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D.J. Tice

Commentary editor and columnist | Opinion
Phone: 612-673-4456
Location: Minneapolis
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D.J. Tice is commentary editor and an opinion columnist for the Star Tribune, based in Minneapolis. He previously served seven years as political news editor. He has written extensively about Minnesota and American politics and history, economics and legal affairs.


Tice writes a weekly column and is a regular contributor to the Playing Politics podcast. He has been a writer, editor and publisher in Twin Cities journalism for nearly four decades. Tice was previously an editor at Corporate Report Minnesota and Twin Cities magazines, editor and publisher at the Twin Cities Reader, and an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 2003-2009, he was the Star Tribune's state political editor, directing coverage of the Legislature, state government, the Minnesota congressional delegation, and elections. He is the author of two books of popular history. His collection of ordinary Minnesotans' memories, Minnesota's Twentieth Century, published by the University of Minnesota Press, was awarded the Minnesota Book Award for history in 2000.
Recent content from D.J. Tice

Econ 101 is politically conducive — suddenly, selectively

When the left thinks (or not) about impacts on businesses and consumers, tariff-taxes terrible. Tax-taxes totally cool.
John C. Calhoun thought, among other things, that slavery was positive on the whole, that the economic system was inevitably rigged and that states co

The case for Calhoun

The questions of the past aren't as simple as our era assumes.
A courtroom sketch depicts former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on the witness stand Thursday.

When does a horrible mistake become a crime?

Amid heartbreaking evidence in the Mohamed Noor trial, that remains the key question.

Suit seeking voter data hits a bigger issue

It's that entrusting government to investigate itself isn't a good idea. We need openness.

Don't be too quick to scrap the Electoral College

Stung by two recent elections, Democrats favor that path. But that's not what the Founders favored, with sound reasoning.
ROBERT MUELLER: As special counsel, the former FBI chief headed a 22-month investigation into the 2016 election. It found no witches.

D.J. Tice: Mueller provides evidence of what truly makes America great

His work, under great pressures, shows we are indeed a nation devoted to the rule of law.

How does Minnesota stack up on taxes and spending?

Here are some national benchmarks for Minnesota to ponder at budget-making time.
A fight for control: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, has quickly established her willingness to say what she wants. More centrist Democrats such as Re

Ilhan Omar, fellow Minnesotans, cavort in center ring of a Democratic circus

Legislators have become emblems of factions that are transforming American politics.

Our options on drug costs: 'Universally unappealing'

Each solution has a catch, so for now the roulette game goes on.

Making parenting pay again: Of leave policy and social trends

An aging population is the force behind many policy pressures.
Richfield police officer Nathan Kinsey was fired in 2016, then reinstated in arbitration, a move backed by the state high court.

Arbitrators can't be second-guessed, can they?

That seems to the view of the Minnesota Supreme Court, public interests aside.

Guaranteed income, no work required. Does it work?

Finland gave it a test run. The results were "disappointing."
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron: Beset by factionalism, he put the question of “Brexit” to voters, with unforeseen complications.

What ails Britain and the U.S.? Perhaps too much democracy

Make that direct democracy, where undisciplined factions make compromise solutions difficult to reach.
Attendees at a “Cannabis Awareness Day” rally last April outside the State Capitol in St. Paul.

A note of caution as state weighs legalizing pot

Chronic users are likely to bear the brunt of the costs, and be most vulnerable to potential problems.

Yearning, again, for what makes America great

A marvelous event 50 years ago, in days of high anxiety, offers a reminder.

Scrutinizing what 'everybody knows' about inequality

Maybe the rich-poor gap is not as yawning as thought. So much depends on inputs and definitions.
View of tear gas that border police used to prevent groups of people from crossing the US-Mexico border at El Chaparral on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 in Ti

Social policy side effects may include …

How best-laid solutions on border security, family leave and drug-abuse prevention all backfired.
Trump vs. Roberts: A traditional tiff

Trump vs. Roberts: A traditional tiff

Disdain for unhelpful judges is positively ... presidential, and politically trendy, to boot.
The fastest-growing religion in the U.S. is “none at all,” reports the Star Tribune. And yet.

Of 'nones' and Jesuits and that old-time religion

A retreat at which we pondered riddles of faith shows the staying power of spirituality.

Fuel for the 'pro' side in the wage debate

Study finds a higher minimum is helping in Seattle after all — but there are complications.

Money in politics isn't the problem. Politicians are.

Overturning Citizens United would be a cure worse than the disease.

Take the Ellison-Kavanaugh Consistency Test here

Can consistent principles explain inconsistent verdicts?

All come to look for America (in progress)

Traveling west, I found our eclectic country rich with common ground.
Donald Trump : Accused of paying “hush money” as a candidate to former paramours.

A president dishonest, sleazy, unworthy but …

… impeachable? I said no once before. Has anything changed?

Confusion costs in 'affordable housing' debate

The worst shortage may be an income shortage — i.e., poverty — and market meddling isn't the best answer.

Minnesotans, remember: A governor can reshape the high court, quickly

They tend to get relatively more chances to pick judges than presidents do.

Superstorm Donald is jolting the GOP, but turbulence hits Democrats, too

DFL primaries match left, lefter and (relatively) center.
Thomas Duvall, in 2017. A state appellate panel upheld a ruling in favor of his petition for conditional release from the Minnesota Sex Offender Progr

A moment of truth for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (again)

Courts are treating the laws on this subject seriously, however unpopular that may be.

Belief in God means what in America?

New research shows that definitions are flexible, with a political twist.

Job 1 for Minnesota voters: Get state government to do a better job

It simply has to. And don't let grandiose candidate rhetoric impede that goal.
So … Gorsuch? An even more timely question now.

So … Gorsuch? An even more timely question now.

How might Trump change the court? The newest justice's record offers some surprises.

So you 'banned the box.' How did that work out?

According to research, there have been unintended racial consequences.

Checking what ails us in the age of Trump

Elites are anxious. Common voters felt alienated. There's a likely connection.
Illustration.

Want to know what health care costs in Minnesota? You may be in luck.

Minnesota legislation may lift the veil. It's passed the Senate and awaits action in the House.

Two courts tell government: You've got a job; now do it

Assessing rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Duly noted: Supportive research on higher minimum wage

Study: Effects of wage boosts didn't cancel out gains for lowest-paid.
An event at the opening of Fort Snelling’s summer season in 2017. The legacy of the iconic military outpost is being reconsidered by the Minnesota H

Fort Snelling: new vision, old wounds

History can be painful but is rarely simple. Correct?

Demand-driven supply? Minneapolis fourplex proposal is new old idea

It evokes some nostalgia for me, and for everyone else it offers a better shot at affordability.
The Instigator: The case argued before the Supreme Court Feb. 28 started when activist Andy Cilek was temporarily prevented from voting in 2010.

What do the cool kids wear to an election? In Minnesota, you've got to know.

In Minnesota, you've got to know, if the state's dress-code defense before the Supreme Court is any indication.

Guns and public safety: In the absence of a middle ground, the most persistent passion will prevail

It's the "interests' vs. the "people," a line Walz is trying to straddle.

'Mockingbird,' 'Huck Finn': At least keep these two books as part of your personal curriculum

They're about much more than race.
The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing.

Union clout is one reason holding cops accountable is tough

The weeks and months just ahead could bring notable developments in Minnesota’s ongoing efforts to better police its police officers — to bring justice both…
Survivors of sexual assault, along with their supporters, marched in November in Los Angeles. However, a split seems to have developed between feminis

Surprised by counterrevolution? Me too

Feminism's tensions show the snags that can arise.
'Rent control,' goes the demand. About that …

'Rent control,' goes the demand. About that …

California offers a pretty good case study for why the idea is not optimal.
Douglas Machine in Alexandria, Minn., had a thriving factory floor back in 2008 as technicians tested one of their packaging lines for wrapping cases

Wage growth since recession is pretty good. No fooling.

Adjusted for inflation, of course. And even if it doesn't feel like it.
You know the look, and if you’re Vikings fans like these loyalists at a game last year, you may have worn it. Yet hope springs anew.

To everything there is a season; so brace yourselves, Vikings fans

All is possible.

Yes, Virginia, Santa's season is the most realistic time of the year

Adults often don't realize just how much they pretend the rest of the time.
Close up of estate tax return

In the 'death tax' debate, both sides are unconvincing

It may well be a wise, just form of taxation. We could prove we believe that by imposing it on others besides the super-rich few.

Free speech? While voting? In Minnesota? Supreme Court to weigh in.

Case is another possible speech precedent from this state.

Take Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's tax gripes with a grain of SALT

Pay more, get less: That's a rich state aiding equity, no?
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Here's something for Democrats to meditate upon

Will they win because of what they're moving toward or lose because of those they're moving from?

Of Harvey Weinstein, Hugh Hefner and sexual revolutions as ambiguous things

Considering male wrongdoing in the context of this era's permissive society.

Could banning discounts on drugs be good medicine?

Out in ever-progressive California, Gov. Jerry Brown is this month pondering whether to sign into law a crackdown on ruthless corporate profiteering recently passed by…
Gov. Mark Dayton.

Minnesota Supreme Court must face Dayton dilemma in vetoes case

It's awkward, but Minnesota must define the limits of strong-arm political tactics.
Pexton Hall is a heavily secured building at the treatment facility in St. Peter where some of those who have been civilly committed to the Minnesota

Sex Offender Program puts Minnesota in the spotlight again

This time it will be the U.S. Supreme Court gazing at us in the harsh context of MSOP.

State government funding power grabs, part two: The auditor's case

If DFLer Dayton wins his case, it seems, DFLer Otto must lose.
August 21, 1955: Four Prancing Clydesdale are driven by Robert K. Daris, on his fan near Amery, Wis., in practice for the Horse Show of the 1956 Minne

Automation, minimum-wage hikes and jobs: A perfect storm brews

Job-displacing change looms; will public policy juice it?

Trump critics lose sight of crucial divide between violence and ideas

The line is this: Americans are free to think and "speak" as they will, to call and push for whatever "real change" they desire — however much some of their fellow citizens may decry or even abhor their views.

Franken's book reminds that political porn didn't just start with 'the Mooch'

And, yes, I was a bit player in political porn.
A memorial to Justine Damond on W. 51st St. near the alley where she was shot by police. ] JEFF WHEELER ï jeff.wheeler@startribune.com At least 250 p

After latest Twin Cities-area police shooting, a look at perceptions is warranted

Polling shows large gaps in views of public, police.
Fighting to try: Connie Yates and Chris Gard, right, want to be allowed experimental treatment for their terminally ill infant son.

Charlie Gard and freedom's final frontier

A baby boy's suffering goes global at the crossroads of the right to try and the right to die.

On travel ban, Supreme Court threaded the needle

Court did what courts should.

The Yanez jury has done its job; now we must, too

Respect — for verdict, and for pain it causes — is key to community healing.

Progressives' new-found love for states' rights

The left, ahem, seems to be coming around to the beauty of local control.
Associate Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court. President Trump has nominated him to a seat on the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of the Appe

A panoply of challenges to discourse, and a bright spot locally

Consider, please, the example of three judges who lean left backing one who's solidly on the right.

In the city, there's little variety on the political menu

Rural hubs, countryside both show more diversity.
Gov. Mark Dayton certainly delivered on one of his principal campaign promises, making the rich pay up, but the devil is always hiding in the details.

Tax the rich? Done. Tax fairness? Well ...

The gap between the income tax burden on the high earners and others is now greater than any other state.
And so the media probe the mind of Steve Bannon ...

Bannon phobia fuels a 'Fourth Turning' freakout

The book is about cycles, not apocalypse. Some credit is due.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during the committee’s con

Were Gorsuch hearings a deep exchange on constitutional ideas? Sadly, no.

However, the nominee was impressive amid senators' predictable pageantry.
Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, right, and Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Paul Rothman left Mar-a-Lago after meeting with then-President-elect Trump in D

On health care, we want it all, can't have it

Recent criticism of Mayo was an example of our fanciful approach.

What if Trump and Clinton had swapped genders?

Experiment suggests the populist plays best either way. Surprised?
Joseph Burnquist was a very powerful governor for a time.

Strong-arm government? It could happen here (and did)

Thinking back 100 years on the power and reverberations of the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety.
Gov. Mark Dayton was seen through a viewfinder of a TV camera while speaking to reporters.

Dayton is a case study in lost ideals

Contrast his stadium-suites response with his persistence while state auditor.
Here's to our nationally pertinent state political figures

Here's to our nationally pertinent state political figures

Here are the Minnesota players on the national playbill.

It's a living lab for changes in the minimum wage

Increases could harm the vulnerable in subtle ways.
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