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The Daily

OPINION

The GOP's dilemma

What an interesting state of affairs. The Republican Party has seemingly become a shell operation controlled by a vibrant and growing conservative movement. It views the GOP as a tool to put conservatives in power. >More
 Madison mayor's power is too vast

No local issue in recent years has a caused a bigger storm in the student community than the debate over whether to add a student as a voting member to the Alcohol License Review Committee. Students said it was their right. Barb Mercer, head of the Dane County Tavern League, said it was unfair. >More
 Madison should not let itself be flattered, even by the president

Last week, as I listened to a live Internet feed of President Barack Obama speaking at Wright Middle School in Madison, I couldn't help but feel a swelling sense of pride. "I am so impressed with the work that's been done here at Wright," the president said, prefacing his prepared remarks. "And to the faculty and the staff, but most importantly, the students, who I had a chance to meet with earlier today, they are just some outstanding young people. So if there are any parents of students in the house you should be proud -- and give them all a big round of applause." >More
 Emily's Post: Disturbing the peace

What a glorious weekend! All of that unexpected sunshine and warmth made it exceptionally difficult to sit indoors with a laptop and hash out a proper blog post, but for you, sweet readers, I have persevered. After all, I can't well let Blaska have the only word on this site. >More
 Cracking down on sales to chronic drunks is misguided strategy

I've been thinking a lot lately about how Wisconsin deals with citizens who abuse alcohol. With our dismal drunk-driving statistics, arguments over whether or not to allow children into bars with their folks, and proposals on everything from the size of liquor bottles that may be sold to the taxes placed on beer, the regulation of alcohol is a hot topic these days. >More
 What we learned in the All Together Now Madison reporting project

All Together Now, the collaborative reporting project by Madison media, is probably the first time something like this has ever been done. It's not likely to be the last. >More
 Emily Mills: Welcome to the Monkey House

For The Daily Page, however, my goal is pretty simple, and I've created a clever and not at all menacing acronym for it: KILS, or "Keep It Local, Stupid." I want to peel back the many layers of the delicious and sometimes tear-inducing onion that is Madison area politics and culture, and I'd love some company. So if it's got a solid local angle or connection, you can be sure I'll do my best to process, analyze and shake my fist at it. >More
 Desperately seeking H1N1 vaccination

If nothing else, public health authorities have hit on the perfect formula to motivate Americans to get their flu shots: Declare a public health emergency, urge everyone to get vaccinated...and then fail to provide enough vaccine. Just as demand spikes, there are no vaccinations to be had. >More
 Barack Obama is right to keep kids in class longer

A few weeks ago, President Obama floated the idea of adding time to the school day or extending the school year. I was delighted. So were most of the teachers I know. In my district, teachers and administrators work hard to provide students with the best education possible. But there's simply not enough time in the day to get to everything they'll need to succeed in a global economy. >More
 Obama terrible choice for Nobel Peace Prize

I heard it on the radio coming into work this morning: Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It was on the Stephanie Miller show, so I assumed it was a joke. I wish it had been. >More
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