Ringhand Attacks Foxconn Profits, Ignores the Big Picture

All of a sudden, Wisconsin Democrats have become a fan of corporate profits. That seems to be the case as this week showed that Foxconn, the Taiwanese technology company about to begin building a massive factory in Pleasant Prairie, announced that its quarterly profits dropped 39 percent according to its latest earnings report. While the […]


Mining Opponents Hit the Road with Media Tour

With time ticking away before the state legislature is set to take up SB 395; a bill which would lift the Wisconsin moratorium on sulfide mining, environmental groups are pulling out all the stops to kill the bill before it goes to the floor for a vote. According to the bill’s lead author, state Senator Tom […]


Democrats Prefabricated Foxconn Failure Strategy

Conventional political wisdom holds that Democrats opposed the Foxconn incentive package because they saw up to 13,000 new jobs as an untenable political boost to Governor Scott Walker’s 2018 re-election prospects. Despite a low unemployment rate, Democrats have been using job growth as a cudgel against Walker and hoped to exploit the issue next year. […]

Senator Patrick Testin Exposes Democrat Foxconn Hypocrisy

Senator Patrick Testin Wednesday reported a “did I say that out loud moment,” from a Democratic leader discussing the Foxconn incentive package . With the deal finally wrapped up and approved,  Testin spoke with Media Trackers’ Director of Communications Jerry Bader and revealed a moment of hypocrisy by Senator Jennifer Shilling. Testin claims Shilling revealed that […]


Foxconn Gets WI Dems in Touch With Their Inner-Xenophobe

Here is how the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “xenophobe:” one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin. Merriam-Webster may want to consider including the Democratic Party of Wisconsin logo with that definition. In response to Governor Scott Walker’s Monday signing of the Foxconn incentive package, a quartet of democratic legislative […]

Rep. Peter Barca (D) Credit: WisconsinWatchdog.org Political Parties

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 […]

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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 […]