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Hightower: How Occupy Wall Street and other grassroots efforts can counter corporate influence

It is real. Yes, it's youth-driven, broad-based, determinedly democratic and deeply grounded in the most basic of American values of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. It's not about left-right ideologies, but top-down realities. It's focused directly on the narcissistic greed of today's financial and corporate elites and on their gross corruption of our political system by a flood of money from corporations that now masquerade as persons. >More
 Republicans try to rewrite recall rules

Now that state Republicans have weakened Wisconsin's campaign finance and disclosure rules and made it harder for students, poor people and minorities to vote, they are turning their attention to another urgent matter: getting control over the recall process for Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 What's so bad about school choice?

Monopolists hate competition, and they'll say almost anything to prevent it. When natural gas competition was introduced in the mid-1980s, pipeline executives told regulators it would lead to gas explosions throughout Manhattan. As implausible as that tale was, it pales in comparison to the misinformation campaign waged by the public school monopoly against school choice. >More
 Crunch time for Madison Prep charter school

Ed Hughes has a problem. Like most of his fellow school board members and practically everyone else in Madison, he was bowled over by Urban League president Kaleem Caire's vision for Madison Prep, a charter school that would aggressively tackle the school district's entrenched minority achievement gap. >More
 Attack on UW Affirmative Action is misguided

Roger Clegg, president of the right-wing Center for Equal Opportunity, stood up at a downtown hotel last week to give a press conference on Affirmative Action in admissions policies at the UW-Madison. He jabbed a finger into a debate that has been festering not just on campus, but nationwide. >More
 Politicians of both parties speak nonsense on crime in Wisconsin

How much time in jail should I spend if I beat up a guy at a bar? How about if I drive drunk? Or sell some crack? And if I go to jail, what should it be like? Should I have windows? Should I be allowed frequent visits from my family? If we care about making our community a better place to live in, these are all questions we should answer. >More
 Madison liberals have no interest in opposing viewpoints

"Blaska is not fit to live among decent people," thundered an online reader when this right-wing wretch began blogging on the Isthmus website four years ago. It was the first of many attempts to purge of his heresy. >More
 Alliant Energy Center needs help

If you define a problem in the wrong terms and fail to see the larger context of why something is screwing up, chances are your solution will fail. Take the Overture Center for the Arts and its financial woes. City officials and Overture boosters have labored mightily to create a new ownership model and financial plan that takes hold on Jan. 1, 2012. Their intentions were admirable. But their work was too narrowly focused and conceptually unimaginative. >More
 Teacher pay cuts put off painful austerity measures for Madison schools

We took our kids to registration on our way out of town for a last summer fling at the beach. It turns out you're never too old for the back-to-school butterflies. The school smell hit us the moment we walked in the door -- a familiar mix of nostalgia and anxiety brought on by the elixir of industrial cleaners, new textbooks and cafeteria food. Who will be back this year? Who will be leaving? What big changes are in store? >More
 We're all in this together

Another round of recall elections has come and gone, and the results are a mixed bag for people on either side of the big political debate in Wisconsin. All three Democrats who faced the challenge held onto their seats with comfortable margins, and two Republicans found themselves without a job, narrowing that party's majority in the state Senate to a razor-thin 17 to 16. >More
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