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.


As always, Biden goes where the wind blows

Court packing evasion shows that the Democratic nominee is more weak than woke.


A send-off for a mentor who wouldn't have wanted a fuss

In his talks at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo, the Rev. Ed Sthokal sparked many thoughts. But there was one in particular.


The unsculptable Supreme Court

Some justices just aren't malleable. What's more, they endure.


Legal dividing line hardens on the Minnesota Supreme Court

A string of politically charged 5-2 rulings suggest a state court separating into ideological blocs, a bit like a certain court in Washington.


With malice toward all, with charity for none

America's culture war rages on.


Here's why cops can't be held accountable

The second-guessing labor arbitration system makes it hard to discipline or fire problem officers, and it's been this way for decades.


Blue state/red state, rich state/poor state: Who's bailing out whom?

A school of thought worth attention considers what state governments spend compared with what they can afford.


Supreme Court's nondecision on guns produces a crossfire

Both Second Amendment and gun-control purists want more from a U.S. Supreme Court that has given them only the middle ground.


Is the anti-viral economic medicine we're taking safe?

It's past time for a cost-benefit test on our current plan.


Not so bad, this era for the courts

It's reawakened Democrats to the value of democratic process.