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Guest commentary Productive, nuanced school conversation needed

March 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm

(Following is an edited version of a statement presented at the Beloit School Board business meeting on March 21. — Editor)By Dr. Kendra SchiffmanI want to share another perspective of the school district based on my professional exp...

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Have populist politics reached ‘peak Trump’?

March 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WHEW! That was close.I wasn’t expecting to be waiting on the edge of my seat for the outcome of this year’s Dutch parliamentary elections. But I wasn’t expecting Donald Trump to be America’s president, either.Aft...

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The real world of repealing Obamacare

March 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON — The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. Th...

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Barrett: GOP budget must help Milwaukee

March 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

MILWAUKEE Mayor Tom Barrett has a message about his city for Republicans who control the Capitol and the 2017-19 state budget.“We’ve reinvented ourselves,” Barrett said in a WisconsinEye interview last week. “We&...

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Going down the conspiracy rabbit hole

March 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON — When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies som...

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Guest commentary Your right to know, and your resource

March 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

As Wisconsin Attorney General, I’m frequently called upon to provide advice on public records to government agencies at all levels.Sunshine Week 2017 provides us the perfect opportunity to assess our own responsiveness to public reco...

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Walker transportation plan gets new look

March 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

ONCE UPON a time, Gov. Scott Walker offered a long-term funding plan for highways, bridges and other statewide transportation projects. And it didn’t raise the gas tax or annual vehicle registration fee — tax increases the Rep...

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Eugenics was a cause for progressives

March 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

WASHINGTON — The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” ther...

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Record $28.1M spent on legislative campaigns

March 08, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WHO WERE the biggest winners when Republican legislators rewrote campaign-finance laws for last year’s elections?An analysis by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC), which tracks donations and spending, says it was wealthy contribu...

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Guest commentary The publishing of government notices

March 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

When you read your weekly or daily newspaper, do you read the minutes from a school board meeting or the details of an ordinance passed by your municipality? All of these notices can be found in the public notice section of your local newsp...

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