Commentary

Sen. Ron Johnson via official Facebook page

Ron Johnson’s tax rebellion

BY: - April 14, 2022

On tax day this year, wouldn’t you like to be Sen. Ron Johnson?  Wisconsin’s senior U.S. senator paid only $2,015 in state income tax in 2017, despite earning more than $450,000 that year. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dan Bice, who first reported on Johnson’s teeny-weeny tax bill, pointed out that the multimillonaire’s 2017 Wisconsin tax […]

Evers speaking in Assembly chambers with Vos behind him

Evers sets a veto record as toxic partisanship ramps up

BY: - April 11, 2022

Gov. Tony Evers took action on 78 bills Friday, signing 35 bills passed by the Legislature this session and vetoing 43 bills — bringing the total number of bills he has vetoed in the latest session to 98, a new record for Wisconsin governors. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos immediately put out a press release deriding […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

After Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed: When will Black women be enough?

BY: - April 8, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson certainly deserved the confirmation of the Senate, which she received on Thursday, to become the next justice to join the U.S. Supreme Court. But many of us watched in complete disgust and anger at how President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was treated during her hearing. I had […]

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Clarence Thomas, recusal, and Wisconsin

BY: - March 30, 2022

If he doesn’t resign, as Rep. Alexander Ocasio Cortez has properly asked him to, Justice Clarence Thomas at least needs to recuse himself from any cases dealing with the Jan. 6 uprising. And he sure should have recused himself when he was the lone dissenter in a case earlier this year about the release of […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson & Thurgood Marshall

Jackson’s Supreme Court hearing a flashback to Thurgood Marshall’s featuring race, crime

BY: - March 29, 2022

U.S. Sen. James Eastland posed a question to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Thurgood Marshall during his August 1967 confirmation hearings. “Are you prejudiced against white people in the South?” Eastland, a known white supremacist, could not be clearer in conveying his fears about Marshall and race. Fifty-five years after Marshall’s hearings, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn […]

Hundreds of people packed the Capitol on Thursday for a day-long hearing on Republican legislative leaders' new voting maps, which advocates and experts say are gerrymandered to lock in GOP control.

Supreme Court decision on Wisconsin maps part of a drive to undermine democracy

BY: - March 25, 2022

Over and over again during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Biden nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Republicans denounced the idea of “packing the Court”  by expanding the number of justices from nine to 13. But Wednesday’s decision rejecting Wisconsin’s voting maps and throwing the 2022 election process — which is already underway […]

Supreme Court Room in the Madison Capitol Building in fully spherical panorama by Ryan Wick via Flickr CC BY 2.0

U.S. Supreme Court hands Wisconsin GOP a victory on maps

BY: - March 23, 2022

The rightwingers on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hastily and recklessly interjected themselves into the Wisconsin redistricting process and handed the Republicans in the State Legislature a victory. The justices threw out the legislative maps that Gov. Evers had drawn, and that the Wisconsin Supreme Court had approved. Instead, they threw the task of […]

Republicans denounce Putin’s war on facts, but are silent on the one at home

BY: - March 22, 2022

There’s a lot that’s terrible about Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s brutal attempt to erase Ukraine from the map of Europe. From the incalculable humanitarian disaster that has seen millions of Ukrainians flee their home country, to the appalling carnage on the streets of Mariupol that was devastatingly humanized with the death of a pregnant woman […]

Evers speaking in Assembly chambers with Vos behind him

Can Wisconsin government ever become functional again?

BY: - March 18, 2022

Politics have become so dysfunctional in Wisconsin that the Legislature has taken to simply ignoring the things people actually care about, in order to focus on wild conspiracies about how the election was stolen from Donald Trump. From removing toxic chemicals from our drinking water to adequately funding our schools to dealing with a completely […]

Speaker Robin Vos at 11/17/20 news conference

The state of open government in Wisconsin is in peril

BY: - March 16, 2022

In its observance of national Sunshine Week (March 13-19), the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council has released its list of winners for this year’s Openness in Government Awards, or Opees. For the 16th consecutive year, we picked a journalist, a citizen, and a politician for special recognition.  The journalist was Isiah Holmes of the Wisconsin […]

Two beach chairs in the sand

Do-nothing Legislature skips out on Wisconsin schools

BY: - March 11, 2022

Our Legislature, which earned the dubious distinction of being the least active full-time legislature in the nation during the height of the pandemic, chose, in the current session, to start its summer vacation on March 9.  That wouldn’t be so bad if the Republicans who control both the Assembly and the Senate hadn’t wasted the […]

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Partisan policies didn’t raise gas prices, and partisan sniping won’t lower them

BY: - March 9, 2022

In 2020 the price of oil crashed, even falling to less than zero one day. Traders actually had to pay buyers to get them to take oil contracts off their hands. Oil companies would prefer not to sell oil unless they can make money off it. Oil companies are just funny that way. So U.S. […]