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Madland: The easily re-electable blandness of Mayor Paul Soglin

Soglin's quiet leadership makes it difficult to attack him -- there's no single project to use as a rallying cry to work up voters. But Soglin certainly has some weaknesses. >More
Madland: The Wisconsin Legislature's odd rebuke of Rebecca Blank

Among other things, the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, wonder why UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank is questioning things her predecessor agreed to. That's like admonishing new Badgers football coach Paul Chryst for not using Gary Andersen's old playbook. >More
Madland: Vaccine waivers don't make sense in modern schools

I'm all for personal liberty, but your rights are challenged when it enters the public space and endangers others. An elementary school student is already a sticky bag of disease wrapped up in a Minecraft T-shirt. We don't need to make them any more infectious. >More
Madland: Angry about UW cuts? Don't protest, reach out to Republicans

With the UW's financial and philosophical future under attack, it is really tempting to go march on the Capitol. Dig the blue fist shirts from the back of the closet, polish the old vuvuzela. >More
Madland: Unsolicited advice to the Madison mayoral challengers

Madison's mayoral primary is coming up soon. As candidate Bridget Maniaci said at the first debate, Mayor Paul Soglin is almost certainly going to make it through the primary. That leaves four other candidates -- Christopher Daly, Richard Brown, Scott Resnick and Maniaci -- fighting it out for the other spot on the general election ballot in the spring. >More
Madland: It will take time to feel the full impact of cuts to the UW System

Cuts to our educational systems are like choosing to order pizza instead of going to the gym. You don't see the damage right away, but it builds up over time. >More
Madland: Scott Walker could be Republican lawmakers' biggest threat

With a friendly Legislature, it is only natural that Gov. Scott Walker would try to expand executive power. But legislators should be wary of such an expansion, just because they like the person in office. >More
Madland: Gov. Scott Walker's stance on pardons is correct -- too bad he won't follow through

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declined using his executive power to pardon during his entire time in office. A cynic would say this is his way of avoiding a potential Willie Horton-esque campaign ad against him in a scenario where someone he pardons goes on to commit a heinous crime. >More
Madland: Policy pandering could make a bad 2015-16 session in the Wisconsin Legislature even worse

One old saw about the Wisconsin Legislature is that the Assembly is apt to charge ahead -- its members are up for election every two years, so they are desperate to pick up policy wins quickly. Their relatively compact districts also make it easier for an extremist to get elected. >More
Madland: City council races offer much more than the lesser of two evils

As reported last week, candidates are now declaring for the Madison Common Council elections in spring 2015. I've often wondered why so many people are willing to run for alder in the first place: Crazy hours for a job where the hourly pay probably doesn't hit minimum wage; all the joy of drawing the ire of the public with very little of the power of other elected positions. >More
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