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Keep up the fight on health care

It was difficult for me to watch the final House vote on health care reform Sunday night. As the "yea" tally slowly but surely marched toward the necessary 216 (in the end the measure passed 219-212), I could feel a knot forming in my gut. From my standpoint, much more was at stake than whether President Obama would score a political victory, despite the best efforts of Republicans to block it. >More
 Edgewater rule-bending unwise

What Madison city leaders are doing to pass the Edgewater Hotel project should make citizens cringe. Law after time-tested law is being altered or abandoned to assure the project's approval. The proposed $93 million project is located in one of the most heavily regulated parts of the city. It's in the middle of the city's oldest historic district, home to nearly half of its landmarks. >More
 Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council honors highs and lows with Opee Awards

As part of national Sunshine Week, March 14-20, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is bestowing its fourth annual Opee Awards to people and institutions that have had an impact on open government in Wisconsin. >More
 Raise taxes to save schools

Back when Obama was running for president and Wisconsin Democrats were poised to take over the state Legislature, I went to a fundraiser filled with fired-up activists at Ground Zero coffeehouse on Willy Street. The issue was schools, and Democratic lawmakers Sondy Pope-Roberts of Middleton and Mark Pocan of Madison were on hand to explain how things could really begin to change once the Dems took over the Legislature. >More
 Why The Badger Herald ran that Holocaust denier's ad

Running a newspaper in Madison, or in any city, comes with a responsibility to readers. A current controversy involving a hateful advertisement in the UW-Madison student paper, The Badger Herald, where I serve as publisher, has raised questions about what that entails. The answers, I submit, are more gray than black or white. >More
 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
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