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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 64.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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Solidarity singers up; Judge Doyle Square down

UP: Solidarity singers. Dane County Circuit Judge John Markson tosses out 29 tickets issued against Solidarity Sing Along protesters, ruling the state's permit process at the Capitol "violates the First Amendment because it applies, on its face, to very small groups." Attorney Jeff Scott Olson predicts other Dane County judges will soon follow Markson's lead and dismiss the remainder of the almost 400 citations. "These cases are going to fall over like bowling pins," he tells Isthmus' Judith Davidoff.

DOWN: Judge Doyle Square. The Madison school board sends a letter to the city requesting it close tax increment district 25 when the district's debt is repaid at the end of next year. The city is hoping to use the district to fund the controversial Judge Doyle Square project. If the district closes, Madison schools stand to gain $7.5 million unused funds and begin collecting more property tax revenue. Mayor Paul Soglin tells the Wisconsin State Journal he's opposed to closing the district.

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