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David Prosser waffles on vow to denounce dishonest ads in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Political pledges don't get any more specific than the one made by Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser during last Friday's "We the People" debate with challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. He promised to repudiate any third-party group that ran an ad making false claims against his opponent and "stand up and ask" that the ad be pulled. >More
 Madison votes to recast Common Council in spring 2011 election

With 20 members, the Madison Common Council is a complicated body that every two years usually sees a quarter to a third of its members replaced. This year, there are six open seats and seven incumbents facing challenges. Most of the council's veterans are safe. Tim Bruer, Mike Verveer, Lauren Cnare, Mark Clear, Satya Rhodes-Conway and Larry Palm are all running unopposed. Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff also gets a pass on her first reelection effort. >More
 A review of the spring 2011 campaigns in Madison and Dane County

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 How Safe Harbor helped Alex confront her history of sexual abuse

At first glance Alex looks like any other young adult. But if you sit with her for a while you can see the little girl she was. There is a slight tremor to her fingers as she swipes back her bangs, a self-protective hunch to her shoulders. Her dress is a fabric garden planted with hundreds of tiny, perfect daisies. What she has to say is shocking. "My dad started sexually abusing me when I was 4 years old," says Alex, now 18. "I was terrified of him my whole life." >More
 Madison holds its own public hearing on Gov. Walker's budget for Wisconsin

It was, as everyone kept saying, like preaching to the choir. A public hearing at Memorial High School on Gov. Scott Walker's radical budget proposal was roundly condemned, by both the hundreds of residents who showed up and the hodgepodge of elected officials there to listen. >More
 New round of Wisconsin Capitol protests target sign and location rules

Last Sunday, Dane County Supv. Melissa Sargent and her two sons, 13-year-old Devin and 11-year-old Bailey, decided to drop by the Capitol. They'd been regulars at the protests over the past month, but in the last week had been unable to come as often. >More
 Supreme Court rivals Prosser, Kloppenburg clash at Wisconsin State Bar debate

The debate at the State Bar of Wisconsin's Madison headquarters was moderated by Steve Walters of Wisconsin Eye, and will be posted on its website on Tuesday. It was, relative to the ads that now dominate the race, enlightening. That's not much of a boast -- compared to these ads, watching the two candidates shoot a game of pool would be relatively enlightening. But the debate, like the campaign as a whole, was mired in the muck of the contemporary issues that surround it. >More
 Indiana prosecutor who emailed Walker suggesting fake attack has resigned

An Indiana deputy prosecutor and Republican activist identified in a story published Thursday on TheDailyPage.com, written by Kate Golden of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, has resigned. The story reveals an email in which Carlos F. Lam suggested faking an attack on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 Email to Walker suggested faking attack on governor

The email came to Gov. Scott Walker from the personal account of a deputy prosecutor and Republican activist in Indiana. After praise for Walker, the email -- sent Feb. 19, during union demonstrations against Walker's budget repair bill -- then took a darker turn. It suggested that the situation in Wisconsin presented "a good opportunity for what's called a 'false flag' operation." >More
 Voters in Dane County can weigh in on U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United referenda

Kaja Rebane wants Dane County residents to send a message that corporations aren't people and money isn't speech. The UW-Madison grad student helped organize a successful effort to put referenda on the April 5 ballot in both the city of Madison and Dane County. It ask voters whether they believe corporations and people, and money and speech, should be considered distinct. >More
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