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July 2, 2019 : The Badger Institute

The Badger Institute has just released a report entitled “Ex-offenders under watch,”.  The first part of this report was written by UW Law Professor and Thompson Center faculty advisor Cecelia Klingele, who looked at revocation cases in Wisconsin and hypothesizes why they occur so often. Following Dr. Klingele’s study is a separate Badger Institute data analysis that looks at all 2018 felony supervision sentences.

July 1, 2019 : The Hill

Director Owens has written an article calling for the Supreme Court to uphold and apply the non-delegation doctrine, which says congress can not pass its administrative responsibilities on to different branches of government.

To Protect Liberty, the Supreme Court Must Apply Nondelegation Doctrine

May 29, 2019 : CNN Politics

Director Owens contributed to an article written by CNN on the Supreme Court’s experience with overturning previous Court decisions. The article discusses the motivation of the Court when it makes such decisions and the context that has an impact on the actions of the Court.

Abortion: The Supreme Court has overturned more than 200 of its own decisions. Here’s what it could mean for Roe V. Wade

May 20, 2019 : Kenosha News and LaCrosse Tribune

Tommy Thompson has written an article about the need for transportation funding in Wisconsin stressing the importance of leadership and bipartisan cooperation in addressing the issue.

Lacrosse Tribune: Wisconsin Must Undertake Transportation Reform

Kenosha News: Wisconsin Must Undertake Transportation Reform

May 17, 2019 : The Tommy Thompson Center

The Thompson Center has written a newsletter looking back on its activities in the past year, and outlining what you can expect out of the Thompson Center in the coming year.  Also included is a message from Thompson Center Director and a review of some areas Wisconsin could see real bipartisan reform despite its currently divided state government.

Thompson Center Newsletter – Volume 2

May 9, 2019 : The Hill

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens was interviewed for a story for The Hill discussing the U.S. Supreme Court and the upcoming choices the Court is faced with making, possibly in the near future.

Suspense Builds for Supreme Court moves on Abortion/LGBT cases 

April 22, 2019 : Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former Governor Tommy G. Thompson gave an interview addressing the need for a transportation deal in Wisconsin and discussed the then upcoming Thompson Center Future of Transportation in WI conference.

“Tommy Thompson: GOP, Democrats should Start Transportation Discussions Now” 

April 4, 2019 : WisPolitics.com

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens has written a review of the April 2 WI Supreme Court election and what can be learned from how it unfolded.

“Lessons and Thoughts on Tuesday’s Election”

March 16, 2019 : Wisconsin State Journal

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens wrote on the benefits of educating Wisconsin’s prison population with the knowledge and skills they need to acquire a job upon release, and consequently reduce prison recidivism rates in the state.

“Turn a Wisconsin Prison into a School”

Dr. Owens also outlines a plan for how such an effort would work, and describes the possible cost-savings and other benefits that could result.

November 28, 2018 : WisPolitics.com

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens has written an article identifying how Wisconsin’s political leaders can deliver substantial results for the state on three key issues: criminal justice, transportation, and energy reforms.

Wisconsin’s Leaders Should Work Together on Three Issues

August 23rd, 2018 : Isthmus Paper

Former Governor Tommy G. Thompson has given an in-depth interview with the Isthmus paper titled “The man from Elroy : New book reveals what makes Tommy Thompson tick?”  In the article the governor discussed his personal history and his reflections on his time in office.  Also featured is the governor’s daughter, the well accoladed Kelli Thompson, and her own experiences growing up being taught by the governor.


August 14th, 2018 : USA Today

USA Today has published an article written by four state governors on the need for bi-partisan criminal justice reform to improve lives and the workforce:

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Improves Lives and Workforce Safety

The authoring governors are Matt Bevin-Kentucky, John Bel Edwards-Louisiana, Mary Fallin-Oklahoma, and Ralph Northham-Virginia


May 18th, 2018 – The White House

The White House has taken up the bipartisan issue of criminal justice reform:

Council of Economic Advisors Report

President’s Opening Statement at Criminal Justice Reform Conference


April 20th, 2018 – Journal Sentinel

Governor Thompson discusses Wisconsin’s labor shortage and how prison reform can help:

Journal Sentinal 4-20-2018


November 22nd, 2017 – Journal Sentinel

An article by Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, published immediately following the inaugural Thompson Center leadership conference: Leadership Across the Branches.

Even Most Politicians Want Collaboration

Interviews and Clips of Note

April 24, 2019
Wisconsin Eye: Newsmakers – Gov. Evers First 100 Days

Madison Political Science Professor Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership Director Ryan Owens to discuss Governor Tony Evers first 100 days in office.

April 4, 2019
ABC 2 news and Fox News 11 featured clips discussing a Thompson Center event featuring Karl Rove and David Axelrod

Fox News 11
ABC 2 

March 3, 2019 : (ABC) WKOW 27

Link to interview videos here!

Summaries written by WKOW 27

Clip 1:

“Former governor Tommy Thompson and UW Political Science Professor Ryan Owens discuss an upcoming criminal justice reform conference in Madison on March 7th. Owens is hopeful this year the legislature will consider boosting job training skills in prisons to help inmates gain employment upon release. Evers budget did not address this in his two-year spending plan.”

Clip 2

“Thompson is supportive of Gov. Evers budget proposals surrounds criminal justice like raising the age from 17 to 18 for an offender to be considered adults for most crimes. Thompson won’t take a stance on Evers idea to legalize medical marijuana but is open to exploring his idea to decriminalize small amounts.”


December 12, 2018 : Wisconsin Eye

Wisconsin Eye recorded the Tommy Thompson Center “Effective Public Leadership” conference.  Below is a short clip from two of the conferences panelists on effective legislating and bipartisanship in divided government.


October 13th, 2018 : Wisconsin Eye

Former Governor Tommy Thompson held an interview with the Wisconsin Eye. In it he discussed his idea for a pilot program to reduce the number of incarcerated individuals in Wisconsin while simultaneously addressing skilled labor shortages.


October 9th, 2018 : Wisconsin Eye

Former Governor Thompson held an interview with the Wisconsin Eye discussing the Wisconsin highway system and the transportation accomplishments achieved while he was in office.