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Quest for a Madison homeless refuge drags on

There are places to turn for help if you're homeless in Madison, says Daniel Callahan, who has been homeless off and on for decades. But finding those services is often an impossible chore for people down on their luck. To make things worse, the services are generally scattered all over town. >More
 Redistricting sets up Democratic battles in Wisconsin Assembly primaries

Last year's Republican-controlled redistricting in Wisconsin has clearly wreaked a bit of havoc in Dane County. The shifting of districts is pitting veteran Democrats and old friends against each other. >More
 Orpheum Theatre on the brink: Code violations, legal dispute plague historic venue

The city's fire marshal was ready to close the doors on the Orpheum Theatre last month, because its owner had made no progress on fixing several fire code violations the city issued in May. "We were within probably an hour or two" of shutting the theater down, says Madison fire marshal Ed Ruckriegel. "And that's unprecedented. We've always gotten compliance. And I've been an inspector since 1994." >More
 Pocan looks to feds for help with 'Obamacare'

State Rep. Mark Pocan, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin, is looking for ways to force implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin. >More
 City-owned cottage for rent? Neighbors worry about consequences at Merrill Springs Park

For Faith Fitzpatrick, the tiny Merrill Springs Park just west of Shorewood Hills on Lake Mendota is an urban oasis. Fitzpatrick, who lives nearby, visits the quiet park almost daily. "I do a lot of driving for work, so I'll walk down there to get away from it all when I'm not on the road," she says. >More
 Oscar Mayer puts the brakes on north-side bike-path access

Although Madison consistently ranks high on the list of bike-friendly cities, there's one part of town that is notably hostile to bikers: the north side. The city's remarkable network of bike trails doesn't connect the northern neighborhoods. North-side residents who bike must brave such busy streets as Pennsylvania, Packers and Sherman avenues. >More
 'Obamacare' court decision expected soon: Regardless of the outcome, Walker remains staunch opponent

This month -- possibly as soon as Thursday -- the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Affordable Care Act, branded by opponents as Obamacare. Conservatives revile the law as socialism, while liberals see it as the best hope for creating universal health coverage and holding down health costs. >More
 Students get shaft in the Wisconsin recall: New residency rules hurt youth turnout

Dozens of college students were disenfranchised around the state by recent changes to the voter laws, says a coordinator with the League of Women Voters. Carolyn Castore, who is coordinating the League of Women Voters Wisconsin/Election Protection initiative, says that at 6 p.m. on the day of the June 5 recall election, the League had received 1,700 calls about problems voting from around the state. >More
 Lori Compas, defeated by Scott Fitzgerald, faults big money, Dem messaging

Lori Compas always knew her chances of unseating Scott Fitzgerald -- the Republican state Senate majority leader who has been one of Gov. Scott Walker's biggest allies -- were slim. But she was nonetheless disappointed by her loss in Tuesday's recall election. >More
 Will lower bicycle taxi registrations fees in Madison matter?

For several years, Madison has required bicycle cabs to get the same permit that auto cabs get. To date, only one bike cab driver has ever obtained the permit. It's easy to understand why: The annual taxi permit costs $1,200, and there's another $60 annual fee for each vehicle. >More
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