Greetings from Capitol Hill: Introduced Bills:
The items I have heard about the most from all of you are tax reform, water quality, Medicaid, and freedom of religion/speech.
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me.
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session.
Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address

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That could be the rallying cry for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers (myself included), as they kept us entertained until the penultimate game of the season, wondering if they could somehow sneak into the playoffs in a rebuilding year, in which “the experts” had all written them off before the season...
A few years ago, when I started trying to understand public policy and politics, one thing I tried to do was identify key differences between liberal and conservative thinking. I read a lot and wrote a bit. I lined up many sources of conflict between the competing philosophies dominating our nation...
A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without a strong bipartisan voice.” I can...
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities. This week, newspapers...
“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats. This is the 77th annual...
We tried to make a statement on our front page this week, to get the community—and ourselves—thinking about what life would be like without a local newspaper. At first, you might not notice much difference if the weekly paper failed to show up in your mailbox, or on your computer screen or...
 There’s a trend among 401(k) participants that keeps me up at night. I hesitate to mention it because if you don’t know about it, that’s one less person who’s losing money. Chances are you’ve heard about it, though. It’s the 401(k) loan. There. I said it. You know about it. Now, let me tell you...
Almost weekly, I read surprising new statistics about capital concentration. The eight richest people in the world control as much capital as half the world’s population. The richest 158 families in the United States were the source of more than 50 percent of early cash in the last presidential...
I am not one to point fingers after the fact, as that is not a very productive way to handle oneself in any situation. But, I am one to question when things do not appear to be working as planned and promised. I am of course, talking about the new Law Enforcement Center in Winnebago county, that...
I was recently reviewing a report from several years ago dealing with economic policy, and a part of it caught my eye. These “10 rules” appeared in the preface to the large report, “Rich States, Poor States,” which deals with the impact on states of their respective economic policies. This is an...

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