Urban Milwaukee's Bruce Murphy writes that Scott Walker's refusal to call special elections in legislative districts where representatives have left office is proof that Walker isn't serving Wisconsin voters, but his Republican Party. Walker's refusal to call elections is yet another way to stifle voters, Murphy points out, protecting the Republican Party from losing seats in a volatile political atmosphere.
Building new prisons won't reduce crime, warns Casey Hoff, the community columnist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Other states have recognized this a long time ago, he adds, but Wisconsin continues along with an archaic notion that it can build more prisons and fill them with draconian sentencing requirements.
Political Environment blogger James Rowen takes a look back at February and declares it to be a 28-day Republican siege. It started with the DNR extending by five years a permit for a huge CAFO operation in troubled Kewaunee County and ended with the department granting a big Walker donor access rights to publicly owned property.
Tweeting can sometimes be funny, notes the Beloit Daily News, as in "Crooked Hillary" or "Low Energy Jeb," but sometimes it can be quite serious and dangerous. Donald Trump's fiddling with the world economy with his promises to enact significant tariffs on steel and aluminum is an example of the latter, the paper editorializes.
In a column that appears on Urban Milwaukee, Steve Walters maintains that the significant turnover in the state Senate portends a lasting conservative wing in the legislative body. Four new vastly conservative senators -- Chris Kapenga of Delafield, David Craig of Big Bend, Duey Streubel of Cedarburg and Steve Nass of Whitewater -- threaten to turn the Senate as conservative as the state Assembly and could spell trouble for Scott Walker's agenda this month.
Right Wisconsin's James Wigderson posts his own conservative take on the results of the new Marquette poll. He sees the poll as good news for Scott Walker even though his approval rating is under 50 percent, but he contends that the poll is bad news for Tammy Baldwin, who he claims is losing ground because of the Tomah VA controversy.