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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
 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
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