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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
 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
 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
 Madison City Clerk expects high turnout for April 5 election

Local spring elections aren't normally known for bringing out voters, but these aren't normal times. >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
 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
 In quest for donations, GOP portrays protests as out of control

In more than three weeks of historic, 'round-the-clock protests at the Capitol involving hundreds of thousands of people, one thing has stood out: They have been overwhelmingly peaceful. In a news conference last week, Mike Huebsch, secretary of the Department of Administration, praised police and protesters alike, adding, "It's indicative of the fact that we can strongly disagree and not be disagreeable." >More
 Local officials never sought drastic changes in collective bargaining

Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans say they want to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees in part to give local governments and school boards the authority they've long sought to make unilateral adjustments to pensions and other benefits. As Walker said at his press conference last Friday, "To protect our schools, to protect our local governments, we need to give them the tools they've been asking for, not just for years but for decades." >More
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