High School students from Brooklyn demand that our elected representatives protect students from gun violence and enact sane gun laws. #BrooklynWalksOut (photo by Jeffrey Bary, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Listen to the children

BY: - December 5, 2019

Policymakers, especially those holding elected office, often have a bad habit of failing to listen to those most impacted by a problem. That failure, of course, usually ends up with ineffective legislation, or no legislation at all, to address whatever the problem may be. Wisconsin high school students are reeling right now, as two students […]

All we want for Christmas is civility

BY: - November 28, 2019

My family attended the annual neighborhood holiday party at the governor’s mansion this year. My 13-year-old was pumped. The last time we went, she was 5. That was before eight long years of Gov. Scott Walker and the bitter polarization of politics in our state.  The governor’s mansion, which looks like a mini White House, […]

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Reasons to be thankful in Indian Country

BY: - November 27, 2019

Every year at this time I wonder why we, as American Indians, bother to celebrate Thanksgiving. Despite all our social ills and battles with state and the federal government, we always manage to find reasons for gratitude. Of course, there are native people who reject the holiday altogether. One man once told me he refused […]

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How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

BY: - November 27, 2019

We are a divided nation; that is an understatement. What’s more, we increasingly hear we are living in our own “bubble” or echo chamber that differing views cannot penetrate. To correct the problem, many are calling for people to reach out, to talk and above all, to listen. That is all well and good, but […]

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Want a public record from Robin Vos? Prepare to be frustrated

BY: - November 25, 2019

John Public has a problem with the office of state Rep. Robin Vos, the Speaker of Wisconsin’s State Assembly.  He or she made an open records request of Vos’ office on July 1, 2019, asking for “all emails to and from your office and staff concerning public records requests for 6/26 – 6/28/19.”  In a […]

Pres. Trump from the back leaving UN press conference

Does the truth matter?

BY: - November 21, 2019

As one stand-up government official after another speaks credibly and directly about Trump’s  “drug deal” in Ukraine — to borrow a phrase from that great progressive John Bolton — the Republicans, including Trump, have been bullying witnesses, conducting a smear campaign against a highly respected ambassador who bravely fought corruption, and questioning the loyalty of […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court (photo by Ruth Conniff)

Federal appeals court checks the legislature’s expanding power 

BY: and - November 19, 2019

Who speaks for the State of Wisconsin in court? Until recently, the answer has always been the Attorney General. Wisconsin voters elect a chief legal officer every four years. Absent extenuating circumstances, the AG represents the state, its officials, and its departments, agencies, commissions, and councils. When the governor or another executive branch official is […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa

Elizabeth Warren’s plan would help Milwaukee public schools

BY: , and - November 19, 2019

Recently, U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren rolled out an impressive plan to ensure every child in this country can get a great education at a public school.  As newly elected members of the Milwaukee School Board of Directors we are charged with advocating for our students and community. We feel strongly that […]

Older man on the beach (photo by Rudy Anderson from Pixabay)

‘OK, Boomer’ is not OK

BY: - November 17, 2019

I rise today in defense of Baby Boomers. There are vitally important Boomer accomplishments. Such as… OK, give me a second.  Hold on. Um, I’ve got nothing. And, still, “OK, Boomer” is not OK. In case you haven’t heard, “OK, Boomer” is the ready retort whenever a Boomer says something that some member of a […]

Official portraits of Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald

Wisconsinites need to tune into state politics

BY: - November 8, 2019

Walking through the coffee shop downstairs from the Examiner office this week, I bumped into a neighbor who is smart, well-read and pays attention to national politics. I was just coming from the Capitol, less than a block away, where the Republican majority in the Senate was getting ready to take a dramatic vote to […]

DRAKETOWN, GA Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Anti-immigrant rhetoric led to acid attack in Milwaukee

BY: - November 4, 2019

An ugly incident on Milwaukee’s south side where Mahud Villalaz, a 42-year-old U.S. citizen who immigrated from Peru, had acid thrown in his face is the tragic but inevitable byproduct of relentless scapegoating and demonizing of immigrants by elected officials from the president on down. Immigrant bashing is being regularly employed for political gain. The […]

Man with "Mishicot Supports Sanctuary" sign at a Save Our Sanctuary rally in Wisconsin

Gov. Evers Rescues Marine Sanctuary

BY: - November 4, 2019

On Friday, Gov. Evers rode to the rescue of our Lake Michigan environment and the municipalities of Manitowoc, Port Washington, Sheboygan, and Two Rivers. He did so by expressing support for the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Maritime Sanctuary, which former Gov. Scott Walker tried to deep-six in March of 2018. The sanctuary would cover about 1,075 […]