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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
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Nov. 5 - 10

Like us all, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has gotta eat. And this week's schedule displays just how fun it must be, at times, to take a mayoral lunch break. Monday he dines with Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, a traditional ally with whom he has clashed in recent months, as well as Neil Heinen and George Nelson of Channel 3/Madison Magazine fame. The location has not been disclosed, but the guess here is that this quartet will not be eating sloppy joes in the basement of the City-County Building. >More
 Stormwater runoff challenge looms

Greg Fries feels like he's gotten stuck cleaning up somebody else's mess. Much of the work he's doing to improve stormwater quality in Madison owes to infrastructure put in place decades ago with little consideration to water quality. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's schedule is packed this week with events both whimsical and sustainable. Most interesting, perhaps, is the ride-along with city appraiser Karen Karnel on Thursday. >More
 In search of civility

"Civility" is not a word I normally associate with "politics." That's why I wonder what kind of nominees the city of Madison will get for its first Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award. Nominees are due by Nov. 15 and the award will be handed out a few weeks later. >More
 Why won't ATC bury the lines?

It's been done in Chicago, Boston, San Diego and San Francisco. The state of Connecticut passed a law requiring it whenever possible. And it's commonplace in Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. >More
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