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Wisconsin marshals an army of poll workers for its elections

Millions upon millions of dollars poured into political campaigns. Candidate appearances and yard signs and the blitzkrieg of political ads. None of these would mean a thing if it weren't for the actual casting of votes, and the systems in place to make this happen. >More
 'Race to Equity' report catalogs 'extreme' racial disparities in Dane County

There's a contradiction in Dane County that is becoming hard to ignore. While the community is known for its high standard of living, educated workforce and progressive values, multiple studies have found African Americans here have one of the highest arrest and incarceration rates in the country, do poorly in school relative to whites, and live far more often in poverty. >More
 Soglin's $260.7 million 2014 operating budget acts on campaign promise to help Madison's poor

Mayor Paul Soglin proposed a 2014 operating budget for the city of Madison that reflects his 2011 campaign promise to do more for the poor. >More
 Judge Doyle Square proposals arrive just as state threatens to strip Madison's hotel room tax funding

Two development groups have submitted detailed proposals for the massive Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison just as the Wisconsin Legislature is proposing to strip the city of its main mechanism for funding Monona Terrace -- hotel room tax revenues. >More
 Madison mayor, council look for ways to create "placemaking" opportunities for the city

Mayor Paul Soglin met informally with several members of Common Council Friday afternoon to talk about opportunities for "placemaking." The meeting came on the heels of a series of workshops led by Fred Kent, founder of the Project for Public Spaces earlier this week. >More
 Environmental concerns remain over moving Rhythm & Booms fireworks show to Lake Monona

It looks like concerns over the environmental impacts of Rhythm & Booms will follow the fireworks show from its original location in Warner Park to downtown Madison. At a special meeting Thursday of Madison's Committee on the Environment, citizens and elected officials expressed skepticism that shooting off fireworks over Lake Monona would be safe for the lake and its ecosystems. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The future of UW Library Mall

Isthmus contributor Jay Rath reports on how the university and city are working on plans to renovate Library Mall in the September 27 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the September 26 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Your guide to Obamacare: Here's everything you need to know, Dane County

Is Obamacare the destruction of the American healthcare system or baby steps toward making it better for everyone? Hospitals are getting ready. Insurers and employers are, too. To help the rest of us prepare, here are 15 things you need to know come Oct. 1. >More
 Making UW Library Mall a "destination" again

If you're tired of the mess that is Library Mall, get used to it. It's going to remain a construction zone for at least four more years. And when it reopens, the iconic fountain at its center may be missing. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the city are considering several plans for the area. The Common Council is expected to vote on conceptual plans on Oct. 1. >More
 Mayor Soglin calls impromptu Common Council meeting with mystery agenda

Mayor Paul Soglin has called a special meeting with the Madison Common Council for Friday afternoon, although he is vague about what he wants to discuss. "I wouldn't even call it a meeting," he says in a phone interview Wednesday morning. >More
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