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The search for a new Madison schools superintendent: Can anyone meet our expectations?

Everyone in Madison seems to have an opinion about who the next superintendent of the school district should be. Suzanne Swift, president of the Franklin Randall Elementary School PTO, wants a superintendent who can motivate a "demoralized staff," develop relationships and advocate for the district at the state and national levels. >More
 Feingold says he would have lost to Walker in recall election

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold broke a lot of progressive hearts when he declined to run in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. But even if he had, he says now, the outcome would have been the same. "I wouldn't have won either," he said Wednesday, to gasps from the audience at a talk organized by the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin. >More
 Departing Madison schools Superintendent Dan Nerad looks back and forward

The last day for Madison schools Superintendent Dan Nerad will be July 27. Nerad, who led the Madison Metropolitan School District for four years, will be replaced by newly appointed interim superintendent Jane Belmore. In March, Nerad submitted his resignation to the school board and was subsequently offered the job of schools superintendent in Birmingham, Michigan. He will start there in August. Isthmus recently sat down with Nerad to discuss his tenure in Madison and his new post. >More
 Tony Earl, Scott Klug reflect on Wisconsin's recall, political rancor

It's been over three weeks since Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election, breaking 46% of Wisconsin voters' hearts, and groups around the state are looking for ways to bridge the partisan divide. The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a panel on June 21 to discuss whether and how the state can begin to heal. >More
 Wisconsin candidates gear up for next two rounds of 2012 elections

The reelection of Gov. Scott Walker on June 5 might have concluded one of the most contentious elections in recent memory, but it's only the start of election season. Over the next six months, voters will elect a president, one U.S. senator, all eight congressional representatives, 16 state senators, all 99 Assembly representatives and all 72 district attorneys. >More
 Arthur Kohl-Riggs and supporters hope to send recall message to Dems and GOP alike

Arthur Kohl-Riggs won only 3% of the votes in the Republican primary election against Gov. Scott Walker, but he's still celebrating. "This is my victory party, and I'm declaring victory" he said to a group of supporters at the Fountain in downtown Madison. >More
 Madison prominent in The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary on childhood obesity

At first glance, Hamilton Middle School student Kaelan Guetschow is an average teenager. He loves playing video games with his friends and riding his bike through the arboretum. He hates school lunches. But unlike many of his peers, 14-year-old Kaelan has already had his first taste of fame. >More
 Mark Bittman offers personal and policy solutions for unhealthy eating at Isthmus Green Day

To say food writer Mark Bittman has a fan following in Madison is an understatement. His talk at the Isthmus Green Day expo at Monona Terrace drew about 1,000 people, many armed with his cookbooks, all hanging on to his every word. >More
 Feingold says U.S. was 'asleep at the switch' prior to 9/11

In early 2001, then U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) was on a foreign relations trip in Nigeria when he noticed that Osama Bin Laden had a fan following in the country. His face was plastered on postcards and T-shirts, but Bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. troops last May, was 4,000 miles away from Nigeria, in Afghanistan. Feingold asked for a briefing on Al Qaeda's influence in Africa, but didn't think it was urgent. >More
 Kelda Helen Roys, Kaleem Caire join hoodie rally on Capitol steps (slideshow)

With temperatures in the mid-60s, Saturday was a perfect day to be out in a hooded sweatshirt. And that's exactly what hundreds of protesters wore to a hoodie rally on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol, commemorating the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and Bo Morrison in Slinger, Wisconsin. >More
 'Inside Islam' project replaces fear with familiarity

On March 6, "Inside Islam" culminated in a panel discussion about the link between faith and environmentalism. Billed as an "interfaith conversation on eco-consciousness and activism," the panel featured representatives from Islam, Christianity, Judaism and the Baha'i faith. Feraca says that the interfaith aspect of the panel reflects the project's attempt in the last year to highlight Islam in conversation with other faiths. >More
 Circuit court judge candidates Allen, Berz spar at peer forum

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Roger Allen has criticized his opponent, Ellen Berz, for referring to him as the "Scott Walker's appointee." But only Allen himself used the label during a debate Tuesday organized by the Dane County Bar Association. >More
 Ellen Berz bests Walker-appointed judge, Roger Allen, in Dane County circuit court primary

It's rare for an appointed judge to get challenged at election time. Rarer still for there to be a primary. So Ellen Berz scored no small victory Tuesday night in besting Circuit Court Judge Roger Allen, who was appointed to the bench in December by Gov. Scott Walker. According to preliminary election results, Berz won 44% of the vote, Allen, 31%, and Francis Sullivan, 24%. The City Clerk's Office reports that 1,276 absentee ballots remain to be counted. >More
 One year later: Protesters gather on Capitol Square for 'Wisconsin Day' anniversary rally

One year to the day after announcing a bill to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker continues to draw vociferous opposition. Hundreds of protesters returned to the Capitol Square on Saturday afternoon to kick off a week commemorating the anniversary of the announcement and weeks of demonstrations that followed. >More
 Occupy the Courts rallies at Kastenmeier Courthouse on Citizens United anniversary

Over 60 people defied below zero wind chills and blowing snow in downtown Madison to protest the second anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits limits on political spending by corporations and unions. The rally was a part of the national Occupy the Courts movement, which called for people to gather at courthouses in over 100 cities across the country, including at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. >More
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