Category Archives: Partisan Politics

Act 10 not the only issue facing governor wannabees

So far, not many of the Democratic candidates for governor have dropped out of the race, so it’s looking to be a long, hot summer of politics on that side of the Aug. 14 primary ballot. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is taking a pass on a… Read more

Pendulum swinging against state Republicans

Pendulum politics appear to be coming into play in Wisconsin and national politics in 2018, and they may have as much to do with the outcome of the fall elections as the knuckle balls thrown into the mix by President Trump. When one party… Read more

GOP leaves room for run up the middle in 58th

Dennis Degenhardt – 58th Assembly District If I were Dennis Degenhardt and running for the 58th Assembly seat left vacant by the premature death of Bob Gannon, I would not run as just a Democrat, I would run as a Democrat/Independent. Even… Read more

Johnson emerges as small business hero

Sen. Ron Johnson is hardly the proverbial Mr. Smith, the naïve small-town movie character who went to Washington and stumbled into reforming it. Our Wisconsin senator ran a relatively small plastics extrusion business, but married into a major… Read more

Governor candidates will duck big issues

The major issues for the 2018 campaign for governor and Wisconsin legislative seats are fairly predictable, but there is a possibility that some new ground will be plowed. Gov. Scott Walker will run on the state’s low unemployment rate, on… Read more

Trump firing the Republican Party

It should come as no surprise that President Donald Trump is in outright warfare with the leaders of the Republican Party. He never was a real Republican. Way back in 2016 when he was running in the primaries, I wrote as reason to not vote for… Read more

Primary Trump characteristic: divisiveness

There are so may different takes on the Trump presidency after four months in office that it’s hard to put a finger on the defining characteristics of his administration. Trump fans see boldness in word and deed. Trump detractors see… Read more

With high court victory, Wisconsin looking more red than purple

Justice Annette Ziegler The pivotal but almost unnoticed highlight of the spring elections in Washington County was the reelection of local favorite Annette Ziegler to a second ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She ran unopposed,… Read more

Will President Clinton heal or divide?

Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump, riddled with self-inflicted wounds, is a dead man walking, so it’s time to start thinking about what President Hillary Clinton could do in her first hundred days to pull this horribly divided country back to some measure of… Read more

GOP will have to rebrand after Trump

Donald Trump King Lear

What must Donald Trump be thinking deep inside as he staggers to a humiliating defeat? He is impossible to figure, but could it be similar to these quotes from the mouth of Shakespeare’s great outcast, King Lear? “I am a man more sinned… Read more