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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 62.0° F  Fair
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OPINION

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
 How Gov. Doyle lowered the average tax level in Wisconsin

Poor Jim Doyle. Never Mr. Excitement as a governor, he was the sort of charisma-challenged chieftain even Democrats had trouble getting excited about. In the 2010 election, as Wisconsin was being ravaged by the Great Recession, Scott Walker and the Republicans swept to power by pounding on him mercilessly, though he wasn't the opposing candidate. The GOP caricature of Doyle, of course, included the idea he was taxing us to death, but the latest figures from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance remind us that this was not so. >More
 Wisconsin will fall out of love with concealed carry gun law

Welcome to the Wild West, Wisconsin style. In July, two Milwaukee men "traded dozens of shots in a rolling shootout through two sides of town and down a freeway," as the press reported. Each driver had a state permit to carry a concealed weapon. >More
 Wisconsin officials continuing to drag their feet on records requests

On July 30, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on newly released emails between Scott Walker's campaign staff and county aides in 2010, back when the future governor was Milwaukee county executive. One email was from Cindy Archer, then a top county aide, to Walker and his campaign staff, advising that "we may be responding too quickly" to open records requests regarding a county parking structure collapse that killed a 15-year-old boy. >More
 Scott Walker's crazy overreach

Between executive power, the line-item veto, both houses of the Legislature, and a friendly Supreme Court, you'd think Gov. Scott Walker would feel he has enough control over our state. But no. >More
 The case for a Democratic gubernatorial primary for Wisconsin

Wisconsin invented the primary election. Now the Democratic Party, the heir to the state's proud progressive tradition, wants to deny the voters the opportunity to choose their candidate for governor. Let me make an argument for why that is a bad idea both politically and philosophically. >More
 WEDC offers taxpayer support for Walker campaign contributors

The Doyle administration civil servant who went to jail on federal corruption charges was a right-wing scapegoat during the 2006 governor's race, before she had her conviction overturned because the evidence was so thin. The Republicans piled on Thompson, who was actually a Republican hire, during their crusade to unseat Gov. Jim Doyle. >More
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