Deadspin’s Drew Magary wasn’t even writing about beer when he penned his Green Bay Packers preview a couple of weeks ago. The insult to the state’s hops just sort of fit right after calling Green Bay “a disgusting fraud.” Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
In the eyes of the law in Wisconsin, a dog has no emotional value.
An Onalaska couple has lost a bid for a larger award for the injuries to their dog, after arguing that the same law that inflates the market value of photographs and heirlooms should apply to family pets too. Read more →
The New York Times expertly describes in its editorial today on how Wisconsin did its part to suppress voting. Read more →
Hundreds are jamming the state Capitol today to protest two bills from the Wisconsin assembly: One, forbids any city from ordering its police departments not to question the immigration status of people. The other restricts local governments in issuing IDs to people who otherwise may have trouble getting one. Wisconsin is a voter ID state. Read more →
It was five years ago today that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ‘dropped the bomb,’ in his words, introducing legislation to strip public employee unions of their right to collective bargaining. It was a move that split Wisconsin and led to weeks of protests. How has it worked out?
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Since late January, a man in Superior, Wis., has been protesting the local school’s “de-escalation room”, a room where some of the school’s special needs students can go when things get tense for them. Read more →
‘Winterfest’ on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, was closer to ‘PhysicsFest’ over the weekend.
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Wisconsin is getting some national shaming today for its refusal to make drunk driving a crime when it’s someone’s first offense. Read more →
There’s not much difference between the Wisconsin and the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. But where the law is concerned, they’re on two different planets.
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An acquaintance said ‘You’ve got to see the Madeline Island Fourth of July Parade’ and so we checked it out on Saturday. And he was right; it was the perfect blend of what passes for a patriotic gathering on the quirkiest of the Apostle Islands.
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Minnesota has its political flaws, to be sure. Most of its important legislation is cut in back-room deals and we find out well after the fact that somehow, someway, an Iron Range lawmaker got a million dollars to replace an outhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Sometimes lawmakers vote for things without having a clue what the impact is and sometimes the impact is tragic, but for the most part their lack of vision is out in the open for most of us to see if we want to take a look. Read more →
We people in Minnesota like to poke fun at our contemporaries to the east, but we have to admit that Wisconsin has a way about life that Minnesota doesn’t. Read more →
A kerfuffle in Wisconsin is shedding a bit of a spotlight on this question: “What’s the role of school sports?”
The problem is a bill that includes a provision allowing home-schooled and charter school students to play sports in their public school district. Read more →
The university is the first institution to act to comply with Gov. Scott Walker’s cut in higher education funding. It’s not pretty. Read more →
Minnesota’s economy outperforms Wisconsin’s economy. It’s been that way for years. Those trends have accelerated since the end of the Great Recession. Read more →