Swearingen Requests Department of Revenue Force Wedding Barns to Get Liquor Licenses

State Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), a supper club owner and a former president of the Tavern League, is asking the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to begin requiring “wedding barns” to have liquor licenses as early as July 1st. “In order for wedding barns to continue operating without interruption, I encourage the department to proactively take […]

Committee Looks to Schimel Opinion for Cover on Wedding Barns

Farms hosting weddings and other events are escaping the attention of a legislative committee that had targeted them for more regulation, but only because they are being threatened on another front. The Legislative Council Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement is dropping, for now, consideration of ways to regulate Agricultural Event Venues (AEV), commonly referred […]

Schimel Opinion Threatens Wedding Barn Industry

An informal opinion issued by Attorney General Brad Schimel could threaten Wisconsin’s wedding barn industry. The opinion, requested by the chairman of the legislative study committee on alcohol beverages enforcement Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), redefines a “public place” to include businesses that allow the public to hold private parties. “It is obviously possible for a […]

Hopes of Foxconn Failure Lead to Dem Embarrassment

Democrats were quick to jump on a report Wednesday that Foxconn was backing away from its promised financial investment in Wisconsin. Too quick, it now appears. Japan business publication Nikkei Asian Review published a report (that has since changed) claiming that Foxconn plans to cut back on its initial investment in the state. However the Journal […]

Foxconn Begins Its Outreach to Wisconsin Businesses

With an estimated pot of $1.4 billion in contracts, supply chain placement and jobs for the taking, Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn has begun the process of looking for its local Wisconsin vendors. With construction of a 10,000 acre facility near Mount Pleasant set to begin later this spring, Foxconn is reaching out to Wisconsin-based businesses […]

Bill Penzey Plays the Nazi Card

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers It turns out Bill Penzey is an old movie buff. The owner of Penzy’s Spices is remembering the 75th anniversary of Casablanca with another spice special in his latest email to customers. Conservatives, however, may find the spices a little bitter to the taste when they read what Penzey […]