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Madison Landmarks Commission hears testimony on controversial Block 100 proposal

In a meeting that stretched past midnight, the Landmarks Commission heard hours of comments on the proposal for the 100 block of State Street, but put off deciding on the project's most controversial aspect: whether to allow demolition of the historic Schubert building, 120 W. Mifflin St., and its treasured neighbor, the Fairchild/Stark building, at the corner of Mifflin and Fairchild Streets. >More
 Madison city staff recommend against razing two buildings for State Street Block 100 project

Madison city staff is recommending the Landmarks Commission vote against some aspects of the development proposed for the 100 block of State Street, including the demolition of the Schubert Building, 120 W. Mifflin St., and the Fairchild Building, 122 W. Mifflin St. The staff recommendations, prepared by Amy Scanlon, the city's preservation planner, did not recommend against the plan as a whole, however. >More
 Protesters converge at Wisconsin Capitol over mining bill and State of the State address

Protesters gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday to voice their opposition the state's controversial mining bill and the State of the State address by Gov. Scott Walker. The Assembly is set to take up AB 426, which would streamline Wisconsin's mining permit process and clear the way for Gogebic Taconite to open an iron mine in north-central Wisconsin. >More
 Dutch's Auto Service mends cars...and sometimes their owners

Car troubles? Try a dab of emotional glue. Nan Mortensen and Crystal Rossman fix cars and sometimes tune up people, too. "That's the thing about being women in the automotive industry," says Mortensen. "I think we lend a certain amount of emotional glue to the process. A lot of our customers are women, so there's emotional attachment to their cars. A lot." >More
 Live-blogging the Wisconsin mining bill protests and Gov. Walker's 2012 State of the State

Capitol Square will be busy this week, starting Wednesday as opponents of Assembly Bill 426, better known as the "mining bill," rally at the top of State Street. There's also a "People's State of the State" gathering and, of course, Gov. Scott Walker's official State of the State address in the Assembly chambers. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
 Madison police upset by changes at Dane County detox center

The Madison Police Department says it is being forced to take drunk people to jail or leave them on the streets because of changes Dane County made at its detox facility over the past year. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray sent a letter to County Executive Joe Parisi last week asking him to immediately reverse the changes. >More
 State Street Block 100 proposal to face Landmarks and Urban Design Commission scrutiny

The controversial proposal for the 100 block of State Street goes before two city commissions next week, when the Landmarks and Urban Design commissions formally look at the plans. The Landmarks Commission will likely have several resolutions to vote on at its Monday night meeting, says commission chair Stuart Levitan, but some of these will be advisory. >More
 After grueling Wisconsin Supreme Court race, Joanne Kloppenburg finds easy campaign for Court of Appeals

Months after a small margin prevented her from unseating Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, Joanne Kloppenburg is running unopposed for the 4th District Court of Appeals. Kloppenburg says she will campaign on the momentum from supporters of the narrowly decided Supreme Court election, which was not settled for months because of recounts and brought her statewide attention. >More
 Occupy the Courts rallies at Kastenmeier Courthouse on Citizens United anniversary

Over 60 people defied below zero wind chills and blowing snow in downtown Madison to protest the second anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits limits on political spending by corporations and unions. The rally was a part of the national Occupy the Courts movement, which called for people to gather at courthouses in over 100 cities across the country, including at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. >More
 Wisconsin Recall Cam is the country's latest hit reality TV show

The placing of a camera in the bleak, bunker-like room of undisclosed location in Madison wherein workers are verifying the signatures on the petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker was probably designed to lend some transparency to what is otherwise a highly protected process. >More
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