As I See It

As I See It

Wisconsin's longest running daily commentary, a daily tradition since 1971.

Your turn. Those who promise a quick end to Obamacare have worked hard to kill it, but not so hard to fix it. Critics have shouted end Obamacare, and it is widely assumed that Republicans who control Congress will make ending the Affordable Care Act their top priority in the…

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It was one year ago this week when state investigators raided Wisconsin's troubled youth prison. The list of allegations is lengthy, and troubling. Sexual assault. Child neglect. Tampering with public documents. Intimidation of victims. Use of pepper spray to cause bodily harm. That raid followed a nearly year long investigation,…

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Friday - December 2, 2016 8:58 am

Ron Kind silent about party's future

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Ron Kind is being a bit coy. The La Crosse Congressman would prefer to keep certain things confidential. Like how he voted in the election of House Minority Leader. Kind refuses to say how he voted in the contest between Nancy Pelosi and her challenger, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan. Pelosi…

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Thursday - December 1, 2016 8:59 am

Many benefits to UWL

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We probably don't think about it much. Just what is the benefit of having a University of Wisconsin campus in La Crosse? A public forum in La Crosse featuring University System President Ray Cross this week examined that question. There are the obvious answers, such as the economic impact the…

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Wednesday - November 30, 2016 10:21 am

Despite claims on both sides, election was not rigged

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Can we please stop claiming the election was rigged? We heard that claim from Donald Trump throughout the campaign. He refused to say whether he would abide by the results of the election. That prompted a flurry of criticism from democrats like U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who condemned…

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Tuesday - November 29, 2016 9:40 am

Work together to improve redistricting

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Let's draw! Some Wisconsin lawmakers are suggesting changes to Wisconsin's process of redistricting, drawing new legislative boundaries every ten years. A panel of federal judges has declared the current maps, drawn by republicans, is unconstitutional. The judges have encouraged both parties to submit plans for improving the projects, and now,…

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Wednesday - November 23, 2016 9:06 am

Wisconsin legislative boundaries illegally drawn

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A panel of federal judges has now confirmed what we have long argued. That Wisconsin's political boundaries were drawn up to unfairly give advantage to one political party. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the legislative districts were created in violation of both the…

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Tuesday - November 22, 2016 11:41 am

Just fix it

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Just fix it. That is the message to Wisconsin lawmakers from one of the state's most important industries. The state's timber industry is reminding lawmakers of the importance of well maintained roads, encouraging them to summon the political will to make an investment in our infrastructure. Doing so is critical…

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Monday - November 21, 2016 11:21 am

No surprise fewer trust the media

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For those of us in the industry, the survey is troubling. The latest Gallup Poll finds American's trust in the news media has sunk to an all time low. Only 32% say they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the media. That number is down…

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Friday - November 18, 2016 9:37 am

Bringing back earmarks hardly draining the swamp

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If the recent election results taught us anything, it is that people are fed up with business as usual in Washington. But some in the nation's capitol remain very fond of business as usual. In fact, they want to return to the days of Congressional earmarks, allowing them to stuff…

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