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Guest commentary To Trump voters, on why there's still concern

June 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

By John Rapp and Anita AndrewEven though the Trump administration has now issued an Executive Order stating that it will stop taking children and babies from their parents when they attempt to enter the United States along our southern bord...

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In November, cast your vote against the GOP

June 25, 2018 at 8:30 am

WASHINGTON -- Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, which was merely the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified somethin...

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Reasons why fascinating election year looms

June 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

WISCONSIN voters, now it gets interesting. Republicans ended Democrats' three-win run in special and Supreme Court elections by holding onto the 42nd Assembly District. Billboards blaming the governor for vehicle-damaging "Scottholes" have ...

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'Absolute' power? Not in the United States

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

IF YOU live long enough, and I have, you come to comprehend what the old sayings mean: "The more things change, the more they stay the same," and, maybe, "What goes around, comes around" ... again and again.When I began my career as a newsp...

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State tribes study sports betting ruling

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

NATIVEW-American tribes that operate Wisconsin casinos are carefully reviewing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision giving all states the option of legalizing and regulating sports betting.But doesn't the Wisconsin Constitution now prohib...

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Loose lips sank Colorado baker's case

June 06, 2018 at 9:34 am

WASHINGTON -- "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships' sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases...

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Abrahamson's dominate-to-dissent court career

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

SUPREME Court Justice William Bablitch was mad. For years, he had started his Capitol work day by picking up one of the Court's copies of the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper and catching up on the news.But, without consulting her fellow j...

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Accidental president wore power lightly

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

WASHINGTON - Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 - first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco - two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, th...

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Questions partying Democrats must answer

May 29, 2018 at 9:21 am

IT MAY overstate it to call this weekend's state Democratic Party convention put up or shut up time for the out-of-power party. But not by much.Democratic activists who gather in Oshkosh will vet the party's 10-plus candidates for governor,...

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Campus oppression of free expression

May 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm

WASHINGTON -- On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan's president, addressed more than 1,000 students, declaring that the 90 percent of them who had favored the losing candidate had rejected "hate." He thereby eff...

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