State Debate: Keep Wisconsin Public Broadcasting free of political influence, writes state Sen. Mark Miller | Local News

In a column for Isthmus, state Sen. Mark Miller, (D-Monona) implores UW President Raymond Cross not to move Wisconsin Public Broadcasting to the president’s office. Miller says he can understand Cross’ reasoning behind his plan to merge UW Extension with UW-Madison, but says public broadcasting needs to remain with Extension to shield its new operations from the whims of state politics.

The “hastily approved” Dane County wheel tax may have to go to a referendum after all, writes Madison’s rightie blogger David Blaska. Blaska applauds a bill introduced in the Legislature that would require local governments to hold a referendum to enact a wheel tax even if, like Dane County, they’ve already done so.

Political Environment blogger James Rowen chides Gov. Scott Walker for visiting Green Bay last week in a thinly veiled effort to convince Green Bay folks that they, too, will benefit from the $3 billion Foxconn deal for southeast Wisconsin. Just ask him to come back in spring with the money to fix the Green Bay potholes that will still be there because he used the funds to add another lane to I-94 for Foxconn, Rowen counsels.

Speaking of Foxconn, the Racine Journal Times praises Racine County’s efforts to make sure that county residents share in the employment gains expected at the new development — and that must include jobs for minorities as well, the paper says. The county has launched an “Uplift 900” initiative that is aimed at promoting those jobs, the paper says.

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Appleton Post-Crescent community columnist Michael Diamond of Combined Locks reminisces about the Watergate scandal that undid President Richard Nixon when Diamond was a young lad. He compares that to what’s happening in Washington these days over Russian meddling in last year’s elections and notes that once again it looks like the cover-up might be worse than the crime.

In a La Crosse Tribune guest column, Reid Magney of the State Elections Commission outlines how citizens can run for local office. The deadline, he notes, for next spring’s elections is Jan. 2, and he offers step-by-step advice on how to get involved.