Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Like Dickens’ London and Paris, Waukesha and Dane Counties are not that far apart geographically but are worlds apart culturally and politically. In the latest issue of the Wisconsin Interest, Torben Lütjen looks at the two counties and has some interesting observations: We may even leave aside the many stereotypes that nowadays are connected to […]

Earlier this week Steven Cowan was sentenced to probation for shooting his television.  I think we’re all familiar with the story: According to a criminal complaint, Cowan’s wife, Janice, told police that they were watching “Dancing with the Stars” when Cowan became upset that Palin, the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, appeared […]

Here’s a fun first glance at the numbers. Not only did Tom Barrett (210,972) have less people vote for him in the primary than voted for Scott Walker (360,048) by a wide margin, but even Mark Neumann (237,944) did better than Barrett. Heck, Rebecca Kleefisch (256,318) had more people vote for her than Tom Barrett, […]

I like yellow mustard on hot dogs. I like brown mustard on bratwurst. I like honey mustard on pretzels, although on large, soft pretzels sometimes I like yellow. I like Plochman’s Polish Mustard on sandwiches. I like mustard on hamburgers. I like mustard on corned beef. I even like being Colonel Mustard in Clue. I […]

No, not the breast-feeding bill in the state senate, a drug bust. Members of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force intercepted a shipment of 70 pounds of marijuana as it arrived in Sun Prairie late last week, and that in turn led them to more marijuana in an east Madison apartment building, according […]

If there’s a lesson here, it’s double-check your Word documents before you send them out. Later that same day, Mistele sent the text of her speech to media and others, as a word document, from her personal email. If you save this word file to desktop and check “Properties,” then “Summary,” an interesting thing happens: […]

Dave Blaska notes that Verona mayor Jon Hochkammer may join Nancy Mistele in campaign to unseat Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. He is currently serving his second term as mayor of Verona, one of the fastest and smartest-growing communities in Dane County. He joined the Verona City Council in 1997. Just Monday night, he finished […]

Judge Richard Neiss of Dane County rejected a lawsuit claiming the referendum amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage was itself unconstitutional. UW-Oshkosh instructor William McConkey challenged the amendment, arguing Wisconsin statutes limit referendums on constitutional amendments to a single question. McConkey’s attorneys argued that the marriage amendment asked voters to respond to two separate […]

As a conservative writer in Madison, Dave Blaska must be more lonely that the Maytag repair man. Dave is right on it this week tracking the falling fortunes of “The Kathleen” and speculates on the possible challengers to Dane County Executive Falk. Against a backdrop of the degradation of our public spaces by chronic vagrancy, […]

You may want to get up a little early tomorrow to check the school closings. Some schools have already announced they are closed tomorrow. The lovely Doreen from Waukesha drove past our son’s school tonight and it still hasn’t been plowed out. Meanwhile, Channel 4 News in Milwaukee is reporting Governor Jim Doyle has called […]