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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
 The end of an era

Driving out to East Towne Mall the other day, I took Thompson Drive, where what used to be farmland has sprouted fields of three-bedroom houses in varying shades of beige. All of a sudden it hit me: This is over. >More
 Beilke: Wisconsin plays tuneless trumpet with public defender fees

It turns out that Wisconsin's $40 per hour reimbursement for public defense attorneys is now among the lowest in the nation. The rate had been $35 an hour since 1978 before it was increased to $50 in 1993. It was cut back to $40 two years later, when the momentary success of Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" was destroying sensible public policy everywhere. >More
 Wisconsin judges bow to pay-cut frenzy

I think it is beyond silly for Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices, circuit court judges and Court of Appeals judges to take pay cuts 'to help balance the budget," but apparently I stand alone. >More
 Leave those buskers be!

Madison has a strange relationship with State Street, its alternately venerated and maligned pedestrian thoroughfare. Clearly, it's a draw for visitors and residents alike, an outdoor shopping mall and a gateway between Capitol and campus. It's a great place to watch people, grab a bite and enjoy the color and funkiness that make it special. >More
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