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Wisconsin Supreme Court undercuts openess

It was like those legal dramas on TV. The judge, ruling from the bench, always starts out paying homage to some legal principle or perspective. Then there's a "but" and the judge shifts gears, coming down firmly on the other side. So it was with the Wisconsin Supreme Court's recent ruling in a case known as Schill v. Wisconsin Rapids. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, writing for the majority, began her decision by praising the state's traditions of openness. >More
 Mike McCabe is tarnishing the Supremes

Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is, as usual, irate. Earlier this month, in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the "tarnished" image of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, McCabe said he's fed up with the "nasty" tone of Supreme Court campaigns, labeling the high court races in 2007 and 2008 "meltdowns." This is a bit like a BP executive complaining that he can't take his family to the beach because his kid might eat a tar ball. >More
 Madison alcohol rules need more consistency

Madison has a strange relationship with spirits. I'm not talking about ghosts, of course. I mean alcohol -- for better or worse a big part of our city's history and culture. Taverns and bars line our streets. Micro- and macro-breweries are as prevalent as cheesemakers in other parts of the state. The UW-Madison student union has a German-style drinking hall inside. >More
 Let Madison bike polo players use Reynolds Park courts

I've been playing bike polo for the last two years, and it's been a very positive experience except for one glitch. The Madison club had been playing on the rooftop tennis courts at Reynolds Park, but now the city Parks Division has informed us that we are no longer welcome, so we have no place for regular pickup games. >More
 Public info belongs on the Internet

Albert Einstein famously said, at the advent of the nuclear age: "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything, save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe." Substitute a few words and it reflects how some people feel about the information age: "The unleashed power of the Internet has changed everything, save our eagerness to snoop on each other, and we thus drift toward the end of privacy." >More
 Good health care includes abortion

I want to write a column to say goodbye to my friend. But it's hard because I can't tell you anything about her. This warm, compassionate, brilliant woman, beloved by her patients as a local OB/GYN, is Public Enemy #1 for the anti-abortion nuts who have such disproportionate power in our state. If I say anything too specific, it might be used to target her or her family, since, for the last several years, she has had the temerity to provide abortions to Madison women who need them. >More
 Let's not get fooled again

In the hit television drama The Good Wife, there's a scene where Peter Florrick, a disgraced and incarcerated former prosecutor played by Madison native Chris Noth, is talking to wife Alicia about how his conviction could be overturned, in which case "everything goes back to normal." This after she's learned, via CNN, that he betrayed their marriage vows in torrid liaisons with a prostitute, à la Eliot Spitzer. >More
 Rejection of Wisconsin medical marijuana bill was a profile in cowardice

Jason Glaspie did everything he could. The former Marine, a veteran of the first Iraq war, has endured numerous treatments for brain and spinal cancer that left him disabled and often in terrible pain. One thing that alleviates his suffering is smoking marijuana. >More
 Putting the Sterling Hall bombing in perspective, upon Dwight Armstrong's death

Forty years had elapsed since the bombing and the death in the explosion of a physics researcher, Robert Fassnacht. After the first wave of national coverage, the bombing remained a local story within a familiar narrative: The bombing was the final act of self-indulgence by local representatives of a generation driven mad by drugs and liberal permissiveness. >More
 State Journal takes odd approach to favorites poll

Believe it or not, there is an ethic to how newspaper favorites' polls are put together. It's considered poor form, in some quarters, to include categories that serve little purpose other than appeal to certain advertisers. >More
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