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Madison Common Council members peeved by the call for a vote on Judge Doyle Square

Ald. Mark Clear is no fan of referendums. "It's sort of mob rule," Clear says of letting citizens legislate at the ballot. "Whichever side has the most money is likely to be successful. This is why we have representative government in the first place, so elected officials can understand the details." Clear especially hates the idea of letting residents weigh in on Judge Doyle Square, a project he champions. >More
 Committee chooses newcomer Lucas Dailey over Madison Common Council veteran to replace former Ald. Sue Ellingson

Ald. Mark Clear thought it would be a simple matter to decide among eight applicants for a Common Council seat vacated by Sue Ellingson, who resigned in March. "I expected Ken Golden to be a slam-dunk candidate and that would be the end of the story," Clear told the Common Council Organizational Committee Tuesday night. "But I was extraordinarily impressed with all of the candidates." >More
 Will Scott Resnick lead the Madison Common Council?

So far, Ald. Scott Resnick is the only council member who has declared to run for Common Council president. But his campaign has not come without controversy. The problem is that Resnick, the council's current pro tem, is also contemplating running next spring for mayor. >More
 Judge Doyle Square opponents propose a referendum for TIF spending of $10 million or more

Ald. David Ahrens is puzzled that the mayor and many Madison Common Council members support subsidizing a Monona Terrace hotel as part of the massive Judge Doyle Square project. Although many city officials and downtown boosters are sold on it, Ahrens has never met a regular citizen who champions the project. >More
 Is Paul Soglin traveling too much?

Mayor Paul Soglin had a busy March. He kicked off the month with a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for the League of American Bicyclists' annual summit. A week later, from March 9 to 11, he was back in D.C. for the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference. >More
 City of Madison gives up on alcohol density ordinance

When the city approved the alcohol license density ordinance (known by its Muppet-esque acronym, ALDO) in 2007, it was trying to reduce the number of bars and taverns heavily concentrated in the downtown area. >More
 Internal candidates Carl Gloede and Mike Koval named as finalists for Madison police chief

The Madison Police and Fire Commission has settled on two finalists for the city's next police chief, both of whom currently work for the city. The candidates are Capt. Carl Gloede, commander of the Central District, and Sgt. Mike Koval, the department's personnel and training recruiter. >More
 Madison Metro buses are stalling due to waxing in engine fuel lines

In recent days, about 30 Madison Metro buses have broken down on the road, as the company struggles to deal with a waxing problem in its fuel lines. "It started about a week ago," says Metro maintenance manager Jeff Butler. "Buses were stalling out and losing power on the road." >More
 Madison looks to install public toilets

Last month, Madison quietly installed portable toilets in two of its parking garages to help provide 24-hour access for both the homeless and visitors. The porta-potties are located in the State Street Campus Garage, at Lake and Frances, and the Capitol Square North Garage, on East Mifflin Street. >More
 Madison hopes to extend East Campus Mall to Lake Monona

This year, Madison will begin looking at ways to improve the "Triangle neighborhood" and Brittingham Park on the near west side, and looking for a way to extend the campus mall all the way to Lake Monona. >More
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