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.


D.J. Tice: No room for debate — it's been a great career

A grateful farewell to readers, with parting worries for a beloved profession.


Dogmas of the stormy present confuse Civil War debate

Politicians need only to look to Lincoln's words to understand his objectives during the conflict-turned-bloodbath.


Miracle of the loafers and fishes

How fellow pilgrims and I once learned the way of the ice angler.


The infinite elsewhere

There's a certain sensibility, otherwise elusive, on offer when you simply pass through — a place? a period of your life? — without much of a plan.


A big week in the land of political also-rans

Phillips, Emmer join a long line of Minnesotans who have volunteered for greatness.


The unmaking of the presidents (and running mates): a brief history

American politics today are tumultuous to say the least, but we've been here before.


Why good news/bad news isn't good enough on crime (or inflation)

The public is similarly underwhelmed by progress on both topics.


D.J. Tice: The Electoral College — democracy's best defense?

Trump-like attempts to overturn elections are harder under America's much-maligned system, new study says.


America's dubious debt wish

There are consequences to believing our creditworthiness will survive deepening debt.


Common ground scarce in divided states of America

We've been here before, but there's plenty of work to be done.