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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
 Wisconsin lawmakers should retain, release records, including emails

In early April, in a case brought by the conservative MacIver Institute against state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), the Wisconsin Court of Appeals declared that communications from citizens to lawmakers are, as one judge put it, "subject to the open records law, without redaction." But the court also recognized that legislators have the power to tweak the rules for themselves -- which is exactly what they've done on the critical issue of records retention. >More
 Don't raise the minimum wage

The appeal of the minimum wage is really very simple: Everyone likes higher wages. Wage increases mean more money in your pocket, which takes a load off your mind. Politicians' primal impulse is to give stuff to voters, and few gifts are more welcome than a mandated pay increase courtesy of your elected representative. >More
 Yes, Madison is a racist city

I recently posted a short essay to my personal blog about my everyday life in Madison as a young black woman. I wrote that Madison is the most racist place I have ever lived. I do not see very many black people on the east side. White women grab at my naturally styled hair. A man asked me once how I would be celebrating Black History Month. I love living in Madison but I do not always feel comfortable here. >More
 The sharks are circling Madison schools

If you are a Madison public schools parent like I am, you may have received a robocall recently offering "free tuition to send your child to a private or religious school. We at School Choice Wisconsin are proud to pay for this call, because we want the very best for you and your child," a woman's voice told me before I hung up the phone. >More
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