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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
 Gene Ferrara's Center for Conscious Living is more than a church

Gene Ferrara doesn't look like your average reverend. He plays congas, often wears Hawaiian shirts and frequently sits in the crowd as others lead a workshop or parts of the Sunday service at the Center for Conscious Living. During his Sunday sermon, he's as likely to talk about the spiritual lessons he drew from watching a football game as he is to discuss current affairs or the esoteric teachings of Jesus, Buddha or Nelson Mandela. >More
 First Unitarian Society of Madison attempts to move beyond recall divisiveness

Hundreds gathered for the usual Sunday services at the First Unitarian Society of Madison meeting house on the near west side, but this week they were also seeking hope and healing just days after Gov. Scott Walker had prevailed in the divisive June 5 recall election. >More
 Wisconsin candidates gear up for next two rounds of 2012 elections

The reelection of Gov. Scott Walker on June 5 might have concluded one of the most contentious elections in recent memory, but it's only the start of election season. Over the next six months, voters will elect a president, one U.S. senator, all eight congressional representatives, 16 state senators, all 99 Assembly representatives and all 72 district attorneys. >More
 Recall election turnout in Madison, by the numbers

Honors for the highest turnout in Madison go to Ward 70, which votes at the Bridge-Lakepoint-Waunona Community Center polling location, where 106% of pre-registered voters showed up to vote in Tuesday's recall elections. How do you have a turnout number exceeding 100%? By having a lot of voters who register on Election Day, explains Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl. >More
 The new and improved Picnic Point

One of campus' best-loved natural areas recently got a much-needed facelift. Actually, what Picnic Point got was more of a shave and haircut. Work on its eastern tip removed invasive plants, opening up dramatic views of Lake Mendota and the isthmus. Broad limestone staircases now lead down to the water, and a vast stone fire pit has been added, suitable for gatherings ranging from sing-alongs to live theater. >More
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