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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 example Trump sets with his attacks on women and minorities are directly linked; his bombastic vulgarities are designed to appeal to angry people, frightened by the positive changes they see in the world around them. more

Feb 13, 2018 5:17 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments

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Wisconsin’s capital is experiencing a job-creating tech boom and has a very low murder rate. more

Feb 6, 2018 5:16 PM Taking Liberties 9 Comments

There are Democratic candidates and activists organizing right now throughout the state in districts where moribund Republican incumbents have never had to worry about strong, legitimate challengers or energized voters. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:15 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments

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The end is nowhere in sight when all citizens in the community will be treated equally by their police, but it’s even more important the next Milwaukee police chief keep building on the progress under Flynn. more

Jan 23, 2018 3:57 PM Taking Liberties 1 Comments

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When President Trump embarrasses every decent person in America by spewing vile, obscene, racist insults denigrating people of color throughout the world, our political system can no longer simply choose up sides based on political party. more

Jan 16, 2018 4:51 PM Taking Liberties 3 Comments

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Walker needs to show his election year conversion to support for juvenile prison reform isn’t just public relations or, worse, fake news. more

Jan 9, 2018 5:09 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments

No one should take pleasure from all the people being hurt by the Trump Family and Friends Republican Tax Cuts, but there’s some poetic justice in the collateral damage that those tax cuts will wreak upon Donald Trump’s supporters in Wisconsin. more

Jan 2, 2018 4:21 PM Taking Liberties 3 Comments

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There's no guarantee even temporarily retiring from politics will protect Ryan from the taint of Trump. more

Dec 26, 2017 4:28 PM Taking Liberties 4 Comments

When one of America’s most ultra-conservative and racially backward states stuns the nation by rejecting a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, there’s no state in the union where Republicans running for election next year aren’t in danger. more

Dec 19, 2017 4:32 PM Taking Liberties 3 Comments

Will Republicans in Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court with a new Trump-appointed justice be as complicit as Wisconsin’s Republican legislature and Supreme Court in allowing Trump to get away with destroying legal investigations? more

Dec 12, 2017 4:33 PM Taking Liberties 4 Comments

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Most Americans realize billionaires, millionaires and wealthy corporations get enormous, permanent tax cuts in the GOP’s new tax bill, while working people get crumbs for a few years before their taxes start going up again. more

Dec 5, 2017 5:10 PM Taking Liberties 4 Comments

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Ordinary taxpayers are hoping a few Republican heroes have the courage to stand up against a brazenly unfair tax plan that will eventually raise taxes on most Americans to pay for massive tax cuts for multimillion-dollar corporations and the ... more

Nov 28, 2017 4:18 PM Taking Liberties 5 Comments

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State Republicans have revised a law about young hunters so as to completely eliminate all minimum age limits. Now even toddlers can experience the joy of killing stuff as long they can lift a fully loaded weapon and squeeze the trigger. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:50 PM Taking Liberties 5 Comments

Democratic wins in the recent Virginia elections and elsewhere in the U.S. are good news for Wisconsin. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:53 PM Taking Liberties 5 Comments

Paul Ryan has abandoned the biggest lie of his career about the urgency of reducing the nightmare of U.S. budget deficits, but his new lies about Republican tax cuts benefitting the middle class will create a brand-new American nightmare. more

Nov 7, 2017 5:04 PM Taking Liberties 6 Comments

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Wisconsin was at the center of the Republicans’ original Joe McCarthy moment, when they had to decide whether to take a stand against one of their own for brazenly dishonest political demagoguery. more

Oct 31, 2017 5:16 PM Taking Liberties 3 Comments

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For weeks now, America’s Sports-Bozo-in-Chief (Trump) has tried to stir up a rebellion among football fans to get the NFL to stop protests during the national anthem. more

Oct 24, 2017 5:10 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments

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Although a U.S. District Judge ordered Wisconsin to stop torturing children at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools, Trump and Walker undermine efforts at reforming those facilities. more

Oct 17, 2017 4:40 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments

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The NRA and its paid Republican politician lackeys are determined to prevent any restriction on guns, despite the death toll they cause. more

Oct 10, 2017 4:53 PM Taking Liberties 3 Comments

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Rich politicians passing massive tax cuts for themselves, their own families and all their wealthy friends is not tax reform. more

Oct 3, 2017 5:12 PM Taking Liberties 3 Comments

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