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Downtown business owners speak out against Madison's sign restrictions at public forum

Madison business owners took advantage of a forum on Tuesday night to criticize Mayor Paul Soglin's efforts to crack down on violations of city ordinance regarding signage. While the mayor was not present for the meeting at the Overture Center, Matt Tucker, zoning director for the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development, explained the law and listened to comments from attendees. >More
 UFCW Local 1473 union files charge against Metcalfe's Market

Metcalfe's Market, the family-owned grocery chain known for its sustainability practices and local products, is in the midst of a union battle after it increased meat department workers' health insurance premiums. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1473, filed charges against Metcalfe Inc. with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board citing "unfair labor practices" on June 22. The charge is still pending. >More
 Wisconsin's Republican and Democratic party platforms differ sharply, including on campaign finance

Writing in 1993, Colby College political science professor L. Sandy Maisel called political party platforms "the most important document(s) that a political party produces" but also "worthless pieces of paper," because so few voters know what they contain. That's unfortunate, because they are the product of much deliberative thinking, and do in fact shape how politicians behave. >More
 A homey Meriter Child Care Center is approved for Mills Street

Madison's Urban Design Commission unanimously approved plans for a new Meriter Child Care Center. The commission had already approved the project at an adjacent location in 2011, but Meriter Health Services determined the new location, on South Mills Street, would be a better use of space. >More
 Wisconsin Senate Democrats make up, Tim Cullen returns to the fold

Wisconsin Democrats patched together their precarious majority in the state Senate today by creating two new committees for Sen. Tim Cullen, who quit the caucus earlier this week after being snubbed on assignments. >More
 Mark Pocan and Kelda Helen Roys spar over progressive values

In a campaign ad for the 2nd Congressional District, Kelda Helen Roys stares into the camera and declares herself an independent with moral conviction. And then she adds, in a clear jab at her chief opponent, Mark Pocan: "Here's the kind of experience I don't have. I don't cave in when things get tough. And I don't make backroom deals. In Congress, you'll know where I stand." >More
 District 2 candidates Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall tout their outsider status

Matt Silverman says all the problems this country faces can be boiled down to one issue: the corrupting influence of money in politics. "The average congressman spends two to three hours a day on the phone asking for money," Silverman says, citing a This American Life episode, "Take the Money and Run for Office." "There's so much anger and distrust of government. People are looking for something different." >More
 Critics question safety of wireless water meters

Over the next year, workers from a company called Corix will fan out across Madison, gradually making their way into most of Madison's 67,000 properties -- every home, business and apartment in the city -- to install new wireless water meter systems. To some, that's great news. >More
 Hope springs eternal for Wisconsin's election reformers

In preparing for a recent interview in which he knew he'd be asked about tilting at windmills, Mike McCabe crafted a T-shirt-worthy reply: "To me, there's always reason for hope, and never much reason for optimism." >More
 Tim Cullen explains his break with Wisconsin Senate Democrats

State Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville announced today that he is leaving the Democratic caucus after being snubbed on committee assignments, erasing the Democrats' new majority in the Senate. >More
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