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Scott McDonell looks back on an eventful tenure with the Dane County Board

It's hard to imagine the Dane County Board without its current chair, Scott McDonell. McDonell was first elected to the board in 1996 -- the same year he graduated from UW-Madison -- taking over a seat vacated by Mark Pocan. He has been the board chair since 2005, leading the board's liberal majority. But he's stepping down to take on the position he was elected to in November: Dane County clerk. >More
 Overture Center and Soglin maintain prickly relationship

During the contentious budget debate over city funding for the Overture Center, Mayor Paul Soglin at one point sent the city's finance director, David Schmiedicke, to the arts center to review salary information the group would not disclose in writing. >More
 Walker's next big move on Obamacare: Is Medicaid expansion too sweet to pass up?

Although Gov. Scott Walker announced last month that Wisconsin won't set up a health insurance exchange as part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a decision with much bigger consequences looms for Wisconsin. The governor must decide whether he will expand the state's Medicaid programs to serve more people, as called for in the federal law nicknamed Obamacare. Walker has made no bones about his hatred of the law, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that it "will devastate Wisconsin." >More
 Redevelopment of the 100 block of State Street moves ahead

The Block 100 Foundation is quietly moving ahead with redevelopment of the 100 block of State Street. The developers, Overture benefactors Jerome Frautschi and Pleasant Rowland, are renovating three buildings on the block and building a new office and retail structure. >More
 Walker gives little indication of how he'll deal with Obamacare

About a year after Congress passed the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- a.k.a. Obamacare -- Wisconsin was one of six states to get a unique opportunity. The federal government awarded the states "early innovator grants" to set up insurance exchanges to help people find and buy health insurance and help insurance companies comply with the law. >More
 Mary Kolar to run for Scott McDonell's seat on the Dane County Board

Although open downtown seats are rare for both the Dane County Board and Madison Common Council, the seat being vacated by county Supv. Scott McDonell so far has just one official candidate. >More
 Occupy Madison reorganizes camp on East Washington Avenue

On Saturday, about a dozen people -- most of them homeless -- set up tents on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue, near the former Occupy Madison site. Occupy Madison started as a political protest in solidarity with others around the country in the fall of 2011. But as the group stayed throughout the winter, it started taking in many homeless people. >More
 Madison alcohol policy director Mark Woulf now also oversees city's food policy

Because of budget cuts and changing priorities, Mark Woulf will no longer be just the city's alcohol policy coordinator. He'll also be its food policy coordinator. While alcohol policy tends to be restrictive, food policy is more about expanding opportunities, Woulf says. "You can only go so far with alcohol policy." >More
 Madison to lose nearly 25% of police to retirement

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is sounding the alarm - the city stands to lose as much as a quarter of its officers in 2013 and 2014 as more of them become eligible to retire. "We have 90 commissioned staff that are eligible to retire right now," says Wray, noting there are 454 commissioned officers currently on the force. >More
 Madison alders find veto-proof support for restoring Overture Center funding

Council members will propose restoring $900,000 of the $1 million that Mayor Paul Soglin cut from the Overture Center. And they have enough sponsors -- 14 -- to override a mayoral veto. If approved, the total subsidy for Overture would be $1.75 million, which is $100,000 less than this year's contribution. >More
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