The Mendota Beacon

The Mendota Beacon

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The Mendota Beacon was a free, privately funded biweekly (and later, weekly) published newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin between 2005 and 2007. Its first issue was on February 12, 2005, Republican president Abraham Lincoln's birthday.Aaron Nathans. "Conservative paper slated for Feb. 12 debut at UW,"The Capital Times, December 14, 2004. It was formed in 2004 as a conservative alternative to The Badger Herald, The Daily Cardinal, and The Madison Observer that are distributed throughout the UW–Madison campus and downtown area. The name came from the fact that the campus is on the shore of Lake Mendota. The newspaper's motto was "Shining the Light on What's Right."


The paper received its start-up capital from the Leadership Institute,Karen Rivedal. "Conservative students to start newspaper at UW–Madison," Wisconsin State Journal, December 15, 2004. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Arlington, Virginia that teaches "political technology".The Institute's mission is to "identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media".

Editorial point of view

Many of the op-eds run in the Beacon addressed the issue of being conservative in Madison, a city that has a history of being a liberal hotbed.

The editorial writers also addressed issues of national and international concern.
  • The March 10, 2005 issue......
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