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OPINION

Madison deserves a choice in its 2015 mayoral election

Every four years we get a chance to debate what kind of city we want to be. But with the next mayoral election scheduled for exactly one year from now, I'm starting to worry that the debate won't happen in 2015. No serious candidate has yet emerged to take on Mayor Paul Soglin, who professes that he will run again despite having no money in his campaign account. >More
 How to suppress the vote in Wisconsin

Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl grew up in the small town of Edgerton, population 5,494, where voting was pretty simple. "Everyone lived in walking distance of the clerk's office. I never had to wait when I voted absentee." >More
 Wisconsin needs government openness advocates

Careful readers may have noticed that, while many publications categorize this column as opinion, it is not an especially opinionated column. That's because the columnist sees his mission as being to inform, not persuade. But there is one exception, which bears examination. >More
 Scott Walker's ruthless ambition

Never mind CPAC. Campaign coordination got Scott Walker where he is today. Walker tied for fifth place in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll last weekend, which was a bit of a comedown after pundits named him Flavor of the Month among the lineup of prospective Republican presidential candidates for 2016 following Chris Christie's fall from grace. But our governor still got a shout-out from Reince Priebus and Grover Norquist for his union-busting here in Wisconsin. >More
 Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council 2014 Opee Awards cap trying year

This last year has seen almost constant threats to Wisconsin's openness laws. We've had local law enforcement agencies suppressing drivers license information, a state senator claiming immunity from civil suits to evade the open records law, and attempts to deny public access to records of circuit court cases and university research. >More
 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
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