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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
 Iraq and the will of the people

This is a time of grim milestones: The fifth anniversary of "shock and awe" on Wednesday, March 19, and the death of the 4,000th American service member in Iraq, which will occur soon. >More
 The rebirth of Park Street

When Lindsey Lee applied for a loan to open Cargo Coffee in a converted gas station on Park Street in 2001, he got a cold reception. Five banks, he says, turned thumbs down. Park Street was a good place to sell scrap metal and used car parts, not cappuccinos, they told him. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 7 -- Dave Glomp vs. Matt Veldran

It's not a surprise that Supv. Matt Veldran is facing a challenger this spring. His win over longtime board member David Blaska two years ago was an upset and helped hand control of the County Board to the liberals. But his seat is far from secure. His district, which includes southwest Madison and parts of Fitchburg, is not necessarily liberal. It's represented by one of the more conservative alders on the Madison Common Council, Thuy Pham-Remmele. >More
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