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Mike Basford

Power dynamics are more affected by political capital and the Mayor, more by virtue of his/her celebrity and how it's used than anything else, has significant capital built in. Read more

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Poor Sarah Palin. She was the most mistreated woman ever to engage in national politics -- that is, if you disregard everything said about Hillary Clinton from January 1, 1992 to September 1, 2008. Nobody ever talked openly on cable news and AM talk radio about Sarah Palin being a lesbian or a maneater or someone who had her lover/lawyer murdered. Read more

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When I read a Rick Berg article, I can count on the make-up being 80% conservative think-tank boilerplate served up in a genial manner, 18% swipes at the local left and 2% flat-out raving wingnuttery. Read more

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When the history of the Obama Administration is written, there will undoubtedly be many great policies and decisions that will be recorded and referenced as long as American history is studied. However, he's going to have to really step up his game in order to surpass the sheer brilliance of his decision to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court earlier this week. Read more

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It's a great time of anticipation as most of America gets ready for the start of the summer season. Most of us are spending this weekend grilling and chilling, working in our yards and keeping in our thoughts those who sacrificed for our country and the reason for the upcoming holiday. Read more

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Wherever Bud Selig goes, skies darken and rain falls. Crabgrass grows in the fields. Apple pies and Crackerjacks sour and babies wail. Bats go dead and pitchers blow out rotator cuffs. Peanuts get too salty and beer becomes too prohibitively expensive to quench the thirst. Read more

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As Wisconsin's state government continues it's misbegotten war on affordable housing, Madison's City Attorney goes Judicial Branch on the Common Council. Are they going to just sit there and take it? Read more

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You remember Mark Neumann, don't you? He was the man who took the serious enterprise of running for the United States Senate and reduced it to millions of dollars of on-air shrieking about cow farts and Russian monkeys in space. Read more

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The votes have been counted, the bar tabs are all paid and the hangovers have been nursed. Now that Spring Election 2009 is in the history books, lets revisit the big winners and losers from Tuesday night. Read more

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Election Day, to me, is like Christmas and the Super Bowl all jammed together. But these days, the Super Bowl is more like Chargers/49ers instead of Steelers/Cowboys and all the parties have you pay at the bar. Read more

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Many years ago, I knew an elected official from the downtown area who will remain nameless. He was in a tough primary election fight and was seriously feeling the pressure. So one night in late January, he went out with his campaign manager. They walked out to the middle of a frozen Lake Mendota and the official, facing a bracing wind, screamed his lungs out. Read more

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In one corner, you have a tried-and-true conservative leader who, with the united backing of the county's center-right, gave Kathleen Falk a real run for her money in the County Executive's race. In the other corner, you have Nancy Mistele. Read more

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The environmental record of the Reagan Administration should be enough to give pause to anybody who would consider voting for people who base policy on junk science and that is certainly what I was thinking when I read Nancy Mistele's "evidence" against using commuter rail in Jay Rath's piece on the Dane County Executive race this week. Read more

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In a county as politically progressive as Dane County, Nancy Mistele's main task is to not only consolidate support among the right, but to also pick off the center and a considerable chunk of the left-of-center. But even the dean of the conservative minority on the Dane County Board can't bring himself to back Nancy Mistele - and that means that even "her base" is not guaranteed. Read more

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Ask George W. Bush, Ray Allen and Peng Her about how well billboards worked out for them. Read more

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With a little more than four weeks to go before the General Election, there still appears to be a dearth of good news for Nancy Mistele's campaign for Dane County Executive. Read more

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As the workload grows for our local government representatives, some are looking to reduce the size of our legislative bodies. Are local officials embracing a cult of professionalism and is this a good idea? Read more

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I thought cracking 50% in the primary would be a spectacular victory for Brenda Konkel in her quest for a fifth term on the Madison Common Council representing District 2 -- considering she had been facing stiff opposition for weeks from three opponents and the mayor's office and local media establishment for much longer. Read more

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You can take it to the bank that Brenda Konkel will come out on top of the 2nd District Primary on Tuesday. Which of her opponents will be joining her for the General Election? Read more

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Down 13-to-1 in campaign money? 14-to-1 in campaign donors? A lack of significant endorsements? Little public presence? This is what a so-called "Nightmare for Dane County Liberals" looks like? Read more

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