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 '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?

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…

Minnesota Supreme Court must face Dayton dilemma in vetoes case

It's awkward, but Minnesota must define the limits of strong-arm political tactics.

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.

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

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