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Wisconsin AG Van Hollen proves nimble in ducking challenger Hassett's blows

To get a bead on the race for Wisconsin attorney general, consider the dust-up over allegations against Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz. Scott Hassett, the Democratic challenger, says the office of Republican incumbent J.B. Van Hollen badly botched matters when it received reports last fall that Kratz had sent text message come-ons to a victim whose ex-boyfriend he was prosecuting. >More
 Racial Justice Summit offers frank discussion of race in 'colorblind' Madison

Jacquelyn Boggess, speaking Tuesday at the ninth annual Racial Justice Summit hosted by YWCA Madison, noted that African Americans in Dane County are incarcerated at more than 13 times the rate for the community at large. >More
 Kathleen Falk's resignation plans threatened by election rules

In announcing her early resignation Monday, Dane County executive Kathleen Falk said she planned to remain in office until a replacement is elected on April 5. But there's a snag: the county clerk can't call a special election until there's a vacancy. That means Falk will have to resign well before April. >More
 Kathleen Falk to resign as Dane County Executive in April 2011

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk shook up county politics Monday by announcing she'll step down mid-term next April after 14 years in office. In her statement about the decision, Falk acknowledged how baffling and confusing the announcement would likely seem. "Let me remove any mystery about my stepping down by giving you the facts: I am healthy, happily married, and, of course, I am replaceable. I am not angling for another political job and there is no ulterior motive." >More
 Breakfast with Wisconsin Lt. Gov. candidate Rebecca Kleefisch

Rebecca Kleefisch, who is in the midst of a statewide tour, stopped by Mickey's Dairy Bar on Monroe Street near Camp Randall Stadium to briefly meet with media and talk about running mate Scott Walker's job creation plans. But when she and her traveling companions went inside to eat, I couldn't resist inviting myself to join them. >More
 Madison TIF Review Board approves Edgewater project

"Money is like manure. It is not worth a thing unless it's spread around, encouraging young things to grow," quipped Judy Karofsky, a longtime homeowner from the city's Mansion Hill neighborhood. Apparently, most members of the city's Tax Incremental Financing Review Board agree with Karofsky's colorful simile, as they voted Wednesday to expand the State Street TIF district to give approximately $16 million in public money to the Edgewater redevelopment project. >More
 Rebecca Kleefisch, stealth Mama Grizzly

Rebecca Kleefisch, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is a proud Christian woman. She's a wife and mother who drives a minivan, clips coupons and has what she calls "kitchen-table common sense." She also boasts a large Tea Party backing for her ultra-conservative beliefs and platform. Sound familiar? You betcha! >More
 President Obama visits Madison: The live blog

President Barack Obama speaks on Library Mall Tuesday afternoon. Isthmus readers are commenting and sharing their observations on this live blog, along with the most impressive army of Twitterers ever assembled! >More
 View photos of the Obama rally at UW Library Mall

President Barack Obama visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Tuesday afternoon to speak at the first in a series of campaign rallies in support of Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates running in this fall's midterm elections. Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, many students and clad in Badger cardinal, the president delivered a vigorous address promoting his administration's actions over the last 18 months in the face of ongoing economic distress across the United States. >More
 President Obama in Madison: A view from the White House Press Pool

North Park Street doesn't look much like North Park Street on Tuesday afternoon. An olive-drab helicopter does laps over the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Library Mall, where President Barack Obama will speak in a couple of hours. Hordes of students wait to get through the gate, and a girl stands at the intersection of Lathrop Drive with a pink sign to direct members of the White House Press Pool through a series of checkpoints. >More
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