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Transforming Madison libraries

If you've checked out a book anytime since 1995, Barbara Dimick has had something to do with it. Dimick, the director of the Madison Public Library, is retiring. "Her leadership was critical to the addition and expansion of several branch libraries," says Lisa Strand, executive director of the Wisconsin Library Association. "Expanding information access to the people throughout the city -- that's a big part of her legacy, along with the exciting new downtown library." >More
 Live-blogging the Valentine's Day anniversary rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol

February 14 earned an enduring place in Wisconsin history last year, when the weeks-long series of demonstrations both inside and around the state Capitol commenced as a mass movement with UW-Madison students marching to Governor Scott Walker's office to deliver boxes upon boxes of Valentine's Day cards. The Teaching Assistants' Association is once again celebrating the holiday with a special delivery and protest under the Rotunda. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
 'I Still ? UW' reprises, commemorates Valentine's kickoff to Wisconsin Capitol protests

On the one-year anniversary of the Valentine's Day rally that sparked a statewide movement, students, instructors, and union workers and supporters gathered to promote a simple message of support for education in Wisconsin. Protesters gathered on the steps of the UW Memorial Union at noon Tuesday for "I Still ? UW," a march to and rally at the Capitol, complete with Valentine's cards protesting state budget cuts for Gov. Scott Walker. The demonstration both repeated and commemorated the opening salvo of last winter's protests. >More
 Live-blogging the Wisconsin Day anniversary rally in downtown Madison

Activists and organizations that participated in last year's unprecedented demonstrations and occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol are marking the anniversary of their opening with a week of action titled "One Year Longer, One Year Stronger" -- a series of rallies, panel discussions, benefits, book readings, and other events held to both commemorate and extend the legacy of the protests. The anniversary commences with the Wisconsin Day Rally on the Capitol Square. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
 One year later: Protesters gather on Capitol Square for 'Wisconsin Day' anniversary rally

One year to the day after announcing a bill to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker continues to draw vociferous opposition. Hundreds of protesters returned to the Capitol Square on Saturday afternoon to kick off a week commemorating the anniversary of the announcement and weeks of demonstrations that followed. >More
 Gov. Walker is all smiles in response to terrible Wisconsin budget projection

Black is white and up is down in Gov. Scott Walker's response to a dire report from Wisconsin's Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The nonpartisan agency projects that Wisconsin will have a $143.2 million budget deficit by 2013. >More
 City planner urges UDC to move forward with Madison's proposed Downtown Plan

While members of the city's Urban Design Commission expressed some concerns Wednesday night about an expansive plan to revamp Madison's various downtown neighborhoods, the principal planner on the plan urged against delay. "We've talked about West Mifflin for a lot of time and have had a lot of different scenarios," Bill Fruhling said. "We can't keep doing endless iterations of plans." >More
 Why out-of-state donors are pouring money into the Wisconsin recall election

One liberal activist has accused Scott Walker -- who's raised much of his money for a likely recall election from out of state -- of "traveling across America selling out Wisconsin to the highest bidder." A Walker campaign spokeswoman put it differently, saying the Republican governor's "reforms have resonated with voters all around the country." Dick Uihlein is in a position to help sort things out -- and, happily, is willing to do so. >More
 Local support for Obama unaffected by 'donor fatigue'

In what amounts to the local kickoff to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Valerie Jarrett stopped in Madison Monday to headline a $200-per-person fundraiser at the Sherman Avenue home of Mary Lang Sollinger. Sollinger, a local philanthropist and activist, was an early and important local supporter of Obama and is a member of his national finance committee. She says she was thrilled to have Jarrett, a longtime mentor, friend and now senior adviser and assistant to Obama, speak at the event. >More
 Vinehout's progressive stripes questioned over birth control bill

Planned Parenthood had some initial reservations about endorsing Kathleen Vinehout when she ran for state Senate in 2006. After all, the farmer and former college professor from Alma even acknowledged that she was a board member of Democrats for Life when seeking the group's endorsement. >More
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