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Alan Talaga: Fork in the road

Evers presents a clear path forward while Walker likes to drop surprise bombs.

Amy Sikma: Why a reluctant conservative is voting Tuesday

Despite my lack of excitement for the election this year, I will be voting with a sense of urgency because experience has taught me that the Wisconsin Democratic Party is as determined to overturn conservative social and individual freedom policies from the past eight years as it is to repeal conservative fiscal policies.

Andrew Weiland: Eyes on Evers

Many in the state’s business community are skeptical that Gov. Scott Walker's replacement, state schools superintendent Tony Evers, can do a better job for the Wisconsin economy.

Bill Kaplan: Is GOP U.S. Rep. Gallagher a reformer?

Wisconsin GOP U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher’s reform agenda for Congress (Atlantic) seems well-intended, but mostly inadequate for the Trump initiated constitutional crisis.

Bill Kaplan: Voting for change nationally and in Wisconsin

It’s time for the esteemed former Wisconsin GOP Governor Tommy Thompson to talk sense to the GOP state legislative leadership.  Wisconsinites voted for change and for the state to move forward.

Brian Fraley: The time is now to reform Wisconsin’s Republican Party operations

After years of enjoying a solid advantage over the Democrats’ finance and field operations, Republicans are now at a point where we need to reconnoiter and retool.

Bruce Murphy: 33 election winners and losers

Beyond the vote totals, who were the election’s other big winners and losers?

Bruce Murphy: About that Republican victory

Voters rejected Democrats for the Assembly, Robin Vos declares. Er, not exactly.

Bruce Murphy: Is Foxconn contract illegal?

Attorneys may sue, but urge Evers and Kaul to pursue a suit to overturn contract.

Bruce Murphy: State ruling threatens city health

Killing city’s restaurant rating system could increase food-borne illness in Milwaukee.

Bruce Murphy: Walker wants to rig high court election

That’s what the citizens get for daring to vote against him.

Bruce Murphy: Why Walker Lost

How could such a skilled, well-funded politician get defeated? Here's 10 reasons.

Bruce Murphy: Young voters could decide election

Vote by 18-to-29 year-olds surging in some states. What about Wisconsin?

Bruce Thompson: Banana Republic politics

Republicans threaten governor’s power, but may actually kill a bad 2017 law they passed.

Bruce Thompson: MPS charter schools work better

So why doesn’t the school board embrace them?

Bruce Thompson: Why Schimel’s lawsuit makes no sense

Even conservatives suggest the AG’s suit against Affordable Care Act is bad law.

Casey Hoff: Baraboo High School photo cheapens the Holocaust, exposes ignorance

The photo of the smiling students from Baraboo High School, in which many of them appear to be giving the Nazi salute, is a prime example of how forgetting the horrors of the past can cheapen the memory of the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust.

Charlie Sykes: How to reform Congress

On the Daily Standard Podcast, host Charlie Sykes talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, to discuss Gallagher's article in the Atlantic on his proposals to reform the House of Representatives and the legacy of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Charlie Sykes: Midterm madness

On the Daily Standard podcast, host Charlie Sykes discusses the midterms with Weekly Standard chief elections analyst David Byler and senior writer Michael Warren.

Cory Fish: Correcting the record on the ‘dark stores’ theory

Increasing the tax assessment on a property based on occupancy or based on financing does not reflect economic reality.

Dale Kooyenga: Madison math

The fact is Wisconsin's economy is thriving and the best evidence of this is our increased tax revenues despite tax cuts for individuals and businesses.

Dan O’Donnell: How it feels

Walker's loss hurts in a much more acute way than I think any election loss has ever hurt before because of what it ultimately represents—an end to eight years of conservative governance in this state in which many of us were far more personally invested than perhaps any in our lifetimes.

Dave Cieslewicz: Election brings hope this deer season

For almost two decades there has been a cloud over the festivities: chronic wasting disease. And for the last eight years, the government has done nothing to keep it from spreading.

Dave Cieslewicz: Evers could produce a renaissance for Wisconsin Dems

The major implication of Tony Evers’ victory over Scott Walker is that the new Democratic governor will force a fair redistricting after the 2020 Census.

Dave Cieslewicz: Robin Vos’ attack on democracy

Robin Vos appears to be following a Republican playbook in his quest to limit Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ power once in office. The North Carolina Legislature did the same thing in 2016.

Dave Cieslewicz: The case for moderation

Somebody has to reject the tribalism that has come to define our politics and start trying again to define a common, unifying vision for what it means to be an American or a Wisconsinite. Ironically, rebuilding the center is the only way for progressives to make progress.

Dave Hansen: Response to Nygren’s comments on the Kimberly-Clark bailout

Recently Rep. Nygren claimed in a press release that I don’t care about or support the Kimberly-Clark workers in Marinette because I have not committed to voting for AB-963, a bill that would give Kimberly-Clark, a Texas-based corporation up to $100 million or more in taxpayer cash to protect 388 jobs in the Fox Valley. Unfortunately, there are significant concerns with this bill. So significant in fact, that I was told as many as 8 Republican senators are opposed to it.

Dave Zweifel: As we give thanks, let’s vow to work harder

Perhaps this month's elections are reason to give thanks, signaling that like in other times, the world's greatest experiment in democracy will regain its footing and, indeed, put a brake on the craziness.

Dave Zweifel: Heading for two school systems, both funded by taxpayers

School choice, vouchers — take your pick — have been rapidly expanding since the days of Tommy Thompson's modest Milwaukee voucher plan. This has been especially so since Republican Scott Walker and a Legislature dominated by his fellow party members took over state government.

Dave Zweifel: It’s time to call out the hate-mongers by name

In a recent column, Washington Post "center right" columnist and blogger Jennifer Rubin bluntly accused Trump of being responsible for the Tree of Life synagogue killings.

Dave Zweifel: Reports of progressivism’s death are greatly exaggerated

WMC's current CEO, former banking lobbyist Kurt Bauer, is probably right that his organization and Gov. Scott Walker did damage the state's long history of progressiveness. Where Bob La Follette and his crew drove out the special interests and removed their chokehold on lawmakers and judges, WMC and its allies have bought and bullied their way back into control. Perhaps he shouldn't forget what happened when they began abusing their power and insisting everything go their way. Those progressives are far from dead.

Dave Zweifel: Support our democracy by voting tomorrow

The loudest voice of all is the one that is heard at the ballot box. That's where those costly and often-misleading attack ads financed by special interests hoping to benefit from the election results can be met head on by average Americans struggling to get a fair shake.

Dave Zweifel: Surprise! Minimum-wage hike helps workers after all

A new study shows Seattle's minimum wage increases brought benefits to many workers employed when the higher pay took effect, while a relatively few were left worse off.

Dave Zweifel: Whether pro- or anti-war, vets prove their patriotism

Carrie A. Meyer's book, "Letters From the Boys," shows America's veterans aren't monolithic.

Dave Zweifel: Which is the party of spendthrifts? (Hint: It starts with R)

If one goes back and takes a look at which administrations actually added to the enormous national debt, they will find the claims that the GOP was fiscally prudent is an out-and-out myth.

David Blaska: Dems blame poor legislative showing on those damn maps

After last week’s election, our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances are pouting. They finally unseated that Republican golem, Scott Walker, but still lost the state legislature to Republicans. Got to be cheating! What else would explain the imbalance except that ol’ devil Gerry Mander?

David Blaska: Go big or go home; Tuesday election autopsy

In a two-part series, blogger David Blaska shares his post-mortem on Tuesday's election outcomes.

David Blaska: It was not the economy, stupid

Our state and the nation are at record employment. Wages are up. Taxes are down. University tuition frozen. Scott Walker landed the biggest single employer in history. Shockingly, he went down to defeat.

David D. Haynes: Bridging the red and blue divide

Data from the newly released state report card reveals that more charter schools and private schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program are meeting or exceeding expectations than Milwaukee Public Schools.

Dominique Paul Noth: As trump fades, light will shine again on caravan

In a few months, I suspect, Trump’s evil perversion of the words "immigrants," "asylum," "sanctuary" and "caravan" – once noble words in the English language – will vanish as he will from our memories; the original power and humanity of the terms will return.

Dominique Paul Noth: Being blue about not being blue enough

Cheer for what you can, but don’t forget to buckle down and be forced to work even harder to bring the US back to a nation its own citizens, much less the world, can respect and admire. We didn’t do that Nov. 6 and have to try try again.

Dominique Paul Noth: Warped maps get under state’s Democratic skin

Democrats in 2018 got 54% of vote yet only 36 Wisconsin Assembly seats, while Republicans got 45% of the vote and 63 seats.

Dominique Paul Noth: Will Wisconsin stay sleepy the next 40 days?

Basking in the mammoth November election victory and preparing for a festive holiday season, the Wisconsin public is little in the mood to think of politics or the degree of mischief the Republicans are contemplating in the 40 odd days before Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes are sworn in as Democratic leaders January 7. This is just the sort of lull the GOP loves to pounce in.

Ed Wall: Scott Walker lacks ethics

That’s why four of his cabinet secretaries, including me, have condemned him.

George Mitchell: Gordon Giampietro deserves a full, fair public hearing

Given Giampietro’s clear qualifications, he should be confirmed to fill the current vacancy and help expedite the important work of Wisconsin’s federal judges.

George Mitchell: The best of times for school choice?

Tony Evers’ election as governor will provide a shot-in-the-arm for the school choice movement.

Gregory Humphrey: Morning after mid-terms, line from George Washington matters

“Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.”

Gregory Humphrey: Tony Evers and needed dialogue with Wisconsin

Our politics can again be high-toned and honest. We can again have leadership that shows people a path forward as opposed to always a mere reflection of where we are presently. We have not had that in our state for many years. Tony Evers can do that by talking honestly to the people he will now lead. I am hopeful

Gwen Moore: I Stand with Tammy Baldwin

Whether it’s fighting for affordable, quality health care, taking care of our seniors or fighting for jobs training and good paying jobs, Tammy gets the job done for Wisconsinites.

James Rowen: 11th hour tricks will speed up the Fitzgerald, Walker, Vos final bell

GOP leaders in Wisconsin are ready, willing and able to deal themselves an unnecessary and crippling self-inflicted political wound.

James Rowen: 6 experts explain how WI can have the better DNR it needs

Rowen share insights from six experts on how to improve the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

James Rowen: Baraboo can make sure its students can learn something

Baraboo school officials should require every boy in that horrifying photo of all those smiling teens giving the Heil Hitler salute to be sent on a chaperoned trip, and fast, to the Holocaust Museum and World War II Memorial In Washington, DC.

James Rowen: Dems Evers, Barnes, Kaul upend Republicans Walker, Schimel

Walker fatigue finally caught up with Scott Walker. So did two years of Donald Trump.

James Rowen: Vos, Fitzgerald and the rise of little dictators

In Wisconsin, GOP-initiated election suppression is moving from voter ID and election-day pressures to post-election nullification.

James Rowen: Walker’s demise cemented by his own clumsy hand

Somewhere out there in academia there's a master's or Ph.D thesis in the works to explain how Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker could go from featured speaker at his party's 2016 national convention to defeated incumbent just two years later. Here's a workable framework: He did it by his own clumsy hand.

James Rowen: Walker’s rejection of rejection helps justify 11th-hour meddling

Walker has made two worrisome moves since his rejection by the voters on Nov. 6th for a third term that go beyond a losing incumbent's understandable unhappiness at being defeated.

James Wigderson & Steve Scaffidi: Baraboo, Foxconn, Kleefisch and Schimel

RightWisconsin Editor James Wigderson joins Steve Scaffidi on AM 620 WTMJ to discuss the week in politics.

James Wigderson: Really Wisconsin? Tony Evers is our next governor?

We’re in an era of divided government. That means Republicans must make the case for why they should be allowed back into the governor’s mansion.

James Wigderson: Rough night for Wisconsin Republicans

Election night went into the morning as both sides waited for the results, but in the end the Democratic Party prevailed in each of the statewide elections. The only remaining question is whether the final results would fall within the margin necessary for a recount in the race for governor and attorney general.

James Wigderson: The boys from Baraboo

The latest internet outrage du jour is the photo of a bunch of boys from Baraboo High School posing for a photo before prom while possibly giving the Nazi salute.

James Wigderson: Yes, we can have a split result

Let me sell you on an idea: Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) and Gov. Scott Walker (R) can both win re-election.

Jeramey Jannene: 7 numbers that explain election

The election results would have been completely different if not for this.

Jerry Huffman: Goodbye, Henry

Henry Lippold, who died last month at 89, built UW-Eau Claire’s broadcast journalism department from the ground up in the early '70s.

Jessie Opoien & Rick Esenberg: The past and future of the Wisconsin Institute for...

The Capital Time's Jessie Opoien joins WILL President and General Counsel Rick Esenberg to discuss the organization's growth and future.

Jim Maas: 2018 voter misinformation

Want to be an informed voter? Reading newspapers and watching the “news” in Wisconsin won't make one an informed voter in 2018. Can we have a democracy without accurate information on our political choices?

John Nichols: Empower the state treasurer

Any effort to reform or rearrange state government must respect the will of the voters as framed by the 2018 campaign and its results. There was no serious debate about disempowering the governor. But there was a robust debate about empowering the treasurer.

John Nichols: Evers won as the Wisconsin Idea candidate

Evers sought the governorship as a champion of the Wisconsin Idea.

John Nichols: The war that turned Wisconsin against war

World War I was the war that turned Wisconsinites against war. The conflict was so reckless, so brutal, and so completely unnecessary that for generations after its conclusion on Nov. 11, 1918, the awful memory of “the war to end all wars” has inspired a distrust of militarism and war profiteering that has always run deeper in Wisconsin than most states.

John Nichols: Wisconsin just turned the page on Donald Trump

Democrats won every statewide contest in Wisconsin on Nov. 6, taking a Senate seat and five constitutional offices. The last time Democrats swept a Senate seat and a full slate of statewide posts was in 1982, when the party was at the peak of its strength in the modern era.

Jonathn Krause: The eclipse of Scott Walker

Someday, Wisconsin political historian will consider the high point of Scott Walker's career to be the millisecond before Donald Trump descended down his tacky gold-painted escalator at Trump Tower to announce that he was joining the Republican primary race for President.

Kara O’Connor: Put the brakes on overproduction in Wisconsin agriculture

All of the most powerful players in the agribusiness industry, except the farmer, benefit from overproduction. For farmers, the economics of this overproduction are so bad that many have been forced out. But the agribusiness sector marshals its lobbying power in Washington to oppose supply management.

Kathleen Vinehout: Menominee Nation honored for assisting victims of Peshtigo fire

We are blessed by the service and sacrifice of our Native tribes. One example is the role they played in the wake of the devastating fire in Peshtigo in 1871.

Ken Harwood: Don’t kill WEDC — make it better

WEDC needs to change, but eliminating the organization and returning the functions to the even more bureaucratic departments of Commerce and Administration would be a mistake.

Leah Vukmir: Baldwin’s health care plan is ‘Chaos-for-all’

Wisconsin families deserve access to health plans they can afford that fit their needs and cover pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, affordability and individualization are not possibilities under Baldwin’s plan.

Lena C. Taylor: “Wisconn Valley” sounding more like ‘Taiwan Trails’ everyday

Right before our eyes, the deal is changing.

Lena Taylor: The communal cost of unchecked rhetoric

There are fringe elements in our society that only need the smallest nudge to go straight over the edge. Trump is pushing them, daring them to leap to violence.

Leon Young: Partisan gerrymandering at its worst

Based on the Democrats’ statewide success in last Tuesday’s election, it’s safe to say that more voters came out to support Democratic candidates than their Republican counterparts. With that being the case, how did the Republicans increase their firm grip on the Legislature while losing five statewide contests?

M.D. Kittle: Evers agenda: Big government is back in fashion in governor’s office

After 8 years of conservative policies, the next executive pushes liberal plans.

Matt Rothschild: GOP push to change primary is a slap at Wisconsin voters

The proposal by Wisconsin’s top Republican officials to change the date of the presidential primary is another manipulative move to undermine the will of Wisconsin voters.

Mitch Henck: Can Republican lawmakers reduce Tony Evers’ power?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" Madison radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on how Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck maneuvers could affect Gov.-elect Tony Evers.

Mitch Henck: Wisconsin GOP needs to chill out on lame-duck changes

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" Madison radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on changes Republicans might make during the lame-duck legislative session before Gov.-elect Tony Evers takes office.

Ola Lisowski: The truth about education spending in Wisconsin

State aids to schools are at the highest level of actual dollars in history. When accounting for inflation, those dollars dip below prior year investments when taking a traditional view of state aids as a line item. Yet, not accounted for in that metric is the savings to districts that they can now make, if they choose, through the tools of Act 10. Those savings add up, to the tune of $3.2 billion in just five years.

Paul Fanlund: By rejecting divide and conquer, Wisconsin turns the page

It’s impossible to overstate how much those who yearn for a return to a more united Wisconsin owe to Tony Evers, our humble and bookish governor-elect, and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a routinely underestimated liberal from Madison with steely optimism and Midwestern authenticity.

Paul Fanlund: Is an authoritarian news system already here?

Trump and his Republican allies — supported by what truly is the “fake news” media — have demonized the traditional practice of objective journalism that questions government authority.

Paul Fanlund: Just maybe, the tide is turning on guns

Support for gun regulation is 52 percent compared to 44 percent for gun rights, the reverse of two years ago, according to a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. Another recent poll by the Kaiser Foundation showed that gun safety is now the third most important issue to Americans, wrote Robert Spitzer, a political scientist and the author of five books on gun policy, in a recent New York Times op-ed.

Paul Fanlund: Post-election, Tony Evers goes high, his foes go low

It seems clear from his early post-election remarks that Evers will proceed carefully as governor and continue to try to collaborate with a hostile Republican Legislature, one whose margins are guaranteed more by absurd gerrymandering than the public’s will. Those GOP leaders, predictably, want to change some rules in the Capitol to diminish Evers’ powers even before he takes office.

Paul Fanlund: UW-Madison’s Kathy Cramer turns the page on the ‘politics of resentment’

Cramer, author of “The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness and the Rise of Scott Walker,” is undertaking a new project.
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Paul Ryan: Vote Republican, keep America prosperous

If you look at what we’ve accomplished, we have earned your vote. We stopped typical gridlock and have grown our nation’s economy. The military is stronger today. Opportunities are more prevalent. Even with all of those accomplishments, we have more we can do to make things better for millions of Americans, and we’re asking you for that chance on Tuesday.

Rebecca Kleefisch: Our inmates are ready to work: Let’s give them the opportunity to...

When inmates have an education or training as they’re leaving an institution, they’re more than 40 percent less likely to re-offend. Plus, they become contributing, taxpaying members of our society.

Rick Esenberg: Are pro-business Republicans heading for a slippery slope?

With trade protection and corporate incentives, politicians could lose the firm footing of their free-market principles.

RightWisconsin panel: Pundit prognosticators predict Tuesday’s election results

RightWisconsin asked a number of sharp-eyed political observers to stick their necks out to predict the results of Tuesday’s elections in Wisconsin.

Ruth Conniff: Beating hate in Baraboo

Questions about what exactly happened at the prom shoot in Baraboo and what it all means remain unresolved. But toxic social media reaction has not helped matters.

Ryan J. Owens: Wisconsin’s leaders should work together on three issues

Elected officials should begin by working on a series of issues in desperate need of reform. These include criminal justice reform, transportation reform, and energy reform. Not only are these worth pursuing on policy grounds, they will provide political dividends.

Sara Finger: Voting is self-care for Wisconsin women

Nov. 6 is the midterm election, and nearly every topic on the table this election season directly impacts women and our fundamental rights — the rights that many of us take for granted. This election is about taking care of our daughters, our mothers, our sisters, our friends, our co-workers, and our neighbors. But it’s also OUR time to do something really important for ourselves.

Steve Lovejoy: Racine case shows folly of official secrecy

Secrecy in government, compounded by court-ordered secrecy, gives rise to speculation and rumor. That never serves the public interest.

Steve Strieker: Walker’s legacy: A divided Wisconsin

An emotional and closely divided election is a fitting end to Scott Walker’s contentious career as Wisconsin’s governor this past Tuesday night.

Steven Walters: 7 Numbers at issue in election

Number of jobs, number of prisoners, dollars saved on roads, and more.

Steven Walters: A fascinating midterm election prompts some fascinating questions

WisconsinEye's Steven Walters looks at what's next in state government following the midterms.

Steven Walters: Gerrymander caused women Assembly losses?

27 women Democrats running for Assembly lost, women leaders point to gerrymandering.

Will Flanders: Milwaukee choice and charter schools outperform MPS on state report cards

Data from the newly released state report card reveals that more charter schools and private schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program are meeting or exceeding expectations than Milwaukee Public Schools.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss divided government in Wisconsin

The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, analyze the new reality: divided government in Wisconsin. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss their experiences with divided government

As GOP lawmakers prepare for a lame-duck session, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala & Jensen, draw on their own experiences in divided government. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss top issues affecting Tuesday’s elections

The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, outline the top issues affecting Tuesday's elections. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ give thanks for an interesting political landscape

As the turkey waits its turn at the table, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, pause to give thanks for an interesting political landscape! Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ make their party’s closing arguments ahead of Tuesday’s vote

The WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen and Chvala, give their party's closing argument just days before Tuesday's elections for governor, U.S. Senate, attorney general and the Legislature. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: The Insiders survey Wisconsin’s new political landscape

With the midterm elections completed, WisOpinion Insiders Chvala and Jensen survey the new shape of Wisconsin's political landscape. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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