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Gebhardt Development proposes East Washington home for new performance venue and StartingBlock Madison

A second proposal is in the works to build a large performance venue on East Washington Avenue. Gebhardt Development submitted plans to the city of Madison Monday for a 140,000-square-foot mixed use project that would include the 1,500-seat performance space. >More
 Amazon forces Madison shop owners to shift gears

Happy Bambino used to specialize in baby carriers. All kinds. Slings, wraps, backpacks. Now they don't carry them at all. Co-owner Alison Dodge says they simply couldn't compete with Amazon. >More
 A formidable argument for same-sex marriage from Richard Posner

In seeking to discredit the unanimous 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, Julaine Appling took a swing at the "liberal panel of judges" that heard the cases. >More
 Appeals court strikes down Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage, but marriages still on hold

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans Thursday on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana, but marriages are still on hold at the Dane County courthouse. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says he has been advised by his corporation counsel that he must wait until the law officially goes into effect in 21 days. >More
 Painful budget reductions on the horizon for Wisconsin?

If he were that kind of guy, Jon Peacock would have every right to say "I told you so." But the director of the Wisconsin Budget Project is typically restrained when making note of the recent news that state revenue collections have fallen hundreds of millions of dollars short of predictions. >More
 Wisconsin couples watch as judges take aim at state's same-sex marriage ban

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago sure knows how to milk courtroom drama. The makeup of the judicial panels assigned to hear oral arguments is kept under wraps until 30 minutes before court is called to order. No photos or recording devices are allowed, and seating is first come, first served -- not even those who are parties to a lawsuit are guaranteed a space in the courtroom. >More
 Soglin offers proposal to regulate Lyft and Uber as taxicab companies

Mayor Paul Soglin has drafted a proposal that would regulate Lyft and Uber as taxicab companies under city ordinance. He says his aim is to protect the public and full-time taxicab jobs but anticipates opposition from the two app-based ride companies, which have entered the Madison market this year. >More
 Ludell Swenson struggles after apartment move

Ludell Swenson and his live-in caretaker have moved to North Sherman Avenue. Isthmus reported in late July that Swenson, who has cerebral palsy, was being forced out of the downtown apartment he loves because the building is undergoing a $1 million renovation and rents will be going up. >More
 Outfitting Madison police with body cameras is coming, say public officials

When police are accused of using excessive force in the line of duty, the attempt to ferret out the truth often comes down to the word of officers against eyewitnesses. That was true in the case of the musician shot by a Madison police officer in November 2012, and it will likely be the scenario in Ferguson, Mo., where the police shooting of an unarmed African American teenager has sparked protests and rioting. >More
 How Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry survived

When Julaine Appling first made noise about former Gov. Jim Doyle's plan to establish a domestic partner registry for same-sex couples, she said she was troubled that it was broad and vague. >More
 Why Ludell Swenson can't live in downtown Madison anymore

The living room in Ludell Swenson's downtown apartment is purposely sparse. There's a small table where he and his live-in aide share meals and a desk. The furnishings sit flush with the wall, leaving most of the floor space open so that Swenson has a large turning radius for his powered wheelchair. >More
 Women's rights, gay rights and Hobby Lobby

Of the 200 people who turned out to South Towne Mall last weekend to protest Hobby Lobby's refusal to cover select forms of birth control for its employees, three stood out in the crowd: Samantha Burden, 17; Olivia Ravenscroft, 16; and Anna Schmidt, 16. >More
 Madison commission to reconsider ban on dogs in parks

Madison is the fourth-best city in the country to own a dog, according to NerdWallet, a finance blog. The site based its rating on the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents (3.4); average cost of a veterinarian visit ($44.07) and "walkability." Yet some of the most walkable urban green spaces are off limits to residents who would like to take a stroll with their four-legged friends. >More
 The stay on legal marriage in Wisconsin for same-sex couples leaves their kids without protections

In a recent hearing before U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, an attorney for the Department of Justice argued that Wisconsin's same-sex marriage lawsuit was solely about the institution of marriage, not about its attendant rights and benefits. The argument prompted Jennifer Quisler, who was sitting in the courtroom, to let out a quiet laugh. >More
 Judge reluctantly stays same-sex marriage ruling; Wisconsin weddings halted pending state appeal

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb late Friday reluctantly stayed her ruling declaring Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. The marriages that have taken place in Dane County and across the state will now stop, pending Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's appeal of Crabb's ruling. >More
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