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Madison Plan Commission tepid on Block 100 plan

The controversial redevelopment proposal for the 100 block of State Street got more negative feedback Monday night, this time from one of the city's most powerful non-elected bodies, the Plan Commission. The commission didn't plan on acting on the proposal, but the public testimony and debate stretched to almost midnight. During the debate, it was clear the developers have not swayed the body. >More
 Madison school board candidates address sustainability at Isthmus/Sustain Dane forum

What a difference a few months have made for the four Madison school board candidates, each of whom gave polished A-game performances during Monday night's game show-style forum that drew around 100 spectators. >More
 Levitan unveils different vision for 100 block of State Street

Stu Levitan, chairman of the Landmarks Commission, will present an alternate vision for the 100 block of State Street to Madison's Plan Commission Monday evening. The rendering was produced by illustrator Dave Danforth in cooperation with architect Elizabeth Cwik, who is active with the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. >More
 Former Ald. Brenda Konkel remains a force through biting criticism of government and media

Brenda Konkel is a busy woman. Responding to a request for an interview, she writes on a Friday that she has a meeting at 6:30 that night plus four meetings on Saturday and two on Sunday. And so she adds a meeting with a reporter on Saturday evening at the offices of community television station WYOU, where she is a volunteer producer and the chair of the board. Our meeting is suspended for a while when a Spanish-language live show is about to go on the air and its members need help. >More
 Planned Parenthood protest over Wisconsin GOP bills on abortion and sex ed draws hundreds to Capitol

When she was 19 years old, RaeAnna Edwards of Baraboo went to a Planned Parenthood clinic for a checkup. A college student in Minnesota at the time, she had health care coverage through the state. A Pap smear indicated some cell abnormalities, and she returned for a coloscopy. >More
 Reforming the Wisconsin Supreme Court's approach to recusal

The Brennan Center for Justice has recommended that Wisconsin take four steps to reform its rules for judicial recusals. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court out of step with national standards on recusal

Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices are sharply split -- not just on when they should not take part in a given case, but even over whether the court has the authority to make such calls. The depth of those differences became clear in the court's handling of a case concerning Dimitri Henley, convicted of sexual assault in Jefferson County. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justices weigh in on the recusal issue

In 2010 and 2011, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices issued nearly 200 opinions. In 18 of these, one or more justices declined to participate, usually without explanation. Eight of these cases involved attorney discipline. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Patience Roggensack decided case involving her own lawyer

In late 2006, a Grant County jury ordered Daniel Virnich and Jack Moores to pay a $6.5 million judgment, the largest in Wisconsin that year. The lawsuit brought by receiver Michael Polsky had accused the two men of plundering a stereo components company, through excessive payments to themselves. The company had gone belly up, leaving its creditors -- including numerous small businesses -- with major losses. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justices battle over recusing themselves

In 2009, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack recused herself from a case involving a lawyer who had worked for her. But in 2011, she had a change of heart. Roggensack decided, without explanation, to rule on the case. She cast a critical vote to spare two men represented by her former attorney, Donald Schott, from paying a $6.5 million judgment. >More
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