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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 73.0° F  A Few Clouds
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OPINION

The latest WEDC revelations help explain Wisconsin's poor performance

How much evidence do we need that Gov. Scott Walker's pro-corporate, anti-government rhetoric adds up to a whole lot of freebies for his cronies and absolutely nothing in terms of actually creating jobs? Not only is Wisconsin 44th in the nation for job creation, we are dead last in the Midwest. >More
 Keep the feds out of our schools!

Not everything worth doing should be done by the federal government. That may be the understatement of the millennium, but it's the key to understanding why the current push for "common core" standards in education is a bad idea. >More
 Right-wing groups have made Wisconsin their testing ground for school choice

Almost all conversation about schools is both highly personal and intensely local, as anyone who pays attention to Madison school news can attest. People get pretty worked up about issues like whether their neighbors are moving the kids out of the neighborhood school and whether our largely white, liberal community is neglecting the needs of African American and Latino youth. >More
 Good fun or good riddance? Two views of the Mifflin Street Block Party

It's spring, and you're 20 years old. You've just finished a busy semester. Final exams and papers are due in about a week. And soon you'll be packing up, leaving your friends and going home for the summer, back to a home that isn't really yours anymore. In fact, you don't really have a home. And you have no idea what you will do for the rest of your life or who you will spend it with. >More
 Should Wisconsin's politicians or voters decide when a recall is warranted?

The 10th Senate District is a mostly rural area bordering the Mississippi River in northwestern Wisconsin that has been something of a family fiefdom. Republican Jim Harsdorf served it from 1981 to 1989, and his sister and fellow Republican Sheila Harsdorf has held it from 2000 to today. Prior to this, Sheila served an Assembly district for 12 years that her brother had previously held for four years. >More
 Former Madison alderman Tim Bruer used his power to help people

When people run for office and then tell you that they are not a politician, you can be sure of one of two things. Either they're lying to you or they're lying to themselves. And the latter is worse. >More
 A tipping point for Madison schools

It's make-or-break time for Wisconsin's public schools. You would never know it from the Americans for Prosperity school-choice bus tour, but here in Wisconsin we actually have one of the best public school systems in the nation. Why, then, is my old Fox News colleague Juan Williams paying repeated visits, sponsored by AFP, to tell Wisconsinites we ought to imitate the school systems in Florida and Louisiana? >More
 The high cost of water

Years ago George Carlin did a comedy bit called "Water Sez," which included the lines "water says, who cares. Drink me, I don't give a *#$%!" Many water users feel the same way and only think about their water when it's time to pay the semiannual bill. That may be about to change, though, and not just because the Madison Water Utility will soon be invoicing you monthly. Water is taking a bigger bite out of household budgets at the same time that Wisconsin's water utilities are apparently shirking their responsibilities in order to become cash cows for fiscally strapped municipalities. >More
 Paul Ryan, the wonk who wasn't

In the fall of 2010 the Federal Reserve was looking for a way to boost the economy out of the Great Recession. By then interest rates were as low as they could go, so the Fed tried another tack: "quantitative easing," injecting $600 billion of new money into the economy by buying up long-term debt. >More
 Welcome to Wisconsin, Rebecca Blank: Advice for the new UW chancellor

The search committee has recommended Rebecca Blank to be the new UW-Madison chancellor. Assuming the Board of Regents accepts her, I have some unsolicited advice for Dr. Blank. >More
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