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Soglin and Parisi avoid backing specific Walker-related boycotts

In the heated battle over the state budget, some local businesses have found themselves scrutinized and targeted by politically minded consumers. >More
 Who will run for the Wis. Assembly Dist. 48 seat vacated by Parisi?

Now that Joe Parisi has been elected Dane County executive, another race begins: to fill his seat in the state Assembly. "It's going to be a free-for-all," predicts Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison), who was elected last fall to replace longtime Rep. Spencer Black. "Typically, Dane County seats are well contested." >More
 Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans both targets of threatening messages

Much has been made of a crude threat sent to state Republican senators on March 9, which urged them in part to put "things in order because you will be killed and your families also will be killed." >More
 'People will suffer,' Falk says

For Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Gov. Scott Walker's budget is "insult upon injury." Falk put out a memo to the County Board Monday, analyzing how the state budget, if approved, would affect the county. It's not good, especially for the county's poor. >More
 Protest costs: How much, who will pay?

The outpouring of democracy around the Capitol since early last week won't come cheap. To judge by the huge numbers of law enforcement officers on hand, it's easy to imagine that the costs will run into the millions of dollars, but affixing a price tag is difficult. >More
 City: No special plowing service for Madison's elected officials

It's a popular, and hard-to-refute, urban conspiracy theory: If you live near the mayor or a member of the Common Council, your street gets plowed a lot quicker than other streets. Al Schumacher, the city's streets superintendent, insists it ain't so. "We don't plow the mayor's street or my street any more than anyone else's street, unless they're on a salt route," he says. "Nobody is supposed to get more service than others." >More
 State Street project faces major hurdles

A six-story building contemplated next to Lisa Link Peace Park in the 400 block of State Street, Madison's iconic college strip, will likely be a tough sell. >More
 Edgewater looms over historic Steensland House

The question for Bethel Lutheran Church, which wants to move the historic Steensland House, next to the church at 315 N. Carroll St., in order to build a $12 million community center, is where to put it. >More
 Too many cooks, not enough commercial kitchens in Madison

When Sara Nash earns her degree in baking and pastry arts from Madison College in May, she wants to start a business making desserts for small restaurants, pubs and coffeeshops. There's just one problem, she says: "I don't have the capital to get the equipment I need." Nash estimates that starting a commercial kitchen -- renting and renovating the space and outfitting it with equipment -- could easily cost $15,000. >More
 Downtown Madison liquor licenses -- that's entertainment!

The city of Madison is considering permitting new liquor licenses downtown for certain kinds of establishments -- those devoted to entertainment. The proposal is being considered as the city looks at renewing the downtown alcohol density plan, which expires March 5. >More
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