George Mitchell

Recent Articles

The Contrarian: Evers Dead Wrong On Pot Convictions
The Contrarian

Evers Dead Wrong On Pot Convictions

Less than one percent of male inmates jailed for drug possession.

The Contrarian: Evers Backs Off On Killing Vouchers
The Contrarian

Evers Backs Off On Killing Vouchers

Governor admits it can’t be done. His own DPI data shows why it shouldn’t be done.

The Contrarian: About that Republican Cash Surplus
The Contrarian

About that Republican Cash Surplus

The term is meaningless and such half-truths muddy our understanding of state budget.

The Contrarian: The Double Standard of Duey Stroebel
The Contrarian

The Double Standard of Duey Stroebel

He attacks Evers appointee while ignoring “Ethical Baggage” of 13 Walker appointees.

The Contrarian: The Incredible Decline of State Roads Funding
The Contrarian

The Incredible Decline of State Roads Funding

Nonpartisan report shows percent of state taxes going to transportation fell 48% since 1970.

The Contrarian: The “Ethical Baggage” of Duey Stroebel
The Contrarian

The “Ethical Baggage” of Duey Stroebel

Republican legislator is the last person to lecture Evers’ appointee Craig Thompson on ethics.

The Contrarian: New History Is Being Made
The Contrarian

New History Is Being Made

But will our current leaders live up to the example of our founders?

The Contrarian: Could Milwaukee Freeway Project Be Revived?
The Contrarian

Could Milwaukee Freeway Project Be Revived?

Walker killed E-W freeway project, but Evers could revive it.

The Contrarian: New Transportation Secretary Faces Tough Choices
The Contrarian

New Transportation Secretary Faces Tough Choices

Evers choice, Craig Thompson, will be improvement on Walker era, but faces huge problems.

The Contrarian: The Rise and Fall of Scott Walker
The Contrarian

The Rise and Fall of Scott Walker

He accomplished much, then was consumed by an insular hubris.

The Contrarian: Tony Evers Faces Tough Choices
The Contrarian

Tony Evers Faces Tough Choices

With a structural deficit and transportation fund debt, delivering a “people’s budget” won’t be easy.

The Contrarian: Tony Evers’ Best Chance for Enduring Reform
The Contrarian

Tony Evers’ Best Chance for Enduring Reform

Restructure transportation funding, using the model of electric utilities.

The Contrarian: Let the Debate Over Vouchers Begin
The Contrarian

Let the Debate Over Vouchers Begin

Tony Evers ran against school choice. But his DPI data shows choice and charter schools do better.

The Contrarian: Giampietro Nomination Deserves Full Hearing
The Contrarian

Giampietro Nomination Deserves Full Hearing

Sen. Baldwin should reconsider her opposition to his judicial nomination.

The Contrarian: Shorewood Looks Silly
The Contrarian

Shorewood Looks Silly

High School cancels “Mockingbird” even as it gets performed and lionized nationally.

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.