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Michael Best & Friedrich is too cozy with Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Remember John Gotti's attorney Bruce Cutler? Cutler and his team used to meet Gotti at the Ravenite Social Club, where they were caught on tape in an FBI wiretap. A federal court finally barred Cutler from representing Gotti in the 1990s, accepting prosecutors' argument that Cutler and his associates were "in-house counsel" to the Gambino crime family. The term "in-house counsel" could also apply to Scott Walker's attorney, Eric McLeod, and his law firm, Michael Best & Friedrich. >More
 The Wisconsin left made a spectacle of itself in 2011

In Wisconsin, 2011 came in like a lion and left like a lion fighting for its health benefits. Newly minted Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to require greater health and pension contributions from government employees, along with virtually removing public union collective bargaining, set off a cacophony of tumult that ricocheted through every corner of the state's borders. >More
 The agony of Madison Prep

The whole agonizing conflict over Madison Preparatory Academy did not end on Monday night, when the school board voted 5-2 against allowing the African American charter school to open next fall. Now comes the lawsuit. >More
 The Occupy movement has it all wrong

Occupy Madison is already old news, having blended seamlessly into the city's broader protest infrastructure as well as the blight along the 800 block of East Wash. However, supporters maintain that the national Occupy movement has created a tectonic shift in the political landscape by focusing all eyes on the previously neglected issue of income equality. Last week in Kansas, even Barack Obama shifted gears and suddenly made "inequality" central to his reelection campaign. >More
 Tommy Thompson for governor

Emerging from a 13-year hibernation since the last time his name was on a ballot, former Gov. Tommy Thompson announced his candidacy for Herb Kohl's Senate seat last week. This is big news. Tommy almost ran against Russ Feingold, but, confronted by his glaring family members, who didn't want him to do it, he appeared to chicken out. Just when he was about to make his announcement at a Tea Party rally in Madison, he instead lapsed into a halting recitation of "May the Road Rise to Meet You." >More
 Kids need to know about sex

Teaching kids about sex and sexuality makes a lot of adults uncomfortable. Our society has a lot of hang-ups about the subject, even when it comes to the habits of consenting grownups. So when the conversation turns to how best to educate our children on the matter, our own insecurities and biases tend to overshadow the debate. >More
 Beware the credit card industry this holiday season

As you get ready to hit the streets to pursue our true national pastime -- racking up consumer debt -- I offer this little cautionary tale for the holiday shopping season. Last week, I received a bill from Department Stores National Bank, the people who own my Macy's card. My payment was a week overdue, and the net result was a bill 50% higher than what I initially owed. 50%? In one week? Las Vegas loan sharks would be jealous. >More
 African Americans not allowed? Madison bars go too far in keeping out a 'bad element' (updated)

Here's a depressing stat: In Madison, half of African Americans don't graduate from high school. Here's a curious stat: In Wisconsin, half of African Americans don't have driver's licenses. How do these two figures relate? The first partially explains many of the problems facing Madison's black community, including poverty, crime and substance abuse. The second is what many Madison bars appear to be using to try to keep these problems out of their establishments. >More
 The circus leaves town

The good news is our state legislators have packed up their concealed guns and headed home to their castles until January. The bad news is what they managed to get done during their misnamed "jobs" session that ended last week. >More
 Madison's economic future lies along I-94, to Waukesha and Milwaukee

Who knows, but just maybe Madison's future can be found on the first floor of the historic American Exchange Bank on the Capitol Square. Nine info-tech start-ups -- focused on everything from gaming to fashion to medical care -- are housed in a business incubator run by an investment group known as 94Labs. >More
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