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How secure is Tammy Baldwin?

Here's a blast from what now seems like the district past: "The 2nd Congressional District will always be a competitive seat." This is a quote from Kerry Schumann, then-director of the Wisconsin Public Interest Group, in a November 1998 article in The Daily Cardinal. It appeared in a column by the paper's opinion editor, Michael Beland, who believed Tammy Baldwin's narrow victory over Republican challenger Josephine Musser made the Congresswoman-elect the "newsmaker of the semester." >More
 Feds probe UW-Madison campus animal care violations

A team of investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into the UW-Madison's record of citations regarding the use of animals in research, which could lead to fines or other sanctions. "They're going to go back and look at every citation from mid-2007 until now," says Eric Sandgren, director of the UW-Madison's Research Animal Resources Center. >More
 Robert McGuigan wants to help others avoid compulsive gambling

The murder of his son seven years ago has turned Robert McGuigan into an activist against compulsive gambling. As he puts it, "If I can save just one family from having to go through what I've been through, my work will be worth it." Jason McGuigan was 28 when he was murdered by Meng-Ju "Mark" Wu over a gambling debt. >More
 Madison Common Council meeting ends early with walkout protesting Thuy Pham-Remmele

Frustrated with Ald. Thuy Pham-Remmele, four alders walked out of Tuesday night's Common Council meeting, breaking quorum and bringing the meeting to an abrupt end. Alds. Tim Bruer, Joe Clausius, Steve King and Paul Skidmore left the meeting to protest Pham-Remmele's style of asking drawn out questions of staff members and public speakers. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Hanging out at a Ben Manski fundraiser (video)

Ben Manski is running for the Wisconsin State Assembly in the 77th district on the Green Party ticket, which means Greens from around the city are rallying around his cause. Check out the scene at an east side fundraiser hosted by Jon Hain and Stephanie Rearick. >More
 Freedom from Religion Foundation ads urge atheists to come 'out of the closet'

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is unveiling a bold new ad campaign that borrows an idea popularized by other movements. "Out of the closet" ads just went up on 13 city of Madison buses and will premier next week on billboards here. >More
 A shootout for Dane County sheriff between Dave Mahoney and Shawn Haney

Shawn Haney insists he's not holding a grudge. But it's hard to see the Nov. 2 race for Dane County sheriff outside the context of what happened back in 2007, when he was a lieutenant at the Sheriff's Office. Haney, a Republican, is running against his former boss, one-term incumbent Democratic Sheriff Dave Mahoney. Mahoney, who was first elected in 2006, after Sheriff Gary Hamblin retired, fired Haney for allegedly lying about the records released regarding Waunakee High School football players who attended a drinking party. >More
 MPD Chief Noble Wray wants more police officers in 2011 Madison budget

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is asking the Common Council to help find more funding to hire eight new police officers. In his 2011 operating budget, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz called for "hard choices and greater efficiency." >More
 Madison Board of Estimates approves Duck Pond expansion, Union Corners buy

The Madison Board of Estimates on Monday seamlessly approved renovation plans for the Duck Pond at Warner Park over the next 10 years, including a $1.3 million bleacher renovation paid for by both city and private funds. >More
 Scott McDonell announces run for Dane County executive

As expected, Dane County Board chairman Scott McDonell wasted little time in throwing his hat into the ring for Dane County executive, announcing Monday he's running to replace Kathleen Falk, who is stepping down mid-term. >More
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