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Dane County's inmate community service program not tied to judicial funding

While the 911 Center has dominated debate over public safety in the Dane County executive race, a program proposed by Kathleen Falk that reduces sentences for jail inmates who do community service is also drawing criticism from Nancy Mistele. Yet the terms of that program aren't what was originally proposed. >More
 'A positive influence'

Listen to an interview with Randy Fraser, who is reducing his Dane County jail sentence by performing community service for Second Harvest food bank. >More
 Good candidates, tough choice in Dane County Circuit Court race

On April 7, Dane County voters will have a rare chance to pick between two non-incumbent candidates for the important job of circuit court judge. Most judges are initially appointed to fill midterm vacancies; they serve six-year terms and are seldom challenged once in office. >More
 A quiet race for seat on the Madison school board

The Don Gors-Arlene Silveira race is characterized by its remarkable lack of noise -- or, for that matter, visibility. There have been no public forums or debates for voters to learn about the candidates, and no other real public airing of issues. Silveira says that, in lieu of any public debate, she's been responding to individual voters and using social media, mainly a Facebook page her daughter set up. >More
 Fitchburg mayoral candidate Mark Vivian accuses Jay Allen of terrorist ties

Apprised that his rival in the race for Fitchburg mayor has linked him to domestic terrorists, Jay Allen has an interesting reaction: He laughs and laughs. >More
 Falk, Mistele differ on government's role in stemming youth alcohol abuse

Project HUGS, a Dane County program hoping to reach youth before alcohol and other substances do, will have to prove itself to both county executive candidates to secure a future in middle schools. >More
 North Mendota Parkway issue proves contentious between Dane County Exec candidates

While there's consensus on the need for the North Mendota Parkway among many county officials, questions of where it will go, what it will look like and when it should be built underscore the differences between candidates in the upcoming Dane County Executive election. >More
 Where should the North Mendota Parkway go?

A view of proposed sites for the North Mendota Parkway, as well as some context on the controversy over where it should go and when it should be built. >More
 Kathleen Falk lies low as Nancy Mistele attacks

It's been an up-and-down month for Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who's facing a surprisingly strong challenge from Nancy Mistele in the April 7 election. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court incumbent Shirley Abrahamson: Without an agenda

Abrahamson came alone to an early morning interview at Isthmus. Here's an abridged version reconstructed from notes and checked with the chief for accuracy. >More
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