It's Lena Taylor against the world, comments Urban Milwaukee's Bruce Murphy. He cites the state senator's pros, but then also recounts some of the controversies in which she has thrust herself over her years in the Legislature. Murphy believes that in the spat with the Wells Fargo Bank teller she has made a mountain out of a molehill, accusing everyone of wrongdoing except herself.
Also on Urban Milwaukee, commentator Chris Walker calls state Sen. Leah Vukmir's ads depicting U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin as linked to a terrorist a new low even for her. Walker says Vukmir is unfit to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate for which she is running for the Republican nomination this fall.
Blogging Blue's Ed Heinzelman notes that gas prices are on the rise and for that, he says, we can blame Donald Trump. His ill-informed and loud pullout from the Iran nuclear treaty is the latest of his moves that have contributed to higher gas prices, Heinzelman insists.
Marathon County Libertarian Party chair Jim Maas isn't a bit impressed by Gov. Scott Walker's supposed "fix" for the opioid crisis, nor does he think the media in Wisconsin hold him to account over the problem. He accuses the governor of touting solutions that have never worked and he can't understand why Wisconsin doesn't allow the medical use of marijuana, which works better for pain.
Political Environment blogger James Rowen writes how the conservative Federalist Society, an organization of mostly right-wing lawyers, is playing a role in promoting Scott Walker protege Brian Hagedorn's probable bid to unseat Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson next spring.
Madison's rightie blogger David Blaska jumps into the #MeToo movement and other controversies involving men's abuse of women and sees dark and dangerous days ahead where anyone accused is considered guilty until proven innocent. He cites the latest scandal over New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the resulting fallout in the Nation magazine as but one example.
The Racine Journal Times is aghast that a Racine police officer, under investigation for alleged brutality, has been under paid administrative leave for two-and-a half-years, earning more than $160,000 for doing nothing. That's simply too much and the system that allow that needs to be reformed, the paper says.
Democurmudgeon blogger John Peterson is amused by Republicans who claim "outside" money from the likes of George Soros and Tom Steyer is tainting politics when those amounts don't even come close to the amounts that outsiders, their fronts and fake organizations routinely pump into GOP races. Peterson cites Paul Ryan's recent gambit of standing outside the room when billionaire Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Alderson forked over a cool $30 million.