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Jack Craver

Abortion is a powerful force in American politics. If anybody but Mitt Romney wins the Republican presidential nomination, it will be at least partially due to Romney's past support of abortion rights as governor of Massachusetts. Likewise, if Romney prevails, he'll have his recently adopted anti-abortion position to thank. more

Jan 19, 2012 3:00 PM Opinion

Although I will continue contributing articles for the paper, my blog is now returning back to its original home on Wordpress! Come join me at the new location, but by no means stop reading Isthmus! more

Dec 29, 2011 8:55 PM The Sconz

Who should Madison voters blame for slow economic growth? President Obama, Gov. Walker, Mayor Soglin? All three? more

Dec 8, 2011 10:12 PM The Sconz

Many friends of mine are upset with the legal battle the "Wisconsin State Journal" waged to obtain the 1,000 sick notes Madison teachers used to get off work during the union protests in February. more

Nov 28, 2011 8:48 PM The Sconz

Occupy Madison has been a "fart in the wind." Why? Because Madisonians have better things to do. more

Nov 23, 2011 8:51 PM The Sconz

Here's a depressing stat: In Madison, half of African Americans don't graduate from high school. Here's a curious stat: In Wisconsin, half of African Americans don't have driver's licenses. How do these two figures relate? The first partially explains many of the problems facing Madison's black community, including poverty, crime and substance abuse. The second is what many Madison bars appear to be using to try to keep these problems out of their establishments. more

Nov 17, 2011 3:00 PM Opinion

Paul's Book Store and the Silver Dollar Tavern are two businesses that have yet to invest in the interwebs. Can you think of an advantage to that strategy? more

Nov 13, 2011 7:45 PM The Sconz

In yet another clarification of the state Capitol's policy against allowing cameras in the Assembly and Senate galleries, Capitol officials announced that photo and video devices are only allowed if attached to a licensed firearm. more

Nov 7, 2011 10:23 PM The Sconz

It's worked in Europe. The late-night bar is also a cheery spot to get your morning espresso. But just like socialized medicine, the bar/cafe model is apparently doomed to failure in the United States. And nowhere is the situation better displayed than in Madison. more

Nov 3, 2011 9:06 PM The Sconz

I like coffee whether it tastes like dishwater or a smooth blend of Tanzanian peaberry and citrus, and whether it is produced by a cooperative of well-paid and environmentally conscious farmers in Nicaragua or an army of underpaid, underage employees of a warlord in Somalia. However, as much as possible, I prefer it cheap. more

Oct 28, 2011 2:21 PM The Sconz

Generally, the League of Women Voters isn't perceived as a great threat to anybody. The 91-year-old group, which was born out of the campaign for women's suffrage, is best known for sponsoring candidate debates and providing the candidates' position on issues to voters. more

Oct 27, 2011 2:00 PM News

The father of a buddy of mine told him about how he and his friends used to drive from their Minnesota town, where the drinking age was 21 during the 70's, to Wisconsin, where it was 18. "We'd get wasted and then drive back to Minnesota, which probably wasn't a good idea...but things were different then," he explained. more

Oct 23, 2011 9:24 PM The Sconz

The Electoral College is an undemocratic system developed by a bunch of old white guys who didn't believe the American people were competent enough to elect their own president. Since then, the premise for its preservation has changed. Now people believe it must be kept to ensure that small states have representation in the presidential process. more

Oct 17, 2011 10:04 PM The Sconz

What do St. Vinny's and Minhas Brewery have in common? They're both great places for poor people to shop, but both are reluctant to admit it. more

Oct 16, 2011 9:04 PM The Sconz

As I'm sure Gov. Scott Walker will tell you, emotional appeal is only part of the game. A multimillionaire needs more assurance than a plea to "Escape to Wisconsin," to set up shop here permanently. So what would be the next step in the Walker plan? more

Oct 13, 2011 4:20 PM The Sconz

Both are fed by the frustration and suffering created by economic hardship. Most importantly, both began as grassroots movements but later gained significant institutional support from the establishment from corporations, interest groups, political parties or labor unions. more

Oct 9, 2011 5:57 PM The Sconz

Apparently, I care about money more than the average Madisonian. That is clearly not demonstrated in my career choices, but it is in my drinking habits. The first thing I always say when I enter a bar is, "Do you have any specials," a question a coworker of mine (and longtime bartender) finds odd. more

Oct 4, 2011 1:43 PM The Sconz

There are a few reasons I think Facebook is on the decline and I don't think their recent renovations are going to help. There's a new kid on the block, and he's called Google +. He's going to kick Facebook's ass. more

Sep 30, 2011 7:14 PM The Sconz

What the movie "Moneyball" said was largely true. What makes me madder than George Brett is what the movie did not say. more

Sep 23, 2011 10:26 PM The Sconz

"I don't smoke, and I can't stand the smell of cigarettes," says Jason Clark, the founder and owner of Smokes on State, a store that sells a variety of tobacco products and tobacco (wink, wink) paraphernalia. Clark, a Wisconsin native, founded it and a similar store on the east side in May; he plans to relocate the State Street store to the west side soon. more

Sep 22, 2011 2:00 PM News