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Alan Talaga: That fake news rot

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos decided he would buck public opinion and not make accommodations for a lawmaker with disabilities. Now that Vos has caved, he is blaming the news media for his bad press.

Amy Schulz: Keep nuclear weapons out of Madison’s backyard

There are plans to expand Truax Air Force Base so that F-35 fighter jets, designed to carry two nuclear bombs each, can be stationed here.

Andrea Kaminski: Wisconsin legislators must act quickly to pass gun reforms

It’s time for everyone who supports sensible gun policies to put unceasing pressure on their representatives and senators in the state Legislature and Congress to pass these reforms.

Barbara Miner and Robert Smith: How parole rules help fill state’s prisons

Average parole time far longer in Wisconsin; system returns many parolees to prison.

Bill Kaplan: GOP health care time bomb

Make no mistake: the Trump-GOP lawsuit is a ticking time bomb.

Bill Kaplan: Trump and GOP don’t have Wisconsin’s back

Trump and the faltering GOP don’t have Wisconsin’s back. Only a clean Democratic sweep in 2020 will bring change.

Bill Kaplan: Trump flails, McConnell blockades

An out-of-control Trump “ordered” all U.S. companies to leave China.

Bill Kaplan: Will Johnson stand-up for retirees?

Johnson must stand-up for retirees and support the Butch Lewis Act.

Bill Lueders: About those UW free speech violations

Not one violation on 26 campuses of UW Regents’ policy. But legislators want to pass tough law.

Bill Lueders: John Nygren’s secret emails

Joint Finance co-chair made it too costly to test his claim of support for GOP budget bill.

Bill Lueders: State agencies give zero days for comment

Evers Administration uses lame duck law to make policy changes with no chance for public comments.

Bill Osmulski: On the border with Glenn Grothman

Fresh off his most recent trip to the US southern border, Rep. Glenn Grothman describes the crisis, what’s being done, and what he thinks needs to happen next.

Bruce Murphy: Why the Journal Sentinel won’t die

And why it may not matter to news readers.

Bruce Murphy: 13 takeaways on Foxconn’s birthday

Two years after project announced, what’s left of that world-shattering deal?

Bruce Murphy: CEO pay has risen 940% since 1978

Average worker pay rose just 12%, new study finds.

Bruce Murphy: Flip-flop on mine threatens state waters

Why the sudden change to approve copper-zinc mine? Will it pollute Lake Michigan?

Bruce Murphy: Foxconn’s gift from electric customers

Why are state customers paying $117 million -- or more -- for unneeded power upgrades?

Bruce Murphy: Should Barrett be worried about reelection?

Another easy win seems certain. Which may not be so good for Milwaukee.

Bruce Thompson: The future of Wisconsin gerrymandering

An inexplicable U.S. Supreme Court decision leaves door open for GOP mischief.

Bruce Thompson: Would MPS referendum pass? Should it?

Poll shows city residents support increased funding for MPS, but referendum still faces obstacles.

Caleb Frostman: Expand, update service delivery for job service

With shrinking federal dollars for America's Job Centers, state and local workforce providers will need to embrace new technologies while expanding one-on-one services to job seekers who seek career advancement and training opportunities. Wisconsin can make this transition with collaboration and thoughtful planning.

Casey Hoff: Quintez Cephus acquittal shows dangers of presuming guilt

Although Cephus steadfastly maintained his innocence from day one, Cephus was charged with serious crimes that exposed him to significant prison time, if convicted. Cephus was also suspended from the UW football team and expelled from the university. Cephus’ reputation was trashed, his career was in ruins and his life was effectively destroyed.

Chris Liebenthal: Rest in strength, Jeff Simpson

Cognitive Dissedence writer Jeff Simpson has passed away after a battle with a rare form of cancer.

Christa Westerberg: Abrahamson let the sunshine in

For decades Justice Abrahamson was state Supreme Court’s foremost champion of open records.

Dan O’Donnell: A question of character

Radio host Dan O'Donnell questions Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes' character in the wake of Barnes acknowledging he didn't graduate from college.

Dan O’Donnell: Much ado about something

One of the most tiresome and predictable refrains in the wake of a national tragedy is a call to “do something.” Generally speaking, this nebulous “something” is never clearly defined but nonetheless failure to do it is perceived as unacceptable.

Dan O’Donnell: Sean Duffy and the remaking of Northern Wisconsin

Nearly as combative as President Trump in standing up for his beliefs but infinitely more even-keeled and polite, Duffy was for northern Wisconsin just as transformative a figure as Trump has been nationally.

Dan O’Donnell: A warning sign

According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas in Chicago hit $3.30 on July 30, a staggering 17% higher than the national average of $2.72 per gallon. Drivers across Illinois are now paying an average of $2.99 a gallon.

Dave Cieslewicz: Are debates any way to pick a president?

The value of today’s rapid-fire presidential debates is doubtful.

Dave Cieslewicz: Boomers: stay healthy and productive

American society is growing older, less healthy and less financially secure. So, what’s a boomer to do? Two things come immediately to mind: stay productive and stay (or become) healthy.

Dave Cieslewicz: She is a lineman for the utilities

Evers’ Public Service Commission appointee Rebecca Cameron Valcq sides with big energy.

Dave Zweifel: ‘Journey Toward Justice’ details Carmen Porco’s anti-poverty legacy

To those who work in anti-poverty causes and struggle with the challenges of affordable housing here and throughout the country, Porco's long been a superstar who has blazed a trail that others can only hope to follow.

Dave Zweifel: ‘Boss Vos’: the Legislature’s true bully

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos turns down a request by Rep. Jimmy Anderson, who uses a wheelchair, to phone into some committee hearings.

Dave Zweifel: A still railing-less Camp Randall challenges fans

For a while earlier this year, it appeared that the UW Athletic Department was actually going to yield to the hundreds of complaints and pleas, mostly from older longtime season ticket holders, to install railings before even more people get hurt falling. Instead, the powers-that-be opted to experiment with hand rails.

Dave Zweifel: Evers needs to rethink ban on right-wing media group

It shouldn't require a lawsuit to get Gov. Tony Evers to withdraw his edict to exclude the right-wing MacIver Institute from media events, including press conferences and briefings.

Dave Zweifel: Let’s give GOP legislators a taste of their own medicine

Zweifel writes about an idea a reader shared to raise the bar on votes needed to win an election.

Dave Zweifel: Robin Vos’ ‘quality’ candidates are corporate sellouts

All too many of those "quality" politicians Vos talks about have no mind of their own. Like Republicans in Congress do for Donald Trump they meekly follow the dictates and bizarre stands that Vos and Fitzgerald concoct.

Dave Zweifel: Trump’s gift to his base: return of legalized government murder

The use of legalized government murder has been off the table — with a few exceptions — for more than a decade. The feds stopped using it in 2003 and several states, even those who have the death penalty, have declared moratoriums on its use.

Dave Zweifel: We’re barreling toward a dictatorship of wealth

The U.S. Justice Department has given the thumbs-up to the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, and now all that stands in the way of the two communications giants completing the deal is a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of 13 states, including Wisconsin's.

Dave Zweifel: What ever happened to Madison’s commuter rail concept?

When Scott Walker won the governorship in 2010 and Robin Vos became Assembly speaker, both passenger rail and commuter rail were shoved to the side.

Dave Zweifel: What’s really sad is Ron Johnson’s pandering to Donald Trump

Sadly, Johnson has marched lock-step with his fellow Republicans in providing whatever cover they can for a president who not only knows no decency, but has surrounded himself with what many historians are calling the most corrupt administration in the nation's history.

David Blaska: Gov. Tony Evers is transparent, alright

A conservative publication has filed lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Tony Evers for systematically excluding it from press events, including his administration’s budget press briefing that was open to other journalists.

Dominique Paul Noth: 2018 hangs over 2020 presidential debates

The phantom thread under the presidential debates weaves back to how well the Democrats did in 2018.

Dominique Paul Noth: Even old movies know America better than Trump does

By 1946, returning American veterans confronted the emerging nativism that Trump so typifies in “The Best Years of Our Lives,” from newly observant Hollywood master William Wyler. The encounter then was with an America First boor.

Dominique Paul Noth: Silly America knows the problem and won’t do a thing

The times clearly call for some adjustments, some reckonings that go beyond the slow walk the electorate usually uses to correct itself. But these are not the adjustments we are getting.

Dominique Paul Noth: Throwing a red flag on red flag laws

In a country when so many gun deaths are suicides, red flag laws have proven to help take guns away from people going through obvious trauma, or drinking bouts or opioid distress. There is evidence that taking away the methods of suicide – guns, pills, whatever –deter suicidal folk. But there is little evidence that, outside suicides, red flag laws are more than a drop in the bucket of blood our society endures

Ed Timmons: Occupational licensing reform in Wisconsin should be bipartisan issue

Nationally and across the states, policy-makers from both parties are supporting less burdensome licensure rules.

Emily Skor: Protect Wisconsin farmers and biofuel producers

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. In recent weeks, the nation’s top...

Eugene Kane: The mishaps of Mandela Barnes

Barnes got a lot of negative attention for a series of notable missteps that hurt his general credibility as the second-highest-ranking official in state government.

Gregory Humphrey: Duty first: F-35 jets at Truax

I believe the most compelling reason to support the F-35 jets has to do with our duty as Americans to the larger world.

Gregory Humphrey: Wisconsin needs GOP leadership on gun issues

What this state needs are some Republicans who care more about facts and data regarding gun violence than they do about every election shadow that might emerge within their district.

Gregory L. Schmidt: Yes, it is about the person holding the gun

Trump is right about our need to focus on the person who pulls the trigger, but completely wrong about people with broadly defined mental illness being responsible for gun violence in America.

Howard Marklein: Delete it!

In an effort to clean-up the statutes, Marklein's bill would remove 19 pages by deleting language associated with seven obsolete tax credits and obsolete Illinois income tax reciprocity criteria.

Howard Marklein: Dump your deer right here

Seeking solutions for chronic wasting disease in southwest Wisconsin.

Howard Marklein: Raise the age to purchase and possess tobacco and vaping products to...

Increasing the age to 21 will ensure fewer social access points to the products in high schools, while aligning e-vapor and tobacco products with other adult products, including beer, wine and distilled spirits.

Ike Brannon: Economic impact of UW campuses is overstated

Outside of UW-Madison, the argument that the colleges have huge multiplier effect on communities and the state is nonsensical.

James Rowen: Vos echoes Trump on disabled people

Assembly Speaker’s attitude toward wheel-chair bound legislator is truly Trumpian.

James Rowen: Wisconsin GOP dithers on gun safety

Wisconsin under GOP control loosened or eliminated various pesky controls on weapon possession during the Walker era.

James Wigderson: Conservatives abuse “racist” term, too

Milwaukee County Supervisor Dan Sebring is understandably annoyed at a mural wrap on a county bus sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum. The mural is a student “art” project that is anti-immigration law enforcement. While we should be sympathetic to Sebring's concerns about the insult to law enforcement, the mural is not "racist."

James Wigderson: Lawsuit asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to stop Evers budget vetoes

While Republicans in the state legislature debate behind the scenes whether to try to override some of Governor Tony Evers’ partial vetoes of the state budget, a conservative legal organization is attempting a different tactic to limit the changes made by the governor.

James Wigderson: New report on tax reforms that could spur economic growth

The IRG, led by former Governor Scott Walker, relies upon the experiences of Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kansas, Colorado and Utah to make the case for the reforms.

Janet Bewley: A good thing

Stopping the spread of drugs, be it in Northern Wisconsin or statewide, is not a simple task. No one policy will help curb abuse. But with this budget, our criminal justice system is better equipped to make a difference in people’s lives and that’s a good thing that you might not have read about or heard on the local news.

Janet Bewley: A more complete picture

Legislators do more than what is seen by the public.

Jason Turner: Don’t let pot policy turn Wisconsin into an addiction-for-profit state

A recent column by state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, called commercial pot a “gateway to equity, opportunity, and moving Wisconsin forward.” Such an outlandish statement requires some fact checking.

Jay Heck: Democracy in Wisconsin: Back to the future

Some progress on democracy in Wisconsin requires a look to the past.

Jay Miller: The demise of Illinois’ flat tax

Switching to a progressive income tax structure would drive Illinois even further behind Wisconsin.

Jessie Opoien: It’s time to really start talking in Wisconsin about reducing gun violence

Let’s have a real, meaningful discussion about how to prevent gun violence.

Jessie Opoien: This is the way it is now

I don’t have words of encouragement or hope, only desperation and heartache and fear, only pleading for some small action to change something, because this is the way it is. But this isn’t the way it has to be.

Joe Sanfelippo: The hypocrisy of gun control

Those proposing stricter gun laws that would primarily burden law-abiding citizens are the same people advocating for summarily reducing our prison population and releasing violent criminals back onto our streets.

John Nichols: The once common Republican environmentalist is virtually extinct

Our corrupted American elections may well be the greatest environmental threat facing the planet. But if elections pose a threat, they also offer a possibility.

John Torinus: Wisconsin at center of three-ring political circus

If you enjoy wild and unpredictable politics, you’re going to have a lot of fun as a spectator of a three-ring circus during the build-up to the Wisconsin presidential primary and general elections over the next 14 months.

Jon Erpenbach: Democrats give Republicans a second chance to expand health care

It is time for us to take action, and join 37 states in expanding health care for our residents. Medicaid is not welfare, it is an investment in Wisconsin and in our health care system.

Jon Erpenbach: Governor’s leadership moves Wisconsin forward

While this could be a time for the celebration of bipartisanship, with more Republican power-grabs through undue lawsuits, I guess that’s just another missed opportunity.

Joseph Volk: Tent City a result of public policy

Tent City residents need resources not currently available to them, not destruction of their camp.

Julie Grace and Ken Taylor: Dental therapy would provide access to the many Wisconsinites...

Wisconsin is one of the worst-performing states in the country at providing dental care for disadvantaged kids.

Kelly Ruh: Biden pledges to restart Obama’s war on coal, which will devastate the...

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. During his administration, President Obama started...

LaKeshia Myers: Money answereth all things: Wisconsin’s educational funding landscape

Wisconsin has far too many programs and not enough dollars to equitably operate them all.

LaTonya Johnson: Congress must protect the DSH Program

Program created by President Reagan provides funds to hospitals to offset costs for providing care to the uninsured.

LaTonya Johnson: Expanded background checks will help keep our communities safe

Expanding universal background checks is critical to reducing senseless gun violence.

Lena Taylor: Compete, don’t cheat

To be fair, Republicans and Democrats alike, have benefited from partisan gerrymandering. The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that federal judges have no power to police partisan gerrymandering has opened the door to more shenanigans from legislators seeking to retain control.

Lena Taylor: Housing navigators could help homelessness

The concept of “housing navigators” would be funded in new legislation to assist the homeless to accurately identify resources, locate compatible housing and help individuals complete the applications process.

Libby Sobic and Will Flanders: Study shows federal school discipline policy not working

Top down approaches from the federal government must end and more flexibility for states on important issues like school discipline must be encouraged.

Mark Schug and Scott Niederjohn: Assembly Bill 195 is a good start for teachers...

In an attempt to address perceived teacher shortages, a bipartisan group of state legislators have introduced a bill that would make it easier for qualified teachers from other states to become licensed in Wisconsin. While there may be as many surpluses in the wide array of teaching disciplines as there are shortages, this bill advances a worthwhile reform.

Owen Robinson: Ending the carnage

Mass killings will never be stopped by a government that respects individual liberty, but they can be stopped by a trillion simple acts of kindness.

Owen Robinson: Our rights are not ‘BS’

Gov. Tony Evers is still pushing for the Wisconsin Legislature to pass new gun-control legislation and threatening to call a special session to do so. He went so far as to call people’s concerns over his gun-control measures as “BS,” as if adult deliberation and constitutional considerations are now unwelcome in Madison.

Owen Robinson: Wisconsin needs a CLEAR alert system

The Texas Legislature created an adult alert to cover people between the ages of 18 and 65.

Owen Robinson: Wisconsin’s Democratic rising star

Barnes has a detached relationship with the truth and a penchant for blaming others for his misdeeds.

Patty Schachtner: Clean water a deliberate policy choice

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. In past years, the safety of...

Paul Fanlund: A reflective Gov. Tony Evers ‘pities’ the political cynics

Fanlund and Cap Times Opinion Editor Jessie Opoien interviewed Evers in his state Capitol office this week.

Paul Fanlund: Did Madison do right by Jennifer Cheatham?

Outgoing Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham's experience shows why leading here is so hard.

Paul Fanlund: Here’s how Cap Times Idea Fest fits you

Are you a political junkie? A social justice devotee? A futurist? A fun seeker? Cap Times Idea Fest has got you covered.

Paul Fanlund: Rants by Bernie Sanders about media bias are ludicrous, desperate and echo...

If Bernie’s campaign is destined to drown anyway, he should at least have the decency to not try to yank the reputation of our embattled press under water with him.

Rick Esenberg and Luke Berg: The doublethink of the campus free speech debate

Everyone should have the right to speak without disruption. But no one is entitled to speak without response. Any policy that prohibits disruption must be carefully crafted to protect the right of protest and avoid the sanctioning of protected speech.

Romaine Quinn: All work is meaningful

Opportunities still exist in the trades.

Ryan Owens: Thompson Center podcast with Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz

The Thompson Center's Ryan Owens interviews Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz.

Ryan Owens: Thompson Center podcast with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos

The Thompson Center's Ryan Owens interviews Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

Spencer Black: With the Trump administration, the Endangered Species Act is endangered

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that they are gutting key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. In numerous ways, the changes will drastically limit safeguards for threatened species.

Steven Slack: Jimmy Anderson doesn’t owe Robin Vos an explanation

Inclusion is not frivolous special treatment for which we should have to beg. Inclusion is the minimum a decent society owes us.

Steven Walters: Memo to Capitol leaders on guns

Walters writes a letter to Wisconsin leaders on the state's gun laws.

Tim Size: Immunizing against our culture of contempt

From the left's "basket of deplorables" to the right's "send her back," our public and private spaces have become infected with a culture of contempt.

Tim Slekar: How to stop the teacher exodus

Test-based accountability has destroyed the profession.

Tom Nelson: Let’s ditch Foxconn and pursue real economic growth

It’s been two years since Republican legislators (and a few Dems) bestowed their blessing on former Gov. Scott Walker’s Foxconn deal. Since then, nothing has gone right, and no one should be surprised.

Van Mobley: Trump correct with tariffs on China

Gov. Tony Evers is at best naïve, possibly worse.

Will Flanders: MPS needs to justify referendum before going to voters

As reported this week, a referendum for Milwaukee Public Schools is being discussed by district administrators.

William F. White: Air National Guard adds to the vitality of Dane County Regional...

The presence of the Air National Guard in Madison provides double enhancement of emergency response and fire protection, and the Air National Guard has been a cooperative partner in mitigating the impact of their operations on the community.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ consider the chances Wisconsin will approve medical marijuana

With neighboring states wrestling with siting marijuana dispensaries, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, consider the chances the Wisconsin Legislature will approve medical marijuana. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ debate partisanship and the state Supreme Court

With a new conservative justice in place, the WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen & Chvala, debate partisanship and the state Supreme Court. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss budget issues that could be politically contentious in 2020

While state and national elections are more than a year away, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, consider which budget issues will remain politically...

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss Dem presidential hopefuls’ chances in Wisconsin

With two sets of Democratic candidate debates in hand, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, consider which presidential hopefuls might win Wisconsin's April 2020...

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ grade the GOP majority’s performance so far this year

With the Legislature gearing up for a return to Madison in the fall, the WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen & Chvala, grade the efforts of the GOP majority in the first half of 2019. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.
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