Bill Kaplan

Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C. for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

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Recent Articles

Op Ed: Move Wisconsin Medicaid Expansion Forward
Op Ed

Move Wisconsin Medicaid Expansion Forward

70 percent of Wisconsinites support Medicaid expansion. It would provide health insurance to those without, and save state millions.

Op Ed: Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans Split on Trump Impeachment
Op Ed

Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans Split on Trump Impeachment

Democrats clear in call for impeachment inquiry, while Republicans have little to say.

Op Ed: Climate Crisis, Listen to Young People
Op Ed

Climate Crisis, Listen to Young People

Thousands of young people marched across the US demanding action to fight climate-change, will leaders listen?

Op Ed: Can a Democrat Succeed Duffy?
Op Ed

Can a Democrat Succeed Duffy?

Yes, if the campaign is run on bread-and-butter issues that appeal to rural voters.

Op Ed: Will Ron Johnson Stand Up for Retirees?
Op Ed

Will Ron Johnson Stand Up for Retirees?

Democratic bill protects state workers covered by troubled Central States Pension Fund. Will Johnson support it?

Op Ed: Obama-Trump Voters Key To Election
Op Ed

Obama-Trump Voters Key To Election

Signs of some deserting Trump, including state’s dairy farmers.

Op Ed: July 4th Belongs To America, Not Trump
Op Ed

July 4th Belongs To America, Not Trump

President turning nonpartisan celebration for all Americans into a political promotion.

Op Ed: Congressional Oversight, Not Impeachment
Op Ed

Congressional Oversight, Not Impeachment

Mueller report alarming. Much still needs to be uncovered, clarified on Trump and Russia.

Op Ed: Yes and No on Marijuana
Op Ed

Yes and No on Marijuana

Evers is right: No to full legalization but yes to medical cannabis, decriminalizing possession of small amounts.

Op Ed: How to Win in 2020
Op Ed

How to Win in 2020

Neubauer campaign shows what not to do. Democrats must broaden coalition.

Op Ed: Better Roads Require Gas Tax Hike
Op Ed

Better Roads Require Gas Tax Hike

No increase in 12 years. 50% of roads are in poor to mediocre condition.

Op Ed: Why GOP Should Back Medicaid Expansion
Op Ed

Why GOP Should Back Medicaid Expansion

Voters want it, just like they opposed government shutdown. Republican legislators, take heed.

Op Ed: How Shutdown Is Hurting State
Op Ed

How Shutdown Is Hurting State

Impact on farmers, Native Americans, food processing companies and more.

Op Ed: Why the Government Shutdown?
Op Ed

Why the Government Shutdown?

Paul Ryan could have stopped it but took the low road for Trump.

Op Ed: Is Gallagher A Reformer?
Op Ed

Is Gallagher A Reformer?

Wisconsin congressman proposes reforms, but ignores the elephant in the room.

Op Ed: October Surprise for Walker, Trump?
Op Ed

October Surprise for Walker, Trump?

Trade war, declining market, junk health insurance may stick to both candidates.

Op Ed:  Democrats Need Bread-And-Butter Issues
Op Ed

Democrats Need Bread-And-Butter Issues

Republicans won’t protect workers pensions and health care, Democrats will.

Op Ed: Evers Could Benefit From Walker Fatigue
Op Ed

Evers Could Benefit From Walker Fatigue

There is exhaustion with Walker’s ambition and relentless negative campaigns.

Op Ed: Is Walker a Russian Dupe?
Op Ed

Is Walker a Russian Dupe?

Did he get Russian donations that were funneled through NRA?

Op Ed: Can Democrats Win State’s Swing Voters?
Op Ed

Can Democrats Win State’s Swing Voters?

They voted for Obama and then Trump. Will they swing to Democrats in November?

Op Ed: Walker, Trump Oppose Affordable Care
Op Ed

Walker, Trump Oppose Affordable Care

Every action they’ve taken aims to destroy Affordable Care Act.

Op Ed: No, It’s Not About Impeachment
Op Ed

No, It’s Not About Impeachment

Midterm elections are about assuring checks and balances. Any move to impeach must be bipartisan.

Op Ed: Tommy Predicts Walker Could Lose Big
Op Ed

Tommy Predicts Walker Could Lose Big

“President should not be a bully,” Thompson says, and that will hurt GOP.

Op Ed: Is Trump Normalizing Nuclear Weapons?
Op Ed

Is Trump Normalizing Nuclear Weapons?

Proposed 10-fold increase in weapons, study of how to survive nuclear bomb.

Op Ed: The Legacy of Marc Raskin
Op Ed

The Legacy of Marc Raskin

Remembering the Milwaukee native, Nixon “enemy” and leading liberal policy wonk.

Op Ed: Tax Cuts Pass Under Dark Clouds
Op Ed

Tax Cuts Pass Under Dark Clouds

Secrecy and lies used to pass it. How much will Trump, Ron Johnson personally benefit?

Op Ed: Rojo Is a Trump-Style Loose Cannon
Op Ed

Rojo Is a Trump-Style Loose Cannon

Ron Johnson insults McCain, supports Trump’s reckless rhetoric on North Korea.

Op Ed: Trumpcare Can Be Stopped
Op Ed

Trumpcare Can Be Stopped

It drastically reduces health coverage. Senate could, should resist it.

Op-Ed: Petri and Schultz Won’t Vote for Trump
Op-Ed

Petri and Schultz Won’t Vote for Trump

Former Wisconsin congressman, former state senator are among long list of GOP dissenters.

Op-Ed: Ryan Should Rescind Endorsement of Trump
Op-Ed

Ryan Should Rescind Endorsement of Trump

The Party of Lincoln is dying, but Paul Ryan doesn’t get it.

Op-Ed: Hospitals Could Fix State’s Health Care
Op-Ed

Hospitals Could Fix State’s Health Care

They should emulate other states, offer to pay our state's share of Medicaid expansion.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Scott Walker

Yes, Virginia, There is a Scott Walker

What Virginia and Iowa can teach the governor.