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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
 Barack Obama notices there's an election in Wisconsin

The White House recently announced that President Barack Obama would campaign for Mary Burke in the final week of the election. Obama will be campaigning in a number of gubernatorial races, a long overdue shift from his focus on keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate. >More
 David Blaska to Madison schools: Get off my lawn!

Right-wing blogger and professional cranky old man David Blaska has filed suit against the school board, the school district and the Madison teachers union for wasting his tax dollars by signing an employment contract. >More
 Wisconsin attorney general candidates duck top issues on their websites

One measure of a good politician is his or her willingness to forthrightly address the most important issues faced by the office they are seeking. And in the modern age there's no better way to judge what candidates want to put forward than a visit to their websites. Of course candidates answer questions, but there's a difference between what they say when prompted and what they offer on their own. >More
 Olbrich Gardens admission fees and Madison's soul

In last week's Isthmus, Ald. David Ahrens laid out a plan to raise more revenue for the city of Madison: Charge admission to Olbrich Botanical Gardens for non-city residents. Ahrens only wants to charge them $5 per person above the age of 12. But the fee would send a bad message to surrounding communities. It goes against what I believe is the heart and soul of the city. >More
 If Mary Burke plagiarized, Scott Walker did it worse

The Republicans are huffing and puffing about a few paragraphs in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's economic development plan that were gleaned from similar plans of other candidates. They're going so far as to demand that Burke withdraw from the whole shooting match over this. >More
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