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MADLAND: A group blog about life in Madison, Wisconsin
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
Madland: Matt Adamczyk and Randy Melchert race to the bottom in the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Treasurer

Outside of the "who is more progressive" race between Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck for the 78th Assembly District, there's not a whole lot for Madisonians to be excited for in this year's primary election, set for Tuesday, August 12. Well, that is until you take a look at the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Treasurer. >More
Madland: A Wisconsin moderate's case for Mary Burke

What I am about to say isn't for people like me. It's not for the Madison liberals, or even for Middleton liberals. It's for the people who voted for Scott Walker in 2010. And in 2012. >More
Madland: American Movie continues to resonate 15 years later

Let me take a moment and applaud this summer's programming at UW Cinematheque. It is awesome and eclectic as always, with titles that range from the Iranian ultra-meta film Close-Up to This is Spinal Tap. But nothing makes as happy as learning about it screening a 35 mm print of the Wisconsin classic American Movie. >More
Madland: Downtown Madison food carts keep serving amidst construction

A couple of months ago here on Madland, Catherine Capellaro pointed out the (perhaps unnecessary) removal of trees from the State Street Mall, often referred to more generally as part of UW Library Mall, as part of a renovation project between Lake and Park streets. Now, well into summer, I wanted to check in and see how the construction is affecting food cart owners and their customers who frequent the area. >More
Madland: Let's try allowing dogs in Central Park

Madison should take a tip from the original Central Park, in Manhattan, where dogs and humans have been coexisting for some time. As Judith Davidoff reports in Isthmus, the city of Madison does a good job of creating separate parks for dogs, but is not so good at creating shared space for our four-legged companions -- even when they're on leashes. >More
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