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Does anyone really impersonate another voter?

It was not so long ago that Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson had so much appeal for Democrats that he carried both Dane and Milwaukee counties. Thompson pushed to get 65% or 70% of the vote, but nowadays, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the parties say, "How do I get to 50% plus one?'" >More
 Madison's left needs to look to the future

One can only imagine how it must have felt to be a Wisconsin Republican last Sunday morning when the Wisconsin State Journal headline read "State GOP Rejects Secession." This is great. Next, the Wisconsin Republicans might just reject slavery. But wait a minute. Wasn't it the historic Republican Party that did reject slavery and secession in the first place? Isn't that why they're a viable political party today? >More
 Wisconsin's poor kids suffer most under the school privatization model

The Economic Policy Institute released a shocking report last week, detailing how the national charter school company Rocketship makes its money by shortchanging Milwaukee's poor kids. "Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin" documents the effects of both for-profit and nonprofit charter schools that are taking over struggling public schools. >More
 Wisconsin lawmakers should retain, release records, including emails

In early April, in a case brought by the conservative MacIver Institute against state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), the Wisconsin Court of Appeals declared that communications from citizens to lawmakers are, as one judge put it, "subject to the open records law, without redaction." But the court also recognized that legislators have the power to tweak the rules for themselves -- which is exactly what they've done on the critical issue of records retention. >More
 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
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