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Your Right to Know Finalists' names should be made public

August 13, 2018 at 10:13 am

When the Oconto Police and Fire Commission said in April that it had interviewed two finalists for the open position of chief of police, Kent Tempus of the Oconto County Reporter asked who the finalists were.It was a simple request, made un...

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Steve Walters: Mike Ellis - Deals, barbs, facts, fiction

August 07, 2018 at 7:07 am

THE legendary lawmaker Mike Ellis will be honored tomorrow in Neenah, where he was born 77 years ago and whose values he championed every day he came to the Capitol from 1970 until 2014. Ellis died on July 20.Any column on the former Senate...

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Klett: Tourism is big business for Wisconsin

July 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

By Stephanie KlettTourism SecretaryWhen you're having fun, we're having fun--this sentiment is deeply rooted in our Midwestern hospitality and our sincere desire to make sure each visitor to our state has a memorable vacation. We call it Ge...

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Walters: ACLU adds political activism to toolkit

July 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin officials say Wisconsin is a textbook example of the ACLU's new emphasis on political advocacy."The ACLU has built a reputation for legal work, and that's still really important to what we ...

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Will: Learning about socialism from Trump

July 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

WASHINGTON -- For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a demo...

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George Will: Protectionism proves evidence is unpersuasive

July 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

WASHINGTON -- If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars' multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a manufacturer, farmer or consumer, so relax and e...

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Guest Commentary Democrats should stop attacking school choice

July 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

MILWAUKEE - Imagine this scenario: A candidate for governor threatens to completely eliminate the food stamp program, sending thousands of Milwaukee families scrambling to replace a fundamental human need. Our fellow Democrats would be agha...

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Steven Walters: Unusual interest, cash in treasurer campaigns

July 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

The Office of the State Treasurer has only one employee - the treasurer - who works in a basement Capitol office. A sign - "open" or "closed" - could be posted on the door.The office has lost so many responsibilities over 30 years that the ...

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Why we believe in telling people the truth

July 16, 2018 at 9:24 am

IN RECENT days the Beloit Daily News published a number of articles that sparked strong reactions in the community.Among the articles were in-depth reports of ongoing conflicts within the School District of Beloit Board of Education, culmin...

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Pocan's 'abolish ICE' call divides Democrats

July 16, 2018 at 9:25 am

Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan represents a Madison-dominated district that is one of the safest for Democrats in the nation. He got 68% of the vote two years ago and has no Republican challenger this year.So the 2nd District lawmaker pa...

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