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Paul Fanlund: Republicans wage war; Democrats fret about optics

The Democratic Party needs leaders who can at once match the GOP’s politics-as-war tactical acumen while not painting the entire Republican Party as vile and corrupt.

Bill Kaplan: Trump to rural Wisconsin, drop dead

Wisconsin farmers are reeling from retaliatory tariffs on dairy products, corn, cranberries, ginseng, kidney beans and soybeans, as well as beef and pork. The resultant economic fallout will pulverize rural towns.

Dominique Paul Noth: Why hasn’t public outrage jumped on Trump?

Rudy Giuliani’s announced and then canceled trip to Ukraine to encourage that government to find dirt on Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s only surviving son, proved too obviously low for even Trump’s senior advisers – but only after pronounced criticism from both parties.

Scott Walker: Who wants to live in a country that can block free speech?

Presently, with the actions in Venezuela, we have yet another reason not to nationalize the deployment of 5G technology. Competition ensures that people will have multiple options for their cellular and Internet services. And it ensures that access to those technologies can never be blocked from one source.

Barbara Dittrich: Why now is the time for legislators to stand for life

In an era where the unthinkable becomes reality, now is the time for the Wisconsin legislature to be proactive.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ debate the JFC nixing Evers’ budget priorities

After the GOP-run Joint Finance Committee stripped out Dem Gov. Tony Evers' budget priorities, WisOpinion Insiders Chvala & Jensen analyze the politics behind the story. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

Matthew Rothschild: Wisconsin GOP unresponsive to voters

On May 9, the GOP-dominated Joint Finance Committee disregarded the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites on a number of crucial items in Evers’s budget.

Dave Zweifel: Wisconsin Army National Guard must reform its sexual assault response system

The Wisconsin Guard has to reexamine its procedures, institute better training for commanders and officers on what to look for and establish a support system that can restore a soldier's self-esteem.

Brad Pfaff: Research and innovation key to Wisconsin dairy’s future

In dairy, the only thing we know for certain is that the industry will continue to change. Research and innovation are key to navigating that change and setting the course for the future.

Van Mobley: The irony of Trump’s tariffs

If viewed from a long-term perspective Trump’s tariffs represent a successful conclusion, not the failure, of trade talks with China.

Robyn Vining: GOP prefers the special interest budget, not the people’s budget

I urge our communities to keep contacting their legislators to let them know that the people want Medicaid expansion and the people want a budget that’s for them.

Ryan Berg: Courage as a modern virtue

Rather than demand safe spaces and PC, exhibit mental toughness and focus on how to disagree better.

Dem JFC members: Wisconsin needs a people’s budget

Polls, public hearings show support for more K-12 education funding, Medicaid expansion, medical pot.

Patrick Testin: ‘Shield the Vulnerable Act’ seeks to end discriminatory abortion

I would hope that people from all walks of life can come together against using abortion as a tool of discrimination.

Bruce Thompson: Is state a leader in ‘economic freedom’?

So says a Cato Institute report. There’s reason to doubt this.