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OPINION

The liberal deer hunter

I have often thought that if Democrats could just figure out how to win a majority of the Wisconsin deer hunter vote they'd be running the state again. >More
 In Wisconsin, Republican attacks on university research go back a century

Wisconsin Republicans are triumphant about winning their biggest majorities in the state Legislature since the 1950s. And they seem determined to use their new power to drag the whole state back to that bygone era. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: A post-mortem on the 2014 election in Wisconsin

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga wrote about the outcome of Wisconsin's gubernatorial election, one of several analyses for the cover story in the November 6 issue, and discussed his editorial with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Why Robin Vos is gunning for Kevin Kennedy

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is on the warpath. Vos (R-Burlington) says Kevin Kennedy, the director of the Government Accountability Board, is an "embarrassment" and that he "must go." >More
 Scott Walker's victory reflects the fault lines of our national politics

The Republican sweep in Wisconsin and across the nation propels us into a new era of right-wing triumphalism. Scott Walker's presidential campaign starts now. >More
 Mary Burke was a good candidate with bad handlers

Mary Burke was a good pick for a gubernatorial candidate. She was an outsider with business and philanthropic experience. Perhaps most importantly, Burke wasn't involved with any of the major political strife of the last four years. >More
 Poor people were the biggest losers of Gov. Scott Walker's reelection

Exit polls of elections are typically less than exact, but they can provide a rough measure of voting trends. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's showed a striking division among voters by income: Gov. Scott Walker lost the election among those with family incomes under $50,000 by an 18% margin, but won by 11 points among voters with family incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 and by 16 points among voters with family incomes of more than $100,000. >More
 Mary Burke couldn't defeat the Republican wave

It was supposed to be a bad night for Democrats, and sure enough it was. The party had the best candidate it could have had to attack Gov. Scott Walker on the issue on which he was most vulnerable: jobs. Mary Burke was apparently able to match Walker in the campaign spending wars, and she proved to be a disciplined and hard-working candidate. >More
 A friend's tribute to Dode Lowe

The recent death of Darold "Dode" Lowe marked the passing of one of the most consequential Madisonians of the past 40 years. His influence over local affairs was vast, but mostly unheralded; one would look in vain for more than brief mention in the local media. >More
 Proposed Fitchburg development raises environmental and safety concerns

Not too long ago Dane County government was known for its epic land-use battles. Center stage at nearly every county board meeting a decade ago was a debate tied to one question: Where and how should Dane County grow? >More
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