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Seeking $712 million for DOT they distrust

July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

IF LEGISLATORS believe the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has wasted tax dollars and been mismanaged for years, why did Senate Republicans last week want to borrow $712 million more for that agency to spend on highways over the ne...

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What to do for little Charlie Gard

July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells' energy-producing structures (the mitochondria)...

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The Air Force equivalent of trench warfare

July 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - It is said that America's armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation's history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with...

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Even bungled collusion is still collusion

July 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - The Russia scandal has entered a new phase and there's no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 e...

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New homeowners' right to 'just say no'

July 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

HOMES make up 72% of all real property in Wisconsin. Homeowners will pay more than two-thirds of the $9.6 billion in net property taxes that state and local governments will collect this year. The state Constitution requires a "uniform" tax...

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Guest commentary Beloit School District to vote on phase 1

July 17, 2017 at 10:36 am

The Kolak Center that houses the School District of Beloit central office staff has been a topic of debate for many years. Now is the time to act in order to avoid additional unplanned and unnecessary costs to the district and to the commun...

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Fixing the 'rotting carcass' tax code

July 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog's breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare'...

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Solution looking for voter fraud problem

July 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

IT IS hard to be rebuffed more soundly than President Trump's "election integrity" commission - or, as he called it, the "very distinguished voter fraud panel" - has been stiffed by most of the states. It's not hard to imagine why. For one ...

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A plan to rein in Medicaid's 'mission gallop'

July 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Were it not for the provision that Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate's proposed health care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey's provision, however, ma...

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Guest commentary Misplaced justice in search of vote fraud

July 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Regardless of what happens in court or with the "call back" from President Trump, the Wisconsin Elections Commission will follow Wisconsin law and grant a request to release limited information about our voters as they must under our open r...

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