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Madison banks get in on the bailout

If you listen to Madison bank CEOs, their decision to accept federal bailout money is a sign of their financial health. "As opposed to a bailout, think of this as the government putting a stake in the ground," says Greg Smith, chief financial officer at Marshall & Ilsley Corp., which, while Milwaukee-based, leads the Madison area in deposits. >More
 3 in 10 public-records requests in Wisconsin not properly fulfilled

A statewide public records audit found that one in 10 requests for basic documents were denied or ignored by local governments. Another two in 10 requests were fulfilled only after records custodians required the requesters to identify themselves or explain why they wanted the documents, in violation of state law. >More
 Mayor Dave weekly whereabouts: A late autumn breather

With the months-long process of determining the 2009 Madison budget now in the rearview mirror, the schedule for Mayor Cieslewicz this week is a bit more mundane. >More
 Nancy Mistele a pistol

Nancy Mistele's opening shot in her planned challenge against County Executive Kathleen Falk was unusually harsh for local elective races but not out of character for her. >More
 On the Agenda: Dane County 2009 budget, dog parks and a troubled bar

The County Board takes up the $450 million budget for 2009. Here's guessing it won't be quite as contentious as the Madison Common Council's two-day budget battle last week. The county's budget includes funding for the troubled 911 center, three new social workers for Child Protective Services and a cost-of-living increase for social service agencies. >More
 Madison joins nationwide protest against Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage in California

Early Saturday afternoon, amidst the throngs of red-clad game day Badgers fans, a river of rainbow colors wound its way up State Street to the Capitol. Hundreds of people gathered as part of a nationwide day of protest against the passage of Proposition 8, the measure repealing the recently granted right of gay marriage in California. >More
 MATC's Shawna Carter receives Business Forum award

The Business Forum, a women's business organization in Madison, awarded the ATHENA Young Professional award Wednesday night to Shawna Carter, Associate Dean of the Arts & Sciences Center at Madison Area Technical College. The event and award helps mark the 20th anniversary of The Business Forum. >More
 Public Service Commission takes a stand against coal

Katie Nekola couldn't be happier. On Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission voted 3-0 against Alliant Energy Corporation's controversial $1.26 billion electrical generating plant in Cassville, Wis. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: The budget is for dogs

One thing that's missing from the schedule, at least in comparison to the last few years, is the hunting trip immediately after the budget battle. That's not an option this weekend, though, as the white-tailed deer general gun season in Wisconsin doesn't open until the following Saturday. >More
 On the Agenda: Madison, County 2009 budgets are in, let fighting begin!

The council begins deliberations on a budget that includes something for everyone ... to hyperventilate about. There are 45 proposed amendments for the 2009 operating budget and 28 to the 2009 capital budget. The biggest battle will be over whether to raise cash bus fares by 50 cents to $2. >More
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