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MGE's proposed rate change dismays conservationists

In 2006, Kurt Reinhold invested $20,000 installing solar panels on the roof of his home. A former high school science teacher, he was concerned about climate change and wanted to reduce his carbon emissions. "I'm a firm believer in displacing more and more fossil fuels with renewable energy because of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," says Reinhold. >More
 Author Joe Burns urges Madison labor activists to bring back the 'effective strike'

The fallout from Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of workplace protections for public employees continues with a decline in union membership. It is not a situation unique to Wisconsin. >More
 Judge Doyle Square price tag for city of Madison swells to $77 million

Developer Bob Dunn submitted his TIF request for the second block of the Judge Doyle Square project Friday, showing he needs another $32.3 million from the city, on top of an earlier request for $44.6 million for a hotel. >More
 Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck battle for liberal cred in west-side Assembly race

Lisa Subeck and Mark Clear sometimes end up on the opposite sides of battles on Madison's Common Council, but they are friends. When Clear, 50, was handcuffed and ticketed at the Capitol for singing at the noontime Solidarity Sing Along last August, it was Subeck who snapped a photo. >More
 Perceptions vs. reality in Wisconsin's John Doe II probe

A recent column on the stalled John Doe probe into allegedly illegal campaign activities drew an impassioned email from a reader in Appleton. "I read yet another column of yours criticizing Republicans for 'coordinating' during campaign season," she wrote. "It seems this witch hunt by the Democratic Milwaukee DA has been one-sided. And media outlets such as yours feed into that one-sided witch hunt by encouraging it." >More
 Bridget Maniaci criticizes Paul Soglin's style and agenda in her run for mayor of Madison

Bridget Maniaci had high hopes that she would be able to work with Paul Soglin when he was returned to office in 2011. Soglin had endorsed Maniaci for the Common Council in 2009 when she upset the liberal stalwart Brenda Konkel, who represented the near east side. And, Maniaci says, she often talked with Soglin about the Edgewater Hotel project, which became a focus of much of her two terms in office. >More
 City of Madison looking to purchase new Metro buses to serve Epic commuters

Epic Systems hired roughly 500 employees last week, and another 300 are expected to come on board this week, according to Drew Beck, the planning and scheduling manager for Metro Transit. Many of Epic's employees choose to live in Madison's downtown area and are willing to make the half-hour commute to where the medical software giant has built a rambling campus in Verona. >More
 Car2go eyes Madison, but Wisconsin law is obstacle to car-sharing service

A new type of car-sharing service, car2go, wants to do business in Madison. But just like Uber and Lyft, car2go faces legal hurdles to operate here. Car2go is a car-sharing service similar to Community Car and Zipcar, providing a fleet of vehicles for members to lease cars on an as-needed basis. However, unlike the services already here, car2go is a point-to-point service, as the vehicles aren't tied to select parking locations. >More
 Women's rights, gay rights and Hobby Lobby

Of the 200 people who turned out to South Towne Mall last weekend to protest Hobby Lobby's refusal to cover select forms of birth control for its employees, three stood out in the crowd: Samantha Burden, 17; Olivia Ravenscroft, 16; and Anna Schmidt, 16. >More
 More heat than light in flap over Brad Schimel's response to One Wisconsin Now

Brad Schimel, the lone Republican candidate for state attorney general, ignited a firestorm with his response to a letter alleging pay-to-play politics. "What law do you believe has been violated?" asked Schimel, the district attorney of Waukesha County, in an email response to One Wisconsin Now. The liberal advocacy group had urged him to investigate a state lawmaker who introduced a bill that would have helped a wealthy donor. >More
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