Diggings Fall 2017

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Editor's Note

WPRI has transformed itself into the Badger Institute — a name that reaches back to the industrious miners of long ago but also moves us forward in new directions.
By Mike Nichols

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The festering mess that is Illinois

And how tax reform and transportation upgrades can help Wisconsin take full advantage.
By Jay Miller

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Our frozen melting pot ... and who's responsible

The left’s complaints about cultural appropriation keep Americans separated rather than united.
By Aaron Rodriguez

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The future of Foxconn

Wisconsin’s huge investment hinges on the ever-evolving world of display technology.
By Robert S. Anthony

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Madison's goofy, divisive flag flap

Erecting cultural barriers ices out America's melting pot.
By Mike Nichols

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The Age of Trump: View from a Never Trumper

Contrarians must push back against nativist authoritarianism and return to conservative principles.
By Charles J. Sykes

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Act 10 savings torpedoed

Federal regulations force school districts to spend that money or face funding cuts.
By Dan Benson and Julie Grace

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The Age of Trump: View from a supporter

Never Trumpers’ myopia keeps them from seeing the greater danger that a Clinton presidency would have created.
By Bruce S. Thornton

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The shameless chase for federal money

Private contractors help states grab more U.S. dollars at the expense of serving children and the poor.
By Dave Daley

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Culture Con: How times have changed for conservatives in America

10 years ago, shaken Republicans thought the future pointed to Hayek and Reagan, not to Bannon and Le Pen.
By Richard Esenberg

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Taking a seat: A profile of Daniel Kelly

How he went from relatively unknown lawyer to a justice on Wisconsin’s highest court.
By Dave Daley

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