D.J. Tice | Star Tribune
Commentary editor and columnist | Opinion

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.


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.


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."


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

Make that direct democracy, where undisciplined factions make compromise solutions difficult to reach.


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.


Social policy side effects may include …

How best-laid solutions on border security, family leave and drug-abuse prevention all backfired.