Commentary

Gerrymandered district rendered on a brick wall

G.O.P plans emphasize partisan control, not fairness, just as in 2011

BY: - October 22, 2021

Late Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders opted to release their secretly-drawn state legislative and congressional district maps for the next decade just hours after the People’s Maps Commission released revised voting maps, originally released on September 30th, but revised to reflect the significant public input and reaction to the PMC draft plans. The timing of the release […]

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Stop the GOP re-rigging of our maps

BY: - October 21, 2021

On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu unveiled the new maps they’ve cooked up to keep themselves in power for another 10 years. And the new maps look a lot like the old maps from 2011, when the Republicans engaged in one of the worst gerrymanders in modern American history. […]

Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi

Republicans torpedo debate on voting rights in dangerous moment for democracy 

BY: - October 21, 2021

When Senate Republicans voted unanimously to block debate on the Freedom to Vote Act on Wednesday, they fulfilled Mitch McConnell’s “hope and anticipation” that not a single GOP senator would break ranks — ensuring that a measure protecting voting rights and secure elections, increasing campaign finance transparency and cracking down on partisan gerrymandering would not […]

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We are losing the values good journalism taught

BY: - October 19, 2021

Everyone should be a journalist. The problem is, few people understand what journalism really is, yet everyone with a social media account is a self-styled journalist these days. Hence the rampant embrace of myriad crackpot beliefs. We are all familiar with  these fact-free notions that have stained our collective consciousness like red wine on white […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Doubling down on division and resentment, GOP takes a political risk

BY: - October 15, 2021

Pushing for a wolf massacre and an open season on sandhill cranes; attacking school board members and trying to force schools to drop COVID safety measures; bringing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to Madison and then moving his speech because of the University of Wisconsin’s “Marxist COVID mandates”. What are Republicans and their so-called conservative allies […]

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Large-scale solar can help protect the special places we call home

BY: - October 14, 2021

It is a great privilege to raise my family on our farm in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. My daughter chases after monarch butterflies and eats corn picked fresh in the field. She delights in recognizing a handful of familiar birds by their calls and many more by sight. This spring she spied a new […]

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Don’t be fooled by the Republicans’ election circus

BY: - October 11, 2021

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is acting like a clown. First he threw in with far-right conspiracy theorists and claimed without evidence that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from Donald Trump. Then he put on a suit and tie and accepted $680,000 of taxpayers’ money, courtesy of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, to […]

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Who’s paying for the lack of paid leave?

BY: - October 7, 2021

When my younger son was 5, he was hit by a car and had to stay overnight in the hospital. He was hurting from stitches in the back of his head, a collar on his neck, bruises on his body. Above all, he was terrified. On the way to his room, he saw kids alone […]

Anti abortion pro life march in Virginia

In attack on abortion rights, new Texas law could turn state courts into litigation Thunderdomes

BY: - October 5, 2021

Forty-eight years have passed since a Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade established a legal right to have an abortion in the United States. It created a passionate rift that has never been (and never will be) resolved. Those who oppose abortion say that terminating a pregnancy is murder. It’s an article of faith […]

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Climate choices: Scenes from 2050

BY: - October 1, 2021

A yellow-gray haze stains Midwestern skies. Fueled by years of drought and record-setting heat, smoke from the annual devastation of Western wildfires mixes with that from fires spreading across Wisconsin and Minnesota north woods. Tired of running on an indoor treadmill since May, a young man from Detroit joins his friends for a pick-up street […]

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 13: A man wears a 'I Do Not Comply' pin at a protest against masks, vaccines, and vaccine passports outside the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To date, there have been over 534,000 deaths in the U.S. due to COVID-19. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

What the Kenosha school board can teach us about democracy

BY: - September 30, 2021

On Tuesday the Kenosha school board held its regular monthly meeting, and it did so virtually. Just one week had gone by since the takeover of the school district’s in-person annual meeting of electors by anti-maskers who voted to recommend cutting the tax levy for schools by $1.2 million. The angry citizens who took over […]

Republicans are the clowns in the debt ceiling circus: The act isn’t funny anymore

BY: - September 29, 2021

It’s way past political cliche, but that old “Popeye” comic strip where J. Wellington Wimpy promises to pay a short-order cook tomorrow for a hamburger he plans to eat today, is still the best way to describe Republican intransigence this week over a vote to extend the nation’s debt ceiling that’s soared past cartoonish farce. […]