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This is the setting: one last day of the summer beach season and the third day of autumn in the northwoods; a Sunday, and a sacred day if I’ve ever seen one. Count the fishing boats as they dot the glassy water—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11—on the horizon they float on the edge of our bay as if it is the edge of the world. A morning of quiet, a morning of reverence, just like church but better. The parament is the layer of thin fog between sky and water not yet burned away by the sunshine at this early hour. It is morning but already warm and we are the only ones on the shore of this Friendly Valley. This beach with its soft sand beckons us to sit, and this lake with its open arms of cold, of fishes, of satiny ripples bestows us with soothing brotherly love. Read more

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I’ve always kept a list of goals: some yearly, others monthly or weekly, and always daily. They keep me focused on my tasks. But I’ve learned not to make my goal keeping too rigid. Allowing for interruptions and other changes of plans, I sometimes must rewrite them or add them to tomorrow’s list.

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MADISON- The citizens of Wisconsin have seen their fair share of legislative proposals this year that could dramatically change the status quo for our state. From changes to how the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources addresses high capacity wells to new limits on campus free speech, t…

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How many spiders can crawl across your floor in an hour—two, three? Maybe five or six? No, make that 10, 12, 15…and counting. Did you notice the spider deluge recently? I sure did. I do every year. How could I miss it? It happens every spring. Every year they come to my little house in the w…

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A robin has hatched a clutch of young in the old nest by our garage door this spring and we are thrilled. The nest was built atop my grapevine wreath I made and hung out there four or more years ago. I had pruned our backyard vines and fashioned a few such wreathes, giving most away but keep…

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Financing transportation funding, especially highway construction, could be the biggest problem facing Wisconsin’s newly elected officials.

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No one can deny that spending by often-shadowy outside groups plays a huge role in elections. But much of the cash lavished on elections still flows directly to and from the candidates’ campaigns, which must make detailed public disclosures.

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No one in America has more faith in democracy than a long-shot candidate for public office.

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Quick: How much was spent by all parties in the historic 2012 recall election between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Tom Barrett?

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Mordecai Lee, the former state Democratic legislator turned political wag, was brimming with delight.

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Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law has not solved the woes of rural school districts. Declining enrollments mean less state aid, and Republican-led efforts to help private schools may grow as a gubernatorial campaign issue.

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 Given the many millions of dollars spent by interest groups to help determine who gets elected, it’s easy to overlook the many millions more being spent trying to influence them once they are.

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Reporters dutifully asked Gov. Scott Walker for his reaction after David Prosser was narrowly re-elected to the State Supreme Court in the spring of 2011.