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

D.J. is the commentary editor, a weekly columnist and 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 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.


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

Rural hubs, countryside both show more diversity.


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.


Bannon phobia fuels a 'Fourth Turning' freakout

The book is about cycles, not apocalypse. Some credit is due.


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

However, the nominee was impressive amid senators' predictable pageantry.


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?


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.


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 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.