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Madison gets serious about voting rights

Nothing can rile a taxpayer quite like an unplowed street or missed garbage pickup. The delivery of basic services can make or break a mayoral career. But a funny thing happened in the last year or so: In two separate city surveys, Madison residents identified election administration as one of the priority services delivered by city employees. >More
 Occupy Madison participants focus on wealth gap, downward mobility

At one point, Kyle Hanson believed in the American dream. He spent five years in the military and four in college. By the time he graduated in May with a business degree in general management he had been looking for a job for more than six months. It's now been a year and he still hasn't found anything. He is deflated and angry. >More
 Madison clerk conducts mock election, finds voter ID regulations slows process

Dozens of community members lined up to cast fake ballots for their favorite sports teams and tailgating food Tuesday as part of a mock election conducted by the Madison City Clerk. The trial run was to prepare for the full implementation in 2012 of the Republican-backed voter ID bill. >More
 The Scott Walker recall is on!

All those "Recall Walker" pledges signed since the Capitol protests began in February will finally be put to use. The grassroots group, United Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Democratic Party have announced that the two groups are ready to launch recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, Nov. 15. >More
 Occupy Madison assembles at Reynolds Park, organizes via social media and in person

The "delegates" at the Sunday night general assembly of Occupy Madison waved their arms in the air to show pleasant approval of the meeting's agenda list. One item held immediate consequences for the group: What had resulted from the negotiations between activists and Madison Police Department earlier that day? Would the contingent that had been sleeping overnight in Reynolds Park since Friday be allowed to extend its stay into the week? >More
 Congestion at Memorial Union makes some wish for a city depot

Now that the Badger Bus terminal on West Washington Avenue is long gone, the UW Memorial Union is becoming the city's de facto bus depot. On any given day up to 31 intercity buses, from five bus lines, stop at the Union. Only two of the lines are specifically authorized to stop there. >More
 State Street owners peeved by reduction in complimentary Freakfest 2011 tickets

Heated debate broke out at a meeting Wednesday between city officials and State Street merchants. The city announced at the meeting it would drop from four to three the number of complimentary tickets State Street stores that close at or before 6 p.m. would get for this year's Freakfest on Saturday, October 29, which effectively closes down the street to pedestrians and shoppers beginning at 7 p.m. >More
 University Crossing redevelopment gets council approval

Before the Madison Common Council voted unanimously to approve the University Crossing redevelopment project at the corner of Whitney Way and University Avenue, Noel Radomski, president of the Glen Oak Hills neighborhood association, predicted the area alderman, Mark Clear, would be tossed out of office over it. >More
 Madison Common Council votes to revoke R Place on Park liquor license

After the Madison Common Council voted Tuesday night to revoke the alcohol license for south side saloon R Place on Park, owner Roderick "Rick" Flowers vowed to continue his fight with the city to keep his bar open. "I'm going to sue them," an upset Flowers said outside the council chambers after the vote. He added that he had already started planning for the court battle in anticipation of Tuesday night's public hearing and vote. >More
 Mary Lazich circulates Wisconsin sex ed bill emphasizing abstinence and marriage

Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) is looking for cosponsors for a bill that would require school districts that offer sex education to emphasize abstinence as the "preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils" and the "only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections." >More
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