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Mud is flying in Supreme Court race

Michael Gableman says he'd like to keep his bid for state Supreme Court focused on "the sharp contrasts" between himself and his opponent, Justice Louis Butler. Those contrasts, as the Burnett County judge presents them, are between a "judicial activist" who coddles criminals and legislates from the bench - that's Butler - and a "judicial conservative" who would fairly apply the law and give a fair shake to all litigants. That's Gableman. >More
 Falk on booze culture: Enough already!

Ever since Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk lost the race for state attorney general in 2006, she's seemed a little lost. Sure, she's been out campaigning for Hillary Clinton and faithfully fulfilling her county duties. But often when Falk talks about county issues, she seems a bit bored. But now she seems to be finding her footing again, and recently announced a new initiative to combat Wisconsin's love affair with alcohol. >More
 Madison school board candidates discus the Anthony Hirsch case and school boundaries

Hmm. This is interesting. To varying degrees, both Madison school board candidates express unease with the school district's failure to report a suspected sex offender to state authorities. Ed Hughes, who is running unopposed for Seat 7, raises the most questions, but Marj Passman, the lone candidate for Seat 6, also is critical. On the other hand, both support the Madison school board's recent decision on school boundaries, and both Passman and Hughes praise a committee's recent report on school names. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: So who's this Ray Harmon guy?

Harmon will join the Fink boys in meeting with Mayor Dave on Thursday. The Finks, as you might remember, represent Joseph Freed and Associates, the development firm responsible for reshaping the Hilldale Shopping Center. >More
 Standing up for the homeless

Kristen Petroshius understands the city of Madison has to do something to deal with the problems posed by homeless people who gather in places like Brittingam Park. She just doesn't like what it's trying to do. >More
 Madison school board (unopposed) candidates take on charter schools

More and more Wisconsin school districts are experimenting with charter schools. Some 231 are in operation. Most have a specialty focus and are exempted from certain state regulations to facilitate new approaches to learning. Madison with its almost 25,000 students has held back, authorizing just two charters, the bilingual Nuestro Mundo on the east side, and the south side's Wright Middle School, which despite its charter designation offers a program similar to Madison's other middle schools. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: It's all about the 'hoods

If Tip O'Neil was right when he said that all politics is local, then it stands to reason that local politics are based in what happens at the neighborhood level. Consider that the biggest local story of last year in Madison was the concern expressed by residents of a handful of westside neighborhoods over crime. That development led directly to Mayor Dave Cieslewicz calling for the addition of 30 new police officers in his 2008 budget. >More
 Coverage and commentary on the changes at The Capital Times

Madison's afternoon newspaper The Capital Times announced on February 7 that it would be ceasing daily publication after more than 90 years of operation. Starting at the end of April, the business will end its run and convert into a pair of weekly tabloid newspapers with daily online reporting. These changes are a major transformation in both the region's media landscape as well as the broader industry. >More
 Capital Times' loss could be Wiscsonsin State Journal's gain

What is the Wisconsin State Journal trying to hide? Officials at the Madison's morning newspaper are refusing to say how the demise of The Capital Times as an afternoon daily will affect their own operation. Publisher Bill Johnston and others rebuffed interview requests, with managing editor Tim Kelley offering a relatively courteous "No comment." >More
 Moneybags and mouthpieces

One thing is certain about this spring's state Supreme Court election: However much Justice Louis Butler and his challenger, Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gableman, spend to get elected will be easily surpassed by spending by outside groups on their behalf. >More
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