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A Mifflin Street hangover

Norm Stockwell remembers when the Mifflin Street Block Party was about more than getting hammered. When Stockwell worked for the old Mifflin Street Co-op, which sponsored the party in the '80s and '90s, he helped organize it. Each year had a different political theme: the environmental effects of pesticides, U.S. military intervention in Latin America. Between bands, speakers would address these topics. Proceeds from beer and food sales went to the co-op, community organizations and charities. >More
 Mayor Soglin is revisiting city plans for downtown library, Overture, B-cycle

A number of initiatives started under Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz are getting a second look from his successor, Paul Soglin. The new mayor has doubts about a number of projects, including the proposed $29.5 million Central Library reconstruction, which was supposed to go to bid late this summer. He wants the $8 million in private fund-raising and $4 million in tax credits to be in hand or guaranteed before the city puts the project out for bids. >More
 Soglin moves to save bike coordinator's job

During the campaign, Soglin cited the manner in which Cieslewicz cut the city's bicycle-pedestrian safety coordinator as an example of poor management. Now one of his first moves as mayor will be to restore that position, long held by Arthur Ross. >More
 Soglin and Parisi hiring staff members

As Mayor Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi take their new jobs, some familiar faces are popping up in their administrations. >More
 Mifflin Street Block Party 2011 might allow open containers

For the first time in its 42-year history, open containers will likely be allowed at the historic Mifflin Street Block Party. >More
 Walker eliminates reading specialist requirement with 'Read to Lead' order for Wisconsin schools

Last week, Gov. Walker signed Executive Order #22: Read to Lead Task Force. The idea, taken from Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, aims to improve reading scores among students in kindergarten through third grade. But Walker's plan also removes one of the main tools for students to learn: reading specialists. >More
 Madison, Dane County start redistricting

Madison has begun the process of redrawing Common Council districts based on the 2010 census. With a population slightly above 233,000, says city planner Brian Grady, the city will seek to keep all 20 districts at about 11,660 people. That means districts that have grown in population must shrink in size; others will have to grow. >More
 Scott Walker's pro-pollution folly

Republicans are fond of complaining about environmental regulations, saying they tangle companies up in red tape, killing jobs and shrinking profits. So perhaps it's not surprising that Gov. Scott Walker is targeting a new rule, approved last December, to limit phosphorus in Wisconsin's streams and lakes. Walker at first sought to significantly weaken the rule and now wants to delay its implementation for two years. >More
 Concerns are raised about accuracy of Wisconsin DOA protest estimates

Madison Police Captain Carl Gloede admits that when it comes to estimating crowd size, "there's no science behind how we do it." But Gloede is confident that the Madison Police commanders are good at guessing. "All of us commanders have 20-plus years of police experience," he says. "We don't like terming ourselves experts, but we've been around crowds enough." >More
 Savory Sunday no longer allowed to serve homeless in Capitol

Protesters aren't the only ones who have been locked out of the Capitol in recent weeks. >More
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