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Madland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something

Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >More
 Madland: Why I can't celebrate the Senator Mike Ellis bombshell video

I normally love some good old fashioned schadenfreude. The misery of people I don't like is supposed to make me happy. But I can't get any joy out of the release of a covert recording of Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis discussing illegal fundraising tactics. >More
 Madland: Why Isthmus wrote about the expulsion of a 'white, middle-class honors student'

The morning Isthmus hit the streets with our story about a high school freshman's expulsion from East High School, I received an email from a father whose daughter had also been expelled under the Madison school district's zero tolerance policy. He recalled how he had contacted me about two years ago to see if we'd be interested in telling the story of his daughter's expulsion ordeal. >More
 Madland: The life and art of David McLimans

Madison lost a great artist and illustrator recently. David McLimans, whose artistic talent and humor was nonpareil, will be sorely missed in Madison and around the world. >More
 Madland: Surviving the Final Four as a non-basketball fan

If you aren't a college basketball fan, this can be a challenging week to live in Madison.Coverage of the Badgers' Final Four berth is everywhere in local news. After Saturday night's game, State Street was flooded with fans -- if any more people had shown up, Frank Productions would have tried to sell tickets, à la Freakfest. Over the last two weeks, casual work discussions threatened to turn into a breakdown of brackets at any given moment. >More
 Madland: Madison's media is really white

As our fine city wraps up hosting the White Privilege Conference and gears up for a school board election where the achievement gap is front and center, it feels like Madison is finally engaging in some discussions that should have been started years ago. >More
 Madland: Cherish Madison's lakes, with or without Rhythm & Booms

On a walk earlier this week in Yahara Place Park, I caught my first real glimpse of Lake Monona in a long time. Canada geese and coots were hanging out where the ice met the sparkling open water, and the gorgeousness reminded me how much we should cherish Madison's precious resource -- our lakes. >More
 Madland: Bucky Badger in Bangladesh

It's been almost a year since the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza, an eight-story factory tower near Dhaka, Bangladesh. The April 24, 2013 collapse left more than 1,100 garment workers dead, and many survivors are still struggling for compensation for ruined bodies and lives. Bangladesh doesn't seem so far from Madison when you consider that many of those workers toiled so Americans and other Westerners can have cheap clothing. >More
 Madland: Understanding Uber and Lyft's lame launch in Madison

The introduction of the Lyft and Uber "ride services" to Madison was certain to be contentious. However, their 'launch first and get legal approval later' strategy made the debate more acrimonious than it needed to be. >More
 Madland: To preserve Madison's history, Mansion Hill district might have to go

Dave Cieslewicz, former Madison mayor and fan of big buildings, and Stu Levitan, head of the city's Landmarks Commission and fan of Bob Dylan, are going head-to-head on the future of development in Madison's historic districts. It has been the wonkiest fight of 2014, though the year is still young and the debate over unlicensed livery services is just heating up. >More
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