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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 71.0° F  A Few Clouds
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He's baaaack: Tommy Thompson survives the right-wing purge

With his narrow victory on Tuesday, Tommy Thompson proved that neither the national tea party organization, nor a rich opponent, nor a year of relentless attacks by the Club for Growth associating him with ObamaCare could overcome old-style, hail-fellow-well-met politics in Wisconsin. "I want you to drink a beer tonight," the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate declared in his acceptance speech. >More
 Eric Hovde will win Senate GOP primary for Wisconsin

One of the nastiest primaries in Wisconsin's recent history is winding down, and the polls say it's a horse race. According to a recent survey from Public Policy Polling, Eric Hovde has a slight edge over Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann in the Aug. 14 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. >More
 Time to stand up to the gun nuts

Remember when Wisconsin's new concealed carry law passed and "no guns allowed" signs started going up all over town? I'll never forget the first morning I saw the picture of a gun with a line through it posted on the front door of my daughter's daycare center. Seeing those signs in the windows of restaurants, offices and the toy store across the street from the Capitol was a shock. But the more of them I saw, the more they seemed to mark little islands of sanity in a society that has been taken over by the gun nuts. >More
 Dane County should kick in for Overture

The recent report that the Overture Center has met its $2.3 million private fundraising goal for this year is cause for celebration, but it's not time for chest pounding. Mayor Paul Soglin said famously, soon after taking office, that he expected the arts center's new private management and fundraising structure to "crash and burn." You might expect me to be among those rubbing it in now that Overture has been so successful in its first full year of operation. >More
 Senate candidate Eric Hovde: Elect me because I'm wealthy

Back in the 1960s, the rich were different. Top CEOs then earned about 30 times more than the average worker. Today they earn about 300 times more, and the wealth gap between the rich and the rest of us is the biggest in history, comparable only to that of the Roaring Twenties. >More
 Scott Walker leads the way as a national Republican star

Scott Walker spent an unprecedented $37.7 million to hang onto his seat as governor. Now he is advising Mitt Romney, who, with help from Walker's nefarious friends the Koch brothers, is out-fundraising President Obama. >More
 Republicans show true colors on health care

It was a blow to Republicans and tea party members all over the country when the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Mitt Romney immediately denounced the decision and vowed to fight "the liberal agenda," making it a top priority to get rid of health care reform as soon as he is elected president. (Never mind that so-called Obamacare is modeled on the policy Romney enacted when he was governor of Massachusetts.) >More
 Waiting for a new public unionism

Okay, it's over. What next? That's the key question for public employee unions after their recall bubble was popped on June 5. The old liberal regime has been conclusively turned out. The Walker conquest won't be rolled back. But that doesn't mean the unions can't revive even in a hostile environment. This will require a new, improved unionism suitable for the 21st century. >More
 Liberals must see light on smaller government

Now that the recalls are over, some Madisonians believe our most urgent task is mending a body politic that's been bruised and battered by the electoral combat of the last 16 months. Confrontation, demonstrations and petitions are out. Respect, tolerance and dialogue are in. >More
 A new approach for Democrats

I was standing in the back of the room at the Majestic Theatre. It was an exciting moment in the recall election. Just days before the vote, Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold were appearing together before a jazzed crowd. Feingold gave a fiery speech and so, to the astonishment of so many people who underestimated him, did Tom Barrett. >More
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