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Dutch's Auto Service mends cars...and sometimes their owners

Car troubles? Try a dab of emotional glue. Nan Mortensen and Crystal Rossman fix cars and sometimes tune up people, too. "That's the thing about being women in the automotive industry," says Mortensen. "I think we lend a certain amount of emotional glue to the process. A lot of our customers are women, so there's emotional attachment to their cars. A lot." >More
 Live-blogging the Wisconsin mining bill protests and Gov. Walker's 2012 State of the State

Capitol Square will be busy this week, starting Wednesday as opponents of Assembly Bill 426, better known as the "mining bill," rally at the top of State Street. There's also a "People's State of the State" gathering and, of course, Gov. Scott Walker's official State of the State address in the Assembly chambers. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
 Madison police upset by changes at Dane County detox center

The Madison Police Department says it is being forced to take drunk people to jail or leave them on the streets because of changes Dane County made at its detox facility over the past year. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray sent a letter to County Executive Joe Parisi last week asking him to immediately reverse the changes. >More
 State Street Block 100 proposal to face Landmarks and Urban Design Commission scrutiny

The controversial proposal for the 100 block of State Street goes before two city commissions next week, when the Landmarks and Urban Design commissions formally look at the plans. The Landmarks Commission will likely have several resolutions to vote on at its Monday night meeting, says commission chair Stuart Levitan, but some of these will be advisory. >More
 After grueling Wisconsin Supreme Court race, Joanne Kloppenburg finds easy campaign for Court of Appeals

Months after a small margin prevented her from unseating Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, Joanne Kloppenburg is running unopposed for the 4th District Court of Appeals. Kloppenburg says she will campaign on the momentum from supporters of the narrowly decided Supreme Court election, which was not settled for months because of recounts and brought her statewide attention. >More
 Occupy the Courts rallies at Kastenmeier Courthouse on Citizens United anniversary

Over 60 people defied below zero wind chills and blowing snow in downtown Madison to protest the second anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits limits on political spending by corporations and unions. The rally was a part of the national Occupy the Courts movement, which called for people to gather at courthouses in over 100 cities across the country, including at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. >More
 Wisconsin Recall Cam is the country's latest hit reality TV show

The placing of a camera in the bleak, bunker-like room of undisclosed location in Madison wherein workers are verifying the signatures on the petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker was probably designed to lend some transparency to what is otherwise a highly protected process. >More
 Who should challenge Gov. Walker in a recall election? (slideshow)

With over one million signatures collected to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, there was an overwhelming sense of optimism at the recall victory party on Tuesday. But supporters were also keenly aware that if the election is certified, it will only be the first step towards changing leadership in the State. >More
 How to solve the achievement gap in Madison?

Just when all signs indicated that supporters of Madison Preparatory Academy were abandoning hope of joining forces with the Madison school district, they've decided to give it one more shot. They're seeking another vote on the controversial charter-school proposal in late February. >More
 What is the extent of Wisconsin lawmakers' conflict of interest in fracking sand mine rules?

Mark Radcliffe is an attorney in private practice in Black River Falls. He represents High Country Sand, a Minnesota-based mining company, in a lawsuit filed Jan. 3 against Eau Claire County, challenging its temporary moratorium on non-metallic mining. Radcliffe is also a Democratic member of the state Assembly, which may soon take up a bill to revamp Wisconsin's rules for metallic mining. >More
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