George Mitchell

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The Contrarian: Tommy Thompson Is Wrong About Prisons
The Contrarian

Tommy Thompson Is Wrong About Prisons

He regrets 1991 plan I wrote. But he never implemented it.

The Contrarian: Roads Spending Way Down, Debt Way Up
The Contrarian

Roads Spending Way Down, Debt Way Up

New state report shows roads funding down 28%, yet debt service doubling under Walker.

The Contrarian: Dallet’s Curious Attack on Justice System
The Contrarian

Dallet’s Curious Attack on Justice System

Her call to re-examine black incarceration rate raises question of her role in that system.

The Contrarian: Ron Johnson To The Rescue?
The Contrarian

Ron Johnson To The Rescue?

His attempt to bring peace between Vukmir and Nicholson backers is welcome.

The Contrarian: The Siren Song of Criminal Justice Reform
The Contrarian

The Siren Song of Criminal Justice Reform

The increase in incarceration since early 1990s actually led to less crime.

The Contrarian: McAdams Owes Victory to WILL
The Contrarian

McAdams Owes Victory to WILL

MU professor reinstated, was represented by Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

The Contrarian: A Racial Tempest in a Teapot
The Contrarian

A Racial Tempest in a Teapot

Was APT wrong to cast white actor in play ‘Blood Knot’? No.

The Contrarian: Highways Issue Will Hurt Republicans
The Contrarian

Highways Issue Will Hurt Republicans

Democrats used LFB report to eviscerate GOP record at legislative hearing.

The Contrarian: How WisDOT Has Gone Dark
The Contrarian

How WisDOT Has Gone Dark

State Transportation Department no longer publishes data updates done for decades.

The Contrarian: WisDOT Secretary’s Declining Credibility
The Contrarian

WisDOT Secretary’s Declining Credibility

Half truths by Secretary Dave Ross may hurt him with legislators.

The Contrarian: Dallet Blows Off Burns’ Backing
The Contrarian

Dallet Blows Off Burns’ Backing

High court candidate prefers not to be identified with left wing loser Tim Burns?

The Contrarian: The Real “Gun Nuts”
The Contrarian

The Real “Gun Nuts”

Not the gun owners, but the gun control zealots.

The Contrarian: Call It The Walker Bottleneck
The Contrarian

Call It The Walker Bottleneck

Efforts to revive E-W Freeway look dead. Oddly, Barrett and Walker both support this.

The Contrarian: Foxconn Not Helping Walker?
The Contrarian

Foxconn Not Helping Walker?

New poll suggests he’s in trouble, no positive bump from Foxconn deal.

The Contrarian: Ending Freeway Project Is Historic Blunder
The Contrarian

Ending Freeway Project Is Historic Blunder

With huge costs for taxpayers and more accidents for drivers.

The Contrarian: I-94 Cancellation Has Huge Impact
The Contrarian

I-94 Cancellation Has Huge Impact

Pushing project back decades, adding billions in costs, hurting metro area.

The Contrarian: Conservatives Should Favor Gas Tax Hike
The Contrarian

Conservatives Should Favor Gas Tax Hike

And many do. But a minority of legislators are calling the shots.

The Contrarian: Paul Soglin Strikes a Pose
The Contrarian

Paul Soglin Strikes a Pose

Oh-so virtuous Madison Mayor takes down Confederate Memorial.

The Contrarian: MacIver Attack on WISDOT Slammed
The Contrarian

MacIver Attack on WISDOT Slammed

Gottlieb, former transportation head, refutes claims of wasteful spending.

The Contrarian: Moody’s State Debt Upgrade is Perplexing
The Contrarian

Moody’s State Debt Upgrade is Perplexing

Walker says it’s due to his reforms. But... the deficit is rising.

The Contrarian: Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers
The Contrarian

Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers

School choice backers donated generously to Walker, but he’s vacillated on the issue.

The Contrarian: MacIver Transportation Report Is Junk
The Contrarian

MacIver Transportation Report Is Junk

Alleged study asserts but never begins to prove $2 billion in waste.

The Contrarian: Walker’s Reelection Now A Certainty
The Contrarian

Walker’s Reelection Now A Certainty

Foxconn deal would make him a 10 point favorite if Las Vegas offered odds.

The Contrarian: The News That Wasn’t
The Contrarian

The News That Wasn’t

JS story on I-94 project in danger is six months old. So why was it a banner headline?

The Contrarian: What Would Tommy Do?
The Contrarian

What Would Tommy Do?

Walker could learn a lot from Tommy Thompson on how to handle a budget dispute.

The Contrarian: Walker’s Flip Flop on Highway Deficit
The Contrarian

Walker’s Flip Flop on Highway Deficit

Once he noted deficit and lagging gas tax, now he claims no new revenue needed.

The Contrarian: Senate and Assembly Flip on Highway Debt
The Contrarian

Senate and Assembly Flip on Highway Debt

Senate now likes big increase in debt, Assembly no longer does.

The Contrarian: Highway Debt Cult Drinks the Kool-Aid
The Contrarian

Highway Debt Cult Drinks the Kool-Aid

Many Republicans swallow crazy rationales for increasing Doyle-Walker debt.

Op Ed: Highways Debt Up 87% Under Walker
Op Ed

Highways Debt Up 87% Under Walker

Republicans have added nearly $3 billion in debt, want to add $700 million more.

Op Ed: Walker, Darling Flip Flop on Vouchers
Op Ed

Walker, Darling Flip Flop on Vouchers

Their new message to school choice supporters: Drop dead.

Op Ed: The Doublespeak of Duey Stroebel
Op Ed

The Doublespeak of Duey Stroebel

Republican state senator is against more debt. Except when he isn’t.

Op Ed: The Myth of DOT Mismanagement
Op Ed

The Myth of DOT Mismanagement

It amounts to 2 percent of highway spending. That won’t solve roads budget deficit.

Op Ed: How to Follow the Transportation Debate
Op Ed

How to Follow the Transportation Debate

And why a real solution will probably never be reached.

Op Ed: Roads Debate Much Ado About Nothing
Op Ed

Roads Debate Much Ado About Nothing

Walker’s stance prevents any real debate about transportation budget.

Op Ed: Voters Strongly Support Higher Gas Tax
Op Ed

Voters Strongly Support Higher Gas Tax

So maybe Republicans should embrace it as a solution.

Op-Ed: Why Dan Bice Should Resign
Op-Ed

Why Dan Bice Should Resign

The Journal Sentinel columnist’s coverage of John Doe probe is a case study in journalistic malfeasance.