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Pocan, Vos friendship rare in today's polarized Wisconsin legislature

The friendship between state Reps. Robin Vos and Mark Pocan might best be summed up by the names of their dogs. "Mine is named Reagan; his is named Che, after Che Guevara," Vos (R-Rochester) says, noting that both he and Pocan (D-Madison) have dogs named after political figures. >More
 Imagining a new Union Corners

A design firm in Florida thinks that Madison's Union Corners is the perfect place to demonstrate "woonerf," a Dutch term for shared-streets where pedestrians and bicyclists have priority over cars. >More
 About 50 people gathered for a Conservative Sing-Along in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday at noon, while more than 150 people held a Solidarity Sing-Along outside the Capitol.Capitol sing-alongs: Conservatives take over Rotunda, more join Solidarity singers outside

About 50 people responded to a call by Isthmus blogger David Blaska to hold a "Conservative Sing Along" in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday at noon. Blaska obtained a permit from Capitol Police for his group of "Blaska Bloggers" to sing for 30 minutes, after writing about his objection to the presence of the Solidarity Sing Along. >More
 Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Supreme Court Justice Bradley by the neck

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to several knowledgeable sources. Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, remain sketchy. The sources spoke on the condition that they not be named. >More
 Ride the Drive returns to downtown Madison for fall 2011

Mayor Paul Soglin's honeymoon with the city came to an abrupt end when he canceled the Ride the Drive event scheduled for September. Soglin said that many stores and restaurants complained that the event -- which closes downtown streets to vehicles, allowing people to use them for biking, skateboarding and walking -- disrupted business. >More
 Landlords applaud Wisconsin preemption bill that would undo Madison renters' protections

Some landlords are applauding a Senate bill that, if approved by the Assembly, will wipe out nearly three decades' worth of tenants' rights in Madison. "You know how they say Texas is like its own country?" says Dede Birrenkott, owner of Birwood Property Management. "Madison is like that. It has strict rules that favor tenants, but property owners need to have the tools to turn away bad people." >More
 Business leaders happy, except in Madison

Wisconsin business leaders are feeling pretty good about the current state of affairs, according to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's annual economic outlook survey. But businesses in Madison and Dane County may have a dissident view. The survey indicates that 88% of 192 CEOs surveyed believe Wisconsin is heading in the right direction -- up an astounding 78% from last year. >More
 Despite criticism, downtown Madison alcohol density plan will likely get two-year renewal

Sandi Torkildson, owner of A Room of One's Own bookstore, worries that the tipping point in the bars-to-store ratio in downtown Madison could be precariously close. "If you don't have enough retail, you're going to lose it all," she says. "Once you lose that retail, it's hard to get it back. It's good city planning to try to keep that balance." >More
 Wisconsin Assembly bill would allow alcohol sales at 6 a.m.

An Assembly bill allowing retail alcohol sales to begin at 6 a.m. has some city leaders scratching their heads. "I see no public need to have alcohol available at 6 a.m.," says central district police Captain Carl Gloede. "It will increase issues downtown with the chronic alcoholics and their ready access to alcohol." >More
 Madison to kill up to 350 Canada geese

The city Parks Department is moving ahead with plans to round up and kill Canada geese in four city parks and along the Wingra Creek shoreline, Isthmus has learned. Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski didn't respond to numerous inquiries about the plan, but a reliable source confirms that the "roundup" -- as the mass kill is euphemistically called -- will likely occur when the geese are molting and unable to fly, making them easier to net. >More
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