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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
 Judge Doyle Square opponent threatens A Room of One's Own bookstore with boycott

Sandy Torkildson is no stranger to boycotts or protests. The owner of A Room of One's Own bookstore just off State Street, Torkildson has at times faced the wrath of evangelical Christians upset with her carrying feminist and gay and lesbian literature. She even suspects, but can't prove, that her store has been vandalized because of the books she sells. >More
 UW-Madison alums decry Teach for America's connections to charter schools

Last year, 45 seniors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison went off to classrooms across the country for two-year tours with Teach for America. Founded in 1990, the program sends recent college graduates into under-served rural and urban school districts to bolster thin teacher corps and help improve the education of students in poverty. But in recent years, criticism of the program has become more widespread. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Earth Stew builds composting in Madison

Isthmus features editor Linda Falkenstein reports on Earth Stew and its approach to composting in the December 13 issue and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the December 12 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
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