Campaigns and Elections,Public Policy

Sales Tax Holiday = CYA

27 Jan , 2016  

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So now Republicans are now proposing a one week sales tax holiday?

What a dumb idea.

A one week sugar high for consumers?

If lawmakers really want to provide consumers relief when buying retail goods in Wisconsin, repeal the damn minimum markup.

Now, there is no one lobbying against the sales tax holiday and a lot of orgs like the price fixing MM, but still.

Minimum markup repeal would bring long-lasting, free market relief that won’t reduce state tax revenues.

This sales tax holiday is dishonest pandering. We should be better than that.

And I believe for many, this proposal is a CYA move over their failure to repeal the dumb minimum markup law.

But I bet this fast-tracked proposal gets a public hearing…

Unlike the Vukmir/Ott Minimum Markup Bills that have languished in committees since October.

This is shameful.

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Campaigns and Elections,Edge Messaging,Fraley

Preview of Tonight’s GOP Debate

16 Sep , 2015  

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The Cap Times asked me for my take on tonight’s debate.

“There’s no question that August was a brutal month for the Walker campaign, but while the polling numbers have changed since the last debate, the facts here in Wisconsin have not,” said Brian Fraley, a former Republican operative who now owns the Brookfield consulting firm Edge Messaging. “Gov. Walker’s track record of walking the walk is his greatest asset and something he needs to get back to. But, let’s be clear, this isn’t a debate. It’s an 11-person televised interview, and one that will center on the novelty candidate-turned front runner.”

Their entire story is here.

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Campaigns and Elections,History

Scott Walker, Pundit, Offers His Take on Hillary…in 1999

14 Apr , 2015  

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Before he was Governor Walker…

Before he was County Executive Walker…

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Campaigns and Elections,Half Hour Happy Hour

Farrow Not Endorsing in Senate Special Election, Thinks Primary Race ‘would be healthy’

13 Apr , 2015  

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This week’s Dailytakes Half Hour Happy Hour newsmaker interview will be with State Senator and Waukesha County Executive-Elect Paul Farrow.

In┬áthis preview clip, Farrow announces he will not be making an endorsement in the yet-to-be-called special election in the 33rd Senate District. “I am staying out,” he told me.

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Campaigns and Elections

Walker Derangement Syndrome and the New York Times

21 Mar , 2015  

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The New York Times is really stretching here, trying to advance the narrative that Scott Walker has undergone a retooling. More…

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