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Clinton’s Democratic Party can’t defend democracy

May 6, 2016  by Joseph Skulan I do not believe that Donald Trump is insane, except in sharing the socipathology of all people who thrive in the current political world. I also don’t really want to see the country crash and burn as a prelude to something better, although I do think that we are […]

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Rebecca Bradley’s Troubling Op Ed Piece and Candidacy

April 3, 2016 by By TR Where to start, apart from the fact that Ms. Bradley’s “op ed” reads like a high school debate speech. First, Ms. Bradley makes a very troubling assertion regarding Judge Kloppenburg’s service as an Assistant Attorney General that evinces either willful ignorance or willful deceit on her part. The Attorney General […]

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The Uber Bill and the Politics of Coincidence

February 7, 2016 by By Fred Schepartz Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence. Other times, when one connects the dots, where there is smoke, there is, in fact, fire. Such is the case of the Rideshare bill that passed both houses of the Wisconsin legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker […]

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The Kids are Alright: The “Bathroom Bill” Regulating Restroom Use in Schools Isn’t

November 22, 2015 by Sue Breckenridge On November 2, 2015, the US Department of Education ruled that Palatine High School District 211 has been discriminating against a female student on the basis of her sex. The Department determined that the school district is in violation of Title IX and is in violation of federal law for denying a student access to […]

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UPDATED President Walker Primer: 4 things you should know about Scott Walker before it’s too late

Since this story was first published in February, Scott Walker has continued the patterns of deceit, corruption, and vindictiveness described in the original article. Most noticeable is his failed effort to enact what would have amounted to a “Wisconsin State Secrets Act,” and his subsequent clumsy attempts to deny responsibility.

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Rep. Robin Vos (R-63) drinking beer during the evacuation of the Capitol because of a "credible bomb threat." Photo: Jason Huberty

Lawmakers Drinking on the Job Shielded from Press Scrutiny

July 11, 2015 by Barbara With On July 8, about four hours into the 2015 Assembly budget debate, the State Capitol was evacuated for what police called a “credible bomb threat.” During the evacuation, a group of male legislators headed to a sidewalk tavern across the street from the Capitol for what the Capital Times dubbed a “bipartisan beer summit.” Among the beer […]

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Community Response Team Supports Young, Gifted & Black Coalition

May 14, 2015 In the aftermath of Paul Heenan’s shooting on November 9, 2012, a group of residents from the Madison community, former and current law enforcement officers, representatives from social service agencies, mental health experts and academics formed a group that calls itself the Community Response Team. We were deeply shaken by the police […]

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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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#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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In Living Color: Tony Robinson and Why #BlackLivesMatter Matters

by Ryan Wherley  March 12, 2015 To all those who chime in with “all lives matter” in response to the rallying cry that “Black Lives Matter,” in response to the police officer shooting of Tony Robinson last week, I have to say this in response to you: No fucking shit. Of course we know that all […]

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