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Dems must practice politics of modesty

June 17, 2019 at 10:22 am

WASHINGTON - "It is a great advantage to a president," said the 30th of them, "and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man." Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today's incumbent ...

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No manual for lieutenant governor job

June 10, 2019 at 10:16 am

THEN-Republican Lt. Gov. Scott McCallum was ready to leave the Capitol for that day's public appearances.But, an aide said, there was a problem:Something McCallum had done or said, or an appearance he had made without first clearing it with...

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Trump tariffs: What could possibly go wrong?

June 03, 2019 at 10:05 am

WASHINGTON - The cascading effects of U.S. protectionism on U.S. producers and consumers constitute an ongoing tutorial about what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called "iatrogenic government." In medicine, an iatrogenic ailment is one inadvertent...

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Vos, Fitzgerald trade highway funding ideas

May 28, 2019 at 10:12 am

FOR the first time in eight years, there's no Republican Gov. Scott Walker saying, "Read my lips: We will not raise any tax or fee to pay for highways."So, Republican legislative leaders are quietly trading ideas on ways to boost transporta...

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Featured letter We could all use a helping hand now and then

May 28, 2019 at 10:12 am

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month. Yes, that's right: happy!As a 28-year employee of the Community Support Program (CSP), which is part of Rock County's Behavioral Health Division, I am proud to support our program and the consumers that ...

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Guest commentary Pass benefit for families of fallen officers

May 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

By Sean M. MarschkeWisconsin and the nation observe National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.In 2018 alone, 163 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and...

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Featured letter Public relations problem transfers to new superintendent

May 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

The Beloit Daily News of May 7 and May 14 discusses an administrative shake up for Beloit Public Schools "if we want to see better outcomes".I know that change is not always easy but I also know organizational change does not occur from th...

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WALTERS: Uphill fight for 'lame duck' session challengers

May 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm

For almost four decades, Wisconsin legislators - Democrats and Republicans - have brought themselves back to the Capitol for "extraordinary" sessions to act on issues big and small.Examples of bills passed in extraordinary sessions:The aid ...

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GOP focus: Re-elect Trump, 2022 auditions

May 13, 2019 at 10:15 am

TWO first-team players are gone - Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan - but the mission of Wisconsin Republicans meeting this weekend has not changed: Make sure President Trump carries Wisconsin again in 2020.Party leaders ar...

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Buckley urges Congress to avoid state affairs

May 06, 2019 at 10:58 am

WASHINGTON - At 96, James Buckley still is, like good cheddar, sharp and savory. Buckley, whose life has been no less accomplished than his brother Bill's, recently said at a National Review gathering that his speech there would be his last...

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