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Dane County Young Republicans help local GOP 'come out' at Senate forum

In the absence of two of the four announced candidates, a Dane County Young Republicans forum Tuesday night was more a celebration of recent GOP victories and the group's own membership growth than a debate between rivals running for the open U.S. Senate held by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Only businessman Eric Hovde and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann attended. >More
 Denise Brown gets personal in her talk about domestic violence at DAIS luncheon

Denise Brown and her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, were best friends. Yet Denise didn't know about the domestic violence her sister was enduring until after Nicole's 1994 murder. "That word [domestic violence] was never in our vocabulary," says Brown during a brief interview before she spoke to an audience of domestic violence intervention supporters. "We never knew anything about it until we read her notes and diaries after she was killed." >More
 City calls for development proposals at Union Corners

Last Friday, Madison asked for development proposals for the city's largest undeveloped piece of urban land, Union Corners at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street. Developers have six weeks to respond to the request. >More
 Plan Commission approves Madison's Downtown Plan; council is next

The Madison Plan Commission voted 7-2 Monday evening to approve the city's Downtown Plan, which has been in the works for four years. The Common Council will take up the plan at its last meeting in July. >More
 Republicans excelled at ground game in Walker recall efforts

Among the many theories of how Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge from Democrat Tom Barrett is the allegedly superior Republican "ground game." >More
 Were the Wisconsin Capitol protests really 'surrounded by reality'?

Round-the-clock demonstrations, Capitol sleep-ins, the Solidarity Sing Along, the "Walkerville" encampment -- all these empowered the left in Madison, but were these protests too contentious for the rest of the state? Joe Heim, a UW-La Crosse political science professor, says voters had "mixed feelings" about the protests. >More
 Survey finds quality of life for people with disabilities falling in Wisconsin; advocates recommend changes

Joe Mielczarek has been advocating for people with disabilities for 40 years. Some say that's why he was put on this earth. "That's what my wife tells me," he says. Mielczarek, retired from his job as a college counselor for students with disabilities, now chairs the Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities. The group is gearing up in response to a recent survey by United Cerebral Palsy that measures quality of life for people with disabilities. According to the annual survey, Wisconsin's ranking dropped this year from 20th in the nation to 27th. >More
 Will political rivals find common ground after Walker's brat summit?

An offer of beer and brats is as good an olive branch as any in this land we call Wisconsin. Accordingly, at least 37 Democrats, 60 Republicans and one independent lawmaker accepted Gov. Scott Walker's invitation to down a few brewskis at the governor's mansion Tuesday night in the name of reconciliation. The goal was to find a way to move beyond the extreme partisan rancor that culminated in the June 5 recall election against Walker, who beat back Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. >More
 How media called the Walker recall election so fast

When the major networks called the recall election for Republican Scott Walker barely one hour after the polls closed at 8 p.m., there was widespread disbelief over the results -- among Democrats, at least -- and bewilderment over the process. Some of the confusion was understandable. >More
 Saving Cherokee Marsh

For more than a century, the shores of Cherokee Marsh have slowly been washing away, making the marsh -- north of Lake Mendota -- more and more like "open muddy water with no plants." Several factors -- including the damming of the Yahara River and the invasion of carp -- have combined to eat away at the shoreline. About one square mile of wetlands has since been lost. >More
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