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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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Your Right to Know Can courts exempt themselves from the law?

July 09, 2018 at 9:32 am

A few weeks back, while looking into a court case in Waukesha County, I went to the court's website seeking contact information. There were a few phone numbers but no email addresses. So I called one of the numbers and asked for the judge's...

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First school safety grants stir controversy

July 09, 2018 at 9:32 am

THE first school-safety grants from a $100 million fund approved by Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature don't provide enough mental health training and subsidize church-run schools, critics say.State Department of Justice (DOJ) records sh...

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Foxconn deal adds to political divides

July 02, 2018 at 10:03 am

WHILE the nation and Washington officials fight over immigration and how to treat the children of border-crossing immigrants, $4.5 billion in state and local tax breaks and other incentives for Foxconn's proposed Racine County manufacturing...

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