James Rowen

Recent Articles

Op Ed: How Walker Cost Taxpayers $2.6 Billion
Op Ed

How Walker Cost Taxpayers $2.6 Billion

The 7 biggest financial failures by a not-so-fiscally conservative governor.

Op Ed: Why Dane County Beat Us In Property Value
Op Ed

Why Dane County Beat Us In Property Value

State policies going back many years have hurt Milwaukee County.

Op Ed: How Act 10 Hurt State Education
Op Ed

How Act 10 Hurt State Education

New report shows far-reaching impact of Walker’s “modest requests” for change.

Op Ed: Rep. Grothman Loves, Hates Deficit
Op Ed

Rep. Grothman Loves, Hates Deficit

GOP Congressman leads in tax-supported newsletters and contradictions on the deficit.

Op Ed: 8 Bad Rankings Where State Leads
Op Ed

8 Bad Rankings Where State Leads

For worst repaired roads, small farm bankruptcies and six other categories.

Op Ed: The Special Interests Governor
Op Ed

The Special Interests Governor

Average citizens don't count when Walker and Republicans decide environmental policy.

Op Ed: The Long Arm of the WMC
Op Ed

The Long Arm of the WMC

Big business group wants to buy another high court justice, as WMC has admitted.

Op Ed: Why Did MMAC Do Foxconn Study?
Op Ed

Why Did MMAC Do Foxconn Study?

Maybe to help Republican candidates facing voters who don’t think Foxconn will help economy.

Op Ed: Foxconn Water Request Violates Law
Op Ed

Foxconn Water Request Violates Law

Company wants massive diversion of Lake Michigan water. But DNR won't oppose it.

Op Ed: Less Food For the Poor
Op Ed

Less Food For the Poor

Walker, Trump have fancy taxpayer-paid kitchens, cut food for the poor.

Op Ed: Walker’s Speech Ignores the Environment
Op Ed

Walker’s Speech Ignores the Environment

Not one word or update about environment in State of the State speech. Why?

Op Ed: How Golf Tees Kill Trees
Op Ed

How Golf Tees Kill Trees

What the DNR had to say about the new Kohler golf course.

Op Ed: Water Pollution Skyrockets Under Walker
Op Ed

Water Pollution Skyrockets Under Walker

His own data shows addition of 804 polluted waterways.

Op Ed: DNR Supports Park Land for Private Golfing?
Op Ed

DNR Supports Park Land for Private Golfing?

Kohler would get state park land along the lakefront for its private golf course.

Op Ed: State Roads Are Second Worst in Nation
Op Ed

State Roads Are Second Worst in Nation

Walker’s unwillingness to spend on highways causing huge problems.

Op Ed: Walker Is a Jobs Killer
Op Ed

Walker Is a Jobs Killer

He promised 62.500 new jobs per year, admits state adding less than half that.

Op Ed: The DNR Isn’t Quite Dead
Op Ed

The DNR Isn’t Quite Dead

Signs of life in its latest reports on natural resources that still survive.

Op Ed: State’s Impaired Waters Jump by 20%
Op Ed

State’s Impaired Waters Jump by 20%

DNR adds another 240 waterways that are officially impaired, bringing total to 1,300.

Op Ed: GOP Water Grabbers At It Again
Op Ed

GOP Water Grabbers At It Again

Republican Tom Tiffany targets Public Trust doctrine that protects our waters.

Op Ed: Walker’s 2018 Campaign Baggage Is Heavy
Op Ed

Walker’s 2018 Campaign Baggage Is Heavy

The negative issues and squabbles he must handle keep growing.

Op Ed: Schimel and Pruitt, the Anti-Environmentalists
Op Ed

Schimel and Pruitt, the Anti-Environmentalists

State attorney general and federal EPA head never met a green policy they liked.

Op Ed: Will Walker Learn From Hurricane Harvey?
Op Ed

Will Walker Learn From Hurricane Harvey?

Texas ignored good planning and impact of climate change. The results are clear.

Op Ed: Will Stepp Join U.S. EPA Wrecking Crew?
Op Ed

Will Stepp Join U.S. EPA Wrecking Crew?

Her radical reshaping of state DNR may make her the perfect candidate.

Op Ed: Plague of Floods Caused by Climate Change
Op Ed

Plague of Floods Caused by Climate Change

Dozens of 100-year floods in 30 years, roads keep getting washed out.

Op Ed: Loss of Talgo Train Hurts Foxconn Deal
Op Ed

Loss of Talgo Train Hurts Foxconn Deal

High speed rail would have better connected Racine area to Madison, Chicago.

Op Ed: Don’t Give Away Acres of State Park
Op Ed

Don’t Give Away Acres of State Park

State allowing for-profit golf course to take over public land on Lake Michigan.

Op Ed: Trump Great Lakes Cuts Hurt Supporters
Op Ed

Trump Great Lakes Cuts Hurt Supporters

Great Lakes governors who supported him own that massive cut in Great Lakes funding.

Op Ed: We Like Suburban Segregation
Op Ed

We Like Suburban Segregation

Governments have long enabled metro area's biases.

Op Ed: The Brown Water Republicans
Op Ed

The Brown Water Republicans

GOP convention at Dells water park highlights environmental failings.

Op Ed: Walker’s Policies Hurting Small Farms
Op Ed

Walker’s Policies Hurting Small Farms

High capacity wells help Big Agriculture, hurt small farms, environment.

Op Ed: Schimel Gives Amnesty to Big Polluter
Op Ed

Schimel Gives Amnesty to Big Polluter

3M, a big Walker donor, gets no financial penalty for repeatedly polluting.

Op Ed: Why Walker Killed DNR Magazine
Op Ed

Why Walker Killed DNR Magazine

Too popular? Or too many stories promoting recycling and clean water?

Op Ed: The Un-Greening of Wisconsin
Op Ed

The Un-Greening of Wisconsin

Walker policies help political donors, hurt environment. Trump could pile on.

Op Ed: The Anti-Green Governor
Op Ed

The Anti-Green Governor

While Republicans like John Kasich embrace green measures to boost jobs, Walker rejects them all.

Op Ed: Only Wisconsin Scrubs Climate Change info
Op Ed

Only Wisconsin Scrubs Climate Change info

Other Great Lakes states inform citizens of climate change impact on environment.

Op Ed: DNR Censors All Climate Change Info
Op Ed

DNR Censors All Climate Change Info

Key facts, scientific consensus on climate change and Great Lakes removed.

Op-Ed: Walker Has Failed to Create Jobs
Op-Ed

Walker Has Failed to Create Jobs

State has suffered nearly six years of below-average job growth.

Op-Ed: Climate Change An Afterthought for DNR
Op-Ed

Climate Change An Afterthought for DNR

Issue barely exists, to judge by its website.

Op-Ed: Stepp’s Slothful Style of Running DNR
Op-Ed

Stepp’s Slothful Style of Running DNR

Or is it a Chamber of Commerce mentality? You be the judge.

Scott Walker’s rubber stamps: highlight, tweak, copy, paste
Scott Walker’s rubber stamps

highlight, tweak, copy, paste

Liberal guest commentator James Rowen compares budget bill remarks from two Republican Senators. Are they speaking from the heart or reading cue cards?