As I See It

As I See It

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

Who knew a magazine could be so controversial? Probably not Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. In his budget proposal to the legislature, Walker called for eliminating a state-run nature magazine produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is produced six times per year. It has…

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Wednesday - April 12, 2017 9:59 am

Finally, policy items removed from WI budget

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The sudden shift toward good government in Madison is hard to overstate. Republican leadership in the legislature has done something that is quite rare. They removed all non-fiscal items from the state budget Governor Walker has proposed. It has become commonplace in Madison for Governors to insert their pet projects…

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Tuesday - April 11, 2017 9:01 am

More evidence of error in dumping GAB

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It is looking more and more like a big mistake. Wisconsin lawmakers disbanded the former Government Accountability Board two years ago in favor of separate ethics and elections commissions. They claimed the GAB had become partisan. So they dumped the board made up entirely of retired judges in favor of…

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Monday - April 10, 2017 9:59 am

Wisconsin Republicans show real backbone

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It doesn't happen often. Almost never in fact. So it is certainly notable that our politicians finally stopped marching in lockstep and actually showed they can think for themselves. It happened in Madison, where the Republican-controlled legislature told their boss what to do with his budget plan. The powerful Budget…

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Friday - April 7, 2017 8:41 am

Keep local control on school referendums

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It is clear that people in Wisconsin value public education. That is evident in the wake of Tuesday's election, when a majority of school referendum were approved across the state. Voters approved more than 62% of the requests for additional money for education in Tuesday's vote. Voters agreed to boost…

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Wisconsin remains notoriously lax on those caught driving drunk. Some legislators have tried for years, most often unsuccessfully, to strengthen the state's drunk driving laws. And they are trying again this year. Some of our elected officials want to impose mandatory minimum 18month prison sentences on drunk drivers found guilty…

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Wednesday - April 5, 2017 8:59 am

Retain minimum school requirements

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In Wisconsin, when winter weather closes schools, those lost days need to be made up. Typically at the end of the year, when students thoughts are turning to summer fun. That could be a thing of the past under legislation being considered by lawmakers in Madison. A new proposal tucked…

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Tuesday - April 4, 2017 9:25 am

Another important election today

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For most people, it is not a big deal. Our spring elections can be a bit of a yawner, especially compared to the drama of the recent presidential contest. But the truth is, every election matters. In fact, it could be argued that your vote will count more today, relatively…

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Monday - April 3, 2017 9:07 am

Turns out replacing Obamacare isn't that easy

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Turns out governing is much more difficult than campaigning. President Trump is finding that out, barely 70 days into his presidency. It is easy to say “lock her up” and get the base excited. It is easy to say that it would be easy to repeal and replace Obamacare. Turns…

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Friday - March 31, 2017 9:00 am

Where are opponents to Scott Walker?

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Is there no one beside Scott Walker who wants to be Wisconsin's next governor? The list of democrats who have given up on the thought of challenging Governor Walker keeps getting longer. Former State Senator Tim Cullen is the latest to announce that after considering a challenge to Scott Walker,…

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