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OPINION

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
 Wisconsin's business climate is improving

They don't have a candidate, but Democrats increasingly have a message for the 2014 gubernatorial race: Wisconsin is falling behind Minnesota, and it's Scott Walker's fault. Just minutes after learning of better economic news in Minnesota than Wisconsin in 2012, progressives took to their keyboards and began blaming "extremist" policies enacted in our state in the last two years, in prose so purple it could have been on a Vikings football jersey. >More
 Mary Burke for Wisconsin governor?

The most interesting news so far about the looming 2014 governor's race was Associated Press reporter Scott Bauer's scoop that Wisconsin Democrats have been poll-testing a run by Madison's Mary Burke. Within a day of the Dems' telephone poll, Bauer reports, someone registered six Internet domain names with different combinations of the words "governor" and "Mary Burke." Sounds like a plan. >More
 Scott Walker's high-speed fail: Train service would have started now

Train cars are referred to as "rolling stock." Now, thanks to Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislators who run this state, Wisconsin is thought of as a "laughingstock." Had Tom Barrett won the election for governor in 2010, right now, June 2013, would have seen the opening of Madison's high-speed rail station, connecting us to Milwaukee and Chicago immediately and the Twin Cities eventually. >More
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