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Blue Clear Water

Now that the April 1st election is plenty behind us, we can look at *why* the pro-Confluence Project referendums passed, and a prime reason has to be, well, demographics.  As the legendary Hall Of Fame coach Bill Parcells once said, you are what your record says who you are.  Adapted for a city, the record shows what Eau Claire is:  a blue city. Read more...

The Individual & The Society

Talking recently on "NewsTalk 790 Today," the debate about school vouchers returned, and the debate seemed crystallized around one proposition:  what is more important to us, society-at-large or the immediate individual?  A caller said that he should be able to move his children from an under-performing school to a better school (presumably in terms of academics, behavior, quality of teachers, etc.) so his kids can get a better education.  My argument was that vouchers allow parents to move the better-performing kids out of some problems schools, leaving more misbehaving/under-performing kids at that leftover public school, thus hurting the future prospects of the remaining students. Read more...

John Doe? Old News.

The release of the approximately 28,000 e-mails relating to the John Doe investigation into Governor Walker's administration as Milwaukee County Executive had the potential to cause controversy, and to a degree, they did.  The outcome of the release, however, may be somewhat unexpected:  Walker's path to the presidency may have just gotten easier. Read more...

Yes! No! Does It Matter?

Here is a brief note to keep in mind as the coming weeks bring plenty of local debate about the April 1st referenda relating to the Confluence Project.  Remember that the largest chunk of money for the project comes through state approval, and part of that approval will come via the Wisconsin Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee.  A year ago, the chair of the committee, Rep. Stephen Nass, said he opposed the project and would go so far as to fight inclusion of the money in coming state budgets, terming the Confluence Project a "white elephant." Read more...

Equal Badger Rights

I left out a prediction from my recent 2014 preview column: like in other states, Wisconsin's state constitutional ban on gay marriage would be ruled federally unconstitutional by a judge. As it should. Had I included the prediction, I would have seemed all the more prescient: a lawsuit now exists to do just that. Read more...

Voting Rights Are Not Partisan

In the wake of last year's Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Right Act, many experts and pundits assumed the sections of the VRA found unconstitutional would not be corrected by a House of Representatives controlled by conservatives -- like the conservatives on the Supreme Court who led the body's ruling.  Yet a few House conservatives stood out, one from our state:  Jim Sensenbrenner.  He expressed an interest in pushing for a Voting Right Act fix, and we are getting close to seeing the fruits of such interest. Read more...

Right To Work On Right-To-Work

Typically the Republican leadership in the state legislature talks about focusing on job growth -- Governor Walker certainly does so -- but might something not-all-that-related be on the table?  And by that, I don't mean abortion legislation, but, rather, making Wisconsin a right-to-work state. Read more...

What Will Happen In 2014

2014 is upon us.  So, what's gonna happen?  Let's make some predictions.  And by "let's," I mean "me." Read more...

Unforced Errors

The speculation about a 2016 presidential run by Gov. Scott Walker is heating up.  Which means more attention to all-things Walker, whether it be his comments on who the GOP should choose as a nominee, or something as seemingly-minor as what a campaign staffer types-up. Read more...

Assembly, What's The Deal?

Late last week, the state Assembly finished its scheduled session for the year.  Passed:  Voter ID legislation, reduced early voting hours, a constitutional amendment restricting recalls and a license plate to show pro-life support.  Rejected:  a resolution to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.  Not considered:  non-partisan redistricting. Read more...