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Contractor's challenge to delay Madison Central Library renovation

A challenge to the city's bidding process might delay the renovation to the Madison Central Library project until late March. The city had planned to begin construction on February 13 and had awarded the construction bid to J.H. Findorff & Son, which bidded the project for just under $18.9 million. >More
 Madison settles lawsuit brought by the 'Culver's Five' in open carry incident

Madison announced today that it has settled a lawsuit brought by five men who openly carried handguns in a Culver's restaurant last September for a total of $10,000. >More
 School board rejects Madison Prep, supporters pledge discrimination suit

In a 5-2 vote, the Madison school board early Tuesday morning rejected a proposal to open a charter school intended to help close the district's 43-year-old racial achievement gap. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along continues to rally at Wisconsin Capitol despite new rules

If new rules regulating protests at the Wisconsin Capitol are designed to crackdown on demonstrations ahead of a likely recall campaign against Gov. Scott Walker, they had the exact opposite effect on Monday. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along defies new Wisconsin Capitol access regulations

About three hundred singers gathered on the State Street steps of the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, December 16, for the week-ending edition of the Solidarity Sing-Along. Turnout was bigger than usual, though, as it was also held in protest of new regulations set out by the state Department of Administration restricting terms of speech and assembly both inside and outside the building. >More
 From Nevada to Wisconsin: Political operatives reprise Reid-Angle faceoff in Walker recall

Professional political campaign operatives are a nomadic class, roving from one state to the next, hoping their careers ascend with the fortunes of their candidate employers. If not, there's always the next election. This is a pretty typical state of affairs in the raise-money-to-buy-media-spots practice of American politics, and has only accelerated with social media in the mix. >More
 Walker recall effort collects over 500,000 signatures (updated)

In just a month, volunteers seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker have collected more than 507,000 signatures, Mike Tate, chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, said in an online announcement Tuesday web. That is still shy of the 540,208 signatures needed to trigger a recall election, but represents a significant milestone in the recall drive, said Tate. >More
 Public Health Madison & Dane County turns attention to neighborhoods, violence prevention

Keeping their candles burning was a challenge in the falling temperature and rising wind as 150 committed Southwest Madison residents gathered in Hammersley Park in late November to walk the half-mile to Falk Elementary School. The crowd assembled in response to racist graffiti spray-painted in red the week before on fences and buildings in the neighborhood. >More
 Wetland or wasteland? Republicans say jobs should come before environmental controls

Call it Bud Harris' theory of environmental relativity. The professor emeritus of natural and applied sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found that when people look at the Bergstrom wetland, "They see what they want to see," depending on their perspective. For wetland experts like Harris, the little patch of land less than a mile down the road from the stadium that hosts the world champion Green Bay Packers is a rare and valuable resource that provides environmental benefits while supporting a rich array of flora and fauna. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along to test new Wisconsin Capitol access rules and not apply for permit

The organizer and conductor of the Solidarity Sing-Along does not intend to apply for a permit to continue the group's noontime assemblies at the Wisconsin Capitol when new rules for access to state buildings kick in Friday, December 16. Instead, participants are going to test the new policy and the Capitol Police's willingness to enforce it by holding its gatherings usual outside the Capitol that Friday, and then inside the Rotunda on Monday, December 19. >More
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