Democracy in Crisis


  • Tell All: My hot Tinder date was a Trump supporter

    Almost all the Madison-area women I meet through Tinder are politically progressive, like me. But on a recent date I met a Trump supporter and still feel bad about what happened. more


  • “Exit Strategy” an instant audience favorite

    Winning performances combine to boost Forward’s production of “Exit Strategy” into an instant audience favorite. more

  • Scofflaws

    Madison is stepping up enforcement on unregistered Airbnbs. Some landlords, like photographer Andy Manis, had no idea their tenants were booking rooms on the popular website. more


  • Nerd power

    Rep. Evan Goyke, a Democrat from Milwaukee, wrote the blueprint for closing the troubled youth prison Lincoln Hills. Does he have the roadmap back to power for Wisconsin Democrats? more


  • Where the lawyers aren’t

    The exploding opioid epidemic is being exacerbated by the growing shortage of attorneys. The crisis is most evident in the courtrooms of rural Wisconsin. One solution: raise the pay for public defenders. more

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