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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
 Lying by numbers

In last week's post I made brief mention of the Wisconsin State Journal opinion page's latest lame crusade: harassing legislators into giving back their automatic 5.3% pay raises. >More
 Flame-throwing for the hell of it

Recently someone I told off on a listserv rebuked me, saying this is a "flame" and considered bad form. Who knew the Internet was such a model of civility and decorum? >More
 Wisconsin Republicans: Hypocrites or fools?

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker says the state should put all of its stimulus money -- $3.7 billion or so -- into sales tax cuts, even though he knows full well these funds can't be used this way. It would take an act of Congress to make it so, and no one other than him seems to think this is a good idea. >More
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