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Madison council candidate Satya Rhodes-Conway launches campaign

One of, if not the hottest race for the Madison Common Council in the spring 2007 elections is for the District 12 seat being vacated by Ald. Brian Benford. Located on the north and east sides of the city from the Yahara River to Warner Park to the edge of the airport, the district aldermanic seat is being contested by two respected neighborhood activists both supported by numerous elected officials and community members. One of these candidates is Satya Rhodes-Conway, a homeowner in the Eken Park neighborhood who has worked as an educator and municipal policy activist. A brief interview with Rhodes-Conway follows below. >More
 Council coattails

The Palace Latin Club is buzzing as Madison's candidates for city council chat about the upcoming April election and listen to the alt-rock harmonies of Blueheels. Former Ald. Gary Poulson says he's running again for the District 20 seat after his unsuccessful 2005 campaign to retake the seat he stepped down from in 2003. Of course, Poulson is at the club to support Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who also happens to be running. >More
 'Why stop now?'

Surrounded by dozens of supporters, faced by a scrum of local media and observers, and in the midst of a frosty wind just after noon today, Dave Cieslewicz formally introduced his campaign to run for a second term as mayor of the city of Madison. Standing on the steps of the City County Building downtown, Cieslewicz delivered remarks in which he promoted his record over the last four years, and identified eight major issues he is looking to address should he get reelected. A video clip of a portion of his remarks, and a brief interview about whether or not the city is better off than it was four years ago follows below. >More
 Housing law called 'emotionally draining'

But the LaCloches found that the IZ (inclusionary zoning) law is far from user-friendly, especially when dealing with a developer who may resent having to offer lower-cost units. In their case, the developer questioned everything from their income eligibility to whether they could buy amenities like parking or storage. It took them nearly a year of wrangling before they finally moved into the unit in October. >More
 Allen, Cieslewicz online campaigns underway

Just as the candidates differ in their views on several important issues, their approaches to designing, maintaining and even hosting their sites vary as well. Allen's online list of priorities indicates that the state of Madison's economy and the mayor's relationship with the local business community will be some of his campaign's biggest issues. So it's interesting to note that while the Cieslewicz campaign is working with Madison companies to produce his site, Allen has sought the services of firms outside the city. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Nov. 26 - Dec. 1

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is anti-business, his detractors like to shout. Talk radio hosts plead for people to realize just how anti-business he is and how he likes to side with Progressive Dane's social agenda against business at every opportunity. Heck, mayoral candidate Ray Allen's first radio ads say "Lately, our business climate is weakening." >More
 An underwhelimng resolution

The Madison Common Council passed two major resolutions at its meeting on Tuesday night, both having to do with the consequences of sexual assault in the city. The first requires pharmacies in Madison to post notices about the availability of emergency contraception at other locations if they don't carry the over-the-counter version named Plan B. The second is the Patty resolution, which provides compensation for a sexual assualt victim who was further victimized by the city, prohibits the city from contracting with the Axley Byrnelson law firm for a decade, and requires the MPD to establish policies for the fair treatment of sexual assault victims. >More
 Rainwater halts East High redesign

The uproar over proposed changes in East High School's curriculum has apparently prompted Madison School Superintendent Art Rainwater to announce a halt to any plans to change programming at Madison's four major high schools. >More
 'The worst they've ever been'

Asabi Hayes arrived for a meeting last month at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center and was told she wasn't welcome. The meeting was for residents of two north-side apartments, the Woodlands and Woodland Park, who didn't want her there, saying they feared retaliation. Hayes, hired in August to manage these apartments, broke down in tears. >More
 Coming soon to Dejope Gaming?

Ever since renovations began at Dejope over the summer, rumors have been swirling about the potential for expanded gaming operations. Formerly run as a bingo hall, the facility has been revamped to accommodate banks of video bingo machines. In recent months, the facility has been rebranded as Dejope Gaming, with promises of major changes on the way. >More
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