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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 71.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Do or die time for health care

God bless Ed Garvey. His annual progressive rally, Fighting Bob Fest, drew great speakers and thousands of attendees to demand health care reform and denounce the power of industry lobbyists. Grassroots events like this huge open-air town hall meeting, held last weekend in Baraboo, are competing with what one speaker called the "cash roots," the industry-funded message that's been dominating the health care reform debate. >More
 Wisconsin needs to rein in payday loan outfits

When I heard that state Rep. Gordon Hintz, a Democrat from Oshkosh, was introducing a bill to cap the interest on payday loans at 36%, I was excited. Finally, I thought, someone is doing something about this unchecked industry. >More
 Justice is everybody's business

In April 2008 I wrote a web article about an astonishing legal filing in the Ralph Armstrong case. It alleged that a Dane County prosecutor, by then retired, not only failed to investigate a tip that pointed to a wrongful conviction but set out to destroy evidence that might have proven this. >More
 UW campus building boom is wasteful, unnecessary

Forty years ago, everyone knew why the building boom was happening: enrollments were exploding and the university was flush with revenue. What's the excuse today, when enrollment has been relatively constant for the last two decades and we're in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? >More
 An Rx for the Dems

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Some head home to town hall meetings to face down the mobs; the president goes to sanitized town hall meetings in airport hangers (who said all of "W"'s ideas were bad?); Sarah Palin walks away in search of a higher calling; and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says he's had enough and won't be running for a third term in 2010. >More
 A big gay thanks but no thanks

In Wisconsin, same-sex couples began registering as domestic partners on Aug. 3. I wish them all happiness. But my boyfriend of nine years and I won't be joining them. >More
 Let's declare a crime wave!

Imagine my surprise when, after picture day at school last year, I received a milk-carton-style mug shot of my second-grader. It came along with a code number and an offer to keep my child's information in a special database in case of abduction. Somehow, seeing my daughter's gap-tooth smile photo-shopped into a crime-victim layout did not warm my heart. I didn't take advantage of the special offer. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Soglin and a 'weak council,' Kurt Schlicht's priorities and how Berg got to Germany

Power dynamics are more affected by political capital and the Mayor, more by virtue of his/her celebrity and how it's used than anything else, has significant capital built in. >More
 Tell your health-care tales

Everyone, including the people who run it, knows our health-care system is broken. Among those being rightly blamed are medical professionals, insurance companies, drug companies, politicians. But perhaps the biggest culprits of all are never implicated. I'm talking about ordinary health care consumers. >More
 Basford's Spin City checks back in

Poor Sarah Palin. She was the most mistreated woman ever to engage in national politics -- that is, if you disregard everything said about Hillary Clinton from January 1, 1992 to September 1, 2008. Nobody ever talked openly on cable news and AM talk radio about Sarah Palin being a lesbian or a maneater or someone who had her lover/lawyer murdered. >More
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