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Madison residents petition state regulators to halt city's implementation of water 'smart meters'

Thirty-three Madison residents filed a petition Friday with state regulators calling for an investigation of Madison's plans to install wireless water meter systems in city properties over the next two years. Next week, the Madison Water Utility is set to begin installing the first of 67,000 new "smart meters" in every home and business, part of the $13 million Project H2Othat will span two years. >More
 Wisconsin's congressional delegation is loaded with multimillionaires

The requirement that all members of Congress file annual financial disclosure reports serves a worthy purpose. Passed as part of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, a post-Watergate reform, it's meant to flag potential conflicts while "ensuring public confidence in government through disclosure as an end in itself." It also lets the public be nosy nellies, which is kind of fun. >More
 A likely reprieve for Garver Feed Mill

The Garver Feed Mill could yet be saved. The city of Madison and Olbrich Botanical Gardens have begun to explore a partnership that would preserve a significant part of the site for a variety of future uses, perhaps even as an arts incubator. >More
 Mayor Soglin says an inclusive process will guide signage, cab issues on State Street

Mayor Paul Soglin is sticking to his plan to crack down on State Street signage. "I'm not interested in compromise," Soglin said at a Downtown Madison, Inc. breakfast Thursday when an audience member noted she was worried the mayor had already made up his mind and was not open to outside input. >More
 Health care ruling gives Gov. Walker wiggle room to block Medicaid expansion

Health care advocates roundly cheered the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning, but the court did leave open the possibility that Gov. Scott Walker could go rogue and refuse to implement part of it, potentially denying half a million people health care in Wisconsin. >More
 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
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