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WI legislature done with pettiness for the year



The Wisconsin Legislature is now officially done for the year. The Senate held is final floor period yesterday and the Assembly wrapped up its work weeks ago. While most of us can’t fathom having the rest of the year off, maybe it’s a good thing. At least we’ll get a break from the pettiness that has marred this legislative session. On their final day on the job, Senators used their time for some good old-fashioned political retribution. Stung by their recent election losses, Republicans who control the Senate chose to lash out at Governor Evers’ appointees for a number of positions on state boards and agencies. It has become a familiar, and tiresome, practice. Since Evers took office in 2019, Republicans have now blocked 22 of Evers’ nominations to agencies like the Board of Regents and the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. In the previous 40 years, they blocked a total of just 4 nominations. The effort to block political appointments is not because appointees did anything wrong. They are largely considered experts in their fields. But their appointments were blocked to try to stick it to the Governor. At least with legislators now out of session, we won’t have to witness their pettiness for the rest of 2024.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. John Q Public

    March 13, 2024 at 6:05 am

    Make sure to remember your comments when democrats, God forbid, take control and its a Republican governor and your can bet the democrats will be just as petty if not worst …HYPOCRISY seem to be your strong point in life Mr Shaw

  2. Paul

    March 13, 2024 at 7:41 am

    Mr. Shaw,
    Please remember that Governor Evers has vetoed many good Republican bills that they have put on his desk. Some of those bills would have given us tax relief. It would be nice if you could be a little bit more objective. Especially since you are the news director.

    That said, divided government is how the founder conceived preventing government from causing harm. If conflict is not worked out, no harmful laws are passed. If legislation is really good, all 3 branches of government are much more likely to agree to it.

  3. Bob N.

    March 13, 2024 at 9:17 am

    With no more sessions in Madison this year, the elected bunch can drive around and collect expense pay, like Senator Photo-Op Brad Pfaff. There he is next to the guv at the wastewater treatment plant. That pix looks like a bevy of liberals knowing nothing about what they’re touring but getting media coverage while you pay their expenses.

  4. The Dude

    March 13, 2024 at 9:22 am

    Mr Scott,

    I was a democrat for most of my life but am now considering leaving the party due to how they have left me. I read your commentary and it astounds me the adjectives and adverbs both yourself and Brad Williams use to try and frame what you present into what your pre-conceived narratives are.

    Perhaps you should reach out and interview these senators and report the news verses inserting your interpretations. I am opening my eyes and not taking everything for face value, such as looking up why these nominees are being rejected. It takes drilling down verses looking at the front page google search that the AP puts out and every media group blast out with the same narrative but no actual bullet points on informing why the nominees are rejected. Journalist should interview and present the fact to inform the public. But you are able to use your “AS I SEE IT” as not being new but an opinion that is shared multiple times a day through Air time, APP’s,and the web. Yet you are the WIZM NEWS DIRECTOR (says so right in your title). Myself I only get to rebut on a small back page of this topic that will get buried.

    This morning your commentary frames this as …”we’ll get a break from the PETTINESS that has MARRED this legislative session”…….”STUNG by their recent election losses”….”for some good old-fashioned political RETRIBUTION”…”and TIRESOME, practice”….blocked to try to STICK IT TO the Governor.

    I fully support that you have the right as an American Citizen (not just a resident) but a shared value American, to voice your opinion and to be able to do it freely. What I do not agree with as as the News Director you are putting out your opinion and expressing it as the NEWS FOR WIZM.

    Just my take on it.

  5. Walden

    March 13, 2024 at 11:36 am

    WIZM “forgot” to mention the legislature approved over 500 of Evers’ appointments; rejecting only a small fraction. It’s nice to know the legislature is taking its responsibility seriously.

    Also, why didn’t Evers sign off on tax cuts for retirees?

    • The Dude

      March 14, 2024 at 4:36 pm

      Walden you have a point there, just go to Evers website. This is the driving narrative that is being pushed verses going and finding out the reasons for the rejection.

      I guess it is like everything else, vote with your pocketbook. When people stop listening to this station or visiting their advertisers (ie Bud Light campaign) WIZM will continue to push this.

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