Kevin Binversie

Capitol influence peddler and lobbyist Brandon Scholz (Left) and Republican Speaker Robin Vos (Right)

Is Cronyism Killing Common Sense Conservative Reforms?

When it comes to getting rid of some of Wisconsin’s dumbest laws, a distinct pattern is starting to settle in. At its core is a rather peculiar question: What do the Grocers think? While not one of Wisconsin’s most powerful lobbies, the Wisconsin Grocers Association is one of its most connected given the friendship of Assembly Speaker […]

So Baldwin’s Now For Tax Simplification? Not So Fast.

Two tweets from Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin’s junior Senator, would make one think she’s had a sudden change of heart when it comes to the vastly complicated U.S. tax code. Today is #TaxDay. This year, taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours & $200 preparing & filing their returns. It shouldn't be this tough pic.twitter.com/qCRbiiVJoQ […]

How Far Could Congress Go With Congressional Review Act?

While there isn’t much for members of Congress to talk about in regards to newly passed legislation this Easter Recess, one area of success they can point is the rolling back of a number of last-minute Obama Administration rules and regulations. This was done through the use of something known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Congressional […]

Grothman Faces Raucous Crowd at Sheboygan Town Hall

Sheboygan – No one can ever say Representative Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) isn’t willing to face a tough crowd. The second-term Congressman from Wisconsin’s Sixth Congressional did just that on Monday morning before an overflow crowd of nearly 200 during an hour-long town hall meeting at Sheboygan’s Mead Public Library. Quite a turnout for the @RepGrothman […]

Paul Ryan Flexes Fund Raising Muscle for 2018

Known more for being a policy wonk than a fund raiser when he took the job, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) has shown to be surprisingly adept at the latter. Yet, in the year and a half Ryan’s been the House’s top Republican leader, he has proven to be quite the fund raiser; […]

Will 2017 be the Year of Constitutional Carry?

If you believe you’re hearing about the subject of constitutional carry a lot lately, you wouldn’t be alone. 2017 is looking to be the year where legislators across the country make one of the largest efforts to expand gun rights. When state Senator Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) and state Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) announced their […]

Analysis: Wisconsin’s Road Spending Hardly Being Starved

Second in a series Depending to who you talk to, Wisconsin roads are either a disaster or a constant work in progress. To members of the Assembly leadership, it’s about the need for more revenue to ensure there’s enough money to go around the four corners of the state. To the new state Transportation Secretary; revenue […]

Liberals Freaks Out Over “Thousands More Births”

Sometimes it’s the most casual of comments which give the most insight. That happened on Monday as the world was combing through the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the American Health Care Act (AHCA); House Republicans’ attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as “Obamacare.” While many focused on the […]

In Search for New Taxes, Illinois Picks Wisconsin’s Brain

The state of Illinois is nearly $12 billion in debt, which has forced lawmakers to scramble for whatever sources of tax revenue they can. Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Launer has been portrayed in the media as Illinois’ Scott Walker: a GOP reformer trying to bring big state government down to size. Yet, if the latest proposal goes […]

Senator Johnson Leads Effort to Eliminate “Blacklisting” Rule

‘Due Process under the law.’ That’s the cornerstone of the American legal system and with a 49-48 vote Monday night on a Senate resolution, the United States Congress helped ensure it would remain as such for all businesses seeking government contracts. In the latest in a series of votes by the Republican Congress to overturn and undo […]