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The inadequacy of rules

Last week, nearly two months after being asked, the Madison Police Department released to Isthmus records of its internal investigation into a 2006 incident involving then-26-year-old Jacob Bauer, the culprit in a bar assault. The investigation's conclusion was already known. The MPD deemed allegations that two Madison cops used excessive force in subduing Bauer were "not sustained." No discipline or other corrective action ensued. >More
 Russ Feingold rediscovers his quirky side in 'Off the Table' and 'No Vikings' ads

After flirting with negative ads, Democratic Senator Russ Feingold is turning back into that amusing, quirky, kind of nerdy guy we first fell for back in 1992. >More
 UW animal research agenda merits closer community scrutiny

Working with others, I spent much of the last year trying to get the Dane County Board of Supervisors to sponsor a study of experimenting on monkeys here in Madison, the "Monkey Experimentation Capital of the World." I learned a few lessons along the way. >More
 Tom Barrett creates idyllic Wisconsin, while Scott Walker offers vision of hell in dueling ads

As election day approaches, Wisconsin is beginning to wonder what life would be like under its two choices for governor: Democrat Tom Barrett and Republican Scott Walker. A set of ads offers a clue. >More
 Madison's Overture to the world

Jerry Frautschi, native son and philanthropist, generously bestowed upon Madison a family jewel. Carved into its triangular block, the Overture Center strives to match the glory of the Capitol and thrills Madison with its grandness. And yet, I've felt conflicted about Overture since the day it was announced as a replacement for the Civic Center. From my unusual vantage point, it was easy to foresee the struggles of the resident companies and the center itself. In the bubble of optimism, I've been a wet blanket. >More
 Right-wing American Action Network spreads lies about Russ Feingold in 'Bucket' ad

The American Action Network has been running a third-party ad against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, based on the metaphor of a leaky bucket. "Bucket" begins with a bucket filling up in a sink and an old male narrator saying in a creaky voice, "We send tax money to Washington, and what does Senator Russ Feingold do with it?" >More
 E-cigarettes: Test before trashing

Once again, I'm searching for middle ground - balance in an increasingly polarized world. Early this summer, I wrote a series of blog posts for Isthmus' on electronic cigarettes. They generated the most heated and lengthy debate of anything I've ever written, which took me by surprise. Why on earth did these tobacco-free cigarette substitutes engender such passionate responses, pro and con? >More
 Scott Walker uses Gov. Jim Doyle as a scare tactic in 'Day One' ad

Scott Walker, Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor, begins his "Day One" ad with dirge-like classical violins. The narrator runs through a list of supposedly record-breaking tax increases supported by Walker's Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett: "The largest permanent tax increase in state history!" "The largest tax increase in United States history!" >More
 Ron Johnson's misleading ad 'Like the Rest of Them' accuses Russ Feingold's ad 'In His Own Words' of misleading

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, is incensed about a misleading ad from Democratic rival Russ Feingold. Feingold's "In His Own Words" ad used clips from TV newscasts about Johnson's Oshkosh plastics factory receiving $4 million in government aid. >More
 What's wrong with high-speed rail

According to Marc Eisen, opponents of the proposed high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee might understand its price, but not its value. Okay, Marc: Let's talk about the value of this project using basic economic concepts -- costs, benefits and alternatives. >More
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