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Madison voters turned away at polls for lacking photo ID

Melanie Sax and other poll workers recognized the longtime voter. They also found her name and address in the poll book. But she did not have a photo ID for Tuesday's primary so she could not vote. "She was fairly recently in a car accident and couldn't make it to the DOT to get a Wisconsin ID," said Sax, the chief elections inspector at the polling location at Trinity United Methodist Church on Vilas Avenue. >More
 Ellen Berz bests Walker-appointed judge, Roger Allen, in Dane County circuit court primary

It's rare for an appointed judge to get challenged at election time. Rarer still for there to be a primary. So Ellen Berz scored no small victory Tuesday night in besting Circuit Court Judge Roger Allen, who was appointed to the bench in December by Gov. Scott Walker. According to preliminary election results, Berz won 44% of the vote, Allen, 31%, and Francis Sullivan, 24%. The City Clerk's Office reports that 1,276 absentee ballots remain to be counted. >More
 Wisconsin union lobbying plummets in last half of 2011

When the unions' lobbying money flowed, it really flowed. And then, for the most part, it dried up. During the first half of 2011, labor unions collectively reported spending more than $7 million on lobbying in Wisconsin. This six-month total was $2 million more than these same unions spent during the entire prior two-year legislative session, 2009-10. >More
 Live-blogging voter ID reports from the 2012 Wisconsin spring primary

Tuesday, February 21 marks the first election day in Wisconsin with the new voter identification regulations in place at the polls. Voters across the state are now required to present a specific form of ID to poll workers and sign their name or mark in the poll book in order to receive a ballot. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
 Residents cry foul over big-box grocery at Grandview Commons

A proposal to build a Copp's grocery store on Madison's far east side has outraged dozens of residents who want the city to reject the plan, claiming it upends the new urbanist vision that spurred them to buy homes in the Grandview Commons neighborhood. New urbanism drew people to this community, and now they want to impose a big-box store in the middle of it," says Barbara Davis, referring to developer Veridian Homes. >More
 Anthony Shadid will be missed in Madison and around the world

Earlier today, a television reporter stopped by to talk with me about Anthony Shadid, one of my former interns at Isthmus. The reporter, camera running, asked me if I had any idea back then just how far Anthony would go -- the national Associated Press, Boston Globe, Washington Post, New York Times, two Pulitzer prizes, three books (one set to be published next month), international recognition and acclaim. And, as sad as I'm feeling about news of Anthony's passing, in Syria yesterday of an apparent asthma attack, at age 43, I had to smile. >More
 City pushes for compromise on Block 100 to avoid 'bruising battle'

Progress on the redevelopment of the 100 block of State Street has stalled while city officials push to get the developers to consider alternatives to tearing down the landmark Schubert Building, 120 W. Mifflin St., and its neighbor, the Fairchild Building, 122 W. Mifflin St. Both the Landmarks and Urban Design Commissions planned on reviewing -- and possibly voting on -- the project this week, but both panels referred it to a later date. >More
 Wisconsin GOP passed redistricting with almost no public support

By now, the notion that outside special interests drive the political process is so widely accepted as to be almost a cliche. And often this belief is buttressed by the disclosures that lobby groups must make. Yet when it comes to the hot-button state political issue of redistricting, the process appears driven not by outside special interests but an inside one: the Legislature itself. >More
 Transforming Madison libraries

If you've checked out a book anytime since 1995, Barbara Dimick has had something to do with it. Dimick, the director of the Madison Public Library, is retiring. "Her leadership was critical to the addition and expansion of several branch libraries," says Lisa Strand, executive director of the Wisconsin Library Association. "Expanding information access to the people throughout the city -- that's a big part of her legacy, along with the exciting new downtown library." >More
 Live-blogging the Valentine's Day anniversary rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol

February 14 earned an enduring place in Wisconsin history last year, when the weeks-long series of demonstrations both inside and around the state Capitol commenced as a mass movement with UW-Madison students marching to Governor Scott Walker's office to deliver boxes upon boxes of Valentine's Day cards. The Teaching Assistants' Association is once again celebrating the holiday with a special delivery and protest under the Rotunda. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
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