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League of Women Voters of Dane County releases 2008 fall primary voters' guide

The League of Women Voters of Dane County has published the latest edition of Candidates' Answers, an independent and nonpartisan voters guide to the office seekers in the primary and general elections every spring and fall. Unlike previous cycles, though, this particular set of questions-and-answers offered to all candidates is being published online rather than in print. >More
 Children die, oversight committee snoozes

When a Dane County social worker last summer sent six-week-old Anastasia Vang back home, where police say her mother tortured her to death, county officials called this an "aberration." >More
 Dan Nerad gets it!

When I opened an email from my mom relating that Dr. Nerad had called our home shortly after my column was printed, I almost thought she was joking. He wants to meet with you, she wrote, to hear more about your ideas on student engagement. She wasn't kidding -- and neither is Nerad, whom I met with recently at the Doyle Building, the school district's administrative headquarters. >More
 On the Agenda: Allied Drive project's budget blunder

The CDA meets to discuss a potential contract with Eppstein Uhen Architects -- you know, the firm that came in with a proposal to do design services for the redevelopment of Allied Drive. A proposal that was more than $700,000 over budget. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Dining with regents, not bloggers

On Saturday night, at Madison's Favorite Block Party, I was fortunate to run into JM and Nichole of Eating in Madison A to Z, one of the city's most popular blogs and an indispensible guide to our city's wealth of dining options. If you haven't perused their site yet, do so now. I'll wait. >More
 Five Wisconsin State Journal staffers accept buyouts

Isthmus has learned that five veteran staffers of the Wisconsin State Journal have accepted the paper's offer of job buyouts, as a cost-cutting measure. Bill Wineke, Anita Clark, Jean Peterson, Joe Jackson, and Ron Larson have all agreed to buyouts based on years of service. >More
 81st Wisconsin Assembly District candidates agree to agree at forum

Voters who haven't made up their mind about which Democrat to support in the 81st Assembly District race got little help at Wednesday night's debate. All six of the candidates vying to replace Dave Travis struggled to differentiate themselves. But let's face it: They are Democrats, which means they agree on most issues. And they were debating before a crowd of fellow Democrats, which means they weren't going to stray much from the party line. It would have been more interesting to see them debate before a crowd of voters in Waunakee. >More
 The promise of prairie pellets

Amid fields of corn and soybean near Evansville, Wis., Mark Doudlah grows nearly 1,000 acres of native prairie plants. He harvests the seedpods and isolates the seeds from about 125 species. A few years ago, he also began pelleting and burning the chaff. >More
 Health care expenses: Your money or your life

In 2005, while taking a winter vacation in Florida with her fiancé, Bonnie Barklow noticed a lump in her left breast. Upon her return home in March, the lump was biopsied, and she was diagnosed with localized breast cancer. The tumor was treated with Taxol, a chemotherapy drug. The tumor went into remission, and Barklow continued to take her yearly winter trips to Florida. >More
 On the Agenda: Madison residents get say on budget

So apparently, less than a dozen people showed up at Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's first public hearing on the budget last week. That could be either because the meeting wasn't well publicized (it wasn't even included on the city's weekly meeting list) or because it's hard to testify about a budget you haven't seen yet. >More
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