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Guest commentary Dr. King's words still resonate for America

January 22, 2019 at 10:29 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: For the Martin Luther King Day observance, we are publishing the text of a speech given during the recent commemoration at Blackhawk Technical College by Marc Perry, Director of Community Programs, for Community Action. - WRB...

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WILL: Trump an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

January 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

WASHINGTON - Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is e...

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WALTERS: Drug abuse breaks county child-care budgets

January 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

The epidemic of drug abuse and addiction forced the removal of so many children from their homes that one western Wisconsin social worker had a caseload of 54 children last year.That was more than three times the rule - one caseworker for e...

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Washington-to-Madison political hotline cut

January 14, 2019 at 11:08 am

TWO years ago, Gov. Scott Walker could call up his old friend, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with concerns about an issue or controversy involving their beloved Wisconsin.A former Wisconsin Republican Party chairman, Priebus co...

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BARTH: Wait is over! Another year of predictions!

January 07, 2019 at 10:16 am

ACCORDING to Merriam-Webster, here's the definition of clueless: "Completely or hopelessly bewildered, unaware, ignorant, or foolish."As another year closed and a new one began, perhaps the bumbleheads heretofore known collectively as "Fore...

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WALTERS: Governing slows Evers campaign promises

January 07, 2019 at 10:33 am

There won't be any major announcement of a long-range highway funding deal today - Inauguration Day - despite what Democrat Tony Evers said before the Nov. 6 election for governor he won.And, the "middle class" income tax cut Evers promised...

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WILL: Intelligent life in Illinois' Democratic Party?

January 07, 2019 at 10:33 am

WASHINGTON - If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the ...

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GOP changes give Evers many targets

December 31, 2018 at 9:34 am

DEMOCRATIC Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders have dozens of major things to disagree on in 2019 - so many that Evers and his advisers will have to strategically pick their battles."We will not surrender our conser...

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Guest commentary A response to Rep. Amy Loudenbeck

December 24, 2018 at 9:25 am

The lame duck session bills lauded by Rep. (Amy) Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) in "GOP aims to protect reforms in a new era of divided government" was instead a partisan spiteful reaction to the results of the last election.If the election resul...

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Walters: Shortest-tenured senator leaves office Jan. 7

December 24, 2018 at 11:18 am

Tis the day before Christmas, so a column with a lighter tone - a Capitol politician who doesn't take himself seriously - is in order.Caleb Frostman knows he will be a footnote in Wisconsin's political history. He's OK with it.It's "State S...

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