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Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State 2011 address: Crisis, crisis and more crisis

The urgency that has defined the administration of Gov. Scott Walker was on full display at his first State of the State address Tuesday night, not just in the things he said but in the fact that it happened at all. >More
 Jimmy the Groundhog snowed out: Sun Prairie cancels Groundhog Day ceremony

Jimmy the Groundhog will not be making a public appearance at Cannery Square in Sun Prairie on his big day, February 2. >More
 Questions reveal as much as answers at Dane County executive debate

By now, most engaged voters know the names in the race for Dane County executive. You probably know many of their positions on the issues and the backgrounds, the endorsements and the inside jokes. There have now been at least a half dozen forums featuring at least a portion of the field and most conceivable questions have been asked. During Thursday night's debate at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Madison's west side, some of the questions from the crowd betrayed the voters' insecurities and worries. >More
 Mike Verveer probe: Much ado, little substance

After 26 months of investigating, the state Justice Department has found that Madison Ald. Mike Verveer, a former Dane County Assistant District Attorney, committed no prosecutable violation of state law, according to a summary report released to Isthmus. >More
 A rebellion at Madison West High School over new curriculum

When Paul Radspinner's 15-year-old son Mitchell wanted to participate in a student sit-in last October outside West High School, he called his dad to ask permission. "He said he was going to protest, and wanted to make sure I had no problem with it. I thought, 'It's not the '60s anymore,'" recalls Radspinner. The students, he learned, were upset about planned curriculum changes, which they fear will eliminate elective class choices, a big part of the West culture. >More
 Executive decision: The contenders for Dane County Executive are easy to tell apart

In the campaign for Dane County executive, the candidates at times sound as though the apocalypse is upon us. The Republicans have taken control of the governor's seat and Legislature, and severe cuts -- to human services, school aid and money to local governments -- seem all but certain. Almost all of the candidates paint a bleak picture of the next four years, while offering hope they can carry the county through it. >More
 Executive decision: Eileen Bruskewitz, the conservative

 Executive decision: Joe Parisi, government champion

 Executive decision: Scott McDonell, the insider

 Executive decision: Zach Brandon, the bold moderate

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