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Bill Kaplan: Johnson and vaping vs. kids

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, ignoring doctors and public health, lobbied Trump for a public relations regulation of vaping.

Tom Tiffany: The Badger State is back in business

Wisconsin is playing a leading role in the Great American Comeback taking place under President Donald Trump.

Dave Zweifel: Barr is not above political charades

It doesn't require a stretch of the imagination to visualize Trump and Barr making a deal: Barr can claim Trump is making it impossible for him to do his job, the president can push back and after a couple of days, everything returns to normal —with Barr temporarily saving face, but doing Trump's bidding as he's done all along.

Casey Hoff: Cassie Nygren sentencing highlights power, cruelty of addiction

By all accounts, the sentencing hearing was incredibly sad, not only because of the focus on the tragic death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, but also because of the tragedy of Nygren’s story that culminated in a lengthy prison sentence and the reality that her own young child will grow up without his mother.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ analyze key races following Tuesday’s primary

With results in hand from the February primary, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, look ahead to the Supreme Court race, Milwaukee-area contests, and the Dem presidential primary on April 7. Sponsored by Michael Best Strategies and the Wisconsin Counties Association.
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‘Meeting in Middle America’ featuring Reps. Vining & Neylon

"Meeting in Middle America," with Steven Olikara, founder and president of the Millennial Action Project, features host Steven Olikara interviewing millennial Wisconsin legislators Rep. Robyn Vining, D-Wauwatosa, and Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, about recent meetings aimed at bridging political differences to improve the Wisconsin economy, each legislator's personal history, and issues important to younger voters.

Paul Fanlund: Will we repeat the false equivalency nightmare of 2016?

For those who suffer every day from Donald Trump’s influence on our once recognizable nation, there is this solace. Trump appears even more miserable than we are. That was my central takeaway from the meticulous chronological account of his presidency by a pair of Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporters. Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker talked to more than 200 sources for their book, “A Very Stable Genius,” playing off Trump’s revealing self-description.

Dave Zweifel: When will Republicans learn how to manage the state’s money?

Rather than use a larger than expected surplus to restore some of the funding they took away from Wisconsin public schools during Scott Walker's reign, they decided to give $250 million back to the taxpayers who, they insisted, would know better how to spend the money than the government.

Howard Marklein: 22 Marklein bills receive votes, 8 move to the governor

The State Senate and the Assembly were both in session this week. Collectively, we considered 236 legislative proposals related to topics that span the...

Robert Kasten: Wisconsin is the heart of the ‘Blue Collar Boom’

If there was one thing that the voters who flipped Wisconsin for Donald Trump in 2016 were hoping for above all else, it would be the "Blue Collar Boom" the president heralded at his State of the Union address.

WisOpinion Poll: Who will win the Wisconsin Supreme Court race?

Conservative Justice Daniel Kelly and liberal Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky advance to the April 7 general election to decide a 10-year term on...

Bruce Murphy: 14 election winners, losers

Beyond the ballot totals, behind the scenes, who were the other election winners and losers?

James Rowen: Karofsky vs. Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court has added importance

A Karofsky win could bode well for Democrats retaking the state from Republicans, and Trump, in November.

Jim Steineke: It’s your money

While Democrats in Madison and around the country are clammoring for ways to spend more and more of your hard-earned money and expand the scope of government, my Republican colleagues are committed to returning this surplus back to where it came – the taxpayer.

Katherine Loughead: Wisconsin considers standard deduction increase, TPP tax reduction

Reducing reliance on TPP taxes would be a pro-growth improvement, and increasing the standard deduction would provide targeted tax relief to low- and middle-income earners.
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