Commentary

Eric Hovde

Eric Hovde’s weirdly lackluster Senate bid

BY: - February 21, 2024

The most significant statewide race of 2024 — apart from the presidential contest in our teetering swing state — began taking shape Monday when multimillionaire Eric Hovde made his much-anticipated announcement that he intends to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.  Hovde, the favorite of Wisconsin’s Republican establishment, took a long time to make up […]

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Should Evers sign or veto the voting maps the Legislature gave him?

BY: - February 16, 2024

Democrats and democracy advocates in Wisconsin are divided over what Gov. Tony Evers should do now that Republicans in the Legislature have approved the exact voting maps Evers advocated. Evers has until Tuesday to sign or veto the maps. If he signs them, as he said he would if the Legislature really gave him his […]

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher’s departure is a bad sign for democracy

BY: - February 13, 2024

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) was a rising star in the Wisconsin Republican Party before Saturday, when he suddenly announced his plans to retire. Heavily recruited to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, he was seen by top Republican strategists as “their best shot to block Baldwin for a third term,” according to Politico. […]

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Border crisis hypocrisy and what’s missing from the immigration debate

BY: - February 8, 2024

The collapse of the bipartisan immigration deal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate laid bare the hypocrisy of Republicans who claim border security is their No. 1 concern, yet refused to support the very border security measures they demanded — and Democrats gave them.  Former President Donald Trump warned Republican members of Congress not to give […]

Danny Lundell (left) discusses consolidation in agriculture with Jonathan Kanter, assistant attorney general for the antitrust division in the U.S. Department of Justice, at Lundell Family Farms in Cannon Falls on Oct. 24, 2023. Photo by Madison McVan/Minnesota Reformer.

It’s not the vibes giving us a sour economic mood; it’s the monopolists

BY: - February 6, 2024

In recent months a lot of economic commentators have been flabbergasted that despite low unemployment, steady job growth and easing inflation, the public mood about the economy remains dour. Pundits have blamed social media, partisanship and negative media headlines. But what if our headline economic data simply fails to tell a complete story? Dig a […]

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Walt Bresette, Ojibwe leader and environmental hero, in Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame 

BY: - January 31, 2024

Ojibwe environmental and treaty rights activist Walt Bresette will be inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) in a virtual ceremony on April 17, 2024. Bresette will join over 100 members inducted since the Hall of Fame’s  inception, including Aldo Leopold, Nina Leopold Bradley, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson and Menominee Nation environmentalist […]

Under a gerrymandered map, a Wisconsin legislator can compare women to farm animals 

BY: - January 30, 2024

Wisconsin Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) earned a lot of unwanted national media attention late last week for his remarks during a floor debate in which he said he was qualified to deny women abortion access because he’s a veterinarian. “I did thousands of ultrasounds on animals,” Kitchens declared. “ … I think I know […]

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Trump knows exactly what ‘poisoning the blood of our country’ meant

BY: - January 29, 2024

Does it matter whether former president Donald Trump was consciously quoting Adolf Hitler when he said that  undocumented immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country”? Whether Trump cribbed the notion from Hitler or whether it was an original thought, a person has to draw from a putrid internal cesspool of hate to think it, […]

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Roe v. Wade let me make an important decision about my future; now it’s up to politicians 

BY: - January 26, 2024

I can’t imagine how different my life would look or if I would even be here today if I weren’t able to access a safe and legal abortion. Working as a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years and having made the decision to end a pregnancy myself, I know firsthand that there are many […]

Bernice Parks, whose 13-year-old daughter, Sandra, was killed by a stray bullet that struck her after piercing a window to her home is shown at a Memorial Concert for Milwaukee's Killing of Innocents Friday, December 21, 2018 at All People's Lutheran Church, 2600 N. 2nd St. in Milwaukee, Wis. | Photo by Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. PHOTO MAY NOT BE REPUBLISHED

Milwaukee’s sister city sent the gun that killed Sandra Parks

BY: - January 25, 2024

When I first learned about the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Sandra Parks in 2018, one of the most urgent questions I had was about the origin of the AK-47 style weapon that ended the Milwaukee eighth-grader’s life. More specifically, I wanted to know how the weapon got into the hands of a convicted felon who […]

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Post-Roe Wisconsin: A doctor speaks up for contraception rights

BY: - January 22, 2024

As we mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, Wisconsinites are confronted with a stark reality: The rights we cherish are fragile and must be actively defended and enshrined in law. The overturning of Roe v. Wade transcends the issue of abortion — it’s a wake-up call about the vulnerability of our […]

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘radical revolution of values’

BY: - January 15, 2024

We live in a time when We, the People of the United States of America, are divided on social, political, and economic issues. Democracy itself is under attack, and issues such as women’s rights, voting rights, border concerns, and school curricula continue to divide us as a nation. The man we honor today, the late […]