Scott Girard is the local k-12 education reporter at the Cap Times. A Madison native, he joined the paper in 2019 after working for six years for Unified Newspaper Group, including coverage of the Verona Area School District. Follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.
Madison is paralleling Seattle to such an extent that a Cap Times Ideas Fest panel this year asked: "How does Madison not become Seattle?” One way is by keeping big money out of local politics.
A short-lived Lafayette County proposal to limit public information about water quality studies and “prosecute” media members who don’t print verbatim press releases would be funny if it weren’t so disheartening.
What was so striking about "A Toast to Tony Earl" was its congeniality — Democrats and Republicans, friends and even some old political adversaries gathering together to remember old times when you could disagree but not become an enemy.