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36 active, retired Milwaukee judges: Neubauer the right choice for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Neubauer has the character, experience and qualifications that the people of Wisconsin have a right to expect from their Supreme Court.

Anthony LoCoco: Three reasons extraordinary session decision is in trouble

By statute the legislature authorized itself to set its own schedule, and the legislature then did so, expressly noting that it might convene an extraordinary session during the session period.

Benjamin Juarez: Latinos not represented in Evers’ cabinet

Gov. Tony Evers can speak about his support of the Latino community, but his appointments reflect a disregard for Latinos, one of the critical populations for the future of Wisconsin and his re-election.

Bill Kaplan: Better Wisconsin roads require higher gas tax

Time for Evers and legislators to sit down at the bargaining table, e.g., combining a gas tax hike with transportation-related fees.

Bill Kaplan: Medicaid expansion helps all Wisconsinites

It’s time for Wisconsin GOP legislators to come to the bargaining table.  Wisconsin wants to get to “yes”.

Bill Kaplan: Rural Wisconsin needs Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is an important component of an economic-social tool box to help rural Wisconsin.

Bill Kaplan: Trump’s budget betrays rural Wisconsin

Shame on Trump and the GOP. Their budget betrays rural Wisconsin, including farmers and all that is good in America.

Bill Lueders: Opees honor good acts and bad

As part of Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of open government that runs from March 10-16, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is bestowing its 13th annual Openness Awards, or Opees.

Bill Osmulski: False narratives: Holder’s Wisconsin talking points

Holder heads a group called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Redrawing Wisconsin’s voting districts is one of its top priorities.

Bill Osmulski: Fewer than half of new taxes and fees go to more road...

At the end of the day, Evers can only claim he is adding $294.1 million to local and state road improvements, while increasing taxes and fees by $600 million. His critics could add that without bonding, Evers would only be increasing total road spending by $69 million.

Brian Hagedorn: I make decisions based on the law alone

I pledge to the voters that I will apply the law fairly to everyone, and I will always remember that I am a servant of the law and the people.

Bruce Murphy: Did business leaders fail on Foxconn?

None raised any doubts about a deal that always seemed suspect.

Bruce Murphy: Evers plays hardball

Too-nice Tony looks to beat the Republicans -- repeatedly -- at their own game.

Bruce Murphy: The arrogance of Robin Vos

The latest: uses taxpayer-funded lawyer to shield him from revealing how he gerrymandered districts.

Bruce Murphy: The lessons of Baltimore

A city falling apart, its police department dysfunctional. Can Milwaukee learn from this?

Bruce Murphy: What Milwaukee means to Democrats

The city’s selection for Democratic National Convention is symbolic. But of what?

Bruce Murphy: Who will win the budget battle?

Right now it looks like an endless stalemate. But appearances can be deceiving.

Bruce Thompson: How Walker, Trump hurt dairy industry

Their policies helped fuel a dairy crisis.

Bruce Thompson: Why is MPS shrinking?

Because it opposes the choices of many of its customers.

Casey Hoff: 2020 presidential candidates’ court-packing plan unwise, shortsighted

Several candidates running for president recently announced support for plans to “reform” the United States Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices from nine to a larger number.
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Charlie Sykes: Navigating a post-truth world

Political commentator and former Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes discusses whether facts matter anymore during a TEDx Talk in Oshkosh.

Chris Walker: Hagedorn’s bigotry is more troubling than Neubauer’s faith in science

If you view both candidates as "biased," surely one of their biases is worse than the other's.

Chris Walker: If Wis. GOP tries to appeal ‘extraordinary session’ ruling, they expose themselves...

The ruling is a "strict constructionist" look at the Constitution.

Christian Schneider: Democrats want Wisconsin so bad they put their convention there. It won’t...

As was the case with Clinton, mere physical presence likely won’t be enough to win Wisconsin voters over. Taking precedence will be what their candidate stands for.

CJ Szafir: Neubauer could be threat to school choice voucher program

Does Judge Lisa Neubauer agree with Justice Shirley Abrahamson that school vouchers are unconstitutional?

Dave Cieslewicz: Evers nominates utility lawyer to PSC

Gov. Tony Evers’ pick for the Public Service Commission, Rebecca Cameron Valcq, is raising concerns over her deep ties to the utility industry.

Dave Cieslewicz: Listening to Leopold

It’s time for the 14th annual Madison Reads Leopold event at the UW Arboretum.

Dave Cieslewicz: What Evers left out of budget

When campaigning for governor Tony Evers promised to reduce the prison population, do something about chronic wasting disease, and fix the controversial WEDC. None of those proposals are in his first budget.

Dave Zweifel: Let’s ponder the ‘likability’ factor and women candidates

Have you noticed how since a number of women have announced they're running for president of the United States that the nebulous term "likability" has returned to the political conversation like "Friday the 13th's" Jason?

Dave Zweifel: Massive military spending gets a pass these days

We continue to spend more on defense than the next several countries — Russia and China included — combined, more than 50 percent of our total budget.

Dave Zweifel: New Proxmire book will raise your spirits

If, like a lot of us, you've had your fill of today's politics and are disgusted with the control big money has over so much of our government, run out and get a book that has just hit the shelves.

Dave Zweifel: No two sides to the value of vaccinations

Spurred on by blatantly false internet postings, more parents are refusing vaccinations for their children and claim they have the right to protect their kids from unwelcome "invasions" of their bodies.

Dave Zweifel: Ripping off the workers has got to stop

It's estimated that ruthless employers take about $50 billion from workers every year. A study by the Economic Policy Institute in 2014 insisted the figure was more than $280 billion.

Dave Zweifel: Senator offers another wake-up call about sexual assault

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally revealed how she had been sexually assaulted while on Air Force active duty.

Dave Zweifel: Taxpayers pick up the tab to lure firms like Amazon and Foxconn

Taxpayers can't afford to pump millions and billions into profitable private companies without harming their own economies.

Dave Zweifel: White guys should wise up on Colin Kaepernick’s message

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and his Republican colleagues in the state Assembly aren't faring too well in the national conversation about whether white guys should be able to dictate who we celebrate during February's Black History Month.

Dave Zweifel: Wisconsin governor’s race set record for big bucks

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the venerable nonprofit that keeps tabs on how big money is spent to influence Wisconsin politics and shares that information with the public, notes on the organization's website that the 2018 governor's race cost a record $93 million.

Dominique Paul Noth: Evers and GOP fighting for Wisconsin’s political soul

What may have been true for eight years under GOP’s departed governor Scott Walker is undergoing the crashing sounds of change.

Dominique Paul Noth: How the Senate doomed the Mueller probe months ago

The confirmation of William Barr as attorney general clearly doomed the Mueller report to the trash bin.

Dominique Paul Noth: Trump’s fixer forcing America to refocus

The great American parlor game for the last week has been dissecting the one public Michael Cohen hearing.

Dominique Paul Noth: What’s wrong with everyone?

Columnist Dominique Paul Noth takes stock of the growing Dem presidential field.

Dominique Paul Noth: Why voters must self-motivate April 2

November 2018 brought the nectar of what progressive energy could look like in Wisconsin. But will that energy dissipate on April 2? There is so little attention in the media that citizens have to motivate themselves for these so-called nonpartisan spring elections.

Dominique Paul Noth: Wisconsin court blocks Republican power grab

A state judge on March 21 declared illegal the lame duck laws passed in December by the GOP-dominated legislature.

Duey Stroebel: Commercial property should be taxed on the ability to generate income

Wisconsin should assess property based upon fair market value and let the chips fall where they may. That’s how it works for your home and small owner-occupied businesses, and that is how it should work for larger commercial properties as well.

Duey Stroebel: Neubauer hiding political agenda with attacks on Hagedorn

Make no mistake. In addition to attempting to eliminate a conservative judicial philosophy from the Wisconsin political landscape, Neubauer and her allies are attempting to eliminate those of faith from the public square.

George Mitchell: Public safety demands rigorous research of prison policies

Without meaningful research, the debate won’t move beyond soundbites about how hundreds/thousands of offenders are returned to prison for “technical” violations of parole or probation.

Gregory Humphrey: Donald Trump’s profane language should be national topic

What took place as Donald Trump stood for over two hours in front of CPAC attendees must not be dropped from our national conversation. It was the profane language Trump used which makes for many wondering today what has happened to the national dialogue in our nation.

Gregory Humphrey: Wisconsin takes moral stand over border wall

Gov. Tony Evers, in conjunction with AG Josh Kaul, made it known Wednesday Wisconsin will participate with other states in a lawsuit regarding the attempt to divert federal monies under the guise of a national emergency.

Ike Brannon: Potential loss of blue-collar jobs at Foxconn is not the reason to...

Making the state more appealing to all businesses remains the better course.

Jacob Stampen: Was there a Blue Wave in Wisconsin?

Results of Wisconsin’s November 2018 elections were nearly identical to the results of the elections two years earlier. Despite talk about a “blue wave,” there was only a hint of improvement for Wisconsin Democrats.

James Rowen: GOP further owns wars against health care, opioid treatment

The collective cruelty that Republicans have offered as their national and Wisconsin health-care prescription is fully exposed.
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James Rowen: Wolf-dog fighting and shooting trapped wolves may again stain WI woods

The renewed permission to hunt wolves in Wisconsin and other states suddenly announced by the Trump administration is just another sacrifice of natural resources belonging to all the people which this administration has zero interest in protecting.

James Wigderson: Connecticut ruling timely reminder of Wisconsin Supreme Court importance

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the manufacturer of the AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook massacre can be sued by families of the victims and the survivors of the attack.

James Wigderson: Dane County judge temporarily strikes down extraordinary session laws

If Wisconsin conservatives needed a reminder of the importance of the courts, they received it Thursday when a Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the laws passed by the Republican legislature last December in an extraordinary session.

James Wigderson: Holder group to campaign for Neubauer despite her opposition to outside spending

Holder's plan to campaign on behalf of Neubauer would run counter to the judge's statements that she would ask outside groups not to campaign for her.

James Wigderson: Judge Brian Hagedorn for Wisconsin Supreme Court

It is important to elect Hagedorn because we must not allow the left’s animus towards traditional Christians prevent a good man from serving in public office.

James Wigderson: Neubauer heard 101 cases involving customers of her husband’s business

Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer, the liberal candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, says she supports an independent and impartial judiciary, but she sat in judgement on cases concerning clients of her husband’s cleaning business.

James Wigderson: Wedding barns safe for now

Owners of agricultural event venues, commonly referred to as wedding barns, will be able to continue to operate without applying for liquor licenses, according to Gov. Tony Evers.

James Wigderson: Will Democratic National Convention be the sacking of Troy?

The Democrats are coming. Let ’em in. The most harm they will do is to themselves.

James Wigderson: Winners and losers of Evers’ budget proposal

It would be wrong to say that there were no winners when Gov. Tony Evers gave his state budget proposal last night. and we all know there were plenty of losers – especially the taxpayers.

Jane McCurry: Evers calls for using $10M from Volkswagen settlement for electric vehicle charging...

This funding will go a long way to support a vast network of fast recharging stations across the entire state.

Janet Bewley: A fresh start for Wisconsin

Legislators from around the state are proposing new ideas on how to make Wisconsin an even better place to live and work.

Jason Hicks and Morris Kleiner: Allowing dental therapists would increase access to oral health...

Wisconsin should join neighbors Minnesota and Michigan, and several other states, in authorizing the creation of these licensed mid-level professionals.

Jeff Simpson: Robin Vos: Stop sign to progress

We have to be diligent in making sure that our politicians work for us, and not for special interests who care about profit and not the people.

John B. Judis: What happened to Wisconsin?

The fight over the once-progressive state.

John Imes: Insights from GreenBiz 19

John Imes, executive director for Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, shares insights from the GreenBiz 19 conference in Phoenix.

John Nichols: Elizabeth Warren echoes Mark Pocan’s right-to-vote call

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a stirring call for the renewal of American democracy during a CNN town hall meeting last week, calling for changing the U.S. Constitution to include a voting rights amendment along the lines long championed by Congressman Mark Pocan.

John Nichols: Let teens who march for the planet vote to save it

The fight to lower the voting age to 16 may seem like something of a new frontier in the long struggle to expand voting rights in the United States. But this is an idea based in common sense and honest observation.

John Nichols: Memo to Dems: Socialism’s one of the coolest things about Milwaukee

For American Socialists in the 20th century, Milwaukee was a political mecca, a city that tested and confirmed the validity of their ideas.

John Nichols: Pocan tackles the cruelest abuse of gerrymandering

Congressman Mark Pocan accomplished something remarkable last week. Amid all the wrangling in Washington, he proposed to end an injustice and got the House to go along with him.

John Nichols: Tony Evers recognizes that Wisconsin needs strong unions

Evers is determined to renew Wisconsin’s historic commitment to worker rights. And he is proposing concrete steps in that direction, with an ambitious plan to overturn the noxious “right-to-work” legislation that was a centerpiece of Walker’s second-term agenda.

John Torinus: UWM finally gets fair share of campus dollars

It seemed like it would never happen as UW-Milwaukee boot-strapped its way over the last two decades toward its destiny as a world-class urban university.

Jonathan Kasparek: Excerpt from “Proxmire: Bulldog of the Senate”

The following is an excerpt from Proxmire: Bulldog of the Senate, by Jonathan Kasparek, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book is available through libraries and book retailers statewide and online at www.wisconsinhistory.org/store. The book is also available as an e-book.

Jordan Morales: Republican Women of Waukesha County builds wall to hispanic outreach

A Republican Women of Waukesha County event includes a “Build the Wall” competition.

Julie Grace: Prison time without a crime

Rules of extended supervision, which are designed to govern the behavior of ex-offenders after their release, instead increase the likelihood that the individuals will return to prison. Wisconsin policy-makers should consider reasonable reforms from other states that have reduced the number of ex-offenders who end up reincarcerated.

Lena Taylor: Time limits on coming forward must go

The sad reality is that there is a myriad of reasons that victims do not come forward sooner to reveal that they have been sexually assaulted to include shame, denial, fear and more.

Libby Sobic and Will Flanders: Lessons learned from new federal school report cards

The Department of Public Instruction recently released a second set of report cards for Wisconsin’s public schools that call into question how well the state is serving its most vulnerable students.

Lisa Neubauer: I will keep politics out of the courtroom

We have a chance to return the Wisconsin judiciary, and the Supreme Court, to being a truly independent branch.

Matt Kittle: Will liberal judge’s ruling tossing lame-duck laws be another Act 10 for...

Liberals are celebrating a big court victory now, but will a Dane County judge’s ruling tossing out laws from the Legislature’s late-year extraordinary session survive the appeals process?

Matt Rothschild: It should be ‘case closed’ for Enbridge at state’s high court

On March 26, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is hearing a case that directly concerns the residents of Dane County and also puts a spotlight on the integrity of our highest court. The case is called Enbridge Energy Co., Inc., v. Dane County.

Matthew Rothschild: Scott Walker’s new idiotic job

Leave it to Scott Walker to land a job that could do further damage to our democracy – and take the nation’s economy down with it.

Michael Cummins: Seriously, enough is enough

We must prevent hardcore drinkers from getting behind the wheel.

Michael Flaherty: The absurdity of PSC’s ‘avian mortality study’

Commission staff adds expensive requirement to solar farm project without considering the cost or whether a bird-death problem even exists.

Mike Fischer: The minimum markup of budget bad news and budget good news

There is no need to protect small businesses by forcing Wisconsin consumers to pay higher prices than they would pay in a freely competitive market.

Owen Robinson: Conservatives, can we talk?

Now is not the time to go wobbly.

Owen Robinson: Who wants to live in Evers’ Wisconsin?

Increased taxes, regulation would undo gains made under Walker.

Paul Fanlund: A new voice for Cap Times opinion

Jessie Opoien is becoming our opinion editor, replacing Lynn Danielson, who is retiring.

Paul Fanlund: Madison’s candidates for mayor, in their own words

The Cap Times editorial board interviewed the candidates separately for about an hour each after the primary.

Paul Fanlund: Moderates may truly be the ‘bold’ Democrats

It is primarily the moderate Democrats running for president or politicians from Trump-leaning congressional districts who genuinely are the “bold” politicians. It is they who will dictate whether the Trump nightmare ends next year.

R.J. Johnson and Deb Jordahl: Respect free-speech rights of WRA, others who weigh into...

The Wisconsin Realtors Association recently withdrew its endorsement of state Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn, explaining that “recent disclosures regarding past statements and actions” by Hagedorn led to its decision.

Ray Cross: UW System partner Fund for Wisconsin Scholars improves lives

The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars helps fulfill the mission of the UW System: to increase higher education access and affordability, to improve lives and enrich communities, and to advance knowledge throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Rebecca Blank: Governor’s budget proposal invests in higher education

Last week, Gov. Tony Evers introduced a very promising UW System budget proposal for the next biennium.

Reps. Stubbs, Taylor, Sargent, and Subeck: ‘Healthy Women, Healthy Babies’ budget initiative needed to...

The hard truth is that Wisconsin is one of the worst states to raise a black family, and this reality begins with our alarming racial disparities in maternal and birth outcomes.

Ruth Conniff: Grabbing back power

With appeals court ruling, Republicans fight to hold on to their lame-duck spoils.

Ryan Owens: Turn a Wisconsin prison into a school

Wisconsin’s policymakers should strongly consider a policy that allows private businesses, technical schools or the University of Wisconsin System to work with correctional facilities to train soon-to-be-released offenders.

Scott Coenen: The conservative case for Wisconsin clean energy

It is critical for conservatives to reclaim their seat at the table by advancing forward-thinking, market-driven energy solutions that will create jobs and support a stronger economy while transitioning us to cleaner sources of energy.

Scott Walker: Why Democrats must go back to school on taxes

The last time the top tax rate was 70 percent was back in the days when President Jimmy Carter talked about a country in a malaise. Now, socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey want to bring that top tax rate back as part of the so-called “Green New Deal.”

Spencer Black: The Green New Deal identifies the real national emergency

Unlike Trump’s phony “border crisis,” we are facing a real emergency — an emergency that threatens the future well-being of not just our country, but the planet as a whole. It’s an emergency that becomes more obvious with every destructive storm, flood and wildfire. That emergency is, of course, the growing disruption of our climate.

Steven Walters: Governor’s veto power looms large

What Legislature gives, veto can take away. The battle has begun.

Steven Walters: How Evers’ redistricting plan would work

Democrat Tony Evers is the first governor in Wisconsin history to include a nonpartisan plan to draw new boundaries for legislative and Congressional districts in his proposed state budget.

Timothy Chandler: Hagedorn opponents guilty of applying unconstitutional religious test for office

Judge Hagedorn’s detractors — who, ironically, attack him in the name of advancing “equality” — are guilty of applying a religious test that’s discriminatory and at odds with Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

Tom Still: Building stronger tech workforce is issue nationally and Wisconsin

Despite the coast-to-coast glut of well-paid jobs in tech professions such as coding, cybersecurity and network management, the pipeline of potential workers is much smaller than what observers would prefer.

Tony Kurtz: Partisan politics or lack of knowledge motivate governor’s border decision

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. In late February, Governor Evers signed...

Will Flanders: Responding to the critics of the WILL Medicaid study

We did a robust study using commonplace methodology in academia to help to inform the debate over Medicaid expansion. Too many people want to say that Medicaid expansion is “free” and completely ignore the costs to the private sector. We have sought to fill that void.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ debate Medicaid expansion

Now that Gov. Tony Evers has released his budget, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, debate the wisdom of taking federal Medicaid funds to broaden healthcare. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss Evers’ push to roll back GOP labor law changes

As legislative Republicans take over the budget process, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, gauge Gov. Tony Evers' budget items that trim back the GOP's labor law changes from the past two sessions. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss possible bipartisan cooperation on transportation funding

As budget deliberations get started at the State Capitol, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, navigate the possible routes for creating a bipartisan transportation budget. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss the budget battle ahead

Now that Gov. Tony Evers' budget has been released, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, chart its path through the legislative process and the degree of partisan wrangling before its approval. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ handicap the Supreme Court race

With the Supreme Court race drawing to a close, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, handicap the contest between Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.