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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
 Madison school district seeks input on drug-sniffing dogs

The Madison Metropolitan School District has begun seeking parent and community ideas regarding a plan to allow K-9 drug sweeps in the city's middle schools and high schools. "We're going through the process," says school board president James Howard. "The community may be so overwhelmingly against it that it isn't possible." >More
 Opiate addicts fear Wisconsin budget cuts

Patients and staff at Madison Health Services, one of two methadone clinics in Madison, are worried about the future. They fear cuts to BadgerCare, a state insurance program that many recovering addicts rely on to pay for their daily dose of methadone. "If it gets cut and we can't pay for it ourselves, they'll detox us [fast]," says Jennifer Smith, 30, quoting a counselor. Smith has been a patient at the clinic since 2006. "That won't be pretty." >More
 Putting kids away

Jenna Gibson was 15 years old when she had a life-changing moment. Gibson was nearing the end of her second stint at Southern Oaks Girls School, a juvenile correctional facility in rural Racine County. She began to wonder if she was compounding her own problems. "I thought, 'Maybe I should look at this differently,'" she says. >More
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