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August 19, 2018

By no means a mandate
The sheriff's race is effectively over - with all due respect to Tom Wakely, who garnered eight votes and will be on the ballot in November - but we do have a few takeaways from the primary election. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 17, 2018

ICE and ignorance
Each year we make the journey from Arizona to our lake cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. During the last trip I was shaken from my boredom by flashing red lights in my rear view mirror. The look on my wife's face was a reminder this wasn't a new experience. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 17, 2018

Corporate Democrats still don't have a clue how to get Progressives to vote for them
When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a 10-term incumbent congressman in New York - in a set of Democratic primaries that saw self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country - The New York Times (which, true to its institutional establishmentarianism, didn't bother to cover her campaign) predicted her victory would "reverberate across the party and the country." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Calling out bad behavior
There's not a day that goes by in modern America that the news media is not called out for bad behavior. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ignorant Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders is all over the internet!

New York Magazine says he is "quietly building a digital media empire."

Mic.com calls it "one of the most powerful progressive media outfits in America." (subscriber access)

Friday, August 10, 2018

At Oneida County sheriff's department, dysfunction rolls on
This past week, the Dane County district attorney's office dismissed sexual assault charges against former Oneida County deputy Lee Lech, who was accused of rape by former deputy Sara Welcenbach. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 3, 2018

Working for tips
Union protestors and celebrity advocates have decided that waiters' tips aren't big enough.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Tough questions for Trump's newest hire
When Bill Shine took over as White House communications director during the July 4 holiday, the former Fox News co-president seemed to have dodged the obvious questions that loomed over his appointment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Liberal war on work
Once upon a time, "work for welfare" was a pretty accepted notion. In 1996, Bill Clinton signed a strict workfare bill, which was so popular that it helped him get reelected. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Voting is critical this year
In the Political Digest section today, there is a reminder for all residents to make sure they have the proper ID for voting in this year's elections, and we echo the call, for both the Aug. 14 primary and the November general election are shaping up to be critical ones, both for our state and for the nation. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 27, 2018

Less-communist Cuba
While self-proclaimed "democratic socialists" win Democratic primaries in America, actual socialists in Cuba are finally backing away from some of the ideas that kept Cubans poor. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 27, 2018

To Russia, with hate
Trump Derangement Syndrome has been on full display this week after the president's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dads needed
Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Yet another bad decision on the Fourth Amendment
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not as well known as its First and Second Amendment counterparts, but the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government is vital to liberty. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 13, 2018

State's merit pay system needs reform
It's a little bit of sticker shock - actually, a lot of sticker shock - to find out that state government has just handed out $11.6 million in bonuses - close to $2,500 for each of about 4,700 state workers. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 6, 2018

Can we survive this divide?
Never in our lifetime has our elected government been so blatantly attacked from within by legislators of the opposition party. For the sake of our republic and progeny it must end before it escalates beyond our control. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Court strikes a blow for open records
As we report in today's edition, a state court of appeals has bolstered the state's open records law in a major way, ruling in favor of the release of closed investigatory records that a UW-Oshkosh professor, Willis Hagen, had tried to stop. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Racism Isn't Surprising Anymore
Can we stop pretending to be shocked when a member of the Trump administration - or one of its prominent supporters - emits a squib of stinking racism? (subscriber access)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Anti-mining forces march over the cliff of credibility
It has often been said that if you lie down with dogs, you will get upon with fleas. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 26, 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

Trump and Gold Star families: He doesn't get it
In the 1970 film "Patton," Ed Binns portrays Lt. General Walter "Bedell" Smith, who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff near the end of World War II.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Why Sports and politics do not mix
There's a famous Woody Allen joke: "Those who can't do teach, and those who can't teach teach gym."
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Getting in a tiff over TIFs
As we report in today's edition, the city of Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) have gotten themselves into a tif over TIFs, or tax incremental financing districts.
Friday, October 13, 2017

War is not a spectator sport
On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: "I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely lose one or more of your precious Marines if you haven't already.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Keep them unknown: Mass shooters belong in dustbin of history
Another month, another mass shooting in America.

Last week, the familiar and devastatingly sad song and dance we're all too used to as a nation unfolded in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hurricane relief: It's time to get out of the way
The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do?

Give us lots of money, say many.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Democrats, don't blame the voters who are not racist
One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I've gotten to meet.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gunfight at the Not OK Corral
There's trouble brewing at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, and, if what we hear on the street turns out to be true, next year's sheriff's election might take the brew to an outright boil.
Friday, October 6, 2017

We need more than 'thoughts and prayers'
Whenever someone commits a heinous gun crime like the massacre in Las Vegas, politicians swiftly assure us that the victims and their families are "in our thoughts and prayers."
Friday, October 6, 2017

Three men who saved baseball from itself
From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Yes, the states can fix the Obamacare debacle
Back in 1996, a Republican Congress and a Democratic president (Bill Clinton) enacted one of the most historic bipartisan policy victories in modern times: the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act for welfare reform.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dangerous Dan had better be
Years ago there was an amusement park nestled in the mountains of North Carolina called Ghost Town in the Sky.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Disabled by government
A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators.
Friday, September 29, 2017

America's unfriendly skies
Liberals love to portray Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried, valiantly, to shed that criticism - but then why are so many in the party defending the special interests of private- and corporate-jet owners over the interests of the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need taxpayer subsidies to jet across the country?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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