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Christian Schneider

Former University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ken Goldstein loves to tell of the time he went out hunting for undecided voters in Wisconsin. It was in the midst of the 2004 presidential election, and a public radio station asked him to talk to voters who couldn't decide between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry. The only problem was, they couldn't find any undecideds. They searched the state far and wide, and virtually everyone had made up their mind. more

May 24, 2012 2:00 PM Opinion

Hey, did you hear the Republican presidential candidates are in Wisconsin this week? Wait…why are you yawning? In any other quadrennial year, having presidential candidates descend on Wisconsin would be a big deal. In 2008, with the Democratic nomination still up for grabs, scores of national volunteers and media outlets descended on the Badger State to report on the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. more

Mar 29, 2012 2:00 PM Opinion

In Wisconsin, 2011 came in like a lion and left like a lion fighting for its health benefits. Newly minted Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to require greater health and pension contributions from government employees, along with virtually removing public union collective bargaining, set off a cacophony of tumult that ricocheted through every corner of the state's borders. more

Dec 29, 2011 3:00 PM Opinion

On Sept. 7 of 2011, state representatives Mark Pocan and Kelda Helen Roys both announced they would be running for Congress to replace Tammy Baldwin. Two candidates announcing on the same day is a slightly odd occurrence, but given the political demographics of the district, it might be the closest Roys gets to Pocan for the rest of the campaign. more

Oct 20, 2011 2:00 PM Opinion

Hey, have you heard that Tammy Baldwin is a lesbian? "It's true!" She does all sorts of lesbian things. She writes lesbian laws and wears lesbian red blazers and has a lesbian middle name and bakes lesbian cookies. more

Aug 4, 2011 2:00 PM Opinion

Walk into any Wisconsin convenience store during the day, and you're likely to come across a familiar scene. A thick, tattooed woman with a child in each arm plunks down $10 on Powerball tickets. A skeletal old man reeking of fortified wine spreads change out on the counter to try his luck at Megabucks millions. It is the Wisconsin state lottery, and it is state government's way of robbing the poor without having to use a gun. more

Jun 30, 2011 2:00 PM Opinion

In October of 1926, Manitowoc attorney I.J. Nash wrote a letter to the editor, urging his fellow citizens to reject a statewide constitutional amendment to allow the recall of public officials. Nash, the former Wisconsin state revisor of statutes, said such a constitutional provision would make Wisconsin the "laughingstock of the country." A recall proceeding, he warned, is "slow, conducted with passion, expensive, sets neighbor against neighbor... and convinces few that justice has been served." more

May 12, 2011 2:00 PM Opinion

It took Scott Walker being elected governor for me to understand how stupid I am. Throughout the gripping melodrama of Walker's fight with public employee unions, I have often sat for hours, transfixed by my glowing laptop monitor, watching my Twitter feed flicker by. Social media such as Twitter and Facebook have been a wondrous way to keep up with what's been going on in the Wisconsin imbroglio. more

Mar 24, 2011 2:00 PM Opinion

As the nation endeavors to usher in an era featuring a "new tone" in politics, AFSCME's Marty Beil thinks the old tone suits him just fine, thank you. In December, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker shocked his Democratic colleagues by voting against a last-minute attempt to ram through 19 public employee union contracts. Beil, the executive director of AFSCME Council 24, representing state workers, responded by calling Decker a "whore." more

Feb 10, 2011 3:00 PM Opinion

As we've all seen, music can perfectly capture the zeitgeist of an age. Bob Dylan's early folk songs represented a time of social upheaval; two decades later, heavy metal encapsulated the vulgar opulence of the 1980s. One of this year's most popular songs, as measured by YouTube plays, was an Internet-propelled ditty in which Cee Lo Green used an unambiguous two-word phrase to invite the listener to copulate. It was a crude yet apposite representation of our present state of politics. more

Dec 30, 2010 3:00 PM Opinion

Does anyone remember Barack Obama's margin of victory in Wisconsin in 2008? Fourteen percentage points. Let me say that again: "Fourteen points"! Wisconsin voters left little doubt as to where they stood. That's what made last Tuesday's statewide Rep more

Nov 11, 2010 3:00 PM Opinion

For 18 years, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold's "not having an act" has been his act. He rolls up his sleeves and shows up at hearing session after hearing session, portraying himself as a "maverick" limited only by the constraints of his own conscience. Des more

Oct 7, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

MSTRB8S. QQQQ2. RU46T9. BVRETR. No, these aren't U.S. government nuclear launch codes. They're actual entries on the list of nearly 7,000 vanity license plates banned by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (Go ahead, read them again. See? They are sneaky gross.) more

Sep 2, 2010 2:00 PM Opinion

Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is, as usual, irate. Earlier this month, in a "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" article on the "tarnished" image of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, McCabe said he's fed up with the "nasty" tone of Supreme Court campaigns, labeling the high court races in 2007 and 2008 "meltdowns." This is a bit like a BP executive complaining that he can't take his family to the beach because his kid might eat a tar ball. more

Jul 22, 2010 2:00 PM Opinion

On Jan. 18, 2005, the new Wisconsin legislative session was barely two weeks old. One of the first bills to receive a hearing in the Senate Education Committee was a proposal to eliminate the 15,000-pupil cap on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, which provides state tax money so children can attend private schools. more

Jun 10, 2010 2:00 PM Opinion

If you have at least one eyeball and a television, you've no doubt seen the advertisements urging U.S. citizens to fill out and send in their Census forms. In the most recent ad, a fat, mustachioed, bathrobe-wearing Everyman named "Frank" prances around town extolling the virtues of Census compliance. more

Apr 29, 2010 2:00 PM Opinion