Connect with us

As I See It

Political standoffs are democracy at its worst



It is the worst brand of partisan politics. Unfortunately, it has become a regular part of the playbook for Wisconsin Republicans. It has become an increasingly common tactic for those appointed to serve on state agencies to refuse to step down when their term expires. The latest example is UW Regent  Robert Atwell , who says that on the advice of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, he will not step down when his term expires. That, according to an unprecedented court ruling, is suddenly allowed in Wisconsin. The move, or failure to move, prevents Governor Tony Evers from appointing someone more in line with his political beliefs. That is because the courts have ruled the Wisconsin Senate is not required to hold confirmation hearings for Evers’ appointees because technically, there isn’t a vacancy. We saw this with another Scott Walker appointee, Fred Prehn, who refused to step down when his term expired. Since Evers took office in 2019, the Republican legislature has rejected 22 Evers’ appointees. In the previous 40 years, legislators had rejected just four nominations. Evers was duly elected to office, and should have the right to appoint his own nominees to state agencies and boards without having to deal with underhanded political shenanigans.

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.

Continue Reading


  1. John Q Public

    May 28, 2024 at 7:26 am

    They learn that behavior from the democrats something you failed to mention, and it’s now fair game your liberal bias democrat hypocrisy is on display as usual.

  2. Richard Lepsch

    May 28, 2024 at 7:29 am

    Typical democrat liberalism hypocrisy in your reporting

  3. Walden

    May 28, 2024 at 8:53 am

    Kudos to the Legislature for slowing down the Progressive movement in Wisconsin.

    If you like the politics of Minnesota and Illinois, then kindly exit. Evers may look like a little worm and he is a socialist progressive to the core and has proven he is willing to take steps contrary to the well being of citizens to advance the Progressive agenda…under cover of a supine press, of course.

    While conservatives are expected to “play fair,” (see vapid WIZM editorial) Evers and his ilk are hard at work destroying the exceptionalism of the U.S.

  4. Roy

    May 28, 2024 at 10:22 am

    Just following the rules, Scott. You seem to like many other court rulings such as redistricting, which “is more in line with your political beliefs.”

    • Walden

      May 28, 2024 at 2:52 pm

      Evers hasn’t nominated anyone yet! Nominate someone both sides can live with and get on with it.

      This is all about trying to make political points. Evers will end his term having accomplished nothing…maybe he can spend all those points on candy bars at the retirement home concession window.

      Same with the PFAS funding BS, come up with a plan as the legislature has asked already.

  5. nick

    May 28, 2024 at 10:56 am

    I would like to know if his questions were not answered and requests not addressed then why not?
    We all should understand that everything now is tit for tat.
    We really should not tolerate it but we do

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *