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A wish-list for open government in Wisconsin

Most candidates for public office, when asked, will pledge their support for open and transparent government. The real question is: Are they committed to fixing problems and expanding what information is available? >More
 More bad news for Scott Walker

It has been a bad month for Gov. Scott Walker. Let us count the ways. In May a Marquette Law School poll found the governor to be in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Both candidates had 46% support, leaving a narrow group of undecided voters. >More
 The opportunity gap in public schools

Like a lot of harried parents, I felt besieged by the usual round of end-of-year field trips and awards ceremonies last week. First-graders don't really care that you have an intense week at work. They want to know if you are coming to the zoo. And what kind of a parent doesn't attend the all-school talent show at 2 p.m. on the last day? Parents who have no flexibility in their jobs, that's who. >More
 The mystery of Eric O'Keefe

Precisely what brought Eric O'Keefe to Wisconsin isn't completely clear, but he is having a huge impact here and may ultimately put a stop to the second John Doe investigation targeting Gov. Scott Walker and various conservative advocacy groups. >More
 Billionaires warn Scott Walker over John Doe settlement

No sooner had Mary Burke pulled even with Scott Walker in the polls than the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity dumped another $900,000 into a major TV ad buy in Wisconsin. The point of the new ads is to tell Wisconsinites that we are doing much better than we think we are. >More
 Imagine there's no parties

The state Democratic Party convention will be held next weekend. If they're lucky nothing awful will happen, and in the best-case scenario nothing at all will happen. If you think I'm joking just ask the Republicans. Their state convention a few weeks ago was a disaster. >More
 The student debt issue could decide the 2014 election

Watching all those happy Badgers in caps and gowns snapping selfies around Madison last weekend, you'd never guess they were buried under a debt load that now amounts to a heaping $1.2 trillion. Debt cast such a dark shadow over commencement ceremonies this year, it's hard to fathom what a different world today's college graduates are entering from the one we lived in not so long ago. >More
 Does anyone really impersonate another voter?

It was not so long ago that Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson had so much appeal for Democrats that he carried both Dane and Milwaukee counties. Thompson pushed to get 65% or 70% of the vote, but nowadays, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the parties say, "How do I get to 50% plus one?'" >More
 Madison's left needs to look to the future

One can only imagine how it must have felt to be a Wisconsin Republican last Sunday morning when the Wisconsin State Journal headline read "State GOP Rejects Secession." This is great. Next, the Wisconsin Republicans might just reject slavery. But wait a minute. Wasn't it the historic Republican Party that did reject slavery and secession in the first place? Isn't that why they're a viable political party today? >More
 Wisconsin's poor kids suffer most under the school privatization model

The Economic Policy Institute released a shocking report last week, detailing how the national charter school company Rocketship makes its money by shortchanging Milwaukee's poor kids. "Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin" documents the effects of both for-profit and nonprofit charter schools that are taking over struggling public schools. >More
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