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September 23, 2017

Winds of change are blowing in Boulder Junction
Though it may not feel like it to those who wanted to split the clerk-treasurer's position in Boulder Junction - the attempt narrowly failed at an electors meeting Tuesday night - that meeting and vote was in fact a tremendous victory for grassroots democracy.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Health care, tax reform: It's now or never
Republicans can argue about immigration and dreamers, they can argue about defense spending and Russia, they can argue about trade and marijuana (yes, they are fighting over that), but there are two issues they had better stop squabbling about and pass: a health care overhaul and tax reform.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Detoured by government
Michelle Freenor's business almost failed before it began.

That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. "Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah's Historic District," said one five-star Yelp review. "Great, informative," said another.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Blame for disaster
"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take," demands "The Daily Show" comic Trevor Noah, "until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!"

His audience roars its approval.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy New Year
Labor Day has already come, and summer is all but over. Autumn - with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year - is upon us. Now - in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas - ought logically to be New Year's Day, which means resolutions and predictions.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Face it: The Trump boom is here
Has anyone noticed - through the fog of Russia, James Comey, Charlottesville and now two monster hurricanes - that the U.S. economy is booming faster than it has since the late Clinton years?
Friday, September 15, 2017

Seeing alternatives
I just got new glasses - without going to an optometrist.

It's another innovation made possible by the internet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reprimand to Trump from Pittsburgh Voters: 'It's Not About You'
On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give "a word or a feeling about Donald Trump."
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trump makes the right move on Dreamers
President Donald Trump pulled the plug this week on the so-called Dreamers' program that gave deportation relief to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, ending the amnesty order created by President Obama.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Violence next time
Does hatred and violence reside only on the far right, as the media seems to be spinning things? Consider this personal anecdote.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Price gouging
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is upset about "price gouging" during hurricane Harvey. Some stores raised prices to $99 for a case of bottled water - $5 for a gallon of gas. "These are things you can't do in Texas," he says. "There are significant penalties if you price gouge in a crisis like this."
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Needing an 'enemy'
Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that "mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil."
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hook should face civil service charges
Most people long ago figured out how the region's Brotherhood of Justice works. If you're a member in good standing of the good-ol'-boys-and-girls club, no problem.
Friday, September 1, 2017

'Keep it simple, stupid'
One of the most enduring lessons from the American health care fiasco is that to win a political battle it is best to keep the message simple. If there are too many moving parts to a plan, if Americans don't understand what the politicians are doing, or if there are parts of a bill they don't like, it probably will go down in flames.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Northern Wisconsin can have both tourism and mining
Northern Wisconsin is home to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests in the Midwest - if not the world. It is also home to an aging population and unemployment rates that lag behind the rest of the state.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Al Gore's Hype
I was surprised to discover that Al Gore's new movie begins with words from me!

While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, "'An Inconvenient Truth' won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. 'Sea levels may rise 20 feet' -- absurd." He used this comment from one of my TV shows.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yes, repeal the mining moratorium
Several weeks ago we wondered about all the state perks probably going to Foxconn - $2.85 billion in subsidies; environmental exemptions - that once again stack the deck against the northern half of the state and unfairly discriminate against already existing companies that didn't get the same preferential treatment.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trump's Real Record on Race
One lesson I've learned from working with Donald Trump is that you have to pay attention to what he does, not what he says. The left and the media are accusing Trump of being racist and a Nazi-sympathizer because of his words in response to the horrid events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Trump's deadly ego trip
Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim he would "take care of everybody" with a "beautiful" new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The President is also a moral leader
It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain an unscheduled drive from the White House he had once taken.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Google Women
Why aren't there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Where's the Benjamins?
As we report in today's edition, this newspaper has filed yet another open-meetings complaint against the town board of Boulder Junction.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beware the Obamacare-industrial complex
The danger of a Republican bailout of Obamacare is mounting with every passing day. Moderate Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus are quietly negotiating with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to throw a multibillion-dollar lifeline to the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Regulating guns
Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don't.

Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Authentic Republican wisdom
American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Public beware: Sorensen wants to control your property
It's amazing the lengths to which big-government politicians will go to keep control of people's lives.
Friday, August 11, 2017

The Trump Economy: Progress and Peril
Well, finally we are getting that "summer of recovery." The July jobs report released recently was a blockbuster - solid job gains across the economy, the lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade and a nice bump in wages.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Missing case for Republican health care
At 2 o'clock on a Friday morning in July - after having successfully run in three national elections on their party's repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting passed - the case of those in the Senate majority leadership to fellow Senate Republicans for honoring that vow came down to a single assurance: Vote for this bare-bones bill, which nobody has ever seen before and would take health care away from only 16 million of our fellow citizens, even though, you have our solemn word, it will never become law.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Democrats are a lost cause
There they go again.

Hillary Clinton was a two-time loser. Weirdly, her people are still in charge of the Democratic Party. Clintonista militant moderates haven't learned a thing from Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump - so they're trying to sell Democratic voters on more of the same.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Good enough for us
We're just a little torn by this week's news that tech manufacturing giant Foxconn is coming to Wisconsin - somewhere in the southeastern part of the state - to build a 20-million-square-foot plant for its products.
Friday, August 4, 2017

The Trump budget
Remember President Trump's "terrible" budget cuts?

"Promises Little but Pain," warned The New York Times.

"Harsh and shortsighted," cried The Washington Post.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Coal is No. 1
Quick: What was the No. 1 source of electricity production in the U.S. during the first half of 2017? If you answered renewable energy, you were wrong by a mile. If you answered natural gas, you were wrong by a tiny amount.
Friday, August 4, 2017

How to fix the GOP's Obamacare Fiasco
It's no great revelation Republicans have bungled the Obamacare repeal bill beyond belief.

What's killing Republican reform efforts are the headlines projecting that some 20 million people will lose their health insurance under virtually any GOP plan.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

$2 million bathroom
Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That's what New York City government spent to build a "comfort station" in a park.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's just another day
The liberals had their way again at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands this week, with the big-government politicians - attorney general Brad Schimel and secretary of state Doug La Follette - outnumbering state treasurer Matt Adamczyk in voting to buy almost 1,000 acres of land in Oneida County.
Friday, July 28, 2017

McCain the patriot
In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wisconsin will lead a property rights revolution
The Murr family owns two adjacent lots along the Lower St. Croix River. The lots were originally purchased as two separate and distinct lots (Lot F and Lot E) in 1960 and 1963, respectively.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why Trump Jr. should release more emails
For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans their presidential campaign had "absolutely no contact" with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Loving animals to death
We need to sell more rhino horns, quickly.

That may be the only way to save rhinos from extinction. Today, rhinos vanish because poachers kill them for their horns. Businesses turn their horns into ornaments or quack health potions.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cruz rescues Republicans on Obamacare
Republicans are finally getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators - Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assist from Mike Lee of Utah - to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums and save money for the government, all without alienating millions of voters. He's pulled the Republicans' fannies out of the fire, flipping a losing strategy into a big-time winner.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Unanswered questions of 2017
In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: "France is America's first and oldest ally. A lot of people don't know that," have already been following the strategy first recommended by a great Gallic leader, Napoleon Bonaparte: "Never interfere with an opponent while he's in the process of destroying himself."
Friday, July 21, 2017

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