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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
 The two Tommys

It's a tale whose origins date to the Middle Ages, the story of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil. That's the scenario Democrats will be shopping this fall about Tommy Thompson, your Republican candidate for U.S. Senate: that this wide-eyed, small-town boy from Elroy, after 38 years as a public servant, couldn't resist compromising himself for cash, greedily striking a devilish bargain to win a lobbyist's plunder. >More
 Michelle Obama and a big opening night at the Democratic National Convention

The big difference between the Republican and Democratic national conventions is that, while the Republicans -- especially Ann and Mitt Romney -- tried to relate to working-class Americans by telling tales of struggle they had heard on the campaign trail, the Democrats -- especially Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro -- spoke movingly and in detail about their own families' struggles. >More
 The big challenge for Obama and the Democrats

How does Obama recapture the excitement of 2008, and motivate people to get to the polls so he can pull off what most think will be a narrow victory in November? After all, especially in a swing state like Wisconsin, he will need an enthusiastic get-out-the-vote effort. >More
 Wisconsin legislators exploit loophole to hide ALEC ties

Wisconsin state legislators are routinely deleting emails concerning their involvement with the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, exploiting a loophole that exempts the legislature from records retention rules that apply to all other state and local government officials. >More
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