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Back in the News: Foxconn As High Comedy
Back in the News

Foxconn As High Comedy

Tech publication The Verge tries to figure out what Foxconn is actually doing here. LOL.

Op Ed: Foxconn’s Water Rights Still at Issue
Op Ed

Foxconn’s Water Rights Still at Issue

Administrative law judge must rule on strong challenge to Lake Michigan diversion.

Op Ed: The Farewell Tour of Scott Walker
Op Ed

The Farewell Tour of Scott Walker

Ex-governor struggling for relevancy. Cue the Twitter photos.

Op Ed: Gerrymandering Costs Taxpayers Millions
Op Ed

Gerrymandering Costs Taxpayers Millions

Republicans' legal bill for redistricting federal judge declared unconstitutional hits $3.5 million.

Op Ed: Welcome to Milwaukee, Mr. Walker
Op Ed

Welcome to Milwaukee, Mr. Walker

Governor who warned voters about evils of this city will now live here.

Op Ed: Why Republicans Hate Madison
Op Ed

Why Republicans Hate Madison

For starters, way too many millennials.

Op Ed: Do Vos, Fitzgerald Want Dictatorship?
Op Ed

Do Vos, Fitzgerald Want Dictatorship?

Rather than accepting will of the voters, they hatch plans to reduce governor’s power.

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: 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: 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: 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.

Wisconsin Leads in Climate Change Study

Wisconsin Leads in Climate Change Study

Even as state agencies censor the issue, UW is national leader in its research.

Will Trump Ape Wisconsin DNR?

Will Trump Ape Wisconsin DNR?

State’s scrubbing of all climate change info could be a model for Trump administration.

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: 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.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court

From a state with countless judges, he picks a crackpot lawyer named Daniel Kelly.

Plenty of Horne: Behold The ECO Mayor

Contribution to Michael Murphy of $25

Plenty of Horne: Behold The ECO Mayor
Plenty of Horne

Behold The ECO Mayor

Barrett touts green efforts, changes name of environmental sustainability office to ECO.

Walker Budget Targets Downer Woods

Walker Budget Targets Downer Woods

Provisions buried in budget bill eliminate protected status of conserved forest, the sole natural area on UWM campus.

Murphy’s Law: Crazy Casino Politics
Murphy’s Law

Crazy Casino Politics

Both Gov. Walker and Mary Burke have mishandled the Kenosha Casino issue.

City People: Sam McGovern-Rowen
City People

Sam McGovern-Rowen

The former aldermanic aide now works as a community economic developer trying to bring jobs to the city.

Milwaukee Streetcar Round-Up

Milwaukee Streetcar Round-Up

The Milwaukee circulator streetcar is moving forward, but there is still confusion in the mind of many. We've covered the issue in the past, but this article attempts to bring everything together in one place, the history, the frequently asked questions, and the proposed route.

What is the True Value of Water?

What is the True Value of Water?

Or as Common Council President Hines put it "What is Water Worth?" This question has been on the minds of local officials and citizens as of late because of the City of Milwaukee approving an agreement to sell water to New Berlin.

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

“Spirit – The Seventh Fire” has been put on hiatus.

The Roundup: McGee’s Folly
The Roundup

McGee’s Folly

If you want to get a chuckle and a “no comment” out of a Milwaukee alderman these days, just tell him that Ald. Michael McGee, Jr. “certainly has a way with words.”

The Roundup: Jim Glynn Dead at 64
The Roundup

Jim Glynn Dead at 64

I had no idea it would be this soon.

Murphy’s Law: Did Marilyn Want Millions From The Mayor?
Murphy’s Law

Did Marilyn Want Millions From The Mayor?

Marilyn Figueroa never wanted money from the mayor