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Lt. Gov. Kleefisch speaking at CPAC post-recall

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, along with Gov. Scott Walker, is facing an unprecedented recall election a little more than a year after taking office. But Kleefisch is apparently unfazed by the prospect of being booted from office. She has agreed to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago on June 8, just three days after she might be ousted by voters. >More
 Mansion Hill neighbors oppose plan to move landmark Steensland House

Another battle is brewing over a historic building in downtown Madison, this time over plans by Bethel Lutheran Church to move the Steensland House from North Carroll Street to 124 East Gorham Street. Halle Steensland, a leader in the progressive movement, built the house in 1896. It was designated a local landmark in 1974, and it's also on the National Register of Historic Places. >More
 Can't Dane County supervisors just get along?

Jack Martz is one of the stalwart conservatives on the Dane County Board, reliably pushing a low-tax, pro-law-enforcement agenda. In the past year, he helped lead a group of 10 conservatives in temporarily blocking a borrowing resolution. Even though he's firmly entrenched on one side of the political fence, he decries the rise of "partisanship" on the County Board. >More
 Pick a side in Dane County referendum on collective bargaining

On the Dane County ballot this year will be a nonbinding referendum asking: "Should all Wisconsin workers have the right to seek safe working conditions and fair pay through collective bargaining?" >More
 Wisconsin Green Party hoping for 'good enough' candidate for Walker recall

Last week, the Wisconsin Green Party announced it is seeking a "genuine progressive candidate" to run against Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. Should the Green Party run a candidate, Democrats and moderate liberals will surely accuse the party of helping Walker win reelection. >More
 East Washington site big enough for both ULI and Metcalfe's proposals?

Suddenly, it seems, everybody wants to build on East Washington Avenue. The city bought the old Don Miller car dealership in 2010 for $5.8 million, hoping to encourage revitalization. Last year, it reviewed six bids for proposals on the site and selected three, including one from Urban Land Interests for the north side of the 800 block of East Washington. The ULI proposal includes 160,000 square feet of commercial space, 40,000 square feet of which would be utilized by high-tech companies. It also proposes 85 apartments, 400 parking spaces and possibly a grocery store. >More
 Madison Landmarks chair Stu Levitan draws up his own plans for 100 block of State Street

Lots of people have criticized the proposal by Jerome Frautschi and Pleasant Rowland for the 100 block of State Street. But the controversial plan has also stirred people's imaginations about what could happen with the historic block adjacent to the Overture Center. One of the critics, the chairman of the Landmarks Commission, Stu Levitan, has his own ideas for what to do, and he's enlisted an architect and illustrator to help him present an alternative. >More
 Occupy Madison houses the homeless

Occupy Madison started as a protest in solidarity with other Occupy movements around the country, drawing attention to economic inequality and demanding more for ordinary Americans. The protest shantytown located on East Washington Avenue ended up providing a response to one of the issues it was drawing attention to: homelessness. >More
 Madison police defy access restrictions at detox center

In an escalation of the conflict between the Madison Police Department and the Dane County Department of Human Services, police officers left a drunk outside the door of the county's detox facility last Monday after the facility's workers refused to accept the person. The details of how the person was picked up are unclear. A police report has been heavily redacted. >More
 Opening Overture's doors wider: New president looks to broaden arts center's audience

Ted DeDee doesn't pick favorites. Asked about his favorite arts genre, he professes not to have one and starts ticking off the many that he does appreciate, including ballet, modern dance, classical music and opera. "There are few genres of music I don't have on my iPod," adds DeDee, who was named last week as the Overture Center's new president. He lists the music he likes: "Renaissance music, classical, 20th century, rock, pop, country, folk, hip-hop." >More
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