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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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Scott Walker is going against the tide by joining the National Republican Redistricting Trust, a rightwing organization that supports gerrymandering. Read more

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The tiny edge that got Hagedorn elected in the state Supreme Court should serve as a wake-up call to voters throughout the state. Read more

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Impeachment was always a longshot. We’re the only ones who can save our country, and we have to do it the old-fashioned way. Read more

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Despite Wisconsin youth prisons being a cesspool of abuse, Milwaukee citizens still oppose a new prison within the city. Read more

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The final proof of how terrible a candidate Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn is for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is that even Republican business lobbyists are publicly fleeing from his candidacy. Read more

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With a Democratic majority in the House, it is time to examine and reform how Social Security is funded. Read more

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It will be an American tragedy for democracy if the blood-suckers of Digital First send the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel into its final death spiral along with Gannett’s nationwide network of local journalists. Read more

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It’s amazing how many people who consider themselves deeply religious fail to understand religious freedom and instead want to impose their own religious beliefs on everyone else by law. Read more

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