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A portentous election in the Peach State

May 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

ATLANTA - By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million - perhaps more than $130 per ballot - will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of Am...

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Other editors say More schools should move to merit pay

May 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

. Wisconsin State JournalThen-President Barack Obama came to Wright Middle School in Madison eight years ago calling for merit pay and other education reforms to improve student learning."We've got to do a better job of rewarding outstandin...

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Ailes made news a lifestyle choice

May 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

FOR YEARS I boasted about graduating from the same university as Fox News chief Roger Ailes. My boast became somewhat muted after Ailes was forced out last year in a sexual harassment scandal.Yet my fellow Ohio University graduate, who died...

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The guardrails can't contain Donald Trump

May 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, for...

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Assembly's Odd Couple pushes for study

May 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

MEET the Assembly's Odd Couple.Outspoken conservative Republican Rep. Bob Gannon, 58, who represents affluent Milwaukee suburbs, apologized for the middle-finger salute he gave the Assembly Democratic leader during public debate. A state pe...

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An explanation for flagging productivity

May 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, "Baumol's disease." It is one reason brisk economic ...

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Culture thrives when it's all shook up

May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song "That's All Right." When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents' radio to the station and went to a movie. Hi...

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Income, gas tax reforms get GOP burial

May 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

NICE TRY, Dale. But remember that old saying, "If you think you're leading, but there is no one following, you're just out for a walk."Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga, a leader of the Legislature's CPA caucus, has worked to reform the persona...

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The political ax murder of James Comey

May 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 - the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.It was implausible that Comey was fired b...

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Guest commentary No deficit? It's all in the counting.

May 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

MADISON - Two recent state reports provide contrasting pictures of Wisconsin's financial condition. In one, the state ended 2016 in the red with a $1.7 billion deficit. The other shows the state in the black with a $331 million surplus.Whic...

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