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Joel McNally

Joel McNally is a national-award-winning newspaper columnist and a longtime political commentator on Milwaukee radio and television. After graduating from Indiana University, Joel worked for two years at The Chicago Tribune and for 27 years at The Milwaukee Journal where he won a National Headliners Award for “Consistently Outstanding Local Column” and numerous state and local journalism awards.

Since 1997, Joel has written a column for the Shepherd Express where he also was editor for two years. Joel’s broadcast experience includes working on Milwaukee Public Television as a contributing producer for “Inside View” and for more than 20 years as a regular panelist on its weekly news roundtable, “InterChange.”

Joel also hosted the weekday “Morning Magazine” radio talk show on 1290 WMCS where he and co-host Cassandra led an interracial dialogue on community issues. Joel was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee in the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies teaching courses in urban history, community problems and race and public policy.

Joel and his wife, Kit Murphy McNally, now live in Charlottesville, Va.

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The only political conspiracy so far is among Republicans hell-bent on confirming Brett Kavanaugh despite all his sordid baggage and dishonest testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. more

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There’s an effective, permanent way to protect health care for everyone in Wisconsin with pre-existing conditions: vote both Scott Walker and Brad Schimel out of office. more

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Paul Ryan’s sanctimonious public pronouncements rarely bear any resemblance to what he and his fellow Republicans are actually doing. more

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Scott Walker presides over the oldest, largest and most expensive system of taxpayer-funded private voucher schools in the nation. more

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to Washington, D.C., well known for promoting rightwing causes, is openly calling on Pope Francis to resign. more

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Republican concern about prison conditions is at an all-time high with the convictions of Donald Trump’s campaign manager and his personal lawyer for multiple felonies. more

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In his campaign for reelection, Scott Walker already appears to be giving up on presenting a kinder, gentler image. more

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There’s a common, everyday issue that reveals just how little Donald Trump and Republicans actually care about all those “forgotten Americans” who desperately hoped two years ago a self-absorbed billionaire blowhard would somehow be on their side. more

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is looking stronger than ever against either of her extremely unpleasant Republican challengers—Kevin Nicholson or Leah Vukmir—whose bloody cage match will come to a welcome end with next week’s Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary elect more

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The latest development in Donald Trump’s total destruction of political beliefs within the Republican Party is his creation of a $12 billion, taxpayer-funded welfare program for farmers. more

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Here’s a question we never expected to be asking in 2018: Could Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker be a secret Russian agent? more

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Federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, no doubt, clinched the Supreme Court nomination when Donald Trump learned he’d written that presidents should be exempt from criminal investigations and indictments while in office. more

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It’s as American as apple pie to elect a bright, new generation of self-proclaimed democratic socialists. They’re fighting to preserve the American ideal of sharing the economic benefits of democracy with everyone, not just the wealthy. more

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We once thought nothing could be more frightening than Donald Trump threatening to rain down the “fire and fury” of America’s nuclear arsenal upon other nations, but the economic destruction being inflicted on American companies and their workers ... more

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The U.S. Supreme Court passed up a chance to strike down Wisconsin’s brazenly corrupt political gerrymandering that supporters of democracy hoped would finally lead to fairer, more honest election districts throughout the country. more

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Wisconsin voters can do their part to preserve America’s health care protections—including coverage for preexisting conditions—by removing Scott Walker and Brad Schimel from office this November. more

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Our Founding Fathers always feared America falling into the hands of a totally unscrupulous president without any respect for democracy. more

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ABC cancelled the very popular return of sitcom “Roseanne” given its star’s recent racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. The ugly racism that destroyed the show is now on its way to doing the same thing to the Republican Party. more

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In the wake of the Sterling Brown tasing incident, racial minorities are still waiting for enforcement of a simple rule: that police treat black and brown citizens with the same respect for their lives as they do citizens in white neighborhoods. more

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