Commentary

Analysis, speeches and opinions on democracy issues.

2014

Sunshine laws the crime victim ‘John Doe’ investigators are overlooking
March 11, 2014

2013

Kill the ‘More Money in Politics’ bill
September 11, 2013

The Citizens United effect
February 26, 2013

2012

Ask the candidates: Are you for bribery?
October 5, 2012

Political bribery is legal again
May 29, 2012

What to expect in the recall election . . . and what to hope for
May 21, 2012

Can we imagine a new type of politics? Keynote speech at the People's Legislature citizen assembly
February 3, 2012

2011

The first order of business: Remarks from the 10th Annual Fighting Bob Fest
September 19, 2011

Defaming Wisconsin, desecrating democracy
June 24, 2011

Growing income inequality rooted in political corruption
May 5, 2011

2010

Drawing a better Wisconsin
September 25, 2010

There comes a time: Remarks from the 9th Annual Fighting Bob Fest
September 13, 2010

Strange bedfellows file anti-disclosure lawsuit
August 6, 2010

A Stilted Age
June 30, 2010

‘Game over’ for democracy? Not by a long shot
February 5, 2010

2009

With court election reform done, closing “issue ad” loophole is next
December 21, 2009

New Supreme Court ethics rules should not, will not stand
November 2, 2009

A democracy worthy of the name: Remarks from the 8th annual Fighting Bob Fest
September 15, 2009

Is ‘happy politician’ an oxymoron?
July 14, 2009

Turning auctions back into elections
February 23, 2009

2008

A traffic jam on the low road
October 22, 2008

AG’s voter lawsuit is a fool’s mission
September 25, 2008

Putting the sham in sham issue ads
August 22, 2008

A pox upon the chambers
March 24, 2008

WDC director remarks at People’s Legislature "Unfinished Business Rally"
March 14, 2008

In search of a good party
February 6, 2008

Going nowhere by design
January 25, 2008

2007

Wisconsin voters have had enough
December 28, 2007

Answering AT&T’s call
November 6, 2007

State justice is in supreme trouble
October 22, 2007

Recipe for paralysis
September 13, 2007

Remarks at 6th annual Fighting Bob Fest
September 12, 2007

Public pays for elections – one way or the other
August 20, 2007

Divided court to decide McCain-Feingold’s fate
June 5, 2007

So-called ‘issue ad’ groups living a lie
May 2, 2007

2006

Remarks from the 5th Annual Fighting Bob Fest
September 11, 2006

The ghost of Byron Kilbourn
April 27, 2006

The difference between leaders and politicians
April 19, 2006

2005

Mail-order TV licensing
November 14, 2005

Money talks, public walks
November 7, 2005

Corrupt Capitol needs housecleaning
October 19, 2005

Speech at the People’s Legislature rally for reform
October 7, 2005

Democracy in name only
September 14, 2005

Accenture-ating the positive
June 9, 2005

Our common interest in political reform
May 3, 2005

Tolerating corruption
April 12, 2005

While the dome burns
February 11, 2005

Justice delayed, justice denied, justices depraved
January 24, 2005

2004

A better way to vote
December 7, 2004

Voters should choose representatives, not the other way around
November 30, 2004

Ignore the polls
September 27, 2004

Another moment of truth on campaign finance reform
August 27, 2004

Democrats flip flop on campaign reform
June 9, 2004

Bringing media reform back home
May 18, 2004

Subverting the public’s right to know
April 7, 2004

The ups and downs of campaign finance reform
March 16, 2004

Velvet discrimination
January 28, 2004

2003

Profiles in plutocracy
November 24, 2003

Grafting the state budget
August 15, 2003

Battle of the network pimps
August 5, 2003

A rebel whisper: 2nd in a two part series
July 4, 2003

Our journey back to colonization: 1st in a two part series
July 3, 2003

Earth Day speech
April 22, 2003

Budget comes down to fear of special interests
March 27, 2003

Political corruption cause of state budget mess
January 14, 2003

2002

Electoral crack-up
November 15, 2002

Incumbents won’t allow true reform
September 5, 2002

Another campaign coincidence
June 19, 2002

Congress hobbles Shays-Meehan at broadcasters’ bidding
February 22, 2002

Campaign finance reform needed to fix budget mess
January 11, 2002

2001

Caucus defense fund is bipartisanship at its worst
October 13, 2001

Caucuses have got to go
July 13, 2001

2000

Voters First
July 5, 2000

So called "issue ads" chip away at democratic process
January 11, 2000

1999

Campaign Finance Reform: For the sake of our kids
October 1, 1999

Budget process shows that state government’s for sale
July 22, 1999

State’s bishops ‘hit mark’ in call for campaign reform
July 15, 1999

Don’t waste the opportunity to reform campaign finance
June 1, 1999