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Choosing Walker's opponent: Let's have a wide-open Democratic primary

There's an old Will Rogers joke that goes: "I belong to no organized political party. I'm a Democrat." I have used that line more than once, but in all seriousness, the organization of the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker has been nothing short of brilliant. Not only was the signature-gathering a well-oiled machine, but it was smart and unusually disciplined of my party to keep potential candidates in the background so that the focus could remain on Walker. >More
 FBI probe should worry Walker

With new arrests every week, the FBI probe of Scott Walker's closest aides and supporters is continually uncovering stories that would be front-page news in any other political era. How strained are things around the governor's mansion, where Walker's own spokesman, Cullen Werwie, now has immunity in the FBI probe? No wonder the governor says he wants to hurry up the recall election. >More
 Abortion is here to stay

Abortion is a powerful force in American politics. If anybody but Mitt Romney wins the Republican presidential nomination, it will be at least partially due to Romney's past support of abortion rights as governor of Massachusetts. Likewise, if Romney prevails, he'll have his recently adopted anti-abortion position to thank. >More
 Gov. Walker's fateful decision on rail

What was the single most important decision Gov. Scott Walker made in his first year of office? Hands down, the consensus judgment would be undermining the collective bargaining rights of public employees. But 20 or 30 years from now? Wisconsinites will probably point to Walker's fateful decision to reject an $810 million federal grant to build a passenger rail line connecting Madison and Milwaukee. >More
 Michael Best & Friedrich is too cozy with Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Remember John Gotti's attorney Bruce Cutler? Cutler and his team used to meet Gotti at the Ravenite Social Club, where they were caught on tape in an FBI wiretap. A federal court finally barred Cutler from representing Gotti in the 1990s, accepting prosecutors' argument that Cutler and his associates were "in-house counsel" to the Gambino crime family. The term "in-house counsel" could also apply to Scott Walker's attorney, Eric McLeod, and his law firm, Michael Best & Friedrich. >More
 The Wisconsin left made a spectacle of itself in 2011

In Wisconsin, 2011 came in like a lion and left like a lion fighting for its health benefits. Newly minted Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to require greater health and pension contributions from government employees, along with virtually removing public union collective bargaining, set off a cacophony of tumult that ricocheted through every corner of the state's borders. >More
 The agony of Madison Prep

The whole agonizing conflict over Madison Preparatory Academy did not end on Monday night, when the school board voted 5-2 against allowing the African American charter school to open next fall. Now comes the lawsuit. >More
 The Occupy movement has it all wrong

Occupy Madison is already old news, having blended seamlessly into the city's broader protest infrastructure as well as the blight along the 800 block of East Wash. However, supporters maintain that the national Occupy movement has created a tectonic shift in the political landscape by focusing all eyes on the previously neglected issue of income equality. Last week in Kansas, even Barack Obama shifted gears and suddenly made "inequality" central to his reelection campaign. >More
 Tommy Thompson for governor

Emerging from a 13-year hibernation since the last time his name was on a ballot, former Gov. Tommy Thompson announced his candidacy for Herb Kohl's Senate seat last week. This is big news. Tommy almost ran against Russ Feingold, but, confronted by his glaring family members, who didn't want him to do it, he appeared to chicken out. Just when he was about to make his announcement at a Tea Party rally in Madison, he instead lapsed into a halting recitation of "May the Road Rise to Meet You." >More
 Kids need to know about sex

Teaching kids about sex and sexuality makes a lot of adults uncomfortable. Our society has a lot of hang-ups about the subject, even when it comes to the habits of consenting grownups. So when the conversation turns to how best to educate our children on the matter, our own insecurities and biases tend to overshadow the debate. >More
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