Isthmus: Meet the New Tommy Thompson

Isthmus: Meet the New Tommy Thompson

Meet the New Tommy Thompson: Ex-governor Veers Right in his Senate Bid, February 2012

Tommy Thompson is in the grips of an identity crisis.

Always a conservative, the four-term Republican governor and former Bush administration cabinet secretary is now running in a political environment in which his brand of conservatism is suspect. Derided from the right as too moderate – and too “big-government” – Thompson is burnishing his credentials by, in some cases, backing away from positions that once helped him amass huge majorities at the polls and work effectively with a Legislature often controlled by Democrats…

Isthmus: Bad for Business?

WMC: Bad for Business?, May 2008

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce got what it wanted – a victory for Michael Gableman, a self-described “judicial conservative.” The business lobby is banking on the newly elected justice to turn the court rightward, especially in cases that could benefit business at the expense of consumers or employees. Now, WMC stands accused of putting a conservative political agenda ahead of the state’s best interests.