Political Environment blogger James Rowen renames Scott Walker "Gov. Pothole" in honor of Wisconsin's roads condition being rated the second worst in the country. He has fiddled with highway maintenance and construction funding while road conditions have deteriorated, with no plan on how to bring them back, he maintains.

The Racine Journal Times endorses a plan by city of Racine government to institute a "demerit" system to track bars' liquor violations. The paper says the city needs new procedures to make sure that penalties for violations are meted out fairly and equitably.

Madison's rightie blogger spends New Year's reading historian Ron Chernow's "Grant" and does an extensive review of the new book by the author of "Hamilton." Look for it to be another Broadway show? he asks, adding "Why not?"

Right Wisconsin's James Wigderson takes issue with The Capital Times' John Nichols, who chided Paul Ryan on Twitter for supporting demonstrations in Iran while seeking to bar them in the U.S. Capitol. Nichols is wrong, as usual, the right-wing pundit claims.

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In a UW-Madison chancellor's blog, Chancellor Rebecca Blank looks back on 2017 successes for the university. They include several academic achievements, high student retention rates and, of course, the success enjoyed by the schools' Athletic Department.