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City shows off bold new plan for downtown Madison

Madison Ald. Mike Verveer knows the natural beauty of Madison often goes overlooked in the pursuit of various city projects. "It's pretty much a no-brainer that Madison hasn't taken advantage of its lake shore to its fullest potential," Verveer says. "In terms of just the aesthetics of it, it's really clear to a lot of folks that we can do better." >More
 Michael Schumacher announces he won't run for Madison Common Council in 2011

After two terms on Common Council, Ald. Michael Schumacher has decided not to run again next spring. Although he's only been on the council a short time, Schumacher had been, until recently, one of the most active council members. He was so busy, in fact, there were rumors -- which he denied -- that he was eyeing a run for mayor. >More
 Will Broadway save Overture?

When the smash hit Lion King came to the Overture Center last spring, sales were brisk and Overture officials hoped they'd finally found the secret for putting the arts center on solid financial ground: extended runs of Broadway hits, known in the business as full-week shows. >More
 Madison's draft Downtown Plan for 2010s focuses on lakes

In the 1970 Downtown Plan, Madison called for the First Settlement Neighborhood -- Madison's first residential area -- to be razed and replaced with office buildings. But shortly after the plan was approved, something else happened: people began moving back into the neighborhood to renovate the homes, giving a second-life to a neighborhood some had given up on. It was so successful that in 2002, the city declared First Settlement an historic district. >More
 Van Hollen on Calumet County DA Ken Kratz: 'His behavior was appalling'

J.B. Van Hollen says he was shocked. The Wisconsin attorney general, in what may be his first in-depth public comments on the issue, told Isthmus Monday morning of his reaction to text messages of a sexual nature sent by Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz to a crime victim last year. >More
 UW-pioneered approach is helping identify better ways to teach

In education today, data is king. It's used to prove school effectiveness, track student achievement and even, in some cases, set teacher pay. The trick for schools is getting quality metrics and using them to assess individuals and effect positive change in the classroom. >More
 Chad Lee's anti-Tammy Baldwin train: All aboard!

"I'm Chad Lee and I'm and running to defeat Tammy Baldwin," the 27-year-old contender told a somewhat tired assemblage of supporters and media. "We need to get the Second District back on path." That's what my notes say, anyway. It strikes me now as an odd turn of phrase. Would he really say "back on path" and not "back on track"? And if so, did I have something to do with that? >More
 Brett Hulsey's bid for state Assembly in the 77th District: One down, one to go

What John Imes had hoped would be a victory party turned into an early evening. Shortly after 10 p.m., most of his supporters were gone from the Sundance Bar while Imes cleaned up, collecting signs that read, "John Imes for Assembly." Two of his children ran around giggling. >More
 Find the election night parties for the 77th Democratic Assembly primary

Election campaigns almost always end at a bar -- the winners celebrate the end of a hard-fought campaign, the losers drown their sorrows among the comfort of friends, and reporters (including yours truly) scurry around for quotes. >More
 Obama seems to love Wisconsin, plans to visit Madison again

When the White House announced Thursday that President Obama is visiting Wisconsin later this month, many probably had the reaction -- again? >More
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