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Tobacco, cigar sales down in Madison since 2009 tax hike

It's not a great time for tobacco retailers. A five-year-old federal tax increase has had a significant impact on national tobacco use, as found in a report by the Government Accountability Office. And some Madison-area businesses are feeling the pinch. >More
 Feds will not fund temporary shelters for immigrant children in Madison

Despite Mayor Paul Soglin's willingness to find temporary housing in Madison for immigrant children, Wisconsin will not host any temporary shelters, according to Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services. >More
 Madison official's claims for new Monona Terrace hotel questioned

As the Madison Common Council continues to wrestle with the question of whether it should subsidize a hotel to the tune of $44 million, the debate lingers over what benefits that hotel may or may not bring. >More
 How Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry survived

When Julaine Appling first made noise about former Gov. Jim Doyle's plan to establish a domestic partner registry for same-sex couples, she said she was troubled that it was broad and vague. >More
 Wisconsin Property Taxpayers is top spender so far in state's 2013-14 legislative session

Given the many millions of dollars spent by interest groups to help determine who gets elected, it's easy to overlook the many millions more being spent trying to influence them once they are. >More
 Just how accurate are Wisconsin's vote counting machines?

Karen McKim, who is active with the Wisconsin Grassroots Network, is raising alarm about whether the state's voting system is accurate and trustworthy. As the United States turns its vote tabulation completely over to computers, McKim and others worry that mistakes and outright fraud will become more likely. >More
 Domestic Abuse Intervention Services opens a bigger, better shelter to catch up with the rest of Wisconsin

For years, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services could house only about 25 victims of domestic abuse each day. That will change on Aug. 1 with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility at 2102 Fordem Ave., which offers 56 beds. >More
 Steve Brown Apartments still planning Mansion Hill project

Steve Brown Apartments has not given up on development on the 100 block of West Gilman Street. The company is merely biding its time, hoping that a revised landmarks ordinance will allow it to move forward. Meanwhile, it's been quietly pursuing a less glamorous project in the same area: repairs to a property that was to be demolished to make room for the new development. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How a proposed MGE rate change could undermine conservation

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on MGE's proposed rate change and its implications for energy efficiency in the June 24 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Brett Hulsey's gubernatorial campaign is a losing proposition

Brett Hulsey arrives for an interview at a downtown Madison cafe and points to the loafers on his feet. "The Associated Press accused me of running a shoestring campaign," he announces with a gap-toothed grin, before setting the record straight. "I can't afford shoestrings." >More
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