Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte and Kentucky Congressman James Comer team up on a column posted on WisOpinion urging the Wisconsin Legislature to pass bills that will legalize the growing of hemp as a farm product. They write how hemp was once a huge Wisconsin crop, and they believe it can be one again.
The Racine Journal Times implores Congress to restore funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health services to 9 million American children, but was allowed to expire on Sept. 30. This is too important a program that benefits poor kids and needs to be funded, the paper insists.
On Urban Milwaukee, columnist Steve Walters gives readers a chance to decide how they'd rule on Wisconsin's redistricting, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Walters lists the dueling arguments made before the court this week and asks how you would rule.
Blogger Dominique Paul Noth asks if the Foxconn "mouthwash" will hide the stench of right to work. Construction unions have backed Scott Walker's deals on the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and the Foxconn facility in Racine County. Will this be enough for them to forget Walker's right-to-work push? He quotes a union leader saying no, that union workers won't forget. But Noth wonders.
In a Right Wisconsin piece, Will Flanders of the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty insists that Carol Lenz and Jim Bowman are wrong in their Milwaukee Journal Sentinel op-ed that school choice doesn't help public school students. Flanders contends that they are cherry-picking statistics that don't hold up and that parents, after all, are the best judges of where their kids should go to school.
Madison's rightie blogger David Blaska predicts that free speech and gun rights will collide next Tuesday on the UW-Madison campus. A conservative campus group is bring a gun-rights advocate to campus in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and a vocal group that calls itself "Cocks not Glocks" is planning a protest.