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Charles Sykes

Charlie Sykes is dumbfounded by accusations that his opposition to Trump is driven by expediency. While Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus moved into positions of influence, Sykes is out in the cold. “An opportunist goes with the power, not into exile.” more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments

The speeding train of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is headed for Wisconsin. Will he make the state great again? Or will Wisconsin say #NeverTrump? more

Mar 4, 2016 5:25 PM News 3 Comments

Is Madison suffering from a smugness deficit? Does banning smoking no longer inflate its sense of moral superiority? Has railing against phosphorus lost its panache? Is it no longer enough to sport bumper stickers that proclaim, "My Other Car Is a Tibetan Yak?" more

Jan 24, 2008 4:00 PM Opinion

The most memorable quote of 2007 is a fitting epitaph for a most forgettable year: "Don't Tase me, bro.... We should be so lucky. more

Dec 27, 2007 4:00 PM Opinion

Memo to my Democratic friends: Are you really going to do this? Seriously?I ask because there is no way you can lose next year's elections, unless you try awfully hard -- which you seem to be doing. more

Nov 8, 2007 4:00 PM Opinion

First it was dodgeball. Then tag. Now, it's chatter. In their ongoing war against fun, the nannies who run Little League in Cincinnati have decided to ban chatter on the diamond. more

Sep 13, 2007 3:00 PM Opinion

These days, the attempt to rid themselves of troublesome talk radio quickens the pulse and brings froths of spittle to the lips of "progressives," who usually look askance at giving government the power to censor speech. more

Jul 5, 2007 5:02 PM Opinion

We have seen the future of politics, and it looks like Brangelina - well-heeled and out of touch with the realities of day-to-day life in fly-over country. In case you haven't noticed, American politics is increasingly a rich man's (and woman's) game. But "rich" doesn't quite capture it. more

May 24, 2007 3:00 PM Opinion

Is American Idol cruel? Of course it is, dimwad. That's the point. more

Feb 1, 2007 3:38 PM Opinion

Another year past, and to paraphrase the immortal words of the Moody Blues, another year's useless energy spent. more

Dec 28, 2006 3:59 PM Opinion

Advocates of campaign finance reform insist they don't intend to curtail free political speech. They merely want to regulate the spending of money. Right. more

Oct 26, 2006 6:32 PM Opinion

In trying to rig a vote of the state Elections Board involving Republican Mark Green, a lawyer for the Doyle campaign laid out the strategy to Democratic appointees. The goal was to embarrass Green by retroactively changing elections rules and forcing him to return more than $400,000 he had transferred from his federal account. more

Sep 28, 2006 3:00 PM Opinion

Here's the deal: These are both guys we loved, guys who were huge in the '90s, and who are going to have stuff all over the state named after them. We're grateful, and we want to do right by them. more

May 9, 2006 8:47 PM Opinion