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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
 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
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