Bad news: The Social Security Trust Fund is on track to be wiped out by 2034.
Here’s an underreported fact. There are two Americas. One is urban. The other is rural. And therein lies much of the current Red-Blue divide.
Thanks, Wisconsin Policy Forum for a flagrant act of research: Federal pandemic economic stimulus aid approved so far will total a stunning $1…
The projected redevelopment of the former Shopko building into yet another space for storage units brought a predictable public response.
State Ethics Commission reports show the Tony for Wisconsin campaign fund had $3.3 million on hand Jan. 1.
Stewardship supports preservation of wild places and natural land, of prairies and oak savannahs, of hunting lands and hiking trails, of fishi…
A few old-time readers may recall I used to write an annual April Fool’s yarn. Every year some folks were entertained and got a good chuckle f…
If you hope to share your personal worries, hopes or dreams with the committee’s 16 legislators at a hearing, here’s how to prepare.
State—not federal—judges could play important roles in protecting voters’ rights in lawsuits over changes in election laws enacted after dispu…
This year’s debate over how to spend the next COVID-19 federal cash—$3.2 billion for state government—will differ in two important ways from 2009-10.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wants every local government in Wisconsin—ranging from Milwaukee (population 594,548) to the Village of Lowell (pop…
Wisconsin lawmakers will soon begin redrawing congressional and state voting boundaries, in accordance with the latest Census. It’s a good tim…
WASHINGTON—When Andrew Jackson became president in 1829, the national debt was $58.4 million, and Old Hickory was as frugal as he was disagree…
Three out of every four lawmakers who went through the historical Act 10 fight exactly one decade ago are no longer in the Legislature. So, wh…
Question of the day: What is censorship?
Like the author of Ecclesiastes, the Senate minority leader knows that to every thing there is a season.
Act 10 permanently reduced teacher compensation. This has led to a growing teacher shortage in Wisconsin.
Evers is expected to again swing for the progressive fences in his 2022-23 spending plan.
Evers is laying the political groundwork to potentially run for re-election in 2022.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants schools to open, but Beloit refuses.
Tommy G. Thompson has spent more than 30 years giving orders—as Assembly Republican leader, governor, secretary of the U.S. Department of Heal…
Broadband is now one of the infrastructure necessities no community can thrive without.
Most years, a week or two ago, this column would have staged the Big Reveal, laying out the annual predictions of that sage group of misfires …
Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu is wrestling with how to emerge from the political shadow of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
It's important to consider how state government spending priorities have changed over those 20 years.
Two Republican and Democratic leaders agree: State law should be changed to allow absentee ballots to be counted before 7 a.m. Election Day.
When you spend more than 30 years covering state officials and decisions they make, you learn the Capitol’s December traditions.
After all these years, to any who may have been joyous over the thought of purging me and my opinions from this page, apologies.
Legislators, now paid $52,000 a year, can make many, many times that as lobbyists or corporate executives.
United Way is always on the front lines of community problems, both every day and crises, and COVID-19 is no exception.
View a weekly listing of Rock and Walworth county real estate transactions as recorded by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
The court recently has received a record number of “original action” filings—pleas to take important cases and decide them directly.
WASHINGTON—Now that the presidential election is over, can we finally blame the Chinese communist regime for the covid-19 pandemic?
We need not just financial support but the active involvement of more individuals and businesses in our community to help keep the music alive.
The Federal Reserve estimated Wisconsin’s gross domestic product—the value of all goods and services produced in the state—at $346.4 billion in 2019.
The differing year-end responses of elected officials across Wisconsin to the Covid-19 pandemic that is sickening, hospitalizing and killing r…
I think of it as bookends.
Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2020. There are 38 days left in the year.
State Senate and Assembly committees overseeing election laws will hold a joint session this week on how Wisconsin's record 3.2 million votes …
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