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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
 Comedian Lewis Black says he has plenty to yell about

Lewis Black has had an unusual career path for a comedian. Working first as a playwright and actor, it was not until his late 40s that he got his big comedy break doing a regular segment on The Daily Show. >More
 Frank Caliendo returns to standup

On Halloween night, the Milwaukee Bucks had their home opener against the Sixers. It was a rare sold-out crowd at the Bradley Center, and the crowd had an energy that was both hopeful and nervous. >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
 Arts 2014: Isthmus critics rate the art performances of the year

Madison's cultural scene just keeps growing and getting better. So much so, in fact, that it's hard to keep up with it all. But we give it our best. Now it's time for retrospection. Five Isthmus critics look back on the year in theater, classical music, dance and comedy. >More
 Comedian Nate Craig enjoys a hometown holiday with standup and Townie Fest

Nate Craig has Madison in his blood. He was born here, and attended both West High School and UW-Madison. While Craig is open about the love he has for his hometown, it's hard to make a career in comedy living in Dane County. That's why he moved to California, where he now works as a writer and warm-up comedian for MTV's Ridiculousness. >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
 Wisconsin's incarceration addiction

Last week, a crowd of more than 200 marched downtown in response to events in Ferguson, Mo., where a grand jury declined to indict a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. The march, organized by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, began on State Street and ended on the steps of the City-County Building. >More
 John Oliver brings his stinging satire to Madison

John Oliver is coming back to Madison at a time when he couldn't be hotter. >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
 Kevin Bozeman gives thanks to the Madison comedy scene with headliners from across the country

Ten years ago, comedian Kevin Bozeman decided he wanted to put on a show on Thanksgiving Eve. "People didn't think it would be a success, but I saw that the bars were always crowded on the day before Thanksgiving. Family members going out and grabbing a drink, old friends meeting up. No one was taking advantage of it," he says. >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
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