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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
 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
 Downtown Madison Inc. and city staff looking into assisting with winter shelter for homeless

Two weeks ago, Isthmus reported on a crisis facing the city's homeless population. With winter fast approaching, two daytime refuges for the homeless are going to be off limits: the downtown library, which will close for renovations, and the Capitol cafeteria, which has been closed to the public since the protests. >More
 New Madison draft zoning maps ready for release

Matt Tucker, Madison's zoning administrator, knows that residents are going to have a hard time figuring out the city's newly proposed zoning regulations. >More
 To TIF or not to TIF in Madison

The way Ald. Mark Clear sees it, the only way for the city to deal with the one-two punch of a poor economy and reduced state funding is through economic development. Trouble is, the city doesn't have a lot of options when it comes to spurring development. Which is why Clear believes one tool the city does have -- tax increment financing, or TIF -- should be used more frequently. >More
 Wisconsin GOP gamble on 'fake' recall candidates pays off

To Andrew Kersten, one thing is clear from Tuesday's recall elections: Wisconsinites are nervous. Though the Democrats managed to win only two of six Senate seats held by Republicans -- Jennifer Shilling defeated Dan Kapanke and Jessica King unseated Randy Hopper -- failing to win back the state Senate, most of the races were competitive. >More
 Homeless lose downtown Madison haunts

Michael, a homeless man, has a simple plan for how to cope this winter: "I'm going to leave it to Him. God will take care of me." But he'll also have to get by with a little help from outdoor heating vents. Two places the homeless rely on to keep warm every winter during the day -- the Madison Central Library and the Capitol cafeteria -- will be closed. >More
 Dane County Supv. calls liberals hypocrites on redistricting

Supv. Eileen Bruskewitz thinks liberals on the Dane County Board are a bunch of hypocrites. Case in point is how so many of them are up in arms about the state Legislature's approach to redistricting when, according to her, they've orchestrated a similar process at the county level. >More
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