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Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Johnson Street is no vacation

Thursday morning, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is hosting a discussion involving the "Vacation of Johnson Street." Now, while many of the residents of East Johnson Street appear to be on permanent vacations, as they lounge on their porches and saunter over to Cork 'n Bottle for a crisp IPA or something, this meeting will hopefully address the challenges faced by small businesses on Johnson Street in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood. >More
 WMC rips liberal critics, avoids naming Epic

The war between Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and its liberal critics escalated today as WMC wrapped itself in the flag of free speech and denounced the critics for running "an organized campaign involving misinformation, intimidation and threats of boycott." The WMC opinion column, widely distributed to the media, is written by James Buchen, WMC's vice president for government relations. >More
 What we still don't know in the Joel Marino murder case

At last Friday's buoyant media-circus press conference, Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard cautioned that Adam C. Peterson has not been convicted of anything and is, as a matter of law, "presumed innocent." Perhaps there's a perfectly logical explanation for why the 20-year-old UW-Madison dropout's DNA ended up on the knife used to kill Joel Marino on Jan. 28, along with other items tied to the crime. You've heard of the Immaculate Conception? >More
 On the Agenda: To wrap or not to wrap Madison buses

The Madison Common Council once again takes up the question of whether to fully wrap Madison Metro buses in advertising. Passengers complain that the wraps make it hard to see and people with disabilities have noted that guide dogs don't recognize buses when they're wrapped in a Miller Lite ad. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Dinner with Terrence Wall

Thursday evening, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will break bread with local developer Terrence Wall, a guy who thinks the world would be a much better place if local government would simply green light his developments and refrain from asking tough questions. >More
 Epic updates WMC stance as Cullen fallout spreads

Epic Systems issued a new statement on Friday in its feud with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, stressing the bipartisan nature of its executives deciding to avoid doing business with firms that support the big-business group. "Our decision-making process was thoughtful and deliberate," the managers said, involving multiple management teams whose members "represented all political persuasions -- from conservative to liberal, and everywhere in between." >More
 Epic contractor J.P. Cullen & Sons drops WMC membership

The unabashed liberal sensibility of Epic System's Judy Faulkner became even more pronounced this week as her fast-growing software company -- normally a publicity-shy operation -- issued a public condemnation of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Blaming WMC's politicking for the "travesty of ethics" in this spring's state Supreme Court race, Epic's management announced that it would "try to work only with vendors that do not support WMC with its current management." >More
 New worries about Family Care

When Dane County released its actuarial study of Family Care last month, the results confirmed advocates' worst fears: The state's new long-term-care plan for the elderly and disabled would not pay as much for services as does Dane County's current program. The study found a nearly $1,800-per-person monthly gap between the two programs. >More
 George Twigg's exit interview

We'd like to conduct an exit interview with you via email, as time permits. It will probably be an online offering, but if it's funny enough we may splurge on some ink. >More
 Epic Systems creates 'green sprawl'

When Mike Slavney looks at the 400-acre Verona campus of Epic Systems Corp., he's impressed. Read part one of this series, Epic Systems: Epic Tale, for more background on the Dane County business titan. >More
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