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Madison city committee plans for more state-imposed restrictions on tenant protections

A new bill that would strip even more tenant protections from Madison's housing ordinances has one city committee already planning how to tackle the fallout should it become law. >More
 Madison Birth Center blames its demise on HMO refusal to cover services

You'd think a free-standing birth center in progressive Madison, Wisconsin would be wildly successful, or at least comfortably sustainable. Not so, according to Jennifer Bell, who bought the Aszani Kunkler-founded Madison Birth Center in 2011 and announced its November closing on Tuesday night. >More
 Will major development change the character of State Street?

Max Grinnell fell in love for the first time on State Street. Not with any particular person, but with the urban setting in all its messy beauty. "It was an exciting place to be. The reason I was down here so much was that my father operated a film society on campus and showed a lot of movies at Vilas Hall," Grinnell remembers. "I was down here, putting up posters, watching people, looking into the storefronts." >More
 The making of a downtown tradition: Concerts on the Square turns 30

For a free event, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square series has meant big business for everyone from baristas to barristers and bassists, too. It may prove to be the greatest engine for cultural enhancement, community spirit and economic development ever devised by a single Madisonian. >More
 ALRC delays overhaul of downtown Madison alcohol licensing process

Although the recommendations for revising Madison's alcohol licensing process hold far-reaching consequences, the Alcohol License Review Committee determined Wednesday night it needed more information as well as a review by the city's legal counsel before it could have a meaningful discussion on the proposals. To expedite this process, the committee unanimously recommended extending the current ordinance, due to expire Aug. 1, to Jan. 1, 2014. >More
 Wisconsin voters oppose state wolf hunt 8 to 1 in Humane Society survey

According to a statewide phone survey, Wisconsin voters of all political stripes from around the state overwhelmingly oppose the state's newly inaugurated wolf hunt. >More
 UW System blasted for selecting WiscNet to once again provide campus Internet service

Two years ago, the state Legislature moved to sever the University of Wisconsin's ties to a provider of Internet service. Now some lawmakers are outraged that the UW System has picked this same provider to continue serving its campuses. >More
 Checking in with state Rep. Melissa Sargent during the Wisconsin Assembly's 2013-15 budget session

With Republicans controlling both houses of the Wisconsin state legislature, as well as the governor's office, it can be dispiriting to be a Democrat working at the Capitol during the current budget session. What's it like to be a first-term representative within the minority party, trying to learn the process let alone figure out what role to play? >More
 Erik Gunn discusses Wisconsin's rejection of Medicaid funds on WORT

Isthmus contributor Erik Gunn reports on the potential consequences of Wisconsin rejecting Medicaid funds in the June 13 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Women lawmakers share stories about rape, difficult pregnancies in Wisconsin ultrasound bill debate

This was no ordinary debate in the Wisconsin Legislature. Rep. Mandy Wright (D-Wausau) shared publicly for the first time that she had been raped when she was 8. Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) talked in public for the first time about the anguish she felt when told 17 years ago that one of the twins she was carrying had died in utero and that she had to make a choice to "save the life" of her other son. >More
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