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OPINION

Opinion: Pundits ponder the hole in Scott Walker's resume

Sure, he's more conservative than Chris Christie and younger and fresher than Jeb Bush, but voters, some of whom feel dismissed by intellectuals, keep electing smarty-pants candidates. >More
 The takeover of Wisconsin's public schools

Proposed legislation punishes "failing" schools (read, schools that serve low-income kids) by turning them over to private entities that can make a profit by siphoning off public funds. >More
 The great disconnect

When the new Wisconsin Legislature and U.S. Congress convened earlier this month Republicans settled in to majorities that are way out of proportion to the popularity of their policies. Republicans control 63% of the 132 seats in the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly, the largest majorities they've held since the 1950s. And they have 57% of the new Congress. Their majority in the House is the largest the GOP has enjoyed since 1930. >More
 P.S. Mueller: Je Suis Charlie

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 Coming to grips with racial disparities in Madison

Over the last year, thanks to the Race to Equity project, Madisonians have been coming to grips with the fact that we blithely inhabit one of the worst cities in the nation for African Americans. >More
 The top 10 stories of 2014 in Madison

The stories that get the most press aren't always the ones that mean the most in the long run. Here's my list of the 10 state and local stories from 2014 that I think will have the most impact in the New Year. >More
 'Twas a night in Wisconsin

Twas a night in Wisconsin, when all through the state,
Not a conservative was feeling anything but great. >More
 Welcome to Wississippi, the right-to-work state

Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" back in 2011 with Act 10, which did away with most public employees' collective bargaining rights. Now the Republican leadership in our state Legislature is gearing up to throw a Molotov cocktail at all Wisconsin workers. Making Wisconsin a "right to work" state is at the top of the Republicans' agenda, according to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). >More
 Milwaukee may be as LGBT-friendly as Madison. Surprised?

The much-vaunted Progressive movement in Wisconsin was largely about pocketbook issues like worker's compensation, minimum wage and progressive taxation. On social issues the state was generally more conservative. But three recent studies on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) friendliness suggest the state is friendlier to alternative lifestyles than you might think. >More
 Wisconsin's incarceration addiction

Last week, a crowd of more than 200 marched downtown in response to events in Ferguson, Mo., where a grand jury declined to indict a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. The march, organized by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, began on State Street and ended on the steps of the City-County Building. >More
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