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.


Free speech? Or bigotry? Work it out in court

With wedding video case, this state contributes to the process.


'Murder,' they tweeted, falsely, seeking office

The Democrats find grist in the Ferguson story, but not the whole story.


D.J. Tice: Beware the side effects of health care policy

History and a new study show the trade-offs, but politicos can't resist the allure of big promises.


Crime laws didn't form in a vacuum — as I can attest

Now-detested policies were a response, people seem to forget.


How about an inequality debate based on data?

Useful context from the Congressional Budget Office.


Arbitration win rate for fired cops, if you stop to think about it, is high

Nearly half of fired cops are reinstated. That's not alarming?


Why my shocking fender bill might be a good thing for the economy

What a repair suggests about health care, education costs.


The Conservative Sensibility: A (mostly) clarifying higher-altitude view

There is a busman’s holiday quality in George F. Will’s scholarly new reflection on American conservatism. Perhaps the most distinguished political commentator of his generation,…


A worthy reprint for a distinctive thinker

David Pence, a Mankato physician and teacher, was a tireless voice for Truth as he knew it — and he reckoned with a truth of his own.


In Minnesota, a hair more freedom at last

Not every occupation needs a license, the state is realizing.