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Feingold says U.S. was 'asleep at the switch' prior to 9/11

In early 2001, then U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) was on a foreign relations trip in Nigeria when he noticed that Osama Bin Laden had a fan following in the country. His face was plastered on postcards and T-shirts, but Bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. troops last May, was 4,000 miles away from Nigeria, in Afghanistan. Feingold asked for a briefing on Al Qaeda's influence in Africa, but didn't think it was urgent. >More
 Occupy Madison residents plead with council to allow tent-city experiment to continue

Sofia Martinez told the Madison Common Council Tuesday night that she's "houseless," not homeless. Her home is an old parking lot in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue, where the hoop houses and tens that make up Occupy Madison have been encamped for months. "I come home every day to a wonderful community," Martinez said of the tent-village, which has become home to numerous homeless people. >More
 Madison resident fights to keep landscaping at East Johnson and Baldwin

Ken Backus just wanted to make his property look better. He didn't know he needed a permit to do so. Back in 1996, Backus noticed landscaping that others had done at their properties around Madison and decided to do the same at his building at the corner of East Johnson and Baldwin Streets. >More
 Kelda Helen Roys, Kaleem Caire join hoodie rally on Capitol steps (slideshow)

With temperatures in the mid-60s, Saturday was a perfect day to be out in a hooded sweatshirt. And that's exactly what hundreds of protesters wore to a hoodie rally on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol, commemorating the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and Bo Morrison in Slinger, Wisconsin. >More
 Tom Barrett's entry into the Wisconsin recall race miffs Kathleen Falk supporters

Linda Balisle put just one word in the subject line in her email to Tom Barrett: "Disappointed." "You had your chance," the Madison attorney wrote Barrett Friday, just about 30 minutes after the Milwaukee mayor and 2010 gubernatorial candidate ended months of speculation by announcing he would run for governor. "We all gave you money. You lost. Now after Kathleen [Falk] has done all the work, a Chicago boss steps in and another Wisconsin woman is dissed." >More
 Sen. Mark Miller on a Dem takeover of the Wisconsin Senate and recall of Gov. Walker

Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) was relaxing in his office during the March break from the most tumultuous legislative session in Wisconsin history. A session that began with Gov. Scott Walker dropping his "bomb" to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public workers and continued with Miller, the Senate minority leader, leading his 13 Democratic colleagues on a wild ride across the Illinois border to delay passage of the bill. >More
 What brought you to the polls, Madison? (video)

The polling place at Madison's Georgia O'Keefe Middle School, located in the heart of Madison's near east side, has a tradition of strong voter turnout. Since it's also my local polling place, I headed over to O'Keefe on Tuesday to talk to voters and see what's on their mind as they cast their ballots in the spring election, which included local races as well as the Republican presidential primary. >More
 Madison protester Arthur Kohl-Riggs hopes to challenge Walker in GOP recall primary

A different kind of candidate might soon see his name on the recall ballot challenging Gov. Scott Walker in the Republican primary next month. His motto? "Arthur Kohl-Riggs: Less of a joke than Scott Walker." >More
 Newcomer Jenni Dye tops off progressive landslide on Dane County Board

A week before Tuesday's election, Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell was not optimistic that Jenni Dye would unseat conservative Jack Martz, a 10-year board veteran, in Fitchburg. "Jack always wins," said McDonell, who noted that internal polling showed Dye trailing in the race. >More
 Ellen Berz beats incumbent Roger Allen in race for Dane County Circuit Court

Ellen Berz unseated Judge Roger Allen for the Dane County Circuit Court, the first time a challenger has unseated the incumbent in more than 20 years. The unofficial results had Berz, a public defender and UW-Madison adjunct professor, winning with 55% of the vote over Allen, a former Madison assistant city attorney who was appointed to the position last year by Gov. Scott Walker. >More
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