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The Daily

OPINION

2012: The end of the world as we know it

For 27 families the world ended on Dec. 14. No year in review can ignore the senseless deaths of 20 6- and 7-year-olds, six teachers and the shooter's mother at or near the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The best way to honor those innocent kids and brave teachers is to do everything we can to eliminate the primary element in that tragedy: the easy availability of massive deadly force. >More
 How can we keep Wisconsin kids safe from gun violence?

The news on Friday about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was so horrific, the first question was simply how to take it in. Waiting for the children to get home from school, I posed the question on Facebook: What do you say to a kindergartener, a third-grader and a sixth-grader who may have heard that 20 elementary school children were gunned down, along with six adults, in a school setting just like their own? >More
 Innovations at the UW will make college more affordable and accessible

The New York Times recently called 2012 "the year of the MOOC," the strangely compelling (and somewhat ironic) term for massive open online course. MOOCs are taking the world of higher education by storm, as millions have signed up for online, college-level instruction from online vendors like Udacity and Coursera. In a college town like Madison, MOOCs are a very big deal indeed. >More
 Wisconsin is a national leader in tax handouts to business

In 2009, the company that ran Mercury Marine's Fond du Lac plant put a gun to the head of its workers: Either agree to wage givebacks, they warned, or we'll move your jobs to our plant in Stillwater, Okla. The drama soon involved Gov. Jim Doyle, who was bashed for not being pro-business enough to prevent the company's move. >More
 Treating employees right at Ian's Pizza

The day after the presidential election, Papa John's pizza chain CEO John Schnatter, a Romney supporter, declared that he would have to raise prices to cover the cost of providing health insurance to his employees under Obamacare. Nick Martin, co-owner and managing partner of Madison-based Ian's Pizza, was unimpressed. Ian's has offered its 50 full-time employees comprehensive health care coverage for the last nine years, Martin pointed out. >More
 Power to the Madison Common Council

The city budget just passed may be historic not only in its redirection of the mayor's agenda, but in its significance as a harbinger of an institutional power shift. >More
 Wisconsin Democrats need business-friendly progressive like Pat Lucey

The warm glow of the Nov. 6 election will finally dissipate for Wisconsin Democrats next January when the Legislature reconvenes. Politically, the Democrats will be threatened by a Republican juggernaut. The GOP's capture of the state Senate aligns both houses with the recall-tested and change-minded Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 Obama wins smart as Romney and Ryan alienate average Americans

On Election Day morning, the bell rang and there was yet another volunteer for Barack Obama reminding me to vote. It was probably the fifth time in recent months that an Obama volunteer had stopped by to chat up me or my wife. I was starting to think they might move in with us. The explanations for Obama's victory are many, but arguably begin with his superior ground game. >More
 Tammy Baldwin wins Wisconsin's Senate race with progressive values

In so many ways, Tammy Baldwin's victory in the U.S. Senate race was the icing on the cake. The energy at the Baldwin victory party at Monona Terrace built all night long, as the Democrats racked up wins across the United States. Her win is historic, she acknowledged in her victory speech: She is both the first woman Senator from Wisconsin and the first openly gay member of that body. >More
 Moderate Wisconsin gets a conservative legislature again

How does a state that votes for President Barack Obama and elects its first woman -- and the nation's first gay woman -- to the U.S. Senate also elect an overwhelmingly conservative Republican state legislature? There are two answers: money and gerrymandering. The Democrats were badly outspent in legislative districts that were drawn behind closed doors to benefit Republicans. >More
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