Rethinking Wisconsin’s Tax Mix

Questions abound regarding Monday’s Refocus Wisconsin meeting held here in Madison – is former Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler calling for an increase in the sales tax?  Is he doing so in his capacity as a budget adviser to Governor-elect Scott Walker?  And why is orange juice served to large groups of people always so […]

The Making of a Candidate: The Inside Story of How Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson Quietly Became one of the Political Stories of 2010

PART I: ALL OF IT Just by walking down Oregon Street in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it’s hard to tell that the Fate of Democracy in America resides here.  At the end of the street, The Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters inhabits a large brick building fronted by stately white columns.  The building rests across […]

The Making of a Candidate 2010

For the past six months, I’ve been embedded with the Ron Johnson for Senate campaign – and now, the story I’ve written about the race is online.  It’s going to be a five-part series, and it’s being published by Wisconsin Interest magazine.  It’s a good insider look at what actually happens behind the scenes of […]