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Mayor Soglin introduces Madison's 2012 operating budget

Mayor Soglin says the operating budget he released Tuesday is "not sustainable for any extended period of time." >More
 14 people past last call on Madison's new no-alcohol-sales list

Scott, who asked that his real name not be used, is miffed by a new city ordinance that makes it a crime for stores to sell alcohol to him and 13 other people. "It sucks," he says. "I've only got one ticket." >More
 Historic State Street properties in way of Frautschi proposal for Block 100

For years, there have been rumors that Overture benefactor Jerome Frautschi was buying up property in the 100 block of State Street for a major development. It was known that a secretive group called Central Focus LLC was buying property in the block well over assessed value, but Frautschi, as recently as several months ago, denied in an interview with Isthmus any knowledge of the plans. >More
 Is Chris Taylor an incumbent?

Chris Taylor won a crowded, hard-fought race this summer to replace Joe Parisi in the state Assembly, representing Madison's east side. But then a funny thing happened: redistricting. Thanks to the Republican-controlled Legislature, Taylor's home was moved into a restructured 76th District, one that now includes the neighborhood of Rep. Mark Pocan. Pocan plans to step down to run for Tammy Baldwin's congressional seat, which she is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate. Is Taylor an incumbent even though she's in a completely new district? >More
 More Madison drivers under the influence of heroin

As Wisconsin bikers say: Be careful riding after 9 p.m., because all motorists are drunk. >More
 Sprinkling upgrade on the Wisconsin Capitol lawn

Despite all the cutbacks the state is making because of Gov. Scott Walker's budget, the Capitol lawn is getting a bit of pampering. >More
 Dane County Clean Air Coalition seeking to replace wood-burning stoves

Madison and Dane County regularly top lists for the best places to live, but there's one distinction they're trying to lose. Dane County has the third-highest particle air pollution in the eight-state upper Midwest. >More
 Wisconsin looks to water down local fire laws

Madison often gets painted as a regulation-happy city, always coming up with new laws to make life hell for developers. State Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) was presumably of this mindset when he proposed Senate Bill 32, which would prevent municipalities from enforcing fire codes that are stricter than state law. The logic is that with only one set of rules to worry about, life will be easier for contractors. >More
 Is a proposed Wisconsin landlord law racist?

Another proposed state bill that supersedes local laws -- this time those that regulate apartment leases -- could have racial implications, says county Supv. Carousel Andrea Bayrd. >More
 Labor activists consider the politics of beer

Monday's annual LaborFest had special significance this year in the wake of Gov. Walker's attack on unions. The festival at the Labor Temple on Park Street drew a larger crowd than in recent years. >More
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