Saul Newton: The cost of doing business with Boss Vos

What follows is a guest blog by Saul Newton. This was originally posted on but has been reposted here at the request of the author. If Democratic politicians told Assembly Speaker Robin Vos that because of his political affiliation his business would not qualify for tax credits or any other state aid, Vos would […]

Guest Blog: In strong defense of Mike Tate

What follows is a guest blog by Graeme Zielinski, former Communications Director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I’ve seen that there are some knives out for Mike Tate.

I just worked on the Illinois governor’s race, where we were wiped off the face of the earth in a PLUS-EIGHT DEMOCRATIC STATE by the same […]

Political Cartoon: Alec Walker Courtesy Of Dan Burr

Here’s an original political cartoon poking a bit of fun at Governor Walker. Thank you Dan E Burr:

copyright 2014 by Dan E Burr.

Disclaimer: I have been friends with Mr. Burr since 1969 when we worked together in a factory in Waukesha…he in the paint room and I unloaded lumber from boxcars.


Guest Blog: Let’s Discuss Legislators Who “Double-Dip”

What follows is a guest blog by reader Mark Bye. Recently, Wausau Daily Herald and Gannett published another in its series of articles tailored to fuel the “us vs. them” fire as it relates to public employees. This particular article dealt with a practice pejoratively referred to as “double-dipping” by public employees, and in specific, […]

Graeme Zielinski: I’m guilty

I’m guilty

I’ve seen my share of non-apology apologies over the years and so let this not be that.

That’s because this week I pleaded guilty to drunk driving after an arrest in June.

I’ve been mum on the subject, which is not in my character. To be honest, a lot of […]

Why were Scott Walker’s criminal defense attorneys at the Milwaukee County Courthouse last week?

From the email inbox, courtesy of Graeme Zielinski. A top Milwaukee courthouse official told me Monday that they saw Steve Biskupic and Michael Steinle walking together near the adjoining Criminal Safety Building last week on the same day the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel piously announced it would be filing a motion seeking the release of some […]


What follows is a guest blog by the former Communications Director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Ed Garvey and Charlie Sykes make a perfect match, since they both are hideous liars.

That Sykes is a liar need not be debated in this space at any length. Just ask the nun who caught him making […]

Guest Blog: Catholic Church should stay out of politics

This op-ed, written by Duane Dubey, a regular commenter here at Blogging Blue, was originally posted at In November, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a request with the Internal Revenue Service “to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its protected tax […]

A family’s experience with Planned Parenthood

From my email inbox comes this account of one Wisconsin family’s experience with Planned Parenthood. Two young adults walk into a Planned Parenthood near suburban Milwaukee in 2007. Faced with new realities about their future together, the young couple came that day to ask for help in a time of great need.

Neither one of […]

Guest Blog: A Letter to the Editor on mining

Dear State Journal Editor –

I attended the Mining Commission Hearing on Wednesday in Madison – hours away from the communities this bill will affect directly. Lest we forget though, this bill sets new mining rules for the whole state moving forward; it could be any of our backyards at some point. I had questions […]

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