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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
 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
 Landmarks holds off on 100 block decision

In a Monday meeting that stretched past midnight, the Landmarks Commission heard hours of comments on the proposal for the 100 block of State Street, but put off deciding on the project's most controversial aspect: whether to allow demolition of the historic Schubert building, 120 W. Mifflin St., and its treasured neighbor, the Fairchild/Stark building, at the corner of Mifflin and Fairchild Streets. >More
 Maniaci opposes B&B proposal for Collins House

Ald. Bridget Maniaci has been vigorously campaigning against a proposal by a Madison couple, David Waugh and Bob Klebba, to buy the Collins House at James Madison Park from the city and run it as a bed-and-breakfast, as it was years ago. >More
 Will Chadima scandal hurt donations to UW athletic department?

John Chadima, senior associate athletic director, resigned over allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward a student employee during a Rose Bowl party. >More
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