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Live-blogging the 2008 spring general election in Madison

The scene couldn't be any different from the Wisconsin presidential primary on February 22. Even though it fell in the midst of what was arguably the worst month of the snowiest winter in Madison's history, interest and turnout in the election was tremendous, owing largely to an intense focus on the showdown between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. What do we get for the spring general election this April Fool's Day? Much less interest, despite a significant race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court along with the biannual ballot for supervisors here in Dane County. >More
 County Board Countdown: Ingham, Downing, Kensgaard and Solberg

After detailing responses from candidates in 13 of 17 County Board races to our County Board Countdown questions, we were left with four races for which we received responses from only one candidate. Steven Ingham in the 11th, Patrick Downing in the 30th, Gordon Kensgaard in the 34th and Cynda Solberg in the 36th were kind enough to get back to us. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Alvarez and other athletic bigwigs on the docket

A full entourage of UW Athletic Department officials meet with Mayor Dave Cieslewicz on Wednesday. Included in the group are not only Barry Alvarez, UW's athletic director, but several assistant ADs and Doug Chickering of the WIAA, which brings several state tournaments to Madison each year, particularly during March. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 26 -- Adrian Augustine vs. Mark Opitz

County Board District 26 covers much of northeast Middleton, wrapping around the northwest edge of Lake Mendota. The contest pits incumbent Mark Opitz against Adrian Augustine and appears to center on the commuter rail issue. Unlike other Dane County communities, Middleton will be directly affected by a line that would run from its downtown area through Madison to Sun Prairie. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 14 -- Vic Bankston vs. Melanie Hampton

Melanie Hampton and Vic Bankston are vying to fill the county board seat left empty by Madison Police Officer, and 2007 County Sheriff candidate, Mike Hansen. District 14 straddles Hwy. PD on the far southwest side of Madison. >More
 County Board Countdown: Dist. 5 -- Wyndham Manning vs. Conor O'Hagan

Students who run for political office are always accused of trying to pad their resumes. But you can't make that charge about Wyndham Manning and Conor O'Hagan, the two students who want to replace Supv. Ashok Kumar. Both have already been active in their communities. >More
 Coverage of the Madison school board elections in 2008

Just because they're uncontested, you shouldn't overlook the two races for the Madison school board on the April 1 ballot. There isn't a tougher job or a more important one in local politics than maintaining the high quality of the Madison schools and dealing with the serious problems that confront them. >More
 The changing of the board

A lawyer and former teacher will replace a lawyer and former teacher in the uncontested Madison school board elections on April 1. The result will be the most inexperienced board in years at a particularly important time for the city's public schools. >More
 John Matthews of MTI: A Lion in Winter

John Matthews planned to sneak out of an educational policy speech at the UW-Madison after giving some introductory remarks. He hoped to make it home by dinnertime. >More
 Wisconsin's faith-healing law faces fresh scrutiny

The death early this week of a young Wisconsin girl from a treatable form of diabetes, whose parents prayed over her rather than seek medical help, could re-ignite a debate over a state law that essentially shields such activity from criminal prosecution. >More
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