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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
 Revolution in the air

I hate to say "I told you so," but I did. Early last year, I warned in Isthmus of an impending collision between property-tax-paying homeowners and property-tax-spending government, due to the economic downturn and collapsing home values. >More
 Is Madison making the right choices on transit?

The city of Madison currently faces three separate but related decisions on transportation, each with long-ranging consequences. These issues are: 1) the need for a downtown multi-modal transit facility; 2) the location of the high-speed rail terminal; and 3) the composition and goals of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). >More
 Beilke: It's Blaska vs. Kozol in Meadowood

Teenagers in Maple Bluff and Shorewood Hills have the same droopy drawers, use the same gangster slang and have the same penchant for creative and uncreative cursing as the kids in Meadowood. But we don't assume this is helping them become National Merit Scholars or get admitted to Ivy League colleges -- both of which they do with amazing frequency. >More
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