Commentary

State Superintendent Jill Underly delivers her first State of Education address in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 | Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

State superintendent calls out Republicans’ war on schools in fiery speech

BY: - September 24, 2021

In her first annual State of Education address, Wisconsin’s new state schools superintendent Jill Underly did not hold back. “We’re now failing a generation of kids,” Underly declared. “And we’re failing our state by putting Wisconsin’s economic future at risk.” Standing in front of the bust of Fighting Bob La Follette in the Capitol rotunda, […]

Trainees watching confident male carpenter cutting with electric saw in workshop

Here’s how to boost employment for people facing tough times 

BY: and - September 22, 2021

Tyrone in Milwaukee knows how difficult it can be to find a good job. The well-paying ones require an in-demand skill, but it’s hard to pursue training for those in-demand skills when you need to work.  “The problem with training is that you don’t get paid and you have bills to pay,” he says.  Eighteen […]

Former Justice Michael Gableman | Screenshot from YouTube

Gableman video puts a polished gloss on election nonsense

BY: - September 21, 2021

On Monday, the ethically challenged former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who is overseeing state Republicans’ “investigation” of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election released a six-minute video warning local elections clerks that he might use his subpoena powers to force them to hand over information. He also put them on notice that the burden of proving that […]

Night view of the MLK Jr. Blvd. entrance to the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison with lights shining on the dome

After another state budget failure, we need a Democratic realignment in Wisconsin

BY: - September 14, 2021

As the leader of a large-scale grassroots group that urged a full veto of the state budgets in both 2019 and the 2021, you may expect me to rail against Gov. Tony Evers’ decision this summer to sign largely intact the GOP’s latest instrument of fiscal sabotage. This is not that column. Endless hand-wringing over what […]

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We can’t stop climate change by investing in fossil fuels

BY: - September 9, 2021

The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reiterated what we already know: We need to be taking swift, bold action to address climate change.  If we don’t, the consequences are dire.  The report called it a “code red for humanity.”  While Gov. Tony Evers and President Joe Biden have […]

Dustin Klein holds up a vial of his prescription medication during the Protect Our Care national bus tour stop in Milwaukee on August 20, to promote affordable health care measures in the budget reconciliation bill. When he told the crowd how much his medicine costs, there were audible gasps.

Lower drug costs to transform health care

BY: - September 7, 2021

Every ten days, I need treatment that requires the injection of artificial clotting factors. Since I am a hemophiliac, this treatment could literally mean the difference between life and death. All because I’m missing one of the thirteen proteins that serves as one of the dominos in the “typical” clotting process. Each treatment requires $18,000 […]

Wisconsin State Supreme Court entrance

Why the Wisconsin Supreme Court doesn’t want to take on redistricting 

BY: - September 2, 2021

The conservative legal outfit Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is once again urging the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take control of drawing the state’s political maps. But the best arguments against doing so have come from none other than the conservative justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court itself.  Despite being rebuffed a few […]

Young woman receiving a vaccine shot against a virus

Punishing the unvaccinated is the wrong medicine for COVID-19

BY: - August 31, 2021

After more than half of a million Americans died of COVID-19, a seeming miracle occurred: the development of multiple vaccines found to be safe and extraordinarily effective against Sars-cov2. Yet not everyone has bought into the miracle. While about 53% of Americans  have taken the vaccine, 47%  of the population remains unvaccinated. The number of […]

Is America experiencing a different kind of civil war?

BY: - August 30, 2021

Wars are not always fought by armed military forces with guns, bombs, stealth fighters, and sophisticated weaponry. And the enemy is not always clearly defined. Even the reasons for war often lack clarity. But the division and fighting still rage, nonetheless. At first glance, you might think characterizing the divisiveness that America is experiencing today […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha on Jan 4, leading up to the Blake decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

There’s victory in defiance

BY: - August 27, 2021

This week marked the one year anniversary of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Jacob was shot seven times in the back while his children watched from the backseat of his car. This week also marks the one year anniversary of a 17-year-old white supremacist (who’s name I refuse to say) who was driven […]

A woman walks by a polling station in Jersey City, N.J. Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images.

Three-fifths ‘No Compromise’ paralyzes the U.S. Senate

BY: - August 27, 2021

I’m calling on President Joe Biden to do what it takes to protect our right to vote — up to and including taking steps to overturn the strange and dangerous practice of endless delay in the U.S. Senate. I thought I was paying attention in high school civics. Where does it say a three-fifths vote […]

A farmer plants corn into a cover crop of barley. Tractor equipment shown planting

Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production?

BY: - August 25, 2021

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems. One important point of interest for agriculture is the change to the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act […]