WELCOME BACK SCONZ NATION! Today marks the end of the longest hiatus in the history of The Sconz. It's been nearly a month since the last brunch links. Ecuador was at times sunny and at other times temperate, but to be honest, it feels good to be back in the frozen tundra. Just in time for a SNOW ADVISORY.
For brunch today is one of the many meals I photographed while abroad. While I rarely knew exactly what I was eating in that country, I do know I ate a lot of fish, and that it was almost always cheap. I think this meal cost $3.
And Scott McDonell offers his vision for the county at Forward Lookout.
Is Madison's downtown crime drop due to alcohol policy?
McFarland man breaks world record for faking flatulence in 30 seconds.
Alds. Verveer, Rhodes-Conway and Schmidt want to put campaign finance constitutional amendment to a referendum.
Luckily, Walker can't stop the financing of major improvements to the Hiawatha rail line from Chicago to Milwaukee.
Former longest-serving woman in the legislature, Esther Doughty Luckhardt, dead at 97.
Ron Johnson makes a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and expresses hope for the continued U.S. presence there.
After criticism from Democrats, Rep. Jim Ott amends proposed tort reform bill to exempt drunk drivers from caps on punitive damages.
Wall Street Journal reports on unions gearing up for fights in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.
Meanwhile, the Times examines the inaugural speeches of two dozen governors and concludes that Walker's message is the rule, not the exception, even for Democrats.
If you know state politics, then you don't need to some of Walker's tax proposals.
Times reports that lawmakers in D.C. are making efforts to be more civil to each other.
The Journal Sentinel lauds parts of the GOP's tort reform bill but remains wary of some provisions.
And here's the JS position on tax policy.