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Mayor Sourpuss

On election night, April 5, I was covering Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg's non-victory party at the Edgewater Hotel. Around 10 p.m., the results of the Madison mayoral race flashed on a large-screen TV with no sound. Dave Cieslewicz was addressing his supporters, smiling and waving. Then there was Paul Soglin, standing glumly before a microphone, looking as though he had lost not just an election but a loved one. >More
 Brat or not? Or, How Johnsonville's links to politics make Bratfest questionable

Perhaps my strongest food memory of the protests so far is of the first night MSNBC host Ed Schultz set up a stage in the intersection of Pinckney and East Washington. People were there, in the crowd, handing out free brats. And they were good. We stood there, on national television, cheering and shouting, many of us brat-in-hand. It's only fair, then, that brats take center stage on Memorial Day weekend. >More
 Defending the Wisconsin budget repair bill

In the spirit of Bill Lueders' call to tone down "The Politics of Hate," let's take a moment to extend some peace and love -- or at least understanding -- to the most vilified person in our state, Gov. Scott Walker, and to the legislation that's stirred up the most hostility, the budget repair bill. >More
 How to destroy a school system

There is something horribly fascinating about watching Wisconsin Republicans discuss their plans for our state's school system. First, they swing the bloody ax: The biggest budget cuts to our public schools in state history, nearly $900 million. Kerchunk. >More
 Recall madness

In October of 1926, Manitowoc attorney I.J. Nash wrote a letter to the editor, urging his fellow citizens to reject a statewide constitutional amendment to allow the recall of public officials. Nash, the former Wisconsin state revisor of statutes, said such a constitutional provision would make Wisconsin the "laughingstock of the country." A recall proceeding, he warned, is "slow, conducted with passion, expensive, sets neighbor against neighbor... and convinces few that justice has been served." >More
 The politics of hate

The Republican Party of Dane County last week put out a press release condemning the recount, now taking place, of the April 5 state Supreme Court election. It demonstrates, though further evidence is hardly needed, how wildly unhinged from reality political claims have become. >More
 A rabblerouser's take on Madison's image vs. its reality

For the first time Madison has made peace with its radical past. We are more united than divided over deeply held beliefs, and that has removed the stigma that once attached to our civic reputation. The truth is that Madisonians have never liked being pitted against each other. It's just one of the many ways that Madison's image does not match its reality. >More
 Giving the UW-Madison more freedom with the New Badger Partnership makes sense

Since I graduated from the UW-Madison last May, my sense of attachment to the university has actually increased. Still, I couldn't help but feel like a poseur as I filled out a Wisconsin Alumni Association membership form online. The part where I was asked to make a contribution was especially humbling. I grimaced as I realized that the alumni association depends on folks who casually write checks for more than I made all last year as a freelance writer and barkeep. >More
 Caution needed on a proposed Madison Public Market

When Madison opened its Farmers' Market in 1911, exultant officials declared a citywide holiday, closed city hall and fed 5,000 celebrants sandwiches and pickles, while a large orchestra played operatic selections. The new market, built at a cost of $55,000 (about $1.25 million in today's dollars) and located on East Mifflin Street at Blount Street, was hailed as "the finest in the state," according to David Mollenhoff's indispensable chronicle, Madison: A History of the Formative Years >More
 Your Right to Know: Open meetings case presents tough issues

The key question in the ongoing legal tussle over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill comes down to this: "Must the Legislature comply with the state's Open Meetings Law?" At first glance, the answer might seem obvious, since the Legislature itself pledged to comply when it passed the law in 1975. >More
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