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Basford's Spin City: Tick... Tick... Tick....

Many years ago, I knew an elected official from the downtown area who will remain nameless. He was in a tough primary election fight and was seriously feeling the pressure. So one night in late January, he went out with his campaign manager. They walked out to the middle of a frozen Lake Mendota and the official, facing a bracing wind, screamed his lungs out. >More
 A tear for Deshaunsay

After eight months, the state of Wisconsin has finally released its report on Dane County's actions in a child protection case that ended in six-year-old Deshaunsay Sykes-Crowder being brutally murdered. Not surprisingly, the state found something to criticize in Dane County's handling of the case. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Blaska vs. Mistele!

In one corner, you have a tried-and-true conservative leader who, with the united backing of the county's center-right, gave Kathleen Falk a real run for her money in the County Executive's race. In the other corner, you have Nancy Mistele. >More
 Mistele goes overboard in attacking Falk on 911 snafus

I'm not going to tell you how to vote in the race for Dane County executive, or any other electoral contest. I don't think that's my role. I'm glad that Isthmus does not endorse candidates. I'm comfortable with the credo Vince O'Hern imparted my first week on the job, 23 years ago: "Our mission is to inform and not persuade." >More
 Close encounters with Kathleen Falk and Nancy Mistele

When I was on the Dane County Board from 1992 to 1998, I had the opportunity to work with both candidates for Dane County executive. I think my experience gives me some insight into their character. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Junk science

The environmental record of the Reagan Administration should be enough to give pause to anybody who would consider voting for people who base policy on junk science and that is certainly what I was thinking when I read Nancy Mistele's "evidence" against using commuter rail in Jay Rath's piece on the Dane County Executive race this week. >More
 The problem with school lunches

Food is a cultural minefield. The image of a bunch of soy-latte-drinking, Whole Foods-shopping suburbanites looking down on the folks who eat at McDonald's is extremely off-putting to a large portion of Madison's public school community. >More
 The A.I.G. hurt comes to Wisconsin

When it comes to comprehending the global economic crisis, Kenosha has a leg up on much of the rest of the world. The Kenosha Unified School District is one of five in southeastern Wisconsin that have lost a lot of money by investing in something called synthetic collateralized debt obligations, the same absurd financial maneuver that has brought A.I.G. to the brink of collapse and made it a symbol for excess and corporate welfare. >More
 Basford's Spin City: More Mistele and Maniaci

In a county as politically progressive as Dane County, Nancy Mistele's main task is to not only consolidate support among the right, but to also pick off the center and a considerable chunk of the left-of-center. But even the dean of the conservative minority on the Dane County Board can't bring himself to back Nancy Mistele - and that means that even her base is not guaranteed. >More
 Openness group doles out the honors

As part of national Sunshine Week, March 15-21, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is bestowing its third annual Opee Awards in recognition of people and institutions that have had an impact on open government in Wisconsin during the last year. >More
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