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Emily's Post: Farewell and thank you, Act 21 and a Walker recall

Well, here we are. Today marks my very last Emily's Post for The Daily Page, and though it was fully my decision to leave, it is a little bittersweet. I've spent the last two years (since November 2, 2009) writing this mostly twice-weekly opinion column and it's been one heck of a learning experience. I am extremely grateful to the folks at Isthmus for giving me this platform, and for giving me almost complete editorial freedom to write about whatever struck my fancy in a given week. >More
 Emily's Post: Cooperation instead of privatization, ideals instead of ideology

The Walker administration apparently dislikes the free market after all. A proposal by the Department of Public Instruction about to go up before the Joint Finance Committee illustrates this point well, as it would "designate one provider that all school districts statewide would have to use for their student information system services." If the bill passes it would mean at least one company (and likely others) would be forced to leave the state, taking 250 jobs with it. >More
 Emily's Post: John Doe investigation circling ever closer to Walker

I haven't said much about the ongoing John Doe investigation out of Milwaukee County, but I have, like many people, been paying close attention. So far it's been an interesting study of a whole series of seemingly shady deals between Gov. Scott Walker and his various friends/aides and trying to figure out if any of them are connected to a larger corruption scandal, or if there isn't actually that much organization behind it all. >More
 Emily's Post: The end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Paul Ryan's taxing hypocrisy, and a big announcement

As of today the policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" officially enters history's dustbin. I've always had deeply conflicted feelings about the campaign to establish full equality for LGBT members of society who wish to, or already do, serve in our military. >More
 Emily's Post: Wisconsin Legislature avoids video accountability, Walker cronies in the spotlight

On Tuesday the Assembly met for its one and only September session, apparently still too hung over from August vacations and various recall activities to get it together for anything more. Naturally, then, Tuesday also saw an uptick in protest actions at the Capitol. >More
 Emily's Post: Unions more transparent than corporate front groups, voter intimidation continues

The Men Behind the Curtain are clever, I'll give them that. I won't call them Republicans or any other specific name, though, because there are members of the MBC from all political parties. The only real requirement is a passion for shaping the world to fit your specific desires. >More
 Emily's Post: Tammy Baldwin runs for Senate, local control over big dairy

I'd been hearing scuttlebutt about U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin's intention to run for Sen. Herb Kohl's soon-to-be-vacated seat for months now, so that she finally made the official announcement of her candidacy this morning didn't come as much of a surprise. It's no secret that I've been a Tammy supporter since I moved to Madison lo these many years ago. I first met the Congresswoman at a fundraiser for her that was being held at the Orpheum Theatre. >More
 Emily's Post: In defense -- and praise -- of public school teachers

My mother was a public school teacher. She graduated college with a degree in elementary education and spent the rest of her life -- nearly up until the time of her death at age 50 -- teaching children. I remember the hours she spent at home working on projects, grading, and just making decorations for the classroom, and all this even though she spent most of those years as a substitute teacher. >More
 Emily's Post: DHS head Dennis Smith spins health care reform, Prosser's poor temperament

When the results of a Doyle administration-requested study of how the federal health care mandates would impact Wisconsin were published last week I suppose it shouldn't have been a surprise that DHS head Dennis Smith and his office handled things the way they did. Surprising, no, but definitely outrageous. >More
 Emily's Post: Sovereignty, recalls and the long haul

The fact that no one has currently declared even an intention to run against Walker in a recall means the movement needs more time. Former Sen. Russ Feingold had been polling strongly in a theoretical match-up with Walker but now that he's announced that he won't be running for any office next year, it's back to the ol' drawing board. >More
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