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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
 On the Agenda: Got any 'big ideas' for downtown?

The City of Madison begins a series of public meetings on the future of downtown. Tuesday's meeting focuses on tourists and culture, Wednesday's on downtown business and Thursday's on living downtown. Residents are encouraged to come with their "big ideas." >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Back from train-loving Germany

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is back in town this week following his trip to Freiburg, Madison's sister city in Germany. I was in Germany myself a few weeks ago, but up north in Berlin. Visits to that part of the world must be bittersweet for alternative transit advocates like Mayor Dave. >More
 Madison sets 365-day precipitation record

Scott Lindstrom of the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison checks in with the news that we have just lived through the wettest 365 consecutive days on record in Madison. An instrumentation technician, Lindstrom, 47, has an innate curiosity about these kinds of data-driven phenomena -- along with sharp eyes for scouring the historical records and the patience for crunching the numbers. >More
 On the Agenda: A snazzy new library and another fight over bus wraps

Madison's downtown library is a pit. The building has a permanent musty smell and its design evokes a bomb shelter, with thick walls and lots of hard surfaces. A library should be warm and welcoming, not cold and industrial. The city has wanted to upgrade its central library for a while now, but the stars may finally be aligning. >More
 The great divide in Cross Plains

Jerome Esser grows corn, beans and alfalfa on a farm in Cross Plains that's been in the family for 113 years. Over the past decade and a half, he's watched in frustration as newcomers have moved into this rural community in western Dane County and tried to change it. >More
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