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Where Santorum won in Madison in the 2012 Republican presidential primary

Because Wisconsin's election rules allow primary voters, regardless of party affiliation, to vote for candidates in any political party, there was much talk before the April 3 GOP presidential primary about whether state Democrats would cross over and cast a ballot for one of the GOP nominees. >More
 Let the sun shine in: Madison is a hot spot for solar energy despite state cutbacks

For Courtland Maney, the idea was small, bright and persistent, like the morning sun through a chink in the blinds. What would it be like to generate my own power? During the 22 years he was living in Janesville and working construction, Maney's life was connected to the sun in a simple but vital way. If the sun shone, he worked. He can't really put his finger on when, exactly, he began to think of the sun as a big ball of ultra-dependable energy that comes up every morning and goes down again every night. >More
 Soglin vs. the homeless: Occupy Madison conflict pits mayor against an unlikely group

Allen Barkoff was an early supporter of Paul Soglin, and helped campaign for him back in 1973, when Soglin first ran for mayor. Although he's only met Soglin a few times, he's always admired his politics. So Barkoff was stunned last Friday when he went with a few other Occupy Madison activists to see about getting an extension or finding a new home for the tent city. >More
 An interview with Tom Barrett on why he should be Wisconsin's governor

Shortly after Tom Barrett was sworn in Tuesday morning for his third term as mayor of Milwaukee, he talked with Isthmus contributor Ruth Conniff about his race for governor. In the interview, Barrett discusses his relationship with unions, how he would restore collective bargaining, the Democratic primary, money in politics, his campaign, and Walker's record. >More
 Scenes from the 2012 Americans for Prosperity Tax Day rally at the Wisconsin Capitol (slideshow)

Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol Saturday for an annual Tax Day rally organized by Americans for Prosperity, featuring speeches from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and several talk radio hosts. >More
 Tenney homeowner allowed to keep trees along Baldwin terrace

Ken Backus has won half of his battle with city hall. Madison's Board of Park Commissioners voted last night to allow the trees Backus planted in the terrace along side his house on Baldwin Street to remain. >More
 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
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