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Gates of Heaven polling location will remain in place, despite accessibility issues

When Gene Devitt voted in last spring's primary election at the Gates of Heaven Synagogue, he was dismayed to find that the bathroom was at the bottom of a narrow staircase. "I noticed a man in a wheelchair and a woman with a cane that I knew," says Devitt, chairman of the Mansion Hill Neighborhood Association. "I measured the staircase and you couldn't even get the wheelchair carrying it down. The woman that has the cane said that if she could go down the staircase she'd worry about falling." >More
 Getting politics down to a science

What is it that makes one person vote Democratic and another Republican? Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sums up some of the recent research done on this question. >More
 Citizens United opens funding spigot for Wisconsin candidates

Jay Heck is clear on who's to blame -- the U.S. Supreme Court. The executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonpartisan group that backs campaign finance reform, says the huge and perhaps record-breaking sums now flowing into Wisconsin's congressional races owe to the court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United. >More
 Paul Ryan is one of D.C.'s top fundraisers

When Paul Ryan was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1998, he raised $1.2 million to beat Lydia Spottswood, who raised $1.3 million, according to federal election records. Since that first race, he's never had a serious contender. One could argue he's that good and his constituents love him. But there could be other reasons. >More
 Sense of place, community building in Madison are topics of Mayor's Neighborhood Conference

A five-by-five-foot map of Madison and surrounding areas occupied the center of the conference room, and in front of it, keynote speaker Fred Kent opened up the conversation to participants of the Mayor's Neighborhood Conference. Mayor Paul Soglin engaged with the crowd, occasionally flipping through the pages of a frequently referenced book, City: Rediscovering the Center. >More
 ALICE: A progressive counterpoint to ALEC

The Center on Wisconsin Strategy, a progressive think tank based at UW-Madison, has launched a website that is clearly meant to draw comparisons to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Why call it ALICE otherwise? >More
 Wisconsin Coverts Project teaches people how to manage state's woods

From now on, just call me "Mr. Ambassador." For the better part of four days at the end of August, I was among a group of about two dozen people who received intensive instruction in woodlands management at a little-known training camp in northern Wisconsin. >More
 Abrupt firing of Disability Rights Wisconsin attorney has parents and advocates worried

The evening of Sept. 21, Tom Masseau emailed the board of Disability Rights Wisconsin to inform members that attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick was no longer employed with the agency. Masseau gave no reason for the departure, saying only that the agency wished Spitzer-Resnick -- a 17-year veteran of the agency who worked on high-profile special education cases -- the best and thanked him "for his years many [sic] of service with DRW." >More
 Outside cash flows to contested Wisconsin races

Forget opinion polling. Ignore endorsements. Never mind how much money the candidates raise. To see which electoral races are truly competitive, look at where the special interests are putting their money. Or pouring it, as the case may be. >More
 Battles loom over Madison's funding for transit, arts and parks in Mayor Soglin's budget

Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway will be fighting Mayor Paul Soglin's proposal to hike bus fares by 25 cents in his $266 million budget for next year. Rhodes-Conway calls the hike -- which comes on the heels of a 50-cent fare hike in 2008 -- "regressive." >More
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