Politics & Activism

In the days before Edgewood High School filed suit against the city of Madison for religious discrimination, one of the school’s lawyers offered to coordinate with the city how the lawsuit would be explained to the public. Read more


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Holly Henschen

On Friday, Madisonians protested both the conditions in facilities where asylum seekers are being held and a national raid on undocumented immigrants set to begin on Sunday. The protest coincided with dozens around the country. Read more



Greg Anderson

The Newsroom, a nonprofit venture working to increase coverage of state government, will launch its 11th state publication: The Wisconsin Examiner Read more

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Wisconsin Republicans once put up a good fight to keep Donald Trump off the 2016 GOP ticket. Now that he’s president, some conservatives fear the state GOP is starting to look more and more Trumpian. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Alan Robinson is a notable contrast to the stereotypical gray-haired, white hippies with ponytails who are typically associated with marijuana activism. He’s taking NORML Wisconsin into the Capitol, trying to shift the conversation. Read more

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“Knock Down the House” is a powerful documentary available on Netflix that shows the power of community organizing as it tracks the longshot candidacies of four women Congressional candidates in 2018. We’re all familiar with one of them: AOC Read more

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Kori Feener

An estimated 10,000 people rallied at the Capitol in support of budget proposals from Gov. Tony Evers: granting driver’s licenses to non-citizens and providing in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduate from Wisconsin high schools. Read more



Haidee Chu

A coalition of Madison-area high school students is tired of waiting for adults to take needed action against climate change. These students plan to march next week to draw attention to the problem. Read more

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Jenny Peek

There were three primaries for school board seats. The top two vote-getters in each race will meet again on April 2. Read more

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Although only four Common Council seats involved primaries on Tuesday, 11 seats will see competitive elections on April 2. Read more


After being sworn in as governor, Tony Evers called for Wisconsinites to put “people before politics.” But first, time to polka. Read more

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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin conducted a poll last week that singled out who he, presumably, considers to be his main competition in next year’s mayoral race. Soglin has never lost a reelection campaign (he’s had five). Read more

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Joseph Britt spent decades as a loyal assistant to Republican leaders, including U.S. Sen. Bob Kasten and state Assembly leader, David Prosser. But today he sees the GOP as a “party that rejects responsibility.” Read more



David Michael Miller

The Solidarity Sing Along turned triumphant the day after Democrat Tony Evers defeated Gov. Scott Walker. The group will keep singing until he’s out of office — and possibly after that, too. Read more

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George Petrovich

Randy Bryce inspired people across the country with his spirited blue collar campaign for Paul Ryan’s seat. Although the effort fell short, he and his supporters vow: “We’re just getting started.” Read more

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It could be a bellwether for the rest of the state. Read more

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David Michael Miller

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council celebrating 40 years of defending and promoting open government laws with a reception in the Assembly Parlor on Oct. 30. There will be speakers and cake, and the council will debut its new logo. Read more



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Chris Taylor threatened with lawsuit over column criticizing ALEC speaker. Read more

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Alyssa Eidsness

The personal has always been political, and there’s nothing more personal than sharing a meal. At some Madison restaurants, food comes with a side of social justice. Read more

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Shelia Stubbs missed her daughter’s wedding last Saturday to campaign for the 77th Assembly District seat. It paid off on Tuesday, when she bested three other Democratic candidates and sealed her victory. Read more

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