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Dan Shaw

Sep 19, 2014

Digging yourself a hole

Let’s leave aside for a moment the debate about whether Gov. Scott Walker set a bad example in a recent campaign advertisement video showing him using a ladder to climb out of a trench sans gloves, helmet or other protective gear.

Mar 13, 2014

Giving credit where it’s not due

Politicians are often faulted for taking credit for things they cannot possibly control.

Dec 27, 2013

Remember that push for workers’ comp change?

For the policy advisors entrusted with proposing changes to Wisconsin’s workers’ comp system, the past few weeks must have been like the seconds that immediately follow a person’s dropping a penny into a deep well.

Dec 23, 2013

Well, at least we’re not a judicial hellhole

It’s too bad for the Republicans who control the statehouse that tort reform seems to be far less of an issue of public concern than the economy.

Dec 18, 2013

Who’s keeping an Eye on lawmakers?

Tuesday’s Assembly Veterans Committee opened with a declaration I’ve heard more than a few times since I started covering the Capitol about a year ago.

Nov 6, 2013

State construction projects: Made in China?

Why is it that whenever U.S. lawmakers say they don’t want to enter into a race to the bottom with China, the evil they wish to avoid is low wages and never government interference in markets?

Nov 1, 2013

The statehouse: A place paved with the best intentions?

Until 5:05 p.m. Wednesday night, state Rep. Gary Hebl thought there would be an amendment to a bill requiring the installation of devices that prevent someone convicted more than once of drunken driving from starting a car after having a drink.

Sep 20, 2013

Oh Darling, flattery gets Senators nowhere

It’s always funny to see lawmakers awkwardly trading jabs or even compliments while trying to keep things polite.

Sep 17, 2013

Legislative street cred

Everybody had a little chuckle Tuesday when members of the state Assembly Committee on Workforce Development learned they would have an opportunity to revise the administrative rules governing “minors in street trades.”

Sep 16, 2013

Peter, Paul and their tiff over TIFs

There’s no easy way to explain TIF districts.

Aug 23, 2013

Quickest way to voters’ hearts runs through the DMV

When a state agency issues a news release about its progress toward goals it has set itself, no one can really blame it for putting the good news at the top.

Aug 2, 2013

Republicans flex muscle on workers’ comp

State Republicans seem poised to make another end run around an advisory council whose recommendations on workers’ benefits were largely adopted without question.


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