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What's on the spring 2013 ballot in Dane County?

Although nearly 80% of Dane County voters cast a ballot in the November presidential election, local officials are predicting typical low turnout for the upcoming spring election on Tuesday, April 2. Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl says she has ordered enough ballots for a 30% turnout, and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell predicts fewer than 25% of eligible voters will turn out countywide. >More
 Closing reception celebrates community at East Washington daytime warming shelter

Downtown Madison's daytime warming shelter on East Washington Avenue is closing on March 31, but the atmosphere at Thursday afternoon's volunteer appreciation reception is positive, reflecting a group that is proud to show off its unique community. >More
 Zoning Board of Appeals says 'no' to Occupy Madison camp near I-90/94

Madison's Zoning Board of Appeals typically handles requests from homeowners who want to build a detached garage or an addition that juts into their neighborhood's required setbacks. On Wednesday night, they were asked to grapple with the much more complicated social issue of homelessness. It was not a task they relished. >More
 Campaign mailer from 'shadowy' Building a Stronger Wisconsin PAC hits Madison's near east side

"Say no to Marsha Rummel," reads the flyer's headline, referencing the incumbent alder who has represented District 6 on the Common Council since 2007. Tiny type at the bottom indicates the piece is "Approved and paid for by Building a Stronger Wisconsin PAC, Randy Nash Treasurer." Rummel's opponent, Scott Thornton, disavows any knowledge of the piece. >More
 Madison police involved in shootings can get help to deal with trauma, but they don't have to

Even routine police work can be stressful, but the trauma of being involved in a shooting is so scarring it can often hasten the end of an officer's career. According to the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, 70% of police officers involved in shootings nationwide struggle with the subsequent trauma so much that they opt to leave the profession within seven years. >More
 Madison city council candidates Rummel, Thornton address voters one week before election

Madison's 6th aldermanic district, covering the near east side south of East Washington, is often held up as the city's most politically active and a Monday night city council candidate forum at St. Bernard's Church on Atwood Avenue reflected how seriously its residents approach local politics and policy. Three-term incumbent Ald. Marsha Rummel, a co-founder of Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, is challenged by Scott Thornton, president of the Marquette Neighborhood Association and a team leader in the State Budget Office. >More
 Roggensack holds sizeable lead over Fallone in Wisconsin Supreme Court fundraising

Over a recent six-week period, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone has seen a huge increase in campaign donations -- nearly quadrupling his total receipts -- but incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack is still far ahead in the quest for cash. New filings with the Government Accountability Board reveal that the candidates took in a combined $530,000 over the period between Feb. 5 and March 18, most of which came in after the Feb. 19 primary. >More
 Gumbogate resolved: New Orleans Take Out reinstates Ald. Marsha Rummel

Isthmus reported Thursday that John Roussos had barred Rummel from eating at New Orleans Take Out on Fordem Avenue because she voted for the plan to add bike lanes to North Sherman Avenue and turn it from a four-lane street to two-lane road. But Roussos soon had a change of heart and apologized to Rummel later that day in an email. >More
 Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson defends Wisconsin Supreme Court's role to Joint Finance Committee

During Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's budget testimony before the Joint Finance Committee, some Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to ask politically motivated questions that strayed from the subject at hand. >More
 University of Wisconsin Police captain charged with disorderly conduct

A University of Wisconsin Police Department captain has been charged with disorderly conduct for disturbing a woman he did not know by using a law enforcement database to track her down and leave a Valentine's Day card on her car. >More
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