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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
 Madison Central Library prepping smaller, temporary location

Carol Froistad has given up trying to put a date on when the downtown library will close for a $30 million renovation and expansion. "We're thinking mid to late October. But I was planning for July six months ago," says Froistad, the library's community services manager. "There are a number of things up in the air that we don't control." >More
 Take back the vote

Some 200 volunteers from Madison and across the state helped conduct citizen exit polls in the recall elections Tuesday that sought to unseat six Republican senators, according to Adam Porton, an organizer with Wisconsin Wave. The grassroots group, a project of the Madison-based Liberty Tree Foundation, helped recruit volunteers for the task along with the Election Defense Alliance. This was the first time that citizen exit polling was used in a major election in Wisconsin. >More
 Hail to outgoing Madison Fire Chief Debra Amesqua

Five years into Debra Amesqua's tenure as Madison fire chief, Joe Conway, president of the local firefighters' union, publicly called for former Mayor Sue Bauman to seek her resignation "to prevent further damage to the department." His statement in May 2001 was part of the steady stream of scathing criticism that started as soon as Amesqua's selection was announced. >More
 Activists, Dems still set sights on Walker recall effort

Moments after booing loudly when late night recall election results showed Sen. Alberta Darling would likely prevail over Democratic challenger Sandy Pasch -- thereby crushing all hope of a Democratic takeover of the state Senate -- the Madison coordinator of MoveOn.org vowed to, well, move on. >More
 Live-blogging the Wisconsin Senate recall elections on August 9

Voters in six state senate districts will cast votes in recall elections Tuesday. The results will be closely watched not just around the state, but around the country, as observers attempt to gauge voter response to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's policies. >More
 Scenes from downtown Madison after the August 9 Wisconsin Senate recall elections (slideshow)

Capitol Square was buzzing for the recall election on Tuesday night as a crowd gathered along Pinckney Street for a live broadcast of MSNBC's The Ed Show. Meanwhile, more supporters of the six Democratic recall challengers gathered inside the Majestic to watch live returns. >More
 Citizens to conduct exit polls in Wisconsin recall elections (updated)

About 20 Wisconsin volunteers got coached in the ways of citizen exit polling in a telephone conference call Thursday night led by Sally Castleman, chairperson of the Election Defense Alliance, a nonpartisan national group that monitors elections. >More
 Dem supporters gathering at Majestic, Hawk's for recall election night parties

Democrats hoping for a repudiation Tuesday night of Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP agenda will gather at the Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., to watch the recall election returns. >More
 Judge Foust plans to appoint special prosecutor in Wisconsin Supreme Court dispute

Dane County Chief Judge Bill Foust said Monday he will appoint a special prosecutor to complete the investigation of the alleged June 13 incident between Supreme Court justices David Prosser and Ann Bradley Walsh but he was not sure when the appointment will be made. >More
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