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Madison Prep backers seek school board re-vote

The Urban League of Greater Madison said Friday that it will ask the Madison school board to vote again on its Madison Prep proposal on Tuesday, February 27. "Our children can't wait," said Kaleem Caire, Urban League president and CEO at a press conference at the Urban League headquarters on South Park Street. He called Madison Prep "a laboratory for success." >More
 Independent Bob Ziegelbauer decries extremism in Wisconsin politics

Bob Ziegelbauer wants to make it clear he's not placing himself above his fellow state lawmakers: "I don't want to be judgmental and say, all these other guys, they're just money grubbers." That's not his point at all. Ziegelbauer, the lone independent among the Wisconsin Legislature's 132 members, says raising money has never been a big factor in his political career, which spans three decades. >More
 New EPA database identifies Madison's largest greenhouse gas polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a new online map and database, allowing people to find the country's largest emitters of greenhouse gases. In Madison, the biggest polluters are, unsurprisingly, power plants. >More
 Women in Focus offers students of color a chance at a college education

Olinka Clark never thought she would finish college. She tried it once, in 1993, and it didn't really work out. As a single mother of three, she had more important things on her mind. Then a series of bad checks sent her to jail for four years. "I met a lot of inmates that had mental health issues, and being incarcerated wasn't where they should have been," she says. "It inspired me to go to college... [to work with] offenders in the criminal justice system, especially those with mental health issues." >More
 Madison Ald. Maniaci removes post criticizing media from city blog

Madison alders recently got a new way of talking to their constituents with blogs hosted on the Common Council website. Ald. Bridget Maniaci first posted on her blog this week with a lengthy criticism of the media. >More
 Timing of Walker and Wisconsin Senate recall elections uncertain

Although recall signatures are due to the Government Accountability Board by Jan. 17, it's anybody's guess just when there would be a vote to boot Gov. Scott Walker or any other recalled candidate from office. Yes, there are statutory deadlines and timelines for verifying signatures and scheduling elections, but a number of factors could extend those timelines by weeks, even months. >More
 Can Paul Ryan be beat?

Congressman Paul Ryan's star shines bright in Washington. His "Roadmap for America's Future" made him one of the Republican Party's "deep thinkers," and his name has been wistfully bandied about by some, including Sen. Ron Johnson, as a possible presidential candidate. But Rob Zerban, who is challenging Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, thinks he is out of touch with the people he represents and is ripe for an upset. >More
 Historic preservation group battles proposal for 100 block of State Street

Jason Tish is squeamish about using fighting words. But it's clear the proposal for the $10 million development project on the 100 block of State Street has his organization, the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, up in arms. "I'm trying to dance around the battle language," says Tish, the Trust's executive director. "We don't look at these things as battles or fights. They're conversations." >More
 Attorney conduct at issue in Gableman dust-up

Michael Gableman, the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, has been drawing flak over revelations that he received free legal help in an ethics case from a law firm representing clients with past and pending cases before the court. >More
 Federal court sanctions, rebukes attorneys representing GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit

In a frank smackdown not usually seen in judicial rulings, the eastern district federal court ordered the Wisconsin Legislature's outside lawyers to pay attorneys' fees and associated costs for refusing to comply with two previous court orders requiring that they turn over documents in a redistricting lawsuit. >More
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