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Build, baby, build! Is Madison getting too cozy with devleopers?

On the night of Feb. 5, 2013, the Common Council settled in for the latest in a series of long, bruising fights over development. Once again a controversial project had reached the body, this time a massive luxury student apartment building called the Waterfront, in the Langdon area, one of the city's historic districts. It's a neighborhood of frat houses, apartment buildings and some old lakeside homes, most of which have been converted to apartments. >More
 John Doe II ruling alters campaign donation and coordination terrain in Wisconsin

There seemed to be no doubt about it: The conduct that Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) was recently caught on tape discussing -- creating an outside group to attack his Democratic opponent -- is against the law. >More
 Antiabortion activist Bob Lenz uninvited from Brat Fest after pushback from public officials

A controversial antiabortion speaker has been uninvited as a guest at this year's Brat Fest, after numerous public officials raised concerns. Bob Lenz, a Christian motivational speaker and president of Life Promotions in Appleton, was scheduled to speak at the 32nd annual Brat Fest, to be held May 23-26 at Alliant Energy Center. >More
 City of Madison's equity data team intent on tracking progress on racial disparities

For a city of Madison team charged with finding ways to promote racial equity in the city, there's one clear path -- follow the numbers. "Data is integral to the success of our equity work," says Angela Russell, a member of the city's data equity team. The team is part of Madison's Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative, which Mayor Paul Soglin unveiled at a Tuesday press conference as a way for the city to commit to equity in city operations, including budgeting and policy decisions. >More
 Joe Parisi's race problem -- and ours

When state Sen. Glenn Grothman introduced a bill earlier this year to preempt parts of Dane County's 15-year-old living-wage ordinance, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi did what he does best. He stood up for the little people -- the laborers who benefit from the law. "How are they going to pay their bills?" he asked the five state senators present at a March 3 hearing at the Committee on Judiciary and Labor. >More
 Farmers' market slated for Brittingham Park

Ask for information about the new farmers' market at Brittingham Park and chances are you'll be told there is one person you need to talk to: Kim Alan, the neighborhood police officer for the Triangle neighborhood. Alan, however, credits area residents themselves for coming up with the idea. >More
 Wisconsin's voter ID bills get little lobby support

Some Republican state lawmakers upset by a federal judge's ruling against Wisconsin's voter ID law are vowing to introduce new legislation. "We refuse to wait on the sidelines for the courts to rule in a process that could take years, when we can pass a proven voter ID law," wrote state Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh). "Election integrity is too important." >More
 South Madison to host new Dane County community court

While many of the details have yet to be confirmed, Dane County's first community court is beginning to take shape, with one important piece now decided: It will be located on Madison's south side. Officials say they are also getting closer to a rough start date of this fall for the community court to begin hearing cases. The program has a long-term goal of decreasing the large racial disparity between whites and blacks in the county's criminal justice system. >More
 New public/private partnership will place teens in summer jobs throughout Dane County

Wanda Fullmore is a bit sketchy on the details of the Neighborhood Youth Corps job she had at a south Madison daycare center. It was more than four decades ago, after all, when she was a student at Memorial High School. But one thing she remembers clearly is how it led to a work program in Washington, D.C., the summer of 1972. >More
 Experimental Occupy Madison village in Emerson East neighborhood is a go

Keith Valiquette's home is about two weeks away from completion. But until Tuesday night, he didn't know where it would be located. Now he knows: The Madison Common Council approved an experimental tiny-home village proposed by Occupy Madison at 2046-2050 E. Johnson St. in the Emerson East neighborhood, where Sanchez Motors is now located. >More
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