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The Daily


Let them eat commuter rail

In "Normal Land," consumer rage over record-high fuel prices has 70% of Americans supporting calls to "Drill here, drill now." However, in Madison, a community comfortably insulated from any reality known to working-class Americans, the soaring price of gasoline is being used to justify a $255 million commuter-rail boondoggle. >More
 Dane County Judge Richard Niess wrongly let stand an overreaching ban on equitable treatment

It was a David vs. Goliath moment. A UW-Oshkosh political science instructor, who happens to have a gay daughter, took on the state of Wisconsin over its 2006 amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. Goliath won. >More
 How Hillary became 'one of the boys'

Women, according to a lot of conventional analysis, are the voting bloc Hillary commands. But I have trouble connecting with the burst of feminist passion for Hillary. >More
 Justice, Annette Ziegler-style

Last week, the state Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Justice Annette Ziegler for ruling on cases involving a bank without disclosing that her husband served on its board. Ziegler's "bright-line" violation of judicial ethics, the court said, was "serious," "willful" and "inexcusable." >More
 Remembering RFK

The most extraordinarily gifted politician in my lifetime, Robert Kennedy brought passion, romance and poetry to American politics. >More
 Madison schools need to get real on equity

The smart and dedicated members of the Equity Task Force were assigned an impossible task: detailing an equity policy for me and other board members to follow. Equity is such a critical and nuanced consideration in school board decisions that, to be blunt, I'm not going to let any individual or group tell me what to do. >More
 Girls who play too much

Everyone knows an athlete who has been sidelined by injury. I can think of two off the top of my head: star football players I knew in high school and college, both of whom suffered career-ending knee injuries and struggled with almost existential crises as they adjusted to life as regular humans instead of campus gods. >More
 Housing: The mayor's bad idea

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's recent proposal to merge the city and county housing authorities smacks of an epiphany arising during a late-night card game. His idea to open the approximately $4 million Affordable Housing Trust to funding projects outside of Madison is equally mind blowing. I am compelled to comment on both. >More
 911 snafu: Secrets and lies

The moment authorities realized that Brittany Zimmermann called 911 before being beaten and stabbed to death on April 2, they should have admitted this publicly and explained what went wrong. >More
 Housing: Why the bubble popped

It's hard to open a newspaper or watch TV without confronting the foreclosure crisis and its impact on the economy. The problem is that only part of the story is being told. >More
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