The recent high court ruling on class-action lawsuits makes organizing more urgent.
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.
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.
Constructive ideas to bolster our enrollment and enhance our revenue, coupled with smart reductions in spending, will point us forward.
Bill Jaeck poses questions he'd like to see Dem guv candidates answer in their next debate.
Change requires winning elections. Trump and Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker have provided the impetus for Democrats to win in 2018.
Gov. Scott Walker, President Trump and the GOP-led Congress have been disingenuous on health care.
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.
One great thing about Wisconsin’s open records law is that it’s not supposed to matter who wants records or why.
Edge Messaging’s Brian Fraley and Dan Deibert discuss the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.
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."
Mayor calling supporters, plans to run for 5th term in 2020, they say.
Calls House Speaker Trump’s “poodle,” urges people to vote Democratic.
One clear sign would be if Leah Vukmir loses U.S. Senate primary.
Attorney General is anything but tough on crime by serial rapists.
And frankly, Roys looked like the best candidate.
Strange Supreme Court decision on Wisconsin redistricting leaves some room for hope.
Wisconsin does both better and worse than neighboring states.
Milwaukee’s arrest rate in murder cases outpaces that of most other large U.S. cities.
Are Republican states the most socialistic?
Had it not been for the body camera video, we may well not know the truth of what happened in Brown’s situation.
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.
This week, Harley-Davidson became among the highest-profile casualties of Trump’s escalating trade wars.
Sykes talks with The Weekly Standard's John McCormack and Jonathan V. Last about Tuesday's GOP primaries in Virginia and South Carolina.
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.
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.
As America continues its downward spiral of incivility, we have entered the Summer of Jerkitude.
Sykes talks with Adam J. White to discuss the legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and who might be nominated to replace him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it's about politics, taxpayers' money doesn't count.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Do Wisconsin Democrats want to remind voters of the 2011 Capitol takeover?
Essential to the art of the deal is to say "no deal."
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.
Iowa’s nonpartisan approach to redistricting is cheap, speedy and transparent.
The Foxconn project is billed as transformational for Wisconsin’s economy. But by 21st century environmental standards, it is out of date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
A critical measure of a political ads’ impact is whether it gets noticed.
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.
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.
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.
He says he's the "pro-education" governor. Right. Everything in his record screams "pro-education."
The U.S. Supreme Court didn't completely close a key door to democracy. It just made knocking on more doors more important.
When will Wisconsin GOP leaders step up and accept their share of the blame for the crisis Walker just discovered?
"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.
Walker engaged in dissembling about Act 10, its reach and goals when he launched and sugar-coated it.
His helping reify Trump, his authoritarianism, and increasingly reckless reign resolutely disqualifies Walker from re-election.
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.
Leah Vukmir has demonstrated in this opening TV/Internet spot the powerful message—in tone and content—that is essential to beating Tammy Baldwin.
Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action joins RightWisconsin Editor James Wigderson to discuss the Family Prosperity Index.
The campaign seems more about getting attention by attempting to be "edgy" than by being effective. This ad was a complete misfire.
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.
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.
RightWisconsin editor James Wigderson speaks with Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn to discuss his possible run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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.
One of the 10 Democratic candidates for Wisconsin Governor admitted that his party is “pickled in identity politics.”
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.
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.
The Supreme Court declined to act to stop partisan gerrymandering, so we must act instead.
Democrats flip a historically Republican State Senate seat in an election the embattled governor of Wisconsin tried to block.
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.
There are many forms of loyalty, some courageous, some unthinking. But the loyalty that Walker gives Trump is the most dangerous of all.
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.
With friends like Donald Trump, the Wisconsin economy needs no enemies.
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.
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.
The way Wisconsin pays for schools is unfair, inequitable and antiquated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are already seeing the statewide benefits of Foxconn’s historic investment.
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.”
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.
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?
When a Democratic candidate wins, it's about the Wisconsin people, not the Democratic Party.
My campaign for governor is about serving the state’s middle class, not the fat cats.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Separating children from their parents who are trying to enter the United States at the border is reprehensible and inhumane.
Suicide is a story about the ease of access to firearms and lack of access to mental health resources.
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.”
A UW project explores how news media transformations, including the rise of talk radio, have changed our politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, the chief justice will likely move into the swing seat.
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.
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.
How expanded entrepreneurship can fit into Wisconsin’s economy.
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.
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.
Justice Shirley Abrahamson who joined the high court in 1976 and led the court for years, won't be running for another term.
More contested seats, tough campaign tactics could make for tighter, intense races.
Wisconsin's Constitution doesn't allow sports betting, but that could change.
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.
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.
Talented faculty leaving. Business leaders and others should push for greater funding.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.