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MADLAND: A group blog about life in Madison, Wisconsin
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
Madland: We're ignoring the lessons of the past at our own peril

Across the country, parents are seeking exemptions to vaccination requirements because of concerns based on fear and pseudoscience. Thanks to the decrease in herd immunity, measles and whooping cough have started to make a comeback in the United States. >More
Madland: The new Rhythm & Booms remains a place for Madisonians and their neighbors to come together

For the first time I can remember, Rhythm & Booms won't be at Warner Park. The change has been tough for me. That event, at that location, holds a lot of significance for me. >More
Madland: Marriage equality is inevitable... that's why the pace of progress can be frustrating

There are many issues I'm passionate about. The environment. Chronic disease. Ludicrous incarceration rates. Money in politics. Mass shootings. The future of public education. A culture of sexual violence. All of these issues are tough, the road is long and the outcome uncertain. >More
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