UP: The Goodmans. Once again, retired jewelers Robert and Irwin dole out a hefty gift to Madison ' this time donating $2 million for a new Atwood Community Center. The Goodmans previously gave $2.8 million for Madison's first swimming pool, which opened last summer. Would the Goodmans now like to give a few mil to a feisty alternative newspaper with a deserving staff?
DOWN: Dave Cieslewicz. Madison's mayor does not get an endorsement from Downtown Madison Inc., which decided to endorse candidates for the first time this year. The business group has been disappointed with the mayor's lack of progress on building a mid-State Street parking ramp. But the group also didn't endorse Cieslewicz's rival, businessman Ray Allen.