The City of Madison is once again buffing up its reputation of being “77 square miles surrounded by reality” — a term coined by former Republican Gov. Lee S. Dreyfus — with a proposal to fine businesses that run air conditioning while leaving their doors and windows open.

The knock on divided government is that it creates gridlock. Witness, for example, the tedious standoff between Republican President Donald Trump and the new Democratic House majority. Their dispute over money for a symbolic border wall has partially shut down the federal government. But mor…

Mention the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Florida, and you’re sure to get a variety of responses. For each person who cheers FEMA for having helped them rebuild after a hurricane, you’re likely to meet one or more who waited too long for help to arrive. According to government audit…