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Erdman building eyed for demolition -- and landmark status

On July 13, two applications were filed with the city. One was to nominate 5117 University Ave. as a city landmark. The other was for a permit to demolish the building. Designed by Wisconsin architect William Kaeser -- a mid-20th-century Madison city planner -- the building was used for more than 50 years by the late builder Marshall Erdmann as an office and workshop. >More
 Is a poor work ethic stifling Wisconsin's economy?

It might seem from the rhetoric that the largest hurdle to Wisconsin's economic recovery isn't a lack of jobs, but rather a lack of motivated workers. Some pundits and lawmakers derided thousands of teachers and other public employees as lazy bums when protests erupted earlier this year over Gov. Scott Walker's plan to end 50 years of collective bargaining rights. >More
 Wisconsin inhospitable to green businesses

A new report from the Brookings Institution sizing up the health of the nation's green economy shows Wisconsin ranks 13th in the number of green jobs, with Madison ranking fifth among cities. Problem is that many of these jobs will likely disappear as a result of recent policy rollbacks and funding cuts that critics say have already begun to decimate the state's clean energy infrastructure. >More
 Rainbird Foundation targets child abuse

For Hanna Roth, the issue of child abuse is personal: "I remember when I was about 2 years old looking up at my parents as they took turns beating me." The emotional, physical and sexual abuse Roth suffered at the hands of her parents and other family members continued well into her teenage years. Now it's a big part of why Roth helps run the Rainbird Foundation, a local organization committed to ending child abuse. >More
 Tammy Baldwin, Senator?

She wins and wins in liberal Madison. But is Scott Walker's Wisconsin ready to vote for a woman Democrat as U.S. senator? How about a lesbian? What if she backed an even stronger Obamacare before Obama? What if she decried the Patriot Act and was one of the few who voted against the war in Iraq? >More
 Proposals for Don Miller site on East Washington shrouded in secrecy

By several accounts, the city of Madison has gotten some very exciting development proposals for the old Don Miller car dealership at the 700 and 800 blocks of East Washington Avenue. But if you'd care to take a look at them, you're out of luck. >More
 Dispatch from Marinette: Casting a vote in the Hansen vs. VanderLeest recall election

Today is a day of firsts -- for me, but, more importantly, for the state of Wisconsin. The first battle in the war to flip -- or maintain -- the state Senate majority will be decided today in the recall election for District 30. Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), is the first incumbent to face a general recall election this summer, as the only recall candidate whose race didn't result in a forced primary. >More
 Alders applaud Mayor Soglin's new approach to 2012 Madison budget

Some alders are delighted with Mayor Paul Soglin's plan to allow citizens to help the city set its budget priorities. "It's an exciting proposition," says Ald. Lisa Subeck. "For many years I was on the other side as a citizen, but usually by the time citizens give their input, it's too late." >More
 A parting interview with Biddy Martin: 'Do I regret how we proceeded? No'

Biddy Martin did her due diligence as the outgoing chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last week when she allotted much of her schedule to parting interviews with a variety of media. What follows is an edited version of a 24-minute session held last Thursday afternoon. >More
 UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin defiant on her way out the door

One thing is certain about Biddy Martin. She knows when her time is up. The final bell will go off this Thursday, July 14, when the University of Wisconsin chancellor officially ends her duties in Madison after three interesting yet sometimes tempestuous years to become the president at tony Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. >More
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