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OPINION

The Madison Landmarks Commission is hurting the city

The primary question in any urban redevelopment proposal is this: Is the new building better than what it's replacing? That's always a subjective question. But when it comes to the proposal to take down an ugly concrete bunker of a building on the 100 block of West Gilman Street, this shouldn't even be a close call. Developer Steve Brown is proposing to tear down the awful 10-story Highlander apartments and move or eliminate two student rental houses adjacent to it. >More
 Your Right to Know: Scott Walker must answer questions on John Doe emails

Like many other people in Wisconsin, I spent some time recently digging into the 27,000 pages of emails released from the John Doe probe into alleged illegal activities by the staff of then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. I was somewhat surprised to find my name appear. >More
 Scott Walker's contempt for constituents

We all knew that Gov. Scott Walker does not hold teachers or other public employees in high regard. We knew it when he slashed public employees' collective bargaining rights, as well as their pay and benefits. And we had an inkling that he didn't care much about funding for public services. >More
 Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch seeks tax solutions in a Madison roundtable discussion

On Feb. 11, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch led a tax reform roundtable discussion in Madison. This discussion was not related to the tax reductions proposed in Gov. Scott Walker's most recent State of the State address, which would take place immediately to distribute most of the projected 2013-2015 state budget surplus back to taxpayers. The roundtable addressed long-term tax changes for Wisconsin, and any reform proposals would not be implemented before the 2015-2017 biennial budget. >More
 The Scott Walker scandals

The worse things get for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the brighter our own Gov. Scott Walker's prospects look as a presidential contender in 2016. >More
 Madison is missing the mark on Judge Doyle Square

Whatever gets built in the southeast quadrant off the Capitol Square will be there for maybe seven or eight decades. So it's important to get it right for the future, not just right for right now. We're talking about the block containing the Madison Municipal Building, the surface parking behind it and the Government East parking ramp on the other side of Pinckney Street. The city currently calls the project Judge Doyle Square. >More
 The Republican war on Wisconsin's public schools

Sen. Dale Schultz, Republican of Richland Center, is stepping down, taking with him the last shred of sanity in our state's Republican Party. >More
 Ten points where Gov. Walker is vulnerable

There is a theory among Democrats that Mary Burke has a good chance of defeating incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker. "I can tell you in D.C., everyone thinks the race is in play," a well-connected Democrat says. This is based, among other things, on the idea that Walker has high negatives as measured by polls of Wisconsin voters and that Burke will get considerable out-of-state campaign money because Democrats nationally will target Walker for defeat. >More
 The Wisconsin Legislature vs. the people

It seems every day brings more eye-popping news from our state Legislature. When they are not busy pushing a bill written by a multimillionaire divorced dad and Republican campaign donor who wants to cap his own child support payments, they are working to bring back the seven-day workweek. >More
 They have major decisions to make in 2014

We all make decisions. But some of us make decisions that change the direction of the communities we live in. There are a handful of people in this neck of the woods who will make choices in 2014 that will have big public consequences. Here's a short list. >More
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