Morning Links for Wednesday, December 7

The dire state of state roads, the shrinking state of UW faculty tenure, the NYT visits Watts Tea Shop and license plates transition. All this and more in today’s Morning Links.

Road Weary: Gov. Scott Walker’s roads chief forecasts potholes,  big debts ahead as the state falls further behind on repairs.

Tenure in (even more) Trouble: University of Wisconsin faculty argue that further changes proposed to tenure protections will leave administrators all-powerful in faculty employment matters.

Look, Ma, We Made the Times: The NYT gives Milwaukee a double-dose of coverage this week, effusing about Boswell Books and lamenting the loss of Watts Tea Shop.

New Year, New Plates: Wisconsin license plates will transition from six characters to seven because the state’s run out of combinations.




Daniel Simmons grew up in St. Paul, Minn., the “good twin” city. He started his writing career covering the midsection for the Mayo Clinic. Since then he’s written about human smuggling by sea in San Diego, the coyote invasion of Chicago and the political circus in Madison. He also got to write about his childhood idol, Larry Bird, for Runners World. He’s the managing editor.