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While You Were Sleeping: What Happened to Wisconsin Public Schools

May 20, 2015  by Heather DuBois Bournenane [This article is reprinted from Monologues of Dissent. -Editors] I don’t know if you were following what happened at the Wisconsin Capitol last night, but here is a summary: The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to put forward an education budget that will harm our kids into perpetuity. […]

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Tony "Terrell" Robinson Jr.'s mother, Andrea Irwin. Photo by Nate Royko Maurer

D.A. Ismael Ozanne chose Mother’s Day to give notice to Tony “Terrell” Robinson Jr’s Mother

May 11, 2015  by Amelia Royko Maurer On Sunday, May 10, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne gave notice that he will be reporting his decision on the officer-involved killing of Tony “Terrell” Robinson Jr. on Tuesday, May 12. While he was reviewing the evidence, he had promised to give the family and the public […]

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) threatens Lake Superior; Citizens take action

April 21, 2015 by Mary Doughtery Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) was a foreign word in the Lake Superior Basin prior to the summer of 2014. Today the residents of Bayfield County know many new terms: nutrient management plans (NMP), best management practices, manure lagoons, gestation crates and animal units. As the community learned about these things, […]

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Why the rush to deregulate Uber and Lyft?

April 5, 2015 by Christina M. Ballard Last week the Senate held a hearing on SB106 regarding Transportation Network Companies and the pre-emption of local taxi ordinances by the State. I speak for the group Cab Drivers for Madison Safety, an organization established in 2007 to further the efforts of cab drivers from all four companies in […]

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The truth about ridesharing Larry Kaufmann refuses to tell you

March 25, 2015 by Justin La Plante I recently read Larry Kaufmann’s, The Politics of Ridesharing in the Isthmus. As a former cab driver in Madison, I take issue with many errors in his article. Using the Uber app for payments Firstly, Kaufmann claims that no money is changing hands between the passenger and driver using […]

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#Justice4tony shuts down E. Washington Ave in Madison demanding change. Photo: Leslie Amsterdam

EDITORIAL: We Fail By Our Inaction

March 15, 2015 by Brian Benford In a week-long state of shock over the senseless death of a 19-year-old man, I feel a profound sadness and a heaviness within my heart like never before. I write today to offer my humble reflections as a father of five beautiful bi/multiracial children (four are adults), as a person […]

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Scientist Suggests Using Metric to Evaluate Impact of UW Budget Cuts

  March 5, 2015 Dear Representatives, Senators, and Citizens of Wisconsin: I’ve been a publishing research physicist for twenty years, and there is an aspect of science that I am very proud of that I would like to share with you now. For over a century, science has realized that each of us has an […]

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9/13/2011 4:31 pm. Activists block police from removing protesters at Wisconsin Ave entrance.

A Vote to Rebuild. A Vote for Love. A Vote for Wisconsin.

November 4, 2014  By Ryan Wherley With Election Day finally upon us and polls opening at 7 a.m. statewide, I can’t stop thinking about everything we’ve been through in the last four years in Wisconsin. And while my emotions are leaping about from one moment to the next, what I keep coming back to is […]

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Know Your Guv

Know Your Governor

October 18, 2014, By D.E Johnson • Scott Walker declined Medicaid funds, leading to a loss of over $206 million to the state of Wisconsin. This is federal money that originally came from Wisconsin through Medicaid taxes. Wisconsin Medicaid is now short $760 million. In addition, his cuts to BadgerCare have eliminated the health care coverage of […]

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Amelia Royko Maurer and Paulie Heenan.

Civilians, Law Enforcement Share Views On Officer-Involved Deaths, Greater Investigative Oversight

February 11, 2014  by Nathan Royko Maurer, Amelia Royko Maurer, Michael Bell, Mark Caras and Michael Scott [Paulie Heenan was fatally shot by Madison Police Officer Stephen Heimsness in November, 2012. Kenosha police shot and killed 21-year-old Michael Bell, Jr. in November, 2004.- Editors] On Feb 6th 2014, an unprecedented gathering of civilians, sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys, law […]

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