“The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison’s newspaper of record, is not covering the biggest story in town (pending today’s thunderstorms). That would be, of course, the blood-letting in the State Journal’s own newsroom late last week. Six writers given pink slips — four of them involuntarily — and a seventh reporter not being replaced. Credit to…


“We’re seeing evidence of this movement this week with the NYT article “Marco Rubio’s Career Bedeviled by Financial Struggles” and last week’s “Marco Rubio and His Wife Cited 17 Times for Traffic Infractions.” These are ludicrously weak attacks. Rubio bought an $80,000 fishing boat (which the NYT called a “luxury speedboat”) after he received an…

Moore v. Clarke

“The country is just now getting to know Sheriff Clarke, but I’m all too familiar with his inflammatory antics,” Moore writes “His proclivity for provocation coupled with his distorted view of black America has grown more extreme over the years, earning him numerous appearances on Fox News. He has helped the network spread a slew…

WEDC above the fold

Which leads me back to the front pages of this past week’s Wisconsin State Journal.  There we found solid reporting about WEDC from Dee Hall and Matthew DeFour.  If you want to know what intrepid reporters look like I suggest you look at them as they research and work to piece together the convoluted parts…

We’ll never be that lucky

Complaining about this assault on political speech is only “self-righteous whining,” says Mr. Rickert, who makes his living off the First Amendment, undiluted, thanks to a generous exemption from campaign finance law. (Read it and weep here.) Via Chris Rickert, hand over your laptop and cell phone this instant! @ Blaska’s Bring It!


Via The Tribune Co., emerging from bankruptcy and looking to reshape itself, is now considering the sale of all its newspapers @ POLITICAL CAPITAL.

What’s Left, Chronicling What’s Left

Over nearly eight years that I’ve been writing, local print news has declined, and its online versions have not been able to stem erosion in revenue and quality. Although the quality’s poor – and it is – these local papers still offer a lingering value. Now and again, they print the views of Whitewater’s town…

Obama @ WHCD

See, that’s funny. It uses truth and self-deprecation — traditional attributes of humor — in a fresh enough, edgy enough way. Via “Six years into my presidency some people still say I’m arrogant, aloof, condescending. Some people are so dumb.” @ Althouse.

Some raids are more equal than others

Early this week, the National Review came out with an explosive cover story detailing the experience of three private citizens subjected to armed police with battering rams conducting pre-dawn raids of their homes, seizing cell phones and personal computers, and admonishing them to tell no one — even as the authorities apparently tipped off favored…


Chris Christie has failed to hold an open-ended press conference since November 12, mostly restricting his public presence to town hall meetings.  While I understand his need for a new strategy following his lashing out and political explosions that resulted from ‘Bridgegate’ it does seem to me that his lack of ability to stand before…

Half True is All Bad

ICYMI Monday: Black coalition says blacks 8 times more likely to be arrested than whites in Madison. Half True http://t.co/y3caNNIZd9 — PolitiFact Wisconsin (@PolitiFactWisc) March 10, 2015