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Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Nov. 26 - Dec. 1

At this point in the college football season, you'll often hear cliché-spouting color commentators say "When you've played ten games, you're not a freshman anymore." I just heard some doofus say that about Badger wide receiver Kyle Jefferson a couple weeks ago. >More
 Prospects dim for campaign finance reform

Back in May, Jay Heck was feeling hopeful about the prospects for major reform in how money influences elections in Wisconsin. "On paper, it really looks a lot better than it has in the past," Heck, the executive director for Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said at the time. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Nov. 19 - 23

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's office makes it a point each year to point out that he's not just taking a few vacation days in late November, he's going deer hunting. This is always presented as kind of a refutation, as though those who criticize Mayor Dave for being a bleeding-heart lefty will somehow be turned back at the news that he likes to head into the woods and blow away animals for fun. >More
 Drink up, it's Blabberbudget time

It was 9:15 on Wednesday night and the Madison city council had spent more than two hours debating just five of the 17 amendments to its 2008 capital budget. Ald. Thuy Pham-Remmele plaintively asked, "Are we going to go on all night?" >More
 The appeal of Ron Paul

Take a drive in the country in southern Wisconsin and you'll likely see the signs: "Ron Paul." They're not exactly everywhere, but there do seem to be many more of them than for other presidential candidates of either party. Something about Paul, a veteran congressman from Texas, strikes a chord with Wisconsin voters. >More
 Bigelow defeats Wallace for Dane Dems chairmanship

Despite an intense flurry of politicking via phone, online, and in person, the outcome of the vote for the next chair of the Dane County Democratic Party wasn't close. Incumbent chair Wayne Bigelow handily defeated challenger Russell Wallace at the party's membership meeting in the Concourse Hotel on Wednesday evening by a vote of 208 to 123. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Nov. 12 - 16

It's "Budget Week," which means three consecutive Common Council meetings during which Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will preside over that body's attempt to determine revenue and expenditure policy for the coming year in Madison. For those who view local politics as a spectator sport, that means hours spent glued to Madison City Channel 12. It's sausage making at its best, complete with baffling bromides, atrocious accusations and confounding concessions. >More
 Wisconsin cable bill channels flow of dollars

The so-called Video Competition bill eliminates many consumer protections for cable television subscribers, deletes funding for community access channels in three years, and will likely do nothing to lower cable rates. But on Thursday, the state Senate passed it anyway. >More
 Madison's Peace Prize winners

For Ken Skog, it came as a pleasant surprise. "It was kind of a fun thing," says Skog, an economist with the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, on hearing last month that he'd won -- sort of -- the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. "Folks at the lab made a big to-do about it." >More
 Saving energy at the zoo

For the past few years, Dane County has been working to make its buildings more energy-efficient, hoping to save taxpayers thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs and reduce environmental impact. One main focus of these efforts has been the Henry Vilas Zoo. >More
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