I love Madison. It's a city whose quality in any number of ways has exceeded it's relatively small size, population and amount of demographic diversity.
The one thing that's always bugged me about it is that it settles for small-potatoes mediocrity when it comes to its political "scandals." Instead of periodic tempests-in-teapots, it might get some inspiration to step up its game from our newly elected city councilman Ed Jew, whose coverage in our newspaper of record has really raised the bar:
"After raids on his home and business by the FBI this month, Jew is being asked to explain why businessmen with city permit problems handed him $40,000 in cash to make them go away."
Dude's got SAUCE. After the feds found tens of thousands in cash for "expediting fees" in his safe, all the bad press about him not even living in his district totally went away. VERY savvy.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... Q1QLS1.DTL