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May 25, 2018

Martha, it's time now for a real investigation
Dennis Duke, the guilty former supervisor of the town of Boulder Junction, came to a Boulder Junction Town Board meeting the other night with a bag of stones ready to hurl at - of all targets - "certain local news media." (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

The Innocence Project
On TV crime shows like "CSI," "NCIS" and "Law & Order," science gets the bad guys. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

Hold the line on gas taxes
It's springtime, and that always gives us the comfort of familiar things: mud and road construction, but also rising temperatures and flowers and picnics. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, May 18, 2018

Toward a No-Spending Increase Pledge
There's no question that Wisconsin, under Republican leadership these past eight years, has been great in cutting taxes. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 11, 2018

Hating DeVos
People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a "white supremacist." (subscriber access)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Goodbye, OPEC
I have argued many times on these pages and elsewhere that the shale oil and gas revolution is the story of the decade. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hostile language
It's an established American tradition to call people what they wish to be called. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Of welfare and work
There's a lot of knocking about these days over attempts to rein in eligibility for state and federal welfare programs, but few of the arguments get to the heart of the matter. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, May 4, 2018

We're taking bold actions to protect Wisconsin's hunting traditions
Wisconsin is ready for bold, decisive action to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). (Subscriber Access)
Friday, May 4, 2018

Distractor-In-Chief Trump is gaslighting us into forgetting America's real issues
Eight days before Donald J. Trump took his presidential oath before a crowd whose size the president still insists on fibbing about, I wrote a column titled "Life Under Trump - What Happens Now?" (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The need for NAFTA
Finally, some good news for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. CNBC is reporting that a framework for a renewed and improved NAFTA may be coming in the weeks ahead. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Touching the nation
She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York's Westchester County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

No need for butter bureaucrats
There's an old saying out there that a person who is enjoying some good fortune is sitting in a tub of butter. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Teachers with guns
What should be done about school shootings?

After the horrible shooting in Parkland, Fla., President Trump suggested that some teachers carry guns. "We need to let people know, you come in to our schools - you're gonna be dead." (subscriber access)

Friday, April 27, 2018

A few hard questions for Comey
For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hidden taxes
The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. "That's the one that really made me mad." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith
Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this practical advice: "If a candidate gets measurably louder applause from the crowd when he's introduced to speak than he does when he's finished speaking, that candidate is overrated and will not be a winner." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fear and loathing in Boulder Junction
The case of the Boulder Junction Town Board gets curiouser and curiouser.

The most intriguing question is, why are the town board supervisors - chairman Dennis Reuss and supervisors Denny McGann and Wes Johnson - so afraid of the people who elect them? (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Trillion-dollar myth
There is an old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and we've learned that again with the Congressional Budget Office and its latest highly misleading fiscal forecast. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

The President's trump card for spending restraint
The White House is seriously considering a strategy to cancel tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending in the $1.3 trillion budget signed by President Donald Trump last month.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Republicans and patriotism
The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: "I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Knife control, life control
If you want to know exactly what the true goals of gun-control activists are, one need look no farther than London, England.
Friday, April 13, 2018

War on science
We've been told conservatives don't believe in science and that there's a "Republican war on science."
Friday, April 13, 2018

Don't let Trump betray veterans
Whenever Donald Trump fires a member of his administration, the least likely reason is incompetence, corruption, abuse of authority or wasteful extravagance.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Poisonous taxes
Soda will cost you more in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder, Colorado, and a bunch of California cities because politicians in those places voted to tax it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In Boulder Junction, a coup d'état, by any other name
In Boulder Junction these days, we know the town board has broken the open-meetings law at least once - it was convicted of illegally discussing the town clerk's compensation in closed session and then paying her $8,700 illegally - but, sadly, that is not even the worst offense that trio of would-be monarchs committed.
Friday, April 6, 2018

The art of the Trump trade deal
Is it possible that Donald Trump is winning on trade?

Last week, Trump apparently delivered two underappreciated victories as a result of his threat of stiff tariffs and renegotiated trade deals.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Helpful hints for candidates
Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year - and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might sweep them out of office in November.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The red pill
In the movie "The Matrix," swallowing a red pill reveals the truth, while downing a blue pill leaves you trapped in illusion.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Getting what they so richly deserve
Several months ago, when the GOP-controlled Congress passed a $1.4-trillion tax cut, we opined that America could be on the verge of a golden era of prosperity - that we could be on the verge of making America great again.
Friday, March 30, 2018

No, Hillary Clinton: It's the red states that are dynamic
Hillary Clinton is being universally panned by Republicans and Democrats for her recent rant against people who voted for Donald Trump.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Who's afraid of mergers?
Donald Trump is producing the kind of shoot-the-moon economic recovery that we last saw under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Climate exit
President Trump's pick to be the new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is not a fan of the Paris climate agreement, the treaty that claims it will slow global warning by reducing the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Keep it closed!
The government is open again. That's too bad.

One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Useful idiots vs. the FBI
Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America's law enforcement and intelligence services.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Autism numbers spike: The latest call to action
The new numbers on autism prevalence are alarming - according to a national survey of more than 30,000 families, 1 in 36 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism - and they are yet another urgent call for our elected leaders to take action. (subscriber access)


Friday, January 12, 2018

Punish poor people
Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines.

His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. "Too cheap!" say New York City bureaucrats. "The cigars should have cost 11 cents more."

Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco.

Friday, January 12, 2018

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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

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