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Madland: A week's worth of Wisconsin 2014 political ads, from best to worst

October is the month where political ads appear everywhere you turn in Wisconsin, in every possible medium. It is seriously creepy seeing Scott Walker's face pop up on Xbox Live. >More
Madland: The first Burke-Walker debate was really a series of speeches

Sci-fi fans must have loved last night's debate between Mary Burke and Scott Walker! Some of our best science fiction involves coming into contact with a parallel universe. >More
Madland: Voter ID block gives underdog Wisconsin Democrats a chance

Good news, Democrats! There are no more excuses for Mary Burke not to win in November. Bad news, Democrats! There are no more excuses for Mary Burke not to win in November. >More
Madland: Hi, Wisconsin State Journal! It's okay to include links!

On Tuesday, the right-wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute released a study stating that cutting tax rates while closing sales tax exemptions would boost the state's economy. The State Journal subsequently published a lengthy article on the study. >More
Madland: Can we embrace Madison's tech sector without increasing the income gap?

Last week's Isthmus cover story explored how technology may help rebuild Wisconsin's economy. This week's Isthmus cover story is about how technology may help destroy local businesses in Madison and around the state. Both assertions are true. >More
Madland: I wasn't prepared for the reinstatement of Wisconsin's voter ID law

After Friday's oral arguments over Wisconsin's voter ID law in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, I started to write down my thoughts on the matter. >More
Madland: Wisconsin's budget deficit was created by Scott Walker's irresponsible policies

I was not a good student in economics at UW-Madison. I regularly skipped that 11 a.m. class because I wanted to finish watching The Price is Right. I justified it by saying the "Showcase Showdown" was an exercise in market valuation. >More
Madland: A bad compromise by Jim Doyle hurts Wisconsin's minimum wage fight today

It was painful to watch workers and their allies in Madison and Milwaukee get arrested Thursday while protesting for higher wages. I must admit, though, that Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) looked pretty badass as they put plastic cuffs on her. The arrests were also painful because it forced me to confront a difficult truth. >More
Madland: Don't mess with Wisconsin's open primary system

Last week's primary election was pretty sleepy, at least in Dane County. If you didn't live on the west side, the most exciting outcome was Susan Happ's winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her Harley-less opponents. But over in Milwaukee County, there was a bit more on the ballot. >More
Madland: The militarization of police is a problem -- even in Madison

You can tell things have gotten bad when I support Rand Paul's position on an issue. The police in this country have gotten too militarized, and that includes Madison too. Hell, this problem includes the police in Neenah! >More
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