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Tim Bruer brought home the bacon

One of Tim Bruer's favorite lines to colleagues on Madison's Common Council is: "I've seen this movie before; here's how it's going to end." Ald. Mark Clear says the line was always a warning about unintended consequences: "He could be very persuasive and make you see the long-term consequences of a particular action." >More
 East Washington Avenue warming shelter for homeless closes

On Sunday, the warming shelter located at 827 E. Washington Ave. will close its doors. The facility was intended to be open for only one season, but Dane County officials wanted a permanent, year-round day shelter that would provide people access to showers, lockers, food and services. >More
 Eight Madison Common Council incumbents face challengers in spring 2013 election

Madison's Common Council is about to get a makeover. How extreme depends on how well voters think eight incumbents are doing. Only seven incumbents -- Mike Verveer, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Steve King, Chris Schmidt, Anita Weier, Mark Clear and Scott Resnick -- on the 20-member council are running unopposed on April 2. All of the seats are two-year terms. >More
 Dane County Circuit Court candidates Rebecca St. John and Rhonda Lanford spar over philosophy, experience

Judicial elections are supposed to be nonpartisan, which means it is often hard to figure out who you're voting for and what the candidates' ideologies are. But the race for the Dane County Circuit Court's branch 16 offers a unique look at the philosophies of the two candidates, Rebecca St. John and Rhonda Lanford. >More
 Madison closes its waiting list for public housing

Every day, Marqueell Hatchett worries what will happen if he can't get a bed at the homeless shelter in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church on the Capitol Square. He became homeless last August when his roommate went to jail and Hatchett could no longer afford the apartment they shared. Since then, he spent one brutal cold night out on the streets. "It was at least 4 degrees," he says. "I didn't sleep. I just kept walking." >More
 Madison's lakes could benefit from the drought

For years, Russ Hefty has argued against keeping Lake Mendota's water level artificially high. In the past year, Hefty has had assistance from a higher power -- Mother Nature. "This drought, in my view, was an opportunity to show what would happen if we operated the lakes at lower levels," says Hefty, conservation resource supervisor for Madison's Parks Division. >More
 Nine candidates square off in 2013 primary races for Madison city council

Twelve of the city's 20 Common Council districts will be contested this spring, but only three of them involve primaries on Feb. 19. Three people apiece are running for the 2nd, 13th and 15th district seats. The top two vote-getters in each district will square off in the April 2 general election. >More
 Dreaming of a Madison homeless shelter for veterans with PTSD

When Kenneth Payne saw a man doubled over at the day shelter on East Washington Avenue, he knew right away he was a veteran. "One of the things we're taught to do, when we're stressed out real bad, is get in the squat position, tuck your head in and breathe," says Payne, who is a Vietnam War veteran. >More
 Counting the homeless in Dane County

On Wednesday night, a group of outreach workers will fan out over Dane County, looking for people who don't have an official address. >More
 A new hotel wouldn't necessarily solve Monona Terrace's problems

Charles Johnson, a consultant hired by the city, told a committee Monday evening that the convention business is a healthy one that Madison could do more to cash in on. But he added a caveat: "It's a mature industry, so you have to fight more." In his new study, Johnson is urging Madison to enter the ring by subsidizing a 400- to 500-room hotel downtown across from the Monona Terrace convention center. >More
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