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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 71.0° F  A Few Clouds
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The downfall of Dennis Smith

Just two months into his governorship, Scott Walker signed a law removing 37 state positions from civil service requirements, including 14 general counsels. The law was criticized by Wisconsin Common Cause and others, who argued it would politicize these positions and make information less accessible to the public. >More
 Battling to stay on BadgerCare

The launch of Obamacare's health insurance exchanges was dominated by stories of families struggling with computer glitches to enroll in the program. I don't have an Obamacare horror story, because we're battling with Badgercare. >More
 Wisconsin has become a richly rewarding place for the über-wealthy

Once known as a progressive state, Wisconsin is now deep into what might be called the post-progressive era. The poster boy for the new Gilded Age is home-improvement retailer John Menard, the 57th wealthiest American, according to the most recent Forbes 400 list. >More
 Why a boycott of Barilla makes more sense than avoiding Stoli

I normally agree with Dan Savage, author of the syndicated advice column Savage Love. He uses it as a queer pulpit to make positive change regarding ongoing social issues and debates. Savage also founded the It Gets Better campaign to help struggling LGBTQ youth. If anything, we need more Dan Savages. >More
 Scott Walker tramples Wisconsin values with United Sportsmen scandal

The United Sportsmen controversy was, in many ways, a familiar Walker administration scandal. All the elements were there. A politically wired conservative group gets money thanks to its connections to state Republicans " in this case, a $500,000 grant slipped into the state budget to promote hunting, fishing and trapping. Republicans connected with Walker throw over the normal competitive bidding process in order to steer money to their friends. >More
 Losing has its place in Badger football

Badger football fans are still reeling from last week's heartbreaking loss to Arizona State. We shouldn't take it too hard. It's tough enough to win on the road against a good football team. It's even harder when the officials are playing on their side. >More
 What price Common Core in Wisconsin?

Two weeks ago, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau finally released its assessment of the costs of Common Core, the new set of educational standards going into effect in school districts around the state this year. Here's the good news: For the state of Wisconsin, Common Core will be virtually free! >More
 "Right the Rules" initiative will improve Wisconsin's economy

Sometimes, the most important government reforms are the most boring. A good example is the "Right the Rules" initiative being spearheaded by Rep. Daniel LaMahieu (R-Cascade). Right the Rules is a comprehensive legislative review of Wisconsin's administrative code. >More
 Is Madison ready for Tim Slekar?

As kids and teachers head back to school, the future of education in our state is a boiling-hot topic. And no one is more ready to plunge into the roiling waters of school controversy than Tim Slekar, the new dean of the school of education at Edgewood College. >More
 Madison should conduct a national search for its next police chief

It is likely that the next chief of police in our fair city will be someone from within the department. I would put my money on Acting Chief Randy Gaber or Capt. Mary Schauf, though there are other very good candidates. >More
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