Commentary editor and columnist | Opinion

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.

Omar, Frey and the rise of the makeshift moderates

A disparate crowd gathers under a big tent, outside of which the winds are howling.

Defund the doubletalk

The charter amendment doesn't defund police, supporters say. But defunding is about the only thing the current charter prevents.

Social studies and social discord: a brief history

I've been reading the 168-page PDF of Minnesota's proposed new standards (and you can, too). Here's how I interpret them in context.

Lessons from the Thompson affair

Cops' critics — as well as cops — face more scrutiny. And politics is as bogus as ever.

Religion, politics, law, sex — a witches' brew of confusion

The views of the Supreme Court's conservative justices appear to break into two camps, and the views of Democratic politicians appear to be ... changeable.

The age of indecision

A central fact of our political era is that America's overheated electorate can't make up its mind.

Who gains, who loses, with more (or fewer) cops on the street?

Research shows both the benefits and the costs of policing fall especially on Black communities.

Some actual, practical police reform deserves to be noticed

The Peace Officer Grievance Arbitration Roster is up and running.

The verdict of a '13th juror' on Chauvin — and the trial

We must strive to respect the rule of law, even though our politicians don't.

'Hemingway' faces hard facts

So did its subject.