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Alan Talaga: The NIMBY test, How to honor neighborhood activism

Increasingly, however, I’ve seen the NIMBY label weaponized as a blanket term for all neighborhood activism. Under this overly simplistic narrative, concerns ranging from the trivial to the serious get lumped together. Any community opposition, no matter the issue, is written off as stubborn interference.

Bill Berry: ‘Big hogs’ are pushing around our smaller ag producers

People with more than a passing knowledge of farming know CAFOs are actually cutting the bottom out from under smaller producers who can’t compete. Making liberal standards for new and expanded CAFOs isn’t going help small- and medium-sized producers. It can only hurt them.

Bill Kaplan: Affordable Care Act premiums down

The ACA works well; millions are covered. Premiums are down nationally and in Wisconsin.

Bill Kaplan: Down the rabbit hole with Johnson

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. Last week, the GOP-led Senate Intelligence...

Bill Kaplan: Ending Medicaid expansion gridlock

Let’s reframe and reset the debate and move Wisconsin Medicaid expansion forward.

Bill Kaplan: Trump will be impeached

A political storm, unlike any other, is coming.

Bill Lueders: Evers can do better on openness

The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com. Early in his administration, Wisconsin Gov....

Bill Osmulski: National spotlight leads to audit request of Public Finance Authority

State lawmakers are demanding an audit of Wisconsin’s Public Finance Authority following a report in the Wall Street Journal that it is responsible for selling the riskiest municipal bonds in the country.

Book excerpt: Bud Selig, ‘For the Good of the Game’

In this excerpt from his memoir, "For the Good of the Game," the ex-MLB Commissioner Bud Selig recounts the political struggles to get financial help to build a new Brewers ballpark in the mid-1990s.

Book excerpt: Tim Cullen: ‘Disassembled: A Native Son on Janesville and General Motors’

The following is an excerpt from "Disassembled: A Native Son on Janesville and General Motors – a Story of Grit, Race, Gender and Wishful Thinking and What it Means for America," written by former Janesville Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen and edited by Doug Moe. The book can be purchased here

Bruce Murphy: Business leader blasts Milwaukee Common Council on Strauss deal

Hamilton and council members are to blame for losing hundreds of jobs, Sheehy says.

Bruce Murphy: What Walker cost Wisconsin

New report shows big decline in federal aid for state while he was governor.

Bruce Murphy: Who lost the Strauss Brands deal?

State Sen. Lena Taylor helped kill a deal bringing hundreds of jobs to depressed Century City area.

Bruce Murphy: Who will run for Milwaukee County executive?

The list is long and could get longer. Handicapping the favorites.

Bruce Thompson: Do ‘checkoff groups’ help or hurt family dairy farms?

Federally-required agricultural promotion organizations may not benefit small dairy farms.

Bruce Thompson: What’s causing decline in insured children?

Health insurance for kids declined in some states including Wisconsin under Walker. Why?

Caleb Frostman: Successful workforce recruitment, retention starts with pay, benefits

Wisconsin companies finding success are doing so by providing strong wages and benefits, prioritizing inclusivity, which expands their candidate pool, and addressing barriers to employment such as housing and transportation when possible.

Casey Hoff: School security guard fired for N-word shows absurdity of zero-tolerance policies

The problem with many zero-tolerance policies is that they fail to account for the context, motive, intent and circumstances of any given situation; and thus, can lead to absurd results.

Chet Thompson: Biofuel mandates put Wisconsin jobs, votes at risk

The president would be well-served to recognize that increasing biofuel volumes to appease ethanol interests would undermine the very communities at the center of his "America First" and "Energy Dominance" agendas.

Chris Rochester: Gov. Evers’ task force should avoid drug-depriving decisions

Should a government body have the power to decide if a drug or treatment is too expensive for a sick patient?

Chris Walker: Thoughts on the Marquette Law School Poll’s October findings on impeachment

A majority of Wisconsinites show that they don't know some of the most important parts about the impeachment proceedings — demonstrating that lack of support for impeachment is based on a lack of data.

CJ Szafir and Libby Sobic: Elizabeth Warren has a plan to hurt Wisconsin schools

If elected president, Warren would wield her executive power authority to direct the federal government’s involvement into nearly every classroom in the country resulting in more mandates on Wisconsin’s public schools.

Dan O’Donnell: Bull session

In a divided government, there are two ways to lead: With an outstretched hand or a cocked fist; as a hopeful dealmaker or as a jaded partisan. Governor Evers has once again chosen the latter, and in so doing has thrown away any hope of compromise with the Wisconsin Legislature for a chance at politically embarrassing it.

Dan O’Donnell: Governor Evers’ tangled web

Either he can admit that he lied about when state law required him to hold that special election or he can admit that his Administration was too incompetent to read applicable federal law before issuing his executive order.

Dan O’Donnell: Milwaukee’s caporegime

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is sounding an awful lot like The Godfather’s Tom Hagen these days as he tries to pressure both the State Legislature and Milwaukee County voters to approve a sales tax increase next spring.

Dan O’Donnell: Misappropriation

It’s a modern Halloween tradition as predictable as trick-or-treating and bobbing of apples: Mandatory outrage over supposed cultural appropriation in costumes.

Daniel Riemer: Milwaukee County needs a bold vision

Creative leadership could save money, pay for more services.

Danielle Endvick: As Perdue rips open rural America’s wounds, farmers get fired up

In an Oct. 1 meeting with reporters at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tied the current dairy crisis to economies of scale, telling reporters, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.” It might have been refreshing to hear a politician speak so plainly, had the line not been so apathetic that it hit the attending farmers like a kick in the guts.

Dave Cieslewicz: Can disaster be avoided?

Now is the time for centrist Democrats who want to defeat Donald Trump to move on from Joe Biden so that either Amy Klobuchar or Pete Buttigieg have some chance at winning the nomination.

Dave Cieslewicz: Will the wheel tax roll?

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is proposing a $40 wheel tax on car registrations in order to fund her transit plans and plug holes in her overall budget.

Dave Zweifel: Corporate thirst for tax breaks is unquenchable

To put it bluntly, it's nothing less than extortion.

Dave Zweifel: Growing income inequality divides our nation

The gap between the haves and have-nots in the U.S. grew to its largest level in more than 50 years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.

Dave Zweifel: Kudos to Josh Kaul for fighting Trump’s attacks on consumer protection

Kaul announced that Wisconsin was joining a coalition of 28 other attorneys general to push back on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's astonishing new debt collection rules.

Dave Zweifel: Opponents of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line aren’t giving up — and they...

The Iowa County Board voted 14-2 earlier this month to spend up to $50,000 to join a court challenge to the PSC decision that effectively thumbed its nose at more than 1,000 citizens who pleaded with the commissioners to deny the American Transmission Company permission to construct the 120-mile-long line.

Dave Zweifel: Passenger rail was once a bipartisan goal

Wisconsin Public Radio recently launched a new podcast series it calls "Derailed," revisiting how Wisconsin blew its best chance to expand passenger rail service in the state.

Dave Zweifel: Perdue has no respect for Wisconsin’s farmers

During a news conference on the Expo grounds, the biggest gathering of dairy farmers and suppliers in the world, Perdue said, "In America, the big get bigger and the small go out." And if that wasn't enough of a downer to those who had banked on a Trump administration to provide some help, Perdue added that in America, no small business should expect a guaranteed income or a profit.

Dave Zweifel: Tom Tiffany would fit right in with Trump cronies in Congress

The Republican state senator, often referred to as Wisconsin's most anti-environment legislator, is running for the 7th Congressional District seat recently vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy.

Dave Zweifel: We can see right through Donald Trump’s ‘tough guy’ shtick

Name-calling and character assassination don't cut it where the really tough are needed.

Dave Zweifel: Wisconsin Republicans are letting gun violence continue unfettered

The response by the Wisconsin Legislature's two Republican leaders, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' call for a special session to consider two gun safety laws is nothing short of pathetic.

David Ahrens: Why I oppose a $40 vehicle registration fee in Madison

This is a highly regressive tax that would be levied on a household necessity without regard to income.

David Blaska: Madison has been triggered!

Koval's resignation Sunday was a siren in the night alerting others to take up his battle with the cop-bashers.

David C. Couper: A note to Madison from a former police chief

An enormous task is before you: to provide a leader for your police department who thoroughly understands and is to show he or she can lead community-oriented policing department-wide, sees the community as an ally, is well-educated, trained, experienced, respectful to everyone and understands the use of physical force by police is a sacred and public trust.

Doug La Follette: Trump administration’s environmental actions hurt wildlife and hunting in Wisconsin

At a time at which climate change is threatening the niches of thousands of Wisconsin species, at which invasive species are posing increased harm to our ecosystems, at which animal diseases are still spreading throughout the state, we should be doubling down on our efforts to protect wildlife, not tearing down our efforts.

Eric Bott: PRO Act threatens a decade’s worth of progress, protection for Wisconsin’s workers

Not only would the Protecting the Right to Organize Act undermine protections for Wisconsin workers, it would jeopardize the Badger State’s aforementioned economic growth.

Francis Wilkinson: Democrats face their fears in Wisconsin

The Midwest shows that Trump’s vote could actually grow in 2020.

Gregory Humphrey: Two thumbs up for Madison wheel tax

Every mature voter knows there is a need to enhance revenues if we are to meet the needs of the citizenry. An honest approach making it clear that streets and roads must have more funds, so they can be serviced adequately, should not be politically risky in this city.

Gregory Humphrey: Wisconsin needs gun storage laws

Gross negligence in the storage of guns must have a legal price associated with it. Too few states have legislation with teeth to insure that children are protected.

Gregory Humphrey: Wisconsin schools and cursive writing

Students should be expected to read diaries, journals, letters of their loved ones and original historical documents throughout their education. To achieve that end they must be schooled in cursive writing.

Howard Marklein: Wisconsin: Dairy superpower

The Joint Finance Committee approved the plan and funding for the Dairy Innovation Hub at the University of Wisconsin.

Jacob Stampen: Consider the source

WILL and other elements of the Koch Machine are free to broadcast whatever propaganda they want, but the Fourth Estate should look beneath the surface and beyond “he says she says" reporting to help people understand what is really going on.

James Rowen: This Halloween, Sean Duffy is sporting his Joe McCarthy mask

While U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is definitely Trump's Wisconsin bullpen ace, former log-rolling champion, reality TV show personality and ex-GOP Congressman Sean Duffy is a late-season call-up who could throw an inning or two.

James Rowen: WI GOP and rightist allies push ahead on permanent, one-party state

There are more signs that the right's goal in Wisconsin is to harden GOP rule and keep our swing state's electoral votes reliably Republican and permanently maintain Wisconsin as a low-wage, pro-polluter, one-percenters' playground with an intentionally-weak and underfunded public sector.

James Wigderson: Evers’ ridiculous 7th CD special election plan

When Republicans tried playing with the election dates of the Democratic Presidential Primary Election, Democrats (and their accomplices in the state media) cried foul. But Evers’ playing with the election date of the special election, at some cost to local municipalities, has so far been met with silence.

James Wigderson: The blue scary thing in your kid’s trick or treat bag

In an email to his constituents on Thursday, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, broke the bad news: the new Blue Books are ready.

Jay Miller: No need for state-run student loan refinancing

Over 180 credit unions and banks across Wisconsin already offer student loan refinancing products and/or student loans.

Jeff Smith: Wisconsin’s dairy crisis doesn’t stop at the farmer’s doorstep

There’s no shortage of good ideas, but we can do more. There’s too much at stake to tell dairy farmers to “get big or go out.”

Jessie Opoien: Mwangi Vasser deserves the second chance Tony Evers gave him, and he...

Less than six months after taking office, Evers reinstated the pardon board — opening a door for Vasser and others like him.

Jessie Opoien: When proposals with 80% support can’t get a hearing in the Wisconsin...

Is it too much to ask that our state’s deliberative body of government actually engage in some deliberation? Evidently, when it comes to gun laws, the answer is yes.

John Imes: VERGE 19 conference and expo looks at ways to accelerate the clean...

Wisconsin Environmental Initiative Executive Director John Imes shares his experiences at the VERGE 19 conference and expo in Oakland, California.

John Nichols: Democrats need to hold single-issue debate on war, peace and militarism

Instead of anecdotal discussions that touch on a past vote or the latest crisis created by President Trump, Democrats need to have a full and robust debate on these issues.

John Nichols: Trump and Perdue couldn’t care less about rural Wisconsin

Clearly, the future of the family-owned dairy farm is not a concern of Perdue; just as clearly, the future of rural America is not a concern of the trade-war-obsessed Trump administration.

John Nichols: Why is Scott Fitzgerald running for Congress if he doesn’t like legislating?

Evers has still been able to outmaneuver Fitzgerald and Vos, especially on budget issues. And now, the governor is calling for a special session to consider ways to promote public safety, but Fitzgerald’s response is simply to say “no.”

John Torinus: Johnson mired in Trump’s swamp

Johnson attacks FBI, CIA, and the whistleblower to defend Trump.

Jon Erpenbach: Democrats’ legislative priorities will move Wisconsin ‘Forward Together’

Democrats are listening to the will of the people, and basing our plans on priorities that will improve lives.

Jon Erpenbach: Everyone in Wisconsin deserves clean drinking water

Every Wisconsinite should be able to drink water from their tap, but for a lot of people, that is not the reality.

Jonathan Brostoff: Let’s talk honestly about suicide

More than 50% are committed with guns. As a teen I could have been one of those statistics.

Jonathan Brostoff: Who’s afraid of occupational licensing?

Who’s (still) afraid of occupational licensing? It appears that, yet again, the answer is right-wing organizations and their Republican allies in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Julie Doyle: The CARES Act: Crucial to Wisconsin healthcare

Simplifying, standardizing, and modernizing PA practice authority in Wisconsin will increase the number of PAs in the state and help us to close the gap created by the provider shortage. The CARES Act is crucial to meeting that goal.

Julie Grace: Adjusting the occupational licensure mindset

Creating a license for public insurance adjusters is not necessary in Wisconsin

Katherine Loughead: Wisconsin should consider using some of its surplus revenue for expensing reform

One especially pro-growth reform would be to conform to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 168(k), which allows investments in short-lived assets (machinery and equipment) to be fully claimed as an expense in the first year, rather than incrementally over the depreciable life of the asset.

Ken Wysocky: Opportunity Zones stray from original intent

‘Rich people shouldn’t be the beneficiaries’ of a federal program that gives investors tax breaks to help disadvantaged areas, critics say.

Kevyn Burger: Taking a bite out of the dental care access problem

Dental therapists in Minnesota help more low-income kids and adults get the oral care they need.

Kevyn Burger: Where dental therapy is longer in the tooth

When its Legislature authorized dental therapists a decade ago, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to license dental therapists. It’s a profession that is new to the US but is common elsewhere in the world.

Lena C. Taylor: Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln announced, on September 22, 1862, that if the rebels did not end the fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would be freed as punishment. The Confederacy did not rejoin the Union and that is how we got the second Emancipation Proclamation.

Margaret Krome: Incentives would help drive more people toward solar energy

Whereas many states offer tax incentives for solar, the policies that have propelled Europe and a few states in this country into higher solar use are incentives based on installations’ energy productivity. The combination of tax and production-based incentives create a faster payback period.

Masood Akhtar and Mike McCabe: 12 steps to strike hate at its roots

Hate and the violence it frequently produces is an illness, not unlike alcoholism. Twelve steps can get us to wellness.

Mike Brown: 3 ways lawmakers can rein in Wisconsin’s student loan debt problem

Regardless of where students attend school in Wisconsin, these high debt loads will have a significant impact on their lives after graduation, and more should be done by Wisconsin politicians to help reduce student debt in the state so that young Wisconsinites aren’t struggling with repayment.

Mike Browne: Donald Trump’s man in Ukraine

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has bumbled his way into center of impeachment investigation.

Mike Nichols: Legislators in lockstep

Election reforms that are designed to wrest control from the major parties and to fix political dysfunction are gaining support.

Mitch Hoyt: Digital tools help small businesses compete

Running a small business is extremely difficult, and new digital small business tools have made it easier for me and for many others. The last thing we want is our elected officials to make our businesses or our lives any more difficult, but I’m afraid that will be the result of overregulation of the digital economy.

Nicholas Olson: Wisconsinites with disabilities have the right talent, right now

October marks the annual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This month is a chance to celebrate job seekers with disabilities who are striving to work, and employers who are recruiting talented employees with disabilities.

Noah Wall and Quinn Anderson: To win Wisconsin, Republicans must be clear about what...

According to the latest Fox News poll, 55 percent of Wisconsin voters are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. If Republicans are going to win this election cycle, they have to address the issues that matter most to Wisconsin voters.

Ola Lisowski: Our Wisconsin: The education crisis

With just 19% of MPS students proficient in math and 16.5% in English language arts, what changes will the district make to improve student achievement?

Ola Lisowski: Wisconsin taxpayers rejoice: $13.1 billion in tax relief since 2011

The Republican-led state Legislature has long championed pro-growth tax reform.

Paul Fanlund: Madison’s next police chief will face a heavy lift

Can whoever succeeds Koval as Madison police chief succeed in a city so prone to criticism?

Paul Fanlund: My hometown — Rockford — still fights the good fight after all...

Often maligned, Rockford, Illinois is the subject of a whimsical new book. The city delivers its civic boosterism with passion and good humor.

Paul Fanlund: Proof that Wisconsin still values public education

It’s heartening to realize that all of Wisconsin apparently still cares mightily about the quality of local public education. Which, to me, hadn’t always been clear.

Paul Fanlund: Reflecting on wrenching, defining images of our times

The Capital Times' Paul Fanlund writes about an exhibit featuring 80 Pulitzer-winning images at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

Robert Sander: Why I support medical aid in dying as an option for terminally...

Few decisions are more important to terminally ill, mentally capable people than deciding on what terms they will leave this life.

Rohn Bishop: Saving taxpayers millions with 130 words

Many municipalities across our state require just one type of piping material, ductile iron, for water infrastructure projects. By restricting the materials that can be used, these local governments are creating monopolies, driving material costs through the roof.

Ron Johnson: We need answers to questions mainstream media won’t ask about Democrats

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which I chair, started investigating the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal in March 2015. ... The information we have obtained only heightens my suspicions that there was corrupt behavior occurring within the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition.

Ruth Conniff: Mass distraction

State GOP leaders mislead as they fight gun control efforts.

Ryan Owens: Thompson Center podcast with UW-Madison professor Kenneth Mayer

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens discusses the latest news relating to the impeachment inquiry with UW-Madison professor Kenneth Mayer.

Sonny Perdue: Wisconsin farmers need Congress to pass the USMCA

Under the leadership of President Trump, we’re working to address systemic trade imbalances that have hurt the agricultural sector.

Stan Milam: Deterrence doesn’t work on drunken drivers

Multiple DUI convictions demonstrate that laws imposing tougher penalties do not deter drunken driving. It is encouraging to hear Sen. Alberta Darling report that treatment, diversion programs and other alternatives are being expanded. They provide a possible cure to the root cause of drunken driving.

Steven Walters: Mortgage crisis hit African Americans and Hispanics hardest

Drop in homeownership among African-Americans and Hispanics underlines an affordable housing crisis since the Great Recession.

Tom Tiffany and Dan Knodl: Convention of states needed to solve federal budget crisis

The Convention of States resolution that’s before the legislature would curb the federal government’s ability to spend recklessly, impose term limits on politicians who seem to get too comfortable on Capitol Hill, and reassert our 10th Amendment states’ rights.

Tony Evers: What’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state

It’s time to get serious about investing in our kids, our schools and our educators, because what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss Evers having to reschedule the 7th CD special election

The WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen & Chvala, discuss Gov. Tony Evers' muffed call for a special election to fill the northern 7th Congressional District seat once held by Republican Sean Duffy. Evers is now looking at new dates to satisfy federal law. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss Evers’ call for action on gun violence

Amid national concern about mass shootings, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala & Jensen, consider how the GOP-run Wisconsin Legislature will respond to Gov. Tony Evers' call for action against gun violence.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss the impeachment inquiry’s impact on Wisconsin politics

As majority Democrats in the U. S. House of Representatives conduct their impeachment inquiry, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, weigh in on the political impact in Wisconsin. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ discuss the race to succeed Sensenbrenner

With Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, a leading candidate next year for Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, consider other candidates and scenarios in the race to succeed outgoing GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.
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