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Dire straits in Wisconsin's small towns fuel anti-government resentment

Perhaps there is yet one more lesson to be learned from the unsuccessful effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker: Everything is relative. At a forum last week hosted by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, political science professor Katherine Cramer Walsh made a stark observation, culled from five years of conversations with residents around Wisconsin. "In most communities," she said, "the public workers are the ones who are rich." >More
 Emergency fund proposed for seizing neglected animals in Dane County

In May, the Wisconsin State Journal reported on a stable of emaciated horses owned or cared for by Mary Loeffelholz of Oregon. After much public outcry, 15 of the horses were subsequently surrendered. Some were given to two of Loeffelholz's family members; others were placed under the care of the Dane County Humane Society. >More
 Honey, can you take out the compost?

On a scale of one to ten, Amanda Gromoski and Bob Matty agree they are a "six" for environmental consciousness. The east-side couple recycle and are generally knowledgeable about the food they eat and energy they consume. And, like an estimated 10,000 families in Madison, they compost their food scraps. >More
 Unconventional pet meds: When furry four-leggers need a different approach

Seven years ago, I adopted a rescue white bull terrier -- or, to be more precise, a Pandora's box of "special" conditions. As a former groomer, I'd seen it many times over. White dogs, especially the rosy-hued ones, were walking allergy cases. "Sensitive," their owners would tell me, and I'd respond that I knew it firsthand. >More
 Co-op living could be an option for Madison's homeless

Co-operative living could help address Madison's homelessness crisis, according to a community briefing hosted by the Affordable Housing Action Alliance Tuesday evening. Michael Carlson of the Madison Community Co-operative floated the idea at the discussion, which brought together funders, activists and homeless individuals. >More
 Wisconsin Department of Administration thumbs nose at state law on outside contractors

The law could hardly be clearer or more unequivocal: Wisconsin state statute 16.705(8) requires the state Department of Administration to file a report by Oct. 15 of each year regarding the hiring of outside contractors to perform services for state agencies. Public employee unions and others scrutinize these mandatory filings, known as Contractual Service Purchasing Reports, to find wasteful spending and track trends in the hiring of outside contractors. >More
 Madison TV stations took in over $4.5 million in advertising revenue during Walker recall

While Wisconsinites may have muted their TVs anytime a commercial for Gov. Scott Walker or recall challenger Tom Barrett was aired this spring, local television stations were enjoying an influx of money from these political advertisements. The first sign of the rush came at the end of November 2011, when Walker began running ads against the recall. >More
 Controversial Jenifer Street driveway to Willy Street Co-op East will remain open to cars

This morning the management of the Willy Street Co-op dropped the bomb: The Jenifer Street driveway to the east-side food market will be kept open for unrestricted use. >More
 Tony Earl, Scott Klug reflect on Wisconsin's recall, political rancor

It's been over three weeks since Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election, breaking 46% of Wisconsin voters' hearts, and groups around the state are looking for ways to bridge the partisan divide. The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a panel on June 21 to discuss whether and how the state can begin to heal. >More
 Proposed Vilas Zoo animal health center would provide surgery and other vet services

Veterinarians at Henry Vilas Zoo may soon be able to send digital x-rays of injured animals to medical experts across the country without ever leaving the premises, thanks to a proposed Animal Health Center. The Madison Urban Design Commission granted final approval for the project Wednesday night, with many members of the committee enthusiastic about the proposal, according to Al Martin, who staffs the panel. >More
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