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Sarah Palin gets frosty reception at Wisconsin Capitol

The last time I crossed paths with Sarah Palin was in a bar in Anchorage. I was working in 2006 for that city's alternative weekly, the Anchorage Press. Palin was in the bar to raise money for her campaign for Alaska governor, running as a whistleblower. People there admired her for challenging the old boys' Republican establishment in Alaska, but many others didn't know what to make of her, what she stood for. >More
 Dueling protests, Sarah Palin to join first outdoor Dane County Farmers' Market of the season

It's shaping up to be an interesting Saturday on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. For starters, it's the first Saturday of the outdoor Dane County Farmers' Market season, which during any other year would mean enough extra foot traffic between the stands to make navigating through the area a little more difficult than normal. >More
 More emails and letters to Judge Maryann Sumi

As Isthmus reports in this week's "Watchdog" column, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has received dozens of mostly critical emails and letters over her decision to block publication of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans' "budget repair bill." That column included a handful of examples; here are some more. >More
 Paul Soglin's new turn to lead

Asked how his governing style will differ from that of Dave Cieslewicz, whom he's just beaten to secure a third stint as Madison mayor, Paul Soglin seems disinclined to answer. "I'm not focused on doing anything differently," he says tersely. "That's not how I think." >More
 Dane County area school districts brace for downsizing

How exactly will Wisconsin classrooms be affected by the hundreds of millions in cuts to education funding proposed in Gov. Scott Walker's biennial budget? No one seems to know for sure, but educators in Dane County say they have some pretty good guesses. Larger classes. Fewer veteran teachers. Decreased supplies. Less professional development. A demoralized workforce. >More
 Maniaci withstands challenge in downtown Madison council district

Maniaci's first term was rocky to say the least, and she acknowledged that fact in a short speech to the assembled supporters. "I have not had an easy two years," said Maniaci. "I don't know of any alder that's had two years like this, let alone a 25-year old freshman alder." >More
 Live-blogging the 2011 spring general election in Madison

Thanks to recent events, including most notably Gov. Scott Walker's budget bills and move to take away collective bargaining rights from public employees, many are predicting this will be one of the most active spring elections in a long time. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court race too close to call

There's no doubt the outcome of JoAnne Kloppenburg's race against incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser will be interpreted as having enormous import. If Prosser wins it will be hailed as a victory for Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans; if Kloppenburg manages to close the narrow gap on uncounted votes to victory, it will be seen as a major rebuke to the GOP's agenda. This even though both candidates have disclaimed any allegiance to these positions. >More
 Joe Parisi wins big over Eileen Bruskewitz in Dane County Executive race

Just ten minutes after polls closed Tuesday, a cheer went up around the Talula bar on Madison's east side: "61-39! Joe's ahead!" An hour-and a-half later, Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Joe Parisi mounted the stage at the east-side restaurant Talula to thank his supporters and announce his victory in the race for Dane County Executive. "It looks like I've got a new job," he joked. >More
 Paul Soglin takes historic victory in stride as he is once again elected mayor of Madison

I expected Paul Soglin to be really happy when he made his victory speech just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday at the Nitty Gritty. After all, he'd just won a historic seventh term as mayor of Madison, edging out the incumbent who'd beaten him in 2003. But Soglin took his victory in stride. >More
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