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OPINION

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
 How much trouble is Brenda Konkel in?

I thought cracking 50% in the primary would be a spectacular victory for Brenda Konkel in her quest for a fifth term on the Madison Common Council representing District 2 -- considering she had been facing stiff opposition for weeks from three opponents and the mayor's office and local media establishment for much longer. >More
 Just say no to Madison Metro bus-fare increase

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has demanded that bus fares be raised to $2 a ride. The Transit and Parking Commission, whose duty it is to set fares, has twice said no. Initially, the TPC voted 7-2 to keep fares the same as now ($1.50). Subsequently, in a compromise move, it voted 5-4 to raise fares to $1.75. The mayor, having not gotten his way, wants the city council to override the TPC. >More
 More partisanship in Madison and Washington, please

The hand-wringing taking place in Washington over the twin myths of bi-partisanship and non-partisanship should be familiar to political observers in Wisconsin. When it comes to dumb political analysis, we often seem to be ahead of the curve. >More
 Who's playing for second in the Second?

You can take it to the bank that Brenda Konkel will come out on top of the 2nd District Primary on Tuesday. Which of her opponents will be joining her for the General Election? >More
 The incredible, shrinking Nancy Mistele campaign

Down 13-to-1 in campaign money? 14-to-1 in campaign donors? A lack of significant endorsements? Little public presence? This is what a so-called "Nightmare for Dane County Liberals" looks like? >More
 Why not make abortion easier?

After all the drama over the proposal to provide second-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center, it was good to see the University of Wisconsin Hospital Board vote to move forward by a healthy 11-3 margin. With Dr. Dennis Christensen's retirement last December, second-trimester abortion would be unavailable in Madison if the Surgery Center didn't pick up the slack. >More
 Why we have government

While Democrats elsewhere are cannibalizing each other and betraying the voters who gave them their new majorities, state Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts is holding strong to the notion that government exists for reasons other than waging wars, keeping people in prison and enriching large corporations. >More
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