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Get your copy of the Madison Police summary of the 2011 Mifflin Street Block Party here!

The State Journal says the police haven't released the report, but somehow Isthmus managed to get a copy and you can download it right here! >More
 Ron Johnson gets off to a slow start in D.C. while dodging the press

In late June, with a crisis looming over the country's debt ceiling, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) took a stand on the Senate floor. On June 28, he threatened to bring the Senate to a screeching halt if the body didn't make progress on a budget plan. Johnson said he would withhold his consent on issues before the Senate. That would drag out proceedings indefinitely and require a two-thirds majority to overcome his objection in order to do anything. >More
 Democracy Convention kicks off, boosted by Wisconsin Capitol protests

The timing could not be better, but organizers say plans for this week's Democracy Convention in Madison were set before Gov. Scott Walker's introduction of his collective bargaining bill and the ensuing protests that led some to compare the uprising in Wisconsin to democratic rebellions in Egypt and Tunisia. >More
 Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson reads to kids during low-key visit to Madison

Today, Sen. Ron Johnson read two books to about a dozen children at the Access Community Health Center on Park Street, promoting Reach Out and Read, a national program that aims to get young children exposed to books. Of course, it is programs like these that are currently under attack by Republicans, including Johnson, who are pushing for huge spending cuts to balance the budget. >More
 Former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz lands a new job

Let the speculation end. Though negotiations are ongoing, former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has accepted a job as a community development director, charged with guiding revitalization efforts in the Greenbush and Vilas neighborhoods. >More
 Wisconsin state employees brace for lower paychecks

Some state employee unions are suggesting that members wear black to work on Aug. 25. The somber garb should match the mood of most state workers whose paychecks that day will, for the first time, reflect the steep increases in employee contributions for health benefits and retirement contained in Gov. Scott Walker's budget. >More
 Overture Center is not alone in financial difficulties

The Overture Center for the Arts has had its share of complicated problems since opening in 2004. The solutions to some of those problems have been just as complicated, most recently the Common Council's agonizing decision to transfer management from the city to a private nonprofit, the Overture Center Foundation. But even with its tangled history, the Overture Center is not unique. >More
 WEAC head Mary Bell stands up to Gov. Scott Walker with sometimes controversial tactics

Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, is quiet and thoughtful in one-on-one conversations. She's a middle-aged, cheery, bespectacled woman whose dimpled face is surrounded by a thick corona of whitish-gray hair. But when fighting for her members, Bell forcefully projects her belief in teachers' right to respect, decent pay and union representation. >More
 Steve Nass accuses Madison law enforcement of picking sides in protests, MPD responds

In a letter to a colleague, Rep. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) accuses Madison law enforcement agencies of fanning the flames of political dissent during the protests this year, and says he will oppose any reimbursement payments to them from the state. >More
 Sauk County DA Patricia Barrett appointed special prosecutor in Wisconsin Supreme Court dustup

When Bill Foust reached Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett and popped the question, it didn't take Barrett long to respond to the chief judge of the Dane County Circuit Court. "Judges ask questions because they need answers," Barrett said during a phone interview. "He asked if I would accept the job, and I said, 'Yes, I accept.'" >More
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