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Madison Common Council approves 2013 capital budget, set to grapple with operating budget

The Madison Common Council's first night of deliberations over the 2013 budget was relatively uneventful. The "process" ended up being the most hotly debated issue of the evening. Just before midnight, in a unanimous voice vote, the council approved the 2013 capital budget, which totals $192 million. The plan, as amended, includes borrowing $91.4 million next year -- a drop of 3.4% from last year. >More
 Those hated TV ads worked in Wisconsin this election

On Election Day, capping off months of record spending on federal and state political campaigns, reporters from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism visited some Madison polling places to ask voters about the role of money in politics. Their reactions, like the ads themselves, were mostly negative. >More
 Madison police offer more details, context on Baldwin Street shooting

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray shared a key new detail Monday about the shooting that killed Madison resident Paulie Heenan. According to reports from officers and witnesses, Heenan grabbed one of the officer's arms before being shot early Friday morning. "The entire community is struggling with this particular case," Wray acknowledged at a news conference. "I have not reached any conclusions," he added. >More
 Dane County Courthouse pressroom named for longtime reporter Mike Miller

Mike Miller's first job in journalism was not in the newsroom. It was in the "dispatch" department, where he eventually starting driving around William T. Evjue, who founded the Capital Times in 1917. Miller, a native of Stoughton, was a favorite of Evjue, recalls Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of the paper. "Mike could speak Norwegian, which Evjue considered a real plus," says Zweifel. >More
 Clean Lakes Alliance announces unprecedented $138 million plan to cut phosphorus and clean Madison's lakes

More than 1,000 political, business and community leaders packed into a banquet hall at Monona Terrace Friday morning to hear details of a $138 million plan to permanently improve Madison's lakes by cutting phosphorous deposits by 50%. "We are at a critical moment to improve water quality," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "We have truly an unprecedented opportunity to implement a detailed plan that will produce quality reports." >More
 Steve Gunderson bemoans the lost art of cooperation in Wisconsin politics

Steve Gunderson served as a Republican congressman in Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District from 1981 to 1997. There he focused on agriculture, education, health care and human-rights issues. He came out as a gay man while in Congress but won reelection nevertheless. >More
 Opposition to mining unites activists in Wisconsin and El Salvador

El Salvador and northern Wisconsin seem like worlds apart. But the two societies face a common debate over mining operations. As the Wisconsin Legislature plans to take up a mining bill again next year, activists from here and El Salvador are connecting in hopes of helping each other. >More
 Health parties for Latinas tackle important women's issues

It's an unseasonably warm Monday night, and nine women are gathered in a small living room on Madison's south side. They chat in Spanish, both with each other and their children, while water and snacks sit on the coffee table. Laughter fills the room as the kids energetically run around the house, largely ignoring their mothers. >More
 Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi is 'seriously considering' a run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin voters may be weary of what seems like an endless election season in this politically divided state, but there is likely one more epic battle on the horizon. Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is up for reelection in the spring, and a Dane County judge says she is "seriously considering" challenging her for the seat. >More
 Record political spending in Wisconsin results in little change

The Nov. 6 election was as exhausting as it was astonishing, especially when viewed from the new ground zero for American elections -- the intersection of money and politics. Records were broken, along with some hearts. Wisconsin's status as a battleground state was reaffirmed in thousands of 30-second increments. The money flowed fast and furious. >More
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