Milwaukee Journal Sentinel political columnist Ernst-Ulrich Franzen argues that the state should take over Milwaukee County's pension system. Clearly, the Milwaukee system is beyond repair and, like every other county in Wisconsin, it ought to be run by the state's heralded system, he writes.
Writing on the Marquette University Law School blog, Alan Borsuk says the university's latest poll gives a vivid look into polarized political perceptions. He examines the intricacies of professor Charles Franklin's poll and notes how sharply divided Republicans and Democrats are on most every issue. And he notes that they not only disagree on the issues, but the facts as well.
On Right Wisconsin, George Mitchell posts an ode to state Sen. Leah Vukmir, the Brookfield Republican, for playing a key role in saving school choice for Wisconsin. Mitchell recounts a battle between Vukmir and then West Allis GOP Sen. Tom Reynolds. Vukmir got Reynolds to blink, he writes.
Urban Milwaukee's data wonk Bruce Thompson wonders if the U.S. Supreme Court will actually rule on Wisconsin's gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts. He says that even though the court has agreed to hear the case, it has a propensity to hand the issue back to district courts to make the decisions on individual cases.
Milwaukee blogger Chris Liebenthal takes a swipe at state, county and city leaders over the news that Milwaukee has been rated the sixth worst place to live in the country. He blames Scott Walker, County Exec Chris Abele and Mayor Tom Barrett for their inadequate leadership in addressing the problems that face Wisconsin's largest city.
There's only one question that reporters and constituents should ask Sen. Ron Johnson over the Fourth of July weekend, and that is "explain this contradiction of your own making," writes James Rowen on his Political Environment blog. Rowen's referring to a statement earlier this week Johnson made when denying that there's a cutback to Medicaid in the Senate's health care budget. Then the next day the Congressional Budget Office noted that 22 million people would lose their health coverage.
Madison's rightie blogger David Blaska comments on the "crime at Culver's" in Madison this week, saying "this one is different." He wonders if this black-on-white crime will bring out the latent racism that Barack Obama and progressives claim lurks in the heart of white people.
In a column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Alex Galt of Green Bay argues that what we need in Wisconsin is BadgerCare for all. The small-business owner favors a proposal brought forward by Green Bay state Rep. Eric Genrich which would allow any Wisconsinite, regardless of income, to buy health insurance through BadgerCare. This would eliminate the practice of a few health insurers manipulating the market, he adds.