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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.

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?

Bill Kaplan: Trump will be impeached

A political storm, unlike any other, is coming.

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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”