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County Board Countdown: Dist. 18 -- Sal Al-Ashkar vs. Dorothy Wheeler

Incumbent Dorothy Wheeler doesn't regard her challenger, Sal Al-Ashkar, as much of a threat. And since Dist. 18, on the north side of Madison, is not embroiled in the public safety or traffic controversies that have become big issues in other County Board races, she may be right. Voters might decide to stick with the incumbent here. >More
 Madison school board candidates Hughes and Passman discuss the achievement gap

In one key way, the Madison school district is no different than any other urban school system in the country -- poor kids and kids of color just aren't learning as much as other students. We asked the two Madison school board candidates on the April 1 ballot how they would address the achievement gap. Interestingly, both see early education as part of the solution, but both also stopped short of endorsing the introduction of 4-year-old kindergarten in Madison. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 33 -- Jack Martz vs. Nancy Hylbert

Dane County District 33 is all about Fitchburg, the suburb located to the southwest of Madison that includes plenty of new development along with green space and farm land. As is the case with many other races for supervisor, the two candidates in 33 -- challenger Nancy Hylbert and incumbent Jack Martz -- differ over the Regional Transit Authority. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 9 -- Dianne Hesselbein vs. Ruth Ann Schoer

Dane County District 9 hugs the Beltline on the far west side of Madison and west Middleton. The district includes a lot of the county's recent development and potential for much more, particularly in north Middleton along Airport Road. >More
 County Board Countdown -- Dist. 12: Ted Krez v. Paul Rusk

Ted Krez is doing what he can do drum up opposition to Supv. Paul Rusk, an incumbent has been on the board since 2002. Krez, who manages Lakewood Realty, has assailed Rusk for not supporting a move to add 12 more deputies to the Sheriff's department (which, again for the record, Sheriff Dave Mahoney did not support either). And Krez is making hay over Rusk's vote to give Dane County supervisors a 17% raise, from $7,000 a year to $8,200. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Tourney time

Several years ago, when Dave Cieslewicz was first running for mayor, I asked some members of his campaign for a copy of his NCAA basketball tournament picks, so as to compare them to those of his opponent at the time, former Mayor Paul Soglin. They refused, saying there was no way they could find the time to accomplish that task, as the campaign itself was so demanding. >More
 Madison exceeds 100 inches of snowfall for the winter

Some weeks ago, when yet another substantial snowstorm buried Madison's old seasonal snowfall record of 76.1 inches set during the winter of 1978-79, a colleague told me that he'd got wind of some projections suggesting we might surpass 100 inches before this winter called it a season. "100 inches?!?!?!? No way," I scoffed. "Maybe 90." But a 100-inch winter? Even for a devout winter worshipper like me, the audacity of such a hope was too unreasonable to entertain. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 4 -- Brett Hulsey vs. Greg Hull

Nowhere else does the question of what to do about Dane County's traffic problem loom larger than in Dist. 4. The district, on the west side of Madison, includes the heavily congested University Avenue, Mineral Point Road and Old Sauk Road. So it's not surprising that both candidates picked traffic -- and the proposed Regional Transit Authority -- as the issue that resonates with voters the most. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 28 -- Susan Beil vs. Kurt Schlicht

The village of Cross Plains was one of the first Dane County communities to vote against a proposed Regional Transit Authority. And you can thank Kurt Schlicht for that. As a village trustee, he takes credit for the rush to declare the RTA, which would raise funds for roads, bus service and commuter rail, a no-go in Cross Plains. Schlicht and his opponent, Susan Beil, a member of the Wisconsin Heights school board, are vying to replace Vern Wendt. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 1 -- Scott McDonell vs. J.P. Heyn

Scott McDonell is one of the Dane County Board's more entrenched incumbents -- which is why it was a pleasant surprise to see J.P. Heyn take a whack at him. But Heyn, a 31-year-old sales representative with no political experience, is not a threat to McDonell. >More
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