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Dane County residents concerned about proposed Enbridge oil pipeline expansion

A Dane County committee will hear a proposal next month on whether to allow a tar sands pipeline to triple its capacity -- exceeding the size of the controversial Keystone pipeline. >More
 Candidates begin declaring for the spring 2015 election for the Madison Common Council

The deadline to file nomination papers for the Madison Common Council is just a few weeks away, but so far, only half of the 20 members have indicated they're running for reelection. >More
 City doubles down on tourism funding for Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Madison's 2015 budget was especially tough to produce, with almost every city department forced to tighten their belts. Some departments saw slight increases in the $283 million budget -- mostly to cover modest increases in pay and benefits -- but overall spending generally stayed flat. There was one notable exception: The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. >More
 Is retail getting squeezed out of State Street?

Mayor Paul Soglin worries that Madison's main drag, State Street, is becoming overrun with bars and restaurants. So Soglin is contemplating taking regulatory action to ensure that the mix of retail remains strong on this historic commercial strip. >More
 Critics accuse Paul Soglin of election stunt

Did Mayor Paul Soglin play the Common Council with an ingenious political ploy? That's how some council members felt after last week's budget battle with the mayor. >More
 Environmentalists try to influence MGE through shareholders

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is widely expected to rule in favor of Madison Gas and Electric's controversial proposed rate hike on Wednesday. MGE proposed increasing its flat fees while decreasing rates for the amount of electricity consumed. >More
 Budget brawl between Madison alders and Paul Soglin ignites 2015 mayoral race

The Madison Common Council fought Mayor Paul Soglin Tuesday night in an epic battle over the budget that involved lots of grandstanding, speechifying and what may have been opening salvos in the 2015 campaign for mayor. >More
 Madison Common Council members accuse Mayor Soglin of playing politics with 2015 budget

Mayor Paul Soglin is threatening to veto the 2015 budget the Madison Common Council approved last week, angering alders and setting up a showdown for next week. On Friday, Soglin held a press conference to outline his concerns, primarily that the city is borrowing too much for capital projects and that the budget doesn't include a half-percent raise for non-police and fire employees. >More
 Wisconsin votes for Walker, but not his policies

Although Wisconsin easily returned Gov. Scott Walker to office, voters across the state voted in favor of two ideas Walker has been dead set against -- expanding BadgerCare and raising the minimum wage. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Joe Krupp of Prime Urban Properties

Thirty years ago, the Schenk-Atwood Neighborhood was not what anyone would consider hip, upscale or trendy. But developer Joe Krupp saw its potential. "It had all the fundamentals that a good neighborhood starts with. The connections were there, the values were really good," Krupp says. >More
 Frank Productions "stunned" by city of Madison's staff opposition to East Washington music club

Larry and Fred Frank -- owners of Madison's concert promotion company, Frank Productions -- thought they had found the perfect location for a 2,000-seat entertainment and music venue on an old industrial street, the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue. And at first, city officials seemed solidly behind their concept, which would be paired with office space, parking and 100 units of affordable housing. >More
 Controversial feminist Sheila Jeffreys to appear on WORT, prompting complaints on behalf of transgender community

A controversial feminist known for her negative portrayal of transgender people will be featured on a WORT 89.9 FM show, prompting complaints from the community. Sheila Jeffreys is scheduled to be on Access Hour on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. >More
 Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes

Kaba Bah has done a lot of work on his new duplex on North Hancock Street, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. The UW-Madison researcher has replaced the house's roof, windows, siding and doors. He's also put in a new bathtub and granite kitchen in the upstairs unit. >More
 Arbor House wants more space from Monroe Street project

Another development project on Monroe Street is ruffling feathers, this one a 16-unit apartment building called The Glen, near the historic Arbor House, which was built before the Civil War. Complicating matters, city officials have been presented with conflicting versions of what this proposed apartment building might look like if built. >More
 MGE opposes Madison's effort to grow solar energy

In a July 11 letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Paul Soglin conceded an unfortunate reality: "Today in Wisconsin the responsibility for promoting clean energy has become the domain of cities." The city is asking the DOE for a $600,000 grant to help increase solar generation here 30-fold by 2025. >More
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