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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
 The joy of receiving

No soothsayer has been more prophetic than Eartha Kitt, who accurately forecast the zeitgeist of 2009 in her 1953 holiday hit, "Santa Baby": "Santa cutie, fill my stocking with a duplex / and checks. Sign your 'X' on the line. Santa Cutie, hurry down the chimney tonight." >More
 Blizzardgate strikes Madison!

I think it's safe to say that top honors in the headline-writing department won't be going to the Wisconsin State Journal for last Thursday's editorial: "Storm Troopers Perform Well." >More
 Justice for Forest Shomberg

It's hard to simply characterize what happened to Forest Shomberg. Obviously, a lot of things went terribly wrong for the Madison native to spend six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. But, in the end, a few things went remarkably right. >More
 The GOP's dilemma

What an interesting state of affairs. The Republican Party has seemingly become a shell operation controlled by a vibrant and growing conservative movement. It views the GOP as a tool to put conservatives in power. >More
 Madison mayor's power is too vast

No local issue in recent years has a caused a bigger storm in the student community than the debate over whether to add a student as a voting member to the Alcohol License Review Committee. Students said it was their right. Barb Mercer, head of the Dane County Tavern League, said it was unfair. >More
 Madison should not let itself be flattered, even by the president

Last week, as I listened to a live Internet feed of President Barack Obama speaking at Wright Middle School in Madison, I couldn't help but feel a swelling sense of pride. "I am so impressed with the work that's been done here at Wright," the president said, prefacing his prepared remarks. "And to the faculty and the staff, but most importantly, the students, who I had a chance to meet with earlier today, they are just some outstanding young people. So if there are any parents of students in the house you should be proud -- and give them all a big round of applause." >More
 Emily's Post: Disturbing the peace

What a glorious weekend! All of that unexpected sunshine and warmth made it exceptionally difficult to sit indoors with a laptop and hash out a proper blog post, but for you, sweet readers, I have persevered. After all, I can't well let Blaska have the only word on this site. >More
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