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December 16, 2017

Forget physical fitness
In recent reports - and at times, during the course of the 2016 election - greater public scrutiny has been drawn towards the diet of President Donald Trump.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Liberate food trucks
Laura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans
To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed.
Friday, December 15, 2017

No 'privilege' for Trump Jr.
Long before Donald Trump Jr. claimed "attorney-client privilege" last week to avoid answering Congressional inquiries, that same claim was tested and wisely rejected by Congress. Junior isn't even the first real estate executive asked to testify about suspected connections to a foreign dictator who tried that gambit to avoid questions in a Capitol Hill hot seat.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Wisconsin legislature delivers big wins to close out year
We know Wisconsin is already a great place to live, work, and raise a family. And now, thanks to principled leadership from Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers in Madison, the future for the Badger State looks even brighter.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Tax plan is a cut for everyone
Whenever I'm asked if the Trump tax cut is for the rich, I say yes. It is a tax cut for the rich. It is a tax cut for the middle class. It is a tax cut for small businesses. It is a tax cut for the Fortune 100. If you pay federal income taxes, you will, in almost all cases, be getting more take-home pay come Jan. 1.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trump, the tape and a bunch of lazy journalists
"The tape, without question, is real."

I expected better from The New York Times.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I hate The New York Times
My hometown paper drives me crazy.

I read The New York Times because it often has good coverage. The newspaper pays to send reporters to dangerous places all around the world.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Why Trump must think twice before he pardons Flynn
Ever since Michael Flynn departed the Trump White House under a cloud of disgrace last February, speculation has mounted that the president might pardon his former national security adviser.
Friday, December 8, 2017

On the brink of a golden era, or another disaster?
With the tax reform plan passed by Congress and soon on its way to being signed by President Donald Trump - ironing out the differences between the Senate and House versions aren't expected to be too serious a problem - the United States is on the verge of a golden era of soaring prosperity, good fortune, and hope.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Understanding republicans
It's important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for those bills.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Sexual harassment and the end of team politics
Until the 1990s, American electoral politics were divided ideologically, between the opposing ideas of liberalism and conservatism. Now we have Team Politics: Democrat versus Republican, my party right or wrong.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Why Franken should not resign
The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken's resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensified after three more women - two of them anonymous - said the Minnesota Democrat had touched them inappropriately. They haven't subsided yet.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The evil rich
As Republicans struggle to agree on a tax plan, Democrats and much of the media label each attempt at reform a "gift" to rich people.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How the GOP tax plan can help small businesses more
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has caused a bit of a hullabaloo by complaining that small businesses don't get the benefits that corporations do in the GOP tax plan.
Friday, December 1, 2017

One more time: Where's the Benjamins?
And so now it is legally official: The Boulder Junction Town Board violated the open-meetings law last year when it convened a closed session to consider the compensation of an elected official, namely, the town's clerk-treasurer.
Friday, December 1, 2017

'Punching up' is American; 'punching down' is not
Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that "punches up" rather than "punches down." To "punch up" means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. "Punching down" is the opposite - mocking or disparaging someone or some group that is less influential, privileged or affluent than are the mocker and his audience.
Friday, December 1, 2017

When 'reckoning' with Bill, try facts Not myths
Suddenly it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things he is said to have done long ago.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The stupid party gets smart
Republicans have long been known as "the stupid party." They do stupid things, such as waiting until mid-November to push a must-pass tax cut that should have been done by April.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The powerful waging war on the weak
The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful - whether the undocumented maid's employer, the factory owner who signs the teenage worker's paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress - are in control, and the weak are, too often, at their mercy.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

National Native American Heritage Month
This month, during National Native American Heritage Month, we have had the proud opportunity to present a series of articles about the history, culture, and economy of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and it has turned out to be one of the most educational series we've had in a long time.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the real thing
To agree that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was controversial is a confirmation of the obvious. To agree he is an extremely proud man would likewise be undeniable. But love of his country and his duty to the constituents he protects are by far his most outstanding attributes.
Friday, November 24, 2017

The weird politics of sexual harassment
When the Kevin Spacey story first broke, he stood accused of one act of wrongdoing: aggressively hitting on a 14-year-old boy.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hey, Republican big spenders: Keep the spending caps
Why would a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican president repeal the best weapon against runaway federal spending in 30 years?
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hail Mary ... for the Democrats
Twice this week - at least twice this week - Democrats criticizing the state's $3-billion deal with Foxconn referred to the whole thing as Gov. Scott Walker's Hail Mary re-election scheme.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

First 'pre-mortem' of the 2018 elections
American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Simpler tax simplification
As you read this, President Trump's tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

To be a great president, you first have to like politics
On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman -- each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually enjoyed politics.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Enterprise land deal should be rejected
Some people are on the right side of history and some people are on the wrong side of history, and pretty soon we'll find out whether members of the Oneida County Board of Supervisors are racing back to the bygone days of government land grabs or are forging ahead in a new world of expanding property rights.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Why the Left has been so wrong about the Trump Boom
Time magazine's cover story for the week of Nov. 6 is a classic. It blares: "The Wrecking Crew: How Trump's Cabinet Is Dismantling Government As We Know It." The New York Times ran a lead editorial complaining that team Trump is shrinking the regulatory state at an "unprecedented" pace.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Five biggest reasons to hate the IRS tax code
President Donald Trump has proposed what he calls "the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan." He also wants vast simplification so Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard return. Let's hope that part of this reform package will be to defang the IRS, which treats Americans as if they are guilty until proven innocent and invades the basic privacy rights of citizens.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Communism turns 100
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

An old GOP learns new tricks to close state government
You can always count on Republicans to promote efficiency.

For instance, take the old saying, 'one step forward and two steps back.' Well, when it comes to open government in Wisconsin, the Republicans decided that such a fitful march to the rear was too inefficient.

Friday, November 3, 2017

An American president and the world
The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Now we know John Kelly
After all the sound and fury and infantile tweeting, what have we learned from the controversy over the president's call to Sgt. La David Johnson's widow?
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A private military
We've fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress?

After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and - stayed. Afghanistan is now America's longest war, ever.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's time to rein in the DNR's trespassing
As we report in today's edition, the state is pushing forward with the re-prosecution of a man who has already served a year in prison for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens but whose conviction the state Supreme Court recently overturned.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Air traffic control's job one is safety
Being stuck in an airport terminal waiting for an overdue departure is no fun.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Let them leave
The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England.

So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Death of the Border Crossers
The door of the antiquated bus folds open as the Ortiz family anxiously steps onto the only sizable street of Altar, Sonora Mexico. It's a typical small Mexican town but with a significant difference.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thanks to Trump, health care reform is on the way
If you were listening only to the mainstream media and political liberals last week, you might be convinced the sky is falling.
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Friday, October 20, 2017


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