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Scott Walker's ruthless ambition
Never mind CPAC. Campaign coordination got Scott Walker where he is today. Walker tied for fifth place in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll last weekend, which was a bit of a comedown after pundits named him Flavor of the Month among the lineup of prospective Republican presidential candidates for 2016 following Chris Christie's fall from grace. But our governor still got a shout-out from Reince Priebus and Grover Norquist for his union-busting here in Wisconsin. >MoreScott Walker's contempt for constituents
We all knew that Gov. Scott Walker does not hold teachers or other public employees in high regard. We knew it when he slashed public employees' collective bargaining rights, as well as their pay and benefits. And we had an inkling that he didn't care much about funding for public services. >MoreThe Scott Walker scandals
The worse things get for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the brighter our own Gov. Scott Walker's prospects look as a presidential contender in 2016. >MoreThe Republican war on Wisconsin's public schools
Sen. Dale Schultz, Republican of Richland Center, is stepping down, taking with him the last shred of sanity in our state's Republican Party. >MoreThe Wisconsin Legislature vs. the people
It seems every day brings more eye-popping news from our state Legislature. When they are not busy pushing a bill written by a multimillionaire divorced dad and Republican campaign donor who wants to cap his own child support payments, they are working to bring back the seven-day workweek. >MoreWisconsin stacks the deck against unions
Remember the nonstop outrage over the Affordable Care Act? Opponents of Obamacare spent weeks shouting that the whole health-care expansion was clearly a failure because of glitches in the website when people tried to sign up. Obamacare critics, meet the Act 10 rollout in Wisconsin. >MoreHow Wisconsin missed out on health care
The debate in the Wisconsin Legislature over turning down millions of dollars in federal funding to expand Medicaid was painful to watch. And now Wisconsin is reaping the results of that awful decision, even as states around us benefit from fully implementing the Affordable Care Act, including the Medicaid expansion. The contrast is stark: Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites are losing their health care coverage for no reason at all. >MoreThe Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature rams through antidemocratic bills
Poor Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). The Assembly minority leader's role seems to be as the face of a bygone, good-government era in Wisconsin history, looking on in horror as state Republicans run roughshod over everything from open meetings law to voting rights in their frenzied rush to convert our state into a one-party kleptocracy. >MorePushing back against Republican lawlessness over Act 10
When Dane Country Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas held officials in Gov. Scott Walker's administration in contempt this week, he was pushing back against a level of unchecked lawlessness by this administration that is "practically seditious," says attorney Lester Pines. >MoreScott Walker tramples Wisconsin values with United Sportsmen scandal
The United Sportsmen controversy was, in many ways, a familiar Walker administration scandal. All the elements were there. A politically wired conservative group gets money thanks to its connections to state Republicans " in this case, a $500,000 grant slipped into the state budget to promote hunting, fishing and trapping. Republicans connected with Walker throw over the normal competitive bidding process in order to steer money to their friends. >MoreWhat price Common Core in Wisconsin?
Two weeks ago, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau finally released its assessment of the costs of Common Core, the new set of educational standards going into effect in school districts around the state this year. Here's the good news: For the state of Wisconsin, Common Core will be virtually free! >MoreIs Madison ready for Tim Slekar?
As kids and teachers head back to school, the future of education in our state is a boiling-hot topic. And no one is more ready to plunge into the roiling waters of school controversy than Tim Slekar, the new dean of the school of education at Edgewood College. >MoreScott Walker's crazy overreach
Between executive power, the line-item veto, both houses of the Legislature, and a friendly Supreme Court, you'd think Gov. Scott Walker would feel he has enough control over our state. But no. >MoreWEDC offers taxpayer support for Walker campaign contributors
The Doyle administration civil servant who went to jail on federal corruption charges was a right-wing scapegoat during the 2006 governor's race, before she had her conviction overturned because the evidence was so thin. The Republicans piled on Thompson, who was actually a Republican hire, during their crusade to unseat Gov. Jim Doyle. >MoreMary Burke for Wisconsin governor?
The most interesting news so far about the looming 2014 governor's race was Associated Press reporter Scott Bauer's scoop that Wisconsin Democrats have been poll-testing a run by Madison's Mary Burke. Within a day of the Dems' telephone poll, Bauer reports, someone registered six Internet domain names with different combinations of the words "governor" and "Mary Burke." Sounds like a plan. >More