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Bill Lueders

The Selma of the North

Thirty years ago, Richard Bernard and Bill Lueders wrote of Father James Groppi and what led to the 200-day march for better open-housing laws. We're revisiting this story now to better understand what has and hasn't changed for racial equality in the decades since....
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The Blame Game

It’s all over but the blaming. The state Legislature’s 2011-12 regular session has careened to a close, with both parties accusing the other of blo...
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Might Isn’t Everything

A few weeks back, this column noted that virtually all the lobbying muscle regarding the redrawing of voter boundaries was brought to bear against the bills tha...
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Sales Tax

Todd Berry is nothing if not realistic. His 18 years at the helm of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance have taught him that good public policy often doesn’t...
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Free News

The other day at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual convention in Madison, I represented the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism on a ...
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Union Money

When the unions’ lobbying money flowed, it really flowed. And then, for the most part, it dried up. During the first half of 2011, labor unions collectiv...
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Inside Special Interests

By now, the notion that outside special interests drive the political process is so widely accepted as to be almost a cliche. And often this belief is buttresse...
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National Resonation

One liberal activist has accused Scott Walker—who’s raised much of his money for a likely recall election from out of state—of “travelin...
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Let the Money Flow

It’s difficult to write about the levels of money now being pumped into Wisconsin’s electoral process without using terms like “jaw-dropping&r...