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Paul Ryan: 'Traitor' or Republican ticket savior?

Bart Munger brings his "Paul Ryan is a traitor" sign to his daily protests against unrestrained campaign spending at the state Capitol. But the Milton resident (and Ryan constituent) brought some additional materials to the Dane County Farmers' Market Saturday morning, in response to the just-out news that Republican Mitt Romney had chosen Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. >More
 Paul Ryan: How Isthmus has covered the 'Republican poster boy'

With the Saturday morning news that Republican Mitt Romney has selected Janesville congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate in the 2012 presidential election, those outside of Wisconsin -- or even south central Wisconsin -- are seeking to learn more about the seven-term U.S. representative. >More
 Scott McDonell, Mike Quieto dispute endorsements in final week of Dane County clerk campaign

Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) admits that he gets his picture taken quite a lot. "I can't really say 'no' to people," he says. Such was the case when a photographer snapped a photograph of Risser recently with state Rep. Mark Pocan and Mike Quieto, a candidate in the Democratic primary for Dane County Clerk. >More
 Ordinance would allow taxis to 'cruise' State Street late at night

Hailing a taxi after bar time on State Street could get a whole lot easier if a new Madison ordinance amendment passes. The amendment would allow taxicabs to "cruise" the street looking for patrons between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Currently, no such cruising is allowed. >More
 Underdog Matt Silverman steals show at District 2 Dem candidate forum

Matt Silverman acknowledged the fact that he's not the top contender in this race. His opening statement began timidly but as the evening went on, he became more comfortable in front of the crowd, consistently cracking jokes about his rookie status -- "I see no one is wearing my stickers..." (he didn't print stickers) -- and the Republican Party. >More
 The battle for Sun Prairie: Progressives and conservatives fight for the soul of the suburb

It's easy to write off Sun Prairie as a sleepy town of little consequence. It's got a Main Street right out of The Andy Griffith Show. Its communities, dotted with neighborhood schools and more parks than seems fair, are homey and welcoming. People are friendly and happy. And its annual corn festival, which starts on Aug. 16, promises to once again be a wholesome family affair where thousands converge for fresh sweet corn dripping with butter. >More
 Without a city composting plan, Madison businesses fashion their own

Isaac Sinnott rounds the corner away from the Capitol on his 10-speed bike and pulls into the loading docks behind Graze restaurant. Snaking behind him is a low-slung, 10-foot-long trailer carrying six plastic buckets that serve as a low-tech garbage-hauling system. >More
 Four vie for Dane County clerk, 'where the action is'

The Dane County clerk might not seem like a particularly sexy job, but don't tell that to the four candidates running for the post in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary. "I'm running because this is where the action is," says Scott McDonell, the current chair of the Dane County Board. "The efforts to suppress voters' rights is meant to turn Wisconsin from blue to red." >More
 Madison-area Assembly Dem candidates try to stake out independent ground

The Democratic candidates for Assembly Districts 47 and 80 sounded similar themes at a Monday night forum, with all taking aim at the state Legislature that fell under Republican control in 2010. Audience members noticed the similarities. >More
 Madison community groups compete for shrinking city funds

Will Green has come to the city three times to ask for financial support for his nonprofit, Mentoring Positives. He founded it with his wife in 2004 to work with disadvantaged youth on the city's east-side Darbo-Worthington neighborhood. "The first time, I was very new to them," says Green, who wasn't surprised to be turned down that go-around. "The second time, we were right there to get funding" but narrowly missed out. >More
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