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City of Madison's equity data team intent on tracking progress on racial disparities

For a city of Madison team charged with finding ways to promote racial equity in the city, there's one clear path -- follow the numbers. "Data is integral to the success of our equity work," says Angela Russell, a member of the city's data equity team. The team is part of Madison's Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative, which Mayor Paul Soglin unveiled at a Tuesday press conference as a way for the city to commit to equity in city operations, including budgeting and policy decisions. >More
 Joe Parisi's race problem -- and ours

When state Sen. Glenn Grothman introduced a bill earlier this year to preempt parts of Dane County's 15-year-old living-wage ordinance, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi did what he does best. He stood up for the little people -- the laborers who benefit from the law. "How are they going to pay their bills?" he asked the five state senators present at a March 3 hearing at the Committee on Judiciary and Labor. >More
 Farmers' market slated for Brittingham Park

Ask for information about the new farmers' market at Brittingham Park and chances are you'll be told there is one person you need to talk to: Kim Alan, the neighborhood police officer for the Triangle neighborhood. Alan, however, credits area residents themselves for coming up with the idea. >More
 Wisconsin's voter ID bills get little lobby support

Some Republican state lawmakers upset by a federal judge's ruling against Wisconsin's voter ID law are vowing to introduce new legislation. "We refuse to wait on the sidelines for the courts to rule in a process that could take years, when we can pass a proven voter ID law," wrote state Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh). "Election integrity is too important." >More
 South Madison to host new Dane County community court

While many of the details have yet to be confirmed, Dane County's first community court is beginning to take shape, with one important piece now decided: It will be located on Madison's south side. Officials say they are also getting closer to a rough start date of this fall for the community court to begin hearing cases. The program has a long-term goal of decreasing the large racial disparity between whites and blacks in the county's criminal justice system. >More
 New public/private partnership will place teens in summer jobs throughout Dane County

Wanda Fullmore is a bit sketchy on the details of the Neighborhood Youth Corps job she had at a south Madison daycare center. It was more than four decades ago, after all, when she was a student at Memorial High School. But one thing she remembers clearly is how it led to a work program in Washington, D.C., the summer of 1972. >More
 Experimental Occupy Madison village in Emerson East neighborhood is a go

Keith Valiquette's home is about two weeks away from completion. But until Tuesday night, he didn't know where it would be located. Now he knows: The Madison Common Council approved an experimental tiny-home village proposed by Occupy Madison at 2046-2050 E. Johnson St. in the Emerson East neighborhood, where Sanchez Motors is now located. >More
 Mary Burke decries out-of-state campaign donations to Scott Walker

There were, into the month of May, no signs in the front windows of Mary Burke's campaign office across the street from the state Capitol in Madison, nothing to broadcast her name to the many people passing by. That's an odd missed opportunity for a candidate struggling to make herself known. >More
 Judge grants Wisconsin Capitol protesters extension for filing papers, criticizes state's 'thin' analysis of prosecution costs

In late January, the Wisconsin Department of Justice took a new tack in its prosecution of ticket cases for Capitol protesters. Citing the defendants' failure to notify the Legislature's Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules that they were fighting the citations in court, DOJ attorneys asked judges to dismiss the cases. >More
 Madison police prepare for Mifflin Street Block Party weekend

This is the first time in 18 years that Ald. Mike Verveer has not held an annual meeting in advance of the Mifflin Street Block Party, traditionally held the first Saturday in May. Verveer, whose district includes the historic two blocks of West Mifflin Street at the party's center, says the Madison Police Department asked him not to hold the meeting. >More
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