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View photos of the Wisconsin rally for Obama at the Kohl Center in Madison

Barack Obama drew an overflowing crowd of supporters to the Kohl Center on Tuesday night his first campaign stop in Wisconsin this year. An estimated 18,400 persons filled the arena to record levels, with another 2,000 or so gathered in an overflow room, all watching the Illinois senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination deliver a victory speech following primary wins in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The audience was, needless to say, very excited. >More
 Live-blogging the Wisconsin rally with Barack Obama at the Kohl Center in Madison

Presidential candidates and their supporters are converging on Wisconsin over the next week in advance of the state's primary on Tuesday, February 19. Madison is no exception. The city has already seen an appearance by Chelsea Clinton at UW-Madison on Monday, and will host visits by Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee on Thursday. A stop by Hillary Clinton is also expected, though no details have been announced, nor any visit by John McCain. The highest-profile visit by far, though, is one by Barack Obama at the Kohl Center on the night of the Potomac primaries. >More
 Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz endorses Barack Obama

It's really no surprise that Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz announced his support for the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon. Previously a backer of John Edwards, the mayor's official support for the Illinois senator has been sought after by campaigners in Madison. Now with Obama speaking on Tuesday evening at the Kohl Center -- in the biggest political rally in town in nearly four years -- hizzoner is jumping on the bandwagon at a particularly opportune time. >More
 Ron McCrea backs changes at The Capital Times

"It's been no fun dying on the vine," says Ron McCrea, senior news editor of The Capital Times. McCrea, 65, knows something about dying. He presided over the death of the strike paper known as the Madison Press Connection in 1980 and then went to work for the Washington Star, which abruptly shut down in 1981 after 128 years. And then there's his own near-death from a cancerous liver only to be saved by a transplant operation in April 2007. In a phone interview last Friday night, McCrea sounded like a guy who has new lease on life, in more ways than one. >More
 Wisconsin progressives warm up for Obama visit to Madison

A spirited crowd of Barack Obama supporters filled the Majestic Theatre on Monday evening in a lefty-flavored prelude to an actual appearance by the candidate at the Kohl Center on Tuesday. Sandwiched between a pair of sets provided by the disco-dance nonet V05, a series of progressive elected officials and activists from Madison and Milwaukee hit the stage and exhorted the crowd to spend the next week before the Wisconsin primary stumping for the Illinois senator. >More
 Chelsea Clinton delivers at UW-Madison in second Wisconsin appearance

The atmosphere was anything but electric at the UW Memorial Union today, where for more than 90 minutes potential two-time First Daughter Chelsea Clinton exercised near-androidal command of Hillary Clinton's policy details as she fielded questions from a largely female audience. Chelsea, who in December refused to answer a question posed by a nine-year-old reporter, has made a sudden about face, riding onto college campuses nationwide over the last few weeks trying to corral the elusive youth vote. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Cable access analysis

I never watch WYOU. There, I said it. I figure that my TV viewing hours are limited, so I usually waste them on sports. Or 30 Rock. Anyway, I have nothing against cable access, per se, but find that it doesn't entertain as much as it mystifies, so I avoid it. >More
 Madison gets ready for Obama rally at Kohl Center on Tuesday

Anticipation is building among voters in Wisconsin as national political attention focuses on the state in advance of its presidential primary in just over a week. Campaigns are gearing up for appearances, and both the state and Madison will get its first candidate visit of 2008 when Barack Obama holds a rally at the Kohl Center on Tuesday, February 12. Needless to say, supporters of the Illinois senator and political observers are energized. >More
 Madison reacts to The Capital Times refit

When Capital Newspapers revealed Thursday morning that The Capital Times is ending its 90 year run as a daily newspaper this spring, reactions from readers were swift. Like others, I was both shocked yet ultimately unsurprised by the announcement. >More
 Dharma teacher Cheri Maples: The healing impulse

Perhaps best known as a former Madison police officer and assistant Wisconsin attorney general, Cheri Maples has redirected her life to become a private consultant and teacher intent on healing the trauma of people working at all levels of the criminal justice system -- people who confront violence with a frequency that renders them, as she puts it, "consumers of violence," as she herself was throughout her career in the criminal justice system. How does one grow across the span of 17 years from a City of Madison police officer to become a dharma teacher? >More
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