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After years of battles, Edgewater Hotel redevelopment slated to begin in November

The Edgewater Hotel redevelopment project -- which has been hotly contested for years -- moved closer to reality today, after the city approved two remaining conditions: proof of financing and approval of agreements with contractors. Steve Cover, director of planning and community and economic development, says city staff members met with the developers, led by Bob Dunn, on Wednesday to review the required documents for the $98 million project. >More
 Wisconsin donors are cheapskates in presidential race

According to the Federal Election Commission, Wisconsin individuals and groups given $8.9 million to the various presidential candidates, through Oct. 17. Of this amount, $4.4 million has gone to Obama and $3.8 million to GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Compared with the whole nation, these donations affirm the state's frugality. >More
 Why do city employees get a free Madison Metro bus pass?

Agnes Jaeckel, 85, likes to watch Common Council meetings on Madison City Channel. "It's the best show on TV," she says. She recently took issue with the discussion of raises for Mayor Paul Soglin and city alders at the same time that the mayor is proposing to hike bus fares by 25 cents in his $266 million budget. >More
 Chad Lee campaign worker Kyle Wood recants story that he was attacked for being gay and Republican

Kyle Wood, a campaign worker for the Republican congressional candidate Chad Lee, today recanted his statements about being assaulted and choked at his home on Oct. 24, according to Madison police. The department updated its incident report late Monday afternoon after Wood met with detectives. >More
 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
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