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Nick Novak

Nick Novak

Nick Novak is the director of marketing and communications at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin. Prior to joining ABC of Wisconsin, Novak was director of communications at the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a free-market think-tank based in Madison, Wisconsin. Previously, he served on multiple state and federal political campaigns and in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. Novak has been featured multiple times on Fox News and other national media outlets. He holds degrees in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @NickBNovak.

Articles by Nick Novak

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, right, R-Texas, shares a moment with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at a campaign stop, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Can Scott Walker help upend Donald Trump's run?

In most presidential primary elections, the Wisconsin electorate has relatively little to do with determining the Republican nominee. By the time the Badger State came around in 2008, John McCain had all but wrapped up the nomination, and Mitt Romney had a similar experience in 2012. Published March 21, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) **FILE**

The case against political correctness is not the case for Donald Trump

Donald Trump seems like he could be a breath of fresh air. He says what's on his mind. He isn't afraid to offend anyone. He knows how to give a speech full of red meat. And allegedly, he knows how to make America great again. Here is the problem. He doesn't know how to make America great again. The only thing he knows how to do is make Donald Trump great again. Published January 5, 2016

In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, wave to supporters after the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. Clinton wants voters to know she is no friend of Wall Street. She and husband have made $35 million from 164 paid speeches to financial services, real estate and insurance companies since leaving the White House in 2001. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Taxing the rich won't solve our problems

I'm sure many of you saw the clip from Neil Cavuto's show the other week where the leader of the Million Student March, Keely Mullen, said we need to tax the top 1 percent of earners more. At one point, she even suggested taxing them at a rate of 90 percent. Published November 24, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is introduced by honors student Darnell Joseph, 18, right, before speaking at a campaign event at Broward College, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Medicaid expansion bad for taxpayers, patients, GOP hopefuls

At a campaign stop in Florida a couple days ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't focus on her "mistake" of using a private email server to send classified information as Secretary of State or the fact that nearly two-thirds of the country thinks she is neither honest nor trustworthy. Published October 6, 2015

Illustration on the effects of high corporate taxes in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tax reform for all, not just a few

I wrote a column for this paper in the spring that said I would not hold my breath while waiting for much-needed comprehensive tax reform. And it was a good thing I didn't, because my face would be awfully blue by now. Published September 15, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during an education summit in Londonderry, N.H. on Aug. 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

You can legally leave your union without fear of retaliation

It may be one of the best-kept secrets in the workforce. No matter where someone lives - in a right-to-work state or not - all workers have the freedom to leave their union and opt-out of paying at least a portion of monthly dues. Published August 20, 2015

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs included Medicare and Medicaid. **FILE**

Medicare, Medicaid in need of major reforms after 50 years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law that created the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. While both started with good intent, the past 50 years have left the American public with two massive entitlements that are in dire need of reform. Published July 29, 2015

Illustration on the burdens of Obamacare and the pending Supreme Court decision by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Congress must begin replacing Obamacare - now

Until quite recently, it seemed like a common understanding that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down one of the most critical portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Published July 7, 2015

Maria Elena Durazo, an official at the national labor organization Unite Here and former head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, center, and Ilse Escobar, program director at the Miguel Contreras Foundation, listen to motions as the Los Angeles City Council votes to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020, making it the largest city in the nation to do so, in Los Angeles Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The measure approved Tuesday calls for small businesses with 25 or fewer employees to have an additional year to reach the $15 plateau. The council voted 14-1 after members of the public made impassioned statements for and against the plan. The increases begin with a wage of $10.50 in July 2016, followed by annual increases to $12, $13.25, $14.25 and then $15. Small businesses and nonprofits would be a year behind. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )

LA labor unions bite the hands filling their pockets

"Without a doubt, it was a very big victory," Maria Elena Durazo, a vice president at the hotel and restaurant union Unite Here, said last week of the Los Angeles City Council's decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Published June 2, 2015

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015, file photo, the Uber app displays cars available to make a pickup in downtown Manhattan on a smart phone, in New York. A new report by expense management system provider Certify shows that 47 percent of the ground transportation rides by its users in March were through Uber. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Government needs to get out of the way of Uber, Lyft

It's one of the oldest stories in the book. A new technology is invented, businesses begin to implement that technology, and then big-government bureaucrats decide they need to regulate it. Published April 10, 2015

** FILE ** This photo taken April 13, 2014, shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington at daybreak. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Federal tax reform: The time is now

As tax day approaches, there are quite a few Americans who are dreading the thought of filing their tax returns. Published March 12, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlines details of his proposed two-year, $72 billion state budget that includes a $500 million net tax cut, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

States find out why Medicaid expansion is bad idea

I hate to say "I told you so," but in this case I actually did. Back in August, I wrote a column for this paper calling on governors to say no to the massive boondoggle that is Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid. Published February 12, 2015

Students Isabel Onisile, 11, left, and Octavia McKindra, 11, attend a rally at the Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School at the National School Choice Week Capitol celebration in Carson City, Nev., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. An estimated 500 students, parents and teachers, many wearing bright yellow scarves and carrying signs that said "I trust parents" gathered near the Capitol in Carson City on Wednesday to show their support for measures that would make it easier for families to move their children to charter or private schools. (AP Photo/Nevada Appeal, Brad Coman)

School Choice Week: a reminder we need more options

No parent should be left without any options but to move to a different district. That is why policymakers should listen to the students, teachers and families that are calling for greater educational options during School Choice Week. Published January 29, 2015