Kathleen Falk, Madison, WI and Louis Brandeis

"They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone - the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men. To protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the Government upon the privacy of the individual, whatever the means employed, must be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment."
- Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, (the "People's Attorney") dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States (1928)

Think Madison, Wisconsin, and surrounding Dane County, and you are likely to think: Progressive, civil rights and a secular culture existing peacefully with the second largest public research University in the world.

Mostly, you would be right. But there are a couple of vital exceptions: Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard [the best line I heard/read about him is that Blanchard should be sentenced to 30 days reading the disquisitions of Robert Jackson on prosecutorial discretion].

And secondly, an appalling effort under way to install police roadblocks, led by Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk who is dedicated to decimating the Fourth Amendment in the city named after the father of the Constitution.

The American electorate is regularly treated to examples of Democrats and liberals going along to get along with the powers that be.

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GOP Destroying World-Class Wisconsin University System

Wisconsin used to take pride in its university system supported by a bipartisan consensus to create a world-class educational facility.

Now, under the leadership of the GOP-led state Assembly, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its sister campuses are under assault, deadly assault.

Contact Speaker Michael Huebsch and his co-hort Representative Stephen Nass, and let them know that you object to their destroying a world-class educational institution.

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My list of American history's 25 greatest progressives

Based on their achievements, actions and impact, from presidents and Founding Fathers to suffragettes and abolitionists.

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Wyoming, Montana, and a few real people that probably cast a vote or two

I just got back from a snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park.  You might wonder what this has to do with politics.  I'll tell you.  Its about the little people, real people.  Its about a few small businesses and the many people that serve them and the towns that thrive or fail because of that connection.  And since I'm a bit on the wordy side I'll leave the rest below the fold.

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