Kevin Binversie

A “Frank” Talk about Right to Work

Illinois is surrounded. Surrounded that is, by six states with right-to-work laws, and to counter what many in the Land of Lincoln feel may be the inevitable (Enactment of its own law), forces of the status quo are doing a full court press to maintain it. Among those is a familiar face to Wisconsinites, former Doyle […]

Gordon Hintz’s “Emotions” Do Not Include Contrition

If there’s one thing which could be said of state Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), it is that he is extremely sure of himself. Hintz, the only announced candidate for Wisconsin Assembly Democrats to be their new minority leader after an inner-caucus coup against outgoing leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), began what can only be described as […]

To Pay Its Bills, Illinois to Issue Even More Debt

While not as extreme as taking out a new credit card to help pay for your mortgage, the fiscal situation in Illinois is one which continues to boggle the mind. On Thursday, as part of its attempt to dig out of a mountain of unpaid bills, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) announced plans to begin a […]

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Peter Barca Resigns as Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader

Weeks ago, we speculated on the possibility of Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) being ousted by an inner-caucus coup; particularly over his support of the Foxconn deal. That appears to have indeed happened on Thursday night.  After an Assembly Democratic caucus meeting that lasted nearly four hours, Barca’s office released a statement […]

Kooyenga Foregoes U.S. Senate Run

Another piece in Wisconsin’s next U.S. Senate race fell into place on Wednesday morning. In comments first reported to, state Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) announced he would not be running against Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin. The announcement ends months of quiet speculation on Kooyenga, who is seen as a rising star with a solid track […]

Tony Evers is Hardly an Electoral Juggernaut

When many Democrats discuss the newly minted gubernatorial candidacy of Wisconsin state Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Evers, they bring up a number of responses. They point out that Evers holds a statewide office and heads the state’s education bureaucracy. This is usually followed up by showcasing that Evers have won three statewide elections (2009, 2013, […]

Is a Coup Against Peter Barca Coming?

There might be more at stake than just 13,000 potential jobs with the Foxconn deal. Such as, who leads the Assembly Democratic Caucus in the near future. Currently, Wisconsin Assembly Democrats are led by state Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). Barca has been the leader since the Democrats lost the Assembly majority in the 2010 midterms. In the […]

After a Two-Month Pause, Finally Movement on the State Budget

While a hearing scheduled for Tuesday from the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on Foxconn in Sturtevant will be getting all the headlines this week, it’s the follow-up meeting set for Thursday which may be more important for Wisconsin’s fiscal picture. The gathering will be the first official meeting for Wisconsin’s budget-writing committee since mid-June where actual votes on parts […]

Money for a Trolley, But None for Cops?

When the sun sets on the mayoral tenure of Milwaukee’s Tom Barrett, what will his legacy be, exactly? For years now, Barrett has apparently wanted part of his legacy to be an ill-conceived streetcar project running through the city’s downtown. While the project is paid in part through federal funds, critics have long questioned its […]