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with Joe Vanden Plas

08/01/14

Goyke all aboard MAD-CHI train service

When you’re a lawmaker turned lobbyist, it helps to have a passion for the things you lobby for. Gary Goyke has a passion for trains. While the prospective Madison-to-Chicago train service has many advocates, Goyke, 67, might well be the driving force behind it. He recently invited fellow travelers to get a sneak preview of the service as part of an Iowa Pacific excursion ride to Prairie du Chien, and I’d say he created a few rail romantics.

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07/02/14

Declaring my complete independence

Just days away from Independence Day, I’m declaring my independence — from party affiliation, from ideology, from just about everything. This position was not arrived at overnight. With apologies to Churchill and his famous quote about the wisdom of age, I offer this explanation: As a youngster with a heart, I began as an independent who leaned Democrat. As an adult with a head, I became an independent who leaned Republican. Now, aging into an irretrievable cynic, I’ve developed a profound distrust of both.

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06/23/14

Train of thought: Could Madison-to-Chicago service come quickly?

The proposed Madison-to-Chicago commuter train might not be an express train, but if one gentleman had his way, it would get here in express fashion. That gentleman is Gary Goyke, the former state lawmaker turned lobbyist, who could be the captain of the “all-lobby” team when it comes to the prospect of twice-daily commuter service between Madison and Chicago.

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06/09/14

Same-sex marriage plea: Just drop it, J.B.

It was entirely predictable that Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen would take steps to prevent gay couples from getting hitched in the aftermath of Federal Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling to strike down Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage.

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06/02/14

One hoot for Obamacare

I’m still annoyed at the way the Affordable Care Act was passed. Remember this quote: “You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” That’s no way to run a railroad, let alone pass landmark legislation. Nor am I pleased that the case for it was made on a broken promise. “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.” Those kinds of commitments must be kept.

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