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Chad Lee campaign worker who was beaten is gay, Republican and Mormon

News that a gay campaign worker for Republican congressional candidate Chad Lee was beaten this week at his Madison home has attracted national attention after it was reported in The Daily Caller on Thursday morning. Kyle Wood has said he was attacked due to his sexual and political orientations. >More
 East Washington 'land bridge' proposed as part of Union Corners redevelopment

When Jon Becker's projector failed to work, a small crowd gathered around his computer to see plans for a "land bridge" that would join a new Union Corners development on East Washington Avenue to the Emerson East neighborhood across the street. The East Isthmus Neighborhoods Planning Council coordinated a meeting on Wednesday to collect feedback on the housing components of two pending proposals for Union Corners. >More
 Tommy vs. Tammy: Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race is one of the hottest in the nation

At a small gathering of supporters in late September, longtime friends of U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin were charged up about the latest polls on the Wisconsin Senate race, showing the congresswoman beating former Gov. Tommy Thompson by a significant margin. "Those polls are great news," Baldwin told the happy group assembled in a supporter's living room. "But," she cautioned, "they also put a big target on Wisconsin." >More
 The GOP's Chad Lee makes another run for Congress

The borders of the 2nd Congressional District have shifted west since 2010, when Chad Lee first ran for U.S. Congress. Eastern counties Jefferson and Columbia are no longer part of the district, but Iowa and Lafayette are, as are parts of Sauk and Richland counties. Lee, who grew up in Mount Horeb and lives there today, says that's been a nice change. >More
 Rob Zerban mounts a serious challenge to Paul Ryan

In nearly 14 years of representing Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, Republican Paul Ryan has had no significant opposition for reelection. But this year, as Ryan pursues his eighth term in office and a vice presidential bid as Mitt Romney's running mate, he faces what many consider his first serious challenger in Rob Zerban. >More
 Madison changes five polling locations for November 2012 election

Kenneth Burns returned a couple of months ago to his home state of Tennessee, but the Madison City Clerk's office, with the help of the U.S. Postal Service, made sure he knew that residents of Madison Ward 79 would now vote at the Sequoya Branch Library on Tokay Boulevard rather than at the Odana Hills Golf Course clubhouse. "Maybe it's just as well that I moved," the former Isthmus arts editor quipped on Facebook. >More
 Candidates pour money into new media, even videogames

Modern information technology is transforming society so fast that what was cutting-edge yesterday seems quaint today. Increasingly sophisticated communication methods are being used in all spheres, including politics. Most candidates for office, and their legions of friends and foes, are pouring resources into what George W. Bush once called "the internets." >More
 Mayor Soglin blasts council amendment to give Overture Center more money

Mayor Paul Soglin is heaping harsh criticism on a proposal to amend his budget to provide $900,000 more for the Overture Center. In a press conference Monday morning, Soglin denounced the amendment, supported by 14 Madison Common Council members, that would increase Overture's funding from $850,000 to $1,750,000. >More
 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
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