Category Archives: Partisan Politics

Wisconsin at center of three-ring political circus

If you enjoy wild and unpredictable politics, you’re going to have a lot of fun as a spectator of a three-ring circus during the build-up to the Wisconsin presidential primary and general elections over the next 14 months. At the entertainment… Read more

Uncivil debate, like today’s, led to Civil War

NEW HAVEN, CT — Before you completely despair of the extreme partisanship and lack of grace that is the signature of the Trump era, know that American politics has had rougher times. There were the tempestuous protests of the 1960s and 1970s… Read more

Did Act 10 top court race to Hagedorn?

Conservative Brian Hagedorn was the underdog in his recent Wisconsin high court contest with liberal Lisa Neubauer, given that liberals handily won a Supreme Court last year¹s election by a wide margin. Until April 2, it appeared that the tide had… Read more

Will Dem wannabees address Milwaukee challenges?

The recent elections of political nobodies to the office of president – Barrack Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016 – proves that the game of politics is wide open in the web wide world. So why not take a shot? Fourteen Republican… Read more

Partisan gridlock in the cards for Wisconsin

Before and right after the election of Tony Evers as governor, there was some happy talk about the possibility of bipartisan advances in state policy. More and more, it looks like that is not going to happen. More and more, it is looking like we… Read more

Wisconsin trio could lead on pragmatic political solutions

With political gridlock emerging as the order of the day for 2019 at the state and national levels, and the resulting prospect that not much gets done on either level in solving major issues, is there any hope for Americans to see progress in the… Read more

This is not an obituary for Scott Walker

It is too early in Scott Walker’s life to write an obituary for his political career, but his anemic campaign to win a third term as Wisconsin governor dims his prospects for another big gig. Had he won the third term, he would have been in the… Read more

Evers and Walker, a stark contrast

As the election for Wisconsin governor winds down, cheap shot TV ads aside, the differences between Scott Walker and Tony Evers have become abundantly clear. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker- photo credit @GovWalker On the bottom, bottom line,… Read more

Can the nation move way from hyper-partisanship?

JACKSONPORT WI — Over coffee one recent morning at the Square Rigger Café in Door County with some wise old birds, there was a consensus that excessive partisanship in American politics is holding our country back. The rigid ideological… Read more

Campaign needs bigger ideas, like move Van Hise

Where are the big thoughts in the Wisconsin race for governor, like connecting Madison and Milwaukee by filling in the I-94 Corridor, like moving Van Hise Hall, the headquarters for the University of Wisconsin System to the state’s business… Read more