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Rusty Cunningham: Your right to know: Keep public notices in print

For more than two centuries, governments in this country have paid newspapers to publish public notices about the actions of government. But now, Wisconsin state legislators are circulating a pair of bills, AB70 and SB42, that aim to take public notices out of newspapers and put them instead on government websites.

Todd Novak: The publishing of public notices

As a local and state government official, I want the public to have as much information as possible. It doesn’t matter if they gather their information from a government website or if they read it in the public notice section of the local newspaper. In many areas of the state, newspapers are the lifeblood of a community and sometimes the only convenient source of information.

Todd Berry: Lottery advertising: You be the judge. Or the statistician.

Wisconsin state budget bills are usually 1,000 or more pages in length and contain many small items that receive little or no attention. That is not to say, however, that serious questions cannot arise from the minutiae.
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Bruce Murphy: Wisconsin is the Rust Belt’s global trade winner

Trump’s protectionist trade policies will hurt state far more than others.

Michael Horne: Two tall men duel over schools

Evers and Holtz square off in superintendent's race; sparks fly both ways.

Kathleen Vinehout: More funding for local roads needed

In 38 counties only 5% of local roads are rated “good.”

Dave Zweifel: Only some constituents count with Jim Sensenbrenner

"I won by 146,000 votes," he boasted to the New York Times. "I represent the majority. Now, they're a vocal minority," referring to the crowds at the town hall meetings. And of course Republican stalwarts like Jim Sensenbrenner couldn't possibly think that those constituents are worth representing.

Mitch Henck: Best speech Donald Trump ever gave?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck says President Donald Trump behaved in his Tuesday speech to Congress.

Spencer Black: Trump administration takes the cake on presidential impropriety

Move over Ulysses Grant and the Crédit Mobilier scandal. Step aside Warren Harding and the Teapot Dome imbroglio. In just a few weeks, Donald Trump has you both beat when it comes to presidential financial impropriety.

Buzz Davis: Wars do not beget peace — Trump throws another $54 billion at...

On Nov. 6, 2018 we will elect a new Congress (all the House members and 33 senators will be up for election.) Is it time to throw the bums out, keep the few good ones and start turning America into a Nation of peace builders and turn our backs on war mongering?

Steven Walters: Evers, Holtz, offer real clash on issues

Incumbent state superintendent and challenger have fierce disagreements.

Robin Vos: Federalism: This pillar of our past should be a building block for...

Our country needs to return to its federalist roots and allow states more power to innovate without unfunded mandates and federal regulations that have impeded the path of prosperity for far too long.

Tammy Baldwin: Workers need Buy America commitment

American manufacturers and steel workers, like the men and women who work at Neenah Foundry, today help build our nation’s water infrastructure and they deserve a solid commitment from the president and Congress on a strong Buy America standard that rewards their hard work.

Jerry Bader: How does Trump’s war with the media end?

It could end badly for the president.
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Mark Pisch: Trump raises stakes for press, public

As law professors RonNell Andersen Jones and Sonja R. West recently wrote in The New York Times, while the First Amendment prohibits government censorship and offers protection against lawsuits, journalists have few constitutional rights to government documents and sources, or from being maligned by people in power. Trump, they noted, appears set on blowing up the “mutually dependent” relationships the White House press corps has had with presidential administrations from both parties.
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