Commentary

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Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights

BY: - January 21, 2022

Throughout the last year, the Amazon corporation has given American consumers plenty of reasons to question whether we should be using its products and services. The news is filled with horrible stories about Amazon’s treatment of their workers. The company has an astronomical carbon footprint. The billionaire CEO has so much superfluous income he was […]

We want Strong Climate Action sign at People's Climate March

To attract young workers, address climate change

BY: - January 18, 2022

There is little dispute that Wisconsin businesses are grappling with a worker shortage, but there’s growing debate about how to solve it. One major Wisconsin business group recently suggested that lowering the tax rate on the state’s top income bracket (individual incomes above $263,000) would help address the worker shortage. Since the average Wisconsin income […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

What would MLK think about America in 2022?

BY: - January 17, 2022

It’s certainly no coincidence that debate over the most significant piece of voting rights legislation in more than a generation is coming to a head as we celebrate the holiday dedicated to the United States’ preeminent civil rights icon. While it’s a stretch to call the prevailing politically hued conjecture over the John Lewis Voting […]

Ron Johnson’s announcement a mixed blessing for the GOP

BY: - January 12, 2022

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s announcement that he has finally made up his mind to break his promise and run for a third term is a mixed bag for the GOP. On the one hand, since Johnson has stopped dithering and tying up the whole field of potential Republican candidates for both the Senate and the […]

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: A teacher walks among the the masked students sitting in a socially distanced classroom session at Medora Elementary School (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

The COVID crisis in our schools

BY: - January 11, 2022

COVID cases reached an all-time high after the holidays in Wisconsin, yet politicians and school systems are failing to protect our communities’ overall health and especially the health of our teachers, staff, and students.  President Biden’s comment last week criticizing virtual learning did not help the current situation at all. “We provided the states with […]

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We must hold Wisconsin’s fraudulent electors accountable

BY: - January 6, 2022

I remember last Jan. 6 distinctly. It dawned as a day of optimism. I had spent the past two months, as special counsel for Gov. Tony Evers, working around the clock with a phenomenal team to protect the results of Wisconsin’s presidential election. We fought off nearly a dozen lawsuits, in state and federal courts, […]

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)

How Wisconsin became ground zero for the ‘Big Lie’

BY: - January 6, 2022

Wisconsin is at the center of the attack on American democracy that reached a frightening crescendo a year ago with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Apart from Derrick Van Orden, the Republican candidate for the Congressional seat soon to vacated by Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse), there were not many cheeseheads actually present for the […]

Ni un paso atrás: The struggle for immigrant rights and what lies ahead

BY: - January 5, 2022

As we begin a new year, let’s remember the many immigrant workers who supported essential industries during the pandemic, got sick from COVID-19, exposed their loved ones and died working because they lacked protections and access to health care or necessary support because of their immigration status. Many of these workers tirelessly organized, lobbied, marched, […]

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Our food system needs a major overhaul 

BY: - January 4, 2022

My youngest son has a nervous tic that causes him to do a quirky series of rapid-fire squints when he’s anxious. It is rather endearing but became concerning last month when paired with daily headaches and eye pain. A trip to the eye doctor revealed strain from farsightedness. Maybe it is the contemplative mood  that […]

Why Desmond Tutu matters more than ever

BY: - January 2, 2022

One day after Christmas – in an event that seems particularly on-brand for 2021 – the world lost one of its living saints, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose work in South Africa helped bring about the peaceful dismantling of the institutionally racist apartheid. What would be even more tragic than his death is if we also […]

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Fox News is killing us: Here are the receipts

BY: - December 23, 2021

‘Tis the holiday season and the heroes of Fox News are valiantly arraying their forces in the War On Christmas, even as ICU beds are filling up and a new strain of COVID has arrived. In the spirit of the season I am making a special plea to Rupert Murdoch to deliver a Christmas miracle: […]

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Change backed by business group would cut taxes for the top 1%

BY: - December 22, 2021

A group of big business lobbyists is pushing a radical change to Wisconsin’s tax structure — one that would give huge tax cuts to the wealthy and powerful while shifting the responsibility of paying taxes to people with lower incomes. The change would also require significant cuts to the critical services that Wisconsin businesses, schools, […]