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OPINION

Don't raise the minimum wage

The appeal of the minimum wage is really very simple: Everyone likes higher wages. Wage increases mean more money in your pocket, which takes a load off your mind. Politicians' primal impulse is to give stuff to voters, and few gifts are more welcome than a mandated pay increase courtesy of your elected representative. >More
 Yes, Madison is a racist city

I recently posted a short essay to my personal blog about my everyday life in Madison as a young black woman. I wrote that Madison is the most racist place I have ever lived. I do not see very many black people on the east side. White women grab at my naturally styled hair. A man asked me once how I would be celebrating Black History Month. I love living in Madison but I do not always feel comfortable here. >More
 The sharks are circling Madison schools

If you are a Madison public schools parent like I am, you may have received a robocall recently offering "free tuition to send your child to a private or religious school. We at School Choice Wisconsin are proud to pay for this call, because we want the very best for you and your child," a woman's voice told me before I hung up the phone. >More
 Madison deserves a choice in its 2015 mayoral election

Every four years we get a chance to debate what kind of city we want to be. But with the next mayoral election scheduled for exactly one year from now, I'm starting to worry that the debate won't happen in 2015. No serious candidate has yet emerged to take on Mayor Paul Soglin, who professes that he will run again despite having no money in his campaign account. >More
 How to suppress the vote in Wisconsin

Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl grew up in the small town of Edgerton, population 5,494, where voting was pretty simple. "Everyone lived in walking distance of the clerk's office. I never had to wait when I voted absentee." >More
 Wisconsin needs government openness advocates

Careful readers may have noticed that, while many publications categorize this column as opinion, it is not an especially opinionated column. That's because the columnist sees his mission as being to inform, not persuade. But there is one exception, which bears examination. >More
 Scott Walker's ruthless ambition

Never mind CPAC. Campaign coordination got Scott Walker where he is today. Walker tied for fifth place in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll last weekend, which was a bit of a comedown after pundits named him Flavor of the Month among the lineup of prospective Republican presidential candidates for 2016 following Chris Christie's fall from grace. But our governor still got a shout-out from Reince Priebus and Grover Norquist for his union-busting here in Wisconsin. >More
 Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council 2014 Opee Awards cap trying year

This last year has seen almost constant threats to Wisconsin's openness laws. We've had local law enforcement agencies suppressing drivers license information, a state senator claiming immunity from civil suits to evade the open records law, and attempts to deny public access to records of circuit court cases and university research. >More
 The Madison Landmarks Commission is hurting the city

The primary question in any urban redevelopment proposal is this: Is the new building better than what it's replacing? That's always a subjective question. But when it comes to the proposal to take down an ugly concrete bunker of a building on the 100 block of West Gilman Street, this shouldn't even be a close call. Developer Steve Brown is proposing to tear down the awful 10-story Highlander apartments and move or eliminate two student rental houses adjacent to it. >More
 Your Right to Know: Scott Walker must answer questions on John Doe emails

Like many other people in Wisconsin, I spent some time recently digging into the 27,000 pages of emails released from the John Doe probe into alleged illegal activities by the staff of then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. I was somewhat surprised to find my name appear. >More
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