Service on 'Statewide Commissions' Led to His Pick by McCallum; Records Show Gableman Missed 5 of 7 Judicial Council Meetings Milwaukee - Responding to mounting press questions about how he merited selection as Burnett County circuit judge, Mike Gableman shifted to a totally new argument at a Friday public appearance. Trying to explain to reporters how he was able...
  • Gableman's Shifting Answers Raise More Questions
    March 2, 2008 - Claims Service on 'Statewide Commissions' Led to His Pick by McCallum; Records Show Gableman Missed 5 of 7 Judicial Council Meetings Milwaukee - Mike Gableman's newest explanation about how he leapt over two announced finalists to become a Burnett County judge is under scrutiny after documents obtained by One Wisconsin Now would appear to both contradict his latest claim and...
  • Gableman's Suspicious Appointment
    March 1, 2008 - One Wisconsin Now Investigation Shows Party Regular Benefited from Partisan Connections Contributions, Fundraising Preceded Gableman's Leap Ahead of Local Candidates; Standard Procedure Ignored to Hand Out Judgeship on Opposite Side of the State "I am not a crook." - Richard Nixon, 1/17/73 "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." - George...
  • Was Gableman Fundraising for McCallum While on the State Clock?
    February 26, 2008 - Phone Records, Lack of Vacation Time Taken Raise Serious Questions Milwaukee - New records obtained by One Wisconsin Now about the leave taken by state Supreme Court Mike Gableman while he served as a state-paid Administrative Law Judge show Gableman was being paid by taxpayers on the same day he was on the other side of the state hosting a...
  • Gableman: $2,500 to McCallum Bypassed Finalists: $0
    February 24, 2008 - McCallum Unable to Name Any Other Time He Ignored Judicial Advisory Selection Committee in Favor of Other Candidate, Besides Gableman Milwaukee - Former Republican Governor Scott McCallum was unable to name another instance in which he ignored the recommendations for a judicial nominee as he when appointing Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Mike Gableman to the Burnett County bench. Gableman, a...
  • New Evidence of Politics Found in Gableman Burnett County Judicial Appointment
    February 24, 2008 - No Application File, Records of Interview Found for Gableman; Contributions from Gableman: $2,500, From Finalists Bypassed by McCallum: $0 Milwaukee - Recommendation letters obtained from the formal applications of candidates for the Burnett County Circuit Court judgeship former Republican Scott McCallum bypassed to appoint to current Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate and McCallum donor and fundraiser Mike Gableman include numerous references...
  • Gableman's Suspicious Appointment II
    February 22, 2008 - McCallum Confirms Manipulating Judicial Selection Process for Donor Gableman Gableman Campaign Refuses to Directly Address Facts Raised by OWN Report Milwaukee - Former Republican Governor Scott McCallum admitted Thursday he manipulated the judicial appointment process established by his own executive orders in order to appoint Republican Party official Mike Gableman, a McCallum donor and fundraiser, to the Burnett County Circuit...
  • Gableman's Suspicious Appointment
    February 20, 2008 - One Wisconsin Now Investigation Shows Party Regular Benefited from Partisan Connections Contributions, Fundraising Preceded Gableman's Leap Ahead of Local Candidates; Standard Procedure Ignored to Hand Out Judgeship on Opposite Side of the State Milwaukee - An investigation by One Wisconsin Now into the appointment of Michael Gableman to the Burnett County Circuit Court by former Republican Governor Scott McCallum raises...
  • One Wisconsin Now Delivers Nearly 2,000 Petitions Calling for End of $300 Million Estate Tax Loophole
    February 18, 2008 - Citizens from Every Corner of Wisconsin Mobilize for Legislative Action Milwaukee - One Wisconsin Now delivered nearly 2,000 petitions today the offices of Wisconsin's state legislators, as citizens around the state are calling for an end to the $300 million estate tax loophole for Wisconsin's wealthiest, which began this year. "The people of Wisconsin have spoken and they want to...
  • K12, Inc. Support for Davis Paying Off
    January 15, 2008 - Bill to Aid For-Profit Virtual School Follows Contributions from Top Executive Milwaukee - Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Brett Davis (R-Oregon) will hold a public hearing today on a bill he has authored that will benefit operators of Wisconsin virtual schools including K12, Inc., the Virginia-based for-profit company behind the Wisconsin Virtual Academy, and whose top executive and senior staff...
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