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We can build a better Madison budget

Mayor Paul Soglin's proposed 2013 budget is consistent with his attitude toward governing, which can be summed up in the phrase, "Get off my lawn!" Or more to the point, "Get off my beaches and get off my skating rinks!" The Common Council can keep the budget fiscally sound while improving its community focus. The Board of Estimates took some steps in that direction earlier this week, but not enough. Here's a complete plan. >More
 A toned-down Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan held a rally in Waukesha this week, wearing a Green Bay Packers necktie and flashing a camouflage cell phone case, in order to connect with voters in his home state of Wisconsin. So now we know the House Budget Committee chairman roots for the Pack with his tie on, and carries a phone appropriate for keeping in touch with the office while he takes his kid deer hunting. This is what passes for folksy in Washington. >More
 Dane County Board reacted rashly to the Act 10 judgment

Suppose you learn that your blood pressure is 140 over 90, or just on the verge of being too high. Rather than prescribe medicine immediately, your doctor asks you to buy a home blood-pressure monitor and test yourself a few times to see if things are improving. You do it, but discover that your blood pressure is getting worse over time, until one day when the test comes back at 120 over 80. >More
 Wisconsin loves Obama after all

The day I returned from the Republican convention in Tampa, I bumped into a friend at the grocery store. She had been out canvassing for Obama, she told me, and was just about ready to quit. People were so hostile, she said, it was too discouraging -- she'd had enough. Since I'd been hanging around with Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and Reince Priebus for a week, I immediately assumed she was talking about Republican hostility to the president. But then I came to my senses. >More
 Act 10: Here come the judges

When Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled parts of Act 10 unconstitutional, Gov. Scott Walker pushed the easy and predictable rhetorical button. Colas, the governor charged, was a "liberal Dane County activist judge." When I was mayor we had several cases before Judge Colas. He was always regarded as thorough, fair and thoughtful even when he ruled against us. (Though I always thought he was more thorough, more fair and even more thoughtful when he ruled for the city.) >More
 Wisconsin's leadership deficit

In May 2006, the Harvard Business Review published a study examining just what the heck corporate second bananas did. Authors Nathan Bennett and Stephen Miles admitted it was kind of weird what they discovered about chief operating officers, the guys who serve under the company chief executive officer. >More
 The constitutionality of new rules at the Wisconsin Capitol

The recent free speech controversy at the state Capitol has left many Madisonians perplexed. Based on new rule codifications regulating speech on government property promulgated by the Wisconsin Department of Administration last December, police have recently arrested several protesters for holding small demonstrations without a permit. Such free speech controversies often generate strong feelings, especially when the underlying subject matter of the speech -- in these instances the validity of Gov. Scott Walker's policies -- is highly contentious in the first place. >More
 The Democrats' teacher dilemma

The Chicago teachers' strike put President Obama in an awkward position. Caught between his own former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and his base of support in the teachers union, he was easy prey for Mitt Romney, who declared that the president had taken the teachers' side (not true) and that Democrats and unionized teachers are the enemies of parents, schoolchildren and quality education. >More
 Obama and the Democratic National Convention buries RNC showing

Continuing the progressive theme from the first two nights, the last night of the Democratic National Convention was heavy on auto industry turnaround, saving Medicare, and protecting the middle class from rapacious Republicans who want to liquidate society to funnel more money to the rich. >More
 Bill Clinton's progressive message rocks the Democratic National Convention

The Big Dog rocked the house in Charlotte with his long, humorous take-down of Romney, Ryan, and the whole Republican hate-fest. Republicans bring up Bill Clinton even less frequently than they mention George W. Bush. And here's why. >More
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