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Empower Wisconsin’s Top 13 stories of the year

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 26, 2019

MADISON — The late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson once said “it never got weird enough” for him. 

This year in politics would have made the Gonzo journalist revise his drug-induced maxim. 

Empower Wisconsin launched in early September. By then, much had gone down in 2019, but there was still plenty of weirdness left to report. 

As we look back on the year that was, here’s Empower Wisconsin’s top stories of (the truncated) 2019.  

1. Kind breaks silence, joins impeachment gang

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind broke his silence Wednesday evening, standing with the rest of his Trump-hating fellow Democrats in casting his vote for both articles of impeachment. The La Crosse congressman had refused to disclose how we would vote before the roll call. In the end, Kind answered the call of his boss, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and cast his ballots for the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

2. Evers’ gun show flops

Gov. Tony Evers wanted his gun show Thursday. Republicans wouldn’t give it to him. Evers had ordered the Legislature to convene a special session on gun-restriction bills. Late Thursday, Republicans gaveled in and gaveled out without taking up any of the Dem measures — a universal background check proposal and another constitutionally challenged bill that allows courts to take away the guns of people deemed “threats.”

3. More trouble for Tony’s Tourism secretary 

The state’s tourism director could be out of a job next year amid Senate Republicans’ growing concerns about her handling of the agency.

4. Just in time for DNC, Milwaukee libs ‘green’ over homeless problem 

When you’re hosting tens of thousands of visitors for the political party of the quadrennium, you want to make a good first impression.

And a tent city of homeless people isn’t the kind of image self-congratulatory liberal Milwaukee leaders like Mayor Tom Barrett want to showcase to the world when Wisconsin’s biggest city welcomes the Democratic National Convention in July.

5. Evers delivers taxpayer-funded sex changes 

Wisconsin taxpayers will now have to pay for sex changes following a settlement the liberal Evers administration readily accepted.

6. Big liberal groups behind Barnes’ climate trip 

It probably comes as little surprise that the funders of Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ trip to the U.N. Climate Change fiesta in Madrid are big-time backers of far left causes.

7. Evers’ mess leaves 7th Congressional District without voice in D.C. 

Gov. Tony Evers’ scheduling mess in the 7th Congressional District grows messier the longer he drags his feet.  The Democrat’s lack of action is putting campaigns in a bind and leaving the district without congressional representation at a pivotal time in the nation’s history.

8. Elections board goes rogue 

Wisconsin’s elections regulator disregarded state law demanding accurate maintenance of voter rolls, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL).

9. Evers warm-up act for Nancy Pelosi

Evers and two other Dem governors — Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, and Laura Kelly, of Kansas — were tapped as the warm-up act for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Democracy Alliance  get-together with some of the wealthiest sugar daddies in liberal politics. 

10. Rhinelander subject of corruption resigned from old job

Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild, the subject of a government corruption case, arrived in Rhinelander in September 2018 after resigning from a similar post in another Wisconsin community.

11.Dentists play hardball, deny access 

A bill that would open the door to dental therapists in Wisconsin may have bipartisan support and the backing of dozens of organizations, but it won’t go anywhere if the Wisconsin Dental Association has its way.

12. Down time: Wisconsin has lost 10,000 non-farm jobs on Evers’ watch

Perhaps it slipped the attention of the mainstream media, but Wisconsin’s economy has lost a lot of jobs since Gov. Tony Evers took office in January. And eroding business confidence has much to do with the declining numbers, economic experts say.

13.Biden leg hair video even creepier than it sounds 

It’s hard to fully grasp Joe Biden’s bizarre lifeguard story. We only know it seems to get weirder every time we see it. 

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