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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
Madland: Public sector employees must join the fight against 'Right-to-work' in Wisconsin

"Right-to-work" legislation is coming to Wisconsin. Even though few candidates mentioned in out on the campaign trail little more than a month back, it's clear this has been in the works for quite some time. >More
Madland: Ferguson to Madison rally demands local action

On Tuesday evening, a group of several hundred people rallied in downtown Madison in response to non-indictment of the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. The crowd was diverse, in both age and race. >More
Madland: Will anyone pay attention to the Madison mayoral race in 2015?

The next Madison mayoral race is approaching fast, and with a crowded field, candidates don't have a ton of time to make their case before the early February primary. >More
Madland: The upside to Congressman Glenn Grothman

Dane County progressives had a long list of disappointments in the recent election. The ascension of state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) to the U.S. House of Representatives was certainly high on the list. >More
Madland: The 2016 elections won't change things for Wisconsin

Quite a few friends have mine have posted "get ready for 2016" or "Republicans will lose in 2016" on Facebook over the last few days. That's a nice sentiment for an hour of despair, but it's not really true when it comes to Wisconsin. >More
Madland: I'm exhausted -- now go vote

For almost four years, state-level politics has been an ever present part of my life on a daily basis. And I am really, really tired of it. >More
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