The Eau Claire Leader Telegram insists that Russia's threat to send troops to Venezuela and Cuba is nothing more than a sideshow, a 20th century tactic that damaged Vladimir Putin's country. The U.S. mustn't be distracted, but keep an eye on Russia's real motives, it adds.

M.D. Kittle of the Empower Wisconsin blogsite wonders who is going to hold Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm accountable. Kittle claims that Gov. Tony Evers has weaseled himself out from dealing with the DA's responsibilities in protecting people from dangerous felons.

Mark Lisheron, the managing editor of the Badger Institute's Diggings magazine, claims that more than $2 million was wasted under the CARES Act on robots that were supposedly capable of disinfecting jails and other confinement areas. He says they did no better than actual soap, water and disinfectant.

Patting himself on the back, Madison's rightie blogger David Blaska lists what he calls the accomplishments of the Dane County Board when he and his brother Mike were on it in years past. He faults the current County Board for failing to get a new jail built and puts the blame on former Sheriff David Mahoney for supporting the "lefties" now on the board.

With no action from Congress, Wisconsin families miss out on benefits from improved child care credit, charges Tamarine Cornelius of the Wisconsin Budget Project. She explains how the Build Back Better legislation, currently snagged in Congress, would change all that.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Matt Rothschild promotes the "Rally for Fair Maps" that is take place on Jan. 21st around 16 courthouses in the state, promoting an end to gerrymandering.