Category Archives: Partisan Politics

State remapping deal promises more bi-partisanship

At least at the state level, there are encouraging early signs of bipartisanship that has been missing for the better part of two decades. It has something to do, me thinks, with the Supreme Court-ordered rearrangement of the Wisconsin legislative … Read the rest

Tired of Trumpian losses, Gallagher leaves House

Thank you for your service, Mike Gallagher. In the aftermath of his recent decision not to run for a fifth term, critics on the far right of the Trump-infested Republican Party won’t mouth those gracious words, the words that many … Read the rest

Escape checkmate on border control, Ukraine

Where, oh, where is the Republican Party of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, historic U.S. hawks? How did it become the party of Charles Lindbergh, the notorious isolationist of the 1930s? Lindbergh campaigned vigorously against foreign entanglements right up until … Read the rest

How to use bloated state surplus in 2024?

Citizens of Wisconsin received a big bonus under their collective Christmas tree. The state surplus grew by $2 billion during 2023 to $6.7 billion. That enlarged surplus will enable our political leaders to invest in a good number of strategic … Read the rest

GOP needs stiffer back on Ukraine

How to make the case to right wing Republicans that the United States must stay the course in Ukraine. Formerly hawkish Republicans, the isolationists in the GOP are now ready to hand that existentially challenged country to Vladimir Putin. That … Read the rest

Our GOP congressmen need to be centrists

How far the Republicans have gone off a sensible track became clear last week when all six Republican congressmen from Wisconsin voted to make Rep. James Jordan of Ohio the Speaker of the House. Jordan was one the principal ringleaders … Read the rest

Parties Owe Us Alternatives to Trump, Biden

What’s the antidote to two old geezers refusing to step aside for fresh energy and ideas in the Oval Office? The two political parties are supposed to forward candidates for the U.S. presidency that elicit enthusiasm and respect for how … Read the rest

For Putin: Not winning is losing

Putin is Losing The concept that Vladimir Putin is losing his Ukrainian war because he is not winning may seem contrived. But it’s reality. As an article in Foreign Affairs pointed out, it was Putin who set out his grand … Read the rest

Heartland questions for GOP wannabe debate

Wouldn’t it be a gas to be one of the journalists for the upcoming GOP presidential primary debate Wednesday in Milwaukee? I had the fun of doing that once way back when Tommy Thompson and Tony Earl were debating on … Read the rest

Tax cuts: beyond political to strategic

There are almost an infinite number of ways to use the remaining $4 billion state surplus. Gridlock between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority leader Kevin LeMahieu, has stymied constructive uses … Read the rest