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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
 Basford's Spin City: Billboards? Seriously?

Ask George W. Bush, Ray Allen and Peng Her about how well billboards worked out for them. >More
 Beilke: Let's get rational about taxes

That the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is a partisan outfit with a fixed point of view is beyond dispute. But the real focus of state Rep. Mark Pocan's attack was the state's news reporters, not the alliance. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Sound Bites on Mistele, District 2, and right-wing talking points

With a little more than four weeks to go before the General Election, there still appears to be a dearth of good news for Nancy Mistele's campaign for Dane County Executive. >More
 Obama bungles blame game

President Obama and the Democrats have passed a trillion-dollar spending bill (next stop: quadrillion) that contains more political IOUs than stimulus. Obama also wants to seize one-seventh of the U.S. economy with a new Washington-driven national health-care plan. >More
 Size matters

As the workload grows for our local government representatives, some are looking to reduce the size of our legislative bodies. Are local officials embracing a cult of professionalism and is this a good idea? >More
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