Not. So. Fast. On this week’s episode of The Wheelercast, we look at some scheduling conflicts that could delay votes on both the State Budget and the Foxconn package. Plus we review last week’s marathon Assembly committee hearing on the massive economic development deal.
Nine topics. Three Hosts. Thirty minutes. Dan Deibert, Lisa Manna, and Brian Fraley put their unique, Midwestern spin on nine events/issues/topics/things from the previous week. Current events, politics, sports… It’s all on the agenda.
I joined Steve Scaffidi and Eric Bilstad on WTMJ AM620 in Milwaukee for an impromptu segment mere moments after White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired this afternoon.
Political Staffing 101: If as a staffer you become the story, you are failing your boss.
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The largest economic development deal in Wisconsin state government history has been negotiated, and Gwyn has details regarding the substance of and timeline for legislative action on the Foxconn deal. Things are moving quickly. How quickly, and how could this impact the State Budget impasse? This news and more on the latest episode of The Wheelercast.
John Mercure of 620-WTMJ radio reached out to me to get my thoughts on President Trump letting Reince Priebus go as Chief of Staff, replacing him with retired General (and Homeland Security Secretary) John Kelly.
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After a week filled with developments in the state budget negotiations, Gwyn brings us up to speed and anticipates what could happen in the week ahead. Then, we crack open the archives of the Wheeler Report to examine the history behind a recent key court ruling. All this, plus a tribute to an outgoing member of the Walker Administration, on this week’s episode of The Wheelercast.
Tuesday could see a huge development in the State Budget drama. Wisconsin lawmakers are also working on an incentive package to try to lure Foxconn’s proposed new plant. State Representative Samantha Kerkman took to social media to help her constituents during and in the aftermath of the flood. All this and more in this jam-packed episode of The Wheelercast.
You may have taken a few days off last week, but the state budget negotiators did not. Gwyn Guenther brings us up to speed on the latest on the transportation budget gridlock, takes a look at an ongoing dispute between Minnesota and Wisconsin and pays tribute to a former State Senator.
Over the weekend the Wisconsin State Journal’s Matthew DeFour asked for my thoughts on how Wisconsin’s declining unemployment numbers might impact upcoming elections.
Republican strategist Brian Fraley said for many voters trying to gauge how the broader economy is doing, the unemployment rate provides an easily understood statistic similar to the Dow Jones industrial average: “No one really knows what it is, but if the Dow Jones is high, that’s good, right?”
The latest Marquette Law School Poll gauged public awareness of the unemployment rate in Wisconsin and found 37 percent correctly said it is in the 2 to 4 percent range. Another 35 percent thought it was in the 4 to 6 percent range, 12 percent thought it was higher than 6 percent and 14 percent didn’t know.
Fraley said he expects Republican incumbents next year to play up the state reaching the lowest unemployment level in Wisconsin’s history should it reach that milestone.
“It’s definitely something they will champion,” Fraley said.
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WTMJ radio’s Steve Scaffidi and Erik Bilstad invited me on their show this afternoon to talk about the new Marquette Law poll. Some take aways for me, despite the heat in the GOP budget debate, people still feel like the state is going in the right direction rather than on the wrong track. On the national scene it’s clear the GOP has a messaging problem (I’m looking at you healthcare bill.) The poll shows it hasn’t done a good job explaining the benefits of the reform long or short term.
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