What better after a hearty shot of news than a chaser of cool, refreshing analysis?
Welcome to The Chaser. A periodic podcast featuring Nik Nelson of OpenBox Strategies and myself.
This week we tackle the Iowa Republican presidential debate which aired on Fox News.
We play some clips and offer our quick takes. Who won? Who lost? What were the best moments?
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.
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.
This week’s Dailytakes Half Hour Happy Hour newsmaker interview will be with State Senator and Waukesha County Executive-Elect Paul Farrow.
In this 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.