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Tea Party lies and distorts at Wisconsin Capitol rally

There were thousands of signs at Saturday's massive demonstrations around the Capitol, either supporting or criticizing Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to weaken the state's public employee unions. But my favorite sign contained a rare nonpartisan message: "Let's Be Reasonable. Hyperbole Hurts Everybody's Cause." >More
 P.S. Mueller is in an ugly mood

 Pro-lifers on the march

If Scott Walker's first few weeks in office show anything, it is that the days of congenial, Tommy Thompson, country-club Republicanism are over. Wisconsin is now on the leading edge of the right-wing revolution. >More
 I am not the enemy: A Wisconsin teacher considers Walker's budget

I am a second-year teacher. I work in a rural school district in Wisconsin. Many of my students come from poor families. Some of them live in the trailer park near our school or down the street in the subsidized apartments. A significant percentage get free or reduced lunch. This winter, we provided snow pants and coats to children whose families couldn't afford them. The people who live here are hard workers and proud. >More
 Protests won't stop Walker's assault on Wisconsin's public employee unions

My editor called me a short while ago to discuss how Isthmus can cover the coming days of protests over Gov. Scott Walker's effort to break the back of the state's public employee unions. Of course we have to do so, as these are major news events; but my feeling is that these rallies are a colossal waste of everybody's time, and exactly the reaction Gov. Walker hopes to inspire. >More
 Marty Beil's politics of division

As the nation endeavors to usher in an era featuring a "new tone" in politics, AFSCME's Marty Beil thinks the old tone suits him just fine, thank you. In December, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker shocked his Democratic colleagues by voting against a last-minute attempt to ram through 19 public employee union contracts. Beil, the executive director of AFSCME Council 24, representing state workers, responded by calling Decker a "whore." >More
 Tim Cooley's exit reflects ongoing struggle over mayoral control

In government, bad news often comes on Friday afternoons, in hopes it will be lost in the weekend shuffle. So it was telling that as the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend began on Jan. 14, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's office released economic development director Tim Cooley's resignation letter -- a mere two weeks' notice. >More
 Why 4-K is a good idea

Mary was four years old when she entered the pre-kindergarten program in Marshall. Her parents were struggling with her behavior. She had a significant speech delay. She didn't like snuggling with them. She didn't want to read books. And she refused to let her parents touch her hair. "What are we doing wrong?" her parents wondered. >More
 Let's get even bolder

Gov. Scott Walker has promised to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin by the end of his first term, a bold pledge that requires a bold plan. So bold, in fact, that Walker has said a plan drafted by business interests last year called "Be Bold: The Wisconsin Prosperity Strategy" is not bold enough. >More
 The push to end free speech

For 220 years it has stood inviolate. Since George Washington's presidency, the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution has inspired the world as the written guarantee of Americans' personal freedoms. Now some folks think it's time to rewrite that dysfunctional scrap of paper. A nationwide coalition active here in Madison is working to affix a big fat asterisk on the First Amendment so as to deny its guarantee of free speech to those with whom coalition members disagree. >More
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