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Madison's Dean Health uses coach-speak in layoffs

I started to understand the concept of pre-emptive dishonesty during Mike Holmgren's tenure as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. >More
 Midge Miller, insider and agitator, dies at 86

Former State Rep. Midge Miller defied the political status quo and defined what it meant to be a "West Side Liberal." Her death Friday morning at age 86 ended a life noteworthy for its accomplishments and remarkable for its generosity of spirit. >More
 Winners and losers

Before closing the book on the last week's electoral showdown, let's wander one last time onto the battlefield to shoot the wounded, award medals for bravery and acknowledge other achievements. >More
 Making responsible use of public information: Bill Lueders on journalists and private eyes

Most people don't do what we do. They don't make open records requests or look through court files or obtain corporate reports from the state Department of Financial Institutions. Worse, they don't understand why or how we do what we do. My purpose here tonight is to peg this as a problem, and suggest a solution. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Spring Election 2009 post-mortem

The votes have been counted, the bar tabs are all paid and the hangovers have been nursed. Now that Spring Election 2009 is in the history books, lets revisit the big winners and losers from Tuesday night. >More
 Let the healing begin

The spring elections are over and the establishment, such as it is, won. Kathleen Falk survived a (mean-) spirited challenge from Nancy Mistele, who accused her of endangering public safety, threatening the environment with commuter rail and strangling puppies in their sleep. One of those is made up. >More
 The Spin City Guide to Spring Election Day 2009

Election Day, to me, is like Christmas and the Super Bowl all jammed together. But these days, the Super Bowl is more like Chargers/49ers instead of Steelers/Cowboys and all the parties have you pay at the bar. >More
 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
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