Category Archives: Partisan Politics

Tommy would add depth to the 2022 campaign

Within a few months, UW regents president Edmund Manydeeds will accept the resignation of Tommy Thompson as interim UW president. “Tommy,” as he was known during his four terms as Wisconsin governor, stepped into a vacuum when a UW Regents’ … Read the rest

Rep. Ramthun: Leave my sacred vote alone

Why in his grandstanding press release calling for cancellation of the Wisconsin presidential election outcome did State Sen. Timothy Ramthun, a Republican from Campbellsport, not offer a single incident of actual voter fraud in his district? Nothing. Nada. Not a … Read the rest

Minor Voting Flaws Trigger Overblown Response

My mother-in-law, Margaret Keenan Icks of Green Bay, spent a good part of her life as a leader of the League of Women Voters. It campaigned for a decade to “get out the vote.” The concern back then was that … Read the rest

Wisconsin GOP quintet hobbles Cheney

My journalist brother once reminded me of the adage: “If you’re going to tell the truth, you better have a fast horse outside the door.” Liz Cheney, the third ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives did not have … Read the rest

Trump acquitted, but far from not guilty

The second impeachment trial is in the books, with the former president acquitted of anti-American activities. But, in the court of public opinion, Donald Trump came out as far from innocent and highly guilty of conduct unbecoming the office of … Read the rest

No centrist innovations so far from Biden

Political centrists in the United States are suffering a severe case of disappointment as they watch the two political parties staying in the same old partisan rut that preceded the election of Joe Biden as president. It was just three … Read the rest

Hagedorn: Wisconsin person of the year

If there were a Wisconsin “Person of the Year,” award, it would have to go to Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Brian Hagedorn. He is relatively new on the court, elected to a full 10-year term in 2019. Having served as … Read the rest

Trump leaves chaos behind on way to exile

Back in 2016, I followed reports on Donald Trump assiduously, and I assembled  a running total of 104 reasons to not vote for him in the both primary and general election. I wrote about it incessantly as I added reasons … Read the rest

Vote defect level low by most process standards

Coming from the world of manufacturing where “zero defects” or “Six Sigma” is always the ultimate objective, the recent election results in Wisconsin can only be viewed as remarkably reliable. The two recounts in Milwaukee and Dane County produced only … Read the rest

Trump trashes our democracy on way out door

Way down deep, Donald Trump lost the election last week for two main reasons; he is essentially anti-democratic and he is not a nice man. A majority of the American electorate concluded that he has little respect for our democratic … Read the rest