Commentary

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a press conference on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 during a visit to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a roundtable discussion with state leaders about reopening schools. (Photo by Wes Muller/LAI).

Vice President Mike Pence’s unreality show

BY: - July 17, 2020

Mike Pence loves us. He really loves us. The Vice President came to Wisconsin for the fifth time this year on Friday, making stops in Oshkosh, Ripon and La Crosse and delivering an uplifting speech about “freedom” the history of the Republican Party and the soul of America to a group of about 50 socially […]

Examiner staff in front of the badger statue in the Capitol (left to right: Melanie Conklin, Ruth Conniff, Isiah Holmes and Erik Gunn. Not pictured: Henry Redman) Photo by Luther Wu for the Examiner.

What a year! The Wisconsin Examiner turns one year old today

BY: - July 16, 2020

Today marks the one-year anniversary of our mighty little news outlet.  We launched last summer in the middle of the budget battle between Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-led Legislature, and have been covering the power struggle in the Capitol and the issues that matter around the state ever since.  The big news when we […]

Don’t let the utilities shut off people’s power

BY: - July 15, 2020

On June 11, the Public Service Commission (PSC) made a terrible decision: It allowed utilities in Wisconsin to start disconnecting power, as of July 25, from people who’ve fallen behind on their payments.Gov. Evers, to his credit, in March urged the PSC to issue a moratorium on such shut-offs, which it did, until July 25, […]

CAMBRIDGE, WI - APRIL 25: Cows walk from a barn after being milked on Hinchley's Dairy Farm on April 25, 2017 near Cambridge, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump’s broken promises to farmers

BY: - July 14, 2020

Just over a year ago, Trump came to Wisconsin in the midst of his trade wars and declared that farmers were “over the hump,” but that wasn’t true then and it certainly isn’t true now. Since he became president, Trump’s disastrous policies have contributed to the more than 2,000 dairy farms that have had to […]

Wisconsin reopen rally

Disruption, denial and the urge to ignore the pandemic

BY: - July 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for way too long, and with case numbers going up again, it doesn’t look like it’s about to end any time soon. So you can’t really blame people for getting impatient, even despairing, about getting back to work, school and life as it was. There is a powerful […]

Full view of Mount Rushmore from the Sculptors' Studio area. (Photo courtesy of the National Parks Service. Public Domain)

National parks – even Mount Rushmore – show that there’s more than one kind of patriotism

BY: - July 6, 2020

July 4th was quieter than usual this year, thanks to COVID-19. Many U.S. cities canceled fireworks displays to avoid drawing large crowds that could promote the spread of coronavirus. But President Trump spoke at a celebration at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota on July 3. It’s easy to see why an Independence Day […]

historic painting of President James Polk

Here’s another statue that needs to come down

BY: - July 3, 2020

I nominate James K. Polk. We seem to be in the mood of late to reexamine our “great men.” Certain statues are coming down or there is a clamor for them to tumble.  Polk, our 11th president, has long been in need of such scrutiny.  What better time than July 4, when we are supposed […]

3D rendering of pipelines underwater | Getty Images

Shut down Line 5 — it’s too risky

BY: - July 1, 2020

Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline is too risky to keep operating and now the State of Wisconsin can permanently shut it down. (The Line 5 pipeline is currently, temporarily shut down thanks to the efforts of  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel after the discovery of damage to the pipeline.) The 67-year old pipeline has already […]

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Cynical appeals court helps Wisconsin GOP

BY: - June 30, 2020

The outrageous decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to limit early voting in Wisconsin was a gift to Wisconsin Republicans. The three-judge panel — all appointed by Republicans — overturned the decision by Judge James Peterson of Madison, who had ruled that parts of the Voter ID law limiting early voting […]

Statue of Lady Forward, blindfolded, in the snow during a February 2011 protest of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill

As progressive icons fall, Madison feels the pain and heaviness of history

BY: - June 29, 2020

It was a shocking, bruising, terrible week. Worst of all was the horrifying attack on Althea Bernstein, a bright, loving young woman who was sitting in her car when four white men yelled the N-word at her, threw lighter fluid through her window, and then set her on fire. Despite her physical and emotional scars, […]

Supporters of the DACA program rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court. (Robin Bravender/ States Newsroom Washington Bureau)

Between ‘them’ and ‘you’ there is a nexus: the American Dream

BY: - June 26, 2020

“First of all, if you learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” […]

Envelope containing voting ballot papers being sent by mail for absentee vote in presidential election

The fight to make voting easier in Wisconsin

BY: - June 25, 2020

The fight to make voting easier in November in Wisconsin is well under way.   Last week, voting rights groups in Wisconsin won an important victory when the Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to send out absentee ballot request forms to 2.7 million voters in the state. No one in Wisconsin should ever again be […]