Wisconsin politics used to enjoy a national reputation for fairness and honesty. But these are not normal times, and Wisconsin politics are far less fair and honest.
For example, Wisconsinites are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether or not the state GOP Legislature unconstitutionally gerrymandered the state's voting districts. One of our U.S. senators, Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, spread a false narrative about a "secret society" out to destroy President Donald Trump. Sen. Johnson quickly backpedaled the next day when he couldn't produce any proof.
Then House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, defended the White House's decision to release of the memo by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Speaker Ryan argued the memo "does not impugn the Mueller investigation," while Trump gloated that the memo "totally vindicated" him.
Closer to home, Gov. Scott Walker has taken credit for budgeting about $620 million for K-12 education while failing to note that just a few years ago he cut over $1 billion from K-12 education. Walker also touts that he will accelerate a plan to deal with the state's youth prison system after ignoring system problems for years. Perhaps he's cleaning up political liabilities in an election year.
I hope the fair and honest people of Wisconsin remember the words and actions of these politicians when they vote this November.
Bob Vetter, Madison