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Hizzoner vs. Mayor Dave: Two iconic Madison pols battle to lead a threatened city

When Paul Soglin is asked why he's running for mayor once again after two earlier stints in office, he cites his love for Madison and tells an anecdote involving his wife, Sara, who encouraged him by saying "You're happiest when you're mayor." Soglin, who's 66, will always be known as "Hizzoner da Mare" to several generations of Madisonians, and a good case can be made that he and the mayor's office were a perfect Zen pairing. Like the bow and the arrow, "Soglin" and "mayor" were oneness in action for 14 years. >More

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Hizzoner vs. Mayor Dave: Two iconic Madison pols battle to lead a threatened city

When Paul Soglin is asked why he's running for mayor once again after two earlier stints in office, he cites his love for Madison and tells an anecdote involving his wife, Sara, who encouraged him by saying "You're happiest when you're mayor." Soglin, who's 66, will always be known as "Hizzoner da Mare" to several generations of Madisonians, and a good case can be made that he and the mayor's office were a perfect Zen pairing. Like the bow and the arrow, "Soglin" and "mayor" were oneness in action for 14 years. >More
 Voters in Dane County can weigh in on U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United referenda

Kaja Rebane wants Dane County residents to send a message that corporations aren't people and money isn't speech. The UW-Madison grad student helped organize a successful effort to put referenda on the April 5 ballot in both the city of Madison and Dane County. It ask voters whether they believe corporations and people, and money and speech, should be considered distinct. >More
 Judge tables fine for newspaper hawking in Madison

People often talk about constitutional rights as though the founding fathers chiseled them in stone: fixed, immutable, inviolable. In fact, a constant interplay among competing interests shapes these rights at any given time. >More
 Concerns are raised about accuracy of Wisconsin DOA protest estimates

Madison Police Captain Carl Gloede admits that when it comes to estimating crowd size, "there's no science behind how we do it." But Gloede is confident that the Madison Police commanders are good at guessing. "All of us commanders have 20-plus years of police experience," he says. "We don't like terming ourselves experts, but we've been around crowds enough." >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

The agony of de tweet

It took Scott Walker being elected governor for me to understand how stupid I am. Throughout the gripping melodrama of Walker's fight with public employee unions, I have often sat for hours, transfixed by my glowing laptop monitor, watching my Twitter feed flicker by. Social media such as Twitter and Facebook have been a wondrous way to keep up with what's been going on in the Wisconsin imbroglio. >More

MUSIC

Count This Penny mines Appalachian riches

Some of the best things in life happen on front porches, from childhood puppet shows to friendship-kindling conversations that stretch into the sunrise hours. The porch is also an excellent place to strum a guitar or build a vocal harmony. As purveyors of a front-porch-inspired sound, local Americana duo Count This Penny have probably done all of these things, right on down to the puppet shows. >More
 The wit and wisdom of Jeff Tweedy

Never mind the critically acclaimed Wilco and Uncle Tupelo albums. Forget the Grammy awards. More than anything, Jeff Tweedy's solo performances are remembered for one thing: his small talk with the audience between songs. Jeff Tweedy stage-banter videos have practically become a channel on YouTube. >More

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ARTS

David Maraniss' book They Marched Into Sunlight inspires UW Dance program

"In Madison, once again, we live in interesting times." Thus begins David Maraniss' keynote, "Into Sunlight: The Connections of War and Peace from Vietnam to Afghanistan, from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama, from a Book to a Dance." Scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Wisconsin Union Theater, the Pulitzer laureate's address provides context for this weekend's Sunlight Project & Symposium. >More
 Mildred Pierce handles its source material way too politely

HBO turns the James M. Cain novel/Joan Crawford movie Mildred Pierce into a prestige project: a five-part miniseries starring Kate Winslet as a beleaguered mom-turned-businesswoman in the 1930s. The story is your basic trashy melodrama, but director Todd Haynes treats it with misguided tastefulness. >More

MOVIES

Sure things at the 2011 Wisconsin Film Festival

If you're overwhelmed by the vastness of the 2011 Wisconsin Film Festival (March 30-April 3), we have some suggestions for you. Scripted and documentary, foreign and domestic, these are 12 films we guarantee to be worth your while. Some screenings are sold out, but rush tickets will be available. >More
 Tiny Furniture finds the truth between fact and fiction

Tiny Furniture takes me back to 1937 and The Awful Truth's delightful romantic dilemma. Which guy will the young New York gal choose, safe Ralph Bellamy or dashing Cary Grant? There are important differences. >More
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EATS

Merchant and Nostrano lavish attention on craft cocktails

The famous imbiber Kingsley Amis once quipped that "food is the curse of the drinking classes." But two of Madison's newest establishments beg to differ, pairing formidable kitchens with decidedly cocktail-centric bars. >More
 Thinking local in the grip of Walker boycott fever

Wisconsin is in the grip of boycott-mania -- witness the rapid-fire postings on the "Boycott Scott Walker Contributors" Facebook page. No union or other organization has called for an official boycott of any business or product, but there is a lot of "voluntary consumer activism" at work. The list of funders, and possible boycott subjects, is voluminous. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

As the basketball bounces...

It's been an incredible week for local hoop heads. The Badger men's basketball team defied the pundits and imposed its style of play on Belmont and Kansas State to reach the NCAA tournament's "Sweet Sixteen." Madison Memorial won its third state championship in seven years in a triple-overtime thriller against De Pere at the Kohl Center. And Madison East's Nimrod Hilliard IV was named the state's Mr. Basketball, a well-deserved honor for the city's most electric player. >More
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