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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!

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Bipartisan effort to reduce robocalls

Our politicians can’t seem to agree on much. Sometimes it seems they can’t agree whether the sky is blue. But now both Republicans and Democrats are working together together to solve a growing problem. The problem is unwanted robocalls. In 2018, nationwide, there were nearly 48 billion robocalls made to Americans. In Wisconsin, there were […]

Still time to cram before tomorrow’s test

Wisconsin voters won’t go to the polls to cast their ballots in the presidential primary until early April, but another vote is scheduled for Tuesday. Voters statewide will be invited to the polls to participate in one statewide contest — a primary race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In some locations, there […]

No money for new youth prisons means more of the same

When it comes to resolving the problems at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison, lawmakers are choosing to kick the can down the road. The Lincoln Hill School for Boys in Irma has been dogged for years by allegations of guard-on-prisoner abuse which was the subject of an FBI investigation. So back in 2018, lawmakers voted to […]

No more failing grades?

When I was a kid, my school report card graded my work as between an “A” and an “F.” It was pretty easy to know how you were doing in school. An “A” meant you were doing outstanding work, and an “F” meant you failed. You might even have to repeat the class, or even […]

Lawmakers should close loophole in Wisconsin drunk driving laws

Drunk driving remains a serious problem in Wisconsin. While the number of people caught driving drunk in the state is on the decline, alcohol remains the single biggest contributing factors to fatal crashes. Lawmakers have taken some steps to get tougher on drunk driving, but Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation where a […]

Lawmakers need to act quickly to regulate PFAS

The problem of contaminated water in Wisconsin is growing. In fact, we don’t even have a handle on the extent of the problem. But we do know that chemicals called PFAS are showing up more and more in Wisconsin groundwater. These chemicals don’t break down easily and are creating harmful health effects. These chemicals have […]

Surplus can fund schools and reduce taxes

It seems a worthwhile investment. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants to use a state tax surplus to help fund the state’s public schools. The state is sitting on $620 million in tax revenue it didn’t expect, and now lawmakers are at odds over how to spend it. Evers is calling for increasing education funding by […]

Acquittal is a dangerous precedent

Republicans are giddy over the U.S. Senate’s failure to convict President Donald Trump on impeachment charges. But that giddiness may not last long. Because our politicians have failed to convict the President on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, it is clear that in the future, our presidents will be able to […]

New ideas for choosing presidential candidates

The consensus is nearly unanimous. Iowa screwed up the process of determining the democratic nominee for President so badly, it no longer deserves its first in the nation status. Iowa has been the first state to cast votes in the presidential contest for decades, and has had an over sized impact on the race. Many […]

Iowa drops the ball

You had one job to do Iowa. Iowa, proud of its first in the nation vote for President, dropped the ball on this one. And as a result, we are left wondering who actually won the democratic presidential caucus in the Hawkeye state. By yesterday morning, we still didn’t know who won, with party officials […]

Finally, 2020 presidential contest officially gets underway

It seems like it has been going on forever. It has been 2 years since the 2020 presidential contest began with the declaration of the first candidate. Since then, more than $1 billion has been spent by the candidates trying to influence your vote, and a number of candidates have dropped out. But only now […]

Bar time the subject of debate in Madison

It’s bar time in Wisconsin. Bar time is the theme of the latest debate in Madison, where lawmakers are considering a number of issues relating to alcohol laws. It is telling, given how few days our lawmakers actually spend working in Madison, that they are using the few days they are working to debate liquor […]

Figuring out cause of mounting student debt not difficult

Massive student loan debt is likely a problem that is not going away anytime soon. But Wisconsin’s Governor is hoping to start tackling the problem with the creation of a new task force. Governor Tony Evers has formed a task force to examine student debt, and what can be done to reduce it. The problem […]

We need guidance on surviving coronavirus

There is understandably a lot of fear and confusion over a deadly new disease that is sickening more people each day. The coronavirus began in China, but has spread to other countries, including the U.S. There are numerous confirmed cases in the U.S., and seven people in Wisconsin are now being tested for the disease. […]

Ag should be a bipartisan priority

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is right, agriculture should be a bipartisan priority. Farming, particularly dairy farming, is a big part of Wisconsin’s culture and identity. But it has been a struggle for the dairy industry, with family farms being lost, and record number of farm bankruptcies. That is why Governor Tony Evers called a […]

Too soon to determine what to do with tax windfall

If you suddenly find yourself with more money in your pocket, it can be tempting to go on a spending spree. But that may not be the best use of the new-found cash. That is the nature of the debate in Wisconsin, now that we have learned that the state of Wisconsin has about $450 […]

America’s Dairyland needs help

Wisconsin’s agriculture industry is struggling. But not everyone is prepared to try to do something about it. Governor Tony Evers in his State of the State Address last week, called for lawmakers to gather in a special session of the legislature to try to find solutions to saving the state’s dairy farms. The struggle is […]

“People’s maps” won’t cut muster with Legislature

As important as it is to ensure Wisconsin has fair elections, the latest idea from Governor Tony Evers seems to miss the mark. Right now, legislative boundaries are drawn every ten years, after the census. According to the state Constitution, whichever political party is in charge of the Legislature at the time of the Census […]