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When it comes to voting, Wisconsinites are content, according to a recent survey by UW Prof. Barry Burden for the state Government Accountability Board. >More
 Don't fear the county

A resolution aimed at keeping Dane County accessible to immigrants was tabled because it was seen as challenging the sheriff's authority. >More
 Nonprofits to state: 'No way, we can't pay!'

Nonprofit housing agencies plan to step up their pressure on the state Legislature to preserve their exemptions from property taxation. Next Tuesday at noon, they plan a protest "tent city" on the Capitol Square, to symbolize the people who could lose housing if these groups are taxed. >More
 Brenda Konkel still at it

Perhaps the best-read local political blog -- for its insight, outrage and humor -- is "This Side of Town..." written by Brenda Konkel, who until a few weeks ago was also the most outspoken member of the Madison Common Council. >More
 The exile of Thuy Pham-Remmele

Politics can be a lonely business. But for Madison Ald. Thuy Pham-Remmele, the last couple of weeks have been lonelier than usual. In April she was kicked off her prized committee, the Community Development Block Grant Commission, by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. Then she had to endure the further indignity of seeing her colleagues trying to appease her behind the scenes after she'd threatened to quit. >More
 Facelift eyed for 'tired old' Peace Park

Lisa Link Peace Park is not what you'd call the jewel of the Madison park system. The "pocket park," wedged between State and West Gilman streets, is named after peace activist Elizabeth Link and was the site of many Vietnam-era protests. In recent years, it's been a bit grungy, a hangout for the homeless and disaffected youth. But that may be about to change. >More
 We don't want your stinking Family Care

Dane County is known around the state for the high level of services it provides to the elderly and disabled. But officials here are worried what will happen when Wisconsin's new program, Family Care, takes over. >More
 Honoring Maureen Arcand

Sixteen years ago, Isthmus profiled a remarkable activist who made herself heard around the state fighting for educational reforms, neighborhoods, affordable housing and the disabled. Maureen Arcand, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was also a political force, serving three terms on the Dane County Board. >More
 Sweatfree protest focuses on city purchasing

There was a lot of hoopla over the anti-tax "tea parties" last week, but another group staged a protest a few blocks away from the Capitol, at the Capitol Station Post Office, on Martin Luther King Boulevard. >More
 Green dream, join the team

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's ambitions of building green neighborhoods took a step forward last week, when the Common Council approved goals for developing a 2,800-acre chunk of land on Madison's northeast side. >More
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