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Jessie Opoien


Jessie Opoien is the Capital Times' opinion editor. She joined the Cap Times in 2013, covering state government and politics for the bulk of her time as a reporter. She has also covered music, culture and education in Madison and Oshkosh.

I used to believe that most of us fundamentally want the same things for this country and just disagreed on how to get them. After a mob overran the U.S. Capitol incited by many of the country’s highest elected leaders, I am not sure of that at all.

We all know there’s no magical switch that flips when the ball drops at midnight and we change our calendars to 2021. But there’s magic to be found in our memories of better times — auld lang syne — and in the hope that the new year will grant us an opportunity to create new ones.

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Jessie Opoien

Thanks for catching that — should've said Lawton was the first woman elected to the post in Wisconsin. Updated now.

Jessie Opoien

Thank you, Joe. We'll be launching a website to highlight and give context to racial issues in Madison, which Paul Fanlund wrote about in this column:…

Jessie Opoien

You're right, Steve, that should read that one UW woman had more alcohol in her system and one was near the same amount.

Jessie Opoien

Thanks for the tip, Robbie!

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