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The Daily

OPINION

An assault on court records

If only there'd been more time. Last week I testified before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is considering a petition from the State Bar to greatly expand the ability of judges to seal and expunge court records. >More
 Wisconsin juvenile justice bill deserves support

Wisconsin needs to finally awaken to the folly of tossing 17-year-olds into the adult corrections system. And one significant step toward this goal is a bill just introduced by Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee). >More
 Edgewater project deserves city support

It would create hundreds of good-paying construction jobs at a time when some trades are experiencing a 30% unemployment rate. It would add a million dollars in annual tax revenue to a shrinking tax base. It would restore an iconic 1940s building and take down an awful 1970s addition, opening up public views of Lake Mendota. And it would dramatically improve public access to the lake with a grand staircase and a rooftop plaza. >More
 Supreme Court ruling threatens democracy

If you think elections are bad now, you ain't seen nothin' yet! The recent Supreme Court decision granting corporations unrestricted rights to engage in political speech will make it increasingly difficult for flesh-and-blood voters to avoid being overwhelmed by the corporate agenda through corporate-sponsored campaign ads. >More
 Dems don't do the minimum

A few weeks back I heard from a Democratic member of the state Senate, who wanted to raise an issue of grave concern (or rather, he wanted me to raise it): his party's failure to pass a nominal increase in the state's minimum wage, even now that Democrats control both legislative houses and the governor's office. We waited 20 years to get the majority, and now we can't pass a minimum wage bill," the senator told me. "It's an embarrassment to me as a Democrat." >More
 The carp are coming!

If you haven't yet seen the YouTube videos of Asian carp flinging themselves out of the water, head-butting anglers and hurling their hideous, slimy selves at passing motorboats, you really ought to check them out. These monster fish (they can grow up to seven feet long and weigh 150 pounds) are heading our way. It's like a low-budget horror movie, except it's for real. >More
 Madison's sustainability mirage

Gleaming atop Madison's new Fire Station #12 sits its green crown jewel -- a solar panel. Station #12 on the city's far west side is so green it was just awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's "Platinum" status. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is shouting the news from the mountaintops. Here it is, a full flowering of his Natural Step program for a sustainable city. >More
 Dane County DA's Office seeks fairness, justice

We're accountable to the public, which expects public protection and rightly also cares about the just and fair application of the criminal laws. We have to get it right, which means convicting those who are provably guilty and addressing any claims of innocence promptly and effectively. This is what we try hard to do every day. >More
 An open letter to the Dane County district attorney's office

Dear Brian Blanchard and Judy Schwaemle: I'm grateful for our long and mostly positive association. Thus I'm troubled by our recent to-do over Forest Shomberg, the Madison man who was freed after serving half of a 12-year prison sentence. I'd like to outline my take on this and other cases. You're welcome to an equal amount of space to reply. >More
 Making peace with hip-hop

One of the things I love about Madison is that you can find something new to see or do on any given night while still running into people you know. It's the best of big-city amenities and small-town familiarity. And among the big-city amenities I most adore is Madison's music scene, with its diverse lineup of artists and styles. >More
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