Commentary

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I’m grateful my Republican parents reluctantly signed up for Obamacare

BY: - March 5, 2020

When I learned that the Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act later this year, I thought of my parents immediately. My parents were reluctant to sign up for Obamacare. In fact, for as long as I can remember, my parents, a preschool teacher and self-employed tile installer, didn’t […]

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Justice Dan Kelly’s big guns and deaf ear

BY: - March 4, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly is tone deaf when it comes to gun violence in Wisconsin. Just a day after a gunman killed five people and himself at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee, Kelly held a fundraiser at a Brookfield shooting range. The Feb. 27 fundraiser offered participants three levels of giving – […]

NUTLEY, NJ - FEBRUARY 28: A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Don’t let Big Pharma capitalize on coronavirus

BY: - March 2, 2020

The new COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to pandemic proportions, infecting people in 30 countries as it makes its way from continent to continent. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned that it’s a matter of when, not if, the virus will spread across America. The world needs a coronavirus vaccine now — one that is […]

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 19: Democratic presidential candidates former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speak during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six candidates qualified for the third Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, which comes just days before the Nevada caucuses on February 22. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

All hell breaks loose in South Carolina debate

BY: - February 26, 2020

Elizabeth Warren wasn’t done with Mike Bloomberg quite yet. After multiple disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada it looks as though Warren’s chances of coming out ahead in the primary are increasingly slim—despite the fact that she is the most articulate advocate for progressive policy positions who can also appeal to voters across […]

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 7: Ckaris Williams, a teacher and Hurricane Katrina evacuee, prepares her classroom at Douglass Elementary School in Houston September 7, 2005 in Houston, Texas. Douglass was closed for budgetary reasons but the Houston Independent School District reopened the facility for children of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Williams taught at Frederick Douglass Elementary on the West Bank in New Orleans prior to the storm.

Gov. Evers should insist the Legislature reconsider his win-win proposal

BY: - February 24, 2020

An unexpected budget surplus gives Wisconsin a golden opportunity to make investments in our children and our schools that will pay big dividends down the road. But some legislators are refusing to use a portion of the surplus to provide Wisconsin schools with the resources they need to educate today’s children and tomorrow’s workers — […]

President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a presser while Elizabeth Warren (C) listens in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Nobody likes a smarty pants: Why Warren and Obama irk pundits so much

BY: - February 20, 2020

Elizabeth Warren has never succeeded in charming the pundit class, which tends to describe her in oh-so-flattering terms like professorial,  scold, elitist, lecturing, strident and schoolmarmish (she was a Harvard professor before being elected as a senator, in case you couldn’t tell by these pejoratives). After covering this primary for the last approximately 12,000 years (or […]

The Legislative Black Caucus hosts a Black History Month kick-off press conference with guests LG Mandela Barnes & Gov. Tony Evers

Black History Month revisited

BY: - February 19, 2020

During one of his frequent visits to Milwaukee, the late African-comedian Dick Gregory cracked a joke during a Black History Month ceremony:  “Y’all know they just had to give us the one month with all them messed up days, don’t you?” The joke, in front of a predominantly African-American audience, received the expected laughs and […]

Picture of a Bloomberg ad on a television of him posing with a worker in a hardhat

Bloomberg and Trump: Two peas in a pod

BY: - February 19, 2020

It seems that having money, plenty of money, must somehow bestow a certain sense of omniscience upon the very wealthiest in society, making some of them feel that they are uniquely qualified to hold political office. It would appear, unfortunately, that there are many voters and media outlets who feel those who possess great wealth, […]

Interior cell blocks at Waupun prison in 1893. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

‘Tougher on Crime’ is no way to go

BY: and - February 11, 2020

This week, the Legislature is considering an ill-conceived and wrong-headed package of bills that the authors are peddling as “tougher on crime.” But what the bills would do is only increase the costly problem of mass incarceration in Wisconsin, a problem that disproportionately falls on the shoulders of black and brown families. Here’s one example: […]

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What Wisconsin could show the nation

BY: - February 10, 2020

Editor’s note: Today, together with our sister publications in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania we are kicking off a series of news stories and commentary to bring you an on-the-ground view of our politically divided states, the issues that matter most to people here, and what’s missing in reports from the national media who parachute in for the […]

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - FEBRUARY 08: Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at an Our Rights, Our Courts Forum at the New Hampshire Technical Institute. New Hampshire holds its first in the nation primary on Feb. 11. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Buttigieg and Klobuchar come out ahead in New Hampshire debate

BY: - February 8, 2020

Well, that was fun. What better way to top off a week that included President Donald Trump’s defiant State of the Union, Rush Limbaugh’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Senate vote to exonerate Trump and his subsequent victory lap (including retribution against those to dared to tell the truth about him), and the catastrophically messed-up […]

President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s scary, nihilistic State of the Union

BY: - February 5, 2020

It was worse than we thought it would be.  Impeached President Donald Trump’s one hour and 18-minute State of the Union rant was a new low in American politics, even in these unprecedented times. There was the extended attack on “criminal aliens” and the sanctuary cities that shelter undocumented immigrants who are supposedly threatening the […]