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Madison alders scurry to schedule Overture Center meetings

Madison government is often criticized for moving too slowly, but when it comes to acting on the Overture Center, slow isn't an option: the Common Council has a deadline of the end of the year to resolve the $29 million debt. >More
 Madison startup Entrustet helps people control their digital assets

Two years ago and thousands of miles from home, Jesse Davis envisaged a new kind of Internet business. The idea struck Davis, a UW-Madison senior at the time, as he read Thomas Friedman's bestseller The World Is Flat while traveling by bus through Israel. >More
 Madison Common Council punts on Overture Center restructuring

For the past six months, a decision has been hanging over the heads of Madison Common Council members -- whether to take ownership of the Overture Center for $1 as part of a plan to resolve its $29 million debt and restructure management, or risk letting the center "go dark." >More
 Kathleen Falk announces resignation date

Kathleen Falk announced today she'll resign as Dane County Executive on Dec. 21, allowing the election for her successor to be held next spring during the regular election cycle. >More
 Madison bike committee weighs in on draft Downtown Plan

Whether traveling on foot, bike or vehicle, maneuvering the many one-ways, odd intersections and often-congested streets of downtown Madison can be a pain. That's why the city has made transportation improvements a priority in the recommendations proposed in its draft Downtown Plan. >More
 The GOP's Wisconsin agenda

With the Nov. 2 election of Scott Walker and solid majorities in both houses, Wisconsin Republicans have their first opportunity in a decade to distinctly redefine state policy. However, the looming $2.7 billion budget deficit, which the state constitution mandates be balanced, threatens to delay much of the party's pro-business agenda, including many of the tax cuts promised during the campaign. >More
 Republican business owner pleads with Walker at pro-train rally in downtown Madison

With each speaker that took the stage at a downtown Madison rally Saturday in support of high-speed rail, the protest crowd of around 200 didn't miss a beat. When speaker Andy Olsen from Environmental Law and Policy Center mentioned Gov.-elect Scott Walker's name, it solicited, "dumb, dumb, dumb" from the masses. >More
 Progressive Dane looks ahead to spring 2011 elections after fall disappointment

November 2 was a bleak day for liberal voters like Jacque Pokorney, co-chair of the local political party Progressive Dane. "It was very depressing for someone that supports the progressive left to go through what we went through in the last election," Pokorney says of the recent Republican sweep at both the state and national level. >More
 Do neighborhoods still matter in Madison?

After rancor over the Edgewater Hotel redevelopment, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz vowed that, from now on, neighborhood associations would be just one of many voices around the table when new projects were considered. >More
 Adventures in the individual health insurance market

Ironically, it was a health crisis that caused me to lose my health insurance -- but not in the way you might suspect. Last summer I came down with a bad case of poison ivy, all over my body. The pain, the endless itching, the face that swelled like a was bad. So bad that I neglected to fill out the health insurance reenrollment letter from the Madison school district. It was sitting on my desk all that time, through those sleepless nights of ice compresses and calamine. >More
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