Commentary

Holstein cows in a barn at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station's north campus near Stratford, Wis., Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2018. Photo by Michael P. King/UW-Madison CALS

Milk: Too Much of a Good Thing

BY: - July 29, 2019

Our cup runneth over. In 2018 Wisconsin dairy farmers produced a record 30.6 billion pounds of milk. That’s billion with a “b.” We’ve been trained to see increase and plentitude as always a good thing. In the case of milk, America’s Dairyland has too much of a good thing. To be fair it’s not just […]

Thumbs up for McCain’s thumbs down

BY: - July 26, 2019

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was many things, and very different things to different people. His legacy is complicated, whatever your politics or your feelings towards the man and his life in public service. What is indisputable is that we didn’t always know what we would get from him. Whether you believe him worthy of his […]

Don’t divert our Great Lakes

BY: - July 25, 2019

In 2018, citizens around the Great Lakes Basin celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Great Lakes Compact, a landmark piece of legislation that protects the Great Lakes as a vital economic, cultural and environmental resource. The Compact, signed into law by George W. Bush in October 2008, details how the Great Lakes Basin’s water supply […]

The scourge of privacy

BY: - July 24, 2019

I like privacy as much as the next person. I don’t want anybody tapping my phone or peeking through my windows. I’m even irked that whenever I go online to shop for, say, chainsaws or hiking boots, every other web site I go to afterward reminds me of my interest in these products. But as […]

All the times Donald Trump has never been a racist

BY: - July 22, 2019

In the 1970s, when African Americans who applied to rent apartments owned by Donald Trump were told there were no vacancies, even though there were vacancies, it wasn’t because Donald Trump is a racist. As he confided to a federal prosecutor after reaching a settlement in a discrimination case filed against him by the U.S. Justice […]

Holstein cows in a barn at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station's north campus near Stratford, Wis., Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2018. Photo by Michael P. King/UW-Madison CALS

Dairy farmers are in crisis. Lawmakers need to rally round.

BY: - July 18, 2019

Pete Hardin, an intrepid farm reporter, had been chronicling the dairy crisis for four years when in early February he came across more evidence of its devastating impact: An estimated 32% of Wisconsin dairy farmers hadn’t secured spring planting loans. That’s what was reported at the annual meeting of the Land O’ Lakes farm cooperative. […]

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Two battles for democracy in Wisconsin

BY: - July 17, 2019

At the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, two of our key issues are banning gerrymandering and cleaning up money in politics. Both reforms are crucial here in Wisconsin if we are going to have a democracy where everyone has an equal voice. And when we all have an equal voice, the will of the people won’t be […]

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Welcome to the Wisconsin Examiner

BY: - July 16, 2019

As tanks and armored vehicles rumbled through the streets of Washington, D.C., on the Fourth of July, the kids in my neighborhood were pedaling their bikes, festooned with American flags, in a local parade that passed close by the home of our new Democratic governor, Tony Evers. Evers, a former science teacher, recently ousted Republican […]

ICE escalation has already begun

BY: - July 16, 2019

The morning of May 8, 2019, Paula Hincapie was taking her 5-year-old daughter Layla to school when an unmarked van pulled her over. It was ICE. The dreaded Immigration and Custom Enforcement. The agents handcuffed Paula. With she and her young daughter in the back seat, they drove her car back to the home where […]