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Consultant urges Madison build hotel next to Monona Terrace, despite stagnant convention business

Heywood Sanders has seen this pitch before. The narrative goes something like this: cities build a downtown convention center in hopes of luring visitors who will spend lots of money in downtown restaurants, bars and shops. But the visitors don't quite come in the numbers consultants promised, so the city decides it needs to build a grand headquarters hotel nearby, which will make its facility much more attractive to organizations holding conventions. >More
 Controversial community garden approved for Brittingham Park

The Madison parks commission approved locating a community garden in Brittingham Park Wednesday night, ending a yearlong, contentious debate over its siting in the neighborhood along Monona Bay. The decision, which is final and does not require action by the Common Council, passed by a unanimous vote. With one park commissioner absent, all six members present noted that they were apprehensive because of the topic's divisiveness. >More
 Tammy Baldwin takes her fight for the middle class to U.S. Senate

Sure, Tammy Baldwin might be operating out of a double-wide trailer for the first few months of her U.S. Senate career, but she wants to be clear about one thing: "I'm not complaining in the least." Like all freshman senators, Baldwin must wait while more senior senators decide whether they will stay in their current offices or move to new ones. That means Baldwin is not expecting to move into her permanent office until late April or May. >More
 New U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan gets Madison office up and running

While Tammy Baldwin has months to go before moving into her permanent Senate digs, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has already settled into his new Capitol office. That's because the House of Representatives kicks departing members out of their offices in time for new members to move in by Jan. 1. >More
 Meet the Meetups: My foray into the world of online social groups

Andrea Rutledge, 43, an organizer with Madison's Forever Young Meetup group, decided to become more active as she faced the prospect of the empty nest. "I knew my son would be graduating in a few years, and at that point my life had revolved around him," she says. Through the Forever Young group, Rutledge has since taken part in "lots of really fun activities that I'd never heard of before or done by myself." >More
 Madison Police investigation of Paul Heenan shooting offers explanations, spurs protest

A Madison Police Department internal investigation has determined that Officer Steven Heimsness did not violate any department policies or procedures when he shot east-side resident Paul Heenan to death in an early morning confrontation on Nov. 9. During a press conference Wednesday, Chief Noble Wray said the department plans to return Heimsness to patrol. >More
 Madison Common Council candidate Christian Hansen cries foul on incumbent Scott Resnick's nominating petitions

The race for alder in the heavily-student populated 8th district turned ugly this week, with a challenge to both Ald. Scott Resnick's nominating petitions and his integrity. Christian Hansen, who is challenging Resnick, filed a complaint with the city clerk's office this week, noting that Resnick's nominating petitions do not include the year in the date column, as required. >More
 Madison Police issue report finding Officer Steve Heimsness justified in shooting death of Paul Heenan

The Madison Police Department has found that the use of deadly force by Officer Steve Heimsness, when he shot and killed Paul Heenan outside a Baldwin Street home November 9, was "objectively reasonable and in compliance with Madison Department Policy." Chief Noble Wray released a 37-page report detailing the department's internal investigation of the shooting at a news conference Wednesday at the City-County Building. >More
 Wisconsin again increases spending on outside contractors in fiscal 2012

State bureaucrats, it seems, are less than enthusiastic about the law requiring an annual report itemizing how much Wisconsin spends contracting out work to various service providers. Under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, the report was submitted as late as seven weeks past its Oct. 15 due date. Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed axing the requirement. Failing that, his administration turned in its first report, for fiscal 2011, more than eight months late and only after this column reported on the delay. >More
 Soglin to explore Wallace Foundation funding for after-school programs

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will be meeting Thursday with the Wallace Foundation in New York City to talk about after-school and summer recreation programs. The foundation bills itself as a "national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children." Soglin was inspired to connect with the group at National League of Cities conference in Boston in early December. >More
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