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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
 New Wisconsin DHS building policy restricts public access

Dan Bohrod likes to get his morning pick-me-up from the basement cafeteria at 1 West Wilson St., the stately state office building that houses the Department of Health. On Tuesday, he was met at the main doors by two security guards at a new security desk. >More
 Frautschi, Rowland dig in their heels on Block 100 development

The Block 100 Foundation drew a line in the sand Wednesday with a letter to Madison's Urban Design Commission, stating if they cannot tear down the historic landmark Schubert Building and its neighbor, the Fairchild Building, they will abandon the project and sell the buildings. The letter, signed by Overture benefactors Jerome Frautschi and Pleasant Rowland, as well as Jerome's son, Grant, says the private garden plaza proposed for where the Schubert and Fairchild Buildings (120 and 122 W. Mifflin St.) now stand is the most important part of the project for them. >More
 'One Year Longer, One Year Stronger' campaign marks anniversary of Wisconsin protests

A year can feel both like a blip and an eternity, depending upon how one experiences that time and looks back at it in memory. This is certainly the case for participants and observers of the demonstrations that rocked the Wisconsin Capitol last year, the momentous opening to a historic political showdown across the Badger State that has yet to be decided. Now protest participants are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the inception to Wisconsin's Walker era. >More
 Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett raises funds in Madison despite stiff competition from recalls

In what amounts to the local kickoff of Barack Obama's presidential re-election campaign, Valerie Jarrett stopped in Madison Monday to headline a $200-per-person fundraiser at the Sherman Avenue home of Mary Lang Sollinger. >More
 Tepid response to Nerad's plan to close achievement gap in Madison school district

Madison school superintendent Dan Nerad unveiled his long awaited, and much anticipated plan to close the district's more than 40-year-old racial achievement gap Monday night before the full school board and around 75 citizens who packed into a room inside the Fitchburg library. >More
 Soglin won't ban Mifflin Street Block Party, but calls for an overhaul

The main question prompted by Mayor Paul Soglin in a meeting with student leaders on the future of the Mifflin Street Block Party was how to go about "threading the needle" to keep this year's event a safe and viable option. >More
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