Send submissions to [email protected]. ‘The Insiders’ examine the new dynamic between GOP legislative leaders

The WisOpinion Insiders, Chvala and Jensen, examine the new dynamic between the Republican leaders of the Assembly and Senate.

Paul Fanlund: The ‘uncivil war’ Joe Biden describes is mostly about race

In his inaugural speech, President Joe Biden eloquently condemned racism and nativism and called for an end to America’s “uncivil war.”

Dave Zweifel: Citizen soldiers safeguard transition of power

As I was watching Wednesday's inauguration of President Joe Biden and seeing all those members of the National Guard — 25,000 in all — keeping watch at the U.S. Capitol, I couldn't help but think back to the 1960s when I was a young unit commander in the Wisconsin Army Guard during another time of American turmoil.

Reggie Jackson: The shame of the Trump pardons

Exposing systemic racism in criminal “justice.”

Dan O’Donnell: The Wisconsin Elections Commission is still openly violating Wisconsin election law

In a 5-1 vote—with Republican appointees Dean Knudson and Marge Bostelmann joining the three Democrat appointees—the Commission prevented the deployment of special voting deputies to care facilities for the upcoming spring primary on February 16th.

Matt Kussow: Wisconsin Policy Forum Research Director Jason Stein joins Badgers United’s ‘The Flagship’

Stein provides an in-depth analysis on WPF's study of Wisconsin higher education.

Abbi Debelack: The effect of the pandemic on public school districts in Wisconsin

Nearly 90% of school districts laid off only five or fewer employees as of June. No administrators were laid off.

John Torinus: Timberlake has chops to ramp up vaccinations

It’s up to Timberlake to pull together important players in the supply chain for vaccine and providers who can inject the vaccine. The effort to date has been disjointed at best and mismanaged at worst.

Bruce Murphy: Wage theft ‘rampant’ in state. Will Legislature address problem?

10% of construction workers bilked of $23,500 per year on average.

Scott Coenen: Clean energy is common sense and common ground

Clean energy represents a rare opportunity to identify common sense policy and find common ground politically.

CJ Szafir: Census delay requires Supreme Court original action on redistricting

Under current law, candidates will begin circulating nomination papers for the 2022 fall elections on April 15, 2022. So any redistricting litigation must be resolved prior to April 15, 2022.

Ben Wikler: Trump, Johnson and the GOP have left Biden a mess in Wisconsin

As President Donald Trump leaves office, his central legacy will be the mess he has left for Joe Biden to clean up.

John Kaufman: Lessons from the MAGA madness

After four deplorable years of the Trump administration, it appears our democracy will go on. But many Americans did not, sadly, survive America’s fascination with radical Trumpery.

Angela Lang and Matt Rothschild: A plea to state Republicans

Please stop the lies, stop fueling far-right threats to our democracy.

James Wigderson: Johnson to oppose McConnell if he supports conviction of Trump In Senate

Sen. Ron Johnson is making it clear that he will not support Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate Republican leader if McConnell supports the conviction in the Senate of former President Donald Trump.

M.D. Kittle: No credible threat

Elroy “Roy” Stern was erroneously suspected of planning to “cause problems” on Inauguration Day by an “anonymous” informant. The unnamed tipster’s proof, it seems, is that Stern was at the spring protests against Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide lockdowns, according to an incident report.

Mark Copelovitch, Jon Pevehouse & Jessica Weeks: Substance and framing of Thompson Center’s ‘free speech’ report are questionable

Based on the results of a survey of 530 UW undergraduates, the report issues dire warnings about the state of student support for the First Amendment at UW–Madison, and it calls for policy reform on campus to “address these critical concerns.”

Dan O’Donnell: On policy, Donald Trump was by far the most effective, consequential conservative since Reagan

Trump’s presidency proved that tried-and-true conservative principles of tax cuts and deregulation can dramatically improve the nation’s economy, while his more judicious approach to foreign engagement combined with the aggressive pursuit of more America-centric trade exposed the flaws of Bush-era neo-conservatism.

Jessie Opoien: For Joe Biden’s inauguration, words of hope from Barack Obama 12 years ago

In this winter of our hardship, let us remember Barack Obama’s timeless words: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

Dave Zweifel: Johnson, Fitzgerald and Tiffany must be held to account for fueling an insurrection

Even after the stunning and deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, they continued to carry water for Trump's lies that the election was somehow stolen from him, inciting a crazed political base that is still attempting to overthrow an American election — if not the entire government.

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