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Rep. Tyler August threatens Madison with loss of state aid for targeting rideshare services Lyft and Uber

A Republican state representative from Lake Geneva does not like the fact that Madison city cops set up a recent sting operation to catch drivers operating unlicensed rideshare services. In fact, Tyler August is so incensed that he warns it could result in the loss of state aid for Madison. >More
 Rep. Brett Hulsey casts more doubt on seeking re-election as he signs opponent's nomination papers

In a move that casts further doubt on his intention to seek a third term in the state Assembly, Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) has signed the nomination papers for Mark Clear, a city of Madison alder who is running for Hulsey's seat. But Hulsey would not confirm Thursday whether that means he has decided against seeking re-election. "I will announce next week," he said in a text message. >More
 Sen. Dale Schultz exits the Wisconsin Legislature, shaking his head

Republican Dale Schultz is stepping down after 32 years in the Legislature, most as a state senator. He has broken ranks with his fellow GOP senators on a host of issue, including Act 10 changes to collective bargaining and a mining bill that weakened environmental regulations. Moreover, Schultz has been openly critical of his party and the forces he believes are corrupting the political system. Chief among them: the vast infusions of campaign cash. >More
 Write-in election rules changed under new Wisconsin law

For poll worker Larry Nelson, Election Day's most irritating hour -- or hours -- arrives after the polls close, when the write-in votes are counted. "Here you are, on your feet after working 14 hours, and now you have to sort through the ballots looking for Mickey Mouse," he explains. >More
 Controversial Madison parks chief Kevin Briski resigns to take Florida job

Kevin Briski, the controversial head of Madison's parks division, is stepping down. His last day with Madison will be June 13, says Katie Crawley, an assistant to Mayor Paul Soglin. Briski is leaving the city to accept a job as leisure services director in Melbourne, Fla., starting July 1. The city will conduct a national search to find Briski's replacement >More
 Women to hold two top leadership posts on Dane County Board for first time

Sharon Corrigan is making history as the newly elected chair of the Dane County Board. Only one other woman -- Mary Louise Symon -- has held the post, serving from 1974 to 1980. Corrigan was elected chair by her colleagues Tuesday at a noontime meeting of the board. The reelection of vice chair Carousel Bayrd made for another first -- this will be the only time women have occupied both top leadership posts on the board. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Recovering UW-Madison students seek a sober lifestyle

Isthmus contributor Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz reported on how recovery-based lifestyle options are growing on the UW-Madison campus in the April 11 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 10 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Calls intensify to overhaul Madison landmarks ordinance after council rejects Mansion Hill project

The Madison Common Council's decision to uphold the Landmarks Commission's rejection of a development project for West Gilman Street was a clear victory for neighborhood groups and historic preservationists. But it's unlikely the council's action will be the last time the city fights over the issue. >More
 Young and sober: A thriving movement provides support for clean living in Madison

On a frigid December day in 2004, 17-year-old Aaron Meyer came home from drug and alcohol treatment. He'd already been to hell and back in his short life, but things were going to be different now. He felt alive with hope and possibility. >More
 Some small businesses fare better, others don't in transition to Obamacare

Norma Smith vividly remembers the day Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, effectively rewriting the rulebook for health insurance coverage in the United States. "I thought, 'This is going to put me out of business!" says Smith, an account executive for the Murphy Insurance Group who works as a broker between businesses and insurance companies. >More
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