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Some immigrants facing deportation get a reprieve from Dane County prosecutors -- but not Alexander Timofeev

Christmas arrived a few days early for Sergio Cortes. On Dec. 19, a Dane County judge officially dismissed the Madison man's 1997 conviction for having sexual contact with a minor over 16. The consequences of vacating the conviction are life-changing: Cortes, a native of Mexico, is no longer subject to automatic deportation by federal immigration authorities. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Wisconsin and its alcohol problem

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga, in collaboration with artist Jon Lyons, explores the widespread use of alcohol in Wisconsin with a graphic cover story in the January 3 issue, and discussed their cartoon with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the January 2 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Few candidates file for Dane County's spring 2014 elections

Several offices in Dane County and Madison are up for election this spring, but few people are running for them. The deadline to declare candidacy was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. All 37 seats on the Dane County Board of Supervisors are up for election, but only seven of them will be contested. >More
 Dane County voters to soon mark ballots with ovals rather than lines

Dane County and Madison are unveiling new voting tabulators this week, inviting people to try them out at eight different libraries. They system isn't radically different from the old one, but voters will be asked to vote in slightly different ways. >More
 Gov. Walker's opposition to pardons could be risky in the political arena

A recent Wisconsin State Journal article told the story of how decorated military veteran Eric Pizer is seeking a pardon from Scott Walker, despite the Republican governor's bold stance against any and all pardons. >More
 Occupy Madison gets pointers on housing options for homeless

Occupy Madison has set its sights on what at first seems like an impossibly naive goal: creating an eco-village of tiny homes that could be a cooperative community for the homeless. >More
 Mansion Hill development by Steve Brown Apartments gets thumbs down from Madison city staff

A city planning staff report recommends that the Madison Landmarks Commission turn down a request by Steve Brown Apartments to demolish a house at 127 W. Gilman St. in the Mansion Hill Historic District. The report also recommends that the panel reject the developer's current proposal, which calls for replacing two houses and the Highlander, a student high-rise, with three five-story brownstone apartment buildings. >More
 Gov. Walker sticks to campaign finance spin as election year approaches

Don't get him started. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, asked if he thinks politicians including himself are as susceptible to the corrupting influence of money as the labor unions he bashes in his new book, has plenty to say -- about the labor unions. >More
 Walker officials could face depositions in Wisconsin Capitol ticket cases

Since imposing new permitting rules for the state Capitol, the chief administrators of the policy have been virtually silent on the details. They have left almost all comment to Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis. But a new state appeals court ruling could put Capitol Police Chief David Erwin, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch and Capitol Police officers on the hot seat. >More
 Lynne Van Hollen to join Wisconsin Department of Corrections as assistant legal counsel

Lynne Van Hollen has been named an assistant legal counsel at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Van Hollen, who is married to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, will start January 13, says Joy Staab, director of public affairs for the Department. >More
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