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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.

By stripping Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul of the power to deliver on their campaign promises, republican legislators have openly opposed the concept of democracy. more

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Trump’s $12 billion welfare program for farmers facing massive financial losses from his poorly conceived trade war with China is but a brazen political payoff to rural Trump voters. more

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Trump escaped his own vicious world for a brief moment of quiet reflection over Thanksgiving. When he was asked what he was most thankful for, Americans already knew his answer: himself. more

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Foxconn obviously was attracted to Wisconsin’s anti-worker political environment under Scott Walker, but clearly the deciding factor was the terrible contract he negotiated. Recovering from Walker’s $4 billion taxpayer giveaway could take decades. more

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Yes, it was disappointing to see that Trump’s inflammatory racism still worked against some outstanding candidates around the country, but it didn’t work in Wisconsin, and Walker’s gone. more

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There’s always been something suspicious about Republicans vilifying Jewish investment banker and philanthropist George Soros as some kind of evil mastermind behind a web of political conspiracies. more

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The upcoming midterm elections are very import to Democrats and independents, but also to upstanding Republicans willing to improve their party and country. more

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Trump’s base is a fringe element. Their only loyalty is to Donald Trump—certainly not to pale Republican imitators who don’t get their blood boiling at raucous hate rallies. more

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Besides assuring urban voters Tony Evers won’t be openly hostile to them like Scott Walker has always been, Mandela Barnes speaks to the struggles of families in all neighborhoods in Wisconsin. more

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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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