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As I See It

As I See It is Wisconsin’s only daily radio editorial, a staple on WIZM since 1971. Hosted by WIZM’s Scott Robert Shaw, the feature has won numerous awards from the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association as the best editorial in Wisconsin. Feel free to share your comments. Tell us how you see it!

Contact Scott Robert Shaw at:  [email protected]

Another sad record of campaign spending

The short list of life’s certainties looks to be growing a bit. Death, taxes, and record spending on nasty political ads. Lots of money was thrown at Wisconsin’s last election. It was, predictably, a new record for campaign spending in Wisconsin’s statewide races. Outside interest groups poured $93 million into Wisconsin’s statewide races in advance […]

Lack of political will keeping Wisconsin from tackling PFAS problem

It is frustrating when government identifies a problem, and a way to solve it, but doesn’t have the political will to get it done. Such is the case in Wisconsin with so-called “forever chemicals.” PFAS, which have been linked to illness and death, have been found in many private wells on French Island and elsewhere […]

Audit once again shows integrity of our elections

It was the final step to wrap up the November election. La Crosse County conducted an audit of its voting equipment. This happens after every election to ensure that the voting machines we used were working properly. Not surprisingly, they did. Not one discrepancy was found. That has been the case in every audit La […]

Thank you Senator Baldwin

The road was long, but the journey has finally been completed. The United States Senate has passed the Respect for Marriage Act, ensuing same sex couples can remain legally married. The effort was spearheaded by Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who has spent much of her 40 years in politics advocating for LGBTQ rights. That […]

Time for Wisconsin lawmakers to finally get back to work

Wisconsin’s state representatives continue to enjoy their time off. Our state Assembly representatives and Senators have not met in full session since March. Despite all the issues the state faces, our lawmakers have not felt the need to act, even when summoned back to the Capitol by the Governor. They simply ignored the Governor’s call […]

Free phone calls a lifeline for inmates

Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. Supporters of those residing in the La Crosse County jail expect that will be the case with a recent decision by county government. The County Board of Supervisors has taken a big step by allowing jail inmates to use the jail telephone for free. La Crosse […]

Green Party shows the path for providing voters more choices

You may not have noticed, but on the November ballot in Wisconsin, voters in one race had more than two choices. That race was for Secretary of State, typically a sleepy contest, but this year it was between longtime Secretary Doug La Follette and Amy Loudenbeck, who disagreed over the certification of elections. The other […]

Surplus should be spent on us first

As we discussed yesterday, Wisconsin has a record state budget surplus and may be in the best financial shape in history. Now comes the hard part. What to do with that money. There seems to be some consensus among the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic Governor. But what that will look like is unclear. Governor […]

Time to return growing state surplus to taxpayers

The pile of money keeps getting bigger. No, we’re not talking about the latest lottery jackpot, but the Wisconsin state surplus. It had been estimated the state’s surplus stood at $5 billion leading up to the election. It is now forecast to reach $6.5 billion by summer and nearly $10 billion by 2025. This is […]

Thanks poll workers for ensuring our elections are safe and secure

Our elections don’t just happen. They are carefully planned and conducted by municipal and county clerks throughout the state. Amid ever changing rules, our clerks and their teams of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure our elections were conducted fairly. They sent out absentee ballots, staffed the polling places and carefully tabulated the ballots. It is […]

Ticketmaster critics not ready to shake it off

If you have teenage daughters, or are a fan yourself, you’re likely aware that the upcoming Taylor Swift tour is one hot ticket. So hot it broke the internet. Tickets to Swift’s performance in Minneapolis went on sale this week on Ticketmaster, but technical issues led to hours-long delays in completing a purchase, angering fans […]

Time to hold confirmation hearings for Evers appointees

It is time to stop the political gamesmanship in Madison. In the four years since Tony Evers was first elected Governor, his Republican opponents have been working to strip him of his power. One way they have done that is by refusing to confirm the Governor’s appointments to state boards and committees. Republicans who control […]

The return to winter driving season

Nothing political today, nothing controversial even. Just a reminder. But an important one we need to remember this time of year. Our first little snow of the season reminds us of the need to drive safely during our Wisconsin winters. Every year it seems when we get our first big snow, or even a little […]

Little paper trail of ARPA funds

Do you want to know how your tax dollars are being spent? Good luck, at least when it comes to Wisconsin’s share of the federal American Rescue Plan Act. That legislation gave states big chunks of money to help them make ends meet during the height of the pandemic. Wisconsin received $2.5 billion in ARPA […]

Govt continues to fail on PFAS

One of the frustrations of government is that even when our elected officials identify a problem, and have the ability to solve it, they still drag their feet. Case in point is the PFAS problem on French Island. We know that these PFAS, known as forever chemicals, are all around us. The presence of the […]

Election doesn’t change the problems we face

So, the election is over. There will be some new faces in Madison serving in the Assembly and Senate. What won’t change is that the Legislature remains firmly in Republican control, while voters returned Democrat Governor Tony Evers to the Statehouse. What should change is the gridlock that has marred our state capitol since Evers […]

Future of La Crosse school district unclear

What should the future of La Crosse schools look like? That is the question that will have to be decided after the defeat of yesterday’s referendum. That plan would have merged La Crosse’s Central and Logan High schools into one building on the far south-side. But the district says even with the defeat of this […]

Finally, it’s almost over

It’s finally almost over. Today is election day, and in a matter of hours the polls will be closed, the ballots will be counted, and winners will be declared. It is the end of an election season that seems to get longer and longer, more and more expensive and nastier than ever. I’ve heard more […]