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Wisconsin Examiner turns one month old

My oldest daughter, Lily, turned 18 at the end of July while on a canoe trip in the Canadian Arctic all summer. This week,...

Evers bows to WMC

Gov. Tony Evers bowed down to the biggest business lobby in Wisconsin yesterday. In a speech to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which spent more than...

Avoid taking a swig of this water SWIGG study shows lawmakers...

There is abundant evidence that Southwest Wisconsin has concerning levels of drinking water contamination. In early August, researchers conducting the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater & Geology...

Democracy in Wisconsin: Back to the Future Some progress on democracy...

When I became the director of Common Cause in Wisconsin in 1996, this state was still very much one of the bright lights in...

How to stop the teacher exodus 

It’s time to expose the myth of the teacher shortage. The conditions in today’s classrooms and the ridiculous education policies are responsible for a...

UW Response to White Nationalism: Threaten Students Protesting Hate Board of...

White nationalism is on the rise and the University of Wisconsin System is poised to do something about it--by threatening to expel students who...

Words far beyond dog whistle fertilize hate Waking up as a...

If you’re human and not numbed by the horrifying repetition, each mass shooting stirs some measure of outrage and empathy. If the mass shooting...

Milk: Too Much of a Good Thing To fix the dairy...

Our cup runneth over. In 2018 Wisconsin dairy farmers produced a record 30.6 billion pounds of milk. That’s billion with a “b.” We’ve been...

Thumbs up for McCain’s thumbs down

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was many things, and very different things to different people. His legacy is complicated, whatever your politics or your feelings...

Don’t divert our Great Lakes

In 2018, citizens around the Great Lakes Basin celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Great Lakes Compact, a landmark piece of legislation that protects...
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