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Alan Talaga: Unionize Epic

The recent high court ruling on class-action lawsuits makes organizing more urgent.

Alberta Darling & Rock Mackie: Proper policy and strategy honors the Wisconsin Idea –...

We have always been innovative in Wisconsin. It is time for the University of Wisconsin to declare itself an Entrepreneurial University and launch societal engagement and economic development as part of its mission. Aligned we can live and share the Wisconsin Idea and make Wisconsin a promoter of innovation for generations to come.

Analiese Eicher and Scot Ross: To turn voters out, you need to turn them...

To the progressive leaders and activists who hope to replace the Republicans, what people need to hear from you is not just another recitation of the failures of Scott Walker and his gang, but rather how you intend to make Wisconsin better.

Bernie Patterson: Let’s have constructive, informed dialogue about UW-Stevens Point

Constructive ideas to bolster our enrollment and enhance our revenue, coupled with smart reductions in spending, will point us forward.

Bill Jaeck: Seven debate questions for the Democratic candidates for governor

Bill Jaeck poses questions he'd like to see Dem guv candidates answer in their next debate.

Bill Kaplan: Change is in the air, Medicaid and more

Change requires winning elections. Trump and Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker have provided the impetus for Democrats to win in 2018.

Bill Kaplan: Walker and Trump, dissembling on health care

Gov. Scott Walker, President Trump and the GOP-led Congress have been disingenuous on health care.

Bill Kraus: Primary repairs

California, Maine and a few other states defanged the parties power by turning their primary elections into popularity contests where neither party is guaranteed a place in the finals.

Bill Lueders: Don’t chip away at records access

One great thing about Wisconsin’s open records law is that it’s not supposed to matter who wants records or why.

Brian Fraley: Baldwin vulnerable, good numbers for the governor

Edge Messaging’s Brian Fraley and Dan Deibert discuss the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.

Brooke Sutherland: Harley-Davidson is just the start. Expect other U.S. companies to hit the...

That Harley-Davidson is among the first out of the gate with a warning on higher costs is a black eye for President Donald Trump, who last year thanked the company for "building things in America."

Bruce Murphy: Barrett will run for re-election

Mayor calling supporters, plans to run for 5th term in 2020, they say.

Bruce Murphy: George Will blasts Paul Ryan

Calls House Speaker Trump’s “poodle,” urges people to vote Democratic.

Bruce Murphy: Is state suffering Walker fatigue?

One clear sign would be if Leah Vukmir loses U.S. Senate primary.

Bruce Murphy: Schimel’s dreadful record on rape kits

Attorney General is anything but tough on crime by serial rapists.

Bruce Murphy: The Democratic candidates for governor debate

And frankly, Roys looked like the best candidate.

Bruce Thompson: Can Democrats still contest gerrymander?

Strange Supreme Court decision on Wisconsin redistricting leaves some room for hope.

Bruce Thompson: Comparing badger economy to border states

Wisconsin does both better and worse than neighboring states.

Bruce Thompson: Solving murders in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s arrest rate in murder cases outpaces that of most other large U.S. cities.

Bruce Thompson: The Republican love of big government

Are Republican states the most socialistic?

Casey Hoff: Bucks Sterling Brown case: Police body cameras crucial in exposing truth

Had it not been for the body camera video, we may well not know the truth of what happened in Brown’s situation.

Casey Hoff: Compassion for addicts hard, but vital in Wisconsin opioid crisis

Addiction experts frequently say relapse is a part of recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. That is very often an unfortunate truth. But in the criminal justice system, we often expect and demand perfection when it comes to abstinence from alcohol and drugs.

Catherine Rampell: Factory workers aren’t getting what Trump promised

This week, Harley-Davidson became among the highest-profile casualties of Trump’s escalating trade wars.

Charlie Sykes: Breaking down Tuesday’s GOP primaries

Sykes talks with The Weekly Standard's John McCormack and Jonathan V. Last about Tuesday's GOP primaries in Virginia and South Carolina.

Charlie Sykes: Searching for nuance at the border

Host Charlie Sykes talks with The Weekly Standard writer Michael Warren about President Trump's family separation policy and the escalating trade war with China.

Charlie Sykes: The new cruelty: A Trumpian rubric for our times

What’s important to recognize is that the children were not collateral damage of Trump’s policy: They were the entire point. Removing them from their parents was designed to be shocking because their trauma was intended as a deterrent.

Charlie Sykes: Welcome to the ‘Summer of Jerkitude’

As America continues its downward spiral of incivility, we have entered the Summer of Jerkitude.

Charlie Sykes’ Daily Standard Podcast: Who Will Replace Justice Kennedy?

Sykes talks with Adam J. White to discuss the legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and who might be nominated to replace him.

Chris Taylor: Citizens flee for their lives from heartbreaking El Salvador

Earlier this month, I traveled to El Salvador with the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities delegation, who are primarily from Madison. Last week, I watched in horror as President Trump’s inhumane and cruel policy of taking away children, including babies and toddlers, from their immigrant parents as they enter the United States intensified. Many of these individuals and families are from Central America, including El Salvador.

Christian Schneider: Conservatives shouldn’t surrender in the entertainment wars

Conservatives separating themselves and refusing to compete in the only relevant arena isn’t “playing,” it is “conceding.” Instead of grinding out a painful mediocrity of a show, we just need to hone our skills and compete on the progressives’ turf.

Christian Schneider: It’s time for a truce in Wisconsin’s arms race of political stupidity

When deciding on a political strategy, candidates should revert back to first principles. Target metaphors do not cause violence. Being indecent is bad for our culture. Celebrities don’t have magical powers. Have some discipline and reject the bogus tricks you once mocked.

Christian Schneider: Like Walker, Trump shouldn’t grant pardons

Trump’s pardon of Dinesh D’Souza is outrageous, given the lightness of the sentence the provocateur received. But it is an example of how the pardoning process itself is fraught with corruption and cronyism.

Christian Schneider: Supreme Court gay wedding cake decision may be a short-lived victory

In a 7-2 decision released on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who in 2012, citing religious objections, refused to provide a cake for a gay wedding in the state. At the time, Colorado did not recognize same-sex marriages, and the Supreme Court had not yet issued its landmark opinion essentially legalizing same-sex marriages across America.

Christian Schneider: Supreme Court gets it right on partisan gerrymandering, at least for now

While the court didn’t kill the Democrats’ challenge altogether, it did allow the Republican maps to stand. It was the right decision, as overturning the GOP maps would have been a precedent-setting intrusion into the longstanding reapportionment process.

Christian Schneider: Supreme Court stands up for the right of every American to dissent

The issue of forced speech is by no means over — governments continue to pass language mandates that will take years to litigate.

Christian Schneider: Trump’s Harley-Davidson attack obscures a fact: Tariffs solve a problem that doesn’t...

Trump believed his tariffs on steel and aluminum would help balance America’s trade deficit with powerful nations like China. But in doing so, he’s prescribing a dangerous operation for a patient who isn’t sick.

Christian Schneider: Wisconsin Democrats borrow from Trump’s playbook

Just as Candidate Trump used vulgarity, insults, and half-cooked media stunts to differentiate himself from his primary opponents two years ago, so, too, are Gov. Scott Walker’s Democratic challengers in 2018.

Christian Schneider: Yes, Scott Walker is an ‘education governor’ for Wisconsin

To the parents whose kids have been able to escape low-performing public schools in order to help their children, Walker is absolutely an “education governor.” Even by the metric most favored by Walker’s competitors — state spending — he comes out ahead. Wisconsin now spends nearly $600 million more per year on public K-12 education than it did in Gov. Jim Doyle’s last year in office.

Cory Mason: City of Racine Benefiting from New Partnerships and Foxconn

As news outlets and political pundits anxiously await the groundbreaking on Foxconn’s Racine County manufacturing facility, in the City of Racine, we are already starting to see how Foxconn’s unprecedented investment will benefit local residents and families.

Dave Cieslewicz: Dems should reject arrogance

Democrats should reward candidates who campaign cheerfully, work hard and answer tough questions that have a right to be asked. And if Democratic voters reward that in the August primaries, they’re much more likely to be rewarded with the big prizes come November.

Dave Cieslewicz: Something’s happening here

Gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys got the most votes in a straw poll at the Democratic Party’s state convention last weekend. But she’s been out of state office for a few years now. In today’s anti-incumbent climate, that should work in her favor.

Dave Cieslewicz: The wrong me too

When liberals start to be as outraged on behalf of folks like Paula Jones as they are about folks like Monica Lewinsky, the Democratic Party will have returned to its roots and be worth supporting again. Until then, the party just continues its advocacy for the affluent and the educated, and who cares about that.

Dave Zweifel: Act 10 keeps threatening our most valuable resource

Among the hardest hit have been the state's public school teachers. Not only were they required to pick up a significant portion of their health insurance and pension costs, Act 10 also significantly hamstrung local school districts from raising some revenue on their own even as the state cut $750 million from public education while enacting tax breaks for many of the state's big businesses.

Dave Zweifel: Foxconn caught again mistreating Chinese workers

A recent story in the British newspaper The Observer, sister paper to The Guardian, reported that the corporation's factory in Hengyang, China, had once again violated employment laws in that country.

Dave Zweifel: Frugality out window when politics enter

When it's about politics, taxpayers' money doesn't count.

Dave Zweifel: GOP is undermining Obamacare with a thousand cuts

The latest is Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that the Trump administration will no longer defend provisions of the Affordable Care Act that protect consumers with pre-existing medical conditions.

Dave Zweifel: Mr. Evjue was right on the money on dictatorship of wealth

That Mr. Evjue was prescient in warning about a dictatorship of wealth was exemplified earlier this month when the Seattle, Washington, city council voted to repeal a "head tax" it had enacted a few weeks earlier to raise money to help the homeless and build affordable housing in the city.

Dave Zweifel: Surprise! Politics threaten Wisconsin women’s reproductive health

Opposition to abortion is one thing, but to put women's lives in peril to achieve that ideological goal over a perfectly legal medical procedure is nothing short of outrageous.

Dave Zweifel: Taking kids at border is a new low

As the rest of us celebrate Father's Day, isn't a good day for hundreds of illegal immigrant dads, many of whom fled to the U.S. in an attempt to escape murderous gangs and persecution in their home countries. Their kids are no longer with them and many have no idea where they are.

Dave Zweifel: Walker’s certainly no profile in courage

While our governor, Scott Walker, was sending about two dozen Wisconsin National Guard troops to the Mexican border last week, governors from several other states were telling Donald Trump "no way."

Dave Zweifel: Yes, U.S. is exceptional — when it comes to school shootings

Fret not, our exceptionalism when it comes to guns may soon change. The Trump administration is considering a new rule to make it easier for American gunmakers to export their wares to other countries. Just what the world needs.

David Blaska: About that Blue Wave: Not so fast!

Do Wisconsin Democrats want to remind voters of the 2011 Capitol takeover?

David Blaska: The world may not like the U.S. but do they respect us?

Essential to the art of the deal is to say "no deal."

David D. Haynes: Supreme Court decision doesn’t change gerrymandering issue

Wisconsin’s gerrymander still lives after the U.S. Supreme Court sent a case challenging state Assembly maps back to a lower court last Monday.

David D. Haynes: Tired of elections that don’t seem fair? Iowa has a better...

Iowa’s nonpartisan approach to redistricting is cheap, speedy and transparent.

David H. Petering: Even before it’s built, new Foxconn plant is out of date...

The Foxconn project is billed as transformational for Wisconsin’s economy. But by 21st century environmental standards, it is out of date.

David Leach: Trump’s trade war, Harley-Davidson, and the coming depression

While the casualties in Trump’s trade war have been kind of “faceless” so far, that changed yesterday with the announcement by Harley-Davidson that the US motorcycle company would be moving more of its production outside of the US in response to Trump’s tariffs.

Dominique Paul Noth: SCOTUS attack on workers requires voter resolve in 2018

In May, Trump’s dark-side gift to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, penned a major decision that should galvanize the American public to change Congress in 2018 in favor of the Democrats.

Dominique Paul Noth: Wisconsin still waiting for courts to protect its voters

Faced with what it acknowledged was a terrible flaw in constitutional fairness, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18 nevertheless kicked to the future any finality on two gerrymander cases.

Don Vruwink: Celebrate Dairy in Wisconsin

There was a time when people used the term “cheesehead” to refer derisively to Wisconsinites. But we quickly embraced the name and now foam cheeseheads are standard headgear at Packer games and other events where we want to show our Wisconsin pride.

Emily Mills: Even after Donald Trump’s capitulation, big troubles at the southern border

The situation is the result of decades of both Democrat and Republican attitudes toward immigration. The current crisis at the border is the natural progression of a long-fraught approach that’s largely been fueled by misinformation, distrust and racism.

Emily Mills: Sterling Brown arrest points to a need for reform of Milwaukee Police...

It should tell us something that, even in a high profile case like Brown’s, the only real result so far has been greater public attention that forced an apology. Real accountability has yet to come, and people are dying as a result.

Franklin L. Kury: Gerrymandering decision a big letdown, but with a silver lining

Time will tell if the plaintiffs can establish the requisite “standing” to bring their case back to the U.S Supreme Court. Whether or not they succeed, the efforts to curb excessive partisanship in state legislative and congressional redistricting will continue, but in different ways

Gary Hebl: ‘Dark store loophole’ remains intact in Wisconsin

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. This past session, we had an...

George Mitchell: Republicans gave Democrats the roads issue now being used against GOP candidates

The GOP record on transportation under Walker is “highlighted” by more roads in poor condition, a doubling of highway debt service and the basic unraveling of a bipartisan commitment to rebuild Eisenhower-era freeways that are unsafe and at the end of their useful lives.

George Mitchell: Vukmir ad risky but it works

A critical measure of a political ads’ impact is whether it gets noticed.

Gregory Humphrey: Redistricting reform is crucial to our democracy

We cannot have a functioning republic if the politicians choose their voters. We cannot have a credible democracy if courts do not make sure that partisan lines do not create unfair voting outcomes.

Gregory Humphrey: Supreme Court made one step for bigotry, one giant step backwards for...

In their decision siding with a Colorado baker, justices avoided the big question — where to draw a line between religious liberty and anti-discrimination laws.

Gregory Humphrey: Wisconsin feeling the Trumpocalypse

In what can only be described as another example of why anger management classes are needed in the White House, Trump has threatened Harley-Davidson, the iconic motorcycle company, with severe taxes. He also went further and predicted a public revolt that he said would eventually put the 115-year-old firm out of business.

James Rowen: Because Walker will say anything to get re-elected

He says he's the "pro-education" governor. Right. Everything in his record screams "pro-education."

James Rowen: Court districting ruling gives WI Dems 2nd chance, blue wave impetus

The U.S. Supreme Court didn't completely close a key door to democracy. It just made knocking on more doors more important.

James Rowen: It’s an election year, so Walker discovers WI dairy ‘crisis’

When will Wisconsin GOP leaders step up and accept their share of the blame for the crisis Walker just discovered?

James Rowen: Not Wisconn. Sprawlville

"The Road to Sprawlville" now runs from State Capitol to rural Racine County and right through to Mount Pleasant by bulldozing the land, diverting the water, polluting the air and evading or breaking traditional Wisconsin practices and values.

James Rowen: Scott Walker’s immodest attack on Wisconsin education

Walker engaged in dissembling about Act 10, its reach and goals when he launched and sugar-coated it.

James Rowen: Trump’s in-your-face inhumanity enabled by GOP colluders

His helping reify Trump, his authoritarianism, and increasingly reckless reign resolutely disqualifies Walker from re-election.

James Rowen: WI public officials tilt land, water conservation to corporate goals

Citizen groups, dedicated volunteers and committed public interest lawyers will continue to fight the very government we all fund through our taxes until more environmentally-respectful politicians are voted in and the corporate valets are voted out.

James Troupis: Vukmir’s first ad is unabashedly conservative

Leah Vukmir has demonstrated in this opening TV/Internet spot the powerful message—in tone and content—that is essential to beating Tammy Baldwin.

James Wigderson: Julaine Appling on the Family Prosperity Index

Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action joins RightWisconsin Editor James Wigderson to discuss the Family Prosperity Index.

James Wigderson: Leah Vukmir and the pistol packin’ mama ad

The campaign seems more about getting attention by attempting to be "edgy" than by being effective. This ad was a complete misfire.

James Wigderson: Let them eat someone else’s cake

There was a time when Sir Thomas More was celebrated in Western Civilization for his refusal to violate his conscience and acknowledge the legitimacy of the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Now, not only would More lose his livelihood and his life, the mob would demand he make Henry’s wedding cake before being beheaded.

James Wigderson: Moving the swamp

I’m puzzled by state Sen. Leah Vukmir and her plan to “drain the swamp” of Washington by moving government out of the District of Columbia. Instead of draining the swamp, all she is likely to do is spread it around.

James Wigderson: RightWisconsin Conversations: Judge Brian Hagedorn

RightWisconsin editor James Wigderson speaks with Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn to discuss his possible run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Jennifer Shilling: Supporting Wisconsin farmers

Years of Republican policies that favor large corporations over smaller family farms and drive down milk prices are having detrimental impacts on our local communities.

Jerry Bader: Flynn: Democratic party ‘pickled in identity politics’

One of the 10 Democratic candidates for Wisconsin Governor admitted that his party is “pickled in identity politics.”

Jerry Bader: Graul: No blue wave evident in Wisconsin special elections

Despite Democrats capturing a State Senate seat they haven’t held for four decades, a Green Bay-based Republican strategist rejects the notion that the results of a pair of legislative special elections Tuesday foreshadow a “blue wave” of Democratic dominance coming in the fall elections.

Jim Maas: Veterans health and government

Cannabis has been found to help many patients suffering from conditions that can afflict veterans as a result of their service, including chronic pain, cancer, ALS, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorders, and phantom limb pain. In 2017 all major veterans service organizations in Wisconsin passed a number of resolutions on health care, including one supporting medical cannabis for veterans with a doctors recommendation. AG Shimel and Wisconsin government continues to ignore the veterans' position.

John Nichols: Now it’s up to voters to stop gerrymandering

The Supreme Court declined to act to stop partisan gerrymandering, so we must act instead.

John Nichols: Now we know why Scott Walker was so afraid of special elections

Democrats flip a historically Republican State Senate seat in an election the embattled governor of Wisconsin tried to block.

John Nichols: Progressives have a strategy to pick a nominee — and a governor

A pair of statewide groups that have built on the energy of the 2016 campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who won 56 percent of Wisconsin’s primary vote and carried 71 of 72 counties — are trying to clarify the competition.

John Nichols: Scott Walker made himself Donald Trump’s No. 1 fanboy

There are many forms of loyalty, some courageous, some unthinking. But the loyalty that Walker gives Trump is the most dangerous of all.

John Nichols: Scott Walker’s attack on democracy blew up in his face

Gov. Scott Walker did everything he could to prevent an election to fill the vacant state Senate seat representing northeast Wisconsin’s historically Republican District 1. Now we know why.

John Torinus: Tariff backlash, immigration cuts hurt Wisconsin economy

With friends like Donald Trump, the Wisconsin economy needs no enemies.

Jon Erpenbach: Time to make our older adults a priority

ur older communities should not have to keep fighting for the basic structures Wisconsin currently has to help our older adults, the Legislature should be expanding them.

Kathleen Vinehout: Former DOT secretary: Honest discussion about transportation needed

Potholes are real. Deteriorating bridges are real. Wrecked axles and other unexpected repairs are real. I agree with former Secretary Gottlieb, it’s time we have an honest conversation about how to fix transportation.

Kathleen Vinehout: Wisconsin’s school funding must change

The way Wisconsin pays for schools is unfair, inequitable and antiquated.

Kevin Gundlach: Even in ‘good’ companies, employees need unions

While those of us in the labor movement abhor the court's denial of "concerted activity" rights to nonunion workers, it underscores why unions came about and exist today: There's strength in numbers.

Leah Vukmir: Drain the swamp by taking power out of Washington

I’m proposing we relocate the headquarters of most government agencies out of D.C. and into real America, where bureaucrats and career government workers can get in touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving.

Lena Taylor: Sterling Brown, Isaiah, and so many more

We need police officers capable of doing their jobs in a fair and unbiased way that honors their shield and respects the community that they serve. We need elected and appointed officials, at every level of government, to use the full weight of their positions to create transparent, impartial, and accountable policing.

Lisa Subeck: Report highlights growing poverty under GOP leadership

A recently released report reveals that the number of Wisconsin residents living in poverty is growing, in large part because wages have not kept pace with the cost of child care, health care, and other expenses.

Marc Thiessen: Thank Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson, for your ‘Right to Try’

Democrats in Washington managed to take an issue that unified thousands of legislators from both parties in 40 states, and turned it into a divisive, party-line vote.

Margaret Rozga: Why Milwaukee should close a loophole that prevents housing, even now, from...

Although Milwaukee County’s fair housing law makes it illegal to refuse to rent to someone because of race, sex, disability and other protected categories, it is still legal in Milwaukee County and in most of Wisconsin to refuse to rent to someone who holds a Section 8 voucher.

Mark Belling: Don’t shut down access to court records

For the state’s highest court to exempt itself from the state law on access to records would be an abusive power grab. If that’s what’s being considered, Chief Justice Patience Roggensack and the other justices first need to explain themselves.

Mark Hogan: Foxconn’s historic investment in Wisconsin already paying dividends

We are already seeing the statewide benefits of Foxconn’s historic investment. 

Mark Thomsen: Deconstructing our segregated reality

I am at a complete loss of words to describe how it is that we, my law school and my fellow Marquette lawyers, go about our busy daily lives virtually unconscious of living in “one of the most segregated cities in America.”

Martha Laning: The fight for fair maps isn’t over

The fight for free maps is far from over. We can create the change we need by making sure people vote for and get a Democratic majority.

Michael Knetter: How alumni can carry the Wisconsin Idea forward

While the university has no shortage of great ideas, we could certainly do a better job matching those ideas with advisory groups and management and leadership teams that can credibly present a business opportunity to venture capitalists and angel investors. We need help from people with entrepreneurial skills and expertise to be advisors, counselors and mentors. And who better to play those roles than our 441,500 UW alumni?

Michael Leon: Wisconsin Dems need work on messaging after special election victory

When a Democratic candidate wins, it's about the Wisconsin people, not the Democratic Party.

Mike McCabe: Why I won’t accept big donations

My campaign for governor is about serving the state’s middle class, not the fat cats.

Mitch Henck: Gerrymandering ruling helps Wisconsin GOP

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents after the U.S. Supreme Court sent a Wisconsin gerrymandering case back to a lower court.

Mitch Henck: Is fighting for dairy farmers bad trade policy?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck asks in light of last week's G7 summit: Is fighting for dairy farmers bad trade policy?

Mitch Henck: Justice Kennedy’s retirement could hit Wisconsin abortion rights

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on how the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could affect Wisconsin and abortion rights.

Mordecai Lee: Crowded Democratic field for Wisconsin governor a good argument for voting reform

I hope that whatever the results of the August primary, legislators from both parties will realize the importance of the principle of majority rule and enact either second-choice voting or run-off primaries in Wisconsin when they reconvene next year.

Neil Heinen: Make America humane again

Separating children from their parents who are trying to enter the United States at the border is reprehensible and inhumane.

Patty Schachtner: Suicide is a tale of access

Suicide is a story about the ease of access to firearms and lack of access to mental health resources.

Paul Fanlund: ‘The Fall of Wisconsin’ aptly conveys the GOP’s impact

Fanlund, editor and publisher of The Capital Times, discusses Dan Kaufman's soon-to-be-released book on Wisconsin politics, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”

Paul Fanlund: Diving deep into Wisconsin’s ‘media ecology’

A UW project explores how news media transformations, including the rise of talk radio, have changed our politics.

Paul Fanlund: On Middle East trip, Everett Mitchell sees sad parallels to home

In a nutshell, he regards the struggle of Palestinians jammed into primitive refugee camps as similar to what low-income African-Americans and other people of color experience in the United States.

Paul Fanlund: What if America never was that great?

Historian Jon Meacham seeks to reassure us that we have come through dark times before, but maybe we never were the country we’d like to believe we are.

Paul Fanlund: What will it take for people to embrace actual journalism again?

Journalists and media owners can only do their part — re-engineering their business models and working hard to assure a strong, independent and authoritative press. It will be up to thoughtful people across the ideological spectrum to decide this thing is bigger than any garden-variety, left-right squabble. That will determine what kind of country — democracy really — we leave to our children and grandchildren.
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Paul Ryan: How Congress is stepping up to crack down on the opioid epidemic

In the last two years, the federal government has passed two major pieces of legislation to combat this crisis. In 2016, Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Earlier this year, we allocated nearly $4 billion toward opioid abuse prevention and treatment as part of a broader government funding package.
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Paul Ryan: Tax reform has improved American lives in just six months

There is certainly more work to be done, but tax reform has opened the door to new possibilities and opportunities for families. It has improved people's lives. All of this, in just six months.

Peter Eavis: Harley-Davidson shows why corporations cannot keep silent in trade wars

Corporate America has largely avoided sticking its head over the parapet in the trade war. That’s going to become harder as the bellicose rhetoric transforms into action.

Ron Johnson: Medicaid fraud goes unchecked as program’s costs continue to grow

Medicaid is an important federal program intended to help Americans in need. Increasingly, however, the program is funding fraudsters whose primary goal is self-enrichment.

Ron Olson: Tax cuts put up big numbers on Wisconsin’s scoreboard

Put it all together, and the numbers don’t lie—Wisconsinites are right to support the tax cuts. Politicians looking to make it a wedge issue in the Badger State should beware.

Ryan Owens: Now it really is the Roberts court

With Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, the chief justice will likely move into the swing seat.

Ryan Owens: The WI Supreme Court can restore the separation of powers and lead...

In Tetra Tech EC, Inc. v. Wis. Dep’t of Revenue, the court has a chance to send America a message: Judging must be left to judges.

Savion Castro: Scott Walker’s cowardice on Trump border policy 25 years in the making

Gov. Scott Walker offered something worse than deafening silence on Donald Trump’s unconscionable policy of tearing infants, toddlers, and children from their parents and placing them in 21st-century internment camps when he said he wouldn’t comment on a “federal” issue.

Scott Gordon: Why state needs startup businesses

How expanded entrepreneurship can fit into Wisconsin’s economy.

Sheila Harsdorf: Eat nutritious and delicious dairy to support farmers

June Dairy Month is a great time to celebrate the dairy industry in America’s Dairyland, and enjoy the many delicious and nutritious dairy products produced right here in Wisconsin.

Spencer Black: Putin smiles as Trump disses allies, bromances Kim

We recently saw the sad juxtaposition of Trump isolating himself from the leaders of the world’s major democracies while he heaped praise on an oppressor who has perhaps the world’s worst human rights record.

Steven Walters: Abrahamson’s Career from dominator to dissenter

Justice Shirley Abrahamson who joined the high court in 1976 and led the court for years, won't be running for another term.

Steven Walters: Fall election could be fascinating

More contested seats, tough campaign tactics could make for tighter, intense races.

Steven Walters: Wisconsin tribes consider sports betting

Wisconsin's Constitution doesn't allow sports betting, but that could change.

Tom Still: Wisconsin’s congressional delegation should weigh in on trade, tariffs

Members of the Wisconsin delegation have their differences on what trade policies work best, but it would be helpful if they agreed unilateral tariffs are a dangerous course.

Will Flanders: Fordham study shows Catholic schools lead to better self-discipline

Using rigorous methods to create comparable samples of students, the study’s authors found that students in Catholic schools were more likely to exhibit self-disciplined behavior.

William L. Holahan and Charles O. Kroncke: UWM Is suffering a brain drain

Talented faculty leaving. Business leaders and others should push for greater funding.

WisOpinion Poll: Should Wisconsin move to nonpartisan redistricting?

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to send back a challenge to the state's Republican-drawn maps to federal district court Democrats are continuing to call for nonpartisan redistricting legislation. Meanwhile, Republicans celebrated the unanimous opinion to return the case to a lower court -- a decision that leaves the maps intact ahead of the November elections. 

WisOpinion Poll: Which Democratic gubernatorial candidate would be toughest on Foxconn?

The Democratic candidates have staked out varying positions on how they would deal with Foxconn, which would be granted $4.5 billion in state and local incentives if the company completes its full $10 billion investment and employs 13,000. Which Democratic gubernatorial candidate would be toughest on Foxconn?
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ analyze how Trump will affect the GOP this election year

The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, analyze how Donald Trump will help and hurt the GOP this election year. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ analyze the Dem guv field

With the Democratic gubernatorial primary less than two months away, the WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen and Chvala, consider the candidates in the top tier. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ debate what Tuesday’s special elections mean for November

Following special elections in the 1st SD and 42th AD, the WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen and Chvala, address whether a "blue wave" will flip the governor's office and reshape the partisan makeup of the Legislature. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss loss of civility in redux episode

This WisOpinion Insiders show is a repeat of last year's July 4 episode, featuring the late Ted Kanavas and Chuck Chvala. Their discussion is still relevant today. A new episode with Chvala and Scott Jensen will return next week. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ handicap the Dem guv field

The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala & Jensen, handicap the big field of Dem gubernatorial candidates in advance of this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.