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Dave Zweifel: Being ‘pro-life’ is meaningless if it doesn’t extend past birth

For sure, there are many abortion foes who sincerely believe that to abort a fetus is an intolerable sin. But, also for sure, there's a vast swath of so-called "pro-life" advocates and lawmakers who are nothing but hypocrites.

Bruce Murphy: The incredible shrinking Foxconn plant

New specs show its vastly smaller than the original plan. And not the LCD plant promised.

Dan O’Donnell: The hard bigotry of no expectations

Marquette University announced that it will no longer require prospective students to submit SAT and/or ACT scores as part of their applications.

Chris Walker: The pride flag flies over the Capitol — and Republicans lose their...

State Republicans don't actually care about so-called 'divisive' flags — they just want something to rile their bases.

Sean Duffy and Kathleen M. Schmainda: Stop funding research using fetal tissue from abortions

Besides the ethical problems with selling body parts from aborted children, research using those body parts has never led to a single successful clinical treatment despite decades of trying.

Cameron Sholty: Barnes’ uncomfortable joke about marijuana worth discussion, not offense

It’s time Republicans and conservatives have a conversation among themselves and in their communities, not just about cannabis policy, but also about alcohol, drunk driving and criminal justice reform. And if Barnes’ dumb joke is the impetus for those conversations, I’m certain that’s a good thing.

John Nichols: Justice Shirley Abrahamson set the record straight

I came of age in a family that revered former Chief Justice Edward George Ryan, so I was a bit surprised when former Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who was also revered in my family, raised an eyebrow as we considered the bust of her predecessor on a summer afternoon many years ago. Abrahamson recalled when Lavinia Goodell, the first woman admitted to practice law in Wisconsin, applied in 1876 for permission to argue cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Ryan rejected her — and all women. He argued that allowing women to practice law would be a “departure from the order of nature.”

James Wigderson: JFC budget motion could kill wedding barn industry

When the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee wraps up their budget work this week, they are likely to consider a “999 motion” that will contain a plethora of last-minute provisions for special interests to be snuck into the budget. One of those provisions could be a sop to the Wisconsin Tavern League who are out to destroy what they see as competition from Agricultural Event Venues, commonly referred to as “wedding barns.”

Jessie Opoien: Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage ended five years ago, but the magic...

On June 6, 2014, Declaring it a matter of “liberty and equality,” U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban, which voters had approved as a constitutional amendment in 2006, making Wisconsin the 21st state to allow same-sex marriage.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ review the JFC Republicans’ UW System budget plan

As the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee works through the budget, the WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, offer mixed reviews on the committee's budget plan for the UW System. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

Dave Zweifel: CEO pay skyrockets while the rest of us are left behind

According to the New York Times, the median of the 200 top chief executives received compensation totaling $18.6 million in 2018, up about 6.3 percent from the year before — roughly twice the increase the average working stiff received during this "roaring economy." Interestingly, economists and the Trump government call the 3.2 percent hike in ordinary wages last year "robust."

Kelly Ruh: If the “bad” economic news is that American workers have it too...

When the worst economic news out there is that workers are becoming more valuable as companies compete for their services, you know we’re in a darn good place.

Andrea Kaminski: Why Wisconsin needs Medicaid expansion — and why opponents are wrong

Here are five reasons why Wisconsin should accept the federal funding for Medicaid expansion.