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Hands on Wisconsin: Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald silence debate

Gov. Tony Evers called a special session of the Legislature to take up bills that would close background check loopholes and implement a red-flag law. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald quickly opened and closed the session without debate or discussion, despite broad popular support for legislation.  Read more


New York Times: South Sudan silences a witness to its horrors

AP reporter thrown out of South Sudan for telling the truth about struggle for power and loot Read more

LETTER: Get the word out on elder financial abuse

My letter constitutes a pandemic growing in our surrounding counties that I feel would be good to report about. My suggestion is based on f… Read more


Phil Hands: Broasted Hawkeyes, bumbling Republicans and burnt out grim reapers

A collection of recent cartoons from the desk of Wisconsin State Journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands. Read more


Hands on Wisconsin: Vaping or cigarettes -- a deadly choice

Vaping was once considered a safer alternative to smoking, but recent illnesses and deaths by young people who vape and changed that perception. Bottom line: Neither is good for your health.  Read more


BNR | A very bad week for the Senate GOP

OUR VIEW: Republican senators stiff the homeless, ignore gun violence, bounce advocate for farmers Read more


10 insights on today's news that will make you smarter tomorrow

Stay in the know! Browse through opinions and analysis on today's hottest topics. Read more


Stellpflug column: Impulse buying can wreck your budget; stick to list

When you go to the store for paper plates and balloons and come home with a swing set, you know you are in trouble. I actually heard that i… Read more


Commentary: Give us back our sunshine — make daylight saving time year round

We go back and forth between being time's master and its victim. - James Gleick, science historian Stop teasing us, Congress. Floridians are outdoorsy people, and we want our sunshine. Give it back. The current method of trying to bend Mother Nature to human purposes by observing part of the year in daylight saving time and the rest in standard time succeeds only in leaving everybody ... Read more


Commentary: Michael Bloomberg can beat Donald Trump, but can he beat Elizabeth Warren?

Can I just say that it would be incredibly sweet to see a guy who made his fortune in the news media defeat an incumbent president who has declared the news media to be the enemy of the people? Or is my conflict of interest on this issue too great even by the standards set by said incumbent? Seriously, I don't know enough yet about Michael R. Bloomberg's record as mayor of New York City to ... Read more


Commentary: The Supreme Court is thinking about giving police a new excuse to pull you over

The Fourth Amendment prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures." But the Supreme Court has interpreted that protection pretty loosely when it comes to traffic stops, for which the police need only "reasonable suspicion" that the law is or has been broken. (The same indulgent standard applies when police stop and frisk a pedestrian.) Last week the justices heard arguments in a case that ... Read more


Commentary: The Berlin Wall fell and the U.S. learned the wrong lessons. It got us Donald Trump

Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of the Cold War. Where there had been two superpowers locked in a dangerous decades-long post-World War II rivalry, only one remained. A global order commonly but misleadingly referred to as bipolar gave way to a new era even more misleadingly referred to as unipolar. The onset of this unipolar order induced in Washington a mood of ... Read more


Commentary: Ending DACA without a legislative solution is bad for Dreamers, bad for our nation and bad politics

While impeachment inquiries rage on and the 2020 race heightens, we need not forget the policy battles we've been fighting for years that affect Americans, regardless of immigration status, each and every day. Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program has shielded young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation, allowing them to legally work or ... Read more


Commentary: Adam Schiff is becoming the Kenneth Starr of the Trump impeachment inquiry

Even before his ill-advised mockery of President Trump's request for "a favor" from new Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) was seen by Republicans as blinded by bias against Trump. And now that Schiff is leading the initial phase of the House impeachment inquiry, he has become Exhibit A in the GOP argument that the whole thing ... Read more


Baraboo, Portage preparing for holiday season with downtown events

NICOLE AIMONE naimone@wiscnews.com

As the weather changes to colder temperatures, Baraboo and Portage are preparing to host a plethora… Read more