On this week's political podcast, Milfred and Hands analyze the combative exchange last Sunday between the TV host and U.S. senator from Wisconsin. Johnson mostly deflected Todd's questions, with the two frequently talking over one another. Our editorial board members pick a winner and discuss the implications for Johnson's likely re-election bid in 2022.
Scott Milfred has been the editorial page editor for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2005, and previously covered the Wisconsin statehouse. Milfred and his editorial page team were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for editorial writing.
On this week's political podcast, Milfred and Hands assess the police chief's abrupt departure and legacy. Listen to his appearance on Comedy Central, hear a special hymn in his honor, and remember the tough environment he faced in the wake of Ferguson and the Tony Robinson shooting.
On this week's political podcast, Milfred and Hands play clips and comment on the volume and value of the F-35 fighter jets landing at Truax Field in Madison.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, State Journal readers in voice mail messages disagree about whether the newspaper and its editorial board are "strictly left wing" or "Trump apologists." Obviously, the paper can't be both. Milfred and Hands plead guilty to bias on the editorial page, which is designated for free-wheeling opinion, and which is distinct from news coverage. What the State Journal will never be is loyal to either political party's hypocrisy and partisan games.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands lament Madison's utopian disdain for 78 lower-cost apartments in the lower part of a Downtown tower a block off the Capitol Square. The Madison City Council is confusing affordable housing with high-rise penthouses.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands analyze and play clips from the bout between Sensenbrenner and Mueller at this week's congressional hearing. Sensenbrenner scored a blow by accusing Mueller of "fishing," but Mueller outlasted the clock. Milfred and Hands declare a winner and link the whole thing to "Game of Thrones" and the Muppets.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands look back at monstrous vetoes from Wisconsin's past, and ahead to further constitutional limits in light of Gov. Tony Evers' latest vetoes. Evers used his remaining partial veto powers to "undelete" language lawmakers had removed from the state budget. That's being called the "zombie" veto because he brought dead language back to life. Evers then combined some of the numbers he resuscitated with other numbers in the budget to increase spending by tens of millions of dollars -- without legislative approval.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands "ooh" and "aah" at the fireworks erupting during final debate over the state budget, with Gov. Tony Evers signing -- and partially vetoing -- the state's two-year spending document this week. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and state Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, trade insults and joust over state policy and spending, with Milfred and Hands providing smart commentary from the sensible center of Wisconsin politics.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands praise the Madison School Board's 4-3 vote to keep a city police officer in each of Madison's four main high schools. They also play a clip of protesters who have shut down School Board meetings, cite statistics on school arrests and citations, and read from a West High survey.
Critics including many of his fellow Democrats claimed Tony Evers was too boring to be elected Wisconsin's governor. They were wrong. And at the recent Wisconsin Democratic Convention, he got his revenge: "Who's boring now?" he crowed, touting his veto pen as a powerful check on the Republican-run Legislature. On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands play clips and comment on his recent convention speech, which reminds Milfred of the ending to "Revenge of the Nerds."