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Erin Brown

Hundreds of requests for pardons have come in to Gov. Tony Evers’ office. The governor's spokesperson says he will reestablish the state’s Pardon Advisory Board, which Gov. Scott Walker disbanded. Read more



David Michael Miller

Well-intended Madison and Dane County residents have some choices to make right now. Do we really believe that black lives matter, or do they only matter if they politely tolerate the status quo? Read more

Opinion 14 Comments

A small but vocal minority wants to remove police officers from Madison high schools. Read more

Opinion 28 Comments

A bill racing through the state Legislature would greatly expand the availability of expungement for people convicted of minor offenses. Read more


Chronic drunk drivers, who are immune to rational deterrents, pose a unique danger to society. But there are still many ways to prevent them from driving. Read more

Opinion 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

There are plenty of things Wisconsin could do to reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities. But lowering the BAC limit to .05 would be among the more effective Read more

Opinion 2 Comments


Joe Tarr

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 83 immigrants in Wisconsin during a four-day “enforcement surge.” Local leaders say the operation was a breach of normal protocol. And for Madison’s immigrant community, it was an act of terror. Read more

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Chali Pittman

WORT FM DJs “uneasy” but not fearful following shooting at the community radio station. Read more


Spirituality can help many incarcerated people turn their lives around. So faith leaders want Dane County officials to prioritize providing sacred space in the renovated jail. Read more


Fitchburg Mayor Jason Gonzalez is being sued by a former legal client who spent over 200 days in jail for felony charges that were ultimately overturned. Read more



David Michael Miller

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan traveled to the United States-Mexico border where he saw the facilities holding immigrants whose families have been torn apart by border agents. He is right to call for the abolition of ICE. Read more



David Michael Miller

Fatal opioid overdoses are on the rise in Dane County. It’s time to legalize cannabis and opioid use and treat drug abuse as the public health problem it is. Read more

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Thousands of Dane County residents have struggled with addiction from opioids. Dane County has also struggled to cover the costs of dealing with the epidemic. Now the county is joining a national effort to get Big Pharma to help pay for the fallout. Read more

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Andrew Scoles insisted he had information about Brittany Zimmermann’s murder. Recently unsealed documents show he was trying to reach a deal with the Dane County District Attorney to share it. Prosecutors appeared uninterested. Now Scoles is dead. Read more


Two well-known attorneys with solid progressive credentials are facing off for a seat on the Dane County Circuit Court. Get to know them before the April 3 election. Read more

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Officer Stephen Heimsness harassed a female officer a month before he fatally shot Paul Heenan. Madison Police launched an investigation but initially, only Heimsness’ victim was scrutinized. Read more

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Time Magazine

Trump floats the idea of the death penalty for drug dealers. But what about when its big pharmaceutical companies that are the dealers? Read more

Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Madison Police is embracing most recommendations made by consultants who spent a year studying the department. Just not the ones that are most critical of the department. Read more



David Michael Miller

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. Read more

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David Michael Miller

The Derail the Jail coalition says Dane County doesn’t need to spend $76 million consolidating jail operations. But officials say the group is ignoring the facts and putting inmates lives at risk. Read more

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