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Say no to suburban sprawl: Verona can grow without grabbing hundreds more acres

The West Branch of the Sugar River was removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's list of endangered waters only a few years ago. This river is a vital natural and economic resource that's home to some of the finest fishing and canoeing in Dane County. That's just one of many good reasons I and many others have questioned the need for a proposed housing development on a steep hill south of Verona that runs straight down into a popular trout steam in this watershed. >More
 Trouble in FitzWalkerstan: Jeff Fitzgerald's stalled Senate campaign reflects Scott Walker's falling fortunes

What ever happened to Jeff Fitzgerald? The Assembly speaker and water-carrier-in-chief for Gov. Scott Walker was supposed to reap his rewards for leading the tea party takeover of our state Legislature when he burst on the scene as Walker's favored candidate for U.S. Senate. When Fitzgerald announced his candidacy, to replace the retiring Herb Kohl, the National Journal ran a story explaining why Fitz could win. >More
 Why would Dane County block responsible development in Verona?

During the most persistent economic downturn in decades, would the Dane County executive deliberately obstruct environmentally responsible development that creates hundreds of new jobs? If you think the answer is "never," consider the recent experience of the city of Verona. >More
 Sen. Vinehout would be a strong contender for governor in the Wisconsin recall election

Among possible Democratic candidates for governor who spoke to the People's Legislature last week, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a dairy farmer from Alma, stole the show. Vinehout is a great speaker -- warm, passionate and full of compelling facts. It was she who calculated, around the time Gov. Walker gave his State of the State address, that 85% of the jobs Walker claims to have created in Wisconsin are actually jobs Wisconsinites have taken outside the state. >More
 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
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