State Debate: Congress’ sex settlements disgust Beloit Daily News; James Rowen insists Ron Johnson has no heart | Local News

The Beloit Daily News expresses its disgust at the news that $15 million has been secretly paid out to settle 260 discrimination cases filed against members of Congress in recent years, including sex harassment complaints. One might expect that political leaders would be a cut above, but, sadly, we learn that’s not the case and it’s all done in secret even though taxpayers have paid the bills, the paper adds. 

Don’t be fooled by Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to the current Republican tax “reform” bills being debated in Congress, says Political Environment blogger James Rowen. He’s not against it because of all the attacks on everything from Medicare to ruinous elimination of deductions for health care, but because it doesn’t do enough for businesses, Rowen says, calling Johnson a man with a pre-existing condition — he has no heart.

Will Flanders, one of the staffers at the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, writes on Right Wisconsin that this week’s school report cards show choice and charter schools are beating public schools. He contends that he has taken a deep dive into the statistics and corrected them to reflect race, poverty and other factors.

In a guest column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, three pediatricians argue for extra emphasis on gun safety for young people, stressing how accidental gun incidents and suicides have become a major health issue. 

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Madison’s rightie blogger David Blaska reports on the Monday night budget meeting of the Dane County Board at which a crowd of anti-jail protesters disrupted the meeting when supervisors didn’t remove a $76 million appropriation to remodel the Dane County Jail. 

Leftie blogger Jeff Simpson updates his readers on a number of stories that have been in the news recently. Among them the leak of the oil pipeline in South Dakota near where the Donald Trump-approved XL Pipeline is to be located and Attorney General Brad Schimel’s attendance at a fundraiser at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.